You don’t have to be an ardent lover of the Jewish State to see that there’s something odd in the way that the world treats Israel. Though its a tiny country with no natural resources, the media has more correspondents based in Israel and devotes more space to stories about it than nearly any other country in the world. The UN devotes more time to criticizing Israel than it does to all the genuine humanitarian disasters across the world, combined. Only Israel seems to have to defend its very right to exist. Read more about the ways that certain issues and trends impact the Jewish state here.
One of the biggest differences between Israel and her Arab neighbors is in the area of women’s rights. This is obvious even glancing a typical street scene in Israel, where women move about freely, dressed as they wish, and in nations such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, where women must wear head coverings in public and must either be accompanied by a male relative or have the permission to travel. Read more »
In the last few years, it’s become common to hear Israel called an “apartheid state” — a label that alleges that Israel maintains an oppressive legal system like the one once used in South Africa that institutionalized segregation, discrimination, and domination based on race. Read more »
In 2001, the World Conference against Racism was held in Durban, South Africa. The American and Israeli delegations walked out, believing the proceedings unfairly targeted Israel and hijacked the proceedings in order to tar Israel and Zionism with charges of racism. The second United Nations World Conference against Racism, popularly known as “Durban II,” met in Geneva, Switzerland, in April 2009. Read more »
Pan-Arabism refers to the nationalist ideology that all Arab people from around the world constitute one nation, and the pan-Arab movement sought to unite them all. Pan-Arabism climaxed in the 1960s, but has since lost momentum. Read more »
The residents of the villages, communities, and small cities that constitute the Jewish “settlements,” primarily on the West Bank, are living in hotly contested areas, though it may not feel like it. Indeed, perusing the shops and restaurants in the cosmopolitan Ma’ale Adumim mall, or walking the streets of Modi’in Illit (also called Kiryat Sefer), with its plethora of synagogues and yeshivot, it’s hard to believe that these areas are controversial, or that these residents could be possibly evacuated and their land turned over to the Palestinians. In fact, two of the biggest communities on the West Bank—Modi’in Illit and Beitar Illit—are heavily ultra-Orthodox; the residents have no Zionistic agenda, no ambitious plan to “settle the land.” They just live there, sending their kids to school, and doing their grocery shopping. Read more »
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is promising Israel that a wacky British law that’s been used by pro-Palestinian activists to harass Israeli officials is on its way out the door. Whether or not Britain cancels its law, the issue is one that some say imperils the concept of national sovereignty but, more immediately, has become a cudgel to threaten Israel and its leaders. Read more »