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Is Israel an apartheid state?

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.

Is there any truth to the charge? In apartheid-era South Africa, black citizens were totally disenfranchised, subject to oppressive laws that controlled every aspect of their behavior, and completely segregated from the ruling white minority. In Israel, on the other hand, Jewish and Arab citizens have equal protection under the law, enjoy freedom of religion and speech, and possess full voting rights. (In fact, Israel’s 120-member parliament, the Knesset, currently includes 12 Arab Israeli members.)

The Israel-South Africa comparison is so inapt that it would be laughable if it weren’t so insulting. What could possibly motivate those who apply this label and its evil connotations to the only democracy in the Middle East? Benjamin Pogrund, a South African Jew now living in Israel who saw firsthand the oppression and misery caused by the apartheid system in his native country, sums it up: “‘Apartheid’ is a lazy label for the complexities of the Middle East conflict. If it can be made to stick, then Israel can be made to appear to be as vile as was apartheid South Africa and, therefore, seeking its destruction can be presented to the world as an equally moral cause.”

Using human terms, Pogrund describes the vast difference between apartheid-era South Africa and Israel: “Two years ago, I had major surgery in a Jerusalem hospital,” he says. “The surgeon was Jewish, the anesthetist was Arab, the doctors and nurses who looked after me were Jews and Arabs. Jews and Arabs share meals in restaurants and travel on the same trains, buses and taxis, and visit each other’s homes. Could any of this possibly have happened under apartheid? Of course not.”

Those who protest “Israeli apartheid” usually have a noticeable lack of public indignation to express toward those countries and regions where real human rights violations are all too common. In Saudi Arabia, for example, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly simply don’t exist and women are second-class citizens (and that’s being generous). In Iran, politically motivated killings and kidnappings are common, ethnic and religious minorities harshly repressed, and freedom of the press is non-existent. In Zimbabwe, government security forces imprison, torture, and murder opponents. In Hamas-controlled Gaza, as well as parts of the West Bank controlled by the Palestinian Authority, a residual community of Christians is regularly harassed, intimidated, and even subject to murder by radical Islamists. During 2009, the regimes in both Gaza and Saudi Arabia expressed their approval of crucifixion as a punishment under the law.

But those who protest “Israeli apartheid” are silent about all that. Why? Because their real agenda is not to improve the plight of Palestinians, but rather to attack Israel. The “apartheid” slur is just another tool for Israel’s enemies to delegitimize and undermine the Jewish state’s right to exist. The comparison of Israel, the Middle East’s only democracy, to the brutal discrimination of a fallen, evil regime is false. Those who offer it simply reveal their own agenda.

What do you think?

  • sarah
    August 6, 2013
    4:06 pm
     

    Those, who doesn’t know what islam is, and what islam stands for,have been allready foolished by them. Anyways europe is islamic now and sharia law about to be applied like it or not u deserve it!: )

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  • sad
    December 11, 2012
    8:58 am
     

    Where the people of Israel come from?
    Most of them came from outside of the Israel!
    And where are the native palestinian people?
    You think God will not protect them.
    I am sure he will!

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  • DeWayne
    August 4, 2012
    2:42 pm
     

    The claim that Palestinians enjoy equal status with Israeli is disingenuous, certainly after many decades of displacing these Palestinian from their homes and lands into other nations or gheto’s like Gaza, more accurately tells the true story.
    Israeli citizen’s are growing in number protesting Zionist policy of Apartheid, certainly like ‘breaking bones’, perhaps due to children of military age today ‘Breaking The Silence’. The Military Industrial Complex mirrored from America is also becoming recognized for it’s purpose.

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    • sam
      January 12, 2013
      8:00 am
       

      The fact that these first 2 “Anti-Israel Comments” in this “Reply Column” attacks Israel as “APARTHEID”, is “Proof in Itself” of this Zionist-Publication’s “Free Speech Policy” unlike “Arab Censors”!

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  • EEric Gordon
    May 23, 2012
    5:38 pm
     

    I have read all the comments shared here and dont claim to have any answers on an on going madness of mankind.Arabs and Jews lord just gets me confused. And if no-one will let go of their hatered?…

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  • JOEL
    October 10, 2011
    10:56 pm
     

    a few random facts: now,Arabs are half the population of the Galilee. The Arabs birthrate is far
    higher than ours.
    As to the two-state solution, there is not enough good land for that. Israel would be signing her own
    death warrant if she were to cede any of the high
    country of Samaria, or make any material withdrawals back to the old pre-1967 borders.
    Surely, the recent persecutions of Christians in Arab lands would be an indication of how they would deal with anyone not of their own in what they regard as Arab and Moslem territory. A partitioned Israel would be an Israel living on
    borrowed time.

