By Simon Fischler
Anti-Semitism week has opened at Universities across America.
Oh, wait a second, I’ve made a mistake; what they’re calling it at these great institutions of knowledge is “Israel Apartheid Week.”
Organized by pro-Palestinian groups, the activities taking place at universities in America are an overt attempt to equate the only openly democratic country in the Middle East, Israel, with apartheid South Africa.
In reality, however, these events are not really protesting Israel, or encouraging sanctions against Israel because they honestly think Israel is a nation of apartheid; they are making thinly veiled protests against Israel because it is the Jewish State.
The trailer for Israel Apartheid week is as much of a joke as the actual week itself.
In the trailer you see beautiful landscapes of what is called the West Bank, really Judea and Samaria. Then all of a sudden this Barrier appears simply for no reason whatsoever.
At the end of their trailer they list their three demands: End of Occupation, Full Equality for Palestinian Citizens of Israel, Right of Return for Palestinian Refugees.
All three demands are glaring proof of the fallacy of Israel Apartheid week. All three demands are proof that this cause is not beneficial to peace, not just, but is racist and Anti-Semitic.
Any one who denies that Israel had to build the Wall of Life is supporting suicide bombers and the innocent killing of Israeli citizens.
Since that barrier has been finished there has been one suicide bombing in Israel. The Palestinians chose to strike down peace with Israel at Camp David and Taba, the Palestinians chose to go to war with Israel. The Palestinians chose to go to war in our cities, blowing up men, women and children.
Israeli Arabs have full equality in Israel. In fact they have far more freedom than all the Arabs in the Arab world, FACT.
Israeli Arabs were the first to shoot down an idea by the much-hated Avigdor Lieberman to exchange the Israeli Arab towns in the Arab triangle with the Jewish Settlements that will remain part of Israel in a peace agreement.
Understand, what Lieberman proposed would not have stripped them of their land, houses or property. What it meant was exchanging their citizenship from Israeli to Palestinian. They screamed this down louder than a newborn boy at his circumcision.
Why? They know better than all of these radicals what it would be like to live in a Palestinian State. They know better than all these radicals what it is like to live in other Arab countries: no democracy; no freedom of speech (which the Israeli Arabs take ridiculous advantage of).
That goes for Jordan and Lebanon, the two most progressive of the Arab countries.
Israeli Arabs vote in Israeli elections, can live where they choose and can scream bloody murder at the state that protects their lives like no other European, American or Arab State would.
The Netanyahu government in the last four years has approved and passed in the Knesset 400 million shekels just for the Israeli Arab sector. Israeli Arabs have far more equality than most African Americans and Latinos have in the United States of America, FACT.
Anyone who advocates the Palestinian Right of Return is advocating genocide. If you support this then you are supporting the destruction of the state of Israel, FACT.
If you support this then what you are saying is that the Jews, who have lived in Israel for thousands of years, whose home this country has always been have no right to Self-determination and freedom.
What you are saying is that it makes no difference that 900,000 Jews were expelled from Arab countries to the 700,000 Arabs who left mostly of their own will from Israel. What you are saying is that the Palestinians should get their own state and the state of Israel on top of that. Anti-Semitism at its best.
No Israeli government will agree to the Palestinian Right of Return, nor should any Israeli government agree to this. The responsibility rests on the shoulders of the Palestinian leadership of that time and on the shoulders of the Arab nations who attempted to annihilate the newly-formed country of Israel.
What is even more sick and what proves that this week and the people who join it are nothing more than racist anti-Semites is the long list of places where they could better be aiming their vitriol: all the other places on our globe where people are truly treated inhumanely, genuinely lack freedoms and suffer from great injustices, as well as genocide on a massive scale.
What about Tibet? The Chinese have destroyed Tibetan culture, forcefully removing whole villages and towns and replacing them with Han Chinese, to totally change the demographics of the Country. This was a country before the Chinese hostilely invaded it --unlike Palestine which has never existed.
Where are the screams over Darfur? More than 100,000 black Africans have been killed by the Janjaweed, an Arab Muslim militia that kills and rapes women and children and destroys the villages of these black Africans, most of them Muslim themselves.
What about the Kurds? They have been fighting for their freedom long before the Arabs knew about Palestinian Nationalism. The Kurds have done far more to build the foundations of a state than the Palestinians. The Kurds have a culture that goes back into history long before there was an idea of a Palestine; this is a FACT.
What about the Basques? Just because their land happens to be in France and Spain, does this mean they deserve a state less than the Palestinians? Again, the Basques are one of the oldest peoples of Europe, with a culture and history started long before the idea of Palestine. Why isn’t anyone screaming bloody murder for a Basque State in Europe?
In all cases above these people do not have equal rights in the countries they live in. On many occasions they have been persecuted and killed.
Why aren’t the radicals going after Spain, France, China, Sudan, Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria?
For that matter, why aren’t they protesting the actions of all of the Arab nations surrounding Israel, most of whom have rejected the Palestinians at one time or another, forcing them back into the refugee camps of the West Bank?
These protesters are not interested in delegitimizing the aforementioned countries because none of them is the only Jewish state in existence on the planet. Ironically, none of the nations being persecuted and deprived of their freedom are fighting against the Jews; only the Palestinians -- a people who, before the state of Israel existed, did not consider themselves Palestinians but Syrians -- are trying to destroy the Jews.
Israel Apartheid week is nothing more than an Arab-sponsored, colonial hate-fest; anti-Semitism at its best and most insidious. No matter how much they attempt to rationalize and justify their actions, it will never change this fact.
The people who brought us Israel Apartheid week and their supporters claim to be seeking freedom, human rights and justice. However, make no mistake: what they are truly seeking is a racist policy of Arab and Muslim imperialism, the unjustified criminalization of Israel and ultimately the destruction of the state of Israel.