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Israel and the Apartheid Slander (by Richard Goldstone)
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THE Palestinian Authoritys request for full United Nations membership has put hope for any two-state solution under increasing pressure. The need for reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians has never been greater. So it is important to separate legitimate criticism of Israel from assaults that aim to isolate, demonize and delegitimize it.
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One particularly pernicious and enduring canard that is surfacing again is that Israel pursues apartheid policies. In Cape Town starting on Saturday, a London-based nongovernmental organization called the Russell Tribunal on Palestine will hold a hearing on whether Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid. It is not a tribunal. The evidence is going to be one-sided and the members of the jury are critics whose harsh views of Israel are well known.

While apartheid can have broader meaning, its use is meant to evoke the situation in pre-1994 South Africa. It is an unfair and inaccurate slander against Israel, calculated to retard rather than advance peace negotiations.

I know all too well the cruelty of South Africas abhorrent apartheid system, under which human beings characterized as black had no rights to vote, hold political office, use white toilets or beaches, marry whites, live in whites-only areas or even be there without a pass. Blacks critically injured in car accidents were left to bleed to death if there was no black ambulance to rush them to a black hospital. White hospitals were prohibited from saving their lives.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/opinion/israel-and-the-apartheid-slander.html
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