Miley High Club

This blog post currently appears in The Times of Israel:

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/miley-high-club/

So the twerkin wasn’t workin’ and now dear Miley has decided to recycle yet another cliched stereotype – the music industry is controlled by “70 year old Jewish men” who don’t seem to know what young people want from their popstars.

 

Here is what Miley said on Hunger TV:

 

 “It’s always weird when things are targeted for young people, yet they’re driven by people that are like 40 years too old. It can’t be like this 70-year-old Jewish man that doesn’t leave his desk all day, telling me what the clubs want to hear.”

 It begs the question, is Miley trying to assert her new adult image on us by being as controversial as possible and trotting out stupid statements or has she been smoking a little to much doobie? Maybe she is just channelling her inner Mel Gibson.

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Do we call Miley an anti -Semite and accuse her of taking a wrecking ball to her career (I hear the collective groan but I really could not resist!) or do we just shrug it off as another over-marketed teeny bopper trying to prove she does have the chops to be taken seriously?

 Girl, you better check yourself before you wreck-ing ball (okay so she makes it too easy!) yourself.

 Put your tongue back in your mouth, it is tripping you up!

 Here is why these types of comments are just not kosher. Apart from being offensive in that they single out a certain population group and dredge up an ugly stereotype, young celebrities whose social media presence is massive with millions of Twitter followers are fast becoming the mouthpiece of a generation. Justin Bieber famously called Anne Frank a “Belieber” in reference to her possibly being a fan of his and many accused him of being insensitive and Anti-Semitism. But seriously, when was the last time a young pop star visited a museum?

  Now nobody is saying Miley should be a role model. The latex undies and crotch skimming foam finger took care of that but as someone who has legions of young fans hanging on her every tweet, perhaps she needs to tighten the connection between brain and mouth. If Miley wants to lick sledgehammers and give us the finger, that is her prerogative. Racist comments are non-negotiable. There is no street-cred in bigotry.

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 We all get the message. Hannah Montana is a BIG girl now. While Miley’s tongue probably has its own Twitter handle and receives more column inches than its actual length, it needs to be better informed. Until such time, if it wants to be more rock ‘n roll, get it pierced. Have something tattoo’ed.

  We live in age of social media where we know everything from what our favourite schleb had for breakfast, the intimate details of their love lives and their thoughts and opinions on just about everything. You are nobody unless you can opine in under 140 characters.

 

Cyrus has not apologised or offered any kind of explanation for her comments. Those “70 year old Jewish men” know a thing or two about creating the careers of some of the world sbest know artists. They also know how to  Perhaps she will be just one more over-exposed wannabe on her way to the garbage bin of has-beens.

  Put on your big girl knickers and show some contrition before you become #Mileywho?

 

 

A Terrorist by any other name…

This blog post currently appears in The Times of Israel:

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-terrorist-by-any-other-name/

 

Militants. Radicals. Fundamentalists. Extremists. Insurgents.

 

When did the word terrorist disappear from the lexicon of adjectives used to describe the heinous and violent acts that torture and rob people of their lives? In our attempts to be politically correct have we diluted the description of people who fly planes into buildings, hold civilians under siege in shopping malls (if they have not slaughtered them mercilessly), blow up buses, and restaurants, launch rockets at civilians, blow up trains and churches, kidnap, torture and behead?

 They become the rock stars of their community, their evil intentions cloaked in ideological fervour. Their posters are hung on the walls of teenagers who are taught to idolise them and live on in infamy through the naming of streets and sports stadiums in their honour. 

Let’s call a spade a spade. These are terrorists. They inspire terror and fear. The word “militant” or “radical” implies that they are just a bunch of really pissed of folks with guns and toys that explode. They are TERROR-ISTS! Their intentions are to instil as much fear with absolute impunity. Their legacy is trauma.

 The eye-witness accounts coming in from the horrific terror attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya are horrendous. Victims speak of the incredible acts of torture perpetrated by the Al- Shabaab terrorists, how nobody, not even the children were immune. The translation of Al Shabaab mean “the Youth”. Couldn’t the youth far better serve their communities by focusing on education and nation building?

