Leading Israeli journalist says Israel is an Apartheid state

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A leading Israeli journalist—writing in Haaretz, Israel’s oldest and most-prestigious daily newspaper—says “It’s Time to Admit It. Israeli Policy Is What It Is: Apartheid.”

The author, Bradley Burston, a Haaretz columnist and Senior Editor of Haaretz.com, is well-known in the Israeli media. He has all the journalistic bona fides and decades of experience at distinguished outlets under his belt. For years, Burston served as a Gaza and military correspondent for the right-wing Israeli newspaper the Jerusalem Post. Later, he reported for renowned international news agency Reuters.

Burston writes:

What I’m about to write will not come easily for me.

I used to be one of those people who took issue with the label of apartheid as applied to Israel. I was one of those people who could be counted on to argue that, while the country’s settlement and occupation policies were anti-democratic and brutal and slow-dose suicidal, the word apartheid did not apply.

I’m not one of those people any more.  Not after the last few weeks.

Not after terrorists firebombed a West Bank Palestinian home, annihilating a family, murdering an 18-month-old boy and his father, burning his mother over 90 percent of her body – only to have Israel’s government rule the family ineligible for the financial support and compensation automatically granted Israeli victims of terrorism, settlers included.

I can’t pretend anymore. Not after Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, explicitly declaring stone-throwing to be terrorism, drove the passage of a bill holding stone-throwers liable to up to 20 years in prison.

The law did not specify that it targeted only Palestinian stone-throwers. It didn’t have to.

Just one week later, pro-settlement Jews hurled rocks, furniture, and bottles of urine at Israeli soldiers and police at a West Bank settlement, and in response, Benjamin Netanyahu immediately rewarded the Jewish stone-throwers with a pledge to build hundreds of new settlement homes.

This is what has become of the rule of law. Two sets of books. One for Us, and one to throw at Them. Apartheid.

An article like this published by an editor of Haaretz, often described as the Israeli equivalent of the New York Times, is a sign—one of many—that political attitudes are changing within Israel.

Burston is no anti-Zionist. He served in the Israeli military as a combat medic. Burston also helped to establish a kibbutz. In a 2010 article he identified as “a supporter of the idea of a truly democratic Jewish state.”

Nor is Burston a staunch leftist. In a 2011 column, he criticized “progressives” for what he claimed were their double standards toward Israel. If one had to make a generalization, Burston’s views can largely be seen as representative of those of many liberal Israelis.

Like many liberal Zionists, nonetheless, Burston is beginning to see more and more signs that the liberal Zionist dream has transmogrified into a nightmare.

The Death Knell for Liberal Zionism

Many polls predicted that the liberal Zionist Union coalition would win the March 2015 Israeli election. Instead, hardline right-wing Prime Minister Netanyahu was re-elected for a fourth term. When Netanyahu completes his present term, he will be the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Israel, having ruled longer than even founder David Ben-Gurion, often described as the “Father of Modern Israel.”

Netanyahu was re-elected on the explicit promise that Palestinians will never have an independent state. He also filled his government with right-wing extremists:

“There was a time when I drew a distinction between Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies and this country I have loved so long,” Burston remarks. “No more. Every single day we wake to yet another outrage.”

Apartheid, ‘in Israeli Terms’

As examples of Israeli apartheid, the Haaretz editor writes

What does apartheid mean, in Israeli terms?

Apartheid means fundamentalist clergy spearheading the deepening of segregation, inequality, supremacism, and subjugation.

Apartheid means Likud lawmaker and former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter calling Sunday for separate, segregated roads and highways for Jews and Arabs in the West Bank.

Apartheid means hundreds of attacks by settlers targeting Palestinian property, livelihoods, and lives, without convictions, charges, or even suspects. Apartheid means uncounted Palestinians jailed without trial, shot dead without trial, shot dead in the back while fleeing and without just cause.

Apartheid means Israeli officials using the army, police, military courts, and draconian administrative detentions, not only to head off terrorism, but to curtail nearly every avenue of non-violent protest available to Palestinians.

Late last month, over the explicit protest of the head of the Israeli Medical Association and human rights groups combatting torture, Israel enacted the government’s “Law to Prevent Harm Caused by Hunger Strikes.” The law allows force-feeding of prisoners, even if the prisoner refuses, if the striker’s life is deemed in danger.

Netanyahu’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who pushed hard for passage of the bill, has called hunger strikes by Palestinian security prisoners jailed for months without charge or trial “a  new type of suicide terrorist attack through which they will threaten the State of Israel”.

Only under a system as warped as apartheid, does a government need to label and treat non-violence as terrorism.

Burston is by no means the only well-known figure to describe Israel’s policies toward the indigenous Palestinians as a system of apartheid.

South African anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu insisted in no certain terms “I know firsthand that Israel has created an apartheid reality within its borders and through its occupation. The parallels to my own beloved South Africa are painfully stark indeed.”

