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Sep 25, 2017
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Olga Meshoe

Does Israel discriminate against Arabs? Is it today's version of apartheid South Africa? Olga Meshoe, herself a South African whose family experienced apartheid, settles the question once and for all.

The BDS movement is a slick propaganda effort built on lies and fueled by anti-Semitism that is designed to destroy Israel.

  • The BDS movement says that Jews have no historic claim to Israel. This is false. In 1922 the League of Nations, precursor to the United Nations, confirmed the Jewish historical connection to Israel and began working to establish a Jewish homeland there.View Source
  • BDS says that Israel treats its Arabs as second-class citizens. This is false. Israeli law makes no distinctions between Arab and Jewish citizens. Arabs are allowed to practice their religion freely, freely associate with Jews and other Arabs, and participate in government as members of the foreign service, judges, and ministers.View Source
  • BDS says that Israel doesn’t want peace with its Arab neighbors. This is false. Israel’s repeated efforts to make peace with the Palestinians and other Arab nations have been met with hostility and terrorism.View Source
  • Related video: “BDS: The Attempt to Strangle Israel” – Alan DershowitzView Source

BDS says Jews have no historic claim to Israel. That’s historically illiterate. Israeli roots go back millennia.  

  • The BDS movement says that Jews have no historic claim to Israel. This is false. In 1922 the League of Nations, precursor to the United Nations, confirmed the Jewish historical connection to Israel and began working to establish a Jewish homeland there.View Source
  • Related video: “Israel’s Legal Founding” – Alan DershowitzView Source
  • Related video: “BDS: The Attempt to Strangle Israel” – Alan DershowitzView Source
  • Related reading: “The Case for Israel” – Alan DershowitzView Source

BDS claims Israel treats its Arabs as second-class citizens. That’s a lie. Israeli Arabs have the same rights as Israeli Jews. 

  • BDS says that Israel treats its Arabs as second-class citizens. This is false. Israeli law makes no distinctions between Arab and Jewish citizens. Arabs are allowed to practice their religion freely, freely associate with Jews and other Arabs, and participate in government as members of the foreign service, judges, and ministers.View Source
  • WATCH: Olga Meshoe on BDS and accusations of apartheid in Israel.View Source
  • Related reading: “The Case for Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can be Resolved” – Alan DershowitzView Source

BDS claims that Israel doesn’t want peace with its Arab neighbors. That’s nonsense. Israel has repeatedly sought peace only to be rejected.

  • BDS says that Israel doesn’t want peace with its Arab neighbors. This is false. Israel’s repeated efforts to make peace with the Palestinians and other Arab nations have been met with hostility and terrorism.View Source
  • Related video: “The Middle East Problem” – Dennis PragerView Source
  • Related reading: “The Case Against Israel's Enemies” – Alan DershowitzView Source

The anti-Israel BDS movement has infiltrated college campuses, and holds influence over many professors of Middle Eastern studies.

  • On American college campuses, the anti-Israel BDS movement has a growing presence. BDS succeeds on college campuses by playing on the good intentions of good people through deliberate deception.View Source
  • The Middle East Studies Association is the largest professional organization of Middle Eastern studies professors. It allows its members to participate in BDS against Israeli academics.View Source
  • At UC Davis, students called for the school to divest from companies that do business in Israel, and chanted “Allahu Akbar” at Jewish students leaving the vote.View Source
  • Other organizations, like the Students for Justice in Palestine, engage in activities like disrupting a Holocaust remembrance event at UC Berkeley. There are almost 100 chapters nationwide.View Source
  • When Israel decided to defend itself against Hamas in 2014, more than 50 American academics involved in Middle Eastern studies published a petition in an Israeli newspaper, saying they wanted an “an end to Israel’s obscene assault on Gaza.”View Source
  • Related video: “BDS: The Attempt to Strangle Israel” – Alan DershowitzView Source

Israeli Arabs have the same rights as Israeli Jews. Israel is nothing like apartheid South Africa—as the BDS movement falsely claims.

  • BDS says that Israel treats its Arabs as second-class citizens. This is false. Israeli law makes no distinctions between Arab and Jewish citizens. Arabs are allowed to practice their religion freely, freely associate with Jews and other Arabs, and participate in government as members of the foreign service, judges, and ministers.View Source
  • In apartheid South Africa, all citizens had to be registered as either white, black, or mixed. Families could be separated if one member was deemed to be of a different race than the others.View Source
  • Apartheid was state sponsored separation by race. People of different races could not marry or have sexual relations. Black children were sent to separate schools to reinforce a subservient status.View Source
  • South African MP Kenneth Meshoe, who lived through Apartheid, wrote, “Those who know what real apartheid is, as I know, know that there is nothing in Israel that looks like apartheid”View Source
  • WATCH: Olga Meshoe on BDS and accusations of apartheid in Israel.View Source
  • Related video: “A Black South African on Israel and Apartheid” – Kenneth MeshoeView Source

Israel’s Declaration of Independence pledges to protect the rights of all citizens regardless of race or religion—and Israel does just that.