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This brings me to the subject of children. Educating children to become homicide bombers or dying in the name of Holy War is nothing short of child abuse. And boy, how summer camp has changed! There is no more kumbaya by the campfire, instead a healthy dose of “Death to Israel” coupled with firing of ubiquitous AK47′s are activities the children can look forward to. Graduates of summer camp Hamas or Al Qaeda style go on to commit the atrocities we see becoming more and more endemic around the world. Al Shabaab is a youth movement – terror stylie.

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Here is the reality: no outstretched hand and unclenched fist is going to change their minds. Whether it is Mumbai, Madrid, Nairobi or Netanya, the results are the same. Death, mayhem and trauma. Terrorists do not understand subtleties or the language of political correctness that pepper our modern day discourse. They are not going to suddenly beat their chests in a collective mea culpa because we have decided to soften the language of new reporting and sound bites. There is only one language they understand – a show of strength.

 It is time to call a spade a shovel and end this culture of cow towing to terrorists.

 After all, we owe it to the victims. They are the ones we should really be talking about.

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Dark side of the loons…..

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http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/dark-side-of-the-loons/

BDS (Bigoted, Destructive and Salacious) has been at it again. They have bullied yet another international artist into cancelling a gig in Israel. It would appear that BDS have no confidence in their arguments and their intentions are so thinly veiled that they have to resort to threats of violence and bullyboy tactics to make themselves heard.

 

The latest target of BDS belligerence is Malian maestro, Salif Keita. Keita who was scheduled to perform at the Sacred Music Festival has been inundated with a barrage of nasty threats and blackmail attempts. The following is an extract of a letter published on Keita’s Facebook fan page:

 

August 22, 2013

 Dear Sacred Music Festival, Hadassah Hospital, Salif Keita fans,

 On behalf of Salif Keita and the Salif Keita Global Foundation, we would like to thank you for organizing a magnificent unifying music festival, and a visit of the albinism treatment center in Jerusalem. Unfortunately, Mr. Keita will not be able to attend either event because of the cancellation of his show at the Sacred Music Festival.

Although, the show was cancelled, Mr. Keita (and his foundation for albinism) would like to convey his most sincere apologies to all concerned, such as the concert organizers, the Albinism Treatment Center and especially all his wonderful and diverse fans in Israel. The reason for the cancellation is not one which was made by Mr. Keita, but by his agents who were bombarded with hundreds of  threats, blackmail attempts, intimidation, social media harassment and slander stating that Mr Keita was to perform in Israel, “not for peace, but for apartheid.” 

 These threats were made by a group named BDS, who also threatened to keep increasing an anti-Salif Keita campaign, which they had already started on social media, and to work diligently at ruining the reputation and career that Mr. Keita has worked 40 years to achieve not only professionally, but for human rights and albinism.

 Isn’t it ironic that the very movement that expresses such concern for human rights has threatened the well being and career of a man who is a symbol of humanity? BDS and their ilk get highly offended if you call them anti-Semites. In the case of Keita, BDS supporters claimed victory and gave credit to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, saying it was a letter from the Arch that did the trick. Now you can’t call Archbishop Tutu and anti-Semite, because like Roger Waters, some of his best friends are Jewish! In fact, his dentist is Jewish! Arch has nobody ever told you to beware of drill-bearing, root-canal performing Jews…?

 We salute the artists like Eric Burdon, Sir Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys and others who have come to Israel to perform.

 BDS love to spoil a good concert.

 At a concert held at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg two weeks ago featuring Israeli jazz musician, Daniel Zamir, protestors were reportedly shouting “Dubula e Judah (shoot the Jew). This was tweeted live from the concert by a Wits Journalist. So what was their rationale behind this despicable slogan? BDS SA protagonist, Mohammed Desai,

justified the chanting of this hateful slogan by saying that during the Apartheid years, “Shoot the Boer” was a song sung by activists at the funerals of struggle veterans. To quote him directly, ““just like you would say kill the Boer at a funeral during the eighties and  it wasn’t about killing white people, it was used as a way of identifying with the apartheid regime”.  In South Africa the amount of farmers who have been brutally murdered is staggering. In order to prove hate speech, one must be able to attribute an act of violence directly to a statement or comment. With alarming statistics of over 3000 murdered farmers which many attribute to the chanting of “shoot the Boer”, it is not difficult to see why many do not dismiss these slogans as struggle songs. See footage of protest at Zamir concert:

This from the “peaceful and non-violent protesting” BDS movement? Well I guess the cat is out of the bag now…

 If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….

