They argued that Israel is a liberal democracy in which Arab citizens of Israel enjoy civil, religious, social, and political equality. As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict festers and the prospects for peace appear gloomier each day, it has become increasingly popular to compare the situation in Israel to the dying days of the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Leila Farsakh maintains that this system imposes "on Palestinians similar conditions to those faced by blacks under the pass laws. Concerning the West Bank, Goldstone wrote that the situation "is more complex. For in South Africa, while non-whites had to carry passes, there was generally freedom of movement in the sense that you could go anywhere unless and until you were called on to produce your pass.
The two countries developed and improved their respective weapons systems under such secrecy that not even American intelligence agencies knew the full extent of their cooperation.
Under apartheidthe minority white population 4. Under this racist policy, the non-white population was stripped of citizenship, and any and all non-white political representation was abolished, thus depriving the majority of the population of having any voice in the government.
The impact of their tryst was felt across the globe. Malan first visited Israel in But that was certainly not the extent of it. In addition to condemning apartheid, Meir forged close ties with the newly independent states of Africa, offering them everything from agricultural assistance to military training.
Yet the ugliness of apartheid still exists elsewhere, most notably in Israel. As two leading South African academics wrote in Israel worked very closely with the apartheid regime. The measure has been protested by settlers.
A few examples highlight the similarities of South African apartheid and Israeli apartheid: Even so, South African records pieced together with the oral testimony of retired high-level officials in both countries provide a startlingly clear, if incomplete, picture of the relationship.
Falk reported to the General Assembly Third Committee that "the nature of the occupation as of substantiates earlier allegations of colonialism and apartheid in evidence and law to a greater extent than was the case even three years ago.
The Jewish outlook is that every man was born in the image of God and created equal. Back in Johannesburg, the opposition journalist Benjamin Pogrund was sickened as he watched the spectacle on television.
He said that racist ideologies such as apartheid favor discrimination on the grounds of alleged biological differences, yet few people are as biologically heterogeneous as the Jews. Falk said, "The continued pattern of settlement expansion in East Jerusalem combined with the forcible eviction of long-residing Palestinians is creating an intolerable situation Excerpted by permission of Pantheon, a division of Random House, Inc.
Inthe Knesset passed legislation that allowed admissions committees to function in smaller communities in the Galilee and the Negev, while explicitly forbidding committees to bar applicants on the basis of race, religion, sex, ethnicity, disability, personal status, age, parenthood, sexual orientation, country of origin, political views, or political affiliation.
Another major effort was the grassroots campaign to encourage institutional investors to withdraw all investment from countries based in South Africa. It must be remembered that the U.
There were many political prisoners on Robben Island but there are more Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails.
Special Rapporteur for Palestine John Dugard stated, "elements of the Israeli occupation constitute forms of colonialism and of apartheid, which are contrary to international law" and suggested that the "legal consequences of a prolonged occupation with features of colonialism and apartheid" be put to the International Court of Justice.
Tracking down the key protagonists led me to sprawling rural farms and gated retirement communities. Those who argue for applying the term to Israel generally acknowledge the differences in the South African case but argue that a wider definition of apartheid, enshrined in the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, UN General Assembly Resolution30 Novcovers the Israeli case as well.
The eulogies from Israeli leaders in response to the death of Nelson Mandela are pouring in. The impact of the Israel lobby on American politics is nothing new, though.
The Israelis responded warmly to his declaration that "there will be a new constitution" in South Africa, "which we believe should be one which will prevent domination, in any form, by a minority, but also domination by a majority in the sense that no majority should be in a position to abuse its power.
I have therefore not relied exclusively on oral history. Israel, of course, is a different story. We are faced with an increasing onslaught on criticism of Israel with attempts being made to drawn the lines ever more narrowly.
He remains active in campaigning for Palestinian rights, for pluralism in the Jewish community, against antisemitism and in supporting Free Speech on Israel. Deciding the race of an individual was hardly scientific.
From the offices of defense contractors to assisted living communities, I was treated to battlefield tales and old photo albums offering glimpses of a relationship that until now few government officials have dared to talk about.The links to Israel for the DA came with its main funder, Harry Oppenheimer who had accumulated vast wealth in South Africa through the exploitation of Black labour and land dispossession throughout colonial rule and later Apartheid.
Mar 31, · Why Israel Is Nothing Like Apartheid South Africa. By Benjamin Pogrund.
The idea that Israel is an apartheid state is a staple of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which has made. Many campuses around the world already hold annual Israel Apartheid Week events.
Those events rarely distinguish between Arab citizens of Israel and Palestinians living under Israeli control in. This year, the 14th Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will be commemorated in nearly cities around the world. Commonly referred to as IAW, I as a South African do not think that a more apt name could have been chosen to highlight the atrocities carried out on a daily basis by the Israeli Zionist regime.
South Africa levels apartheid charge at Israel, drawing seething response Israel protests after Pretoria diplomat at UN Human Rights Council says Jewish state is the only apartheid state in the world. History.
Inthe South African prime minister and architect of South Africa's apartheid policies, Hendrik Verwoerd, dismissed an Israeli vote against South African apartheid at the United Nations, saying, "Israel is not consistent in its new anti-apartheid attitude they took Israel away from the Arabs after the Arabs lived there for a .Download