Rabbinic human rights group T’ruah calls for transparency on donor money spent on settlements.17:48 08.10.15 | 0 comments
The regime we established in the West Bank strikingly resembled the apartheid. One can argue that this regime doesn't meet all the criteria of apartheid definition or that it developed in a different context. But the facts are that there are different sets of law for different populations there, some people are citizens of Israel with full rights while others are not citizens of any sovereign state. The two populations live separately. One is defended by the army and police and bears arms. The other is forbidden to bear arms. There are roads which are used by one population only. The freedom of movement of one population is guaranteed by the state, while the freedom of movement of the other population is being impeded by the state - which is justified by security considerations, but is STILL UNFAIR. The alienation of private lands is rutine in the West Bank: more than 1/3 of the settlements' territory is private Palestinian land. There are many other examples of the gross inequality and domination, which characterize the situation in the West Bank. I don't know if it would be accurate to use the term apartheid, but whatever it is, the lessons of the apartheid are very relevant for the Israelis. We must never forget that apartheid fell down. May be the regime of inequality and domination we established in the West Bank is not apartheid, but IT IS AS NOT SUSTAINABLE AND AS INDEFENCIBLE AS APARTHEID WAS, and it cannot exist forever. It will crash rather sooner than later. And if we fail to dismantle it in an orderly way, it will collapse on our heads and it will be painful, God forbid. The viable and prosperous Palestinian state is an absolute interest of Israel, we must do everything we can to facilitate its establishment rather than to impede it.