  We Jews do not take the chanting of any kind of death threat lightly. Thousands of years of persecution, inquisition, Holocaust, exile, every day hate crimes and threats to destroy Israel have made us extra vigilant.

 So the next time the loons from the BDS movement threaten the lives of artists/board members/shop owners/students ask yourself if the issue is REALLY about Palestinian human rights or if these protests and campaigns merely provide a convenient smoke screen for them to screech their hatred. Why are they so scared of artists coming to Israel? Is it because they may see something they like or the truth?

 The line between legitimate protest and hate speech has been blurred. Perhaps we should thank BDS – through their behaviour they have exposed themselves to be the frauds and bigots they really are.

Why Must Israelis Pay Such a High Cost for ‘Peace’?

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http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/08/19/why-must-israelis-pay-such-a-high-cost-for-peace/

Last week, driving back from Jerusalem, I passed Ofer Prison. The notorious, high security facility is situated very close to the Qalandiya crossing between Israel and Ramallah. I noticed that the roads had been blocked in preparation for the release of the first batch of  Palestinian prisoners in a “goodwill gesture” from Israel.

These are not political prisoners or petty criminals; these are terrorists with blood on their hands, who carried out or were instrumental in the murder of Israelis.

My heart felt heavy. I could only think about the bereaved families who would have to relive the trauma of their loved one’s death yet again, the justice they had so hoped for being slowly eroded.

What about their human rights? They have become pawns for deluded leaders who think that such magnanimous gestures will make a difference to a partner who has declared its intentions of a “Judenrein” (Jew Free) country.

This is the price that we have to pay for a peace that many of us are skeptical about. Israel has made painful concessions for peace over and over, all of which have yielded no practical results.

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In fact, this August marks eight years since the disengagement from Gaza. Israel removed all citizens from the troubled area (including digging up the dead). What was our reward?  Thousands of rockets raining down on our Southern towns. So much for extending an outstretched hand towards peace!

No other country in the world would be expected to make such concessions towards peace. Once again, Israel is held to an impossible double standard. Would the U.S. release Ramzi Yousef, perpetrator of the 1993 bombing on the World Trade Center? Would the murderers who slaughtered Lee Ribgy in the streets of London in broad daylight be released anytime soon?  How about Boston bomber, Tsarnaev? I think not.

The expectation is reserved for Israel alone , and we are expected to make concession after concession in the pursuit for peace.

The world is eerily silent on the Palestinian training camps that produce these murderers. No kumbaya around the campfire for these children. Instead, a heavy diet of Jew-hatred, plots to kidnap Israeli soldiers, and the extolling of martyrdom is prescribed for these Palestinian children.

In my opinion it is child abuse. The indoctrination of innocent young minds robbed of their childhood. These are not future nation builders, these are future cannon fodder for terror groups. But should Israel build just one apartment in East Jerusalem….

Let us have a look at the type of individuals who will be released back into society and their list of illustrious achievements. These are the men who murder Holocaust survivors, children, mothers, fathers, grandparents, tourists, and others with impunity.

These are the men who stab, shoot, hack, and desecrate the bodies of their victims by claiming body parts as trophies. Their names will not be immortalised here but their acts are mentioned to serve as a warning to the rest of the world as to the kinds of “people” we are dealing with.

The price that we pay is more than we can bear. Our collective hearts are with the families of the victims whose trauma never ends and is exacerbated at a time like this.

Their tear stained faces broke our hears as they protested outside Israel’s Supreme Court, holding up pictures of their loved ones. As we continue with each phase of these releases, it becomes more and more incumbent on us to remember the victims and their families.

Heavy is the heart of the Israeli people. Painful is the price we pay for peace.

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Another pig in the wall?

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http://www.tlvfaces.com/roger-waters-another-pig-in-the-wall/

Someone please get Roger Waters a new hobby. May I suggest knitting or macramé? Something that keeps him busy and takes his attention away from offending Jews.

 At a recent concert, Waters released an inflatable pig with a Magen David (Star of David) painted on it. A “pig-drone” of sorts. The song was “Run like Hell”. Now far be it for me to drone on (pun very much intended) but displaying a sacred religious symbol next to fascist symbols like the hammer and sickle that represent communism smacks of something far more nasty.

