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Redefining Apartheid

Apartheid SA VS Israel-THUMBIn an earlier post, I attempted to illustrate how ludicrous the idea is of applying the label “apartheid” to the conflicts involving  Arabs against Israel. The divisions and conflicts which existed a generation ago in South Africa simply are not what we’re dealing with in the Middle East.

But today I saw, in coverage of events planned soon for something called “apartheid week,” that there is a broader sense in which the term is being used, namely as a generic term for any situation where a government or regime is abusing the human rights of its own people.

Saudi_brutal_execution_web If that’s the case, it certainly makes identifying apartheid regimes much simpler. No doubt we can very well include under that label most if not all of Israel’s current enemies, perhaps starting with the number one leader of the Arab states, Saudi Arabia. And we don’t have to restrict ourselves to Arab states; Iran, though not Arab, has been very much in the news for its abuse of its own people right about now, and is hands down Israel’s most blatant opponent at this time.  Then there is, of course, Syria, the Hamas regime itself in Gaza, and… I’ll tell you what – you find me one of Israel’s Middle Eastern foes which isn’t an oppressive “apartheid” state, according this version of the term.

But still, that isn’t what the term ever meant, nor should we play so fast and loose with the language that we all become like Humpty Dumpty.

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less."

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master – – that’s all."

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PalRiots4-Reuters-WEB Another current situation I’ve commented on a few times now is the escalating violence fomented by the Palestinian Authority over Israel’s proposal to designate locations within the country as “National Heritage” sites. It has gotten so bad that I began to wonder if there maybe wasn’t actually some aspect of the plan that normal right-minded people had good reason to be disturbed over.

So I went back and looked, thinking I might have been missing something, but nope – it’s just a hiking trail they’re upset about. Nobody is suggesting encroaching on anyone else’s land, activities, or rights. It’s simply officially saying ‘these places are significant to our history.’  Of course, neither am I suggesting that Abu Mazen or any of the others behind the violence are the least bit sincere in their motives. It’s just another excuse for them to launch violent attacks; sanity is not a pre-requisite.

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That’s about it from me for tonight. I’ve been watching the news on the  8.8 magnitude Chile earthquake and resulting tsunami warnings. I try to keep my focus in this blog on other matters, so I won’t have much to say about it here, other than that we all should be watching, and praying, day by day.

Hold the line.


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140s for 24 and 25 Feb 2010

I just discovered a neat trick: whenever I miss a day, cover up, uh, I mean, make up for it by merely including the missed dates in the current post title. Cool, huh?

0114-mehsud-drone-pakistan_resize Ok, so I’m not fooling anyone – but who in the world do we think we’re fooling when we cry bloody murder (more or less literally) if we even suspect that Israel has taken out a military enemy by what we term ‘extra legal’ means, but we can do something similar as many times and in as many places as we very well please? Such as in Afghanistan or Pakistan, for instance.  Mr. Gerald M. Steinberg has quite a bit more to say on the matter here.

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RachelsTomb_LG I said something earlier about Israel’s proposal to create a list of locations significant to the nation’s Jewish heritage. Judging by all the violent opposition, it must be a really good idea. Now the latest objection (as of this writing – who knows what will come next?) is that the list includes only Jewish places. Now let me get this straight, Mr. Abbas – you vehemently object to a list of Jewish heritage sites, but you are even further offended that it doesn’t include non-Jewish sites. Would you be happy, Mr. Abbas, if we changed the list to include locations having nothing to do with its purpose? You would? Whom do you think you’re fooling?

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It doesn’t look like I’m going to get very far way from this who-are-we-fooling thread today – regarding all the “hand-wringing over forged passports” (as Mr. Steinberg puts it), we might well note as that Mr. Mabhouh used the same technique as part of his stock in trade. Why am I not surprised? Thanks, Intellicept 3!

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Sadaam_NYY_Cap Ah, but allow me to end on an enlightening observation. It gives me a sort of wry pride as an American to note that the more people dump on Israel, the better we like the feisty little country. Maybe it’s that root-for-the-underdog thing. The latest Gallup poll as cited in Arutz-7 news shows popular American support for Israel is currently near its highest level in 20 years.  The last time it was this good was when Ol’ Saddam was shooting Scuds at her during the First Gulf War. And oh, by the way, Mossad T-shirt sales have skyrocketed. I don’t suppose Europe will ever quite get it, do you? How about them Yankees!

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Can a young nation forget its heritage?

Unfortunately, yes.

Teaparty_Portrait As an American descended several generations from citizens who fought in our national War of Independence, it bothers me how often we have to be reminded of what this country was founded on. Books and books and books have been written on this topic, and I don’t intend to go into it here, except to say it seems to me that it is largely because of what we as a people have forgotten that we have chosen as our national leader a man who stands against almost everything that America meant in the beginning.

And now I see that the government of Israel is proposing a national heritage trail to, of all things, help Israel’s youth get in touch with, and hopefully remember, their heritage. It frankly had not occurred to me that the upcoming generation in Eretz Israel needed any such reminder. Isn’t everything too fresh, too raw there to have yet forgotten? What has it been – two, maybe three generations? Don’t today’s 20-somethings have grandparents who fought in Israel’s War of Independence and are still around to remind them? I find it hard to think that the reality of day to living in Israel does not make it nearly impossible to forget why they are there and why they need to stay.

I’m really not making a statement here; I’m asking questions – thinking and wondering out loud, I suppose. It continually amazes me that Israel is the one country in the world that exists because a mass of people sharing the same religion and history were geographically separated from that history and from one another for two millennia, and in the last days have seized the opportunity to reconnect with what had seemingly been lost. It’s amazing that the one thing that kept this people from disintegrating during all that time was their religion. And it’s important to realize that the shared history and the religion were practically inseparable, even though they may have appeared to have been long separated.

I was reminded recently that Eretz Israel has always existed, with or without a Jewish state, but that the State of Israel is meaningless without it’s inherent Jewishness. (Hrmph! Windows Live Writer spell checker doesn’t believe “Jewishness” is a word. I think it should be; somebody tell Redmond that for me, please? Thank you very much.) I find it hard to envision the State of Israel lapsing into just another secular democracy, detached from the heritage of its people. God forbid Israel should become just a nation, like any other!

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