Labelling Israel an apartheid state is lazy and uninformed, but seems to be gaining favour among the Western supporters of BDS, despite Arabs living in Israel having rare democratic rights.
Nevertheless, BDS supporters portray Israel as racist and adrift from international norms, as white-ruled South Africa was some 40 years ago. …
One in every five Israelis is Arab, and they vote, sit in parliament, are on the Supreme Court, and since 2004 it has been law that every state-run company must have at least one Arab citizen on the board. There are Arab generals in the Israeli Defence Force, there are senior Arab Israeli police officers, road signs there are in Hebrew and Arabic, and some are even in English, which can be handy for those of us who visit from Australia.
When Nelson Mandela — who knew more about apartheid than most — was president of South Africa, that country had robust ties with Israel.
Martin Luther King knew a great deal about racism and discrimination. Ten days before he died, he had this to say about Israel: “Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect her right to exist … Israel is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvellous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy.