The former U.S. president Jimmy Carter was in December 2006 quoted by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz for saying: « Israeli policy in the West Bank represented instances of apartheid worse even that those that once held sway in South Africa».
This statement must have made Carter very popular in the Islamic World. But does his claims make sense? What are the possible similarities between the Apartheid regime in South Africa who ruled from 1948 to 1991, and modern day Israel? And what are the obvious differences?
Those who claims that Israel is an Apartheid regime, claims that the Arab Muslim minority is discriminated based on their color, creeds, religion and race, compared to the civil rights of the Jewish majority in Israel.
Nothing could be further from the truth. While the black majority in South Africa was banned from voting, banned from organizing them self in political parties, jailed for their political opinions, banned from owning land, and banned from educating them selves to certain skills reserved for the white minority, all this civil rights are available for two million Arab Israelis, the majority of them Muslims.
In Apartheid South Africa, it was even a criminal offense for a white person to have sex with a black person. There was also a Law which banned appeals against forced removal of a black worker, robbing the black majority for any kind of basic human rights.
To the rather opposite of what the Islamic World and ex-president Carter claims, its the Radical Islamic World who have created several Apartheid regimes in the Middle East. Banning Jews and Christians from the same civil rights, which they wrongly claim the nation of Israel have denied its Arab Muslim population. The best proof of the true face of Islam, can be seen in Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus. After the Palestinian authority took over control of the city, the Christian population has been intimidated. Ultimately, the Christian population have declined from being a majority to become a minority of 20 per cent. During the Jewish control in Bethlehem, Christians enjoyed full protection and prosperity.
In Gaza, Hamas displayed its true colors when they executed their rivals in Al Fatah, by throwing them off the roofs of tall buildings. No justice, no mercy, only rootless evil. No rule of law, not even Apartheid-laws.
Written by Ivar