Citing the separate laws and roads for Palestinians and Jews in occupied territories, CBC columnist Neil Macdonald says “Israel is already an apartheid state.” It’s about time liberal Zionists in the U.S. admitted what’s going on over there. But they can’t, they’re the firewall on the political mainstream, and U.S. support for apartheid Israel. Still, the list of apartheid-namers is growing.
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The Israeli Ministry of Education dropped an explicit prohibition on racist answers by students on civic exams. So if they answer, Different population groups should be allowed to live in separate neighborhoods, thereby justifying apartheid, teachers should let it go.
Israeli lawmaker Bezalel Smotrich delivered his plan for the annexation of Palestinian territories and for how to handle the Palestinian population. It’s called the ‘Decision Plan’, but its real name is Apartheid. Surrender or be transferred.
Eleven years after Jimmy Carter was excommunicated for using the word “apartheid” to describe Palestine, the description is showing up in more mainstream places. The Israeli human rights organization Peace Now says that Hebron has an “apartheid system,” and Israeli journalist Avi Issacharoff says in the New Yorker that it’s only a matter of time before Europe says “No more apartheid!” to Israel.
On the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory architect Eyal Weizman re-released his book Hollow Land, which examines the political and vertical matrix that the Israeli military implements to control Palestinian land and lives. Weizman writes “Israel’s system of control, which evolved in fits and starts throughout the occupation’s first four decades, has, during its fifth decade, hardened into an exceptionally efficient and brutal form of territorial apartheid, in which verticality is the operative principle.”
Many have appraised Israel’s 1967 occupation as ‘Apartheid’. But it goes beyond 1967, and beyond Apartheid, to genocidal actions over 7 decades of the state’s existence. The actions are so egregious that many can hardly fathom them, and so they recoil to an apologetics that amounts to: “Don’t exaggerate.”
In John Lyons’s new memoir, Balcony Over Jerusalem, ex-New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren tells Lyons that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians looks “a lot like apartheid.” The book describes the aggressive attacks Lyons and others suffered at the hands of the Israel lobby, and the Rudoren interview raises the obvious question: why are we learning about Rudoren’s surprising views about Israel and apartheid in an interview with Lyons rather than prominently in the pages of the New York Times, the world’s most influential newspaper? The answer indicates that the lobby’s strategy has been paying handsome dividends.
Ofer Neiman, an Israeli who fights for Palestinian equality, describes being ostracized within his country. “The anti-apartheid camp in Israel is simply way too small.”
Three activists protest a speech by Aliza Lavie, a member of the Israeli legislature, at Humboldt University in Berlin June 20th. “The blood of Gaza is on this woman’s hands.”
Amith Gupta examines why Governor Andrew Cuomo rebuked the Puerto Rican Day Parade while attending the Israel Day Parade in New York City: “This tale of two parades is remarkable in that it is very much a microcosm of politics in a state that is often reduced to little more than a bastion of liberalism.”
Carlos Latuff imagines Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman being outmatched by her latest opponent, Mother Palestine.
The Jewish people have a centuries-long history of trauma, persecution, and exile as both victims and perpetrators. The Zionist project in Israel has further led to an endless series of violent conflicts. Consequently, war and trauma have further reinforced a state of collective PTSD within Israeli Jewish communities, which manifests in a persistent fear of annihilation even when threat sources are absent, abnormal defensive and aggressive reactivity and a susceptibility to fear reinstatement, i.e. persistent fear mongering and propaganda by Israeli politicians. The results of this collective PTSD is the victimization of other groups, most notably the Palestinian people.
Yesterday, the Israeli Knesset passed a bill titled “Nation State of the Jewish People” in a preliminary vote. In explaining the need for the bill MK Avi Dichter said: “Israel is the state of all its individual citizens. It isn’t and won’t be the nation-state of any minority living in it…That is a right this bill gives to the Jewish People alone.” Jonathan Ofir says a close examination of this one statement, reveals a wealth of Zionist lies, contradictions, obfuscations, and sheer chutzpah.
Artists for Palestine UK send an open letter to the rock band Radiohead about their upcoming concert in Tel Aviv: “Please do what artists did in South Africa’s era of oppression: stay away, until apartheid is over.”
According to a recent New York Times op-ed, Israel today is “nothing like” South African apartheid. Yarden Katz, an Israeli, abandoned the warnings about visiting the West Bank and toured a housed in Bethlehem trapped by the wall, and a ghost town in Hebron, “If we only dare look, we see that there’s apartheid and much more.”
Students disrupted a Brand Israel conference at New York University, holding a silent protest while former Israeli ambassador Ido Aharoni closed the daylong forum last Friday with a summary of branding techniques applicable to the Jewish state.
Leading Conservative rabbi says Jewish education needs to explain to young Jews that “Daddy and Mommy (Israel and American Jewry) love each other very very much”
Rabab Abdulhadi, Suzanne Adely, Angela Davis, & Selma James ask if the occupation of Palestine, the bombings of Gaza, the apartheid that applies two separate and unequal systems to Israel’s relationship to Palestinians – can be compatible with feminism?
The UN-commissioned report on Israeli Apartheid that was shelved last week (two days after it appeared) is no doubt explosive. The very idea that Israel is guilty of the crime of Apartheid is one that should give everyone pause. But there is another explosion in the report. Israel and its supporters have desperately sought to shelve a discussion about Zionism as a racist ideology. The Apartheid report brings it back to the forefront.
Israel and USA have pressed hard to get the report on Israeli Apartheid shelved. But it is too important a discussion to be buried.
“I find myself incapable of bowing to fearmongering and threats, and not because of my role as an employee of the United Nations, but simply as a sane human being” — Rima Khalaf, former executive sec’y of UN ESCWA, after being forced to withdraw report labeling Israel an apartheid regime.
Rima Khalaf the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) resigned today after she was asked to withdraw a report her agency published earlier this week that stated Israel is an “apartheid regime.”
A United Nations agency today labeled Israel an “apartheid regime,” in a report where the country was said to be guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” of the “grave charge” of operating systematic discrimination and oppression against the Palestinian people.
The Israeli comedian Assaf Harel said during his series finale on Monday “Are you kidding? Apartheid has been here for ages. Ages.”
Palestinian students in Gaza call on students across the world to get involved in Israeli Apartheid Week this year and grow the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement on campuses.