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  • September 8, 2011
    2:50 pm
     

    We do not know one millionth of one percent about anything.

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  • Gene
    August 22, 2011
    2:11 pm
     

    No, Israel is not an apartheid state. It’s worse than that! Unlike apartheid South Africa, Palestinians in the Occupied Territories are denied work in Israel and are subject to ethnic cleansing.

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    • Tony
      September 3, 2011
      4:21 am
       

      You, obviously, have no idea what you’re talking about. You’re just repeating the same old lies that you’ve heard from others. Israel is the only state in the Middle East that gives equal rights.

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    • Kathryn
      September 28, 2011
      4:00 pm
       

      Beware of basing your opinions on untruths. First, there are no “occupied territories” Second, on both my trips to Israel I saw plenty of employed Arabs. Third, a term like “ethnic cleansing” has lots and lots of interpretations. What are you referring to, specifically? The idea that Arabs are targeted for brutality by Jews? False. It’s the other way around. The idea Arab land is being confiscated? False. There is no Arab land and there is no Jewish land. All the land of Israel belongs to its law-abiding citizens. I strongly suggest you read the main essay over again. You obviously don’t understand its claims, which are true. By the way, most thankfully, there is no Palestine which ended in 1948.

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    • A
      October 14, 2011
      1:38 am
       

      Actually, none of you seem to know about israel. Ok so you visited once or twice? Give me a break Allen in particular. I could name dozens and dozens of examples too. You don’t even seem to know….

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      • Stanley
        July 30, 2012
        10:30 pm
         

        You forgot the cost of cinuonting conflict in this region and who will have to bear the ultimate burden. It’s not just the people who live in a single local authority. The people in both Israel and Pa

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  • Janice
    August 4, 2011
    5:41 pm
     

    Israel is a Jewish nation chosen by God whose boundaries are stated in the old testament book of Joshua. I pray for the peace of Israel. May the Lord bless her and protect her and her people with God’s triple hedge of protection.

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    • DeWayne
      August 11, 2011
      5:30 pm
       

      A comment that those speaking negatively about the Zionist (Gov) being uninformed, may be true only because of US-Media censoring and falsifying what is truely happening in that part of the world.
      Having researched the Zionist-Congress of 1897, that was soundly rejected by Jewish leaders for Der Judebstaat (The Jewis State) violation of Torah, my experience is that being fully informed of Zionism from the beginning would end all ties America has with this Apartheid Regime.
      A websearch of key-words “rtpricetag Palestine” should readily bring up my research-article entitled ‘Zionist State of Israel’.. news and a shocker to most… kept ignorant.
      By the way, in the command to distribute the land among the 12-tribes… and the alien with family settled among the 12-tribes, were to receive land to posses as their (inheritance). Today the decendants of these alien would be called ‘Palestinian’.

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  • Jen
    July 21, 2011
    2:32 am
     

    HELL NO… If APART to SAFE there HIDE… Then yes ApartToSafeThereHide… Am I alone? Are my tears in pain? Someone help get OBAMA out.. HE IS A BACKWARDS MOTHER of another kind.

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  • Michelle
    July 13, 2011
    11:18 pm
     

    Yes. I do believe that the occupation and constant oppression that the Palestinians and Israeli-Arabs face constitutes Israel as an apartheid state. Free Palestine. Not just on behalf of the Arabs.. but on behalf of the Jewish people who are forced to serve in the army. I am both Jewish and Israeli and I do not support the injustices against the Palestinian people. Zionism is a political ideology that has nothing to do with Judaism.

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  • Kai
    July 12, 2011
    8:50 am
     

    I am amazed that a lot of people are using religion to excuse inhuman and brutal acts… God is innocent of all these actions, in the case of Israel it is not different and I am not saying it is different in other countries, however we are talking about Israel THE democratic and developed country of the Middle east, right? Guys do yourself the favor and travel, read and watch different TV channels there is lot of injustice and unfairness against Palestinians… Moslems, Christians (oriental) and Jews (oriental) lived for ages without any real conflict. I am not trying to convince anyone of anything but maybe it is time to open the eyes and to try to find a peace (real one) and co-exist. Finally my opinion with the policy, behavior, attitude Israel deserves the Apartheid name, at least till further notice…

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    • DeWayne
      July 12, 2013
      10:21 am
       

      Larry…
      Christians and Jews not allowed to live in Muslim lands, do some historical research, especially around the era called the ‘Cradle of Civilization’.

