It wasn’t even total segregation. Whites and blacks worked in the same mill, spent our money in the same stores and took the same drivers license test. It was more like “sitting down segregation.” We stood in the same lines in the bank, the Post Office and checking out at the grocers. All that was OK, but our version of apartheid forbid our sitting down together in the same room. Doctors had separate waiting rooms. Restaurants served either blacks or whites, but never both. And never would “they” have come to “our” church. Race separated us far more than our faith united us.
Apartheid has many faces. We did not have twenty five foot walls or white only roads, but the people with power did create legal and social systems that favored the powerful and discriminated against those who were under our control.
Today, Israel screams when any hint of the word apartheid is mentioned, pointing out small differences between its apartheid practice and that of South Carolina in the 30s and South Africa in the 80s. However,
destroys Palestinian homes to build Jewish only homes in their place. They have
Jewish only schools and spend $1,100 a year to educate a Jewish child and $190 for
each Palestinian. Israel builds Jewish only roads on
which a Palestinian is not allowed to drive or even cross and builds Jewish only
cities that shrive on water taken from Palestinian aquifers. So, what do you call it when a state strips a
vast number of its population of their human rights solely on the basis that they
are not Jewish? Israel
Jimmy Carter called it apartheid. Former prime ministers Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak called it apartheid as did
negotiator, Tzipi Livni Even John Kerry used
the “A” word, until the Jewish lobby put the squeeze on him. In fact, probably only those responsible for apartheid
and benefiting from it refuse to call it what it is and they will punish anyone
who does. Israel
Still, the most charitable word to describe what is happening to the Palestinians under Israeli control today is apartheid.
Thomas AreMay 5, 2014