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    • Nico de Lange
    • 29.08.11 | 14:01 (IDT)

    So, could someone explain the twisted logic in the argument that, because Israeli Arabs are not allowed to serve in the IDF, therefore they do not serve their country, & therefore they are not entitled to equal treatment before the law and by the government of the land? I mean, it just does not make sense to punish the Arabs for complying with the law of the land, by denying them the rights & freedoms which that law supposedly guarantees for all Israeli citizens. The consequences of such an inherently flawed rationale are as legion as they are perilous for Israelis' moral, socio-economic & security-related well-being. Point, Israeli Jews impose a sanction upon Israeli Arabs' service in their country's military, and now they tell their Arab compatriots that they are second-class citizens because they comply with that sanction? Point, aware that Israeli Arabs already constitute 20% of the country's population & increases at a much faster rate than themselves, Israeli Jews respond by imposing severe socio-economic constraints upon their Arab compatriots - seemingly in the hope of making daily survival so difficult and demanding for them that they will have neither the time nor the energy to express their growing numerical clout in the country's political institutions & processes. Point, whilst proclaiming constantly & vociferously to all & sundry that Israel is a democratic state that respects & is committed to the human rights of all of its citizens (whatever their socio-cultural identity) it seems that there is no actual substance to that commitment after all - except, of course, when applied to Israel's Jews. Point, faced with an alarming & growing disillusionment with the state among the Israeli Arab population, & surely aware that poverty-driven hardship & despair must inevitably lead to widespread social upheaval & even revolution within Israel's Arab population, there seems to be no substance to that claim. As a South African, a Jew & an Afrikaner, I recognize an apartheid system when I see one - and Israel is fast turning into an Apartheid State.

    from the article: Expansion of impoverished Israeli Arab town angers Jewish neighbors
    First published 02:48 29.08.11 | Last updated 02:48 29.08.11
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