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  • Larry
    July 10, 2011
    5:12 pm
     

    If Israel is counted as an apartheid state. Then all of Islamic countries are in it too. They will not allow Jews or Christians to reside in their countries. If there are any Jews and Christians in their countries,they are harrassed until driven out. Or persecuted,imprisoned,or killed. Who is trying to fool whom?

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    • DeWayne
      August 11, 2011
      5:34 pm
       

      The statement that Muslim will not allow Christian among them is false, going back to the Muslim Empire when Jewish and Christian lives in peace among Muslim.
      Making crude remarks about applied taxes required of Christian and Jewish (Book People), is deception that only a desperate will lower themselves to.

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    • Allan
      August 27, 2012
      7:09 am
       

      I know that you have come to the story late, but as bad as the Americans said Iraq was, Jews lived there peacefully for centuries until 2003 when the genius GW decided that they needed to take full control of the oil fields.

      The truth is, long beforfe there was an America, Jews and Christians lived in Muslim countries largerly harmoniously. Until the wealth of the Muslims became the envy of the West.

      The evil, destrcution and death-dealing hands of western europeans and america are in every conflict created within the Middle East and among the Middle Eastern people.

      Anyone can read the sordid history and recognise the true reality.

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  • Frank
    June 25, 2011
    5:32 pm
     

    I’ve been hearing/reading more and more about Israeli persecution of Palestinian Christians. What are the facts? Also, are Palestinians really being demeaned on a daily basis at checkpoints, as Archbishop Tutu implies in his YouTube video which asks for freedom for Palestine? As a Christian, I totally support Israel’s right to exist in peace, freedom, and safety, but I can’t turn a blind eye to human rights violations (IF they are in fact occuring). I still have an open mind on this topic and would appreciate hearing Israel’s point of view. Thanks!

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    • DeWayne
      July 12, 2013
      10:28 am
       

      Hans…
      Be careful of Old Testament verses used out of context. Do continue reading your bible, especially the New Testament, telling of the Christ and New Jerusalem, New earth New heavens.

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  • hans
    June 18, 2011
    1:46 am
     

    it’s about time that countries of the world understand or at least try, that the God of abraham is still the God of today, israel is still His peopel and jerusalem is the city of the great king. read the bible it’s all there

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    • DeWayne
      August 11, 2011
      5:38 pm
       

      the ‘State of’ Israel of these times has not lost condition stated by an Apostle after Christ crucified, saying ‘let us leave thru the gate they took our master… for this is not an enduring city (Jerusalem), but we are waiting the new city to come (told of in the book of Isaiah as ‘new creations’.

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    • David
      October 6, 2011
      8:26 am
       

      yah, hans you have it correct.

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    • Allan
      August 27, 2012
      7:11 am
       

      You have not said anything. Say something!

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  • Amy
    June 2, 2011
    4:53 pm
     

    Well, I am an American. I would not do well at all in Iran! I am a successful business woman who would hit anybody who told me to wear a Burka with my great big purse! God give me wisdom, I choose not to go there. So, the question of today is: Why did the Arabs run like scared rabbits during the 1967 Arab attack/ war leaving their weapons, big military tanks, etc? BECAUSE THEY SAW THESE GIANT ANGELIC BEINGS YEILDING SWORDS! Hello? Why don’t people remember these things? Instead, they continue to mess with Israel, which pretty much says it all for me. It’s a no brainer for me. I’m on the side of Israel ! I go with the God of Abraham: WINNER!

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  • Richard
    April 28, 2011
    2:12 pm
     

    I am so tired of these accusations and lies against the jews and the Israeli nation. If anyone has suffered from apartheid throughout history it is the jewish people. Wasn´t the first so called palestinians roman?

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    • Allan
      August 27, 2012
      4:00 pm
       

      So, those who have been oppressed now turn around and become the best oppressors. And somehow, God will punish other people for their wrongs, but Israel will escape that penalty.

      You obviously believe that The God is a Jewish American. Well, it is not true. The God who created the universe regard no group specially and He has no people, except those who do His Will in the earth.

