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March 31, 2013 1:56 am

Israel Apartheid Week: The Dirty Product of a Grotesque Alliance

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Ethnic diversity in the IDF.

The enemies of Israel neither slumber nor sleep. Right now they are engaged in “Israel Apartheid Week,” spewing fire and vitriol at the Jewish state and calling for its elimination from the family of nations; as the Nazis sought to make Europe Judenrein (purified of Jews) the Israel-haters aspire to make the world “Judenstaatrein” (purified of a Jewish state).

There have never been apartheid laws in Israel. Jews and Arabs use the same buses, clinics, government offices, universities, theaters, restaurants, soccer fields, and beaches. All citizens of Israel, regardless of religion or ethnic origin, are equal before the law. That law accords full political, civil, and human rights to all its people, including the more than one million Arab citizens, some of whom serve in the Israeli parliament and cabinet. Israel is also the only country in the world to have sought out and brought to its shores, entirely on its own initiative, tens of thousands of black Africans for purposes other than slavery, granting them full citizenship.

If the charge of racism is directed specifically against Israel’s Law of Return, here are aids to reflection and comparison. The Armenian constitution seeks “the protection of Armenian historical and cultural values located in other countries” and permits individuals “of Armenian origin” to acquire citizenship through “a simplified procedure.” The Lithuanian constitution proclaims: “Everyone who is ethnically Lithuanian has the right to settle in Lithuania.” The Polish and Ukrainian constitutions have identical provisions.

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If the ire of Israel’s enemies is aroused by Israel’s being a Jewish state, why do they not direct it also against Britain, a Christian state, with an official Protestant church, a Protestant monarch, a Protestant state education system? Other Christian states with numerous non-Christian citizens are Denmark, Finland, Greece, and Norway. And let us not speak of all the states whose names begin with “Islamic Republic of…” or “United Arab…,” and who are among the most zealous supporters of such orgies of hatred as “Israel Apartheid Week.”

The blackening of Israel’s name on university campuses is the dirty work of a grotesque alliance between political “progressives” and reactionary Islamic fundamentalists. Among the warmest of hearts in both groups, there is always a cold spot for the Jews, so let us appeal to them not on moral grounds but those of self-interest. Have the Islamicists noticed (as President Obama did in his inaugural address of 2009) that the obsession of Palestinian Arabs with destroying somebody else’s society instead of building up their own (via education, commerce, public works, health care) has made them one of the most wrecked peoples on the face of the earth? Can the “progressive” do-gooders cease confusing doing good with feeling good about what they are doing?

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  • Fredric M. London

    Not progressives, PSEUDO progressives!

  • Jeff Blankfort

    At least until at least a few years ago, 92% of the land inside the 1967 borders was restricted to Jews only, but the issue goes beyond the 1967 borders. De facto if not not de jure, Israel has been one state from the Jordan to the sea since the West Bank was seized and occupied in 1967, with the Israeli government having the overall military control over every inch of it, whatever the Palestinian Authority may think about Area A. Throughout the West Bank, there are Jewish only roads that are much better than those open to the Palestinians and all of the areas in which Jews live are closed to Arabs. Jews and Arabs have different license plates, different ID cards and in the West Bank, a disproportionate amount of the water, not dissimilar to that afforded whites in apartheid South Africa. For decades, quite a few Israeli journalists have described the situation for Palestinians as apartheid as have a number of South Africans, Jews among them. You can continue pretending otherwise but the only person you are fooling is yourself.

  • EthanP

    Yet two recent incedents were sponsored by Hillel. One at UNC Chapel Hill. The other, more recently at Penn State.

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