Racism was part of the birth of the state of Israel; apartheid is part of its fabric. Nelson Mandela agreed. Palestinians struggle for equality, as do people of color (both Jewish and non-Jewish).
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu got suspended from Facebook this week after a long string of racist statements. Critics have accused the premiere of race-baiting ahead of the hotly contested elections, which are set to be held on September 17th. On Friday, Netanyahu made comments insinuating that his government could launch an offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip “at any moment.”
There’s no longer any real debate in Israel. The right wants to annex Palestinian land openly, and the center wants to annex, but deceive us. All that’s left now is to admit to the world that in reality Israel annexed the West Bank many years ago… it’s one country with an apartheid system.
Students at some military/religious colleges in Israel are being indoctrinated into Jewish Supremacy – this is not a new scandal, but evidence of virulent racism is stacking up against extremist rabbis.
In the 2nd killing of an Ethiopian-Israeli in 2019, Solomon Tekah was shot by an Israeli police officer who felt “in danger” when trying to break up a fight. Eyewitnesses say he was in no danger. An Ethiopian-Israeli lawmaker said Israeli police have declared “open season” on Ethiopian-Israeli youth.
Three hospitals in Israel admit that their policy is to separate maternity patients according to ethnicity. Palestinian women have found this practice insulting; some experts call it “apartheid.”
Gideon Levy writes in Ha’aretz: “The apartheid did not start with him and will not end with his departure; it probably won’t even be dented. One of the most racist nations in the world cannot complain about its prime minister’s racism.”
Belen Fernandez writes in the Jacobin that Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent pact with a far-right, anti-Arab party ahead of April’s elections is in keeping with a state that has racism and exclusion baked into its foundation.
Israeli television channel conducted a poll which found that Israeli Jews have a high level of anti-Palestinian prejudice.
Four Special Rapporteurs express ‘deep concern’ that Nation-State Law is ‘discriminatory in nature and in practice against non-Jewish citizens and other minorities and does not apply the principle of equality between citizens, which is one of the key principles for democratic political systems,’ and gives Israel 60 days to explain itself.