A Simple Truth About Palestinian Apartheid…

That it’s taboo to talk about it in the U.S. Or that you will get pounded by the U.S. media and the American Israel Lobby for even daring to bring it up. Even if you are a former president of the U.S. and winner of a Nobel Peace Prize, a.k.a. Jimmy Carter. From the Nation:

In fact, if there is a failing in Carter’s stance, it is that he is too kind to the Israelis, bending over backward to assert that he is only writing about the occupied territories. Israel itself, he says, is a democracy. This would come as a surprise to the 1.3 million Israeli Arabs who live as second-class citizens in the Jewish state. The poverty rate among Israeli Arabs is more than twice that of the Jewish population. Those Israeli Arabs who marry Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank are not permitted to get Israeli residency for their spouses. And Israeli Arabs, who do not serve in the military or the country’s intelligence services and thus lack the important personal connections and job networks available to veterans, are systematically shut out of good jobs. Any Jew, who may speak no Hebrew or ever been to Israel, can step off a plane and become an Israeli citizen, while a Palestinian living abroad whose family’s roots in Palestine may go back generations is denied citizenship.

The conditions in Palestine and the Gaza strip are already a full-blown humanitarian crisis, yet every time the United Nations gets together to pass a resolution against this display of unilateral violence, the resolution always gets vetoed by the U.S. That’s funny, the U.S. believes in the U.N. only when it is convenient to do so:

But it is in Gaza that conditions are currently reaching a full-blown humanitarian crisis. “Gaza is in its worst condition ever,” Gideon Levy wrote recently in the Israeli paper Ha’aretz. “The Israel Defense Forces have been rampaging through Gaza–there’s no other word to describe it–killing and demolishing, bombing and shelling, indiscriminately…. How contemptible all the sublime and nonsensical talk about ‘the end of the occupation’ and ‘partitioning the land’ now appears. Gaza is occupied, and with greater brutality than before…. This is disgraceful and shocking collective punishment.”

And as Gaza descends into civil war, with Hamas and Fatah factions carrying out gun battles in the streets, Ha’aretz reporter Amira Hass bitterly notes, “The experiment was a success: The Palestinians are killing each other. They are behaving as expected at the end of the extended experiment called ‘what happens when you imprison 1.3 million human beings in an enclosed space like battery hens.'”

Go read the rest of the piece. It was written by Chris Hedges, former Middle East bureau chief for the New York Times. And by the way, who are you going to trust, the U.N. & Jimmy Carter, or president Bush and his band of neocons?

3 Responses to A Simple Truth About Palestinian Apartheid…

  1. Donna says:

    You are ill-informed about, and brainwashed adversely to, Israel. No country is perfect but Israel is not only the sole democracy in the entire Middle East but one in which Arabs live as full citizens. Arabs lives better in Israel than in any other Middle Eatern country. That is why they stay and that is why they want to stay. The Israeli Arabs and the Israeli Jews live in relative peace. I followed you over from your comment on the hanging from Angelino’s View. You would do well to read more and expand your sources. You should look into the true situation that exists in Israel. It’s not for nothing that the US supports Israel and vice versa.
    Lastly, I was surprised, given your posted credentials to find in writing the phrase Nobel “Piece” Prize you spelled PEACE as Piece. Also, “a.k.a” means “also known as” which does not apply to your sentence since the Peace Prize is not also known as Jimmy Carter. Perhaps, “to wit” or “that being” would be appropriate if you don’t want to just state his name outright. See, misinformed can apply to grammar, too.

  2. truly.equal says:

    Wow, imagine that, my points are totally wrong, because I made a spelling mistake! The “a.k.a.” part was referring to Jimmy Carter, not the Nobel Peace Prize. I think you have to be a certain kind of stupid not to get that, but hey, some readers are better than others.

    Let me make sure I got my acronyms straight: Buck Fush & YAAFM. That about right for ya?

  3. Shunra says:

    Donna seems to be rather misinformed, herself, about the “peace” she describes between Israeli Jews and the Christian and Muslim Arabs living under the Israeli regime (inside the green line. Even Donna can’t be blind to the horrific situation in the Occupied Territories).

    But Israel apologists can look to their own favorite government’s papers to find how badly Israel has treated even those Arabs who have Israeli citizenship – the Orr Commission exposed the mistreatmenet of non-Jewish Israeli Arabs by the Israeli governments. Donna must believe in some version of Israel that you can only see from the tourist hotels on the Tel Aviv beaches looking anywhere but south, to Jaffa.

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