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The shock that gripped the shrunken peace camp following Hillary Clinton’s statement that the settlement construction freeze is not what we thought it would be, but rather what Benjamin Netanyahu thought it would be, is reminiscent of other shocks generated by American peace plans ever since the 1960s.

Had the educated people of this camp not outnumbered its foot soldiers, this shock and amazement could be compared to other superstitions, like the correlation between rainfall and women’s fertility.

But precisely because the Israeli intelligentsia is always coming up with prophecies about “American pressure,” it would not be unreasonable to assume that we can once again expect expert regurgitation of speculations about a “first-term president” versus a “second-term” one, and about when he stops being an “incoming” president and starts being a “lame duck.”

The truth is simpler. Regardless of whether there is a Democrat or a Republican in the White House, the United States became a distinctly pro-Israel world power after the 1967 war. It has no intention of being a “balanced mediator” when it comes to the conflict with the Palestinians.

Barack Obama’s public relations moves in the Arab world have frightened many average Israelis. But Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, allies of the final takeover of the West Bank, know very well that U.S. policy has not changed. It doesn’t take a genius to read the working papers of past prime ministers.

The prevailing attitude of all U.S. administrations was drafted by Henry Morgenthau, and was later updated by Kenneth Waltz. One line guided all of them – Dennis Ross, Martin Indyk, George Mitchell – essentially, that any possible settlement must match the positions of the stronger party.

This is how the Americans abandoned the refugee issue, and this is why they abandoned the opposition to settlements. Netanyahu is no genius. He is simply not interested in saying good-bye to the occupation. That is all. After all, he came to power because of this. To complain about him is to complain about November rain.

The Israeli public’s choice is a different matter. The spokesmen of the dovish camp tell us horror stories about a future binational state. But the binational state is already here. It has a rigid apartheid legal system, as the High Court of Justice fades away.

The system preserving this apartheid is more ruthless than that seen in South Africa, where the black were a labor force and could therefore also make a living. It is equipped with the lie of being “temporary.” Occasionally, Israel’s indifference comes up with allegations against the Palestinians.

Abba Eban captured the allegation by coining a phrase repeated by the doves of all parties, who never really went to battle over Israel’s future and allowed the “settlement project” to spread. After all, occupation makes Israelis richer. Why oppose it?

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Is Israel an Apartheid State? – Prager University

Is Israel an apartheid state? More and more these days one hears this charge made.

Oddly, when South Africa was an apartheid state, no one accused Israel of being one. The reason the charge was never made then and shouldn’t be made now is the same: There is no truth to it. To those who know something about Israel or have just visited there once, the accusation is absurd, if not obscene. Indeed, it’s a libel. But many people don’t know very much about Israel, so let’s respond to this accusation.

First, what exactly is an apartheid state? And, does Israel — or any one other country — fit that definition?

Let’s look at South Africa, the country that came up with this term. In South Africa from 1948 to 1994, there was an official policy that declared blacks second-class citizens in every aspect of life. Blacks couldn’t vote, couldn’t hold political office, were forced to reside in certain locations; couldn’t marry whites; couldn’t even use the same public rest rooms as whites.

Not one — not one — of those restrictions applies to the many Arabs living in Israel.

One and a half million Arabs live in Israel; they constitute about 20% of that country’s population. Every single one of them has the same exact rights as all other Israeli citizens — and they always have. They can vote, and they do. They can serve in the Israeli parliament, and they do. They can own property, businesses, and work in professions alongside other Israelis, and they do. They can be judges, and they are.

Here’s one powerful example: it was an Arab judge an Arab judge – who sentenced the former President of Israel to jail on a rape charge. And no one batted an eyelash that an Arab judge would sentence a Jewish president to prison.

Some other examples: Reda Mansour is the youngest ambassador in Israel’s history; Walid Badir is an international soccer star on Israel’s national team; Rana Raslan is the former Miss Israel; Ishmael Khaldi was the deputy consul of Israel in San Francisco; Khaled abu Toameh is a major journalist with the Jerusalem Post; Ghaleb Majadele was until recently a Minister in the Israeli Government. They are all Israeli Arabs. Not one is a Jew.

And how many people outside of Israel know that all the road signs in Israel, for example, are in English, Hebrew and Arabic?

Not only is Israel not an apartheid state, Arabs in Israel are freer than any Arabs in the Arab world. No Arab in any Arab country has the civil rights and personal liberty that Arabs in Israel have. That’s because Israel is a pluralistic liberal democracy, the only one in that part of the world.

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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.

