Apartheid label is another false obsession of liberals - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Steve
    • 04.01.10 | 06:15 (IST)

    Anyone who was born and raised in South Africa, as I was, and is also a Zionist, as I am, sees the simplistic and false equation of Israel's policies to those of Apartheid South Africa, as just that - simplistic. If comparing 2 complex socio-political scenarios is done only on the basis of seemingly comparable manifestations (such as population movement restrictions) alone, without looking at the root causes or core ideology behind these effects, then sure, it makes for a neat journalistic or pseudo-liberal sound bite. Israel's policies aren't perfect, but most sane people realize that they are motivated by decades of trying to achieve peace without racism, and have unfortunately devolved to be overly stringent on the innocents, in order to protect the greater interests of Israeli lives and survival. No nation would do differently. In fact many are far worse in their practice of real racism, under different guises - e.g. Sweden banning minarets, or France banning head coverings.

    from the article: Are Israel and apartheid South Africa really different?
    First published 01:09 04.01.10 | Last updated 13:47 04.01.10
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