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‘Apartheid’ in Israel?

Israel is carrying out “the crime of apartheid against Palestinians” and must be held accountable for treating them as “an inferior racial group”, says Amnesty

Arab Israeli students and West Bank Arabs attend university in Israel. Apartheid?

Arabs and Jews and West Bank Arabs travel on the same buses. Apartheid?

Arabs and Jews and West Bank Arabs swim at the same beaches.  Apartheid?

Arabs and Jews and West Bank Arabs eat in the same restaurants. Apartheid?

Arabs and Jews and West Bank Arabs go to the same cinema. Apartheid?

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Under apartheid, which I experienced for 13 years:

No black was ever a barrister, let alone a judge.

My black colleagues were stopped from attending university.

My black colleagues travelled on separate buses.

My black colleagues were not allowed to swim at the same beaches.

My black colleagues were not allowed to eat in the same restaurants.

My black colleagues were not allowed to go to the same cinema.

THAT was apartheid.

“…unlawful killings, forcible transfer, drastic movement restrictions, administrative detention and the denial of nationality and citizenship to Palestinians.”

So murders of Jews are not unlawful? Suicide bombers of buses? 15,000 random rockets from Gaza? Restricting movements of potential murderers? With Hamas and Hezbollah calling for the murder of all Jews?

“…forcible transfer, drastic movement restrictions, administrative detention”

are not needed when Hamas and Hezbollah are calling for the murder of all Jews?

“…denial of nationality and citizenship to Palestinians”

Palestinians are claiming their own state. Paradoxically also calling for the ‘return’ of the few hundred thousand, many of whom got out on the advice of their neighbouring leaders 70 years ago* and most of whom are dead by now, whose descendants number millions, recognised by a UN which never fails to criticise Israel, but never manages to criticise the worst human rights violations by other states.

AntiJudaism has a 3,500 year history (“The Western Tradition“) and antisemitism 2,000 years (“The Longest Hatred“). Antisemitism has never bothered India, China or Japan.

*”The war will be over in days. Get out of the way.” (In Arabic. This is a free translation.)

About the Author
Retired medical practitioner, Dr Peter Chester Arnold OAM, fled 1960s apartheid South Africa for Australia. He has since graduated in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and has been a professional editor for more than 30 years on politics, sociology, medicine, history and Holocaust studies.
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