Ynet has always been a rightwing rag but lately it’s become the home of outright racists. A friend of mine, who happens to be Palestinian-American, forwarded me this article and told me in her view, it’s the very definition of Apartheid. I agree with her.
Having been active in the South African divestment movement in the 80’s I am familiar with this sort of “if we all live together our cultural identity will be destroyed and the savages will take over and destroy us” type claptrap. That’s it is largely deemed acceptable discourse in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is telling. It would be tempting to write off the Ynet article were it not for the fact that the members of Congress who were jumping up and down applauding Benjamin Netanyahu during his
Roman Triumph speech, largely agree with the sentiments expressed in the article. Sure, they aren’t as blatant, but there obsessive focus on keeping Israel “Jewish” and the promotion of the “Judafication” of the Occupied Territories is an explicit stamp of approval of racist policies.
Jewish state under attack
Op-ed: Terror groups, many Israeli Arabs have same aim; eliminating Israel as Jewish state
“On the political level, we have no option for a solution on the issue of Arabs in Israel,” Schueftan asserts today. “They are unwilling to accept a solution that is less than what is perceived as the Jewish nation-state’s suicide. We are dealing with an especially difficult branch of the complete rejection of the Jewish state in the Arab world.”
Schueftan claims that the use of universal messages such as “a state of all its citizens” hides a wholly different notion: An attempt to establish a bi-national state on the ruins of the Jewish state that will gradually change its demographic balance by rejecting the Law of Return and adopting the right of return. In the following phase, he says, the new demographic balance will dictate an Arab state. Despite the growing integration into Israel’s society and economy, Israel’s Arabs are committed to undermining the Jewish state’s current format, he says.
Meanwhile, since 1964, when the PLO was established, the Palestinian leadership has spearheaded a barbaric and deadly violent effort to undermine the existence of Israel and replace it with an Arab Muslim state. Since the 1980s the PLO was joined by Islamic terrorist organizations like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, whose aim also is to eliminate Israel.
But while Palestinian terrorists employ ruthless Islamic violence and Israel’s Arab leaders don’t, their aims coincide. Hamas, Fatah and many Israeli Arabs both aim for a political settlement where there will be one state for two peoples and perhaps no Jewish people at all.
The consequences of this are that Israel will cease to exist as a Jewish state, and the people of Israel will be subjugated to the wishes of an Arab regime operating an Islamic government. Benny Morris encapsulates what will happen if measures are not taken to block this trend:
“The effacement of the Jewishness of Palestine has characterized the Palestinian Arab national movement since it began. They want complete deletion of the Jewish presence in and history of the country…”
He says “we have no option for a solution on the issue of Arabs in Israel…” Ummmm…didn’t the Germans use that kind of hateful language when discussing the so-called “Jewish problem?” Unbelievable.
In addition to fetishizing victim-hood it is also exactly the same rhetoric used by White South Africans during Apartheid.