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Apartheid 101 for John Kerry

If annexation of territory without affording full voting rights means apartheid, then the USA has been –and continues to be- an apartheid state for over 100 years.
U.S. Secretary of State John "Apartheid" is too smart to use the "A" word when referring to Israel, or isn't he?

U.S. Secretary of State John "Apartheid" is too smart to use the "A" word when referring to Israel, or isn't he?
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In a ‘private’ conversation, John Kerry unleashed the well-known narrative that dictates that if Israel does not retreat, it will become an apartheid state and suffer the same fate as South Africa. . Kerry even showed deep concern for Israel’s future as a Jewish State. Clearly, his words were directed at the Israeli public in order to influence public opinion  for additional retreats.

And what is the truth?

The only case in history in which a ‘white’ nation has sent its armed forces to Africa and brought back ‘blacks’ in order to make them citizens with equal rights – not slaves – is Israel’s rescue of Ethiopian Jewry.

Slavery in the classical sense exists today only in some Moslem countries. Accusations of ‘apartheid’ from the representatives of the culture of slavery and their supporters in the Obama administration against the nation that represents the message of Jewish liberty are outrageous.

Now for some real definitions of apartheid: South African apartheid was an array of segregative and discriminatory laws based on race. If annexation of territory without affording full voting rights means apartheid, then the USA has been –and continues to be- an apartheid state for over 100 years:

The US captured the island of Puerto Rico (3.6 million residents) from Spain 116 years ago. Its residents cannot vote in US federal elections.

The US captured the island of Guam (150,000 residents) from Spain 116 years ago. No voting rights, as above.

The US bought the Virgin Islands (106,000 residents) from Denmark 97 years ago. No voting rights as above.

The Northern Mariana Islands (77,000 residents) were captured from Japan 70 years ago and became a UN-American mandate. For the past 36 years, they have been under US sovereignty. No voting rights, as above.

The US captured American Samoa (55,000 residents) from Spain 116 years ago. Its status is different; it is a protectorate of the US. No voting rights, as above.

Nobody accuses the US of apartheid because the people in its territories do not have federal voting rights.  There is a clear and recognized difference between human rights and civil (voting) rights.

Differences in the civil status of citizens exist in other Western countries and they are not considered ‘apartheid’ states at all. In addition to the US, in Czechoslovakia, Hong Kong, Latvia and more – all modern countries – a certain percentage of its citizens do not have voting rights. In Latvia, for example, which is a member of the European Union, 15% of its citizens do not enjoy voting rights. All of these countries make the distinction between people on the basis of their nationality and not on the basis of the territory in which they live. Israel is another one of those countries. It has nothing to do with apartheid.

The Nation of Israel has returned to its ancestral homeland in order to establish a Jewish State. The principles according to which this state should function are the means, not the end.  If and when we see that granting voting rights/full citizenship to other national groups will threaten Israel’s Jewish identity – it is our full right not to do so. Israel always has and always will grant all its residents full human rights.

And what about Kerry’s concern for Israel’s Jewish majority? Most likely, Kerry was referring to the ‘demographic problem.’

In that case, Mr. Kerry can relax. The average Jewish woman in Israel now gives birth to more babies than her neighbor in Ramallah. According to the American-Israel Demographic Research Group, the continued trend, with the addition of approximately 500,000 new immigrants to Israel will bolster the Jewish majority from 66% to 80% by 2035. Without any ‘peace’ process, the Jewish majority in Israel, Arabs of Judea and Samaria notwithstanding, will be 80% in just twenty years. Upheavals like what we are witnessing now in Ukraine or economic crises throughout the world can definitely bring even more new immigrants to our country and shorten the estimated time span.

To sum it all up: Kerrys come and Kerrys go. The Eternal Nation doesn’t have to take his manipulations too seriously.

