“I consider Zionism to be a mental illness which
makes otherwise decent folks behave like Nazis or Afrikaners.”
-- Jeffrey Blankfort
After wiping Palestine off the map and expelling over 700,000 Palestinians
from their homes, confiscating the land they've lived on for generations, Israel
still had a considerable Palestinian minority within its borders. Set to realize
the dream of creating a state for Jews only, which had obviously failed, Apartheid
laws were imposed in order to make the non-Jewish citizens of the Jewish state
Many leading human rights defenders have correctly referred to the situation
in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as Apartheid. Collective punishment, house demolitions,
settlements for Jews only, prices on electricity and water several times higher
for Palestinians than Jewish settlers; the Apartheid on the occupied territories
Still, I find it strange that the inequality for the Palestinians within the
state of Israel is neglected. In some perspectives, their rights within Israel
proper today are more limited than in the territories conquered in 1967. This
is due to the way the state of Israel is set up. When people hear Israel being
referred to as a “Jewish state,” they tend to interpret it as if
Israel is a state with a Jewish majority. That's true. But there's more to it.
The principle of a Jewish state says that Israel “belongs to” the
Jewish people, meaning that every Jew has a right to immigrate to Israel while
non-Jews don't (unless they marry an Israeli Jew). As a result of this, Israel
does not “belong to” any non-Jew, not even its non-Jewish citizens.
In fact, the Jewish state does not recognize an Israeli nationality. The Israeli
ID-card has a clause marking the “nationality” of the holder. 
However, among the 140 nationalities Israel recognizes, “Israeli”
is not one of them. Rather, the ID-card marks ethnicity, revealing if you are
a “Jew”, “Arab”, “Druze”, or whatever the
holder is registered as at the Ministry of Interior. Just this shows that Israel
has a need of defining who is a Jew and who isn't. Note that one doesn't have
to be religious in a way to be a Jew, or even feel Jewish. A Jew is a Jew because
he has a Jewish mother. Arab, American, Asian, Africa or Swedish -- it doesn't
matter. A Jew is a Jew through his or her blood. Obviously, the Zionists think
the Jew should have different rights from the non-Jew (at least in Israel/Palestine),
just because of his blood. This proves that the Zionists feel a need to distinguish
Jews from non-Jews. And if they didn't think Jews were different from non-Jews
through the blood, they wouldn't adopt discriminating laws against non-Jews
in Israel/Palestine. 
It's truly amazing to see how Jewish survivors of World War II (on good grounds)
demand to be compensated for property that was confiscated by the Nazis, while
they themselves do not mind living on stolen Palestinian land. It is as if international
law doesn't apply to the Jewish National Home. Zionist Jews are in general supporters
of democracy and equal rights everywhere in the world -- except for the Holy
land. This is what Zionism is all about -- a “Jewish” state solely
for Jews. Scary perhaps, but evident to whoever has studied Zionism.
Israel adopted a Basic Law 
in 1985 prohibiting parties to participate in the elections if they are opposed
to “the existence of the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people.”
 Note that
it isn't opposition to Israel's existence that causes banning; it is disbelief
in “the state of the Jewish people.” In other words, those who don't
want the state to be only for the Jews, but instead for all its citizens, are
hence forbidden from running for office. It is the same as if South Africa would
have had adopted a Basic Law forbidding candidates to run for office if they
opposed the White Apartheid system.
In his book Jewish History, Jewish
Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years, the late Professor Israel
“In 1956 I eagerly swallowed all of Ben-Gurion's political and military
reasons for Israel initiating the Suez War, until he (in spite of being an
atheist, proud of his disregard of the commandments of Jewish religion) pronounced
in the Knesset on the third day of that war, that the real reason for it is
‘the restoration of the kingdom of David and Solomon’ to its Biblical
borders. At this point in his speech, almost every Knesset member spontaneously
rose and sang the Israeli national anthem. To my knowledge, no Zionist politician
has ever repudiated Ben-Gurion's idea that Israeli policies must be based
(within the limits of pragmatic considerations) on the restoration of the
Biblical borders as the borders of the Jewish state. Indeed, close analysis
of Israeli grand strategies and actual principles of foreign policy, as they
are expressed in Hebrew, makes it clear that it is ‘Jewish ideology’,
more than any other factor, which determines actual Israeli policies.”
