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Orwellian Definition of Israel as a "racist" state

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Submitted by Leonard Applebaum (Israel), Apr 27, 2003 at 05:28

Re- Dan Katcher's comments: How absurd that Israel can be even remotely considered to be "racist." Israel is a country composed of people who emigrated from over 100 different countries and is composed of people of literally every color in the rainbow who only want to be free to practice the Jewish religion. All religions are free to practice in Israel.

For over 1400 years, humiliating treatment was consistently and brutally imposed upon all non-Muslims living in the Muslim world - Christians as well as Jews as well as anyone else who would dare to practice his own religion. This was under the Islamic religion's legally mandated status of subjection of any "infidel" non-Muslim, who were viewed there as inferior "dhimmi": a word ridiculously defined as "protected"! : protected in the sense that "if we deign to allow you to live, and do not actually slaughter you outright, then mandate rules for everyday living that seek to humiliate you in every possible way, this is defined as "protected". This history is whitewashed with the Orwellian doublespeak term: "golden era" of "peaceful relations".

Now compare this to the Arab middle eastern countries, where there is far less racial diversity and tremendous pressure against all non-Muslims and now decide who are the actual racists!? In Saudi Arabia, for example, non-Muslims cannot even set foot in their holy city of Mecca. I remember being sickened during Gulf War I when George Bush Sr., doing the "politically correct" thing, was forced to remain on an aircraft carrier off the coast of "ally" Saudi Arabia in order to say his Christmas prayers - since, as a non-Muslim he is considered "infidel". This, while the USA was in the act of risking its soldiers' lives to protect that country from Saddam Hussein!


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On Edward Said [306 words]Cotterall AdamsMay 9, 2007 16:5392265
mirror image [55 words]p murrayDec 19, 2005 12:4530188
RE: Against Divestment Campaigns at College Campuses [204 words]MikeAug 10, 2003 01:5610491
Majority opinion among Columbia & Harvard faculty is pro-Israel [141 words]Charlie HallApr 30, 2003 15:218803
Said is entitled to his opinion [98 words]Khaldoun KhelilApr 28, 2003 20:078748
A word of advice... [74 words]Hooman BakhtiarApr 28, 2003 10:018704
Orwellian Definition of Israel as a "racist" state [296 words]Leonard ApplebaumApr 27, 2003 05:288690
Good work Daniel [17 words]Mike LukesApr 23, 2003 00:018591
Anti-Arabism [184 words]AvrahamApr 22, 2003 23:158590
Racism, Israel and Muslims/Arabs [203 words]JohnnoApr 22, 2003 23:088588
So pleased to read this [63 words]Peter EdgarApr 22, 2003 06:248531
Racism, Israel and Muslims/Arabs [157 words]Dan KatcherApr 21, 2003 15:198510
The Arab racism of playing Israelis' fear of Arab terror as "racism" [372 words]FreeNov 27, 2006 14:228510
Only Racism Motivates anti Israel "racism" charges - Constant campaign by racist Arabs [607 words]AlMar 21, 2007 15:398510
On Arab racism [192 words]Cotterall Adams 2Apr 30, 2007 14:388510
In Arabists' rule - Apparently, If you attempt to defend yourself against racist Arabs you are 'the racist' [156 words]AlDec 18, 2007 18:368510
Go ahead! Compare real Arab racism with Israel [1179 words]AlDec 19, 2007 02:188510
On Palestine [151 words]brainlessbananaDec 20, 2007 01:488510
Arab Racists' excuses [99 words]AlJan 1, 2008 10:598510
Arab Racism not acceptable: real causes of Israeli-Palestinian conflict more religious and political [317 words]Desert SiennaJan 2, 2008 11:078510
In Arabists' rule - Apparently, If you attempt to defend yourself against racist Arabs you are 'the racist [140 words]NoniMay 26, 2009 06:428510
FAKE "RACISM" SLUR BY RACIST ARABS [85 words]LunaFeb 14, 2012 17:558510
Fair and Balanced [38 words]sdurangoMar 18, 2012 20:458510
Isn't it tragic? [48 words]stanislausMar 21, 2012 17:368510
Arab racism vs Israel racism [77 words]stanislausMar 29, 2012 03:278510
University Profs. [221 words]Glenn KlotzApr 21, 2003 07:568493
Said [179 words]Marcus KaplanApr 20, 2003 16:328481
The horrible destruction caused by Edward Said [201 words]David ThomsonApr 19, 2003 15:428469

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