The Misuse of the word Apartheid

 

R.P. BenDedek Muslims
I neither wrote this article nor is the article complete. It is an excerpt only from a very lengthy article titled Exposing the Myth of an Apartheid Israel by Alex Grobman.

Most people read the news (a very dangerous thing to do at this point in history) and more often than not what they really do is read into a story what is not actually written. A good writer can deceive his readers, misleading and misdirecting them with emotive language. When you read carefully you can often see slipped in half way down an article, a disclaimer (for the want of a better word) which contains the actual truth.

However, sometimes people take article statements for granted because it plays to their bias and prejudice. They simply accept that what they are told is true. The article below is about Israeli Apartheid. This is what the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement would have you believe about Israel. Very few people take the time to investigate what they are told. That is of course how fake news spreads.

In this excerpt below which comes from Times of Israel website, the author, who lived under South African Apartheid, not only explains what Apartheid is, but why Israel does not practice Apartheid.

Read the full article to fully understand what appears here.

Exposing the Myth of an Apartheid Israel
by Alex Grobman

On a trip to the U.S, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Meshoe, a member of the South African Parliament, president of the African Christian Democratic Party and chairman of the South African Israel Allies Caucus, expressed his profound concern about the ad campaign on San Francisco’s Muni transportation system urging an end to U.S. support for Israel. A group of Christian, Jewish and Muslims has funded the ad campaign since 2010. [1]

Having lived as a black South African under apartheid and having visited Israel numerous times, he said there is no basis for those accusing Israel of being an apartheid state. Apartheid is a legal system of segregation based on color, with a white majority in control of the government. Under apartheid, people of color could not vote, hold office or travel freely in their own country.

[1] Rev. Dr. Kenneth Meshoe, “Pro-Palestinian ads misrepresent apartheid,” San Francisco Examiner (May 15, 2013); Will Reisman, “Mideast conflict spills onto BART walls,” San Francisco Examiner (January 12, 2012).

[2] Rev. Dr. Kenneth Meshoe, “Pro-Palestinian ads misrepresent apartheid,” San Francisco Examiner (May 15, 2013); Reisman, “Mideast conflict spills onto BART walls,” San Francisco Examiner (January 12, 2012); Robbie Sabel, “The Campaign to Delegitimize Israel with the False Charge of Apartheid,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, (2009).

Conclusion

By any standard, including the one established by the International Committee of the Red Cross, [84] Israel is not even remotely an apartheid state.

Even when Israel rescued black Ethiopian Jews, questions were raised about her motives. As historians David and Richard Landes observed, “The rights of Israel’s Jewish citizens are among the most protected on the planet. To some, this may seem racist, like the German news commentator who felt the rescue of the Falashas from Ethiopia was racist: Why did the Israelis take only Jews out? Actually, the irony was there to savor. This was the first group of Africans since the Exodus brought out of Africa for freedom rather than slavery.”[85]

Promoting the charges of “apartheid,” has consequences. Bassam Tawil, an Arab writer, wrote that “there is not a single Israeli Arab citizen willing to give up his Israeli ID card — a choice that embarrassingly contradicts this Palestinian contention.” When Israel’s former Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman, “suggested to the residents of the Israeli Arab city Umm al-Fahm the option of moving the city border to within the Palestinian Authority. They would retain their houses, lands and property, and relinquish only their Israeli citizenship. They refused outright.”[86]

“We cannot lie to ourselves,” he said. “There is not one single Israeli Arab willing to give up Israel’s ‘apartheid’ in exchange for the rule of the Palestinian Authority. Its amateurish propaganda only serves to destroy its credibility..”[87]

[84] “How Does Law Protect in War?” Apartheid Glossary (May 28, 2005) https://www.icrc.org/casebook/doc/glossary/apartheid-glossary.htm)

Apartheid 28-05-2012 Glossary.

This term comprises the following inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining the domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them:

a. denial to a member or members of a racial group or groups or the right to life and liberty of persons (by murder of its members, inflicting upon them serious bodily or mental harm, infringement of their freedom, or by subjecting them to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, or by arbitrary arrest and illegal imprisonment of its members);

b. deliberate imposition on a racial group or groups of living conditions calculated to cause its or their physical destruction in whole or in part;

c. measures calculated to prevent a racial group or groups from participating in the political, social, economic or cultural life of the country, and the deliberate creation of conditions preventing the full development of such a group or groups (by denying to their members basic human rights and freedoms, including the right to work, the right to form recognized trade unions, the right to education, the right to leave and return to their country, the right to a nationality, the right to freedom of movement and residence, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the right of freedom of peaceful assembly and association).

To read just how ineffective BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) have been in punishing Israel look at the following short videos presented by Ambassador (ret) Yoram Ettinger.

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Israel’s unprecedented global economic integration

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Author: R.P. BenDedek

R.P. BenDedek was born in 1953 and grew up in Brisbane Australia. From 2003 to 2017 he has been teaching in The People's Republic of China. Along with photographic stories from China he has been writing social and political commentaries since 2004. He was the temporary editor of Magic City Morning Star from 2009 - 2016 and currently has a column at iPatriot.com. He is the author of a chronological history of ancient Israel titled 'the King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' and author of 'Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story.' He is divorced; has 5 children and 16 grandchildren. He is a 4th generation Australian from a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse family. He has no time for Sociopathic Ideologues or Useful Idiots.