Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Israel- an apartheid state?

Remember when we levied sanctions on South Africa for its racist apartheid regime?

Well, what will we do when Israel institutes it?

Defense Minister Ehud Barak's comments came in an address to a security conference north of Tel Aviv.

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"The simple truth is, if there is one state" including Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, "it will have to be either binational or undemocratic. ... if this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state."

Technically Barak is calling for renewed peace negotiations... but only on Israel's terms, i. e. no ban on continued Israeli settlements in Palestinian lands. This is pretty obviously setting peace talks up to fail, by setting a condition that Israel knows the Palestinian Authority cannot accept.

And let's not forget Avril Lieberman, the openly racist minister of state in Benjamin Netanyahu's government. He's called for the forced expulsion not just of the Palestinians, but of all voting citizens of Israel who aren't Jewish. And Netanyahu himself is a long-time opponent of peace talks and advocate of a "hard line" approach to the Palestinians.

Barring a change in government- which won't happen for at least four more years, which is how long Netanyahu can postpone holding new elections for Parliament- we're either going to see an apartheid Israel...

...or, and I suspect this is much more likely, someone in Netanyahu's government is going to suggest a final solution to the Palestinian problem.

Will we continue to bow and scrape to everything Israel wants when this happens? Or will we, for a change, stand up for the American ideals we claim to believe in- the rule of law, equality, and justice?

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