Let’s ignore the debate about Israeli policy, we’ll be here until the cows come home for Kosher slaughter. Rather, let’s focus on some horrific comments in the article that simply must be challenged:
- Israeli Apartheid week is about raising awareness of apartheid in Israel.
IAW is an attempt to associate Israeli policy towards the Palestinians with the Apartheid policies in South Africa, a comparison not only insulting to Israel (and wrong) but also to those South Africans who suffered under Apartheid. Anti-Israel campaigners would do well to avoid such inaccurate, harmful and insulting comparisons.
- “...We should concentrate on more ‘pressing’ or ‘worthy’ issues such as civil war in Syria, or gay rights in Russia”
- Mandela supported the Palestinian plight
- IAW is important because Ariel Sharon was painted as a hero in Western media
- Ariel Sharon was painted as a hero
- We must paint Israel as an Apartheid state
- "To critique the politics of the state of Israel is not anti-Semitism – indeed, many Jewish organisations such as Jews for Justice for Palestinians also oppose Israel“
- "I abhor the politics of Saudi Arabia – does that make me an Islamophobe?”
(Note, the US state department designates Saudi Arabia as an Islamic state; Wikipedia as an Arab state.)
- "We must not ignore Palestinian blood because the news has deemed Syrian blood more worthy of attention”
Perhaps I can suggest an addition to the writer’s list at the end. We can support the Palestinian cause, we can oppose Putin’s homophobia, we can deplore Assad’s slaughter and we can oppose anti-Semitism and the poison, lies and hate that is Israeli Apartheid Week. And damn it, we should.