 Now we know Roger is the poster child for BDS and has a penchant for walls and kangaroos (excuse my very lateral reference to the Russel Tribunal!) and would balk at any allegations that would insinuate that he is anti-Semitic. Isn’t he just an artist exploring his creativity?

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No Rog, you aren’t. Your politics are well known. While you have the right to spout your anti-Israel, BDS drivel, however misguided it may be, you have crossed the line. This time you are not making loaded statements about Israeli policy, this time you are taking a holy symbol and aligning it with the most hated forms of political governance.  Straight out of the Goebbels propaganda handbook.

The preferred tactics of the anti-Israel brigade is to disguise their intentions under the cover of concern for the Palestinians of other minority groups in Israel. It is a thinly veiled disguise. I think we should ask Waters where is the pig with the Ahmadinejad head? Where are the effigies spray painted with the likes of the most heinous human rights abusers? If you are at a loss, we have a whole neighbourhood full of them in the Middle East. Some throw opponents off the top of buildings, some throw acid on young girls in attempted honour killings, hell some even call for the destruction of a whole country!

 With rising levels of anti- Semitism around the world, this kind of action is not only offensive, it is irresponsible and alarming. It is just not kosher for a variety of reasons. This does not make you a creative and lyrical genius, all it show is that you have completely lost the plot. 

 Roger may I suggest you run like hell. Run yourself along to a much needed reality check.

No Rebecca Rachmany, Apartheid is NOT just a word

This blog post currently appears in The Times of Israel:

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/no-rebecca-rachmany-apartheid-is-not-just-a-word/

Ms Rachmany’s blog post “Israel is an Apartheid State” refers.

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/israel-is-an-apartheid-state/

Rachmany asserts that Israel is an Apartheid state because after all, the Apartheid is just a word. “I don’t know why people get all upset when people say Israel is an apartheid state. Like it’s some kind of curse or something. It’s just a word, and it has a specific meaning. Come to think of it, that’s how it is with curse words, right? If someone uses the correct terminology for a person born out of wedlock, the person will most certainly feel offended, whether or not they were born out of wedlock.”

 This opening salvo is so unbelievably trite and offensive that as a former citizen of South Africa, one who grew up bearing witness and yes, as a white child of privilege, I feel compelled to respond. I benefited from the system that was designed to oppress the majority of my countrymen based on their race. I am not proud of this but I am proud of South Africa’s transition to democracy, the same as I am proud of Israeli democracy.

 The definition of Apartheid is not the diluted version included in Rachmany’s blog. Rather it pertains to the legislated laws of discrimination based on race that deemed non-white citizens of South Africa to be second class citizens. The Apartheid laws also pertained to forced removal of people from their homes and their relegation to inferior neighbourhoods.

 

A fundamental fact: there are two judicial systems in Israel and the West bank because one people is governed by the State of Israel and the other the Palestinian Authority.

 

Ms Rachmany, Apartheid is not merely a word or label as you imply. For the millions of South Africans who suffered under the  regime, Apartheid meant oppression and segregation, racial discrimination  and inferior rights. Apartheid was forced removals from homes and for some, forced exile from their country. Apartheid was loved one’s mysteriously disappearing after arrests and never coming back.

 No, Apartheid is not a word to be bandied around like “bastard”. You say that Arab beauty queens are “irrelevant” and so is the assistance we give to Syrian’s in need of medical help. The Apartheid laws permeated every aspect of society in South Africa. The idea of medical assistance to citizens of an enemy country or beauty queens who were not lily white was unthinkable in Apartheid South Africa. So were black entrepreneurs, mixed schools and universities, equal opportunity employment, voting rights, serving in the army and representation in government.

 I grew up believing that there was no such thing as black children, because I never saw any. They were forbidden to attend my school, play in the same park, attend the same ballet lessons as me. I also thought that “nannies”(domestic workers) did not like park benches and preferred to sit on the grass. My childish brain could hardly compute an idea that black people were forbidden to sit on the same park benches as white people.

 This is just a snippet of what it was like. Imagine if you will, what it was like to grow up in a shack, without plumbing, to study in the language of the oppressor and to be excluded from every facet of society including using the same toilet.

 THAT was Apartheid Ms Rachmany. Oh and in Apartheid South Africa, you would not have been allowed to write the above mentioned blog post. You would have been arrested and subjected to a very harsh interrogation.

