OF COURSE IT IS NOT APHARTEID - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Joao Batista
    • 04.01.10 | 23:47 (IST)

    Do people deliberately mess things just for the sacking of cursing Israel again or what? We are talking about two different realities. Anyone who visits Israel within the Green Line will see a normal country, with rich Arabs-Israelis, Druses, Sircasians, Christians and a normal struggle of national minorities to strengthen its rights. If you cross the Green LIne, on the other side, literally, you will see Apartheid, for sure, but only as a consequence of Occupation and not considerations based on superiority, race or discrimination. When I visited Israel, two years ago, I asked a fellow Arab-Israeli if he would like his city, Nazareth, to be encompassed by the border of the future Palestine State. He told me that if the Arabs in Israel were given the possibility to vote in a referendum, almost 100% would vote for being Israelis forever, even if they had to show allegiance for a Jewish State. I really cannot see this State as racist... unless Arabs are masochists...

    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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