CSM runs piece bluntly describing Jim Crow in Israel

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Some day kids will go to the Nakba Museum in Washington and ask, Where were American Jews when Jim Crow happened in Israel? And where was the American mainstream press when the Palestinian children were being locked up? Why did we have to read about the facts in out-of-the-way places. Here is Israeli Jonathan Ben-Artzi in the Christian Science Monitor (the newspaper, by the way, that Cindy Corrie had under her arm when she went to Capitol Hill in March 2003, lobbying for Gaza freedom days before her daughter was killed):

Some of the acts of segregation that I saw while growing up in Israel include towns for Jews only, immigration laws that allow Jews from around the world to immigrate but deny displaced indigenous Palestinians that same right, and national healthcare and school systems that receive significantly more funding in Jewish towns than in Arab towns…

The situation in the occupied territories is even worse. Nearly 4 million Palestinians have been living under Israeli occupation for over 40 years without the most basic human and civil rights.

One example is segregation on roads in the West Bank, where settlers travel on roads that are for Jews only, while Palestinians are stopped at checkpoints, and a 10-mile commute might take seven hours.

Another example is discrimination in water supply: Israel pumps drinking water from occupied territory (in violation of international law). Israelis use as much as four times more water than Palestinians, while Palestinians are not allowed to dig their own wells and must rely on Israeli supply.

Civil freedom is no better: In an effort to break the spirit of Palestinians, Israel conducts sporadic arrests and detentions with no judicial supervision. According to one prisoner support and human rights association, roughly 4 in 10 Palestinian males have spent some time in Israeli prisons. That’s 40 percent of all Palestinian males!..

Only through such a platform of basic human rights for all humans can a resolution come to the region.

If Americans truly are our friends, they should shake us up and take away the keys, because right now we are driving drunk, and without this wake-up call, we will soon find ourselves in the ditch of an undemocratic, doomed state.

16 Responses

  1. Chaos4700
    April 6, 2010, 5:17 pm

    “Jewish AND democratic,” Witty. “Jewish AND democratic.”

  2. MRW
    April 6, 2010, 5:58 pm

    Jonathan Ben-Artzi is Benjamin Netanyahu’s nephew.

    • Chu
      April 6, 2010, 6:33 pm

      No kidding?

      Wow, the dam is breaking… Another hit piece from inside the Netanyahu family nonetheless. He must be drunk with Hope and Change…
      With Lieberman’s piece just yesterday the gates are opening a little quicker. This is what Zionists always worry about, and I’m sure they exploit many to fall in line with this fear. But it’s started within the tribe.

      link to dissidentvoice.org

    • Mooser
      April 6, 2010, 6:41 pm

      Say what? Yonira, see what happens when a guy just sorta picks and chooses which part of his religious obligations he feels like fulfilling? This guy is Benjamin Netanyahu’s nephew, and he can’t stay true to the Zionist cause. Is that the kind of flibbertygibbet we can depend on to defend us against the Palestinian hordes?
      That’s the way it goes, Yoni, one day you’re eating shrimp and staring at a Gentile girl’s neat little ankles, and the next, you are admitting to segregation and discrimination in Israel. And not even the avuncular guidance and sterling example of his distinguished uncle has any effect on him. These Jewish kids now-a-days! You can’t even count on ’em for hasbara any more. With that kind of flimsy material we can keep a Jewish and demoncratic state? Hopefully, when somebody asks ol’ nutty Netty about him he will look disdainfully down his nose (they make good binoculars in Israel) and say “I haff no nephew!”

      • thankgodimatheist
        April 7, 2010, 3:22 am

        flibbertygibbet..Hang on a sec. I need to write this one down..

  3. potsherd
    April 6, 2010, 6:25 pm

    Very good! “Jim Crow” and “Segregation”

    Words that Americans can relate to.

