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    • 11.11.12 | 10:23 (IST)

    Apartheid was a way of maintaining power in a country by depriving people who would otherwise ensure that they took power, of the vote - and hence their ability to do so. That was its entire purpose. The argument simply can't be made to fit the occupied territories, the occupation of which is wrong and should be ended. The point there is that they are occupied. The issue is not discrimination aimed at preventing democratic rights - it is occupation. Apartheid is an exciting argument for the anti-Semitic anti-Zionists because it allows condemnation of the State of Israel itself, not the occupation and not the State's actions. It is a way of undermining the legitimacy of the entire enterprise. Mr Levy's argument is thus misplaced. The occupation can't be sorted by a commission - it needs to end with Israelis being foreigners (on whatever terms might ultimately prevail) in Palestine, or negotiating citizenship. It will not bring citizenship automatically. In reality allowing oneself to consider the issue seriously is being suckered into the game that says anyone can have a state except Jews.

    from the article: Apartheid, by any other name
    First published 01:43 11.11.12 | Last updated 01:43 11.11.12
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