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Apartheid 101 for John Kerry: By Moshe Feiglin

29 Nissan, 5774/April 29, ‘14

In a ‘private’ conversation, John Kerry unleashed the well-known narrative that dictates that if Israel does not retreat, it will become an apartheid state and suffer the same fate as South Africa. . Kerry even showed deep concern for Israel’s future as a Jewish State. Clearly, his words were directed at the Israeli public in order to influence public opinion  for additional retreats.

And what is the truth?

The only case in history in which a ‘white’ nation has sent its armed forces to Africa and brought back ‘blacks’ in order to make them citizens with equal rights – not slaves – is Israel’s rescue of Ethiopian Jewry.

Slavery in the classical sense exists today only in some Moslem countries. Accusations of ‘apartheid’ from the representatives of the culture of slavery and their supporters in the Obama administration against the nation that represents the message of Jewish liberty are outrageous.

Now for some real definitions of apartheid: South African apartheid was an array of segregative and discriminatory laws based on race. If annexation of territory without affording full voting rights means apartheid, then the USA has been –and continues to be- an apartheid state for over 100 years:

The US captured the island of Puerto Rico (3.6 million residents) from Spain 116 years ago. Its residents cannot vote in US federal elections.

The US captured the island of Guam (150,000 residents) from Spain 116 years ago. No voting rights, as above.

The US bought the Virgin Islands (106,000 residents) from Denmark 97 years ago. No voting rights as above.

The Northern Mariana Islands (77,000 residents) were captured from Japan 70 years ago and became a UN-American mandate. For the past 36 years, they have been under US sovereignty. No voting rights, as above.

The US captured American Samoa (55,000 residents) from Spain 116 years ago. Its status is different; it is a protectorate of the US. No voting rights, as above.

Nobody accuses the US of apartheid because the people in its territories do not have federal voting rights.  There is a clear and recognized difference between human rights and civil (voting) rights.

Differences in the civil status of citizens exist in other Western countries and they are not considered ‘apartheid’ states at all. In addition to the US, in Czechoslovakia, Hong Kong, Latvia and more – all modern countries – a certain percentage of its citizens do not have voting rights. In Latvia, for example, which is a member of the European Union, 15% of its citizens do not enjoy voting rights. All of these countries make the distinction between people on the basis of their nationality and not on the basis of the territory in which they live. Israel is another one of those countries. It has nothing to do with apartheid.

The Nation of Israel has returned to its ancestral homeland in order to establish a Jewish State. The principles according to which this state should function are the means, not the end.  If and when we see that granting voting rights/full citizenship to other national groups will threaten Israel’s Jewish identity – it is our full right not to do so. Israel always has and always will grant all its residents full human rights.

And what about Kerry’s concern for Israel’s Jewish majority? Most likely, Kerry was referring to the ‘demographic problem.’

In that case, Mr. Kerry can relax. The average Jewish woman in Israel now gives birth to more babies than her neighbor in Ramallah. According to the American-Israel Demographic Research Group, the continued trend, with the addition of approximately 500,000 new immigrants to Israel will bolster the Jewish majority from 66% to 80% by 2035. Without any ‘peace’ process, the Jewish majority in Israel, Arabs of Judea and Samaria notwithstanding, will be 80% in just twenty years. Upheavals like what we are witnessing now in Ukraine or economic crises throughout the world can definitely bring even more new immigrants to our country and shorten the estimated time span.

To sum it all up: Kerrys come and Kerrys go. The Eternal Nation doesn’t have to take his manipulations too seriously.

3 Responses so far.

  1. defiantjewess says:

    • 37 minutes ago
    ARE WE GRASSHOPPERS OR ARE WE MEN AND WOMEN ISRAEL?

    The biggest error Bibi and the left have made is an assumption that Israel has only one ally in the world, the US, and must cowtow matter who or what the POTUS says, no matter how wrong or weak he is.

    In the end the Israeli leadership believe they are grasshoppers.

    The Israeli left and Bibi need to be convinced of their power- that they have more than they believe they do.

    The power of that relationship is based on something that the POTUS cannot manipulate easily.: The American People are not that easily manipulated because the values of Israel are the same as those of America.

    By contrast the Arab society represents EVERYTIHING America despises: intolerance, cruelty, hatred of America, political violence, civil right abuses, hatred of women, gays etc.

    These are things that the POTUS cannot easily change. Also our domestic constituency. The Jews, rights wing Christians.

    US supports Israel because of a valuable domestic program (military) that protects American workers with good jobs. This support comes from Congress, hence the relationship is economic, not in the political ability of the POTUS to turn on and off to punish Israel.

    As for BDS, it’s a bluff, the American trade laws cannot be abrogated with the stroke of a pen.

    One of Bibi’s biggest failures above all has been to not properly using the American Jewish community and Israeli supporters to defang Obama and reign him in. He has allowed Obama’s policy of distancing itself and damaging Israel to go unchallenged in the US via Bibi’s own submissiveness. In other words if he says the two state solution is in the interests of Israel, there iso nothing we here in the US as supporters can do. He has us ham stringed.

    Thus, Obama has been empowered by Bibi’s actions. Bibi has done more than just go along. He has told the US that everything that is going on is in Israel’s interest- a domestic and political imperative. He has defanged us here in the US from brining Obama down. So if Bibi says publicly that he goes along with Obama, how can we oppose him here in the US.—we Jews in the US and our Congress cannot be more Catholic than the Pope

    I believe that ISRAEL has way more power than she exercises contrary to what Bibi and the left believes.
    in Israel

    If Israel’s leaders truly desire to surrender the country and capitulate, there is all the time in the world — however we can FIGHT FIRST.

  2. defiantjewess says:

    True leadership involves faith. Men of faith have no fear. Bibi has many fears as do the left who are in his coalition. His assumptions about the US and its power over Israel are false simply because he lacks faith.

  3. […] Israel is not an apartheid, but it is pillarized by religion, and by religious subgroups, to a degree. Good or bad, black or white, call each thing by its proper name! […]

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