Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Is Israel an Apartheid State?

Earlier today John Kerry issued an official apology for statements he made that indicated he believed the current climate in Israel could and possibly is leading to apartheid.

Let me start by saying I understand Israel's desire for security and no one should have to live in constant fear of being blown up. But if some aspects of Israeli policy aren't apartheid, I don't know what you would call them.

Like I said before, none of this should be taken as criticism of these policies. It is their country and they should be able to enact whatever laws they want and the rest of the world, including the U.S., should butt out.  If anything, I think the US could learn a bit from some of their policies.

One of the things I have always found interesting about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that Israel is the one place left in the world where multiculturalism is a completely taboo idea. Did thousands of years of oppression teach them something the rest of us should be learning before we repeat past mistakes? I suspect the answer is, "yes".

"a two-track transportation system that insulates the 240,000 Israelis who live in the West Bank from the 2.4 million Palestinians there. 
Cars with yellow Israeli plates are waved quickly through the checkpoints; those with white or green Palestinian plates must stop for questioning. Israel also prohibits Palestinians from traveling some West Bank roads that are open to Jewish settlers, and the result is that Palestinians such as Darwish and Israelis such as Steinmetz travel side by side in different worlds."
Read more here:
"A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera."
"the bill, prepared by the Justice Ministry pursuant to Likud's coalition agreement with Yisrael Beiteinu, would permit so-called "couplehood unions" only for people not listed as members of any religion - some 300,000 Israeli adults. Such people currently have no legal way to marry in Israel, because Israeli law recognizes only religious marriages.
...the bill provides a solution to relatively few people who are currently unable to marry in Israel. An interfaith couple, for instance, or one in which only one partner had no religion, would still not be allowed to marry under the law."

Immigration policies only permit Jewish people to immigrate and become residents.

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