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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Palestinians Accuse Israel of Apartheid

The favorite accusation of Palestinians has been to call Israel an apartheid state. Noam Chomsky is one of the writers who has joined in with many in the UN linking Israel with South African practices. This was even repeated in a recent meeting in Olympia of a Food Co-op who voted to boycott Israel's products because of their practice of "apartheid". They said they felt it was useful against South Africa. (see my previous blog on this)

Nothing could be further from the truth. According to international law of 1973, the U.N. defines apartheid as "inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group....over another racial group...and systematically oppressing them...including racial segregation and discrimination as in southern Africa.

Israel contains over one million Arab (Palestinian) citizens. They are in the knesset (the government). They are citizens with the same rights as the Jewish citizens. Nothing is restricted to them like our black citizens endured in the United States such as water fountains, bathrooms, schools, etc. An example is a hospital. Jewish and Arab babies are born in the same delivery room with the same doctors and nurses. In one case cited, the surgeon was Jewish, the anaesthetist was Arab, nurses were both. My apartment in Safed had Muslims speaking Arabic and Hebrew as well as Israelis speaking both. Schools teach Hebrew, English, and a choice of either French or Arabic. The children take three languages at the same time and think nothing of it. Arab and Jewish children help each other with their language lessons.

Israel is home to people from more than 70 countries. It is a small melting pot. Israeli Arabs are in politics, legal and medical professions and sports. In 1999, Rana Raslan, 21 years old, became the first Israeli-Arab woman to be named "Miss Israel."

Israel is made up of Jews that have lived outside of the Middle East called Ashkenazim, and Jews from the Middle East called Sephardim. Since its inception, as in the USA, they are inter-marrying. Not only did Arabs flee Israel, but Jews were pushed out of the Middle East countries into Israel.

Israel is a majority-rule democracy with equal rights for all citizens. Palestinians are Arabs who did not leave when Israel was created a state in 1948. Others, who left at the call of their leaders, were told that the Arab soldiers would win the attack which would allow these that fled to return and live in the homes of Jews if they wanted. It didn't happen and they wound up in camps in Gaza, primarily. Some also lived in Judea and Samaria. Actually, there were very few compared to the numbers of today. One reason is Muslim law that allows 4 wives per man, and they are having unlimited numbers of children.

I am a Jew and lived in Israel from 1980-1985. My girlfriend from our Hebrew class in Haifa was able to tour Egypt during our Spring break in 1982. This became possible after the War of 1972, another time when all the Arabs attacked Israel only to lose again. However, I could not tour in other Muslim countries. They did not allow Jews at all. Jordan's workers had been coming into Israel for jobs, and then they would go back. However, I couldn't go there as a tourist either, as I'm Jewish. It wasn't until October 26, 1994 that Hussein I of Jordan and Rabin signed a peace treaty which included an article 17 promoting tourism. How about Saudi Arabia? Forget it. I'm quite sure they wouldn't allow me in, even with my blonde hair. Luckily, we had signed a peace treaty with Egypt.

After the war of 1967, Gaza and the West Bank fell into Israel's hands as a result of their winning the war after a huge attack of all Arab countries. Gaza had been under Egypt's rule. Israel tried to make it better for the people, but they were more interested in killing Jews. This is why walls were put up in Judea/Samaria, and roads had to be monitored in Gaza. Israel even pulled out all its Jewish citizens from Gaza, but this only allowed the Hamas terrorists to take over and chase a more moderate but ineffectual Abbas out. He sought refuge in Judea/Samaria where he lives now. He was a leader replacing Arafat.

The Palestinian charter is definite in its goal to destroy Israel. We have offered the olive branch but it has been stomped on. It's hard to put up with people who only want to kill you, demonstrating their belief by rocket-shelling your land for over the past 6 years which continues today.

The Nazis found that by repeating something over and over, most people start to believe it. The Arabs were on the side of Germany in the WWI. That's when the Ottoman Empire of Turkey went kaput. They've taken into their own practice this idea of repetition, and keep crying that Israel is apartheid.

