Tuvia Book
Author, educator, Tour-Guide, artist

The “A” Word

Welcome!  It is that time of year again, open season for Jew haters and Israel bashers.  Yup, it is Israel Apartheid Week.  Let us celebrate it on the best university campuses, from Columbia to Harvard to York.  As the satirist Kirchen observed:

They wanted to call it the “Wipe the Jewish Zionist Entity off the Map Week,” but “Israel Apartheid Week” is more politically correct.

If it was not so sad it might actually be funny.  To call Israel Apartheid is as absurd as saying that there are equal rights to all peoples in any of the countries surrounding Israel.

I grew up in South Africa, the only apartheid regime the world has known.  I waited for my (whites only) school bus to my (whites only) school on a bench that said: “BUS STOP, WHITES ONLY” in both English and Afrikaans.  After school I frequently went to the beach where I passed by this sign:


It was a brutally oppressive regime where State sanctioned racism was enshrined in the law.  The colour of ones skin was the sole factor determining whether one did or did not have rights.  The contrast between Apartheid South Africa and the State of Israel is total.  Israel’s Declaration of Independence enshrines equality for all of her citizens by categorically stating:

The State of Israel… will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions…

If one wants to find Apartheid in the Middle East, one does not need to search far.  Most of the regimes in Israel’s neighbourhood practice Gender Apartheid.  Just last week the Gaza marathon was cancelled after the Hamas Mullahs banned the participation of women.

The United Nations (no big friend of Israel) Human Development Report of 2002 (page 22) states that:

Women in Arab League countries suffer from unequal citizenship and legal entitlements.  Often evident in voting rights and legal codes and from inequality of opportunity evident in employment status, wages and gender-based occupational segregation.  Their political and economic participation remains the lowest in the world.

In the Arab world and Iran adultery is a crime for both sexes, though women receive harsher punishment.  Adultery is a capital offense, with execution by stoning.  This is sexual Apartheid.

So my friends, the next time someone starts gnawing away at that old bone by falsely claiming that, “Israel is an Apartheid regime just like South Africa was,” realise that it is only because it is not politically correct after the Holocaust to call oneself a vile hate-spewing intolerant and ignorant anti-Semite.  The world can tolerate weak Jews as victims of racism but cannot stand to see strong Jews as beacons of tolerance, understanding and equality.

On that note, I would like to toast the newly crowned Miss Israel, Ethiopian-born Yityish Titi Aynaw who accepted the crown fourteen years after Rana Raslan, who is a Christian Arab.  Did someone say Apartheid?



About the Author
Dr. Tuvia Book was born in London and raised in both the UK and South Africa. After making Aliya at the age of 17 and studying in Yeshiva he volunteered for the IDF, where he served in an elite combat unit. Upon his discharge he completed his BA at Bar-Ilan University, as well as certification in graphic design. He then served as the Information Officer at the Israeli Consulate of Philadelphia, while earning a graduate degree in Jewish Studies. Upon his return to Israel, Dr. Book graduated from a course of study with the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, and is a licensed tour guide. Tuvia has been working in the field of Jewish Education, both formal and informal, for many years. He has guided and taught Jewish students and educators from around the English-speaking world for some of Israel’s premier educational institutions and programs. Tuvia has been guiding groups for Birthright Israel since its inception and, in addition, has lectured throughout North America, Australia, Europe and South Africa. Tuvia served as a Shaliach (emissary) for the Jewish Agency for Israel as the Director of Israel and Zionist Education at the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York (Jewish Education Project). He was a lecturer/educational guide at the Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education (AMIIE) in Israel for a decade. Tuvia has lectured at both Bar Ilan University and Hebrew University. He is the author (and illustrator) of the internationally acclaimed Zionism curriculum; “For the Sake of Zion; A Curriculum of Israel Education” (fifth edition, 2017, Koren) and is at present working on his next book, a history of the Jewish people. Tuvia has a doctorate in Israel education. His dissertation title is: “Through the Soldiers’ Eyes: Exploring the Influence of a Birthright Mifgash on the Israeli Soldier Participants.”