The extraordinary Desmond Tutu has developed an understanding of forgiveness which is vigorous, liberating, and founded on the idea of justice. Naming Israel an apartheid state and divesting from its machines of oppression are thus steps towards his Christian idea of what liberation, forgiveness and reconciliation mean.
2. Apartheid label begins to stick
Hirsh Goodman, NY Times Op-Ed, JfJfP 1 Feb 2014
This is the first of two Op-Ed pages which the NY Times gave to the opposition to Israel’s exceptional colonial rule and the weakness of the Israeli government’s position which cries ‘delegitimisation’, while building more housing and checkpoints on Palestinian land. The critic is Hirsh Goodman, ‘Liberal Zionist’ South African who at first decries the use of the label “apartheid” for Israel. If it was intended to ‘balance’ Omar Barghouti, published on the same day, it failed.
3. Israel, boycott, apartheid – the argument
Amira Hass, Chemi Shalev, Anshel Pfeffer & Henry Siegman, Ha’aretz, JfJfP 20 Dec 2013
Four writers give their opinions on whether Israel is an apartheid state and on whether the tactic of boycotting Israeli goods is politically justified or effective. The backdrop to the discussion is the death of Mandela and the American Studies Association decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions which have, if nothing else, brought the argument alive in Israel.
4. Israel losing fight against ‘apartheid state’ label
Harriet Sherwood, Guardian; an AP report; and Peter Beinart Open Zion/Daily Beast, JfJfP 15 Dec 2013
Three articles around the death of Nelson Mandela brought to the forefront the Palestinians’ identification with him and his identity as the leader of a battle against an apartheid state. Despite many protestations – Peter Beinart here – that label is going to stick.
5. How to tell Israeli and South African apartheid apart
Samer Abdelnour, Al-Shabaka, JfJfP 23 May 2013
Al-Shabaka (“The Network”) describes itself as “an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law”. Its policy director argues here that the specific characteristics of Israel’s unique brand of apartheid need to be better understood in order to successfully dismantle it…
6. Degrees of separation: judging apartheid
Lev Luis Ginsberg / Russell Tribunal on Palestine, JfJfP 24 Nov 2011
Ginsberg rejects the term “apartheid” but, in a rejoinder to former Judge Richard Goldstone’s Israel and the Apartheid Slander, argues it is far worse. The Russell Tribunal on Palestine, meeting in Cape Town, gave extensive reasons for how they judged the Israelis’ treatment of Palestinians under their rule. It’s not South Africa. It is separate and unequal treatment and is thus apartheid.
Contents of this section
c) Can you have a Jewish and democratic state?
d) What is Zionism today?
e) The nature of the nakba
f) One state or two?
g) Is Hamas to blame? / Is Gaza still occupied?
h) Right of return and law of return
i) The role of the JNF