MembersCombatting the Apartheid Lie – With Truth

I know apartheid well. And there is not the remotest comparison between the nation of my birth, South Africa, and where I live today, Israel

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Along with innumerable hazards to Israel – some of which are covered every day on these pages – there is a rolling menace that has been designed deliberately to delegitimise, and so undermine the foundations of, the Jewish state. And the fear is being voiced that this assault is poised to spike.

The warning came, on Day 1 of 2022, from Foreign Minister Yair Lapid: “We think that in the coming year, there will be debate that is unprecedented in its venom and in its radioactivity around the words ‘Israel as an apartheid state.’”

We must be ready to withstand this lie, and we can, with knowledge of the truth.

What, then, was apartheid?

In 1948, the South African government began enacting legislation to enforce the segregation of races upon its citizens.

Known as the “Apartheid Laws,” they decreed the absolute dominance of the country’s white nationals and the total disempowerment of its blacks – which included full-blood ‘Africans,’ mixed-race ‘coloureds’ and the descendants of immigrant Asian laborers. The blacks, who made up the overwhelming majority of...

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