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Richard Cohen used ‘apartheid’ description of West Bank twice in ’04

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A few days ago Richard Cohen opined that Israel has its faults, but apartheid isn’t one of them. Well, Richard Cohen really ought to read Richard Cohen. Here are two explicit references to apartheid in Cohen’s reporting from the West Bank. From a June 2004 column about settlements:

"The longer they are out there, the more Israel will appear to the world to be essentially an apartheid state," [Michael] Tarazi said. Anyone who has seen how the settlements are protected and maintained, the weird road network for instance, can appreciate Tarazi’s point.

The so-called security fence — here a fence, there a wall — is …a mind-numbing enterprise, a reordering of the landscape — roads and tunnels and fences and walls and barriers designed to separate Muslim from Jew. The fence appears and disappears, surfaces and dips, and although it does not yet extend as far as Ariel, it someday might. Even today, though, the road to it is only accessible from Jewish areas. It is easy enough to call the effect "apartheid," but to residents of Ariel and indeed much of Israel, it is tantamount to merely locking your door at night. What would you do?
PS Note that Henry Siegman responds to Cohen in today’s Post, and makes a similar point, but sans apartheid references.

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