Sitting DucksA wealth of reports, the media and public demonstrations by Arabs and Israel bashers throughout the world, unfairly link the treatment of Palestinians in Israel to the shameful racially segregated policy in South Africa between 1948 and 1994 enforced by white minority governments. Under these 317 Apartheid laws that touched every aspect of black livelihood, Blacks could not marry Whites, Blacks could not hold jobs reserved for whites; the focus of Black education was on technical, blue collar type of work; public bathrooms, buses, and amenities were segregated between “whites” and “colored,” etc.   These abhorrent practices ended when Nelson Mandela was elected President in 1994.

A case in point is the outrageous and biased book by the late President Carter entitled “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.” This fictitious narrative is full of erratic inventions, errors, and inconsistencies. In particular, it is outrageous that the use of the laden word ‘apartheid,’ prominently displayed in the title of his book borders on anti-Semitism and suggests an equivalence to the reviled policies of South Africa. The end of his narrative suggests that the bulk of culpability for the lack of peace in the Middle East rests in Israel’s unwillingness to comply with international law and the road map.  Carter surely ignores the bus bombings, rockets and maiming of hundreds of Israeli civilians, and the willingness by several Israeli governments to give away Gaza, Judea, Samaria and even our most venerated site, the Temple Mount, to a non compliant Palestinian authority whose covenant is the destruction of Israel.

How could the racial practices in South Africa which deprived black people from the basic and political human rights be compared in any way to the treatment of Palestinians in Israel? For starters, since the first Knesset elections in 1949, there have been 63 past and present Arab members. Arabs in Israel have equal voting rights, and, as opposed to other Arab countries, Arab woman can vote; Arabic like Hebrew is an official language; street signs are written in both Arabic and Hebrew; there is freedom of religion -this stands in contrast with Saudi Arabia, where Islam is the only religion permitted; in Israel, Arabs easily access the Temple Mount as opposed to Jews, and in Israel, the law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, political beliefs, and age.

Thus, due to the disparity of comparing South Africa’s apartheid policies with those of Israel, I question the reason behind this excessive global campaign to vilify Israel, and even endorsed by Carter? The answer is quite simple: it is nothing but fashionable hardcore anti-Israel bashing which borders on antisemitism and which will be well represented once more at the upcoming Durban II conference in April, 2009. The world does not condemn Saudi Arabia or other Arab dictatorships which exercise “gender apartheid” to their women and homosexuals, and still practice corporal punishment including amputations and beheadings. Moreover, Israel is singled out by the United Nations for human rights abuses while true abusers such as China, Iran, Cuba, and Syria are overlooked. But Israel, with its laws ensuring complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants and is faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, is demonized and unjustly criticized.

What unusual double standards! You may wonder? Evil as in the days of Nazi Hitler has to be recognized and dealt a severe blow. The world attitude to turn a blind eye to irrational and insidious Jew bashing has to be eradicated or it will come to haunt us all.

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