This is Apartheid?

 Israel Apartheid Week is reported to be growing on college campuses;

its participants must  have never spent any time in Jerusalem.

Arab families often visit Gan Sacher and other Jerusalem parks.

 This is apartheid?

"Arab women", "Palestinian women"

 Hospitals are fully integrated; staff, patients, and visitors.

This is apartheid?

"Arab women", "Palestinian women"

 Shopping malls are open to all customers.

"Arab women", "picture Arab women" "Palestinian women"

These ladies hailed a taxi on King George Street

after a successful shopping day at Ben Yehudah Mall.

"arab women" , "Female shopper", "Palestinian woman"

Arab women shop on Jaffa Street on a regular basis, 

often shopping alone.

This is apartheid?

"arab women", "Israel abusing rights"

 Arab women walk freely in old neighborhoods, 

and in new areas. This is apartheid?

"arab woman and child","Palestinian boy".

However, with small children in hand,

women may not be able to move around quite so easily.

It is not simple for anyone to get a driver’s license in Jerusalem,

but the option is available to all.

  Arab girls wait to ride on a regular public city bus. 

"Palestinian family", "Israeli occupation",

As the world media focused on stone throwers,

this family was walking in nearby Baka. 

There are fewer photos of Arab men,

"arab man", Palesinian man", "Israeli oppresion"

 because unless they are with women dressed in traditional clothes

it is often hard to pick them out in a crowd. 

"racism in Israel", "racist Israel"

Yes there are serious problems, but

no legislation exists that discriminates against blacks.

Holy sites are open to people of all faiths.

"Palestinian woman", "abuse in Israel"

Democratically elected Arab members in the Knesset speak,

vote and can propose laws.

Jerusalem may have plenty of problems,

but this is not apartheid.

7 thoughts on “This is Apartheid?

  • March 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    The doofuses behind Israel Apartheid Week failed to notice that their event falls right at the start of Buycott Israel Month (

    Also, given that the Apartheidists behind Israel Apartheid Week are so enamored with Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), they may find this little story of unintended consequences enlightening:

  • March 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Watch as our Arab cousins try to enter Jerusalem; they get pulled over and have to wait, don’t vote, and don’t have free travel. Photos at the Gilo checkpoint would probably tell a very different story.

  • March 11, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    It must be apartheid because those pictures include Jewish people. Without the Jewish people, there’d be no apartheid, right? (Or so goes the twisted anti-logic…)

    • March 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      With the Jews it’s togetherness, without them it is Apartness.

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