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From Publishers Weekly During the mid-1950s, the young state of Israel built diplomatic ties to postcolonial African nations on their common histories of oppression. But by 1987, Israel’s alliances on the continent had completely changeddespite international sanctions, Israel maintained a close and covert relationship with South Africa; their military trade kept the Israeli economy vital and buttressed the faltering apartheid government. With recently declassified documents, Polakow-Suransky, an editor at Foreign Affairs, offers an important, provocative, and occasionally disturbing analysis of this clandestine alliance. He identifies two wars as decisive turning points in IsraeliSouth African relations. The 1967 Six-Day War and Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories alienated former friends and won it new enemies; and the 1973 Yom Kippur War left the economy in shambles, and created a powerful incentive for Israel to export arms to and cultivate its relations with the South African government. The author concludes his smart and readable study with a charged epilogue in which he writes that, as evinced by its policies towards Palestinians, Israel itself risks remaking itself in the image of the old apartheid state. (June) Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review

Hugely impressive . . . [Polakow-Suransky] probes in groundbreaking detail the illicit relationship Israel maintained with South Africa. Dan Ephron, Newsweek The best-documented, most thorough, and most credible account ever offered of the secret marriage between the apartheid state and Israel . . . Polakow-Suransky is no knee-jerk critic of Israel, and he tells his story more in sorrow than in anger . . . [an] important new book. Glenn Frankel, Foreign Policy

[I]mportant, provocative, and occasionally disturbing. Publishers Weekly A meticulously researched book that reads like a spy thriller . . . Polakow Suransky spent seven years on his project, conducting interviews with key players from Israel and South Africa, mining South Africas apartheid-era archive and resurrecting documents and articles that the Israeli Foreign Ministry would prefer remained forgotten. Rich with intrigue and shocking details but written without a trace of stridency, The Unspoken Alliance is the most authoritative account to date of Israels scandalous dealings with the apartheid regime of South Africa. Max Blumenthal, The Nation Sasha Polakow-Suransky does an impressive job uncovering untold elements about the level and details of the South African and Israeli relationship . . . We should read this book, if only to see yet another example of the interconnectedness of our geopolitical affairs. CSIS.org (Center for Strategic and International Studies) A deft, pacy and revealing account . . . admirably dispassionate. The Economist

In this path-breaking book, Sasha Polakow-Suransky traces the evolution of the alliance between Israel with apartheid South Africa from its murky beginning to its inglorious end following the transition to majority rule. The book is based on the most meticulous archival research supplemented by remarkably revealing interviews with decision-makers in several countries. It is a wise, elegantly written, and strikingly fair-minded book which deserves the widest possible readership. Avi Shlaim, Professor of International Relations, Oxford University and author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World The Unspoken Alliance is interesting, unique and telling. Its lesson is very clear: Doing the right thing may also be the best political option. It also tells us that sometimes we need others to save us from ourselves. Yossi Beilin, former Israeli Minister of Justice and Director General of the Foreign Ministry This is a major, long overdue study of the rise and demise of one of the most intriguing alliances of our time, Israels hidden partnership with white South Africa. Dr. Polakow-Suransky has written a masterfully researched history that reads likea thriller unraveling the secrets of an alliance between two embattled societies under siege. Weaved into the authors fascinating narrative lies the disturbing debate about the degree of moral end political congruence that might have existed between the two allies, Israels political and defense establishment on the one hand and the Afrikaner master race on the other. Shlomo Ben-Ami, Foreign Minister of Israel, 2000-2001 An intensely observed, eye-opening book. Kirkus

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The 9th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week 2013 | Israeli Apartheid …

*Announcing 9th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week (Feb-March 2013)*

Ninth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week (February – March 2013)

We are excited to announce the upcoming 9th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) starting late February in Europe and moving to various countries through the month of March.

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings, multimedia displays and boycott of Israel actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe. Last years IAW was incredibly successful with over 215 cities participating worldwide.

IAW seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign.

To accommodate various university schedules and cities from around the world, IAW will take place in slightly different weeks but all in the months of February and March. Here is a list of dates for regions confirmed so far:

Europe: February 25 – March 10 Palestine: 8-15 March United States: March 4 – 8 Canada: March 4 – 8 South Africa: March 11 17

If you would like to organize and be part of Israeli Apartheid Week on your campus or in your city please get in touch with us at iawinfo@apartheidweek.org. Also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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“Apartheid” | Stand for Israel

Is Israel an apartheid state?

