April 22, 2014
There are many reasons why it is utterly ridiculous for any
slightly reasonable person to consider Israel an apartheid state. If,
for no other reason, Webster's Dictionary defines apartheid as
"Segregation by race." Israel does not segregate anyone in any way.
Israel's enemies point to the defending border wall Israel built as a
reason to label Israel an apartheid state. If that is a valid reason
then the United States is also an apartheid state because of their wall
on the Mexican border.
Everyone must agree it is the duty of a government, in this case
Israel, to protect its citizens from Islamic fanatic suicide bombers.
There are so many of these bombers who have, and are willing to,
forfeit their lives in order to kill Jews and whoever (Christian
,Hindu, Muslim, etc.) happen to be in the area.
An apartheid state does not allow the segregated people citizenship
nor equal rights such as voting or freedom of speech. One and a half
million Arabs live in Israel; they constitute about 20% of the
population. Every single one of them has the same exact rights as any
other Israeli citizen -- and always have. They can vote, and they do.
They can own property, businesses, and work alongside other Israelis,
and they do. They can serve in the Israeli parliament, and they do.
There are Arabs in the Israel government such as Masud Ghnaim, an
Israeli Muslim politician, who is a member of the Knesset. Then you
have Abdel Rahman Zuabi who took his seat in 1999 as the first Arab to
sit on the Israeli Supreme Court. No way does this sound like an
So why are Palestinians who live in what they commonly refer to as
the "occupied territories" treated differently? Because they're not
citizens of Israel.
They are governed by either the Palestinian Authority or Hamas.
It is not Israel, but the Muslim dominated nations, that have confined
Palestinian-Arab refugees to UN welfare in camps in Gaza, the West
Bank, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan for generations. The only control
Israel has over these people takes place when they want to enter
Israel, because Israel has to weed out potential terrorists.
The 1973 International Apartheid Convention developed a list of what
a system of apartheid looks like. This includes subjecting the
segregated people to the following: murder, arbitrary arrest, bodily or
mental harm, restriction of movement, restriction of peaceful assembly
and division along lines of race. This sound more like Islamic
dominated countries such as of Saudi Arabia, Syria, Pakistan, Iran and
Afghanistan where dissent is a capital crime and where gender and
religious apartheid are practiced
Islam's hatred of the Jews dates back to the formation of Islam as
exhibited by verses in the Quran such as Verse 5:82 "Strongest among
men in enmity to the believers will you find the Jews and pagans "and
Verse 5:51" Oh you who believe! Take not the Jew or a Christian as a
Groups such as the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine,
many Universities, host "Apartheid Week" to criminalize Israel by
comparing the most, if not only, democratic country in the Middle East
to the former apartheid state of South Africa. Those who hate Israel
hope to persuade ill-informed people that Israel doesn't deserve to
exist just as apartheid South Africa didn't deserve to exist.
As for the rights to the land of Israel, the Jews have been
inhabitants for more than 3500 years. That is about 1500 years before
In short, Israel and the Jewish people are being singled out for
unfair, discriminatory treatment by Islam, the UN and well meaning
misguided groups. Sadly the anti-Jew and anti-Israel factions are
succeeding in pulling the wool over the eyes of well meaning
ill-informed. Pathetically Israel and the Jews have not launched a
publicity campaign to counteract the lies and distortions propagated by
the so much of the Islamic world.
If you are a believer in truth and justice then speak out and be
heard. Discuss this issue with others and circulate this article.
six years Ed Ziegler has been researching and writing articles on the
War Against Terrorism and anti-Semitism. Ed is an activist who believes
freedom is worth fighting for and that everyone should be involved.
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