Moving the Goal Posts: Further Thoughts on the “Apartheid Israel” Lie

Following on from last week’s post, I took the fight against the “Israeli Apartheid State” lie to Facebook and other social forums. You wouldn’t believe (or perhaps you would) some of the absurd responses I encountered. One of the most ridiculous holds that, despite the undeniable fact that  Israeli Arabs can, indeed, vote for and be elected to the Knesset,  they are nevertheless disenfranchised, because no “Zionist” party is ready to enter into a coalition with “Israeli Palestinian” political parties. One of the bleeding-hearts on Facebook insisted that, because of this fact, they are doomed to a permanent minority status in the Knesset and are always outvoted! (The irony of this remark –  in light of of Israel’s position at the UN, permanently held hostage to the automatic majority of the Arab-African-Muslim bloc –  clearly escaped her.)

This wasn’t the first time that I had been exposed to the nonsensical claim that Israeli Arabs are disenfranchised because of the refusal of Zionist parties to enter into coalition with “Israeli Palestinian” parties. I first heard the claim from the ridiculous Richard Silverstein, a Seattle-based blogger with an all-consuming hatred of Israel which appears sometimes to border on the pathological.

Both Silverstein and my Facebook interlocutor ignore the fact that Israeli Arabs and Druze (including those who have served as Cabinet Ministers) are not confined to specifically Arab parties but can be found in all the “mainstream” parties - including the Right-Wing Likud Party – so that a refusal by the Zionist parties to enter into coalition with parties whose declared aim is the end of Israel as a Jewish state, in no way deprives Israeli Arabs of the possibility of being part of the governing coalition. But to face that fact, they would have to admit the existence of yet another proof that Israel is not an apartheid state.

Moreover, I don’t know about you, but I don’t know of a single democracy where the law bestows an automatic right on any party (except, perhaps, the largest party- i.e. the winner in the elections) to sit in the government – and certainly not on a party whose policies are diametrically opposed to those of the winning party.  But in this, as in so many other things, Silverstein and his ilk have moved the goal posts. Concepts such as “democracy”, “apartheid”, “occupied territories”, “ethnic cleansing”  and “genocide” have all been redefined, their meanings twisted out of all recognition –  in the sacred cause of delegitimising the Jewish State. In this cause, even the word “antisemitism” is no longer applicable to Jews, because the Arabs are also Semites and, anyway, the Jews of today aren’t really Jews but “Khazar imposters”.

But that’s a long story and best kept for a separate article.

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About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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10 Responses to Moving the Goal Posts: Further Thoughts on the “Apartheid Israel” Lie

  1. Mary says:

    Why do you delete genuine comments?

    • What comment is it you think I’ve deleted?

      • Akram Tahrier says:

        Probably comments from people who don’t fall for your Zionist Hasbara lies. The AshkeNAZI Jews are descended from the Khazars. This was proved by one of your own – Arther Kessler! Or was he just another lying Jew?

      • I am perfectly ready to discuss the Khazar theory, absurd though it is, because I believe in free discussion. However, I insist that such discussion be couched in civilised terms. I have warned you before about the use of such terms as “AshkeNAZI” – and antisemitic insults such as “just another lying Jew” are completely beyond the pale. This is your last warning. If you cannot conduct a civilised discussion, you will be banned – not for your opinions but for the way in which you express them. I trust I have made myself clear.

        Now, as to Arthur Koestler (please note the correct spelling of his name) and the Khazar theory: first, you are aware, are you not, that Koestler was a novelist and journalist, not a historian and not an anthropologist? His aim in writing “The Thirteenth Tribe” was to prove that European Jews did not belong to the Semitic race, in the hopes of thereby reducing racially-based hatred of the Jews. As your comment makes abundantly clear, such a hope was naive in the extreme.
        Secondly, the legend of the conversion of the Khazars to Judaism, in the 8th century CE is related by Rabbi Yehuda Halevi in the Book of the Kuzari. A large-scale conversion of this sort, leading to the subsequent mingling, through marriage, with existing Jewish communities, is sufficient to explain the possible existence of Turkic-Khazar DNA in some Ashkenazi Jews. But you forget that there were Jewish communities in Europe long before the Khazars. These did not simply vanish, to be replaced by the Khazars. So it is ridiculous to claim, as you do, that the Ashkenazim are all descended from the Khazars.

  2. Rick Bailey says:

    This and your two previous posts were eye-openers for me. We don’t hear this perspective in the west. We’re never afforded a review of the legal/historic underpinnings of the post-war status of Israel. I checked out Richard Silverstein – it’s astonishing that he has any readership at all. The spurious nature of his “reporting” seems to be well known.

    • Shalom, Rick! Welcome to my blog. I’m happy I was able to present “the other side of the picture”. I am well aware, alas, that this is a side that is rarely – if ever – presented in the mainstream press.
      As for Silverstein – his readership seems to consist of his own little private coterie of groupies. Anyone who dares to express a dissenting opinion is subject to bullying, censorship and eventually is banned.

  3. ShimonZ says:

    It’s difficult reading such posts. On the one hand, I’m glad to see you representing us, and pointing out the absurdity of the lies… but on the other, I hate to see you go to the trouble of arguing with these fools… because I know that whatever you say, they’ll come back with another baseless complaint. They’re not interested in the truth. They just hate us. So it seems a waste of time to argue with them. Still, I wish you success.

    • To tell the truth, Shimon, what I write is not intended for the antisemites and the Israel-bashers. I know I’ll never be able to convince them (although I have known one exception). What I write is for the people who haven’t yet made up their minds, and who, if the lies are left unchallenged, might fall into the trap and believe the myths.
      Shavua Tov.

  4. mysending says:

    Thank you for continuing to fight the good fight! Shavua tov.

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