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Birth of a State – Death of Apartheid

As a citizen of the world, I extend a long awaited welcome to the state of Palestine with the firm hope that this small step for an oppressed people will become a giant first step towards peace and reconciliation in the Middle East and the death of apartheid

by Allen L Roland

 

“The General Assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the state of Palestine.” MAHMOUD ABBAS, President of the Palestinian Authority, before a vote granting Palestine the upgraded status of nonmember observer state at the United Nations.

The birth of the STATE of Palestine was long overdue and there were many obvious birth complications ~ but there is no questions it was wanted by the vast majority of the world as witnessed in the historic recognition of statehood vote at the UN ~ where 138 members voted yes, 41 abstained and only 8 ( including Israel, Canada, the US and 4 of its Pacific Island protectorates) voted no.

The times, they are a changing !

 Here’s a 6-minute animation  that explains what Israelis and Palestinians are fighting over. It’s not meant to be comprehensive, but it is meant to give you a tool to frame the conflict as one about the struggle for equal rights to the land, the vote, the roads, the resources. And it offers why one of the important tools to move toward a solution is the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

 But let’s turn to Uri Avnery ~ the long term leader of the Israeli peace movement Gush Shalom ~ for his valuable and important insider perspective on this historic moment: ” ON FIRST sight, nothing much has changed. But only on first sight. What has happened is that the foundation of the State of Palestine has now been officially acknowledged as the aim of the world community. The “Two-State solution” is now the only solution on the table. The “One-State solution”, if it ever lived, is as dead as the dodo.

Of course, the apartheid one-state is reality. If nothing changes on the ground, it will become deeper and stronger. Almost every day brings news of it becoming more and more entrenched. (The bus monopoly has just announced that from now on there will be separate buses for West Bank Palestinians in Israel.)

But the quest for peace based on the co-existence between Israel and Palestine has taken a big step forwards. Unity between the Palestinians should be the next. US support for the actual creation of the State of Palestine should come soon after.”  See article:

 How ironic that in this 2012 year of transition, we have birthed the state of Palestine ~ much like the Christ child over 2000 years ago ~ and now we have a shared responsibility to ensure and protect its health through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

The BDS movement has been successful in drawing attention to Israel as a state deserving of the same treatment as once evidenced with apartheid South Africa ~ whereas prominent individuals such as former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Richard Falk and many others, have used the term apartheid at various moments to refer to Israel’s regime of gross violations of international law. Apartheid has come to hold a specific legal definition that was adopted by the 2002 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and that has its basis in the 1973 International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid.

Under the Convention, the crime of apartheid is defined as “a crime against humanity . . . inhuman acts resulting from the policies and practices of apartheid and similar policies and practices of racial segregation and discrimination, as defined in article II of the Convention, are crimes violating the principles of international law.”

Article II of the Convention defines the crime as “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them,” and also includes “similar policies and practices of racial segregation and discrimination as practiced in southern Africa.”

Based upon the definition of apartheid under international law, it becomes clear how and why Israel qualifies as an apartheid state vis-à-vis the Palestinians.  In the West Bank and Gaza, the Israeli occupation has developed into a pervasive system of apartheid, which includes checkpoints, the Wall, house demolitions, destruction of property, denial of access to education, arbitrary imprisonment, and Israeli-only roads. Israel’s apartheid policies also extend to the Palestinian refugee population expelled from their lands in 1948 to make room for the creation of the state of Israel ~ in refusing to permit the return of these refugees Israel is in violation of Article 2c of the apartheid convention adopted by the ICCSee more  

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the UN General Assembly vote implicitly recognizing Palestine as a state was “meaningless” and will do nothing to realize actual statehood. “This is a meaningless resolution that won’t change anything on the ground. No Palestinian state will arise without an arrangement ensuring the security of Israeli citizens,” Netanyahu on Thursday.

Netanyahu in essence has said that no Palestinian state will ever arise, so long as Israel has anything to do about it ~ Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud Party, obviously dream of a Greater Israel with full sovereignty over the territories currently recognized as Palestinian in the West Bank and Gaza.

Meanwhile, Apartheid continues as Israeli police have begun removing Palestinian passengers from buses at the request of Jewish settlers, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported … and an army reservist told Haaretz that Israeli police stationed near Salfit had ordered Palestinians off buses multiple times, leaving them to walk several miles and then catch taxis home.