This “Jewish ideology,” or Judaism as interpreted by Zionists,
states that only the Jews “have the right over the entire Land of Israel,”
to quote Yitzhak Rabin. 
Non-Jews are prevented from buying or renting land on more than 80% of the state
of Israel within the Green Line (this also applies to land under Israeli control
in the occupied territories). 93.7% of the land in Israel is defined as “Israel
and is either owned by the Israeli state, the Development Authority or the Keren
Kayemeth Le-Israel (The Jewish National Fund, JNF). This national land is property
that was confiscated by the Zionists - except for a few per cent which was bought
by the JNF -- and the Palestinians nowadays only own about 3.5% of the land
in Israel, which is half of the private-owned land.
The JNF acts by the principle that only Jews are allowed to live on its land.
However, cases where the right of Palestinians to live on JNF-owned land have
been tried have (at least in recent years) been won by the Palestinians, thus
given even non-Jewish citizens access to the land. 
But if there is no legal problem for Palestinians to live on all land in Israel,
why are they then in practice prevented from residing on over 80% of the soil?
I can only come up with one logical explanation: mere racism. Jewish landlords
simply don't rent to Israeli citizens registered as “Arab”. I can't
help thinking that the term “Judeo-Nazi” as coined by Professors
Yeshayahu Liebowitz and Israel Shahak is an appropriate description for this
This Apartheid policy is strictly followed in most parts of the country, with
Jerusalem being a good example. Sharon was clear when he said that Israel “will
not negotiate Jerusalem” and that the city is “the Israeli capital,
which is united and indivisible for eternity.”
In 1980, the Knesset adopted a Basic Law saying that “Jerusalem, complete
and united, is the capital of Israel.” 
“Complete and united” cannot mean anything but including East Jerusalem,
which matches the route of the Apartheid Wall (in fact, it also incorporates
part of the West Bank, creating a Jerusalem greater -- and perhaps more Jewish
-- than ever before).
The “Judaizing” of Jerusalem is another word for ethnically cleansing
it, making it as Jewish as possible. 
A Palestinian born in East Jerusalem who has moved abroad is forbidden to return,
while a Jew who has never sat foot in the city can move back and forth as he
likes. Can you picture Jews being forbidden to return to Washington, DC just
because they are Jews? Probably not, and that's good. The question is how Israel
gets away with it. And why does almost no newspaper or magazine in Europe and
North America ever write about it?
Following the racist set-up in Israel, the living conditions for Arab Israelis
are not surprisingly much lower than for Jews. In fact, almost half the Arab
Israeli families are poor (48%). A third of the Israeli children live in poverty,
while the figure reaches a terrifying 60% among Palestinian Israeli children.
 The Palestinians
are constantly encouraged to leave.
Professor of Political Science at Haifa University and a true supporter of
the Palestinians, Ilan Pappe in an interview well summarized the racist laws
against the Palestinians in Israel:
“For example, the law of the land, which says that 94% of the land
in Israel belongs to the Jewish people alone, not to the state of Israel,
and therefore 20% of the population -- the Arabs -- are barred from this land.
Although the Arab population in Israel tripled compared to the Jewish population,
there has not been one new Arab settlement or village built, while there are
hundreds of new Jewish, towns, villages and settlements. So this is discrimination
on the basis of ethnicity on land rights. You cannot exist in an agricultural
society like the Arab one, if you are not allowed to expand according to your
demographic group. That's one law.
Then there is the law of citizenship, which says that Palestinians who may
have brothers and sisters and relatives all over the Arab world are not allowed
to reunite with their families, but Jews all around the world have all the
rights to come and become full citizens from the moment they are born.
The third one is the law of social welfare, which says that only people who
have served in the army are entitled to the full welfare social system. Now,
the Arabs are not allowed to serve in the army [with few exceptions, as with
the Druze], and therefore they are not allowed full social services. And these
are just the formal laws. There are many de facto manifestations of apartheid
in the way towards the Arab population in the way that the budget is distributed;
in the basic treatment by the authorities; the police; and so on.” 
