Israel is not Apartheid

A simple letter in the Belfast Telegraph worth reading:

David Morrison’s comparison between sport in Israel and apartheid South Africa (Writeback July 20) was shown up by events at the Oval on Wednesday night when Glentoran took on Israeli side Maccabi Haifa.

The Israeli team was multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-racial.

I spoke to a young black Ethiopian member of the Maccabi Haifa squad at half-time. He assured me of his full Israeli citizenship, that he was enjoying life in Israel, and excited about his sporting future there. Apartheid South Africa? Somehow, I don’t think so.

Andrew J Shaw

Belfast

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3 responses to “Israel is not Apartheid

  1. zkharya

    Hi, Seis, here’s a review of BW’s book from EI: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10677.shtml

  2. You may want to check out a recent article about the short history of Israeli-South Africa history in Le Monde Diplomatique out. (You need a subscription: I blogged about it here:

    http://africasacountry.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/south-africa-and-israel/

  3. seismicshock

    Sean, thanks.

    I recognise there was co-operation between South Africa and Israel. This is deeply disturbing and wrong, however it is worth noting that many Israelis were opposed to apartheid as were many Jews within South Africa. The Israeli state was also vocally opposed to apartheid in the the 1960s and 1970s before the 1982 Lebanon War led to Israel seeking new allies.

    I’ve had a look at your post and would just like to point out that there many, although not all, Jews were involved in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa:
    http://maurice-ostroff.tripod.com/id27.html

    Getting that out the way, I do find your blog very interesting and it’s cool you commented here.

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