Prominent indigenous and women of color feminists, including acclaimed scholars Angela Davis and Barbara Ransby, visited Israel in 2011 and recalled “see[ing] for ourselves the conditions under which Palestinian people live and struggle against what we can now confidently name as the Israeli project of apartheid and ethnic cleansing.” Several members of the delegation grew up in apartheid South Africa, in the Jim Crow South, or on US Indian reservations and witnessed striking parallels to their own experiences.

Legendary scholar Noam Chomsky, one of the most cited thinkers in human history, has long argued that Israel’s policies toward the indigenous Palestinians are in fact “much worse than apartheid.” “To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel,” he says.

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  1. a blah chick
    August 18, 2015, 9:59 am

    “Gilad Erdan…has called hunger strikes by Palestinian security prisoners jailed for months without charge or trial “a new type of suicide terrorist attack through which they will threaten the State of Israel”

    I challenged anyone to read that statement and NOT come to the conclusion that that whole government is in deeply pathological. They are beyond help.

    • Krauss
      August 18, 2015, 10:53 am

      Burston is a fraud. He only came to to this conclusion because he understands what the rest of us already do: the right-wing has a permanent demographic majority in Israel, and it is increasing.

      If the “liberal” Zionists would have won the last election, let us dream the impossible, he would never have written this column.

      If by some miracle they regain power in a few years, he will make a journalistic equivalent of a Goldstone retraction.

      I understand why Norton gets excited by this – aha! proof from one of their own! – but honestly I wish we were past the phase of seeking validation from people who were never wedded to liberalism in the first place and whose “principles” hinge on which party is in power, not the underlying ideology.

      • just
        August 18, 2015, 12:23 pm

        You’ve identified the uneasy squirming that I’ve felt in my gut since first reading Burston’s piece yesterday, Krauss.

        All of the blame for Israel’s grotesque practices by some who have supposedly seen the light is attributed to Netanyahu et al, none of it is self- directed at all. What Israel is today has been a product of decades of planned and executed apartheid, ethnic cleansing, land theft, Occupation, ritual massacres, etc. I don’t see one single iota of evidence that Burstein or some others have repudiated Zionism at all.

        So some folks are engaging in hand- wringing and ah, woe is us. His first line is evidence of that:

        “What I’m about to write will not come easily for me.”

        All of the blame is conveniently placed on the PM who finally has become so drunk with power, thanks to the majority of Israelis and the astonishing continued support of the West, that everything that Israel has always been is exposed.

        While I think it’s nice to read a column like that, I have to agree with you here:

        “…I wish we were past the phase of seeking validation from people who were never wedded to liberalism in the first place and whose “principles” hinge on which party is in power, not the underlying ideology.”

        Thanks, Krauss.

      • ritzl
        August 18, 2015, 12:27 pm

        Burston may or may not be a fraud, Krauss (Are opportunists frauds? Yeah OK, fraud it is.), but historical paths/changes are liberally peppered with non-conditional serendipity.

        Actual events led to Burston’s epiphany. It happened. The question to me is now one of significance.

        To be specific, if dated, one if the looney Ziocane addicts at dKos, volleyboy (a, if not THE, person who got MW banned there as a cite-able source on this issue) used Burston as his definitive moral libzio guide on all things I/P. Where does all that fervency go now?

        If “right,” no change, but if “left” Burston’s shift may have some effect on libzio moral certitude and/or strident fence-straddling. Maybe another hole in the levee, but maybe only a basis for more creative rationalizations. It’s hard to tell which, for me anyway.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 18, 2015, 12:55 pm

        nah, it’s not because it’s proof that it’s valuable. we already know it’s true. it’s because of the domino effect. he does it someone else does it. sorry, it’s news.

    • Edward Q
      August 18, 2015, 3:03 pm

      Actually, a similar line came out of the Bush administration in response to some suicides at Gitmo. They even wanted to call the suiciders “terrorciders” but for some reason this term never caught on. I suppose this is not that surprising given the number of Likudniks in the Bush administration.

    • RockyMissouri
      August 19, 2015, 5:41 pm

      A gaggle of deranged people somehow found each other, and united in their mutual hatred for Palestinians!

      BDS !

  2. Bumblebye
    August 18, 2015, 10:13 am

    BBC World Service “World Have Your Say”, on at the moment, will include discussion of this article (with Burston as well) – however most of prog focus today is Thailand bombing.

    Yesterday, bbcR4 World at One news included a piece focussing on Israeli/AIPAC lobbying against the Iran deal. Has something changed, or are all the bbc’s top zionists on vacation at the same time?

  3. just
    August 18, 2015, 10:32 am

    Bradley’s ziobubble has burst.

    It was a good column, had quite a few comments, and has probably generated much- needed discussion. How much? We’ll see. Will more follow Burston’s awakening, or will they cling even more tenaciously to this supremacist ideology as things crumble around them?

