“I don’t think it is any longer controversial whether or not Israel is an apartheid state.
There are, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, roughly 12 or 13 million people.
That includes the West bank, Jerusalem, Gaza – and Israel has controlled the West bank, Jerusalem and Gaza for more than a half-century, and the Israeli government has made it clear it has no intention whatsoever of returning to the borders of the June 1967 war [when Israel did not control the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza].
So we can’t any longer talk about an occupation, we have to be talking about an annexation. The territories have been de facto annexed. After a half-century, that seems to me to be the reasonable conclusion.
So [of] all that population that stretches from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River, roughly speaking, about half has either second-class status, or overwhelmingly no rights whatsoever in the state. No voting rights, and from there down.
They don’t even have rights to property. Property can be confiscated overnight, at a whim, with the support of the courts.
So it seems to me – again, trying to be rational, trying to be objective, trying to be dispassionate – there’s no other term to describe a situation in which close to half the population either has second-class rights (that would be within Israel proper) or no rights whatsoever (which would be The West Bank and Gaza). That’s an apartheid situation.
I have a vivid recollection during the last days of apartheid [in South Africa], Ronald Regan supported the apartheid regime, as did Margaret Thatcher. Until the very end, Regan and Thatcher were calling Nelson Mandela and the ANC terrorist organisations.
So, until the very end, our government was supporting South Africa because it saw it as a bastion of western ‘civilisation’ in Africa – so for the same reason they support Israel in the middle-east.” — Professor Norman Finkelstein (speaking on The Jimmy Dore Show, link below).
If you’re new to the topic, I think this conversation is a great way to start understanding the situation that Palestinians face today.
I support the non-violent tactics of boycott, divestment and sanctions against the Israeli government as means to achieving justice and peace for the people of the region.