Last week’s edition of Black Commentator featured an excellent cover story by Bruce Dixon on the global standards that allow Israel to function as an apartheid state.
And like South Africa before it, Israel’s current aggression towards a neighboring country is an extension of the ethno-racial supremacy underlying its de jure system of segregation towards the natives. As Dixon points out:
The old South Africa bombed, strafed and invaded all its neighbors with some regularity, crippling their commerce and extracting horrific death tolls from refugee camps and other civilian targets. The last time Israel invaded and occupied Lebanon, it left 30,000 corpses
It reminds me of the quote by an Israeli Rabbi, Yaacov Perrin, in 1994: “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” Sure he was an extremist, so it was easy to chalk this statement off to the hyperbolic fringe of Israeli politics.
As Israeli militancy manifests today in Palestine and Lebanon, it is not hard to imagine that some psychic ratio does exist in Israeli officialdom. How many Arabs are worth the “security” of Israel’s Jewish-first system? How many people have to die so one group has a state on a land of diverse peoples?
The problem in the Middle East is not some irrational Arab rejection of Israel’s right to exist, it is Israel’s domination and oppression — which Palestinians, and now the Lebanese, resist. So long as Israel chooses to privilege one ethno-religious group on the historic land of another group, there will be conflict. The essence of apartheid is perpetual oppression.