In the last few years, its become common to hear Israel called an apartheid state a label that alleges that Israel maintains an oppressive legal system like the one once used in South Africa that institutionalized segregation, discrimination, and domination based on race.

Is there any truth to the charge? In apartheid-era South Africa, black citizens were totally disenfranchised, subject to oppressive laws that controlled every aspect of their behavior, and completely segregated from the ruling white minority. In Israel, on the other hand, Jewish and Arab citizens have equal protection under the law, enjoy freedom of religion and speech, and possess full voting rights. (In fact, Israels 120-member parliament, the Knesset, currently includes 12 Arab Israeli members.)

The Israel-South Africa comparison is so inapt that it would be laughable if it werent so insulting. What could possibly motivate those who apply this label and its evil connotations to the only democracy in the Middle East? Benjamin Pogrund, a South African Jew now living in Israel who saw firsthand the oppression and misery caused by the apartheid system in his native country, sums it up: Apartheid is a lazy label for the complexities of the Middle East conflict. If it can be made to stick, then Israel can be made to appear to be as vile as was apartheid South Africa and, therefore, seeking its destruction can be presented to the world as an equally moral cause.

Using human terms, Pogrund describes the vast difference between apartheid-era South Africa and Israel: Two years ago, I had major surgery in a Jerusalem hospital, he says. The surgeon was Jewish, the anesthetist was Arab, the doctors and nurses who looked after me were Jews and Arabs. Jews and Arabs share meals in restaurants and travel on the same trains, buses and taxis, and visit each others homes. Could any of this possibly have happened under apartheid? Of course not.

Those who protest Israeli apartheid usually have a noticeable lack of public indignation to express toward those countries and regions where real human rights violations are all too common. In Saudi Arabia, for example, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly simply dont exist and women are second-class citizens (and thats being generous). In Iran, politically motivated killings and kidnappings are common, ethnic and religious minorities harshly repressed, and freedom of the press is non-existent. In Zimbabwe, government security forces imprison, torture, and murder opponents. In Hamas-controlled Gaza, as well as parts of the West Bank controlled by the Palestinian Authority, a residual community of Christians is regularly harassed, intimidated, and even subject to murder by radical Islamists. During 2009, the regimes in both Gaza and Saudi Arabia expressed their approval of crucifixion as a punishment under the law.

But those who protest Israeli apartheid are silent about all that. Why? Because their real agenda is not to improve the plight of Palestinians, but rather to attack Israel. The apartheid slur is just another tool for Israels enemies to delegitimize and undermine the Jewish states right to exist. The comparison of Israel, the Middle Easts only democracy, to the brutal discrimination of a fallen, evil regime is false. Those who offer it simply reveal their own agenda.

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From Publishers Weekly During the mid-1950s, the young state of Israel built diplomatic ties to postcolonial African nations on their common histories of oppression. But by 1987, Israel’s alliances on the continent had completely changeddespite international sanctions, Israel maintained a close and covert relationship with South Africa; their military trade kept the Israeli economy vital and buttressed the faltering apartheid government. With recently declassified documents, Polakow-Suransky, an editor at Foreign Affairs, offers an important, provocative, and occasionally disturbing analysis of this clandestine alliance. He identifies two wars as decisive turning points in IsraeliSouth African relations. The 1967 Six-Day War and Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories alienated former friends and won it new enemies; and the 1973 Yom Kippur War left the economy in shambles, and created a powerful incentive for Israel to export arms to and cultivate its relations with the South African government. The author concludes his smart and readable study with a charged epilogue in which he writes that, as evinced by its policies towards Palestinians, Israel itself risks remaking itself in the image of the old apartheid state. (June) Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review

Hugely impressive . . . [Polakow-Suransky] probes in groundbreaking detail the illicit relationship Israel maintained with South Africa. Dan Ephron, Newsweek The best-documented, most thorough, and most credible account ever offered of the secret marriage between the apartheid state and Israel . . . Polakow-Suransky is no knee-jerk critic of Israel, and he tells his story more in sorrow than in anger . . . [an] important new book. Glenn Frankel, Foreign Policy

[I]mportant, provocative, and occasionally disturbing. Publishers Weekly A meticulously researched book that reads like a spy thriller . . . Polakow Suransky spent seven years on his project, conducting interviews with key players from Israel and South Africa, mining South Africas apartheid-era archive and resurrecting documents and articles that the Israeli Foreign Ministry would prefer remained forgotten. Rich with intrigue and shocking details but written without a trace of stridency, The Unspoken Alliance is the most authoritative account to date of Israels scandalous dealings with the apartheid regime of South Africa. Max Blumenthal, The Nation Sasha Polakow-Suransky does an impressive job uncovering untold elements about the level and details of the South African and Israeli relationship . . . We should read this book, if only to see yet another example of the interconnectedness of our geopolitical affairs. CSIS.org (Center for Strategic and International Studies) A deft, pacy and revealing account . . . admirably dispassionate. The Economist

