Stein attacks President Carter for describing Israeli practices against
Palestinians under Israeli occupation. The facts on the ground show clearly
that Israeli practices, against the Palestinians under occupation as well as
Israeli Arab citizens, are racist and identical with those practiced in
Apartheid South Africa. This is confirmed by non other than Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who knew
what apartheid meant, as well as prominent Israeli authors and thinkers:
been very distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what
happened to us blacks in South Africa. I have seen the humiliation of the
Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white
police officers prevented us from moving about...The current divestment effort
is the first, though certainly not the only, necessary move in that
direction." -Archbishop Desmond Tutu
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ran the following op-ed, by John Dugard, a South African former anti-apartheid leader.
He is currently the Special Rapporteur on Palestine to the United Nations Human Rights
Council. He not only compares Israeli policies to apartheid, but says
that in many ways Israeli policies are worse than South African apartheid was. http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/stories/2006/11/29/1129edcarter.html
The noted Israeli author, MaximeGhilan,
stated in an editorial in the Feb. 1983 issue of the Paris-based magazine, Israel
and Palestine, :"Israel is a Western-type
democracy for Jews only......Arabs, who are citizens of the state of
Israel are less fortunate...They are not granted equal economic priviliges, are prevented from access to public housing and
loans given only 'to those who served in the IDF and allied services', bodies
into which most Israeli Arabs are not admitted. Finally, Israeli Arab workers
are economically discriminated against, receiving
lower pay than their Jewish counterparts.....Arabs in the territories,
conquered by Israel since 1967, have no rights whatsoever. Their children
are shot. beaten up, jailed; their young men
assassinated. Their women are brutalised. Their cars
are wantonly destroyed by hammer and bomb. Their elected mayors and leaders are
deposed......Their politicians are often deported. Foreign settlers jeer at
them, provoke them, squat in their homes and on their lands. International law,
concerning the behaviour of conquerors in conquered
land, is opely flouted."
The lateProfessor Israel Shahak,
a Holocaust survivor and chairman of the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights, summed it up accurately in his
statement: "It is my considered opinion that the state of Israel is a racist state in the full meaning of this term.
In this state, people are discriminated against, in the most permanent and
legal way and in the most important areas of life, only because of their
origin. This racist discrimination began in Zionism and is carried today mainly
in co-operation with the institutions of the Zionist movement." (Quote taken from The Racist Nature of Zionism and of
the Zionist State of Israel, an article published in Pi-Ha’aton,
the weekly newspaper of the students of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem,
Nov. 5, 1975.)
Derek Tozer, an Israeli thinker, stated: "The
official policy of the government (of Israel) is unequivocal. Arabs, like the Jews in Nazi
Germany, are officially ‘class B’ citizens, a fact which is recorded on their
The predicament of Israel’s roughly 1.2
million Arab citizens is evident, as the 2003 Israeli State Committee
of Inquiry made clear: "They suffer systemic
discrimination in employment, housing and education, and lack of equal access
to state resources."
Israel’s "Nationality and
Entering to Israel Law", passed by the cabinet in 2002, and reaffirmed annually by the
Knesset, and recently, May 2006, reaffirmed by a wide margin in the
Knesset, denies any Arab Israeli citizen the right to reside in Israel with his/her spouse if they marry a Palestinian.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned the law as racist,
and Israel-based B’Tselem human rights group, claims
that it contravenes the Israeli Basic Law.
I think "The National"
should look at the facts and allow a more balanced voice, than Janice
Stein, to tackle this question.