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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Israel is an Apartheid State

Many zionist try to say that Israel is not an apartheid state and that Israeli Arabs have equal rights as Jews in Israel, but this is a lie and is false because Israel mistreats its own Arab citizens as well as the Palestinians who live in the occupied territories, there is an Aparthied policy and discrimination against both Palestinians, whether citizens of Israel or the ones living in the west bank and gaza.

I'll quote Chomsky several times, he has studied the Israeli system and law very well and can help those zionist who don't know Israeli law themselves see how Israel is an apartheid state.

First in a Znet interview Chomsky says:

"The function of the Palestinian Authority (PA) was to control the domestic population of the Israeli-run neocolonial dependency. That is the way the process unfolded, step by step, including the Camp David suggestions. The Clinton-Barak stand (left vague and unambiguous) was hailed here as "remarkable" and "magnanimous," but a look at the facts made it clear that it was -- as commonly described in Israel -- a Bantustan proposal; that is presumably the reason why maps were carefully avoided in the US mainstream. It is true that Clinton-Barak advanced a few steps towards a Bantustan-style settlement of the kind that South Africa instituted in the darkest days of Apartheid."

In the Guaridan on May 11, 2002, Chomsky again says":

"A year ago, the Hebrew University sociologist Baruch Kimmerling observed that "what we feared has come true - War appears an unavoidable fate", an "evil colonial" war. His colleague Ze'ev Sternhell noted that the Israeli leadership was now engaged in "colonial policing, which recalls the takeover by the white police of the poor neighbourhoods of the blacks in South Africa during the apartheid era". Both stress the obvious: there is no symmetry between the "ethno-national groups" in this conflict, which is centred in territories that have been under harsh military occupation for 35 years."

In the same article in the Guardian he says:

"At the time, West Bank Palestinians were confined to 200 scattered areas. Bill Clinton and Israeli prime minister Barak did propose an improvement: consolidation to three cantons, under Israeli control, virtually separated from one another and from the fourth enclave, a small area of East Jerusalem, the centre of Palestinian communi-cations. The fifth canton was Gaza. It is understandable that maps are not to be found in the US mainstream. Nor is their prototype, the Bantustan "homelands" of apartheid South Africa, ever mentioned."

Chomsky says:
"Israel has a technique for dispossessing Israeli citizens—non-Jewish citizens—that’s apartheid. One of the ways of doing it is to declare an area a military zone, so therefore for security reasons people have to get out, and it always turns out that it’s never a Jewish area, it’s Palestinian, and then after it’s declared a security zone, you build settlements afterwards. And that’s what’s been going on. Palestinian villages had their lands taken away."

Chomsky was interviewed by the Journal of South African and American comparitive studies (Safundi), Safundi asks him:

Safundi: So it’s similar to the forced removals that were happening in South Africa.
Chomsky: Kind of, yes. And then, after people have forgotten about it, you go in and you build an all-Jewish city. And that’s what was happening. Palestinian villages were restricted and they started building an all-Jewish city, Karmiel. This was a closed area, and Uri Davis went in, breaking the law, to protest what was happening. And that was the first serious act of civil disobedience.
Safundi: This was when?
Chomsky: Some time in the Sixties, I forget exactly when. We’ve been friends for years. Then later, he started doing scholarly work on what he calls "Apartheid Israel." And that’s the internal structure of the society—in fact, I’ve written about it, too—and Ian Lustick, whom you may know, a professor at Penn, has written about it. But internally within Israel itself, forgetting the Occupied Territories, there is an extremely discriminatory system. It’s subtle, you know. They don’t have a law saying "Only Jews," but it’s there.
Safundi: So it’s similar then to Jim Crow South.
Chomsky: Even more than that. Jim Crow South was kind of informal apartheid, but here it’s formalized. So, for example, if you look at the land laws, and decode it all, what it amounts to is that about ninety percent of the land inside Israel is reserved to what’s called "people of Jewish race, religion and origin."
Safundi: They use the term "race."
Chomsky: "Race, religion, and origin." That’s in the contract between the state of Israel and the Jewish National Fund, which is a non-Israeli organization, which, however, by various bureaucratic arrangements, administers the land. So it turns out to have a major role in the land administration authority.

