Thursday, March 01, 2012

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Apartheid in Israel?

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

image003     On the way back from the Kotel this morning, I passed two Israeli soldiers guarding the arab shuk. They are not always there; it depends if the army feels that we need the extra protection that morning.

     I always say, “Hashem guard you,” to them when I walk by. Rarely are any of them religious, but they all appreciate my prayer. They usually respond, “You too,” or “Thanks.” Today, I noticed that both of them had dark skin, and I recalled how that black African bishop screams that Israel is today’s Apartheid.

     “Apartheid” is a South African term that comes from “apart.” It refers to the forced separation on the majority blacks by the ruling minority whites in South Africa in the second half of the 20th century.

     The bishop cried out bitterly against the Israeli soldiers forcing the arabs to go through check points, and humiliating them by searching them.

     So, are we separating the arabs from us? Is he correct? Yes, we are separating populations. But, as you can see, this separation is not based on skin color, nor is it based on religion. The “chr-istian Quarter” is only a few yards from where the soldiers stood. It is based on war. When the arabs stop attacking us we will stop searching them for bombs.

    Today, arabs walk though Jewish neighborhoods without the least trouble. I see them all the time, walking through the Rova, on the public transportation, buying in any store. But a Jew would be taking his life into his hands if he would wander into an arab neighborhood, and could expect to be lynched in an arab village. Read the news.

“Apart”? You bet!

1 comment:

  1. The thing is that bleeding heart ignorants have actually diluted the word apartheid to mean anything they deem racist.

    It is hard for us Jews to identify with this since we fight so hard to respect the singularity of the word Holocaust. So much so, that many people claim we have no ownership for that word. On the other hand, the meaning of the word apartheid, was not protected strongly at all, even by those who were directly affected by the policy, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. I guess they did(do) not have have the insight to try to 'own' that word for the true state-sanctioned discrimination they suffered.

    So the result is that even those two supposedly respectful South Africans, ignorantly use the word apartheid for how they think Israel treats the Arabs in Yesha.


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