[Freemanlist2] Selected articles: "Israeli Apartheid Week" kicks off

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From Tom Gross:
www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/000829.html

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1. "Israeli Apartheid Week" kicks off
2. An insult to black South Africans
3. Toronto University officially hosts web page advertising "Israel
Apartheid Week"
4. When is "Saudi Apartheid Week"?
5. Avi Shlaim and Norman Finkelstein
6. Some might call them self-loathing
7. Ilan Pappe: Iran should get the bomb
8. "One of the most progressive states in the world"
9. "Modern Israel is a far cry from old South Africa" (By Irshad Manji,
The Australian, Feb. 9, 2007)
10. "Worldwide events mark 'Israeli Apartheid Week'" (Yediot Ahronot,
Feb. 9, 2007)

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[Note by Tom Gross]

"ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK" KICKS OFF

Following on from the success of Jimmy Carter's recent book which
defames the state of Israel with various untruths, an international 
"Israeli
Apartheid Week" began yesterday. It will last until Sunday, and be held
jointly in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, London, and at the
universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

"Israel Apartheid Week" is comprised of several events featuring
professors, students and economists. These include lectures, information
booths, cultural events, film screenings and demonstrations.

On the official website (www.endisraeliapartheid.net), organizers claim
"The past few years have seen an explosion of literature and analysis
that has placed Israel alongside other settler-colonial states like
South Africa, arguing that Israel is in fact an apartheid state, not just 
a
belligerent occupying power."

They say that the aim of the week is to "push forward the analysis of
Israel as an apartheid state and to bolster support for the boycott,
divestment, and sanctions campaign."

AN INSULT TO BLACK SOUTH AFRICANS

Israel is, of course, not an apartheid state. Indeed it is the
opposite. It is by far the most egalitarian state in the Middle East. Arab
Israelis enjoy social and political freedoms and benefits only dreamed of
by minority groups in most other countries in the world.

Israel grants full freedom of speech to its Arab parliamentarians, even
when they call for Israel to be dismantled and for Hizbullah to bomb
Israeli Jews. There is almost no another country in the world which
permits such a degree of freedom to its internal opposition groups.

By saying that Israeli Arabs and Palestinians are being subjected to
apartheid, Carter and others not only insult Israeli Jews, but also
grossly malign black South Africans. Nelson Mandela and other black South
Africans have been an inspiration to the world in the way they have
demonstrated peaceful coexistence with the white population, whereas both
the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas leadership and their supporters have
repeatedly called for the mass murder of Jews, and taught kindergarten
children that blowing up buses full of Israeli children is a glorious
objective.

TORONTO UNIVERSITY OFFICIALLY HOSTS WEB PAGE ADVERTISING "ISRAEL
APARTHEID WEEK"

The official University of Toronto web site includes a web page
advertising the upcoming events. It can be seen here: arab.sa.utoronto.ca.

This page labels the entire current state of Israel as "Palestine" and
places it next to a map of South Africa.

In response, the University of Toronto issued an official statement,
"Concerns have been raised by some members of the community about an
upcoming series of events to be held on campus by the Arab Students'
Collective under the title Israeli Apartheid Week... all University 
activity
is subject to the laws of Canada, and behaviour or speech that
constitutes hatred or incitement to hatred against any group will be dealt 
with
quickly and appropriately."

Presumably, advocating the destruction of a whole nation does not fall
under the term "hate speech".

The itinerary for the planned events at Toronto can be seen here:
verbena19.wordpress.com/2007/02/05/toronto-israeli-apartheid-week-2007-feb-12-17/

Amongst the organizers of the events in England at the University of
London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) are Israeli Arab
students who have their education subsidized by the government of
Israel, and whose air fares to London for "Apartheid week" are being 
partly
funded by the British Embassy in Tel Aviv.

WHEN IS "SAUDI APARTHEID WEEK"?

Only last month, Israel appointed Ghaleb Majadleh, a Muslim Arab, to
the cabinet. For more, see the dispatch "Israel appoints its first Arab
cabinet minister (& Mossad-KGB double agent dies)" (Jan. 11, 2007),
www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/000816.html.