    Thanks, Ben.

    @ Bumblebye’s

    “Has something changed, or are all the bbc’s top zionists on vacation at the same time?”

    I can only hope that it’s the former!

  4. David Doppler
    August 18, 2015, 10:43 am

    Maybe there’ll be progress in US media coverage when reports of Israeli Apartheid are coupled with reports of Israeli lobbying on Iran, reports of Adelson and Saban both calling for pre-emptive bombing of Iran, reports that Netanyahu’s greatest fear, as shared with his cabinet, is that Iran will comply with the deal, reports that Netanyahu still thinks the US invasion of Iraq has had positive reverberations throughout the Middle East – “Hey, I’m still in power, we’ve added x hundred thousand West Bank housing units, we’ve mowed the grass twice in Gaza, Syria is dissolving into chaos, just like Lebanon and Iraq, Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the globe, Israelis are more afraid today than ever, and I’ll soon be the longest serving Prime Minister in Israeli history, with the most right-wing government. All of these factors are positive reverberations from the US invasion of Iraq, all according to Neocon-Likudnik plan.”

    • Citizen
      August 18, 2015, 1:46 pm

      Gee, that’s a solidly packed comment. Must have ate your Wheaties this morning.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 18, 2015, 2:00 pm

        agreed, a great comment.

        i am a tad distracted. a raccoon bit the dust trying to fish in my pond last night. it drowned! gotta go.

      • just
        August 18, 2015, 2:07 pm

        Condolences to Rocky. Happy day for your fishies. Terrible job for you, Annie. ;(

      • RoHa
        August 18, 2015, 3:19 pm

        Poor raccoon. But is “bit the dust” an appropriate idiom for death by drownings?

  5. Bornajoo
    August 18, 2015, 10:44 am

    Better late than never I suppose. It’s just amazing how long it’s taken for this liberal zionist on the so called left to finally admit the actual reality on the ground! Okay, let’s be grateful that he finally did! (I came to this conclusion over 30 years ago)

    I wonder if Yonah is reading this? I remember Yonah saying that he was very much in tune with the politics and thinking of Bradley Burston (i can’t find the comment now). So does Yonah now also agree with Burston that Israel is an apartheid state? Or is this where he parts company with Burston? What about Jon S? Would love to get their views on Burston’s epiphany

    • ritzl
      August 18, 2015, 11:53 am

      Great question, Bornajoo.

      Not to put words in your mouth, but is your own sense of this development that the highly-resistant strain of thought that the yonah and jon s’s represent can change, or IS actually changing, to embrace this epiphany?

      Seems like SOMETHING is actually changing. I just wonder if it’s a significant (as in milestone, but probably not tipping point) something. I have zero sense of that.

      • Bumblebye
        August 18, 2015, 11:59 am

        Having (finally) heard Burston on the prog upthread, I thought he sounded very unsure of himself. He could easily run this back.

      • ritzl
        August 18, 2015, 12:41 pm

        Thanks Bumblebye. Perhaps it’s too early to ask significance questions.

        Is there a link?

      • Bornajoo
        August 18, 2015, 12:42 pm

        “Seems like SOMETHING is actually changing. I just wonder if it’s a significant (as in milestone, but probably not tipping point) something. I have zero sense of that.”

        I’m afraid I have zero sense of that too Ritzl. But I would love to hear either Jon S or Yonah’s view on this epiphany!

        I don’t think that the highly resistant strain of thought can change just like that. I do believe that if enough of their role models come out then there will be lots of cases of follow the leader. But in reality even the so called non existent left is moving further to the right in order to pander to the ever increasing right wing views of the majority of the population. So no real chance of that

        I agree with Krauss. Burston would never have made this statement if the Zionist Union mob had won the election. The overall effect of this declaration by Burston will be zero because change from within is now impossible. Only outside pressure can make a difference

      • Bumblebye
        August 18, 2015, 2:25 pm

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02ys337

        today’s prog titled “Bangkok Bomb 1 Day On” – last 10 – 15 mins.

      • ritzl
        August 18, 2015, 4:04 pm

        Thanks, Bumblebye. I would have gotten it, but thanks.

        Yep, Burston sounded pretty tentative. He got pummeled by the two other Jewish-Israeli guests (no Palestinians as usual). It’s like he’s so new to being on “this” side of the issue that he didn’t recognize such stock diversionary arguments in order to respond quickly and effectively.*

        He’s got a long road and a steep learning curve ahead of him if he’s NOT going to be reversed. It was interesting though that he volunteered the odd but relevant specific of the intentional wall height to rebut his debatees contentions that “if you can’t see it, it doesn’t count toward Apartheid” weirdness.

        He seemed to be trying. Durability TBD.

        Thanks again.

        —-
        * For people who haven’t listened yet, it was the standard “…but ISRAEL isn’t…”, while completely ignoring, despite Burston pointing it out at least three times, what goes on in the WB under full Israeli auspices and popular approval.

      • straightline
        August 18, 2015, 5:40 pm

        It sounds like a couple of Israeli government plants – standard hasbara. BBC is Zionist controlled remember.

        http://www.jpost.com/International/Cameron-declares-himself-a-Zionist

        https://electronicintifada.net/content/apologists-israel-take-top-posts-bbc/12395

    • amigo
      August 18, 2015, 12:23 pm

      “So does Yonah now also agree with Burston that Israel is an apartheid state? Or is this where he parts company with Burston? What about Jon S? Would love to get their views on Burston’s epiphany – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/israeli-journalist-apartheid#sthash.PSsEdKIA.dpuf” Bornajoo.

      It,s all hands on deck at hasbara central.This will require a very creative response.Something entirely new from Hasbara HQ. The troops on the front line await a shipment of ammunition.

      We will wait and see if they just offer the usual worn out trollop , ie, Arabs in the Knesset and an Arab Judge jailed Katsav and everyone has the vote and all citizens of the “Jewish State ” are treated equally , bla , bla , bla.

      One point , this is like a gift to Jimmy Crater and could not have come at a better time, given his announcement of having cancer.Maybe his book will top the best seller list.

    • yonah fredman
      August 18, 2015, 12:41 pm

      It’s “apartheid” on the West Bank. (I include quotation marks, because I’m not a student of South Africa, but…) it’s unjust and wrong and headed in a bad direction on the West Bank. I am not willing to join hands with the BDS movement, although I do not object to Peter Beinart’s limited boycott (but when I travel in Israel and the quickest bus from Beit Shean to jerusalem is through the west bank I travel through the West Bank despite the politics. I purchase items in the Old City of Jerusalem and not only from the indigenous, although I prefer to purchase a water for five shekels from the indigenous rather than pay 6 shekels to the settlers in the Rova, Jewish quarter. Some of my favorite spots in Jerusalem are in the old city and I do not avoid those spots because of politics.)

      I don’t know how the future will unfold.

      • just
        August 18, 2015, 1:14 pm

        yonah, how do you actually describe what goes on inside Israel wrt Jewish Africans, Palestinian Israelis, and all “others”?

        What about all of the laws and practices that don’t afford them equal rights?

        It’s apartheid within Israel, too.

      • ritzl
        August 18, 2015, 1:28 pm

        yonah, who created, enforces, and shows no sign of ending the Apartheid “on the West Bank”?

      • bintbiba
        August 18, 2015, 1:46 pm

        yonah fredman,

        So very kind of you for ‘patronising’ the shops in EastJerusalem and buying your water for 1 shekel less from the PALESTINIANS ……

        .Would it kill you to call them by their real , actual centuries -old name rather than by a fabricated adjective -turned- into noun for the occasion ? !!

      • eljay
        August 18, 2015, 2:50 pm

        || yonah fredman: … It’s “apartheid” on the West Bank. … (but when I travel in Israel and the quickest bus from Beit Shean to jerusalem is through the west bank I travel through the West Bank despite the politics. I purchase items in the Old City of Jerusalem and not only from the indigenous, although I prefer to purchase a water for five shekels from the indigenous rather than pay 6 shekels to the settlers in the Rova, Jewish quarter. … ||

        Apartheid in the West Bank, occupation in Jerusalem and a turkey shoot in Gaza. But the water’s a shekel cheaper. Hallelujah.

      • yonah fredman
        August 18, 2015, 2:56 pm

        just- there are laws on the books against Palestinians inside Israel proper. I certainly think the term legal discrimination is apt. I would not use the term apartheid to describe what goes on in Israel proper. There is a battle to be fought to improve the situation inside Israel. That battle is now going the wrong way.

        bintbiba- No it wouldn’t kill me to use the language you pick for me to use. Still I tend to use the language that I choose rather than the language that you choose. You must have a need to be angry at somebody.

        ritzl- your question is rhetorical. you apparently need someone to be angry at.

      • diasp0ra
        August 18, 2015, 3:40 pm

        That is such a privileged sheltered position to take.

        “Politics” as you put it, ends when it comes to your convenience.

        Please explain to me how a limited boycott is effective in any way. Do settlements fund themselves? Do the settlers not travel to and work and receive financing from Israel? Are settlements not built by Israel? Are they not subsidized by Israel? Are they not maintained by Israel? Are they not protected by Israel? Are they not encouraged by Israel? Are they not planned by Israel? Are they not expanded by Israel?

        I hope to god you’re not a doctor. Treating symptoms until the patient dies is not an alternative to healing the sickness from the root.

      • just
        August 18, 2015, 4:08 pm

        Great comment, bintbiba!!! Heck yeah!

