Friday, March 02, 2007

Israel’s first Arab president

You may think this sounds as unlikely as a Protestant pope, but Cranmer assures you that it is actually true. Majallie Whbee, a Druze Arab, will serve as President of Israel while acting president Dalia Itzik is in the United States of America. He becomes Israel's first non-Jewish president, and repudiates utterly the increasingly vociferous assertions that Israel is an ‘apartheid country’.

Israel’s ‘apartheid’ has been the subject of debate in universities the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. Many of our most august seats of learning, including Oxford University, recently held an ‘End Israel Apartheid Week’, during which they discussed ‘the nature of the State of Israel’ and ‘its treatment of Palestinians’. Both phrases are so implicitly derogatory that it comes as no surprise that all of those who participated agreed unanimously on the strategies of boycott, divestment, and sanctions against the Israeli State.

The ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ is so named in order to inculcate into the student body that Israel shares in and replicates the injustices perpetuated under apartheid system of South Africa, and the corollary is that Israel should suffer the same fate.

There are many countries, including several in the Arab-Muslim world, that practise and promote discrimination against particular religious or ethnic communities. There are no university weeks given over to explore ‘the nature’ of these countries, and no demands for boycotts or sanctions against them. And what is Israel’s alleged ‘apartheid’ in any case? In South Africa, there was a legally enshrined system for discrimination, but in Israel the precise opposite obtains. Its constitution enshrines equality before the law for all its citizens regardless of religion or ethnicity, and any discrimination which does occur can be challenged in the courts, which was certainly not the case in South Africa. And what of those areas of social cohesion evidenced in many hospitals and schools, where Jews and Arabs work peacefully side by side to the mutual benefit of both? The black people of South Africa were strictly separated from the white, and the black people invariably got the least and the worst. The black people had no votes, yet in Israel Arabs not only have full democratic rights, there are Arab members of parliament, Arabs in government, and Arabs in the judiciary. Majallie Whbee’s appointment as President clearly exposes the lie that the Jewish state is an apartheid country. He said that his ascent to the position proved that those who draw such a parallel with the former South African regime were ‘ignoring the facts on the ground’. None of this was possible in South Africa, so there is absolutely no comparison.

Discrimination is a social ill that is manifest in Israel just as it is in every nation on earth. It is legitimate to criticise Israel for its failings, but the charge of ‘apartheid’ is a malicious libel designed to demonise the only democracy in the region. Those involved in our universities, which professes to prize knowledge and to pursue truth, are guilty of, at best, extreme ignorance or, at worst, collaboration in the effort to delegitimise the Jewish State and stir up anti-Semitic sentiment on a scale and ferocity not seen since the Nazi era.


Blogger tim said...

Surely Israel's neighbors, being such lofty counterexamples to apartheid, will soon elect a Jewish head of state?

Oh, right, they're proudly Judenfrei. No apartheid there, as long as you've actually deported the Jews.

In that case, I'm awaiting Oxford's protest against Moslem nations' Judenfrei programs.

2 March 2007 at 12:53  
Anonymous Colin said...

His Grace ought to be congratulated for this article!

"The truth has to be reinterated because the error is also preached over and over again, not by a few individuals but by the mass, in newspapers and encyclopaedias, at schools and universities. Everywhere the error is on top and feels well and comfortable in the sentiment of majority which is on his side." (Goethe)

2 March 2007 at 19:50  
Blogger Sir Henry Morgan said...

Before I got this machine, and access to the internet, I was fully dependent on the MSM for my information. At that time I believed Israel was the author of all the difficulties in the Middle East.

It didn't take very long for me to change my mind.

Your Grace:

There is an interesting item on the BNP site regarding the European Union and the BBC.

2 March 2007 at 22:18  
Blogger dizzyfatplonka said...

You may enjoy this link which speaks of the druze, they hold the gnostic teachings still and I believe have Thursday as their holy day rather than Friday.

3 March 2007 at 14:27  
Anonymous oiznop said...

I just cannot believe this hasn't had more media coverage. Nothing on the BBC, or in the main newspapers, and no mention of it by Muslim groups who are forever telling us that Israel is destroying the Palestinians. How many Jews sit in the Palestinian Authority? Could a Jew become their president? Says it all really.

3 March 2007 at 18:55  
Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said...

Cranmer, Thank you for your support for Israel. It really is rich for certain Arabs to call Israel apartheid. In Israel, one has freedom of speech, religion, thought and association - unlike in Arab countires.

4 March 2007 at 02:12  

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