Friday, January 24, 2014

Israel Apartheid Week: One Big Anti-Semitic Lie

Anti-Israel students and faculty hold “Israel Apartheid Week” (IAW) every year to try to persuade others that the Jewish state acts as an apartheid regime. The movement is nothing more than an attempt by its anti-Semitic organizers to delegitimize the Jewish state.

By harassing Jewish students and Jewish organizations, IAW “activists” spread falsehoods and hate speech about Israel. Even though this movement is based off hatred and lies, it is growing and must be countered.

See examples below of how IAW acts as an anti-Semitic movement and how different individuals and organizations stand up to it:

- GIYUS (Give Israel Your United Support) has a short article and video that describe how Israel Apartheid Week is a form of anti-Semitism. The author explains that during IAW, Jewish students on campuses throughout the US experience anti-Semitism from these IAW “activists.” Watch the video as well to hear from current college students about their experiences with anti-Semitism during IAW.

- The National Post published a letter to the editor by Jonathan Kay, fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which shows how Israel Apartheid Week is rooted in anti-Semitism and the goal of destroying the Jewish state. He quotes a former supporter of IAW who says that IAW is nothing more than a cult that wants to destroy Israel. Kay also discusses how it is ridiculous that these “activists” are so focused on the only democracy in the Middle East, while Arab regimes all over the region are murdering their own people. Check out the article to learn more about Israel Apartheid Week’s anti-Semitic roots.

- YNet News published an op-ed by Dore Gold (President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and Israel’s former ambassador to the UN) that counters Israel Apartheid Week and exposes it as a nothing more than hate speech. In addition to IAW being rooted in hate speech and lies, Gore talks about how the Jewish people, as well as the Jewish state, promote the exact opposite of apartheid. Gore discusses how the Jewish people and Israel have always stood up for equality and have always fought oppression; in fact, no nation has done more to fight racism than Israel. Read Gore’s article to learn more about how Israel Apartheid Week is hate speech and how you can fight it.

- Stand With Us provides lots of information about Israel Apartheid Week and how to counter it. Specifically, it provides booklets about apartheid and how while Israel is far from an apartheid state, there are many countries (specifically in the Arab World) that do practice apartheid. Click here to learn about the Arab apartheid regimes. Another booklet on the Website contrasts the South African apartheid regime and Israel and proves that Israel is NOT an apartheid state.

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