Friday, November 30, 2007

Is the 'Apartheid' Claim Working?

Is the 'Apartheid' claim working or is Rice just trying to be sympathetically and empathetically cute?

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reportedly said in Annapolis this week that her childhood in the segregated South had helped her to understand the suffering on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"I know what its like to hear that you can't use a certain road or pass through a checkpoint because you are a Palestinian. I know what it is like to feel discriminated against and powerless," Rice told a closed meeting of Arab and Israeli representatives, according to the Dutch representative at the summit, Franz Timmermans.

And here she's attempting to balance herself out:-

"Like Israelis, I understand what it's like to go to sleep not knowing if you will be hurt in an explosion, the feeling of terror walking around your own neighborhood, or walking to your house of prayer," Timmermans quoted Rice as saying, the Washington Post reported.

Rice described her childhood in Birmingham, Alabama, during the era of segregation and the killing of four young girls in a bombing at a Baptist church in 1963. She reportedly said the bombing, which killed one of her classmates, helps her understand the fear of terrorism felt by Israelis.

I don't think she understands anything about the Arab-Israel conflict at all.


Anonymous said...

So if it isn't apartheid, what is it? How many Palestinians live in Shiloh? Why are there 2 legal systems in the West bank- Israeli civilian law for Jews and Israeli military law for Arabs?

YMedad said...

Dear Anon.,
The subject of apartheid has been dealt with many time at this blog. I presume you are a new reader and you're more than wlecome. I publish my blog with my full identity so I am more than willing to engage in discourse. If you have any questions after reading my previous dealings with the silly subject, come back.

As for your factual inquiries: no Arabs live in Shiloh although some work here (btw, no Jews live in Turmos Aya or Sinjil, our Arab neighboring villages and no Jew works there or would even think of entering). Since Israel has not yet extended its full sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, there are two legal systems. Jews are citizens of the state of Israel and as the territory was supposed to be part of the Jewish national home and no Israeli governemtn ever officially forefeited our claim to the land (luckily, the Arabs rejected SR 181 and that became a dead letter), we are considered as one legal unit and the Arabs who were Jordanian citizens all and therefore enemy aliens, they are ruled via a military government (which also deals with we Jews in certain cases). However, the Israel Supreme Court will accept cases from Arabs of Judea & Samaria even though they are not citizens and even if they are terrorists intending to destroy the state of Israel. Amazing we Jews.