Israel’s Apartheid

“The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship With Apartheid South Africa”.

Sasha Polakow-Suranksy obtained thousands of pages of declassified documents from South Africa’s defense ministry. The documents detailed years of military cooperation between Israel and South Africa’s apartheid-era regime.

… Now, at a time when Israel itself is criticized for imposing apartheid, or something akin to it, in the occupied West Bank, the book argues that part of Israel’s political establishment felt an ideological kinship with their South African counterparts that went beyond realpolitik. …

They have been silent, too, on the book’s chronicling of Israel’s purchase of South African uranium with safeguards lifted. …

Botha expressed interest in buying Israeli missiles if they came with “the correct payload.” Peres answered that the correct payload was available “in three sizes.” The coded language, Polakow-Suransky writes, was a clear reference to nuclear warheads. …

for many years South Africa supplied uranium to fuel Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor. …

it became a bond of two allies who understood and sympathized with each other’s existential struggles. He sees similarities between Afrikanner nationalism and the revisionist Zionism of Ze’ev Jabotinsky and his ideological heirs. … “ideological affinity.” …

In December 1987, for example, Eitan, by then a national political leader, told an audience at Tel Aviv University that South African blacks “want to gain control over the white minority, just like the Arabs here want to gain conrol over us. And we, too, like the white minority in South Africa, must act to prevent them from taking over.” …

Peres became his big villain, a hypocrite who spoke out against apartheid in public but fostered the relationship in secret. …

by Polakow-Suransky  

http://www.forward.com/articles/128666/

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6 Responses to “Israel’s Apartheid”

  1. worzzz Says:

    AIPAC Circulates Racist Anti-Turk, Anti-Arab Video

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mj-rosenberg/aipac-circulates-racist-a_b_618264.html

    http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?fr=yalerts-keyword&c=&p=AIPAC&ei=utf-8

  2. worzzz Says:

    The Presbyterians’ 172-page report, entitled “Breaking Down Walls” …..

    http://www.pcusa.org/middleeastpeace/pdf/middleeastpeace-fullreport.pdf

    Churches issue ‘slanted reports’ on the ME conflict.

    http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Editorials/Article.aspx?id=179101

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    Bitter Lemons

    http://www.bitterlemons.org/newbook/pdf/bitterlemons.pdf

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    22 Palestinian homes to be razed in East Jerusalem.

    Jerusalem municipal planning committee approves plan to demolish 22 Palestinian homes in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem to make room for a tourist center.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/22-palestinian-homes-to-be-razed-in-east-jerusalem-1.297471

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    Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Port of Oakland to prevent an Israeli cargo ship from unloading.

    …. The protest was launched in reaction to Israel’s interception three weeks ago of a Gaza-bound flotilla in international waters off Gaza’s coast ….

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/06/21/2739692/sf-protesters-prevent-israeli-ship-from-unloading

    Shock and Anger: Some reactions to the Gaza flotilla attack: http://www.jeff-goodall.com/?p=573

  3. worzzz Says:

    Swedish dockworkers boycott Israeli ships.

    … The 1,500 members of the Swedish Port Workers voted earlier this month to approve the boycott in protest of Israel’s interception last month of a Gaza-bound flotilla in which nine activists were killed, as well as to protest Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Eleven Swedish citizens were aboard the flotilla. …

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/06/23/2739740/swedish-dockworkers-boycott-israeli-ships

    Israeli leaders sued in Belgium for war crimes.

    June 23, 2010 – A complaint was filed in Belgian court against 14 Israeli leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were among those charged with war crimes committed during the Gaza war in the winter of 2008-09, the French daily Le Monde reported. Former Gen. Matan Vilnai and other Israeli army leaders, politicians and intelligence officials also were included on the list. …

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/06/23/2739741/israeli-leaders-sued-in-belgium-for-war-crimes

  4. worzzz Says:

    What does Israeli Apartheid Week actually achieve?

    Israeli Apartheid Week started in 2005 in Toronto, and since then has become an annual headache for pro-Israeli organizations, a growing concern for Israeli diplomats, and probably the worst time on campus for Israeli students, many of whom didn’t come to the U.S. to spend time in fierce political bickering. ….

    the underlying idea is always the same: to promote the boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS ) campaign against Israel, redefine the narrative and terms used in discussion of Israel, (Israeli Arabs are presented as living in “ghettos” and discriminated in every possible way, ) and engage as many people as possible in order to “dismantle the systems of oppression that our tax dollars fund. …

    “Zionist organizations often try to intimidate us by disrupting events and distorting our message in public forums”, she says. “When we hold informational displays, such as the mock apartheid wall, students affiliated with the Zionist organizations often verbally attack and incite our supporters and heckle us with racist remarks including ‘Palestinians don’t exist, you are Jordanian,’ …

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/features/what-does-israeli-apartheid-week-actually-achieve-1.347807

  5. worzzz Says:

    World looks at Israel as it looked at Apartheid-era South Africa.

    The world is not interested in Israel’s housing and bureaucratic problems, or in the achievements of its students in mathematics. The world is looking at how the only democracy in the Middle East conducts itself in the occupied territories. …

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/world-looks-at-israel-as-it-looked-at-apartheid-era-south-africa-1.348047

    Campus Activism:

    … This year, interns and fellows from StandWithUs, the David Project, Hasbara Fellowships, the Israel on Campus Coalition and Masa Israel Journey, along with AIPAC-trained student activists, Hillel-Jewish Agency Israel fellows and others, have been among those who have spread out on campuses trying not only to promote the same Israel programming of the past, but also to find new ways to connect to the decision-makers on their campuses in ways that promote a positive understanding of Israel. …

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/03/09/3086343/op-ed-diligence-in-the-fight-against-israel-apartheid-week

    http://apartheidweek.org/

  6. worzzz Says:

    B’TSELEM – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.

    http://www.btselem.org/english/About_BTselem/Index.asp

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    Israeli columnist: Media dehumanizes Palestinians.

    Senior Haaretz writer Gideon Levy claims Israeli ‘occupation’ is ‘tyranny’ that won’t last forever, says settlements are crimes, slams media for legitimizing attacks against Palestinians

    The Israelis believe that they are the chosen people; their way of thinking is disconnected from reality and they accuse anyone who disagrees with them of anti-Semitism – so claimed Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy during a lecture he gave at Trinity College in Dublin last week. – The lecture was held as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week” at Ireland’s oldest university. …

    “The Israeli media is dehumanizing the Palestinians systematically year after year, decade after decade …

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4042816,00.html

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    It’s a trick. http://www.activistpost.com/2011/03/89-quake-in-california-could-have.html

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    The Holocaust Industry: All about money.

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    Poland shelving property compensation plans. March 14, 2011

    BERLIN (JTA) — Poland is shelving plans to compensate former property owners — among them Holocaust survivors — for assets confiscated during the communist period. …

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/03/14/3086392/poland-shelves-property-compensation-plans

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    More Than 50% of U.S. Senate to Attend AIPAC POLICY CONFERENCE.

    http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2011/03/more-than-50-of-u-s-senate-to-attend-aipac-policy-conference/

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    Israel protests UN screening of ‘anti-Israel’ film .

    … Israeli delegation to United Nations demands to cancel screening of Julian Schnabel’s film ‘Miral,’ which shows IDF soldiers brutally attacking Palestinians. … Jewish director Schnabel ….

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4041776,00.html

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    Israel demands CNN apology over attack coverage.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4041694,00.html

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