As the BDS crowd gnashes their teeth, its also timely to read an account from a South Africa who dismisses the “apartheid” claim regarding Israel.. see here
Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, a member of the Parliament of South Africa and founder of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), vocalized why calling Israel an apartheid state actually “minimizes the pain of apartheid.”
He explained that there was an armed struggle because South Africans were denied basic rights such as the right to vote. Arab-Israelis, Meshoe noted, do not struggle with the right to vote and have the choice to go to the schools and hospitals of their choice. “Apartheid was very painful,” Meshoe recalls, “anyone who claims Israel is an apartheid state is actually minimizing the pain of apartheid.” Meshoe stated that the claims about apartheid Israel need to be challenged head-on. “Many of them are just good at intimidation, but they cannot reason. If you have to reason, fact-for-fact, then they cannot reason because they know in their own hearts that there is no apartheid in Israel.” The reverend has been previously quoted as saying, “I was born in South Africa 59 years ago and I lived through Apartheid. I can assure you, Israel is no Apartheid state.”
Meshoe had attended this conference of Israel’s allies – see here
This conference is an important reminder that Israel has many allies, even though it is tempting to focus on Israel’s enemies.
So now, what other Rolling Stones songs might be appropriate to mention? – Get off my cloud