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.