      • Mooser
        August 18, 2015, 4:43 pm

        “Would it kill you to call them by their real , actual centuries -old name…”

        My dear “Bintbiba” we must make allowances for poor Yonah. He seems addicted to the idea that the way to avoid contempt is by being beneath it.

        And yes, he’s been told about using that snide “the indigenous”, many times.

      • gamal
        August 18, 2015, 5:09 pm

        “PALESTINIANS ……”

        Doesn’t it remind you, dear lady, of those lines of Darwish “stripped of my name and identity” from Passport,

        Passport

        They did not recognize me in the shadows
        That suck away my color in this Passport
        And to them my wound was an exhibit
        For a tourist Who loves to collect photographs
        They did not recognize me,
        Ah… Don’t leave
        The palm of my hand without the sun
        Because the trees recognize me
        Don’t leave me pale like the moon!

        All the birds that followed my palm
        To the door of the distant airport
        All the wheatfields
        All the prisons
        All the white tombstones
        All the barbed Boundaries
        All the waving handkerchiefs
        All the eyes
        were with me,
        But they dropped them from my passport

        Stripped of my name and identity?
        On soil I nourished with my own hands?
        Today Job cried out
        Filling the sky:
        Don’t make and example of me again!
        Oh, gentlemen, Prophets,
        Don’t ask the trees for their names
        Don’t ask the valleys who their mother is
        From my forehead bursts the sward of light
        And from my hand springs the water of the river
        All the hearts of the people are my identity
        So take away my passport!

        Mahmoud Darwish

      • just
        August 18, 2015, 6:04 pm

        “just- there are laws on the books against Palestinians inside Israel proper. I certainly think the term legal discrimination is apt. I would not use the term apartheid to describe what goes on in Israel proper. There is a battle to be fought to improve the situation inside Israel. That battle is now going the wrong way.”

        I fear that you’ll choose never to see the truth, yonah. Too bad. You’ll always be part of the problem and never part of the solution. The “battle” has always been “going the wrong way”.

        Thanks to eljay, Mooser, diasp0ra for your comments.

        gamal~ you hit a home run and pierced my heart more than a little bit with Darwish’s great poem.

      • Mooser
        August 18, 2015, 6:06 pm

        “Still I tend to use the language that I choose rather than the language that you choose. You must have a need to be angry at somebody.”

        Yup, I sure called that one. Beneath contempt.

  6. ritzl
    August 18, 2015, 11:40 am

    “Much worse than Apartheid” = Hafrada.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hafrada

    Hostage has said that Apartheid is listed by name as a specific crime against humanity complete with conditions of proof. Maybe it’s time to add Hafrada to that list.

  7. gingershot
    August 18, 2015, 12:27 pm

    OFF TOPIC:

    Breaking JPOST this am:

    US documents reveal: US demanded from Israel not to deploy nuclear weapons

    Publication of documents detailing US-Israel discussions on the Jewish State’s nuclear program comes amid public disagreement between the countries on Iran nuclear deal.

    http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/US-archival-documents-reveal-Israel-promised-not-to-deploy-nuclear-weapons-412456

    • just
      August 18, 2015, 12:43 pm

      Thanks gingershot!

      bwahahaha. Excellent timing, Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry. It’ll make Huckabee’s visit with Netanyahu to demonize the Iran agreement so much more exciting and meaningful…

      “Who needs Iowa? Huckabee to hold fund-raiser in West Bank settlement

      While Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is on jury duty in New York, and Marco Rubio and John Kasich are stumping at the Iowa State Fair, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee will travel to Israel Tuesday and hold an afternoon fund-raiser in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh.

      The event – a rare one for US presidential candidates – was arranged by Miami-based Simon Falic, who with his brothers owns Duty Free Americas Inc., the largest duty-free operator in the US.

      Falic, who has financially supported a number of projects in the Shiloh area, is also a generous contributor to pro-Israel Republican and Democratic politicians. In addition, he has contributed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political campaigns.

      Huckabee is scheduled to meet Netanyahu during his brief visit. A spokesman for the prime minister said it is Netanyahu’s practice to meet with all the presidential contenders.

      Huckabee, who has come to Israel dozens of times over the years since his first visit in 1973 – many times leading church groups – last met Netanyahu in Jerusalem in February, just before the prime minister’s controversial address to Congress. …”

      http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Who-needs-Iowa-Huckabee-to-hold-fund-raiser-in-West-Bank-settlement-412418

      • a blah chick
        August 18, 2015, 1:51 pm

        “bwahahaha. Excellent timing, Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry. It’ll make Huckabee’s visit with Netanyahu to demonize the Iran agreement so much more exciting and meaningful..”

        I have it on good authority that the two of them were seen late last night in the Oval Office, heads together, cackling maniacally, while softly intoning the word “Excellent!”

      • Annie Robbins
        August 18, 2015, 1:54 pm

        falic? who has a name like that?