In this path-breaking book, Sasha Polakow-Suransky traces the evolution of the alliance between Israel with apartheid South Africa from its murky beginning to its inglorious end following the transition to majority rule. The book is based on the most meticulous archival research supplemented by remarkably revealing interviews with decision-makers in several countries. It is a wise, elegantly written, and strikingly fair-minded book which deserves the widest possible readership. Avi Shlaim, Professor of International Relations, Oxford University and author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World The Unspoken Alliance is interesting, unique and telling. Its lesson is very clear: Doing the right thing may also be the best political option. It also tells us that sometimes we need others to save us from ourselves. Yossi Beilin, former Israeli Minister of Justice and Director General of the Foreign Ministry This is a major, long overdue study of the rise and demise of one of the most intriguing alliances of our time, Israels hidden partnership with white South Africa. Dr. Polakow-Suransky has written a masterfully researched history that reads likea thriller unraveling the secrets of an alliance between two embattled societies under siege. Weaved into the authors fascinating narrative lies the disturbing debate about the degree of moral end political congruence that might have existed between the two allies, Israels political and defense establishment on the one hand and the Afrikaner master race on the other. Shlomo Ben-Ami, Foreign Minister of Israel, 2000-2001 An intensely observed, eye-opening book. Kirkus

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Queers Against Israeli Apartheid

The following deputations were delivered by members of QuAIA at the May 28 meeting of the Executive Committee of the City of Toronto on the subject of the new municipal Anti-Discrimination Policy. In the past year, pro-Israel groups such as Bnai Brith have continued their long-standing campaign to exclude QuAIA from the Pride Parade by demanding that the new policy explicitly proscribe any discussion of Israeli apartheid. The report on the policy handed to the Executive Committee onApril 9, written by municipal staff and lawyers, made clear that such a provision would be inappropriate, but the Executive Committee, chaired by mayor Rob Ford, has refused to approve the policy, instead proposing a series of amendments that could be used to stifle criticism of Israel. City Council will vote on the issue at its upcoming meeting on June 11 and 12.

Elle Flanders

I speak before you today as a member of the Toronto lesbian and gay community; as the former executive director of the lesbian and gay film festival; a former board member of Pride Toronto; as well as a member of the Jewish community. I am also a member of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. I have fought for a good part of my life to obtain equal rights those that allow me to speak before you as an equal citizen today. As a Jewish woman, I am all too aware of how fragile ones equality isand hence I do not only fight for my own rights but the rights of others as well.

Many QuAIA members are Jewish with roots or implications in what takes place in Israel and Palestine. Other members are longtime human rights and social justice activists. On these basesPride has always been political and it is not for any one of you, not even councilor Pasternak, to decide which politics can or cannot be at Pride.

My grandparents helped establish the State of Israel councilors. I grew up in Jerusalem. I am neither self-hating nor deluded. I have spent most of my adult life shadowed by and hence making films about the conflict in Israel and Palestine. Israel is a state like any other, with flaws, like many others. Israel is not a sacred cow and is not above critique. There is NOTHING inherently hurtful, hateful, anti- Semitic, or any other words that have been carelessly bandied about in the face of a critique of Israeli state policy.

The words Israeli Apartheid are nothing more than a descriptor of systemic racist policies that one ruling ethnic group has imposed on another in the same land. I grew up in Israel, I think I have some authority and knowledge to tell you a little bit about what is happening there. It saddens me. This was my grandparents and parents dream, a land they help to build. But in that dream, others were dispossessed. And in that dispossession, much injustice has occurred. I am not afraid to say that, I am not afraid to admit when I and/or my people have erred. And Israel has indeed erred.

In 2009, I lived in the West Bank for a year, yes, a nice Jewish lesbian living in Ramallah. My partner and I traveled every day for six months on a segregated road system; they are known as the apartheid roads because they are segregated by your ethnic identity. Roads for Jewish Israelis, roads for Palestinians. We made a film about these roads that screened at TIFF 2011. Yes, a film about the apartheid roads that thousands of people saw at TIFF. You cannot single out Pride, Councilor Pasternak.

