Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Apartheid—it’s so last century

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz published an article giving the results of a survey conducted on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.  The original headline for the piece was “Most Israelis support an apartheid regime in Israel,” but a search for it today yielded a headline “Survey: Most Israeli Jews wouldn’t give Palestinians vote if West Bank was annexed.”  Under the new headline was a note that supposedly explained what they now consider a headline which “did not accurately reflect the findings” of the poll.

They didn’t say what they called the situation, if not apartheid. 

“The Palestinian minority in Israel: Systematic Discrimination” is the headline of an article in, a German based website.  The article goes on to say:

The Israeli government and its advocacy groups like to boast of the country's supposed democratic, multicultural way of life. In reality, Palestinians in Israel experience systematic discrimination in such a way that calls into question the validity of the "Jewish and democratic" formulation. By Ben White

It has been received wisdom in the West for decades to see Israel as "the only democracy in the Middle East". In recent times, however, Israeli policies have been subject to increased criticism, particularly in Europe – and specifically in terms of military action in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the territories occupied since 1967.

Unfortunately, criticism does not seem to have any effect on the actions of the Israeli government.  As a recent (October 31, 2012) article posted by Stop the War Coalition in the UK says, “The facts speak for themselves:  Israel is an apartheid state.”  The article has links to official UN documents stating the official definition of apartheid, and gives additional information of facts on the ground that support the headlines.



  1. I haven't seen anything sadder in a long time. sad sad sad. Your video was so sad.

    1. Thanks for watching, Clar.
      It is sad--and it's not getting any better.