Saying it is apartheid may alleviate the frustrations of those who hate occupation, but it's completely inaccurate, insults South Africans, and feeds Israel's most hate-filled enemies.
Benjamin Pogrund was deputy editor of the Rand Daily Mail, Johannesburg, and later chief foreign sub-editor of the U.K.'s Independent newspaper. After moving to Israel in 1997 he founded Yakar's Center for Social Concern in Jerusalem. He is the author of "Drawing Fire: Investigating the accusations of apartheid in Israel."
The Jewish community has confronted its complicity in apartheid, and now finds itself increasingly held to account for Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
The new Jewish state used the legal techniques of a new Muslim state to deprive its own mainly-Muslim refugees of their properties. How ironic.
Mandela's death triggered a media avalanche which has debased the South African leader's memory while inaccurately singling out Israel for its support of apartheid.
Nelson Mandela's personal generosity was at the heart of his incredible political accomplishments but also reached beyond them to those who knew and loved him.
Israelis are so estranged from their region that the wider Middle East is another world to us. Now is the chance to test our neighbors' commitment to dialogue - through the Arab Peace Initiative - if we genuinely want peace.
As the controversy over the deaths of Palestinians in Israeli jails continues to stoke unrest, the prison service invited journalists to visit the only Israeli prison in the West Bank. This is what I saw.
Despite their limited knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, South Africans have many prejudices that are being fueled by anti-Israel groups
Israeli academics are being watched. Vigilantes check what they say or write - and, if they are judged 'anti-Israel,' incite donors to the universities and colleges where they teach to act against them. Students are encouraged to spy on their teachers and to report what they say.
Israel needs to appoint its own committee to investigate the IDF's actions in Gaza, so it can be certain when it tells its critics that their accusations are skewed and unjustified.