The Jewish Labor Committee condemns the United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia’s report that asserts that “Israel has established an apartheid regime.” It is not surprising that the Commission, comprised entirely of 18 Arab states, most of which do not recognize Israel, would issue a report that appears to be the first time that “apartheid” has been used in document with the United Nations stamp to criticize Israel. [Read more…]
(CAMERA) On a number of college campuses, this week is “Israel Apartheid Week,” a week where anti-Israel activists try to fool students into believing Israel systematically and legally oppresses minorities.
This is a particularly ironic accusation since Freedom House, an independent watchdog group dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world, has rated Israel as the only free country in the Middle East.
If these activists were concerned with human rights, they would be sponsoring a “North Korea Apartheid Week,” an “Iran Apartheid Week,” or a “Syria Kill-More-Than-140,000-Civilians Week.”
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Activists could be marching against Saudi Arabia:
- where violations of human rights laws are enshrined in the Kingdom’s legal code, including the systemic discrimination against women and minorities;
- where citizens are subject to arbitrary arrest and detention, denial of fair and public trials, torture and abuse, restrictions on freedoms of speech, assembly, association, movement, severe restrictions on religious freedom; and
- where homosexual activity is punishable by flogging or death by stoning.
Many of the “Israel Apartheid Week” organizers are part of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, aimed not at ending human rights violations, but at damaging Israel.
As CAMERA reported, “This is the reality behind BDS”:
The BDS movement is simply a smokescreen for the delegitimization of Israel and an effort to undermine the self-determination of the Jewish people. As BDS proponent Ahmend Moor said, “Ending the occupation doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t mean upending the Jewish state itself.”
How is BDS doing? Well, as of now, 250 university presidents or chancellors have publicly rejected an academic boycott of Israel and the list is growing. Even students are starting to wise up. The UCLA student council just defeated a symbolic anti-Israel divestment resolution. But some of them are still fooled.
Cartoon by The Cartoon Kronicles.
(CAMERA) On August 1, an Arab member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, Jamal Zahalka, stood at the podium and declared, “We [Arabs] were here before you and we’ll be here after you.” In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated that he wanted to speak, went to the podium and answered, “The first part is not correct and the second part will not happen.”
It is clear that this could not happen if Israel were an “apartheid” state, because there would be no Arab members of Knesset. And, if Israel were not a free state, certainly no member of the Knesset could openly declare a desire for the end of the state without fear of prison or even censure.
Imagine even the most radical member of Congress, from anywhere across the political spectrum, standing on the floor of the House or Senate and envisioning the end of the United States. It would cause an uproar. But in Israel, it only elicits a brief remark from the Prime Minister.
This week is Apartheid Week, when anti-Israel demonstrators draw false analogies between the Arab-Israel conflict and the Apartheid government which systematically deprived Blacks in South Africa of the rights accorded to Whites. Dry Bones and
Elders of Ziyon, have used their artistic talent to illustrate how ludicrous this analogy is.
Today’s news contains an obituary which drives this point quite clearly. Yesterday, Tawfik Toubi passed away. An Arab born in Palestine in 1922, he was elected to Israel’s first parliament in 1949 and founded Israel’s communist party Maki. He was reelected 11 more times and served continuously from 1949 to 1990.
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said on Saturday that Toubi was a “valued and impressive parliamentarian” that “left his mark on the Israeli parliament,” adding that he was a member of a confronting movement but “nevertheless insisted on respecting the rules of the game and knew how to apply them to himself in practice.”
Tawfik Toubi was living proof that Arabs in Israel can aspire to the same positions of power as Jews can.
The Philadelphia Jewish Voice supports Brandeis Hillel for denouncing the Jewish Voice of Peace.
In related news, Brandeis University’s Hillel voted to reject the membership of Jewish Voice of Peace. This group is unrelated to the Philadelphia Jewish Voice and has been listed by the ADL as one of the top ten anti-Israel groups.