Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Apartheid state

Basim sent me this:  "Desmond Tutu just penned an article entitled "Justice requires action to stop subjugation of Palestinians."
See the following paragraphs. The bold is my own:
Black South Africans and others around the world have seen the 2010 Human Rights Watch report which "describes the two-tier system of laws, rules, and services that Israel operates for the two populations in areas in the West Bank under its exclusive control, which provide preferential services, development, and benefits for Jewish settlers while imposing harsh conditions on Palestinians." This, in my book, is apartheid. It is untenable. And we are in desperate need of more rabbis joining the brave rabbis of Jewish Voice for Peace in speaking forthrightly about the corrupting decadeslong Israeli domination over Palestinians.
These are among the hardest words I have ever written. But they are vitally important. Not only is Israel harming Palestinians, but it is harming itself. The 1,200 rabbis may not like what I have to say, but it is long past time for them to remove the blinders from their eyes and grapple with the reality that Israel becoming an apartheid state or like South Africa in its denial of equal rights is not a future danger, as three former Israeli prime ministers — Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert and David Ben Gurion — have warned, but a present-day reality.
Why is calling Israel an apartheid state -- from someone who has lived under apartheid and can easily recognize it -- the "among hardest words I have ever written" ? Shouldn't they be the easiest?
Why are three war criminals -- practionerrs of racism and upholders of the apartheid state themselves -- cited in a positive light?"