About the Author: Moshe Feiglin is the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and a member of Israel's Security and Defense Committee. He heads the Manhigut Yehudit ("Jewish Leadership") faction of Israel's governing Likud party. He is the founder of Manhigut Yehudit and Zo Artzeinu and the author of two books: "Where There Are No Men" and "War of Dreams." Feiglin served in the IDF as an officer in Combat Engineering and is a veteran of the Lebanon War. He lives in Ginot Shomron with his family.


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27 Responses to “Apartheid 101 for John Kerry”

  1. Rees Johnson says:

    KERRY HAS BEEN READ. BOOM!

  2. John Kerry is to foreign relations as Donald Sterling is to race relations.

  3. That is a really good comparison!

  4. Och Cvstodio Bxrnardes geh nach afrika , dan weist du was apartheid ist.du haßt juden.hat deine fater in krieg vielleicht jude geschossen oder etwas.sie müssen nicht reden über apartheid.

  5. Alexo Smsm says:

    go home racist

  6. Kerry you are the last one to teach us morality get lost

  7. Kerry you are the last one to teach us morality get lost

  8. Bob Izzo says:

    I would put it a little differently, John Kerry is to foreign relations, as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are to race relations.

  9. This man is such an ASS!

  10. Jake Hunt says:

    Will Obama supporters lay off the name calling?You make yourself look stupid, something out of a kindergarten . Think we can be civil and have an intelligent conversation?

  11. The problem is that , Israeli PM Olmert and Ehud Barak used the word the same way. The word has started to lose it real meaning of South Africa separation and oppression laws in operation from 1948-1994 to just mean a place where people lack full civil rights. Jimmy Carter distorted its meaning with his book title. But for some reason the word is never used to describe Saudi Arabia a country that is closer to South Africa in its treatments of non citizens and women now than anything Israel is doing now or would ever do in the future, in the treatment of Palestinians. The A word just needs to never be used period by any rational person leave it to the liars on the other side and fight the distortion of meaning with facts.

  12. Cm Mckinney says:

    Stay in the USAGE of

  13. Donny Reich says:

    That’s one of the best lines I have heard

  14. (in kid’s voice) God bless us, everyone! =)

  15. US is an apartheid state and and Kerry is his king and Obama the jester.

  16. Usani Utum says:

    You are so right

  17. Did you hear the one about the Secretary of State , the Billionaire , the Hooker and the Commissioner ?

    A Billionaire who happens to be a Jew said ridiculous things about Black Hispanic people!
    A Black Hispanic prostitute who slept with the Billionaire Jew for money tries to extort money and violates California law by tape recording a private conversation!
    A Commissioner of the NBA – Adam Silver- who happens to be a Jew- is held as a heroic Commissioner of the NBA for fining Donald Sterling 2.5 Million and banning him for life.
    A Secretary of State who made anti Semitic allegations against an entire Jewish country using a racist remark relating to Black Africans and White rule – Apartheid!

    Four people:

    1: One who was made responsible for what he said!

    2: One who should be made responsible for her illegal acts and her lack of morality( where are the women’s rights activists blasting her for being a low life parasite hooker)

    3:One who took an oath as commissioner of the NBA to hold up the standards required and he did it with great admiration from the public.

    4: One who has the highest standard of responsibility but will be excused for what he said.

    The Billionaire- The Hooker – The Commissioner – The Secretary of state!

    When it comes to being made responsible for their words and actions which two are the closest in character?

    The Hooker and John Kerry!

    efv

  18. Scott Davis says:

    Did someone say BOZO!

  19. mr john Kerry you must RAISE & bring 7 country together

  20. Kerry leave on a one way ticket yo nowhere and don’t come back

  21. Les Legato says:

    You are the liar here. Look up voting rights in territories. They do NOT vote for President or Congresd, only local and primaries.

    Your motivationis clear; to slander Israel and give support to the so-called "palestinians". This marks you as an opponent of the Judeo-Christian Capitalist West and an enemy to us all.

  22. Les Legato says:

    PS

    Let your precious so-called palestinians in Israel MOVE TO JORDAN, LEBANON, EGYPT, SYRIA AND IRAQ if they want to vote and live amongst their fellow.

    And YOU SHOULD GO WITH THEM.

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