May 10, 2008

It's Not Apartheid

Via It's Not Apartheid:

I was a journalist with the Rand Daily Mail in Johannesburg for 26 years, reporting and commenting on apartheid's evils. Labeling Israeli practices as apartheid is wrong because the situations are entirely different. Apartheid in South Africa, from 1948 until 1994, was a unique system of racial separation and discrimination, institutionalized by law and custom in every aspect of everyday life, imposed by the white minority and based on a belief in white racial superiority. Skin color decreed inferior status. I am among the Israelis who want two states, side by side in peace: That's an agreed-upon separation, not apartheid. Whereas the intention with apartheid South Africa was to force a change in regime, it is obvious that critics of Israel include those who seek the destruction of the state itself.