The Israel Supreme Court heard a case arguing that the road systems constituted a state of apartheidThe term is used in Israeli newspapers and by many Israeli politicians. Just in the last few months, countless articles appeared in the Israeli press citing Israeli Apartheid. Are they too creating atmospheres of discrimination (or hurt)? Are you suggesting that Toronto knows more about Israeli Apartheid than Israel?

While there are voices from individuals in the Toronto Jewish community who may claim this hurtful, I too am the Toronto Jewish community. And I say otherwise.

Enough is enough. Councils cannot continue to single Pride out. This must end here and now. Your city staff has said so and Prides Dispute Resolution Committee has said so.

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CAMERA: Deconstructing "Israeli Apartheid"

While Israels adversaries have always charged the country with many misdeeds, only relatively recently have these alleged transgressions coalesced into the so-called BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), modeled after the campaign against apartheid South Africa, and based on the allegation that Israel too is an apartheid state. An integral part of the BDS campaign is Israeli Apartheid Week on some college campuses, featuring speakers, demonstrations and street theater meant to illustrate the claim that Israel is, simply put, bad. So bad that, like apartheid South Africa, it is illegitimate and should cease to exist.

When examined in detail, however, the apartheid charges fall apart, since Israel is, in fact, a progressive and liberal democracy. Like other western democracies Israel is imperfect, but when mistakes and injustices occurthey are usually, in the end, rectified thanks to the countrys extensive checks and balances. Unlike neighboring Arab countries Israel has free elections, a free press, full religious freedom, and full rights for women and minorities, including gays. In Israel there are Arab legislators in the Knesset, Arab diplomats in the Foreign Ministry, Arab generals in the Israel Defense Forces, and also Arab judges. In fact, it was an Arab District Court judge (George Karra) who recently sentenced former Israeli President Moshe Katzav to jail, and an Arab Supreme Court Justice who upheld the sentence (Salim Joubran).

As with many anti-Israel sites, the ones focusing on alleged Israeli apartheid often include embarrassing quotations attributed to Israeli leaders, to make them seem like racist, bloodthirsty killers of innocent Arab women and children. Tracing these quotations to their sources shows that most are simply made up, while others are wrenched out of context.

And while its true that Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank who lived under Israeli rule didnt have the same rights as Arabs or Jews in Israel, they also didnt experience anything at all comparable to apartheid. In fact, in many ways they had more rights under Israeli rule than they have today under Hamas rule in Gaza, or under PA rule in the West Bank, and more rights also than the citizens of any Arab country.

Despite this, it is still worthwhile to look in detail at the apartheid charges to see what, if any, merit, they have, and to see what, if any, credibility should be granted to those who level such charges. Since most of the Israel-apartheid sites repeat virtually identical charges, what will be analyzed here is a representative sample of the most serious charges as they appear on the site ItisApartheid.org in its overview Israeli Apartheid in the Occupied Territories and in various fact sheets addressing specific topics.

Of course, not all claims onItisApartheidorsites like it can be dealt with here, but that should not be taken to mean that such claims have any more validity than the ones that are examined.

Apartheid Charges versus the Facts

The Ethnic Cleansing Charge

Myth: Israel is guilty of ethnic cleansing. One of the site’s key fact sheets, on the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, charges that:

Ethnic cleansing in Palestine began with the idea that Palestinian Arabs would never consent to giving up lands for European Jews to settle on after World War II.

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Every year, extremists converge on campuses across the country. For a week or two, they strive to sow divisions, encourage prejudice, and incite hostility.

They come as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” a series of lectures, exhibitsand events that single out Israel for fierce attack. Students are told the Jewish state is, by nature, a racist, colonial and oppressive state. They are told Israel should be boycotted, and even destroyed. They are told this by ideologues who distort facts about the country while ignoring genuine oppression in the Middle East and across the world.

One need look no further than the event’s title to understand its malignant nature. The canard that Israel is an apartheid state is an assault on the country’s very legitimacy. South Africa’s racist, apartheid regime was rightfully dismantled, and this campaign seeks absurdly to cast Israel the Middle East’s most progressive state and only liberal democracy as being guilty of similar policies and equally deserving to be dismantled.

Apartheid Week is an affront to Palestinian and Israeli moderates who seek to reach peace through compromise and mutualrecognition. It opposes equality and tolerance by seeking to do away with the Jewish people’s right to self-determination. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that Israel, which hedescribed as “one of great outposts of democracy in the world”, has an “incontestable” right to exist. Apartheid Week’s push against King’s truth can only impede the dream of peace and justice in the Middle East.