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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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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TO ORDER TAPES: If you would like to receive copies of any of the VHS-NTSC video tapes which is the standard video format for North America, Japan, Mexico and some other countries, of any of the titles listed below, then please send $23 per tape (cash, personal check, money order, bank check or money transfer via Western Union or the like accepted) with your return address for the tape to be sent to: Wendy Campbell c/o MarWen Media PO Box 1463 La Quinta, CA 92247-1463 You will receive your tape within one or two weeks. Shipping and handling included. For more information, special offers, and easy PayPal ordering please visit www.marwenmedia.com Please note: for shipping overseas, please add just $5. You can send either U.S. cash or bank check per tape plus postage (or wire the money via Western Union). Note: For a VHS- PAL copy, which is the standard format for most of Europe, South Africa, Australia, India and some other countries, or a SECAM copy, which is the standard for France and a few other countries, you will have to make the conversion yourself from the VHS-NTSC copy that I send you. Please Note: Any addditional donations that you care to give are also definitely appreciated and needed to help with my efforts to bring the truth about Israel, Palestine and our government’s role in the conflict to our fellow Americans by making and distributing documentaries, publishing articles (and hopefully a book or compilation), as well as printing postcards for Americans to forward to our political representatives, copying literature for distribution at rallies, etc. ALSO AVAILABLE NOW:

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Israel’s apartheid is worse than South Africa’s Israel News …

The shock that gripped the shrunken peace camp following Hillary Clinton’s statement that the settlement construction freeze is not what we thought it would be, but rather what Benjamin Netanyahu thought it would be, is reminiscent of other shocks generated by American peace plans ever since the 1960s. Had the educated people of this camp not outnumbered its foot soldiers, this shock and amazement could be compared to other superstitions, like the correlation between rainfall and women’s fertility. But precisely because the Israeli intelligentsia is always coming up with prophecies about “American pressure,” it would not be unreasonable to assume that we can once again expect expert regurgitation of speculations about a “first-term president” versus a “second-term” one, and about when he stops being an “incoming” president and starts being a “lame duck.” The truth is simpler. Regardless of whether there is a Democrat or a Republican in the White House, the United States became a distinctly pro-Israel world power after the 1967 war. It has no intention of being a “balanced mediator” when it comes to the conflict with the Palestinians. Barack Obama’s public relations moves in the Arab world have frightened many average Israelis. But Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, allies of the final takeover of the West Bank, know very well that U.S. policy has not changed. It doesn’t take a genius to read the working papers of past prime ministers. The prevailing attitude of all U.S. administrations was drafted by Henry Morgenthau, and was later updated by Kenneth Waltz. One line guided all of them – Dennis Ross, Martin Indyk, George Mitchell – essentially, that any possible settlement must match the positions of the stronger party. This is how the Americans abandoned the refugee issue, and this is why they abandoned the opposition to settlements. Netanyahu is no genius. He is simply not interested in saying good-bye to the occupation. That is all. After all, he came to power because of this. To complain about him is to complain about November rain. The Israeli public’s choice is a different matter. The spokesmen of the dovish camp tell us horror stories about a future binational state. But the binational state is already here. It has a rigid apartheid legal system, as the High Court of Justice fades away. The system preserving this apartheid is more ruthless than that seen in South Africa, where the black were a labor force and could therefore also make a living. It is equipped with the lie of being “temporary.” Occasionally, Israel’s indifference comes up with allegations against the Palestinians. Abba Eban captured the allegation by coining a phrase repeated by the doves of all parties, who never really went to battle over Israel’s future and allowed the “settlement project” to spread. After all, occupation makes Israelis richer. Why oppose it?

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Is Israel an Apartheid State? – Prager University

Is Israel an apartheid state? More and more these days one hears this charge made. Oddly, when South Africa was an apartheid state, no one accused Israel of being one. The reason the charge was never made then and shouldn’t be made now is the same: There is no truth to it. To those who know something about Israel or have just visited there once, the accusation is absurd, if not obscene. Indeed, it’s a libel. But many people don’t know very much about Israel, so let’s respond to this accusation. First, what exactly is an apartheid state? And, does Israel — or any one other country — fit that definition? Let’s look at South Africa, the country that came up with this term. In South Africa from 1948 to 1994, there was an official policy that declared blacks second-class citizens in every aspect of life. Blacks couldn’t vote, couldn’t hold political office, were forced to reside in certain locations; couldn’t marry whites; couldn’t even use the same public rest rooms as whites. Not one — not one — of those restrictions applies to the many Arabs living in Israel. One and a half million Arabs live in Israel; they constitute about 20% of that country’s population. Every single one of them has the same exact rights as all other Israeli citizens — and they always have. They can vote, and they do. They can serve in the Israeli parliament, and they do. They can own property, businesses, and work in professions alongside other Israelis, and they do. They can be judges, and they are. Here’s one powerful example: it was an Arab judge an Arab judge – who sentenced the former President of Israel to jail on a rape charge. And no one batted an eyelash that an Arab judge would sentence a Jewish president to prison. Some other examples: Reda Mansour is the youngest ambassador in Israel’s history; Walid Badir is an international soccer star on Israel’s national team; Rana Raslan is the former Miss Israel; Ishmael Khaldi was the deputy consul of Israel in San Francisco; Khaled abu Toameh is a major journalist with the Jerusalem Post; Ghaleb Majadele was until recently a Minister in the Israeli Government. They are all Israeli Arabs. Not one is a Jew. And how many people outside of Israel know that all the road signs in Israel, for example, are in English, Hebrew and Arabic? Not only is Israel not an apartheid state, Arabs in Israel are freer than any Arabs in the Arab world. No Arab in any Arab country has the civil rights and personal liberty that Arabs in Israel have. That’s because Israel is a pluralistic liberal democracy, the only one in that part of the world.

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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. 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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Ben White – Israel: Apartheid Not Democracy – Video




Ben White – Israel: Apartheid Not Democracy This video is about Ben Tour. By: Porter Speakman Jr

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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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