This problem is not one of racial hatred. It's a problem of religious intolerence of the Arabs refusing to accept a Jewish state back in its rightful place in their midst. Jews were in this ancient land before there was a religion of Islam or even Christianity. Jews have been the ones injured in this, not the Arabs. The U.N. has done nothing to prevent this type of action. It was the U.N. who baptized Israel as a state and accepted into the U.N. family, yet they side with Israel's accusers as they have money, power and oil.

Gaza and the Judea/Samaria area are not part of Israel and the people there are not Israeli citizens. Arafat maintained that distance long ago. Barriers have gone up for one reason, to protect Israeli citizens from physical harm from people who want to kill them. People in these areass are governed by Palestinian Authority, carry Palestinian I.D. cards issued by Palestinian Authority with Israeli permission and elect members of the governing Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian citizens in Israel would not be happy living under Abbas or Hamas's regime at all. They've been enjoying too many freedoms. By continuing to hate Jews, the rest in Gaza and Judea/Samaria can only blame themselves, not Israel, for any discomforts.

Israel is the only Jewish state in the world, created as a haven for Jews who have suffered from persecution ever since 70 A.D. I was a part of this ingathering of Jews from all corners of the world. This is a period of time prophesized about in the Bible. We have finally returned to our own land. There are 47 Muslim states in the world. Indonesia , the country President Obama lived in with his step-father and mother, ranks according to IMF's world Economic Outlook database for 2007 as #1 with 228,582,000 people and 86.1% are Sunni Muslims. Of Israel's neighbors, Egypt is #5 with 77,100,000 people and 90% are Sunni Muslims. Iran, though not really close, is in striking distance. It is #6 and has 71,517,100 people and 98% are Shi'a Muslims. Syria, on the border, has 19,405,000 people with 90% Sunni Muslims. Jordan , right next door on the Eastside, is #30 with 5,568,565 people and is 95% Sunni Muslim. That's about the size of Israel of about 6,000,000 Jews and a million Muslims. Lebanon in the North is #35 with 4,196,453 people at 60% Shi'a/Sunni. Their Major Hadad of the Christian Militia had been Israel's friend. In 82 we had a war with Lebanon over the Christians attacking the Muslims. That's another story.

We, of all people, are not practicing apartheid. That term applies a racial component and this isn't the case with Jews versus Palestinians. Because this doesn't fit the description of South Africa's Apartheid, in 2002 the Roma Statute of the International Criminal Court came up with an identifiable national, ethnic or cultural group instead of a racial group. Their 2009 report continued with socially constructed groups distinguished by ancestry or descent as well as nationality, ethnicity, and religion.

These may be the reasons Palestinians have been fighting us, but this law is turning the tables of who is to blame. The minute Israel was declared a state the Palestinians and other Arabs attacked us. This has been going on intermittedly for the past 62 years. Their religious intolerance has not allowed them to abide by international law in accepting us as a new state in the neighborhood. What is left to do but defend ourselves and hope for better times.

Dry Bones in the Jewish Review today says it all. Two people are talking. One says, Gaza is firing missiles again at Israeli cities and towns, But it's no big deal. The other fellow says, "It's no big deal?" "Nope", the first retorts. "And it won't be a big deal until Israel fires back." And that's the way it has been going. When we try to defend ourselves, everyone yells and complains.

The same paper headlined with Israel's right wing is now pushing for a one state solution, which would bring in over another million and a half Arabs in Judea/Samaria as citizens. The reasoning is that most Jews in Israel have been coming around in seeing that the two-state model won't happen because the obstacles to an Israeli-Palestinian agreement are insurmountable. Moshe Arans, former Israeli defense and foreign minister is behind this idea. He feels Israel would still have a 60% majority and still be a Jewish state. I say nope. It would only last for 9 months. The Muslims would quickly outnumber us, and might even bring in all their relatives on the outside. It's too risky. I just wish that Obama would see that he and the quartet are pushing for the impossible. Logic shows it isn't workable.

Free the Palestinians, they chant. Only they can free themselves by changing their intolerance and their charter. Perhaps then they will become productive citizens and have a better life.
Stand With Us publication- Israel Is... Diverse.
Jewish Review, August 15, 2010. Page 1 (front page) & 19 Israelis debate one state.


JS Morton said...