      • just
        August 18, 2015, 2:00 pm

        LOLOL, Annie! I dared not mention it myself, but I was laughing my head off when I first read it!

        (Apparently really big rich illegal settlers!)

      • Mooser
        August 18, 2015, 4:08 pm

        “falic? who has a name like that?

        Well, not every Tom or Harry, I can tell you that!

      • amigo
        August 19, 2015, 5:27 am

        “falic? who has a name like that?” Annie

        One, Mr Richard Cranium I believe.

    • Annie Robbins
      August 18, 2015, 12:57 pm

      wow gingershot. thanks

      • gingershot
        August 18, 2015, 1:25 pm

        BIG BIG BIG, Annie

      • bintbiba
        August 18, 2015, 2:21 pm

        annie, Hi !

        Falic isn’t French… It sounds more like Czeck or Serbian ; Central Europe I’d imagine…
        which would have to be pronounced ‘Falitsch’ or some such !!

        So now we can all relax !! ;))

      • Annie Robbins
        August 18, 2015, 2:52 pm

        thank you so much bintbiba.

      • just
        August 18, 2015, 2:34 pm

        I don’t bintbiba… ;) Sounds as though they are firmly ensconced in FL and in illegal settlements in Occupied Palestine.

        Anyway they’re very much loved as a family by ZOA.

        I don’t want to link to the site, but it’s easily googled.

      • just
        August 18, 2015, 4:03 pm

        “Mike Huckabee declares West Bank to be part of Israel during settlement visit

        Republican presidential candidate includes Judea and Samaria, biblical name for the West Bank, as part of ‘all of Israel’ during visit to discuss Iran nuclear deal”

        http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/18/mike-huckabee-west-bank-israel-comments

        (PS~ bintbiba, my response to you above was meant to read “I don’t know”!)

  8. Atlantaiconoclast
    August 18, 2015, 12:34 pm

    I would be more excited if the media began to discuss Israel’s role in the chaos that is Syria.

    • bintbiba
      August 18, 2015, 3:45 pm

      You’re most welcome, annie…

      And I hope your raccoon trouble is over and you’re all cool calm and collected . I hope it wasn’t too gory ! :(

      Great work that you do annie…. we can never thank you enough !

  9. Kay24
    August 18, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Israel being an apartheid nation, is the elephant in the room in Congress, think tanks, and definitely in the media. No one acknowledges it, admits they know it, or dare speak about it.
    They fear the zionists and the vicious attacks that upstanding citizens of the world, like Rev. Desond Tutu, and President Carter, have experienced and suffered for. The truth seems to hurt the zionists. It always does, and they become enraged when it is spoken.

  10. amigo
    August 18, 2015, 12:35 pm

    “A leading Israeli journalist—writing in Haaretz, Israel’s oldest and most-prestigious daily newspaper—says “It’s Time to Admit It. Israeli Policy Is What It Is: Apartheid” burston

    Pogroms, Blood libel , Jew hatred , antisemitism, The New Holocaust, driving Jews into the sea/ovens, wiping Israel off the face of the map.

    Obama is behind all these lies and is working in concert with antisemitic Europe who still secretly desire to destroy all Jews.

    • Kay24
      August 18, 2015, 1:03 pm

      The zionists are destroying Jews and Israel – they cannot blame anyone but themselves. They are one of the most disliked nations in the world, mostly because of Israel’s apartheid policies and brutal crimes against helpless civilians, their endless occupation, their continuous land grabs for illegal settlements, and disregard for any international laws. They show absolutely no remorse for killing women and children, lies openly, and cannot take any responsible for their actions, which the world expects from any “democratic” nation.

    • Laurent Weppe
      August 18, 2015, 7:32 pm

      Obama is behind all these lies and is working in concert with antisemitic Europe who still secretly desire to destroy all Jews.

      If Europe and Obama secretly desires to destroy all Jews… How come that the extermination hasn’t already happened? The US and EU put together have enough firepower to turn Earth into an oversized lifeless comet and enough economic clout to starve China if they so decided: if the planet two greatest powers really intended to resume the Shoah, no one would be able to stand against that.
      Could you, at the very least, come up with feverish scenarios that aren’t so obviously the product of self-righteous mental masturbation?

      • just
        August 18, 2015, 7:49 pm

        Laurent~ perhaps you don’t know amigo well enough.

        That was irony.

      • Laurent Weppe
        August 18, 2015, 8:24 pm

        @ just
        In this case: “The Poe is Strong in This One” is all I can say

      • amigo
        August 19, 2015, 5:22 am

        “Could you, at the very least, come up with feverish scenarios that aren’t so obviously the product of self-righteous mental masturbation? – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/israeli-journalist-apartheid#comment-791313” Laurent Weppe.

        Laurent , read my last five posts in the archive and you will understand and calm down.