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From Publishers Weekly During the mid-1950s, the young state of Israel built diplomatic ties to postcolonial African nations on their common histories of oppression. But by 1987, Israel’s alliances on the continent had completely changeddespite international sanctions, Israel maintained a close and covert relationship with South Africa; their military trade kept the Israeli economy vital and buttressed the faltering apartheid government. With recently declassified documents, Polakow-Suransky, an editor at Foreign Affairs, offers an important, provocative, and occasionally disturbing analysis of this clandestine alliance. He identifies two wars as decisive turning points in IsraeliSouth African relations. The 1967 Six-Day War and Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories alienated former friends and won it new enemies; and the 1973 Yom Kippur War left the economy in shambles, and created a powerful incentive for Israel to export arms to and cultivate its relations with the South African government. The author concludes his smart and readable study with a charged epilogue in which he writes that, as evinced by its policies towards Palestinians, Israel itself risks remaking itself in the image of the old apartheid state. (June) Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review Hugely impressive . . . [Polakow-Suransky] probes in groundbreaking detail the illicit relationship Israel maintained with South Africa. Dan Ephron, Newsweek The best-documented, most thorough, and most credible account ever offered of the secret marriage between the apartheid state and Israel . . . Polakow-Suransky is no knee-jerk critic of Israel, and he tells his story more in sorrow than in anger . . . [an] important new book. Glenn Frankel, Foreign Policy [I]mportant, provocative, and occasionally disturbing. Publishers Weekly A meticulously researched book that reads like a spy thriller . . . Polakow Suransky spent seven years on his project, conducting interviews with key players from Israel and South Africa, mining South Africas apartheid-era archive and resurrecting documents and articles that the Israeli Foreign Ministry would prefer remained forgotten. Rich with intrigue and shocking details but written without a trace of stridency, The Unspoken Alliance is the most authoritative account to date of Israels scandalous dealings with the apartheid regime of South Africa. Max Blumenthal, The Nation Sasha Polakow-Suransky does an impressive job uncovering untold elements about the level and details of the South African and Israeli relationship . . . We should read this book, if only to see yet another example of the interconnectedness of our geopolitical affairs. CSIS.org (Center for Strategic and International Studies) A deft, pacy and revealing account . . . admirably dispassionate. The Economist In this path-breaking book, Sasha Polakow-Suransky traces the evolution of the alliance between Israel with apartheid South Africa from its murky beginning to its inglorious end following the transition to majority rule. The book is based on the most meticulous archival research supplemented by remarkably revealing interviews with decision-makers in several countries. It is a wise, elegantly written, and strikingly fair-minded book which deserves the widest possible readership. Avi Shlaim, Professor of International Relations, Oxford University and author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World The Unspoken Alliance is interesting, unique and telling. Its lesson is very clear: Doing the right thing may also be the best political option. It also tells us that sometimes we need others to save us from ourselves. Yossi Beilin, former Israeli Minister of Justice and Director General of the Foreign Ministry This is a major, long overdue study of the rise and demise of one of the most intriguing alliances of our time, Israels hidden partnership with white South Africa. Dr. Polakow-Suransky has written a masterfully researched history that reads likea thriller unraveling the secrets of an alliance between two embattled societies under siege. Weaved into the authors fascinating narrative lies the disturbing debate about the degree of moral end political congruence that might have existed between the two allies, Israels political and defense establishment on the one hand and the Afrikaner master race on the other. Shlomo Ben-Ami, Foreign Minister of Israel, 2000-2001 An intensely observed, eye-opening book. Kirkus

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*Announcing 9th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week (Feb-March 2013)* Ninth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week (February – March 2013) We are excited to announce the upcoming 9th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) starting late February in Europe and moving to various countries through the month of March. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings, multimedia displays and boycott of Israel actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe. Last years IAW was incredibly successful with over 215 cities participating worldwide. IAW seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign. To accommodate various university schedules and cities from around the world, IAW will take place in slightly different weeks but all in the months of February and March. Here is a list of dates for regions confirmed so far: Europe: February 25 – March 10 Palestine: 8-15 March United States: March 4 – 8 Canada: March 4 – 8 South Africa: March 11 17 If you would like to organize and be part of Israeli Apartheid Week on your campus or in your city please get in touch with us at iawinfo@apartheidweek.org. Also find us on Facebook and Twitter. HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED DURING IAW IAW offers ordinary people around the world an opportunity to partake in something truly global. If you would like to get involved and organize your own IAW event or action let us know so that we can share with you the IAW Basis of Unity and organizing principles. Here are some ways that you can actively get involved:

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“Apartheid” | Stand for Israel

