Is Israel an “Ethnostate?” Is it Apartheid?

ethnostate: /‘eTHno,stat/. A sovereign state of which citizenship is restricted to members of a particular racial or ethnic group. —Oxford Dictionary.

apartheid: /‘ə-ˈpär-ˌtāt  -ˌtīt /. specifically a former policy of segregation and political, social, and economic discrimination against the non-white majority in the Republic of South Africa

NOTE: The extreme racial segregation of apartheid lasted from 1948 to 1994 and included such restrictions as where people of certain races (see RACE entry 1 sense 1a) could live or own land, what jobs they could hold, and who could and couldn’t participate in government.

By these definitions, Israel doesn’t qualify. Unlike the policies once in place in South Africa,. Palestinian citizens of Israel (Israeli Palestinians) have the same civil rights as Israeli Jews. They vote, they can marry whomever they wish (including Jews), they can be doctors (Lina Qasem-Hassan, Izzeldin Abelaish,
Note: 47% of healthcare workers at Israeli Hospitals are Palestinian Israelis,  Lately, there has been news footage from hospitals inside Gaza shown on television. One interesting thing to note is that there are no women healthcare workers in Hamas controlled Gaza. Only men are allowed to serve as doctors or nurses.
Palestinian Israelis also serve as lawyers, teachers, and Supreme Court Judges (Khaled Kabub), Kenesset Members, (Yasser Hujirat, Aymen Odeh and 6 more),

 The IDF(5,000 Palestinian Israelis have volunteered to serve in the Israel Defense Force. They are legally exempt from conscription.)

That’s the short list. There are many, many, many examples. Also, this list includes only names or people currently serving and does not include retired or historical members.

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ownership in israel


As I have pointed out ad infinitum ad nauseum, every square inch of the land in Palestine that was acquired by Jews was bought and paid for (meaning that cash was exchanged with the owners of the time, and deeds were drawn up etc.), by the Jewish National Fund  starting circa 1901. It happens that that land included all of Judea/Samaria (AKA “the West Bank”) which, during the Arab-Israel War of 1948, was taken over and occupied by Jordan. The thing is, wealthy Arab landowners were only too happy to sell “worthless desert land” to the “foolish Jews,” at exorbitant prices. When the “worthless desert land” was proven to be very airable (thanks to science and irrigation), the cry “Jews stole our land” was heard around the world.

Were some Arabs displaced by these purchases?  It happens that a good portion of the lands purchased by JNF were at the time rented out to poorer Arabs. As happens here in the US, when a landlord sells property that tenants are living on, sometimes the tenants have to live elsewhere. This is exactly the situation in Jerusalem in Sheikh Jarrah. Jewish landlords who owned those properties prior to the Jordanian occupation were restored to the ownership. They attempted to collect rent from the Arab residents. Those residents refused to pay (having been instructed to do so by Palestinian leadership) and were subsequently evicted (which is what happens in the USA when tenants don’t pay their rent). The thing is, this situation went on for many years before the landowners appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court, and were granted permission to evict their tenants.

History sucks don’t it? Oh wait! I forgot! Progressives are all socialists who don’t believe in legal ownership so no landlord anywhere in the world has the right to expect they can collect rents. How foolish of me..

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My T-Shirt design

I created this t-shirt:


CafePress rejected the design. They claimed it was anti-Semitic. Really, they did. Here is the dialogue I had with them:

CafePress reeplied:


Then I replied:

And then they said:

So, it sounds like actual people reviewed it.

Now we know why don’t won’t let me use it.

On the “Jews are Tired” FB group, I was told my design was “anti-Semitic, that it called for genocide, Makes me think that the people who are posting such utter tripe are members of Jewish Voice for Peace, a group that the ADL has identified as terrorists sympathizers.

