Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: west bank

Jan.
4th

ISRAEL: Policies do qualify as apartheid

Re: “Nation held to a different standard” (letter, 1-4).

When in Israel/Palestine in 2010, I took a video of graffiti on what Israelis call the Separation Wall and what Palestinians call the Apartheid Wall. The “graffiti” is a letter to the Palestinian people from a South African theologian, comparing the South African and Palestinian experience. (See “Esack letter” on YouTube)

As a American Jew, it was really difficult to see institutions in Israel that most Americans would consider apartheid: Jewish-only roads, Jewish-only buses, Israeli settlers walking around openly carrying guns in the West Bank (illegal for Palestinians), ID cards

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Jan.
4th

ISRAEL: Apartheid? Yes and no

On successive days (1-3 and 1-4), The News Tribune has published letters from writers discussing Israel and a policy of apartheid.

The first writer contended that such a policy was in place, whereas the second writer stated that “to label Israel an apartheid state is false.” Both writers were essentially correct, as they were referring to different political entities.

Within the boundaries that all the world (outside of Israel) accepts as the state of Israel, there reside approximately one million Arab citizens, and these are more or less treated by the state as full citizens, with the rights

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