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    • Paul Freedman
    • 30.12.09 | 09:13 (IST)

    Gideon Levy repeats the same column over and over but that repetition cannot change falsehood into truth. Apartheid was a systematic scheme for "separate development" of South Africa, by which Whites only had full and unrestricted access to state resources; Asians suffered discrimination; and (Black) Africans were exploited for their labor with minimal labor rights, systematic wage discrimination, and under legal prohibition of staying overnight in South Africa (away from artificially designated "Bantustans") without passes. Palestinians are a national (minority) in conflict with Israel for the territory between the Jordan and the sea--they are not exploited for labor within Israel (they are not wanted) and they are not restricted to artificial homelands by the Israeli government; they remain in their national communities established with the 47-48 conflicts across the Green line. Disputes regarding refugee rights and artificially dis-entailed holdings are not apartheid.

    from the article: 28 kilometers of distilled apartheid
    First published 01:28 30.12.09 | Last updated 04:12 31.12.09
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