In the past years, anti-Israel activists and anti-Semites have tried to delegitimize the State of Israel in that they tried to characterize Israel as an Apartheid State.
There is hope that this false comparison will smear the name of Israel and encourage actions similar to those taken against South Africa. This comparison is malicious and insults the South Africans who suffered under real apartheid.
Today in Israel, even though Jews are the majority, the Arab minority that lives in the State enjoy full and equal rights and are represented in every aspect of the market. Arabs are able to vote and are being represented in the Israeli Knesset. They work in high positions in the courts, the health system, the police and more.
Unlike Israel, in the discriminatory policies that existed in the apartheid era of South Africa, skin color determined every aspect of a citizen’s life. Black South Africans were not able to vote and were not considered citizens. Racists laws determined where they could live, work, which schools they could attend and which roads they could drive on. The South African government murdered blacks that protested these policies.
On the other hand, Israel allows freedom of travel, the right to protest, and freedom of speech. An example of this: some of the biggest critics of Israel are Arab Knesset members who are free to protest and criticize the government without fear of their rights being violated.
Even the author of the Goldstone Report, Richard Goldstone, who cannot be seen as pro-Israel ruled that:
“This is not apartheid that values the intentional separation of races as a value. In Israel, equal rights is the law, the goal, and the ideal.”
Our historical and national right to the State of Israel is based on a 3,000-year connection – we are the original indigenous of this land! This right was recognized by the General Assembly of the United Nations on November 29, 1947. Moreover, our international legal rights rely on the Balfour Declaration in 1917, which was officially and legally accepted and recognized by the League of Nations in the San-Remo Conference in 1920. There are 130 countries in the world with a Christian majority, 49 with a Muslim majority, 3 with a Hindu majority and only one Jewish state on an area representing 1/800 of the size of the entire Arab world.