Is Israel an apartheid state? In the last few years, its become common to hear Israel called an apartheid state a label that alleges that Israel maintains an oppressive legal system like the one once used in South Africa that institutionalized segregation, discrimination, and domination based on race. Is there any truth to the charge? In apartheid-era South Africa, black citizens were totally disenfranchised, subject to oppressive laws that controlled every aspect of their behavior, and completely segregated from the ruling white minority. In Israel, on the other hand, Jewish and Arab citizens have equal protection under the law, enjoy freedom of religion and speech, and possess full voting rights. (In fact, Israels 120-member parliament, the Knesset, currently includes 12 Arab Israeli members.) The Israel-South Africa comparison is so inapt that it would be laughable if it werent so insulting. What could possibly motivate those who apply this label and its evil connotations to the only democracy in the Middle East? Benjamin Pogrund, a South African Jew now living in Israel who saw firsthand the oppression and misery caused by the apartheid system in his native country, sums it up: Apartheid is a lazy label for the complexities of the Middle East conflict. If it can be made to stick, then Israel can be made to appear to be as vile as was apartheid South Africa and, therefore, seeking its destruction can be presented to the world as an equally moral cause. Using human terms, Pogrund describes the vast difference between apartheid-era South Africa and Israel: Two years ago, I had major surgery in a Jerusalem hospital, he says. The surgeon was Jewish, the anesthetist was Arab, the doctors and nurses who looked after me were Jews and Arabs. Jews and Arabs share meals in restaurants and travel on the same trains, buses and taxis, and visit each others homes. Could any of this possibly have happened under apartheid? Of course not. Those who protest Israeli apartheid usually have a noticeable lack of public indignation to express toward those countries and regions where real human rights violations are all too common. In Saudi Arabia, for example, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly simply dont exist and women are second-class citizens (and thats being generous). In Iran, politically motivated killings and kidnappings are common, ethnic and religious minorities harshly repressed, and freedom of the press is non-existent. In Zimbabwe, government security forces imprison, torture, and murder opponents. In Hamas-controlled Gaza, as well as parts of the West Bank controlled by the Palestinian Authority, a residual community of Christians is regularly harassed, intimidated, and even subject to murder by radical Islamists. During 2009, the regimes in both Gaza and Saudi Arabia expressed their approval of crucifixion as a punishment under the law. But those who protest Israeli apartheid are silent about all that. Why? Because their real agenda is not to improve the plight of Palestinians, but rather to attack Israel. The apartheid slur is just another tool for Israels enemies to delegitimize and undermine the Jewish states right to exist. The comparison of Israel, the Middle Easts only democracy, to the brutal discrimination of a fallen, evil regime is false. Those who offer it simply reveal their own agenda.

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The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid …

From Publishers Weekly During the mid-1950s, the young state of Israel built diplomatic ties to postcolonial African nations on their common histories of oppression. But by 1987, Israel’s alliances on the continent had completely changeddespite international sanctions, Israel maintained a close and covert relationship with South Africa; their military trade kept the Israeli economy vital and buttressed the faltering apartheid government. With recently declassified documents, Polakow-Suransky, an editor at Foreign Affairs, offers an important, provocative, and occasionally disturbing analysis of this clandestine alliance. He identifies two wars as decisive turning points in IsraeliSouth African relations. The 1967 Six-Day War and Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories alienated former friends and won it new enemies; and the 1973 Yom Kippur War left the economy in shambles, and created a powerful incentive for Israel to export arms to and cultivate its relations with the South African government. The author concludes his smart and readable study with a charged epilogue in which he writes that, as evinced by its policies towards Palestinians, Israel itself risks remaking itself in the image of the old apartheid state. (June) Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review Hugely impressive . . . [Polakow-Suransky] probes in groundbreaking detail the illicit relationship Israel maintained with South Africa. Dan Ephron, Newsweek The best-documented, most thorough, and most credible account ever offered of the secret marriage between the apartheid state and Israel . . . Polakow-Suransky is no knee-jerk critic of Israel, and he tells his story more in sorrow than in anger . . . [an] important new book. Glenn Frankel, Foreign Policy [I]mportant, provocative, and occasionally disturbing. Publishers Weekly A meticulously researched book that reads like a spy thriller . . . Polakow Suransky spent seven years on his project, conducting interviews with key players from Israel and South Africa, mining South Africas apartheid-era archive and resurrecting documents and articles that the Israeli Foreign Ministry would prefer remained forgotten. Rich with intrigue and shocking details but written without a trace of stridency, The Unspoken Alliance is the most authoritative account to date of Israels scandalous dealings with the apartheid regime of South Africa. Max Blumenthal, The Nation Sasha Polakow-Suransky does an impressive job uncovering untold elements about the level and details of the South African and Israeli relationship . . . We should read this book, if only to see yet another example of the interconnectedness of our geopolitical affairs. CSIS.org (Center for Strategic and International Studies) A deft, pacy and revealing account . . . admirably dispassionate. The Economist In this path-breaking book, Sasha Polakow-Suransky traces the evolution of the alliance between Israel with apartheid South Africa from its murky beginning to its inglorious end following the transition to majority rule. The book is based on the most meticulous archival research supplemented by remarkably revealing interviews with decision-makers in several countries. It is a wise, elegantly written, and strikingly fair-minded book which deserves the widest possible readership. Avi Shlaim, Professor of International Relations, Oxford University and author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World The Unspoken Alliance is interesting, unique and telling. Its lesson is very clear: Doing the right thing may also be the best political option. It also tells us that sometimes we need others to save us from ourselves. Yossi Beilin, former Israeli Minister of Justice and Director General of the Foreign Ministry This is a major, long overdue study of the rise and demise of one of the most intriguing alliances of our time, Israels hidden partnership with white South Africa. Dr. Polakow-Suransky has written a masterfully researched history that reads likea thriller unraveling the secrets of an alliance between two embattled societies under siege. Weaved into the authors fascinating narrative lies the disturbing debate about the degree of moral end political congruence that might have existed between the two allies, Israels political and defense establishment on the one hand and the Afrikaner master race on the other. Shlomo Ben-Ami, Foreign Minister of Israel, 2000-2001 An intensely observed, eye-opening book. Kirkus

