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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Reply #26)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 10:04 PM

27. The obvious problem...

The term apartheid is not intellectually dishonest, as you say, but real and accurate to a great many Palestinians that live within Israel's policies towards Palestine: blockades, military incursions and attacks of farms/farmers crops.

Is that none of the issues detailed above have much of anything to do with apartheid. If we are to look at Israeli policy and identify it as apartheid, it requires fundamentally altering the original definition of the word. Beyond that, if we then look at the policies imposed by other states, many of which are similar but many more of which are far worse regarding discrimination based on race, religion or nationality, then we are forced to admit that most states in the world are apartheid.

In short, if Israel is apartheid, then most states are apartheid as well, so the word loses its stigma.

As to negatively associating the current I/P issue with a different historical concept all I would say is that it is spot on, and that is what really annoys the critics of such language.

That's funny because after reading your other posts I really am not sure you know what apartheid even is.

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