Yet, there are worse designs on CafePress:


























I guess it all depends on who you are.  Now, for sure I got the same kinds of treatment on the FB group “Humboldt Progressives,” but I expected it there (it got so bad I left the group). There are only a handful of Jews on that group, though, they at least were sympathetic, unlike the Progressive trolls that dominated the conversation.

Here’s a use of “From the river to the sea” that I think is even more clever than mine. This is a screen shot from a Pro-Israel rally held in Manhatten this past weekend.

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My dream



My dream, as an American Progressive, would be to see the Republitarian Party to just become extinct, and the Green Party ascend to take it’s place.  Imagine what it would be like if the Democratic Party (even as Progressive as it is) would become the conservative (Right) party, and the Green Party would be the liberal (Left) party.  That would bring in a much much more progressive American future. Perhaps a true universal health care system. Perhaps a return to the dominance of the American public school system, and the establishment of free tuition from Pr-School to a Doctorate degree. Perhaps the eradication of poverty and illiteracy in our lifetime.

The first thing would be to eliminate the elements of Congress that embrace conspiracy theories, nut-job religion, and misogyny, the three dominant charateristics of MAGA Republi-tarianism.  (Republitarian being the present day marriage of  conservatism and Ayn Rand libertarianism).


The problem with Islam


I would be the first person you would expect to state that everyone has the right to practice whatever religion they choose. That, even after what I am about to reveal here, is still true. I am not an Islamaphobe.  When I lived in Israel (about 11 months, Kibbutz Nahsholim), I knew some Moslem people. They lived in a neighboring village and amongst members of our Kibbutzim and residents of that village, we held many joint diners and other events. We traded with them, collaborated with  then and some of our members even married into their families and theirs into ours.  They were nice, good people and very good neighbors. So what I am about to reveal is not something I am particularly happy about sharing.

In all of the countries that are ruled by Moslems, practically all of them are dictatorships. None of them abide by basic human rights and some of them have some especially heinous practices.

Misogyny:  All of the Abrahamic faiths have elements of misogyny. In fact it is mainly the most fundamentalist examples that practice it.  But this article is about Islam so let’s go into it:

Following is a list of things that Muslim girls are taught:

  • Women can’t speak during prayer to correct an Imam (men can) because their voices are too “distracting.” (This is based on the hadith, see “From Hadith – Regarding Concealment Of Voice During Prayer“)
  • Women should lower their eyes in the presence of men.
  • Women shouldn’t wear tampons, to preserve their “purity.”
  • There are passages in the Quran that advocate beating disobedient wives (see this paragraph“In fact, the word in the Quran in 4:34 used for “beat” is “idreb.” It is a conjugate of the word “daraba” which primarily means “to beat, strike, to hit” – Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, page 538”).
  • Polygamy is legal and practiced in many Muslim countries and permitted by the Quran

Saudi Arabia, where the laws and regulations are for the most part drawn from edicts in the Quran and where “religious police” (note that they aren’t called the cultural police) patrol the streets, harassing women for showing their ankles, preventing women from driving, enforcing the laws that prevent women from working or travelling without permission from a male guardian, and oh, don’t forget “beating young girls” to prevent them from escaping a fire because they weren’t wearing proper religious dress.

Women in some countries are expected (or required) to wear the hijab which is similar to the way Catholic Nuns used to cover their heads. Other countries require the burqa which totally covers a woman, and in extreme cases allows only their eyes to be seen.

In Saudi Arabia, until very recently, women were not allowed to drive a car.

In the Taliban’s Afghanistan, women are not allowed to go to school (at all) nor can they pursue a profession.  In the Palestinian state of Gaza (yes, it actually is a country and is self governing) women are not allowed to be doctors, nurses or work in any healthcare profession (this is evident from recent news feed video taken at hospitals in Gaza).

There are other things too, minor things. But probably the very worst practice is Female Genital Mutilation. Among some conservative Muslim communities  women are regarded as “unclean” and “not ready for marriage” unless FGM – the deliberate cutting or removal of a female’s external genitalia – is performed. Even though Egypt officially banned the practice in 2008, it is still practiced there.  Other Muslim (or predominantly Muslim) countries where FGM is practiced are Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Ethiopia, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Indonesia, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Yemen, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, among others.