      Would the Jews be among those who do God’s Will in the earth?

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  • AL
    April 22, 2011
    7:08 am
     

    I am a big supporter of Israel, I believe that it belongs to the jewish people because the bible say’s so. I pray for all of Israel daily. Soon Jesus Christ is coming back and we will see it to be true about what the bible say’s.

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  • Beth
    April 14, 2011
    11:45 am
     

    I stand with Israel. I’m American. I think the U.N. needs to hit the road! I want to see Israel & the USA defund & pull out of the U.N. It’s an unfair circle of dictators that rarely tell the truth!

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    • IlaSue
      July 7, 2011
      11:47 pm
       

      I agree Beth. I don’t have a problem with Israel and the US being members, but the UN should not have any authoritative power over US policy. We don’t need their permision and shouldn’t be asking for it. Keeping them informed on decisions regarding foreign policy is one thing, but asking permision? Maybe your right, the UNs day has come and gone.

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  • Kirby
    March 10, 2011
    4:27 pm
     

    I am a 59 year old disabled Native American vet, who has never heard of a Jew blowing up himself, women and children. To call Israel an Apartheid state is ludicrous.

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    • Anynomis
      July 31, 2011
      2:10 am
       

      This is untrue in 1946 a zionist terrorist group called Irgun led by higher members of israels early parliament bombed the king David hotel after the bombing Muslims grew distrust towards the jews

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  • Mike
    March 10, 2011
    2:18 pm
     

    I certainly do not view Israel as an “apartheid state”! This sounds it is an unfair comparison.

    I say God Bless Israel and may He ever watch over her and protect her.

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  • Cleaton
    March 10, 2011
    1:43 pm
     

    God Bless Israel forever and beyond !…

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  • miriam
    February 5, 2011
    9:11 am
     

    Apartheid state, no way. these people hate Jews & Christians. Why because we have the same God. and do any of you remember the deceased leader of palestine? he was A known Terrorist. Israel is a small nation among those who would destroy it. they must have tight security. America could take a lesson from them on security of their country. God bless Israel. Christ will return to his people.

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  • yordanos
    January 21, 2011
    11:41 am
     

    I personally don’t have a problem with the state of Israel. I always support israel for defending them selves and others from barbaric Arabs. What though I have to say here in this particular article is that, I closely now that FELASHA MURA (Ethiopian Jews) in Israel dont treated as a native jews. They forced to change their religion of orthodox christianty before granted israeli citizen ship. Some of them don’t have a privilege to meet their families left in Ethiopia. Still segrigated. I don’t say it resembels the appartheid era but also I would like to say we are in the 21 century. Swallow the fact!!

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  • Thomas
    January 4, 2011
    6:02 am
     

    Come Lord Jesus!

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  • kimberly
    December 22, 2010
    11:30 am
     

    Are you actually denying the FACT that there are Jewish-Only roads, Darren?

    You don’t even want to mention the Jewish-Only road that leads into Jerusalem on Route 60???

    And you don’t want to admit that they are ‘de facto’? Meaning they say Jewish-Only roads; but allow others (at times) to pass; but still state Jewish-Only???

    Or how about the best part; that these Jewish-Only Roads are actually in the WEST BANK??? How many check-points in the West Bank today (300+ or is it 500)??? Nevermind it isn’t allotted for Israel and is clearly the GREEN ZONE.

    Is it too beneath you to admit the truth? Or would you like to drum up more sympathy for a rogue nation pretending to be democratic???

    How many Israeli’s have died to date by rockets? Oh goodness, that is a tidy sum… what was it 28??? And Israel systematically murders 1,400 Gazan Civilians and that is alright with you?

    Of course it is:/

    Enjoy your temporary kingdom.

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    • Rochelle
      September 15, 2012
      2:10 am
       

      The Jewish only roads in the west bank must exist Almost all roads are Arab only, Jews are not allowed in huge areas of the west bank, Jews are targeted, carjacked, beaten, stoned on Arab roads.

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  • Kimberly
    December 22, 2010
    11:21 am
     

    How Clever, Darren!
    You want to confuse your audience with thinking I am not clear on what the difference between Jew and Zionist is?

    Laughable, at best.

    I can find a blog that says Israel is compliant with the UN too; what’s that prove? Got anything concrete? Or I suppose the Wall (which you recklessly omit) is that a myth too?

    It’s reality, Darren… perhaps you should grab ahold and get you some?