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Queers Against Israeli Apartheid

The following deputations were delivered by members of QuAIA at the May 28 meeting of the Executive Committee of the City of Toronto on the subject of the new municipal Anti-Discrimination Policy. In the past year, pro-Israel groups such as Bnai Brith have continued their long-standing campaign to exclude QuAIA from the Pride Parade by demanding that the new policy explicitly proscribe any discussion of Israeli apartheid. The report on the policy handed to the Executive Committee onApril 9, written by municipal staff and lawyers, made clear that such a provision would be inappropriate, but the Executive Committee, chaired by mayor Rob Ford, has refused to approve the policy, instead proposing a series of amendments that could be used to stifle criticism of Israel. City Council will vote on the issue at its upcoming meeting on June 11 and 12. Elle Flanders I speak before you today as a member of the Toronto lesbian and gay community; as the former executive director of the lesbian and gay film festival; a former board member of Pride Toronto; as well as a member of the Jewish community. I am also a member of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. I have fought for a good part of my life to obtain equal rights those that allow me to speak before you as an equal citizen today. As a Jewish woman, I am all too aware of how fragile ones equality isand hence I do not only fight for my own rights but the rights of others as well. Many QuAIA members are Jewish with roots or implications in what takes place in Israel and Palestine. Other members are longtime human rights and social justice activists. On these basesPride has always been political and it is not for any one of you, not even councilor Pasternak, to decide which politics can or cannot be at Pride. My grandparents helped establish the State of Israel councilors. I grew up in Jerusalem. I am neither self-hating nor deluded. I have spent most of my adult life shadowed by and hence making films about the conflict in Israel and Palestine. Israel is a state like any other, with flaws, like many others. Israel is not a sacred cow and is not above critique. There is NOTHING inherently hurtful, hateful, anti- Semitic, or any other words that have been carelessly bandied about in the face of a critique of Israeli state policy. The words Israeli Apartheid are nothing more than a descriptor of systemic racist policies that one ruling ethnic group has imposed on another in the same land. I grew up in Israel, I think I have some authority and knowledge to tell you a little bit about what is happening there. It saddens me. This was my grandparents and parents dream, a land they help to build. But in that dream, others were dispossessed. And in that dispossession, much injustice has occurred. I am not afraid to say that, I am not afraid to admit when I and/or my people have erred. And Israel has indeed erred. In 2009, I lived in the West Bank for a year, yes, a nice Jewish lesbian living in Ramallah. My partner and I traveled every day for six months on a segregated road system; they are known as the apartheid roads because they are segregated by your ethnic identity. Roads for Jewish Israelis, roads for Palestinians. We made a film about these roads that screened at TIFF 2011. Yes, a film about the apartheid roads that thousands of people saw at TIFF. You cannot single out Pride, Councilor Pasternak. The Israel Supreme Court heard a case arguing that the road systems constituted a state of apartheidThe term is used in Israeli newspapers and by many Israeli politicians. Just in the last few months, countless articles appeared in the Israeli press citing Israeli Apartheid. Are they too creating atmospheres of discrimination (or hurt)? Are you suggesting that Toronto knows more about Israeli Apartheid than Israel? While there are voices from individuals in the Toronto Jewish community who may claim this hurtful, I too am the Toronto Jewish community. And I say otherwise. Enough is enough. Councils cannot continue to single Pride out. This must end here and now. Your city staff has said so and Prides Dispute Resolution Committee has said so.