One question remains: How the hell does Israel get away with all this? Why
is Israel, time after time, being called “the only democracy in the Middle
East,” while its non-Jewish Arab citizens are forbidden to live on 80%
of its land? How come almost no newspaper ever mentions that Jerusalem is being
To some extent, I believe this is because of the image of Israel that has dominated
Western media during the last 60 years. Non-Jews being banned from land just
because of who they are sounds so unthinkable that very few are able to believe
But there's another factor that cannot be overseen: Criticizing Israel is likely
to damage a journalist's career. The power of the lobby is often ignored or
(in best case) underestimated. Editors are afraid of being accused of “bias”
by the pro-Israeli lobbyists. If you would have asked me a year ago, I would
have said that this is pure rubbish. But after witnessing how editor after editor,
publisher after publisher, are being targeted and forced to fold back, I have
realized how bad the situation really is. Even if the media isn't owned by Jews,
as in most cases, defending Palestinian rights is a politically incorrect act
that likely means trouble.
Accusing Professor Noam Chomsky of disregarding the influence of the lobby,
writer and radio show host Jeff Blankfort decided to ask Professor Shahak for
his opinion on the matter. Shahak answered:
“I had the same, only greater, differences of opinion with Noam Chomsky,
who is my personal friend for quite a time, on the subject of AIPAC and the
influence of the Jewish lobby in general as you have. What is more, a number
of mutual friends of Chomsky and me have also tried to influence him, in vain,
on that point.
I am afraid that he is, with all his wonderful qualities and the work he does,
quite dogmatic on many things. I have no doubt that his grievous mistake about
the lack of importance of AIPAC, which he repeats quite often, helps the Zionists
very much as you so graphically described.” 
War crimes on occupied territories is to some extent legitimate news to report
on (under the condition that it isn't too “biased” or “anti-Israeli”),
but exposing Israel's Apartheid and plain racism is still restricted area. Bishop
and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu wrote:
“But you know as well as I do that, somehow, the Israeli government is
placed on a pedestal [in the US], and to criticize it is to be immediately dubbed
anti-Semitic, as if the Palestinians were not Semitic. I am not even anti-white,
despite the madness of that group. And how did it come about that Israel was
collaborating with the apartheid government on security measures?
People are scared in this country [the US], to say wrong is wrong because the
Jewish lobby is powerful -- very powerful. Well, so what? For goodness sake,
this is God's world! We live in a moral universe. The apartheid government was
very powerful, but today it no longer exists. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pinochet,
Milosevic, and Idi Amin were all powerful, but in the end they bit the dust.”
Let's hope the Bishop's prophecy will come to pass.
Kristoffer Larsson lives in Sweden, and can be reached
of 'Return'," by Kristoffer Larsson, IMEMC, August 4, 2005.
 The Hebrew term used in the ID-card is leom,
which means "nation" or "people". Another word for nationality
 I don't use the term "Israeli Arab" here because
1) the majority of Arabs in Israel are Jews and not Palestinians and 2) the
racist laws in Israel are not discriminatory against Arabs, but against non-Jews.
The reason why 'Israeli Arab' (or "Arab Israeli") is commonly used
is that a non-Jewish Arab Israeli is registered as "Arab" at the Israeli
Ministry of Interior, while an Arab Jew is registered as "Jew".
 Israeli Basic Laws is by Shahak referred to as "Constitutional
laws", which he defines as "a law overriding provisions of other laws,
which cannot be revoked except by a special procedure." They are called
Basic Laws as Israel lacks a constitution. Read
Law: The Knesset.
of Israeli Policies: The Priority of the Ideological Factor," by Israel
Law: Israel Lands.
Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel.
Final Solution," by Kristoffer Larsson, peacepalestine, October
 "60% of Arab Israeli children are poor," Globes
online, August 10, 2005.
Pappe Interview by Don Atapattu; peacepalestine documents, July 13, 2005.
Control: Noam Chomsky and the Israel-Palestine Conflict," by Jeffrey
Blankfort, Dissident Voice, May 25, 2005.
in the Holy Land," by Desmond Tutu, The Guardian, April 29,