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Byron Shire
May 7, 2021

Apologists for apartheid Israel unmasked

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Hendrik Verwoerd, widely described as a key architect of apartheid, was the far-right National Party’s propagandist, political strategist and, ultimately, party leader.

In 1961, as South African Prime Minister, he noted that Israel was built on land taken ‘from the Arabs after the Arabs lived there for a thousand years.’

The point was to express his approval and to highlight Zionism’s common cause with the Afrikaner pioneers: ‘In that, I agree with them. Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.’

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Good God! what sort of person would try to inhabit a country owned by another group for A THOUSAND years?! The Sheer Hypocrisy!
    After all, we dont have any type of apartheid here, do we? We just have certain areas where certain people live and certain people with a much higher rate of incarceration and unemployment, lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher suicide rate….

    If you don’t believe me, take a look around the country. Tip: start at Yarrabah (around 10km as the crow flies from Cairns, a million miles by culture and opportunities…ever heard of it?)…then go west…about 2500 km west till you hit Broome. Then talk to me about apartheid and ‘land taken from other people’….

  2. The term apartheid referred to the specific and obnoxious racist policies practiced in South Africa. It’s definition was extended to the point of loosing its meaning by the new states in the UN in the early seventies, and it was done at the behest of Israel’s enemies so that it could cover Israel. Such tactics were common among the new states in the seventies – commonly supported by the Soviet Union or China – as a distraction from the decline in people’s livelihoods and freedoms, flowing from poor economic management and dictatorships and one party governments. South Africa had common enemies with Israel but it was a very different case. The new definition of apartheid was an insult to those who suffered gross and explicit racial discrimination under it, and as such was not and is not supported or accepted by Australia and other like minded liberal democracies. The issues in Israel need to be dealt with on their own terms – we do not need a revival of this third world double speak.

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