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CAMERA: Deconstructing "Israeli Apartheid"

While Israels adversaries have always charged the country with many misdeeds, only relatively recently have these alleged transgressions coalesced into the so-called BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), modeled after the campaign against apartheid South Africa, and based on the allegation that Israel too is an apartheid state. An integral part of the BDS campaign is Israeli Apartheid Week on some college campuses, featuring speakers, demonstrations and street theater meant to illustrate the claim that Israel is, simply put, bad. So bad that, like apartheid South Africa, it is illegitimate and should cease to exist. When examined in detail, however, the apartheid charges fall apart, since Israel is, in fact, a progressive and liberal democracy. Like other western democracies Israel is imperfect, but when mistakes and injustices occurthey are usually, in the end, rectified thanks to the countrys extensive checks and balances. Unlike neighboring Arab countries Israel has free elections, a free press, full religious freedom, and full rights for women and minorities, including gays. In Israel there are Arab legislators in the Knesset, Arab diplomats in the Foreign Ministry, Arab generals in the Israel Defense Forces, and also Arab judges. In fact, it was an Arab District Court judge (George Karra) who recently sentenced former Israeli President Moshe Katzav to jail, and an Arab Supreme Court Justice who upheld the sentence (Salim Joubran). As with many anti-Israel sites, the ones focusing on alleged Israeli apartheid often include embarrassing quotations attributed to Israeli leaders, to make them seem like racist, bloodthirsty killers of innocent Arab women and children. Tracing these quotations to their sources shows that most are simply made up, while others are wrenched out of context. And while its true that Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank who lived under Israeli rule didnt have the same rights as Arabs or Jews in Israel, they also didnt experience anything at all comparable to apartheid. In fact, in many ways they had more rights under Israeli rule than they have today under Hamas rule in Gaza, or under PA rule in the West Bank, and more rights also than the citizens of any Arab country. Despite this, it is still worthwhile to look in detail at the apartheid charges to see what, if any, merit, they have, and to see what, if any, credibility should be granted to those who level such charges. Since most of the Israel-apartheid sites repeat virtually identical charges, what will be analyzed here is a representative sample of the most serious charges as they appear on the site ItisApartheid.org in its overview Israeli Apartheid in the Occupied Territories and in various fact sheets addressing specific topics. Of course, not all claims onItisApartheidorsites like it can be dealt with here, but that should not be taken to mean that such claims have any more validity than the ones that are examined. Apartheid Charges versus the Facts The Ethnic Cleansing Charge Myth: Israel is guilty of ethnic cleansing. One of the site’s key fact sheets, on the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, charges that: Ethnic cleansing in Palestine began with the idea that Palestinian Arabs would never consent to giving up lands for European Jews to settle on after World War II.

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Israel Apartheid Week, CAMERA

Every year, extremists converge on campuses across the country. For a week or two, they strive to sow divisions, encourage prejudice, and incite hostility. They come as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” a series of lectures, exhibitsand events that single out Israel for fierce attack. Students are told the Jewish state is, by nature, a racist, colonial and oppressive state. They are told Israel should be boycotted, and even destroyed. They are told this by ideologues who distort facts about the country while ignoring genuine oppression in the Middle East and across the world. One need look no further than the event’s title to understand its malignant nature. The canard that Israel is an apartheid state is an assault on the country’s very legitimacy. South Africa’s racist, apartheid regime was rightfully dismantled, and this campaign seeks absurdly to cast Israel the Middle East’s most progressive state and only liberal democracy as being guilty of similar policies and equally deserving to be dismantled. Apartheid Week is an affront to Palestinian and Israeli moderates who seek to reach peace through compromise and mutualrecognition. It opposes equality and tolerance by seeking to do away with the Jewish people’s right to self-determination. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that Israel, which hedescribed as “one of great outposts of democracy in the world”, has an “incontestable” right to exist. Apartheid Week’s push against King’s truth can only impede the dream of peace and justice in the Middle East. Click on the menu items to the left to learn more…

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