  11. Kay24
    August 18, 2015, 1:09 pm

    340 US Rabbis support the Iran nuclear deal. So many support this deal, and yet the Congress people look out of step, because of Bibi the bumbler.

    “In a letter to Congress, 340 U.S. rabbis from the major streams of Judaism expressed support for the Iran nuclear deal.
    The letter sent Monday urges the House of Representatives and Senate to endorse the agreement, in which sanctions are lifted in exchange for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program.
    Noting that “we are deeply concerned with the impression that the leadership of the American Jewish community is united in opposition to the agreement,” the letter states, “We, along with many other Jewish leaders, fully support this historic nuclear accord.”
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.671681

  12. RobertHenryEller
    August 18, 2015, 1:12 pm

    “An article like this published by an editor of Haaretz, often described as the Israeli equivalent of the New York Times, is a sign—one of many—that political attitudes are changing within Israel.”

    If only a journalist/columnist/editor at the New York Times had the cojones to write an admission like this.

    If only the editors/publishers of the New York Times had the honesty and integrity to publish such an admission.

  13. just
    August 18, 2015, 1:26 pm

    While Burston decries the self- delegitimization of Israel, there’s this:

    “Israel’s Military Intelligence Monitoring Dozens of BDS Groups Around the World

    While the IDF is responsible for foreign groups, local groups supporting BDS are monitored by the Shin Bet.

    The Israel Defense Forces gathers information on foreign, left-wing organizations that are believed to be working to delegitimize Israel, Haaretz has learned.

    The Military Intelligence research division includes a department called “de-legitimization,” which was established as part of the lessons learned after the Mavi Marmara affair in 2010. As published in “Haaretz” in 2011, the department focuses on studying the activities of anti-Israeli groups operating overseas, including some that promote sanctions on Israel. …”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.671785?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    My word~ there’s panic afoot!

    • MHughes976
      August 18, 2015, 3:35 pm

      I think we know about this from certain clumsy interventions on Mondoweiss, designed to get us to say that we hate and despise Jewish people and celebrate Hitler”s birthday. I wonder if some of those sent to ‘study’ the likes of us will see that we are absolutely not what they were trained to think we were.

  14. a blah chick
    August 18, 2015, 1:45 pm

    Haaretz is by far not the most popular news source there, that honor goes to Adelson’s rag Israel Today and trust me, nothing anywhere near this attitude would be tolerated within its racist pages. I’m pretty sure that the editorials are already in the pipeline excoriating Burston as a defeatist at best and a race traitor at worse.

    Nevertheless I have felt for some time that nothing will change there until the squishy liberals, like Burston, start to feel threatened, or at lest very uncomfortable and embarassed with the policies of the government. We MAY be seeing the first cracks in that facade. Maybe.

  15. Kris
    August 18, 2015, 3:12 pm

    Burston:

    Not after terrorists firebombed a West Bank Palestinian home, annihilating a family, murdering an 18-month-old boy and his father, burning his mother over 90 percent of her body – only to have Israel’s government rule the family ineligible for the financial support and compensation automatically granted Israeli victims of terrorism, settlers included.

    I thought that jon s had already assured us, on an earlier thread, that Israel would certainly be taking care of this family.

  16. diasp0ra
    August 18, 2015, 3:43 pm

    Good.

    I have read Burston’s liberal Zionist (what an oxymoron) BS for a while now. I’m happy to see that he is getting a bit critical.

    As much as we’d love for people to take a strong stance from the start, the fact that even some of Israel’s die-hard supporters are saying this are serious signs of the times. It’s a huge milestone that I think anyone who has tried to criticize Israel in any official capacity only a couple of decades ago will understand.

    Mabrook.

  17. gracie fr
    August 18, 2015, 4:52 pm

    John Dugard’s well quoted statement:
    I’m a South African who lived through apartheid. I have no hesitation in saying that Israel’s crimes are infinitely worse than those committed by the apartheid regime of South Africa. … For seven years, I visited the Palestinian territory twice a year. I also conducted a fact-finding mission after the Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008, 2009. So I am familiar with the situation, and I am familiar with the apartheid situation. I was a human rights lawyer in apartheid South Africa. And I, like virtually every South African who visits the occupied territory, has a terrible sense of déjà vu. We’ve seen it all before, except that it is infinitely worse. And what has happened in the West Bank is that the creation of a settlement enterprise has resulted in a situation that closely resembles that of apartheid, in which the settlers are the equivalent of white South Africans. They enjoy superior rights over Palestinians, and they do oppress Palestinians. So, one does have a system of apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territory. And I might mention that apartheid is also a crime within the competence of the International Criminal Court….

    http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2015/5/6/ex_un_official_john_dugard_israel

    • just
      August 18, 2015, 5:45 pm

      Thanks, gracie fr. Always worth revisiting.

      wrt Apartheid and the struggle for freedom and equality and human rights:

      “Palestinian liberation is “key matter of our time,” say Black leaders

      More than 1,000 Black activists, artists, scholars, students and organizations have released this statement reaffirming their “solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and commitment to the liberation of Palestine’s land and people.”

