Israel/Palestine and the Apartheid Analogy: by Ran Greenstein Part 2

16 September, 2010 — MRZine

Critics, Apologists and Strategic Lessons (Part 2)

I. Apartheid of a Special Type

In the previous section I made a distinction between historical apartheid (unique to South Africa) and apartheid in its generic form — a structured system of political exclusion and social marginalization on the basis of origins (including but not restricted to race). I concluded that Israel is different from historical apartheid, but it displays characteristics that allow us to define it as a form of generic apartheid. There is a family resemblance between the two regimes. This applies to Israel in an extended sense, covering ‘Israel proper’ in its pre-1967 boundaries, ‘Greater Israel’ with the occupied Palestinian territories, and ‘Greater Palestine’ with the 1948 Palestinian refugees and their descendants.

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Israel/Palestine and the Apartheid Analogy by Ran Greenstein Part 1

22 August, 2010 — MRZine

Critics, Apologists and Strategic lessons (Part 1)

I. Introduction

In the last decade, the notion that the Israeli system of political and military control bears strong resemblance to the apartheid system in South Africa has gained ground. It is invoked regularly by movements and activists opposed to the 1967 occupation and to various other aspects of Israeli policies vis-à-vis the Palestinian-Arab people. It is denounced regularly by official Israeli spokespersons and unofficial apologists. The more empirical and theoretical discussion of the nature of the respective regimes and their historical trajectories has become marginalized in the process. Only a few studies pursue such comparison with any analytical rigour.1

There are three crucial distinctions we must make in order to address the issue properly and avoid the usual conceptual and political muddle that afflict the debate:

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New Orleans: Rebuilding on People’s Bones

16 September, 2010 — The Real News Network

Jordan Flaherty: Thousands of people are not able to return to New Orleans.

New Orleans: Rebuilding on People’s Bones
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Jordan Flaherty is a New Orleans-based journalist and works with the Louisiana Justice Institute. He was the first writer to bring the story of the Jena Six to a national audience, and his award-winning reporting from the Gulf Coast has been featured in a range of outlets including the New York Times, Mother Jones, and Argentina’s Clarin newspaper. Jordan just published released his new book called FLOODLINES: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six .

Information Clearing House 16 September, 2010: Codepink Attempted Citizen Arrest Of Tony Blair

16 September, 2010 — Information Clearing House

Noam Chomsky: “President Obama is Involved in War Crimes Right Now”
The New Statesman Interviews: Noam Chomsky
It’s imperial doctrine. Stability is when the UK and US invade a country and impose the regime of their choice. But if Iran tries to interfere, that’s destabilising.

The Hate Mongers Among Us
By Jeff Gates
Hate we’re told is the face of evil seen in plumes of smoke and ash on 911. Yet hate also serves a purpose for those adept at catalyzing conflicts.

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