    Good luck!

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  • Darren
    December 22, 2010
    9:00 am
     

    Nice line of argument (or whatever you want to call it) Kimberly. Clearly, the world has been waiting for someone like you to shed the cold light of truth on Israel’s sins.

    Oh, by the way, there are no “Jew only” roads in Israel: http://blog.standforisrael.org/articles/the-myth-of-jewish-only-roads

    Wait, that story can’t be true, it was written by Michael Totten, who is Jewish. Oh, wait, he’s NOT Jewish. Well, the argument still stands. Why let facts get in the way, right Kim?

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  • kimberly
    December 22, 2010
    12:09 am
     

    With realities such as the Wall and ‘Jew Only’ roads; how can you possibly claim Israel to be a democracy?

    I realize that you need to protect yourself (Israel) from yourself; so let’s be honest… when you say ‘never again’ you meant never again to YOU obliterating the notion for ‘others’ (especially Palestinians).

    We get it! And we are so glad that you have published this tripe so we can see first-hand that it is effecting you (BDS etc)… it’s working:)

    Israel has ONE chance at surviving; a One-State solution:) And we all know that means an end to Zionism (something the whole world could celebrate).

    There is nothing ‘Jewish’ about Israel; it is all Zionist… and anti-semite in nature. The best thing for you to do is start upholding human rights and dropping the protection motto… your hate is becoming you.

    Good luck!
    Hope you survive your self-made debacle and your strident victimization of yourselves.

    You’ll need it.

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    • A
      October 14, 2011
      1:44 am
       

      Stop with the propaganda Kimberly. You obviously choose to be anti israel anti Semite anti Zionist. Whatever spin you want to put on the semantics. You asked how one could possibly consider israel de.

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      • A
        October 14, 2011
        1:52 am
         

        How about their representation in the government equal to the size of their population. Something people in this country don’t have. Oh ya, the borders of 1967 were never borders.Its an armistice line

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  • David
    November 7, 2010
    4:48 am
     

    As a Christian and a US citizen who’s government is funding the IDF , I have a moral problem with the IDF killing people ; the IDF seems to have the same morals as the KKK when we had segreation. Rachael Corrie was killed by the IDF and there are many other examples. I think that the all Palestians should be equal citizens of Israel . These people were in the Holy Land for many generations and need to be included. For the last sixty years Jews have been killing Palestians , taking their land and homes.So when will the Jews look to live in peace and Justice with the non-jewish population. The two state solution is too little and too late.
    At present Israel is only a democracy for the master religion(jews).Israel-Arabs are not full and equal citizens.
    As a Christian I pray for peace and justice in The Holy Land.

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    • Steve
      March 10, 2011
      2:53 pm
       

      You call yourself Christian and yet you have the gall to call GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE, that they are like the KKK. You need to read your word and see vhow God will defend Israel, the Jews when the Arab world and others want to wipe them out, so by your response and comments i feel you are just like them.

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    • Paul
      July 28, 2011
      5:18 pm
       

      David,

      Go there. Live there. Learn the full history of the land. The land is Israel’s by divine promise, by historo-legal means, and it’s amazing the Arab world will not recognize this.

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    • A
      October 14, 2011
      1:57 am
       

      Actually Jews bought most of the land from the Arabs themselves but who cares about details. keep uP the ignorance. You fit right in here in on this comment list. See Kimberly she’s got more falsities

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  • Catherine
    August 20, 2010
    12:42 am
     

    I don’t believe Israel is an Apartheid state.The truth is all countries in the world have some form of dicrimination against certain groups even in America which boasts of being democratic.Take the case of black emigrants in Europe in countries like France Germany and England. We all saw how the French Police dragged a womwn on the ground with a baby strapped on her back.
    If there is some “discrimination ” on the part of Isreal towards the Palestinians is only natural given their history to act with caution. Arabs have continuiously shown the hate Israel and are ready to be used by the fanatical islamists to harm Israel. No one can be expected to embrace the enemy without taking precautions. Israe has a right to screen and question the palestinians for their own safety and the world should stop being hippocritical

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  • Myron
    June 3, 2010
    9:08 am
     

    Israel: Prove it and stop using the Old Testament as an excuse.

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    • alton
      May 10, 2011
      7:37 pm
       

      allen you might be educated to some degree,but you are lost as a ball in high weeds when it comes to knowing about ISRAEL’S territory. it doesn’t belong a bit more to the arabs and you know it,you couldn’t make an argument out of that if you wanted to. you need to read Deuteronomy to see what really belongs to them,GOD promised it to them and no one else!

