We’ve written many times about the Apartheid state that is Israel HERE; I wish it wasn’t so…but it is. America is alone in the world in it’s support of Israel and her policies…her illegal occupation and intentional gentrification of the Palestinian people. Israel is regarded in the same likes as North Korea, Iran, and Pakistan; in other words – humans around the world reject the Israeli state but not because it’s a “Jewish state” but because it has not embraced peace with the Palestinian people. And yes – Israel is now wholly to blame for this failure to reach peace.
You can find BBC’s annual poll in it’s entirety HERE - an excerpt:
The most negatively rated countries were, as in previous years, Iran (55% negative), Pakistan (51% negative), and Israel and North Korea (both 50% negative).
For those who held negative views of Israel influence in the world, the foreign policy of the Israeli State is by some distance the main reason explaining their negative rating (45%). The way Israel treats its own people stands out as the second most important reason (27%). Of those holding positive views, Jewish traditions and culture are cited by 29 per cent globally, closely followed by foreign policy (26%).
And Israel is in violation of international law by turning away political refugees because they’re not Jewish. We have written about this before HERE:
But I think Elie Wiesel – famous writer, political activist and survivor of the Holocaust – rebuts the hard line of the Netanyahu administration best in his article “Strangers in a Strange Land”: The Ethical Debate of African Refugees in Israel where he wrote:
As Jews we say “never again,” but a genocide happened again and instead of treating others in an ethical manner, Netanyahu is proposing inhumane policies that are an embarrassment to the State of Israel. It seems almost hypocritical for a country built by refugees to turn away refugees. Rather than jumping to conclusions, the Israeli government must set up a better process to determine the status of those crossing the borders.
Great video from the Economist on how the illegal settlements came to be..and a little history of how Israel grew at the expense of the Palestinian state. See below:
Source: The Economist
Israeli news source YNET writes about the focus Israel is putting into changing this view through PR (but I submit very little in terms of actual deeds) – article HERE:
Just before going through passport control at Ben-Gurion airport, one sees a stand with small brochures packed with some basic, catchy information about Israel. These booklets are meant to equip Israelis traveling abroad with some flattering anecdotes and fundamental facts to help them improve Israel’s image overseas.
However, the people who drafted this booklet know well what our problem is. Our problem is not about a shortage of inventions, or historical sites, or irrigation technologies, or bold rescue operations. The problem is that we are increasingly deteriorating to the pariah status once reserve to South Africa at the end of the apartheid era.
The brochure does not say that we are being accused of “apartheid,” but those who wrote it know that this is the issue.
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