In 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.
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.
"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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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.