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    • alton
      May 10, 2011
      7:43 pm
       

      the old testament is all about GOD’S chosen elect,ISRAEL,the JEWISH people,i suggest you get ready for HIS soon appearing,let GOD be true!

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  • LP
    May 23, 2010
    2:00 pm
     

    Israel is not an apartheid state because the Palestinians are not Israeli citizens.
    This situation of the west bank being under a military rule is going to end some day, Israel doesn’t intend to keep it that way for ever (as was the aspiration of south Africa at the time).

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  • Steve
    March 11, 2010
    7:25 am
     

    Lets prioritize. Wikipedia lists 47 Muslim countries. Their laws are oppressive. Their culture is oppressive. Let’s deal with tiny Israel after the Muslim lands all become democratic. Or at least when they let women drive. One Jewish country and the haters are up in arms. They cannot tolerate a Jewish state because… why exactly?

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    • roger
      August 18, 2011
      10:22 pm
       

      you are right on steve. david is isreal and goliath is the enemies of israel. remember how that story turned out? GOD KNOW BEST!!!

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  • Susan
    March 5, 2010
    7:06 am
     

    The persecution of the Jews is the result of jealousy going back to Ishmael. It is with sadness that now many so-called Christians have joined in the hatred. If they were truly right with God only love of His Chosen People would follow. Christ came to make the Jew and Gentile one. So many churches are now promoting “Replacement Theology”, a teaching in direct opposition to what Christ and His true followers taught. We are not to be haughty against the Jew, seeing that they are the natural olive branch. God is perfectly capable of bringing them back to Himself without any help from anyone else.

    Does this mean that every move Israel makes is correct? No, but it does mean that we on the outside are to leave the judgment to God because He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Let us get our own house in order!

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  • Barbara
    March 5, 2010
    5:43 am
     

    How far from the truth is a statment that Israel is an Apartheid state. I have had the wonderful experience of being on a Christian tour of the Holy Land , with a wonderful active Jewish tour guide and a bus driver who was a Muslim who said his prayers everyday, even while we were doing the Rosary on the bus! What a witness to the Lord and a very positive statement of the freedom that is in Israel.

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  • David
    March 5, 2010
    3:32 am
     

    I find that it’s crazy to call Israel an apartheid state! I know that those who call it so are driven by anti-Semitism. I’ve been to Israel, and Arabs, Jews, and foreigners live together. I bet no one wants to live in Gaza or in the so called “West Bank”.

    Israel is a Jewish state, it has never rejected anyone who was not Jewish. It grants automatically citizenship to Jewish people. That’s quite normal. It’s like the French government granting immediate citizenship to people of French descent. What’s wrong with that? It’s their choice to do so. No, Israel is no apartheid country — very far from it! Let’s talk about Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries where non-Muslims are treated as 2nd class citizens. That’s more apartheid-like to me.

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  • Elaine
    February 11, 2010
    8:53 pm
     

    Jimmy Carter has a history of stupidity. No reason to expect anythiong different now. I am a white South African who grew up during the apartheid era. I am also thankful to say that our family was in no way supportive of the apartheid government and as a result were often called “Kaffir Boeties,” which was a derogatory term used in those days for anyone who spoke against the system. I am thankful that with many others we eventually were able to vote out the system and finally see a democratic government in place. So I believe I am qualified to say that in no way does Israel resemble an apartheid regime. If anything, Israel is constantly under attack from the Arab nations, and sometimes, as in the case of Carter, even the West.
    A terrible shame, but unfortunately a sign of the times as prophesied by Daniel, Ezekiel and other Old Testament prophets. Let us pray for Israel, and as many are doing this Purim, lets us preach from the book of Esther, and encourage the Christian world to fast and pray for Israel, that the Lord once more will come to the aid of His beloved Israel and deal with the enemy of Israel as He did with Haman in Esther’s time. God Bless Israel

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  • Tony
    February 2, 2010
    9:09 pm
     

    I agree with Allen. I am a huge supporter of Israel. The country and it’s people are amazing and a tremendous beacon and resource for the entire world. That said, this article is disingenuous by mischaracterizing the charge of apartheid to the recognized borders of israel proper. It is clear from the first comment that this type of distortion reinforces exactly the myths that this site claims to try to break down. Jimmy Carter knows that Israel is not an apartheid state inside the 1947 borders. He was only referring to the occupied territories. Nowhere in the article does the author cite ANYONE that makes the claim that 1947 Israel is an apartheid state.