I sat in awe at the overall tempo of the meeting (Olympic Foods Co-Op) One of two black folks that I could see. The room could not applaud or speak without having been put onto a list (Members only) I was handed the last ticket to enter the forum as a non-member.
Here I was sitting in a room where adults would flutter their outstretched arms in agreement for one side or the other. Most were pro boycott. During the course of the discussion we were asked to stand and to stretch and wiggle if you will because we were, "Human" was what the lady said!
I witnessed a few Jewish folks who were pro boycott speak which to me personally, causes a momentary circuitry overload for all that makes common sense in my "Human" brain.
The woman who stood and spoke about boycotting America because of the land that "America stole" from the Indians bordered on insanity as far as her passion concerning this history.
I felt as if I was in the audience sharing a discussion with patients of an asylum! The exploitation of "Human" emotion rather then fact was overwhelming. It is easier now for me to see how people like Hitler, Stalin, Antiocus Epiphanes IV could do what they did...followers, those in allegiance with lunacy!
The facts surrounding the history of Israel's valiant struggle 3500 years or more to survive on our planet was not even mentioned. The Arabs who have no archaeological history, architectural history, No kings or queens or royal families in the history books to represent so called, Palestinian history were spoken of as poor innocents (Many are to be sure) The murderers and insane b_stards that kill people under the banner of so called Palestinian refugees don't even fit in what we call "normal society were praised!!!!!!
The Jewish men who boarded a plane so as to kill over 3000 people were not mentioned. Nor was the Jewish mothers who strapped bombs onto their backs in order to blow up and kill other innocent people, they were not mentioned either. Let us not forget the hordes of Jewish children who are strapped with bombs and explosives for the expressed purpose of killing other children. No, none of these Jewish people were brought up. Could it be because, in TRUTH...their are none?
Apartheid you say? While Israel is accused of apartheid...the rest of the Arab world via radical Islam practices GENOCIDE all over the globe......Not one organization that I know of is boycotting this madness. I thought and still do that the forum held in Olympia, WA was utter and complete madness put on display....This microcosm of folks represents a shift in the HUMAN is quite clear to me that most of us raised children who are as brain dead as is this repulsive boycott!
I left this meeting of political correct "nutballs' thinking...We are in trouble...Terrible trouble! These people will be the first to have their throats cut or the first to be beheaded should sharia prevail and they truly are too dumb to

Jeff Morton
Lakewood, WA

Nadene Goldfoot said...

Thank you so much, Jeff, for this comment. I appreciate it very much as you were an eye witness to this meeting. When I told my friends that the boycotters were accusing us of apartheid, they couldn't believe such a thing. I'm ashamed of my Jewish cc-religionists who did not defend Israel. I did write to the Co-op before the meeting and protested what they were doing. I doubt if they read anything.

Mary Fall said...

Thanks for the eyewitness report Jeff. I wasn't there because I didn't know about it in time, but now I'm glad I wasn't. I just couldn't have taken it. Giving these people the truth is useless because they are all moral relativists. To them, there is no truth. Truth is whatever you want or need it to be at any given moment. That's why it is almost a waste of breath to argue with or even attempt to have a discussion with them. The only thing to do is fight them.

Nadene Goldfoot said...

Jeff, thanks for attending the ante-chamber to Hell that was the meeting at Olympia Food to boycott Israeli products. As you know, I had a gig that evening so could not attend. It was for you, as it would have been for me, Nadene, and all of us who still remain sane, a descent into the abyss. But the battle must continue to be fought in whatever way, skill and talent we may have individually or collectively. Thank you both for all you do.
Victor Sharpe

cc438de said...

THE QUORAN STATES THAT MUHAMMAD HATED HYPOCRITES MORE THEN HE HATED JEWS AND CHRISTIANS, HYPOCRITES ARE THE WORSE ENEMY OF ISLAM. NOTE: The five to six million Muslims living in the U.S. that totally believe in the quoran are hypocrites
B.G. go to google and type:

Nadene Goldfoot said...

I had a hard time manuvering through the Glasser Report. I really doubt if the Muslim world hates America's Muslims. Whatever does Glasser think makes them hypocrites? I still think that we Jews are disliked the most with Christians following in a close 2nd. Reading the Koran makes me think this. Killing Christians of late in the Muslim world makes me think that, too.