Israel only has one non-segregated school

July 1, 2011

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And it’s in danger of closing because Jewish parents are demanding that more Jewish students be enrolled. In fairness to the parents they are saying that it is the only way to ensure the school stays open.

The racism in Israel is getting worse and it’s becoming more evident every day that an Apartheid system is already in place. Jewish-only roads, Jewish-only schools, Jewish-only businesses, Jewish-only housing, constant incitement against Israeli Arabs and laws requiring “loyalty oaths” for non-Jews. How on earth is this justified? And, no, “self defense” is not an adequate answer. How can members of the Jewish community in the U.S. unquestioningly support this? How can the U.S. government denounce other nations for their racism and religious intolerance while tacitly encouraging and even funding an apartheid system in Israel? What will be the cost to our own credibility, our principles? The same should be asked of the Jewish diaspora, many of whom have long stood up unequivocally for liberal principles of human rights and equality. In fact, it’s hard to think of a single civil rights movement in the U.S. that didn’t benefit from the generosity and unflinching support of the Jewish community.

Also, the claim that Israel is a truly secular state is debatable given religious/Jewish law is the basis for many of the government’s actions/policies and well, laws. Political parties have chief Rabbis and they are on the public payroll and are an integral part of Israel’s public education system. There is also legal, state-sponsored segregation of men and women in certain religious communities (for example, among the Haredim).

The sad reality is that a failure to maintain a clear separation between Church/Synogogue/Mosque and State is a tell-tale sign of a repressive state. We are more likely to accept racism, sexism, homophobia etc. when it is rationalized under the guise of religious preference/observance.

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2 Comments on “Israel only has one non-segregated school”

  1. Pilgrim Says:

    I listen every night on NPR from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. broadcasting from BBC news/opinion, and some of the voices there are able to see and say what is clearly visible to any who have eyes to see.

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  2. JasonF Says:

    If Americans knew what really went on they would be stunned. The media never reports on this so as to allow Israel to claim it is the only democracy in the Middle East. The Israel Firsters always use that as their last ditch excuse for why Israel is an asset to the US. If the media told the truth Americans would realize what a huge economic and security liability Israel really is.

    The scary thing is, when the chance for a 2 state solution has passed, and it almost is, the media, Congress and the Lobby will simply deny the apartheid exists and smear those who speak the truth as anti-Semites and haters of Israel – kind of like they do now.

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