 

Yes there is racism in Israel. The same as in any other country. It is heinous and unacceptable but to accuse Israel of being an ApartheidState based on the arguments and definitions that you use belittles the suffering of its victims.

 If you are going to use labels, you may want to be more aware. Apartheid is synonymous with suffering and oppression and while it has become trendy amongst the anti-Israel camp, it has very serious ramifications. Don’t dishonour the victims.

 Rolene Marks is a South African olah and volunteer member of the Media Team Israel and Truth be Told, an advocacy body that fights media bias. She has appeared on radio, television and has been published in numerous global publications. Visit her blog:www.rorosrantings.wordpress.com

 

 

Rachmany asserts that Israel is an Apartheid state because after all, the Apartheid is just a word. “I don’t know why people get all upset when people say Israel is an apartheid state. Like it’s some kind of curse or something. It’s just a word, and it has a specific meaning. Come to think of it, that’s how it is with curse words, right? If someone uses the correct terminology for a person born out of wedlock, the person will most certainly feel offended, whether or not they were born out of wedlock.”

 

This opening salvo is so unbelievably trite and offensive that as a former citizen of South Africa, one who grew up bearing witness and yes, as a white child of privilege, I feel compelled to respond. I benefited from the system that was designed to oppress the majority of my countrymen based on their race. I am not proud of this but I am proud of South Africa’s transition to democracy, the same as I am proud of Israeli democracy.

 

The definition of Apartheid is not the diluted version included in Rachmany’s blog. Rather it pertains to the legislated laws of discrimination based on race that deemed non-white citizens of South Africa to be second class citizens. The Apartheid laws also pertained to forced removal of people from their homes and their relegation to inferior neighbourhoods.

 

 

A fundamental fact: there are two judicial systems in Israel and the West bank because one people is governed by the State of Israel and the other the Palestinian Authority.

 

Ms Rachmany, Apartheid is not merely a word or label as you imply. For the millions of South Africans who suffered under the  regime, Apartheid meant oppression and segregation, racial discrimination  and inferior rights. Apartheid was forced removals from homes and for some, forced exile from their country. Apartheid was loved one’s mysteriously disappearing after arrests and never coming back.

 

No, Apartheid is not a word to be bandied around like “bastard”. You say that Arab beauty queens are “irrelevant” and so is the assistance we give to Syrian’s in need of medical help. The Apartheid laws permeated every aspect of society in South Africa. The idea of medical assistance to citizens of an enemy country or beauty queens who were not lily white was unthinkable in Apartheid South Africa. So were black entrepreneurs, mixed schools and universities, equal opportunity employment, voting rights, serving in the army and representation in government.

 

I grew up believing that there was no such thing as black children, because I never saw any. They were forbidden to attend my school, play in the same park, attend the same ballet lessons as me. I also thought that “nannies”(domestic workers) did not like park benches and preferred to sit on the grass. My childish brain could hardly compute an idea that black people were forbidden to sit on the same park benches as white people.

 

This is just a snippet of what it was like. Imagine if you will, what it was like to grow up in a shack, without plumbing, to study in the language of the oppressor and to be excluded from every facet of society including using the same toilet.

 

THAT was Apartheid Ms Rachmany. Oh and in Apartheid South Africa, you would not have been allowed to write the above mentioned blog post. You would have been arrested and subjected to a very harsh interrogation.

 

Yes there is racism in Israel. The same as in any other country. It is heinous and unacceptable but to accuse Israel of being an ApartheidState based on the arguments and definitions that you use belittles the suffering of its victims.

 

If you are going to use labels, you may want to be more aware. Apartheid is synonymous with suffering and oppression and while it has become trendy among the anti-Israel camp, it has very serious ramifications. Don’t dishonour the victims.

 Rolene Marks is a South African olah and volunteer member of the Media Team Israel and Truth be Told, an advocacy body that fights media bias. She has appeared on radio, television and has been published in numerous global publications. Visit her blog:www.rorosrantings.wordpress.com

Apartheid – More than just a word..

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http://honestreporting.com/apartheid-more-than-just-a-word/

Apartheid. Just the mention of the word is emotive, evocative and provocative. For millions of South Africans who suffered under the Apartheid regime, the word is synonymous with suffering, discrimination and racism.

