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Yes, Israel is an Apartheid State, and that's not being anti-Semitic or anti-American

By Imam Abdullah Jaber, Exec. Director, For CAIR-Florida , On 24 September 2021, Read Original
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I have lived in South Africa. I know well the very characteristics of an apartheid state. Israel is an apartheid state and to call and label it as such is not a false characterization nor is it anti-Semitic. It’s simply stating a fact that millions here at home and around the world are standing against every single day.  Palestinians are segregated, discriminated against by virtue of their race, living in the world's largest open-air prison- that’s textbook apartheid.                                                                                                                                                                                  

If US politicians support racial justice, support equality, support the right of every family to live a life of dignity, safety, and security- if they do, then Palestinian lives must be valued. We cannot stand for these principles but value Israeli lives more than Palestinian lives. What we stand for here at home, we should stand for abroad. The struggle for justice has no borders.                                                                                                               

When we turn a blind eye to injustice, then even the evident truth becomes controversial. 20-years ago if you disagreed with the invasion of Afghanistan, you got labeled as a ‘traitor,’ even though today we confess that it was a mistake. As Americans, justly criticizing our public servants and policies, does not make one anti-American, likewise criticizing our policies regarding Israeli violence and human rights violations does not make an individual anti-Semitic nor anti-American.

*Picture: Mai a-Deb’i , nine-months pregnant, with her 2½ -year-old son Muhammad. After the house was demolished, Mai and Baha a-Deb’i were compelled to move into a one-room apartment owned by Baha a-Debi’s parents in Shu’afat Refugee Camp. ['Amer 'Aruri, B'Tselem's field researcher in East Jerusalem; Creative Commons]

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