Israel Apartheid Week: Stephen Harper, Joseph Farah, Stuart Varney & more…

“Israel Apartheid Week,” is being held worldwide this week. The entire concept is racist, biased and Anti-Semitic as I stated in an earlier op-ed.

Wanted to provide further perspective on this absurdity which bears zero semblance to reality.

Some wise words regarding Israel Apartheid Week:

  • “On some campuses, intellectualized arguments against Israeli policies thinly mask the underlying realities, such as the shunning of Israeli academics and the harassment of Jewish students. Most disgracefully of all, some openly call Israel an apartheid state… It is nothing short of sickening.” Stephen Harper
  • “[Israel Apartheid Week gives Israel the] assigned the role of Jew among the nations — singled-out, cursed and harassed… The whiff of something medieval hangs over this March ritual. This isn’t about Jews, say the organizers. It’s about Zionists. Groups behind Israeli Apartheid Week are doing everything to erase the distinction.” Leonard Stern
  • “The oft-repeated rumor that Israel is an apartheid state must be quashed. Maybe you’ve heard it, maybe you’ve believed it, maybe you’ve questioned it or maybe you’ve dismissed it. Nevertheless, I’d like to fill the gap regarding the allegations because to ignore the calumny simply leaves the arena open for this lie to spread unhindered.” Mollie Adatto
  • “[Israeli Apartheid Week is] crude propagandism, pure hypocrisy and cynical manipulation of the student body.” Alan Baker
  • “Israel’s policies cannot be compared to the racist internal policies of Apartheid South Africa.” John Duffy
  • “The people who stand behind the IAW hold a very narrow perspective on the reality in Israel. Most of them have never even been here. Nonetheless, they provided themselves the right to define us as an apartheid state and even have the audacity to convince others of that lie.” Noga Gur-Arieh
  • “I am just astonished that 5,000 American academics should vote to boycott Israel. I mean I find that absolutely incomprehensible, it is the only democracy of any sort in the Middle East, the only democracy by a long way, and yet they are saying they are going to boycott it.” Stuart Varney
  • “Some civil-society leaders today call for a boycott of Israel…. Most disgracefully of all, some openly call Israel an apartheid state. Think about that. Think about the twisted logic and outright malice behind that.” Stephen Harper
  • “When the term is not qualified or clarified at all, it can easily be perceived as an indisputable concept. Just like there’s Breast Cancer Awareness Week or International Holocaust Day, Israel Apartheid Week is becoming increasingly established at universities.” Don Glick
  • “On university campuses across the country this week, Israeli Apartheid Week will once again attempt to demonize and undermine the legitimacy of the Jewish state. It is part of a global campaign of calls for divestment, boycotts and proclamations, and it should be condemned unequivocally and absolutely. Apartheid is defined, in international law, as a crime against humanity. Israeli Apartheid Week is a deliberate attempt to portray the Jewish state as criminal… Let us be clear: criticism of Israeli government policy is legitimate. Wholesale condemnation of the State of Israel and the Jewish people is not legitimate. Not now, not ever.” Michael Ignatieff
  • “Israel is not an apartheid state. Israel does not treat its Arab population as second-class citizens. Israel has not codified in its laws different treatment for Arabs and Jews. This is a big lie that is told on college campuses across America, and it has no basis in reality.” Joseph Farah
  • “Still, it is beyond distasteful to in any way be associated with those who spew such thinly veiled anti-Semitism.” Joshua Nass
  • “’Apartheid’ is a deliberate and much hackneyed misnomer, a bad habit that spreads by contagion, of applying to Israel the worst human rights abuses that ever took place on earth throughout history.” Noga Emmanuel
  • “It is improper and wrong and for anyone to make the suggestion that Israel is an apartheid state when there is no such acts of Parliament in Israel, no segregation based on race.” Rev. Meshoe
  • “If pro-Israel students can convince their classmates that anti-Israelism is based on lies  — inversions, actually — Israel might just win on campus.” Charles Jacobs
  • “Israeli Apartheid Week is not a dialogue, it’s a monologue and it is an imposition of a view by the name itself—the name is hateful, it is odious.” Peter Shurman
  • “What we need to build peace … are not inflammatory words like ‘apartheid,’ particularly used inappropriately in the case of Israel.” Cheri DiNovo
  •  “Apartheid Week is not a demonstration for ending the occupation and establishing two states for two peoples. The messages are very superficial, full of half-truths and lies. The result is not increased awareness of the injustices of the occupation, but a fanning of hatred that reduces the chance for peace.” Orit Kopel
  • “By hurling ad hominems such as ‘racism’ and ‘apartheid’, they have fashioned a narrative that delegitimizes not only Israel but the very possibility of engaging in an intelligent debate.” Ari Soffer
  • “[Applying the word “Apartheid” to Israel] does not serve the cause of peace, and the use of it against the Jewish people in particular, who have been victims of the worst kind of discrimination, discrimination resulting in death, is offensive and wrong.” John Conyors
  • “Apartheid Week is everything but that. Its main message is delegitimizing the State of Israel and denying Zionism. That doesn’t promote peace, it promotes hatred.” Orit Kopel
  • “To call things by incorrect names is to add to the world’s misery.” Albert Camus
  • “IAW is a nothing but a poor excuse to sow hatred, racism, Anti-Semitism, divisiveness, hostility, and terrorism. They are perpetrators big lie propaganda.” Peter V. Bella
  • “The language the group uses is quite concerning. It gives people the ammunition to hate Jewish students, it encourages people.” Joshua Morry
  • “[Israeli Apartheid Week is] an attack on the mutual respect that holds our society together. . .It is a dangerous cocktail of ignorance and intolerance.” Nick Day
  • “Israeli Apartheid Week is not a dialogue, it’s a monologue and it is an imposition of a view by the name itself—the name is hateful, it is odious.” Peter Shurman
  • “IAW, however, works against that end, and calling Israel an apartheid state is at best inaccurate and at worst dangerous to the lives of millions of people, both Israeli and Palestinian.” Ben Sales
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