    • Todd
      April 7, 2010, 9:41 am

      “Very good! “Jim Crow” and “Segregation”

      Words that Americans can relate to. ”

      I’m not sure how you meant that, but I think the constant evasive labeling of Israel’s actions as Jim Crow is a con. Americans should should be familiar with terms such as Jewish supremacy and Nakba, and understand what each is all about. The Nakba and the all out war against Palestinians that Jews around the world have supported (while claiming to be humanists and universalists for other causes) is far worse than Jim Crow, and should be viewed clearly as it is, rather than softened through the lens of Jim Crow. I think Americans can handle the honesty.

  4. Duscany
    April 6, 2010, 6:51 pm

    Whenever Americans make criticisms like those of Jonathan Ben-Artzi, neo-conservatives always demand to know “why you’re picking on Israel.” But Phil is right. Five or ten years from now most people will rather be asking “why didn’t you do it sooner?’

  5. Keith
    April 6, 2010, 6:54 pm

    “If Americans truly are our friends . . .. ‘

    Is this a joke? What Americans is the author talking about? The American Goyim who have been bludgeoned by the Holocaust to unthinkingly support reprehensible policies/actions out of a sense of induced guilt? The American Jews who have been bludgeoned by the Holocaust to unthinkingly support reprehensible policies/actions out of a sense of victim-hood and fear? The politicians who are coerced into supporting Israel out of fear of losing a significant part of their campaign contributions? The U.S. power elite who view Israel as a strategic asset and convenient doer of dirty deeds? The U.S. Zionists who view Israel as the ideological linchpin underlying Jewish solidarity and dominance? Waiting for the American Empire to save the day is delusional. On the other hand, Israel is locked into a destructive relationship with American Empire and American Zionism. Perhaps, only an anti-Imperialist America can begin to make things right.

  6. traintosiberia
    April 6, 2010, 7:38 pm

    History of Judaism is filled with voices against arrongance , dishonesty,and inequality.
    Hope they , this time will sway. When their days are here , I hope Arabs will prove to be just and not vindictive.

  7. Cal
    April 6, 2010, 11:54 pm

    “” The American Goyim who have been bludgeoned by the Holocaust to unthinkingly support reprehensible policies/actions out of a sense of induced guilt? “”

    I don’t know who first started the meme or where the idea originated that America had any guilt in what happened to the WWII Jews.. It would be interesting to know where the idea of “US guilt” over the holocaust came from.
    Actually, if anyone “owes” anyone, it would be the Jews who owe the US and the allies. If they had not defeated Hitler no doubt he would have exterminated all the Jews in Europe. So how did who owes who get turned around?

    Out of curiosity how many European countries pay any aid to Israel…besides Germany?

  8. Ismail
    April 7, 2010, 8:50 am

    Actually, Phil, I hope Palestinians and others will be visiting a Nakba Museum in Palestine or in Israel, not in DC.

    The presence of the holocaust museum in dc is an affront to native americans and african americans, whose decimation by this country remains unrecognized by any such institution. I understand building a holocaust museum in germany or poland or israel, but in dc?

    Similarly, I would hope to see this country recognize its own direct crimes before taking the easy path to demonstrating its ethical perfection by memorializing crimes it had little or nothing to do with while ignoring those for which twe truly bear responsibility.

  9. Citizen
    April 7, 2010, 10:50 am

    Cook, top article on Counterpunch today, asks What is an Israeli? Seems the concept
    is not recognized inside Israel–excerpt:
    “The State of Israel cannot recognise an ‘Israeli’ nation because it is the state of the ‘Jewish’ nation … it belongs to the Jews of Brooklyn, Budapest and Buenos Aires, even though these consider themselves as belonging to the American, Hungarian or Argentine nations.”

    How many Americans realize nationality and citizenship are very separate in Israel? And that this literally flies in the face of Israel’s own declaration of independence.

    Seems state of Israel’s declaration of independence is not based on “natural law” but on
    the ancient Jewish notion that the world is divided up by God between Jews and Gentiles–with different essential attributes.

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