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Israel and apartheid: a lesson in the risks of media bias

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  1. chicagoja says:

    Politics in Israel is byzantine beyond belief. I personally know hundreds of Israelis and I can tell you that the survey is not in any way a reflection of the average Israeli.

  2. Borukh-Ata says:

    Lets make comparison: during USA – Japan war (World War II) all Japanese-American internments were isolated in camps for much longer than end of WWII. So, don’ you think that Israeli Arabs shall be isolated during war with Islamic terrorists?

  3. There are two separate points I have in response to that argument:

    1) The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a much different scenario from World War II, which was a much more defined battle. Islamic terrorists have been killing Israelis (and Americans) for a long time, and they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I don’t think we can call this conflict a “war” — at least not on the scale of World War II. It is true that Israel must constantly respond to acts of violence, but for now, I would argue that Israel is not at war.

    2) I think that the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II is a point of shame for Americans today (at least from a retrospective viewpoint), and I highly doubt Israel will even consider the internment of Israeli Arabs in a similar fashion, even if it does undertake more aggressive military action in the future. I don’t believe it is a viable or appropriate course of action to deprive all Palestinians of their rights for the reason that other Palestinians are committing crimes — this is not how democracy functions in our current society, and if Israel is to maintain its reputation as a democracy, such an option won’t even be on the table.

    That said, I wanted to emphasize that it isn’t surprising that Israelis may have some radical views, but this poll is not a good marker of general Israeli sentiment to begin with.

    Alan Naroditsky

  4. Heq yeah, get it Alan!