It is frequently the case that abuse and ridicule are hurled at those those who ascribe to the State of Israel policies redolent of Apartheid South Africa, a state that was treated as an international pariah. Numerous instances of such knee-jerk attacks on Israel's critics have surfaced on this forum among others.
It would appear that Apartheidist policies do after all enjoy substantial support among those who bask in their own much trumpeted 'democratic credentials'. Despite the deeply anti-democratic nature of Israeli rule in the territories it controls, Israel's sympathisers and supporters simply will not hear of any allegations that racism may underpin much of Israeli policy across those territories.
Israeli poll finds majority in favour of 'apartheid' policies | World news | guardian.co.uk
Three simple requests:
1. Can we discuss Israeli policies and actions, and not those of all 'usual suspects'. After all, few place the 'usual suspects' on pedestals in the way Israel's supporters do in the case of the object of their affections. Also, and this is significant, the 'usual suspects' are not cosseted, armed and given political cover by the European Union (and its member states), of which we in this state are an integral part.
2. Please keep it somewhat grown up, and refrain from deeply personal attacks on each other. A bit of bite is to be expected of course, but please avoid the excesses that sometimes dominate discussions of these issues. Attempts by supporters of Israel to derail this discussion down a side track should be avoided at all costs if they occur.
3. Remember that many Jews in Israel do their absolute utmost to hinder the worst excesses of the IDF, often putting themselves in danger in order to do so, and Jews are to be found throughout many of the international organisations dedicated to bringing justice to Israel/Palestine.
Is Israel becoming an openly 'Apartheidist' state? Discuss.