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Peace not apartheid : Comments

By Bassam Dally, published 6/5/2014

While Israel has vigorously rejected the comparison with apartheid South Africa, the similarities have been noted by a great many distinguished commentators.

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Thanks for this perspective
Posted by asho, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 7:53:17 AM
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I was not aware that Apartheid South Africa had Black African Judges, entrepreneurs, doctors, academics, models, army officers, business people, women academics. Or is Bassam Dally living in a parallel universe in which everyone else is always to blame, where Palestinians dont send a hail of bombs from land that was returned to them for productive use, don't send suicide bombers, dont teach their children to hate and kill Jews. All blame, no responsibility, preciousl little creativity except in ... ummm... tunnelling ... holding grudges... There we have it, folks.... the Palestinian tragedy.
Posted by Alia, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 12:28:57 PM
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Let's stick to fact. Israel is not Apartheid. This term refers to a policy of racial segregation practised in South Africa. Non-whites were prohibited from running businesses in without permits; They had separate beaches, buses, schools, drinking fountains, restrooms and received inferior education, medical care and other services; They could not vote or become citizens. Jews are the majority in Israel but the non-Jewish minority (Arab, Christians, Bedouin, Druze, Baha'i) enjoy citizenship with voting rights. It is illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race. Arabs have served in senior government positions and an Arab currently serves on the Supreme Court. Israeli Arabs have their own political parties and are also members of the major Israeli political parties.


The status of Palestinians in the territories is different as many refuse to recognize Israelís right to exist; by contrast, non-whites never sought the destruction of South Africa, only of apartheid. Restrictions there were racially motivated but Israel's limts in the territories such as checkpoints and the security fence were forced by Palestinian terrorism.


Palestinians work in Israel, receive similar pay to the Jews and are allowed to attend schools and universities. 98% in the territories are governed by the rules of the Palestinian Authority, which amazingly does not permit its own residents with freedoms of speech, religion, assembly or other rights taken for granted by Westerners.
Posted by Watford, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 12:45:38 PM
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I laugh when a Muslim whines about how Muslims are being treated by Jews, when he is a member of a religion which who's own founding prophet was a genocidal ethnic cleanser of Jews, and Muslims have been ethnically cleansing Jews (and everyone else) from lands conquered by force by Islam for centuries.

Where are all the Jews in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Libya, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, or Algeria, Bassem?

The Jews have just as much right to make life unpleasant for their enemies who live among them in their own country, as Muslims have been doing to everyone who is not a Muslim, in the lands conquered by Islam.

Your little speech about apartheid may impress the ignorant who are too dumb to figure out that the Arabs are hardly innocent little victims who are oppressed by nasty Israel, but it won't work with me. You Arabs had plenty of opportunity to come to terms with Israel since it's inception and you have always resorted to demanding its total extermination. Well, the Jews aren't marching meekly into gas chambers anymore, Bassam. They are armed and they have a Masada complex. Leave them alone and try and reform your stupid religion which is holding back the social and economic development of the whole Muslim world.

It is incredible that such a tiny nation as Israel, which does not posses any natural resources at all, can show up the entire Muslim world as to how incompetent you all are.

We don't want your "refugees" either. Reform your religion and grow up.
Posted by LEGO, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 5:43:10 PM
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If everything remains as is, and the Palestinians can exercise some patience, rather than how many rockets they can fire on non combatant civilians? They will outnumber Jews as the majority of voters in around a decade?
And given that is so, decide what Israel does next.
That said, if peace is the real goal, how does including a terrorist organisation Hamas aid that?
Perhaps a little reasoned self interest, would allow Israeli Arabs to prevent other Palestinians, from expunging Israel from the face of the earth.
And or, as the new ruling elite, obliging Israel's military, from acting almost as if, they were the new SS troopers in the Middle East.
One always catches many more flies with a teaspoon full of honey, that a whole barrel full of vinegar!
Perhaps a truth and reconciliation commission is the way forward.
I mean, it almost alone, allowed a previously apartheid South Africa, to bury generational conflict, and just get on improving the lot of the most disadvantaged!
Rhrosty.
Posted by Rhrosty, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 5:44:10 PM
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Mr Dally, teach your children this : http://www.qurantoday.com/fatihah.htm. Have everyone repeat it five times a day : http://markdurie.blogspot.com.au/2009/12/greatest-recitation-of-surat-al-fatiha.html. Then write your 'Peace not apartheid' article. Then Mr Dally, do not be surprised if you are not taken seriously.
Posted by elizabeth4, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 7:21:47 PM
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