Unfortunately, Apartheid is a way of life in the West Bank where Settlements exclude Arabs and Jews only roads already exist and it even extends to sports ~ ESPNs Jeremy Schaap traveled to Jerusalem to report on those who have been called “the most dangerous fans in Israel soccer as well as BEITAR – an Israeli Soccer Team which has been called the MOST RACIST on the planet. See 12 minute video ~

Israel has also seized more than $120m (£75m)in tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in response to last week’s overwhelming vote at the UN general assembly to recognize the state of Palestine. See story ~

But the angry words and unjust actions of Netanyahu and the Israeli right wing Zionist zealots cannot stop a world coming to terms with its innate urge to unite and cooperate with each other ~ while isolating any gross impediments (such as apartheid) through the already proven methods of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

It is now time for conscientious people around the world to do more than just pay lip service to the Palestinian struggle for justice and freedom, and to advocate and implement comprehensive boycotts against Israel’s apartheid policies ~ As Sami Hermez wrote ~ “the Palestinians deserve no less than the dignity for which they have so patiently waited and struggled for over the last 60 years.”

 While we celebrate the long awaited birth of the state of Palestine we must ensure the death of apartheid as currently practiced by the state of Israel.

    “The UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”  Nelson Mandel ~ Address at The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People ( 1997 )


About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at AllenRoland.com. He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at allen@allenroland.com.

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24 Comments for “Birth of a State – Death of Apartheid”

  1. I was supprised by New Zealands vote at the UN, the Prime Minister is a Jew, and it sounds like the zionists are getting up even the good jews’ nose,
    As soon as Australia got a temp seat on the UN security Council(cost us tax payers $25mill) what does our grand leader say,” Iran must be stopped trying to build Nuclear weapons, because they want to wipe Israel of the map”, how bright is she? They all tell lies, as a teenager would say, DUH !!

    Boycott Divestment Sanctions for that poxy country Israel

    • Did not know that and just read his mom is an Austrian Jewish immigrant. Learnt something new today so thanks. They also found Mossad agents with fake passports there quite recently – at the time of the earthquake in Christchurch.

  2. BOYCOTT DIVESTMENT SANCTIONS NOW!

    Take Zionist Talmudia War Criminals to the Hague!

  3. No sign of an Israeli FW de Klerk on the horizon just more Jewish Hitlers. So expect the sewer rats to go down fighting which means the Samson Option. The time for a pre-emptive strike by humanity is NOW!

    • Yes. friend, show me where the button is and I push it.

    • Samson Bluff. They will eat each other to survive before they blow themselves up. They’re irrational towards their delusions of grandeur and ultimate agenda, while never irrational about doing something to hurt the “self”. Self-interest is paramount, even to Tribalism.

      • Even to Talmudism. They will throw a few of their own to the sacrifice (actually, mostly the Torah Jews who won’t follow the Talmudist Zionist agenda), but no one that holds an interest for them specifically.

  4. Why not a 1SS called Palestine then?

    • Palestine has always been there. The solution is stopping and reversing Zionist ethnic cleansing and genocide plans.

      I.E., the Jabotinsky plan. Everyone should Google it, it predates Hitler and curiously has the exact designs of the taking of Palestine like another Protocol of the Elders.

      Zionists LOVE Jabotinsky.

      • I am well aware of his “Iron Wall”. deliberation has just done a piece on him as well.

        • Well, just like PNAC predated 9/11 and the Bush coup d’etats via the SCOTUS;

          Jabotinsky predated WWII and the supposed “final solution” that was faked to create enough guilt for the Jabotinsky plan.

  5. We should not get overexcited, the road ahead is a long and rocky one.
    The zionists will not give up easily, and here I mean the jewish and christian ones together, as they are in great numbers and have all the financial and political support they need.
    Now, after the palestinians got off their fanny and made that crucial first step, they must follow up with the second and third. However, we should remember, wars are won with money, so we hope the arabs with plenty of that green stuff finally realize that they are in this fight together, as they may be the next on the list of zionists. Iraq and Syria is a good example.

    • Precisely,Tomer ~ the Arabs must unite as happened in South Africa with the oppressed blacks . Only then will the walls of apartheid begin to crumble.

      • Hard when you have a Zionist run government (i.e. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey (they betrayed the Flotilla in actuality), AMERICA, Canada… Micronesia).

        But, not impossible. I agree wholeheartedly with the South African template you suggest, Mr. Roland.

        We need to boycott, divest and sanction apartheid Israel, just as we did apartheid South Africa.

        Apartheid is putting it nicely. The South Africans never used White Phosphorus and worse on the oppressed indigenous like the Israelis have been doing.

  6. Right On with Palestine! Go Baby Go!
    Off Topic: Gordon Duff did a GREAT interview with Stew Webb N Search Radio. Search it on You Tube. Well Done My Man! Check It Out!

  7. Here’s what it’s all about ~ An old man in Gaza held a placard that read: “You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all, but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.”
    Naom Chomsky http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/289-134/14857-focus-what-the-american-media-wont-tell-you-about-israel

    • Better said: “I shot a fireworks rocket back”.