    I too have seen first hand in Israel the prejudice against Palestinians, sometimes harsh and totally unwarranted. It is understandable how such feelings develop and become entrenched, just as it is understandable how Palestinian prejudice against Jews has developed. Both are wrong and the authors of this site should strive to bring out the full truth and not just the pieces that support their agenda.

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    • Ginny
      June 9, 2010
      2:47 pm
       

      Read your history. I think the Israelis are particularly generous and forgiving considering the fact that they have been attacked and persecuted for years without cause. Believe the propaganda if you will, but some of us know the truth. The Palestinians are reaping what they sow. Israel has every right to defend itself. I cry for your soul because there are no atheists in hell; you will be a believer when you get there.

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      • Blanca
        June 30, 2010
        2:05 pm
         

        I agree with your thought’s and I keep praying to our Lord to keep in peace and protect Israel of all his neighbor enemies.

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      • peace
        July 29, 2010
        7:45 am
         

        ginny- i am a scholar of the history of the holy land in particular, and you are mistaken that the palestinians have persecuted the jewish people- ever. the holocaust had absolutely nothing to do with the palestinians. so how you draw this conclusion is beyond my wildest dreams!

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  • Allen
    January 2, 2010
    9:51 pm
     

    Within the borders of internationally recognized Israel there is discrimination against Arabs but it would be faulty to label this “apartheid” in reference to the past South African racist state.

    On the other hand, in the occupied Palestinian Territories (and I speak first hand experience in the West Bank), there is clearly “apartheid-like” system. Separate and unequal systems of roads; checkpoints; Settlements comprising 15% of the population getting 80% of the water; unequal protection under the law, including frequent settler attacks upon unarmed Palestinians; the very fact of Israeli settlements which are illegal under international law; land confiscation and expulsion of Palestinians; restrictions on movement even including marriage; the “wall.”

    Even in Israel proper, the law of return grants immediate citizenship to any Jew….something not granted to non-Jews.

    I find it extremely disturbing that Christians and Jews in ideological blindness justify and bolster an oppressive national policy that dehumanizes, demonizes, and steals from the non-Jewish inhabitants of the Occupied Territories. As for the Christians, I cannot fathom how this squares with the teachings and example of Jesus!
    –Allen Johnson (my name by permission)
    Dunmore, West Virginia

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    • Dennis
      March 10, 2011
      2:37 pm
       

      Allen,
      OK, within Israel there is discrimination against the Palestinians. What is the status of Jews in any Arab nation?
      (BTW: What is an internationally recognized border of Israel? Are those the lines that we see on maps?)
      I have seen way too many demands, for Israel to show a high moral code, by Arabs who have none at all.
      Harsh, you say? I don’t think so, Arab nations supported Hitler and the Nazis in their efforts of WWII.
      There is a history here, which you have turned a blind eye to.
      Palestinians rejoice at the death of Jews and they do it for the cameras: it has been on TV for you to see.
      Which Arab nation are you holding up as a shining example for Israel to follow: Syria or Libya perhaps?
      Apartheid my butt, if you want to look brutality in the face, look at the Arabs first, last and in the middle.

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    • Montgomery
      March 11, 2011
      1:49 pm
       

      Where in the world and when in time has it been demanded of any nation,victorious
      in a war, to relinquish the spoils of that war

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  • Cheryl
    December 23, 2009
    4:18 pm
     

    No person of any discernment believes that Israel is an apartheid state. Those making these claims are attempting to mask their anti-semitism in a cloak of concern for human rights – and yes, this includes you, Mr. Carter. God protect and richly bless the sovereign state of Israel.

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    • peace
      July 29, 2010
      7:39 am
       

      cheryl- i think you are totally out of touch with reality; the palestinians DO suffer under the apartheid system by israel. i have been their numerous times and been an eye-witness to the discrimination and humiliation the palestinians suffer on a daily basis. israel has every right to exist but side by side to the palestinians who must share their now occupied lands

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      • Montgomery
        March 11, 2011
        1:35 pm
         

        Due to the actions of a relativly few Islamic radicals, the Arab-Israeli population is lumped together as “one group” of trouble makers and collectivly treated as such. You know this to be the truth. Why not speak out on it?

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