All of this is covered up enough so that nobody can say, "Look, here’s an apartheid law." You have to pull it out of the various regulations and practices, but it’s there. Effectively, it means that about ninety percent of the land, in one fashion or another, is reserved for the Jewish citizens of Israel. There is the occasional case of a short-term contract given to a Bedouin, but it’s close to…In fact it’s presented as a very progressive, socialist legislation. Because the land is nationalized, it’s not under private ownership, and this is regarded as very progressive, Western, leftist, you know, "this is terrific," but it’s just a technique for ensuring that the land would be reserved for Jewish citizens, not Arab citizens.
And then that shows up in every other way you can imagine, whether you have village development or schools, sewage—the usual things that just sharply discriminate.
So, in that sense, there is kind of an apartheid structure, and it’s built into the system. It’s also built into the immigration laws and all sorts of other things.
Safundi: You are making a distinction then between apartheid as it is understood internal to Israel, as opposed to the broader situation between Israel and the Occupied Territories.
Chomsky: Yes.
Safundi: So you would apply "apartheid" to that broader situation?
Chomsky: I would call it a Bantustan settlement. It’s very close to that. The actions are taken with U.S. funding, crucially. U.S. diplomatic, military, and economic support are crucial. It cannot be done without that.
Safundi: And that is similar to U.S. support for South Africa during the apartheid period through the 1980s.
Chomsky: Yes. As I’m sure you know, the Reagan Administration—which is basically the current people in power, including people like Colin Powell—found ways to evade Congressional restrictions so that they continued to support the apartheid administration, almost until the end.
It is a very long interview and it goes on, read it yourself at http://www.safundi.com/issues/13-14/chomsky.asp

The late and great Edward Said also compared Israel to Apartheid. No body said it is exactly like what happened in South Africa but many parallels can be made. When inteviewed by Progressive Magazine by David Barsamian, Edward Said said:

"By the year 2010, there will be demographic parity between the two, Palestinians and Israelis. The South Africans in a country twenty times bigger than Israel couldn't for long maintain apartheid. And it's unlikely that a place like Israel--which is surrounded on all sides by Arab states--is going to be able to maintain what, in effect, is a system of apartheid for Palestinians."

In the Guardian Unlimited, Edward Said wrote an article on October 12, 2000, where he says:"An alternative peace plan and leadership is slowly emerging among Israeli, West Bank, Gaza and diaspora Palestinians. No return to the Oslo framework; no compromise on the original UN resolutions (242, 338, and 194) "mandating the Madrid conference in 1991; removal of all settlements and military roads; evacuation of all the territories annexed or occupied in 1967; boycott of Israeli goods and services. A new sense may actually be dawning that only a mass movement against Israeli apartheid (similar to the South African variety) will work."

Israel is an aparthied state that should be boycotted and dismantled. The majority of Jews in Israel today come from outside of Israel (i will post soon on the demographics of Israel and from where most Israelis come from, bascially outside of Palestine), whereas ALL Palestinians come from Palestine, not outside of it like the majority of Israeli Jews.

Comments:
I agree about Israel, i am very ashamed about this fact,i visited there and i saw how the people treat the Palestinians and how they talk about them, they are so racist, it is very sad, i do not want to visit there again, it is a beautiful land but i can't stand they way the system is set-up, us Jews are privileged there and Israel has made all of us Jews look bad. I hope there will be a solution where both people can live together but honestly we've done a lot of wrong to them. Hopefully my people will wake up and realize the injustice we have done. I like your blog man, not all of us Jews think the same and not all of us are zionist, many of us like myself are progressive and fight for justice and freedom. Shalom.
 
thank you american jew, yes i know there are many anti-zionist jews and jews who really want peace and justice for the palestinians people. I know many myself and have worked with many Jewish progessives. thank you for your comments.
 
Chomsky is right. I don't much like his style of giving talks, but he's very good in terms of his analysis. Uri Davis is very interesting too. He was at my university to give a talk, he identifies as a Palestinian Jew. Unfortunately I missed the talk, but I've read a lot of pieces by him.

Great entry, Intifada.

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