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Apartheid - Against the Jews and Israel

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Feb 8, 2023 at 11:23

It was in the context of the First World War that the (Christian) United Kingdom (the British Empire) recognized, not for pure egalitarian reasons, but on basis of exaggerated (Antisemitic) Jewish Power, that the Jews have a right to "Close Settlement" in their ancient homeland by then known as Palestine and a part of the Ottoman Empire.

Antisemitism, like most Racist hatred is a-historical. Jews (the people of the ancient biblical kingdom of Judah) had been expelled by the Roman Empire. That was the first stage of "Apartheid" against the Jews (assuming that this term, from the history of South Africa, can be used a-historically); in brief, what is now partly Israel, was "ethnically cleansed" of its indigenous Jews by the Roman Legions of that empire. Thereafter, in Europe and West Asia Jews were "allowed" to live in Ghettos (an Apartheid condition) until the local Lord or King decided that they were no longer welcome - a situation similar to that of the Roma who arrived from India.

Jews all over the world were not only restricted in their living places and neighborhood, but also suffered occupation and employment restrictions in the context of the Industrial Revolution. Unlike the indigenous local population, who emerged out of serfdom, the Jews had not connection to the land and farming, and so they became described by Antisemitic texts as unproductive (as merchants or saloon keepers). But in the Muslim world, Muhammad was a merchant, so the status of the merchant was not a stigma (recall "The Merchant of Venice").

After the Dreyfus Trial in France (in the Continental country of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity) it was Austrian Journalist Herzl who recognized the Right of the Jewish People to a Nation State - the National State had emerged as a political concept in the 19th Century in Europe.

Unlike the world dominant Europeans, the Muslims of East Asia and North Africa was still conspicuously and consciously living under the notion of the Muslim Ummah - until the end of the First World War. Thereafter, they slowly began to resented the idea of domination by the British and French victors. Eventually, however, they resented the Jews within their own realms and expelled them in number so great that only a sprinkling remained. And these Arab-country or Muslim-country Jews fled to Israel.

Fast forward to the present, the world's APARTHEID against the Jews resulted in Jews living in Israel or Palestine among one another.

The irony is that it was the Nazis of Germany and Europe who during World War Two had instituted the ultimate Apartheid against the Jews by restricting them to Concentration Camps and Extermination camps where over 6.000.000 Jews were gassed out of existence by 1945. By 1948 the United Nations recognized Israel as a state which Israel accepted and where a large portion of the Holocaust survivors Settled. And Jews have been Settling Israel and Palestine ever since to the present day and built there a powerful and thriving Jewish State of Israel.

It is an irony in the extreme that the world, except for the Dominican Republic under its dictator was the only country officially accepting Jews fleeing the Nazi extermination. And now the Jews, the victims of world-wide victims of Apartheid are accused of Apartheid for wishing to form "Close Settlements" in their ancient homeland. Once again, I wish to remind the Reader that the Mandatory right of the Jews to form Close Settlements continued even after the British abandoned their Mandatory status over Palestine.


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