A South African MP who personally experienced apartheid speaks about the charge against Israel
Apartheid and Israel
- The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act (1949)
- The Population Registration Act of (1950)
- The Group Areas Act (1950)
- The Immorality Act (1950)
- The Suppression of Communism Act (1950)
- The Bantu Authorities Act (1951)
- The Reservation of Separate Amenities Act (1953)
- The Bantu Education Act (1953)
- The Separate Representation of Voters Act (1956)
If anyone can point to a similar legislative framework in Israel then the analogy can be made. If not, they are playing the game of guilt by association.
- Is it illegal for Palestinians to marry Israelis? - NO
- Is it illegal for Palestinians to have sex with Israelis? - NO
- Are Palestinians denied the right to vote? - NO
- Do Palestinians have to live in designated areas and carry internal passports? - NO
- Are Palestinians divided into different racial categories on the basis of skin colour? - NO
- Are they registered under those categories with the state? - NO
- Are Palestinians forbidden to attend Israeli educational establishments? - NO
- Do they by law have to follow a separate and limited curriculum? - NO … etc etc
Beyond that, some people argue that a majority of Palestinians do not vote in Israeli elections. The reason for that is because they are not citizens of Israel. They live in the territories and so vote in elections to the PA, or live in the diaspora.
- Palestinians are members of the Knesset,
- have been cabinet ministers,
- generals in the armed forces,
- serve on the boards of major corporations,
- hold senior university posts,
- work in the civil service etc.
They are not barred by law from doing any of these things.
To be pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian at the same time is not a contradiction: it is a necessity.
*Peter Ryley is a reluctant retiree from adult and higher education. He spent fourteen years working at the University of Hull's now defunct Centre for Lifelong Learning before returning to Manchester. He continues to work as an independent scholar and author, writing mainly on the history of anarchist ideas. His book, Making Another World Possible: Anarchism, Anti-capitalism and Ecology in Late 19th and Early Twentieth Century Britain, was published by Bloomsbury in 2013. He also blogs intermittently at Fat Man on a Keyboard.