 

Today the word Apartheid has been hijacked by Israel’s detractors as a way to launch a well-orchestrated assault on her legitimacy as a State. They capitalise on the emotional response and that the very mention of the word and the images that are conjured up to plan campaigns that are based on their own particular brand of racism – anti-Semitism.

 

Why has the comparison between Israel and Apartheid South Africa gained so much trajectory over the last decade? The Durban Conference on Racism that was held in South Africa in 2001 became the spring board where this comparison really gained ground. Not since Nazi Germany had such nasty invective and accusations been levelled against Israel and the Jewish people.

 

The rational behind this is that if Israel is compared to and demonised just as much as Apartheid South Africa was, then treating the Jewish state like a pariah and meting out the same treatment in the form of boycotts, divestment and sanction policies is the logical step. In fact, if Israel is as odious as South Africa was, should it exist at all? And here lies one of the fundamental differences. At no point during the Apartheid years was South Africa’s legitimacy or existence as a state challenged, just the racist governmental policy.

 

Israel being singled out for opprobrium at the  expense of other conflict regions and states that are guilty of human rights abuse smacks of something more sinister.

 

What was Apartheid? Apartheid is defined as the discriminatory and oppressive laws based on race that deemed one group of people (non-white) as inferior and legislation in all spheres to support that. It also pertains to the forced removal of people of colour from their neighbourhoods and relocated to less desirable areas.

 

Does racism exist in Israel? Yes it does. Just as it does in Canada, America, Brazil, South Africa or any other country in the world. It is abhorrent and inexcusable but is it state legislated and policy like it was in Nazi Germany or South Africa. No, and to single Israel out exposes a shocking double standard. Israeli Arabs who are citizens of Israel enjoy equal voting rights, representation in government, right to education in the same schools and

universities as anyone else, in fact Arabic is an official language and all inalienable rights. Israel’s critics will argue but what  Palestinians? Aren’t they subject to Apartheid that is worse then South Africa at the hands of Israel?

 

Israel famously disengaged from Gaza in 2005, removing the citizens that had settled there, including the dead. Any Israeli presence was removed from the area and an opportunity was created for the Palestinians to make overtures towards peace. Instead a vacuum was created that led to the fundamentalist Hamas taking control of the territory. This new regime persecuted and got rid of any opposition and installed an Islamist leadership that quickly imposed harsh restrictions and trampled on human rights including on the media,

religion, women and sexual orientation.

 

Israel’s detractors make the comparison of Hamas being a liberation movement for the Palestinian but can we really compare the genocidal Hamas Charter which advocates the destruction of the Jews and Israel to the ANC Freedom Charter which calls for equal rights and inclusion of all citizens of South Africa regardless of race or history. To do so maligns everything those who fought to end Apartheid injustice stood for and the hard work by veterans such as Nelson Mandela to broker reconciliation.

 

If we are going to point a finger at any regime practicing Apartheid in the Middle East, Hamas is certainly a top contender. Other’s include Lebanon and Jordan and others who with hold the rights of citizenship from Palestinians, relegating them to perpetual second-class citizenship status. What about Iran or Saudi Arabia whose records on human rights are deplorable?

 

Mahmoud Abbas, has famously declared that no Jews would be allowed to live in a future PalestinianState. Is this not Apartheid?

 

The Rev. Kenneth Meshoe, leader of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) had this to say about the Israel Apartheid analogy, “As a black South African who lived under apartheid, …in my view, Israel cannot be compared to apartheid in South Africa, Those who make the accusation expose their ignorance of what apartheid really is. Black, brown and white Jews and the Arab minority mingle freely in all public places, universities, restaurants, voting stations and public transportation. All people have the right to vote. The Arab minority has political parties, serves in the Israeli parliament (Knesset) and holds positions in government ministries, the police force and the security services. In hospitals, Palestinian patients lie in beds next to Israeli Jews, and doctors and nurses are as likely to be Israeli Arabs as Jews. …None of the above was legally permissible in apartheid South Africa!” 

 

Despite evidence and statements to the contrary, Israel continues to to face accusations of Apartheid practices. The singling out of Israel for approbation in the media, United Nations, university campuses and farcical tribunals like the Russell reinforces the idea of an anti-Semitic cabal. Now that is racism.