‘Israel Apartheid Week’ events commence
by Yitzhak Benhorin
Leftist, Muslim groups launch campaign equating Israel to apartheid regime in South Africa. Jewish intellectual Noam Chomsky tells Ynet Israel should not be defined as ‘Jewish state’. Israeli diplomats: Activity no cause for alarm
WASHINGTON – Events marking “Israel Apartheid Week” have commenced on campuses all over the world, including in Canada, and to a lesser extent in the United States.
During the course of the week organizers will be distributing material depicting Israel as an apartheid state and call on the international community to impose sanctions against it.
Addressing the comparison between Israel and South Africa, Chomsky said, “It’s not exactly like the South African apartheid. In some respects it’s not as bad, but in some respects it’s worse.”
“For decades, Israel has been killing and kidnapping civilians in Lebanon…bringing them to Israel, imprisoning them, keeping them as hostages…but two Israel soldiers are captured at the border (and it) justifies a US invasion,” he said. “It’s a comment of us and what we go along with.”
Chomsky at BU
March 3, 2010
I was very impressed as always with Noam Chomsky’s talk at BU as part of Israeli Apartheid Week. The topic was, of course, Israel’s policies in the Palestinian Territories and how they amount to apartheid. About 500-600 people attended, most of them BU students. That in itself was amazing.
video clips and continued at Propaganda Lalaland: Chomsky at BU
Israeli Apartheid Week Toronto – Day 1 Highlights
March 03, 2010
Go to http://apartheidweek.org for more videos and highlights. Highlights from the opening day of the sixth annual Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto, filmed on 1 March 2010. Speakers include Na’eem Jeena and Jon Elmer. See a higher quality version at http://www.archive.org/details/Israel…
Noam Chomsky Rails Against Israel, Again
By Susan Seligson
March 3, 2010
World-renowned linguist and U.S. foreign policy critic Noam Chomsky addressed an audience of about 500 people at BU last night, lashing out at what he calls Israel’s “escalating policy of apartheid,” which he believes is in some respects worse than the longtime degradation of the nonwhite majority in South Africa.
Despite his railing against what he sees as a history of Israeli war crimes and sabotage of peace efforts, Chomsky ended on a positive note. “Pretty much everything turns on a change in U.S. policy,” he said. “Those of us inside the United States can influence policy. No one else can. If any change is going to take place in Palestine, there will have to be change here.
Israel Is an Apartheid State and That is Why They Are Losing Legitimacy
March 4, 2010
Before Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) even began members of the Ontario Legislature and the Canadian Parliament are falling all over each other to denounce it. I can’t remember another time when elected legislators formally denounced a student activity like this. Perhaps during the 1950s when McCarthyism was rampant but that was before my time.
Last week the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed a resolution denouncing Israel Apartheid Week submitted by PC Peter Shure who said calling Israel an apartheid state was “close to hate speech.” While there were only 30 MPPs in the Legislature at the time, NDP MPP Cheri di Novo was one of them and spoke in favour of the resolution. This week a Conservative MP is introducing a resolution calling IAW anti-Semitic.
Before I deal with why these unprecedented attacks are taking place, I’d like to share with you a great talk I heard last night at Ryerson from Na’eem Jeena (view video below), a leading activist and academic from South Africa who works for Palestinian solidarity. He told us that South African apartheid had three pillars of apartheid and Israel shares all three.