  • In its Declaration of Independence Israel pledges to protect the rights of all citizens regardless of race or religion.View Source
  • Arabs, even leaders of Hamas, go to Israel for medical treatment and are not discriminated against.View Source
  • Israel is the only country in the entire Middle East that doesn’t segregate and oppress its minority population. According to a 2013 report by US based research group Freedom House, Israel is the only country in the Middle East rated “free.”View Source
  • Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement, attends Tel Aviv University. Despite a 175,000 signature petition to have him removed, the university has stuck to its inclusive policies and refused.View Source
  • When Arabs and Jews do live separately, it is by choice, not force, due to cultural and religious differences.View Source
  • Related video: “A Black South African on Israel and Apartheid” – Kenneth MeshoeView Source

Israel is the only country in the entire Middle East that doesn’t segregate and oppress its minority population.

  • Israel is the only country in the entire Middle East that doesn’t segregate and oppress its minority population. According to a 2013 report by US based research group Freedom House, Israel is the only country in the Middle East rated “free.”View Source
  • In its Declaration of Independence Israel pledges to protect the rights of all citizens regardless of race or religion—and it does just that.View Source
  • Related video: “The Middle East Problem” – Dennis PragerView Source
  • Related reading: “The Case for Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can be Resolved” – Alan DershowitzView Source

Maybe you’ve heard someone say that Israel is an apartheid state. That Israel has a policy of segregating and oppressing the minority population within its borders – like South Africa once did.

Maybe you’ve been so outraged by this information that you have considered joining the BDS movement––the effort to boycott, divest and sanction Israel until it ends its alleged “racist” policies.

I don’t blame you.

Apartheid is a great evil and deserves to be fought wherever we find it.

But here’s the thing: You won’t find apartheid in the State of Israel.

So, I’ll put it bluntly: The BDS movement is a slick propaganda effort built on lies.

I think I have the credibility to make this claim.

Having grown up in South Africa, and having spent a fair amount of time in Israel, I know what apartheid is and what it is not. My parents were raised under real apartheid where blacks were, by law, separated from whites at every level, from education to drinking fountains.

Blacks couldn’t vote, couldn’t own land, couldn’t live next to, or use the same transportation system as whites. I remember my father telling me about how my grandfather was kicked and humiliated in public by a young white boy. All he was permitted to say was, “Please stop, little boss.” That was the world my family lived in.

That was the world of apartheid South Africa.

But in Israel, the law is color-blind. Israeli Arabs have the same rights as Israeli Jews. They ride the same buses, study in the same schools, and are treated in the same hospitals. Arabs are elected to Israel’s parliament, serve as judges, and fight in the Israeli military.

On my first trip to Israel, the group I was with had a Jewish tour guide and an Arab bus driver. Imagine our surprise, having heard that Israel is an apartheid state. This would have been inconceivable in apartheid South Africa.

All these things would be self-evident to anyone who did any kind of actual research, or, even better, visited Israel––something I encourage everyone to do.

BDS doesn’t want you to do research or visit Israel. It depends on the ignorance of its audience. Sadly, on American college campuses, BDS has a significant presence. It succeeds by playing on the good intentions of good people through deliberate deception.

In short, they lie.

And lies really make me angry because lies empower evil.

Lies about blacks empowered apartheid in South Africa.

Lies about Jews made the Holocaust possible.

And lies about Israel are misleading a lot of good-hearted young people into opposing the only country in the entire Middle East that doesn’t segregate and oppress its minority population. Just ask the next Egyptian Copt or Iraqi Christian you meet on campus.

So, the question people should really be asking is: What does the BDS movement want?

The answer is simple. They want to destroy Israel.  They can’t do it militarily, so they try to do it through lies. 

They say that Jews have no historic claim to Israel. Lie.

They say that Israel treats its Arabs as second-class citizens. Lie.

They say that Israel doesn’t want peace with its Arab neighbors. Lie.

If you tell lies, and you tell them often enough, people who don’t know the truth start to believe them.

The BDS movement’s leaders barely try to hide this charade. They will lie and say that they only want a Palestinian state living side-by-side with Israel, and then they say this:

“We oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine….Ending the occupation doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t mean upending the Jewish state itself.” That’s from Omar Barghouti, a founder of BDS.

Barghouti lives in Israel, so you might expect that he said this from inside an Israeli prison, like Nelson Mandela during South African apartheid.

You would be wrong.

Barghouti is a PhD student at Israel’s Tel Aviv University, where he enjoys the same rights as every Israeli.

My parents could only dream of that kind of freedom.

Is Israel a perfect country? No. There are as many perfect countries as there are perfect people. But to call it an apartheid state is not only an insult to the only democracy in the Middle East and the only country with equal rights for all its minorities, it’s also an insult to the actual victims of apartheid––like my parents and all those who suffered under it.

I’m Olga Meshoe for Prager University.

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