      The list of signatories includes scholar-activists Angela Davis and Cornel West, political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal and Sundiata Acoli, rappers Talib Kweli, Boots Riley and Jasiri X and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. Forty organizations signed, including the Florida-based Dream Defenders and St. Louis-based Hands Up United and Tribe X, which were founded after the killings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, respectively, as well as the 35-year-old Organization for Black Struggle in St. Louis. …

      … Israel’s injustice and cruelty toward Palestinians is not limited to Gaza and its problem is not with any particular Palestinian party. The oppression of Palestinians extends throughout the occupied territories, within Israel’s 1948 borders, and into neighboring countries. The Israeli occupation forces continue to kill protesters – including children – conduct night raids on civilians, hold hundreds of people under indefinite detention and demolish homes while expanding illegal Jewish-only settlements.

      Israeli politicians, including Benjamin Netanyahu, incite against Palestinian citizens within Israel’s recognized borders, where over 50 laws discriminate against non-Jewish people.

      Our support extends to those living under occupation and siege, Palestinian citizens of Israel and the 7 million Palestinian refugees exiled in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. The refugees’ right to return to their homeland in present-day Israel is the most important aspect of justice for Palestinians.

      Palestinian liberation represents an inherent threat to Israeli settler colonialism and apartheid, an apparatus built and sustained on ethnic cleansing, land theft, and the denial of Palestinian humanity and sovereignty. While we acknowledge that the apartheid configuration in Israel/Palestine is unique from the United States (and South Africa), we continue to see connections between the situation of Palestinians and Black people.

      Israel’s widespread use of detention and imprisonment against Palestinians evokes the mass incarceration of Black people in the US, including the political imprisonment of our own revolutionaries.

      Soldiers, police, and courts justify lethal force against us and our children who pose no imminent threat. And while the US and Israel would continue to oppress us without collaborating with each other, we have witnessed police and soldiers from the two countries train side-by-side. …”

      more @ https://electronicintifada.net/content/palestinian-liberation-key-matter-our-time-say-black-leaders/14783

    • Stephen Shenfield
      August 19, 2015, 10:55 am

      Did white South Africans really go on murderous rampages against nonwhites like the Jewish settlers in the West Bank do?

      • Mooser
        August 19, 2015, 12:09 pm

        “Did white South Africans really go on murderous rampages against nonwhites like the Jewish settlers in the West Bank do?

        Stephen, please tell me you are being cynically ironic. Why don’t you go look up a little of the history of the place? Do you think all the South Africans simply said “Oh please, come and make apartheid here?”
        There was massive amounts of gold and diamonds in SA.

  18. Palikari
    August 18, 2015, 8:20 pm

    Burston a “leading journalist”? Haaretz “Israel’s most-prestigious daily newspaper”?

    C’mon no one reads Haaretz, just some rich lefties from north Tel Aviv.

    Gimme a break!

  19. Kay24
    August 19, 2015, 8:58 am

    So, have the terrorists who attacked the Palestinian home, set fire to it, killing a little baby, and his father, BEEN ARRESTED YET? Have illegal settler homes belonging to these suspects been destroyed yet?

    Well, they so quickly and easily demolish the homes of the Palestinians suspects:

    “The IDF on Wednesday issued demolition orders for the home of the A-Shalmon family, whose son Maher murdered a 26-year-old Israeli woman near the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut in 2014.
    Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that IDF forces arrived at the Hebron house in the early morning hours and handed out the orders, saying they intend to demolish the home this week. The IDF Spokesman’s Office confirmed that the demolition orders were issued.

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.671901

    In a real democracy all criminals have to face the same laws.

    • Teapot
      August 19, 2015, 9:59 am

      Also, in a real democracy there would be no collective punishment and thus no house demolitions.

  20. Kay24
    August 19, 2015, 11:43 am

    Here is the BBC video showing the interview with B. Burston, where he explains why he calls Israel and apartheid nation.

  21. Pixel
    August 19, 2015, 11:24 pm

    .
    “When the student is ready, the teacher/s appear.”

  22. rosross
    August 20, 2015, 5:27 am

    Anyone of intelligence and conscience cannot deny the reality.

    I wish though that he did not play the Zionist propaganda line by referring to Jews and Arabs.

    This is not about members of Judaism, a religion, nor about Arabs, a culture of many countries, this is about Jewish Israeli colonists discriminating against non-Jews in general and Palestinian non-Jews in particular.

    Using Jew as a label is a pretence that Israel represents Jews and Judaism – it does neither. Referring to Arabs is a pretence that there are no indigenous Palestinians and this is Israel against the entire Arab world – it is not.

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