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Israeli Apartheid Week: a ritual of discrimination and incitement against Israel

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Although the inevitable endpoint of anti-Zionism is not always openly expressed, Omar Barghouti, a star of last year’s Apartheid Week and a leader of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, described with chilling frankness that the goal is to replace Israel with “a unitary state, where, by definition, Jews will be a minority.”

Mr. Barghouti’s assertion, and the Apartheid Week crowd’s anti-Zionism, means these protests are not a dispute about settlements or borders or land. It’s not about promoting compromise. It’s not about helping the Palestinians by giving them a state alongside Israel. It’s about harming the Jewish people by taking from them the only small corner of the world where they are not a minority – in fact, the only country where they make up more than a mere 3 percent of the population. 

It should go without saying that, as much as any other national group, the Jewish people have the right to a nation state. And history has shown that they need this state perhaps more than any other people. To advocate for artificially forcing Jews into minority status in Israel, then, is more than misguided. It is immoral. 

As if this goal is not reprehensible enough, the Apartheid Week organizers promote their extreme views using discrimination and falsehoods. 

The discrimination is apparent in the organizers’ Invitation for Participation, which, just one paragraph after expressing opposition to Jewish national self-determination, describes self-determination for the Palestinian people as an “inalienable right.” Another clear sign of Apartheid Week’s discrimination is the strange singular focus on Israel, the only Middle Eastern country ranked as “free” by the Freedom House, despite the fact that many of its “not free” neighbors flagrantly oppress women, gays, and religious minorities – see, for example, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

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