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‘Is Israel an Apartheid State?’ is Not the Right Question

When we ask whether the country treats its Arab population fairly, the answer is not so simple.
Zev Farber is a research fellow at the Kogod Center of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and the Senior Editor of at Project TABS. He received a PhD in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible from Emory University (2013) and an MA from Hebrew University in Jewish History (2002). He also received ordination, Yoreh Yoreh (2006), and advanced ordination, Yadin Yadin (2010) from YCT Rabbinical School. Zev is the author of Images of Joshua
REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel via Flickr
REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel via Flickr

“For decades now, the international community has been discussing the position and rights of Arabs in Israeli society. Of late, the Afrikaans term “apartheid” (literally “apartness”) has been bandied about, attempting to draw a one-to-one comparison between Israel and pre-1990s South Africa. The recent report by Amnesty International claiming that Israel practices apartheid against its Arab inhabitants is just the most recent and extreme version.”

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