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Is Israel on the path to becoming an apartheid state, or is it already one?

The discussions on this topic have been contentious since President Carter published his book Palestine: Peace not Apartheid in 2006.

However, the time for pretense is now over. A recent survey of the Jewish public in Israel shows a majority support for apartheid policies.

Remember Richard Goldstone of the Goldstone Report fame? Goldstone was vilified by pro-Israeli groups after heading the investigation into Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli incursion into Gaza in December 2008/January 2009. He is a former justice of the South African Constitutional Court.

Goldstone was vilified by pro-Israel groups as a "self-hating Jew" and his report was likened to a blood libel, a false charge against Jews with roots in medieval antisemitism. Nevertheless, the report galvanised Israel to start investigations into the charges that were made against its military operation, which are still ongoing.

Goldstone was boycotted by Jewish communities around the world and was not allowed to attend the bar mitzvah of his grandson in South Africa.

Yet, he has continuously defended Israel from accusations of apartheid, as evidenced in this New York Times Op-Ed from a year ago.
[...]In Israel, there is no apartheid. Nothing there comes close to the definition of apartheid under the 1998 Rome Statute: “Inhumane acts ... committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime.” Israeli Arabs — 20 percent of Israel’s population — vote, have political parties and representatives in the Knesset and occupy positions of acclaim, including on its Supreme Court. Arab patients lie alongside Jewish patients in Israeli hospitals, receiving identical treatment.
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But Goldstone's rose colored view of the situation in Israel finds little support in the Israeli public.

Today, Haaretz published an article based on a survey conducted by Dialog conducted on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. It reveals that a majority of Israeli Jews support anti-Arab, ultra-nationalist views.

Survey: Most Israeli Jews would support apartheid regime in Israel

Most of the Jewish public in Israel supports the establishment of an apartheid regime in Israel if it formally annexes the West Bank.

A majority also explicitly favors discrimination against the state's Arab citizens, a survey shows.

The survey, conducted by Dialog on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, exposes anti-Arab, ultra-nationalist views espoused by a majority of Israeli Jews. The survey was commissioned by the New Israel Fund's Yisraela Goldblum Fund and is based on a sample of 503 interviewees.

The questions were written by a group of academia-based peace and civil rights activists. Dialog is headed by Tel Aviv University Prof. Camil Fuchs.



The article speaks for itself and I hope you find the time to review it.
The below graphic should give you a quick overview of what to expect.


 



I am increasingly left with a feeling of "this is like Serbia" in the mid- and late 1990s. Isolation and condemnation from most of the free world. A large part of the population in denial over the impact of actual and proposed policies.

And the attitudes reflected fit like hand in glove to the brief diary I posted a week ago: Take it All Away from Them

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away. - S. Stills

    by ask on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 07:57:59 AM PDT

  •  Also published (2+ / 0-)
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    Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away. - S. Stills

    by ask on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 07:59:13 AM PDT

  •  Carter was right. (2+ / 0-)
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  •  I think it is more instructive (5+ / 0-)
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    ask, Deep Texan, businessdem, Brecht, poco

    to look at how Israel treats the West Bank right now, since the West Bank is run by a government that is legitimately trying to govern.  And how are they treating them?  Shitty.  Refuse to rein in settlement building (repeatedly!), build walls, and generally just give the Palestinians a hard time.  A more moderate government in Israel could really be making huge strides right now by working closely with the West Bank government, but instead Netenyahu continually antagonizes them for political points.

    "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it... unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." -The Buddha

    by Brian A on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 08:07:17 AM PDT

    •  I don't see (3+ / 0-)
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      much (Israeli) opposition to Netanyahu's policies. It is mostly a 'circling the wagons' attitude that prevails.

      I also wish for a moderate (or even progressive) government in Israel, but it seems highly unlikely.

      Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away. - S. Stills

      by ask on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 08:11:41 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed, and thats a big problem (4+ / 0-)
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        You're right, Netanyanhu is very popular there, and a right-wing ideology dominates right now.  

        It's just so FRUSTRATING, because with the current government in the West Bank, Israel has the best opportunity to make major strides with the Palestinians since the time of Yitzhak Rabin, and they are BLOWING it!!!  This opportunity is slipping away and it could be another 20 years before they get another one!!!

        "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it... unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." -The Buddha

        by Brian A on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 08:15:01 AM PDT

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  •  hope Obama can get pressure (3+ / 0-)
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    to change this.  open air prison and collective punishment has ruined the people there.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 08:10:10 AM PDT

  •  Israel was founded based on an ideal (5+ / 0-)
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    It was founded in part based on this ideal:

    WE APPEAL - in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months - to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.
    http://www.mfa.gov.il/...

    It was an ideal shared by Zionists such as Martin Buber. Unfortunately Israel has failed to live up to this ideal. Over 20% of Israeli population is filled by Arabs  but they are second-class citizens.

    Here are a list of some laws which discriminate against Arabs: http://www.adalah.org/...

  •  Thanks for the diary. (3+ / 0-)
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    My personal view is that Israel is in some ways already an apartheid state, and is on track to become a full apartheid state over the next decade or less.

    It is also my view, unlike most on DKos, that the option of two states sitting side by side in peace is now impossible, due to continued Israeli creation of "facts on the ground" such as settlements and the illegal demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, along with illegal construction of Jewish homes.

    Terror has no religion.
    لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الل

    by downsouth on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 08:40:08 AM PDT

    •  I agree with (2+ / 0-)
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      pretty much every word in your comment.

      Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away. - S. Stills

      by ask on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 08:44:41 AM PDT

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    •  I sure hope you're wrong, though there are (1+ / 0-)
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      certainly strong forces in Israel (and Arabs too) who would like to make a credible two-state solution unobtainable.

      Perhaps you are right, and it is "now" impossible. But the future is bigger than now.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 06:12:25 PM PDT

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      •  Interesting point. (1+ / 0-)
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        And it is true that we can't know what the future will hold.  Perhaps Israeli's will finally reject the Zionist extremism of Likud and elect a moderate, left-leaning government.  That government could then, theoretically, reverse much of what Bibi has done and return us to a place where a Palestinian state side by side with Israel is an achievable goal.

        Recent polls of Israeli Jews, however, offer little hope of this happening.  If anything, these polls make me expect things to get much worse, not better.  Still, hope is always a good thing.

        Terror has no religion.
        لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الل

        by downsouth on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 08:20:25 PM PDT

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  •  This is a very tricky issue to address fairly (2+ / 0-)
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    but I think you've pretty much done so. Thanks for being clear and thorough with your quotes and charts.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 06:13:53 PM PDT

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