There are Arabs represented in many different political parties of both
right and left in the Israeli Knesset and local councils. In fact,
Arabs in Israel have the opportunity to progress in virtually every sector
of society, from economics to politics to culture to sport. The Israeli
soccer team, for example, has for many years included Israeli-Arab
players. For more, see the dispatch "Scoring goals against the 'Israeli
apartheid' myth" (March 31, 2005),
www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/000318.html. One of the 
players mentioned in this dispatch,
Walid Badir, only last week scored for Israel in its game against
Ukraine.

Similar to most other Arab Muslim countries, Saudi Arabia does not
afford equal (or virtually any) rights to women, Christians, Jews, Hindus
and others. To see Saudi apartheid in action please look at the first
picture on this page, depicting a road for "Muslims only":
www.tomgrossmedia.com/SaudiArabia.html

AVI SHLAIM AND NORMAN FINKELSTEIN

A host of Jewish left-wing extremists will be participating in the
"Israeli Apartheid Week" events. For example, at Oxford University,
speakers include Israeli-born academic Avi Shlaim, who has based virtually 
his
whole career on slandering Israel.

At Hamilton University in Ontario Canada, Professor Norman Finkelstein
will be speaking on "Palestine & Israel: Roots of Conflict, Prospects
for Peace."

For Finkelstein's views on the Holocaust, see the first note in the
dispatch "David Irving: Auschwitz 'was a tourist attraction' (& British
Muslims scrap Holocaust Day)" (Jan. 31, 2007)
www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/000823.html.

Also speaking in Montreal is Israeli-Arab Member of the Knesset
(Israeli parliament) Jamal Zahalka. He told Yediot Ahronot (article 
attached
below) that "Calling the occupation apartheid isn't an overstatement,
it's an understatement... The Israeli occupation in the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip are worse than apartheid."

Zahalka apparently doesn't see the irony that he is a freely elected
member of the Israeli Knesset yet claims Israel is like apartheid in
South Africa. Apparently he is unaware of what apartheid actually was.

He also seems to have "forgotten" that Israel withdrew entirely from
Gaza in 2005, and that Gaza, for only the second time in two millennia
has now been ethnically cleansed of any Jewish presence (other than a
young Israeli, Gilad Shalit, kidnapped by the Hamas-led Palestinian
government he apparently so admires). For more, see this photo montage:
Exodus from Gaza (www.tomgrossmedia.com/ExodusFromGaza.html).

SOME MIGHT CALL THEM SELF-LOATHING

Among Israeli left-wing agitators taking part in the "Israeli Apartheid
Week" events are the writer Yitzhak Laor (a poet, playwright and
journalist for Ha'aretz), the filmmaker Eyal Sivan (who also teaches in 
the
cinema department of Israel's Sapir college in the Negev in southern
Israel), the historian Dr Amnon Raz (from Ben Gurion University also of
the Negev), and Ryvka Bar Zohar, who is helping to organize the New York
part of Israeli Apartheid Week.

Ilan Pappe from Haifa University, an advocate of ending the state of
Israel and before that of boycotting Israeli institutions (including his
own), will speak at Oxford University on "Resisting Apartheid:
Divestment and Solidarity" on Friday. Chairing the meeting is Prof. Steven
Rose, a British Jew who has led calls for a worldwide boycott of the 
Jewish
state.

Other possible speakers mentioned include Prof. Gabi Piterberg, an
Israeli from the University of California at Los Angeles, who has
previously spoken on "Zionism and Apartheid."

The participation of these Jewish academics has been warmly welcomed by
many non-Jewish haters of Israel.

ILAN PAPPE: IRAN SHOULD GET THE BOMB

Last Sunday, at the American Colony Hotel in east Jerusalem, the
unofficial base for the PLO in Jerusalem, Ilan Pappe received several
standing ovations as he addressed a packed crowd to launch his new book, 
"The
Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine".

According to my sources present, the audience included many western
journalists, European diplomats, publicly-funded local UN staff, and
anti-Israeli Jews including Mordechai Vanunu.

In his talk, Pappe, made an attack on Israeli Jewish politicians of
left and right, and said it was "horrible" that Shimon Peres had received
a Nobel peace prize. (He did not criticize Yasser Arafat for getting
one. See: www.tomgrossmedia.com/ArafatAllies.htm.)

According to my sources present, Pappe said he was sympathetic to the
idea of Iran getting a nuclear weapon, and "Arab states should have one
too."

He received rousing lengthy applause and many standing ovations.

See also 
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1170359860111&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
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