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ISRAEL: Apartheid alive, but not in Israel

Letter by Madelyn Johannes, Tacoma on Jan. 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm | No Comments »
January 7, 2013 10:17 am

Re: “U.S. must stop supporting apartheid” (letter, 1-3).

“Apartheid” is a term describing legal systems that institutionalize segregation, discrimination and oppression based on race, gender, sexuality or religion. This happens today, but not in Israel. In South Africa, law segregated “non-Europeans” in every aspect of daily life; protest brought detention, torture, execution.

Today there is gender apartheid in Arab League countries where women have inferior status, and “honor killing” is widespread in the Middle East (excluding Israel). In some countries, a non-Muslim cannot practice his or her religion in public, and conversion from Islam is punishable by death.

By contrast, Israel is a democratic country in which the freedoms of all citizens, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexuality are protected.

With real atrocities going on in the world today (Syria murdering 40,000 of its own citizens and persecution of Christians worldwide), why are there those who are so disturbed by a tiny country surrounded by enemies bent on its destruction getting a little help from its friends in order to survive their attacks?

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