Beyond the Cusp

March 3, 2009

The Israel Apartheid Lie Debunked

Filed under: Uncategorized — qwertster @ 12:28 AM

This being Apartheid Israel Week on many college and university campuses and other overt leftist places, it seemed like the perfect setting to debunk the whole myth that Israel is an Apartheid State. The gist of this claim centers on the dishonest and deceitful claims that Israel’s Muslim and Arab minority are treated as second class citizens and are thus denied basic rights and privileges bestowed upon the Jewish majority. This insane claim lives on despite all the evidence proving the complete absurdity and absence of truth ignored in order to mask the hatefulness behind those holding to this agenda.

The truth lies with the fact that the non-Jewish Israelis, especially the Muslim 20% of Israeli population, have more rights and privileges living in Israel than the Muslims living in virtually any Islamic country. The non-Jewish citizens of Israel have the right to vote, the right to hold office in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) or even to become Prime Minister or hold positions in the Israeli Prime Minister’s select Cabinet (there are Muslim members of both the present Knesset and in the one just elected and there are currently Muslims on Prime Minister Olmert’s Cabinet). All citizens of Israel have equal rights to own property, and the Muslims that did not flee Israel in 1948 at the behest of the Islamic nations who invaded Israel at her birth own the lands they held then to this day. No land was “stolen” by the Jews or the Israeli government in order to found the Jewish State. Non-Jewish citizens of Israel have the same educational opportunities, as do the Jewish citizens. Actually, the Muslims have a greater choice as they may attend the Public schools or their own run schools known as Madrassas. Non-Jewish citizens of Israel are allowed to serve in the Israeli Military, the Druze have even requested and been granted mandatory service in the IDF. The Muslim citizens actually have the advantage over the Jewish citizens as their service in the IDF is totally voluntary while the Jewish citizens are required by law to serve a minimum stretch in the military. Perhaps this is the difference in treatment that those claiming Israeli Apartheid are referring to when they claim that the Muslim minority is treated differently, though I bet it is not the reason they would claim. Non-Jewish members of Israeli society own businesses with the same rights and opportunities as the Jews in Israel. The only discernable difference is for Jews immigrating to Israel. Jews immigrating to Israel are seen as returning to their natural homeland and are thus granted citizenship more readily than non-Jews. I would bet that there is not a flood of Muslims attempting to immigrate to Israel seeking citizenship.

But what do the non-Jewish citizens have to say about their treatment? This would, after all, be the best indicator of whether or not they are treated poorly by an apartheid government and society. A recent survey was done to discern if non-Jews in Israel would rather live in Israel or in a new Palestinian State, once one is formed. The results would be astounding to those claiming Israel being Apartheid. 62% of Israeli Arabs would choose to remain Israeli citizens rather than join a future Palestinian State. Only 14% of the respondents would choose to join a future Palestinian State and 24% did not express an opinion or refused to answer. Members of the Druze community, 84% of whom would choose Israel, exhibited the strongest support for remaining citizens of Israel. Lower income households also showed strong support with 71% of them choosing Israel. Men were more likely than women to choose to remain Israeli citizens, 67% vs. 56%. The largest percentage of undecided citizens was among Christian Arab Israelis with 43% compared to the average of 24%.

Mitchell Barak, Managing Director of Keevon: “The survey challenges the widely held claim that Israeli Arabs have national aspirations for statehood. Most expressed a desire to remain Israeli when given a choice.” If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Keevon at any time:

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1 Comment »

  1. Jimmy Carter — who if not responsible for the origination of the Apartheid claim is at least responsible for popularizing it — has stated that there is not a shred of evidence that Apartheid exists within the Green Line. He says that the Apartheid he’s talking about occurs in the territories administered by Israel and the PA. I’m as much an opponent of the silly claim as you, but let’s make sure we’re talking about the right thing.


    Comment by Jesse — March 3, 2009 @ 6:15 AM | Reply

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