      A Quranic introduction to original Israelites :
      ************http://quran.com/2/84-90

      how the Arab israeli conflict started-history of Palestine-1948
      ****************http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXKba7SHPvw

  8. Surprise, surprise! Having had a total loss of face over the UN vote on Palestine, they are now waving a Royal Pregnancy around in front of us, hoping we’ll be distracted. Nice try lads …

    • Rupert Murdoch published a picture of an imminent death on the front cover of the New York Post.

  9. Warlord Moneybags

    Some members of the Green Party in Australia called for a boycott of Israeli produced goods many months ago but they were quickly silenced.

    To be honest I was pleasantly surprised (to say the least) that the minority Labor Government had the independence to choose to abstain.

    I thought we were basically a Zionist / Neo Con colony.

    • Nope ,you are a Rothschild colony.
      Your government obeys orders from Rothschild,through the banks.
      Your Jewish lobby wont bother you anymore ,they’ll fall silent in a while.
      Your government is giving lipservice to the “freedom ” of the Palestinians,dumping the Zionist entity,
      and enslaving their own population at the same time.
      Rothschilds orders for US,Europe and Aussieland

      • It is already too late for America. And it is you cowardly traitorous Troops and Vetrans who are responsible. Get your God damned PTSD checks fron the Jews because you do not deserve 1 penny from working Ameririedcan people. You have taken our Republic down.
        This comment was not allowed to go up where I tried to respond to a poster criticising the NSDAP.

        First of all the NSDAP was German and for German Nationalists and never attempted to force ational Socialism on the United States. Prior to the framing of Bruno Haupman by Herbert Norman Schwarzkop of the Jew Jersey police Department and the follow up Jews controlled media hype against Germany after International Jewry already had declaired war against Germany a massive media campaign was used to stir up hatred towards Germany. Germany had just sent the Hindenbergh to America on a good will mission and it was also sabotaged by jews and by using the kidnapping murder of Charles Lindbergh”s son which was actually a blood passover sacrafice by jews media got Americans cheering the sad burning of those Germans in the Hindenbergh dissaster.
        Then because Theadore Roosevelt became a ally to Joseph Stalin and the Rothschild bankers who promised to finance a World War which would seemingly solve the unemployment problem and get America’s economy roaring in War preparation industry the goal of involving America in a European war drove him to form the Alliance with Poland France and Britain against Germany. Hitler had no intention of going to war but was intent on taking back territories in the Alsace Lorraine, Warsaw and regain territiries taken from Germany in the Treaty of Versailles and rebuild Germany to its rightfull place in Europe. I know you know this and am surprised you would ever criticise Adolf Hitler. Hitler was Europe’s only defense against Bolshevism and because after retaking Warsaw it was France and Britain who declaired War on Germany. The rest is History and it took 51 countries to take them down. Germany although a totalitarian dictatorship was in no way opposed by its citizens 98% of whom supported Hitler. This was necessary to purge the communists and subversive elements within Germany and was the only solution. To get the whole story please take the time to watch this series called Adolf Hitler The Greatest Story Never Told.
        http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL44731128736C3253

        Now lets go to your reference to the Russian Jew Ann Rand. The thesis of her cult was apposed to any National Identity or to the Volk identifying with their race and culture which could be named the anti National Socialist movement. There is no benefit for a country like Germany which has a rich history and Tribal Culture going back to abandon her roots for some Allien culture or cultures creating a diverse Multiculural non German society. Similar movements going n right now in Hungary, the Jobbik Party, The Golden Dawn Party starting in Greece spreading quickly throughout Europe are similar in nature with the NSDAP. I hope they succeed in unifyinf Europe.
        Because America has such a History of interfering in European policies and has always been detrimental to Europe Europe would do well by completely disassociating ittself with the United States. The United states is too far gone and is a cesspool of ununifiable subcultures and degenerates, Maybe Europe could send all their Jews to America because America is already deep in kosher shit and will never escape the Karma for what its Military has already done.

    • Zionism is a political ideology spearheaded by the “Rothschilds” banking elite only because they are the part of the “hive” that can “do” because they got all of the money through deceptive financial practices first. The money was used by the Hive to take over key Royal bloodlines and States in Europe. It runs parallel to Talmudic intent. Talmudic Jews, therefore, are unrepentant Zionists. The Rothschilds banking elite is one of the “hive’s” assets. They can be the head or the ass, it doesn’t matter: they’re all part of the same hive.

      Another of their assets are the neoconservatives, who are entrenched “cryptoZionists”. They are Zionists.

      Freemasonry is Zionism for Gentile Masses. They have infiltrated other secret, fraternal, or religious organizations (anywhere “Goys” are) to corrupt them.

      The New World Order is the Zionist global agenda.

      They are the same.

      He is just deflecting. An agent of disinformation.

      We can name names.

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