Anti LGBQT laws: In Iran today, lavat (sodomy) is a capital offence and people are frequently executed for it. In Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and Mauritania, sodomy is also punishable by death.

In Gaza members of the LGBTQ community are (when discovered) thrown off the tops of buildings.

Among other Arab countries, the penalty in Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia and Syria is imprisonment – up to 10 years in the case of Bahrain. In those that have no specific law against homosexuality, gay people may still be prosecuted under other laws.

Freedom of Religion: Twenty-one of the Muslim-majority states are religiously repressive, meaning that the state governs according to an Islamist ideology through which it promotes and enforces a strongly traditional form of Islam and often violates the religious freedom of religious minorities and Muslim dissenters.

Slavery:  In the following countries slavery is lawful and practiced:  Eritrea, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Türkiye, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates,  Afghanistan, and Kuwait.

Torture:  Muslim countries who routinely torture dissenters are Iran, Afghanistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Egypt.

Reading over this list, I am astonished that there are so many American Progressives who support Islamic causses, and especially the Palestinian cause, which it left to fester, would surely produce an Islamic government that would practice many, if not most, or these practices.

For more of my insights regarding Israel and “Palestine,” click HERE.

Balancing act





These days, what with the Hamas-Israel War happening, I find myself between a rock and a hard place. I want to show compassion for the suffering that Arabs in Israel have endured, but I also want to support the Jewish state. On the one hand, HAMAS, the terrorist group, committed a heinous act of war against Israeli citizens this past 7 October. One thousand four hundred  unarmed Israeli citizens, men, women and children were murdered wholesale.  Children were decapitated. Women and girls were raped.  Over two hundred were taken hostage and spirited away to Gaza.  There, we presume, they fact torture and rape.

Israel responded using their far superior air and military forces.  They began with air strikes against Gaza, quite possibly the most densely populated place on our planet.  Collateral damage is an obvious result. Eight thousand five hundred twenty five “Palestinians” have died. We can safely assume that at least half of this number were children.  This is true even though the IDF is very surgical with it’s operations, and they go to great lengths to try to avoid killing children or other civilians.  The IDF routinely makes phone calls to civilians in the war zone, and air drops fliers warning them to take cover or to evacuate.

The difference between the two warring parties is that Israel bends over backwards to save civilians, and HAMAS targets them, and even uses women and children as human shields.  They also set up their strike basses in schools, Mosques and hospitals.

In other words, HAMAS does not play fair. Israel does. Israel always has.

I’m a dad.  I grieve every time a child is hurt.  Children should not be caught in the cross fires of any military  conflict.  They deserve (no matter who their parents are) to live out their childhood in peace.  For that matter, we all deserve to live out our lives in peace.

So I find myself between the rock and the hard place.

On the one hand, I sympathize with Arab children and their parents, the victims of Israel’s defense, as well as the Jewish victims of HAMAS.  Both sides deserve our compassion.

On the other hand I don’t honestly know what else Israel can do. This is a grim situation which will not get better with the passage of time.

The one thing I do know is that heinous lies have been told and spread about Israel. Lies like Israel has been committing genocide against the Arabs for the past seventy five years.  That Israel is engaged in ethnic cleansing. That Israel is an Apartheid state.  That Israel stole the land from the Arabs.  That Zionism is a colonialist endeavor.  I have addressed these elsewhere on this blog, so i won’t use up ink to do so again.  But this is all propaganda. Lies told to elicit an emotional response.  In some cases the actual definition of words has been changed or flipped on their ear in order to bludgeon the Jewish state with words.

Israel’s greatest sin?  The possession of superior fire power. Because of this, in the end Israel will be triumphant and Palestine will be left in the dustbin.  This is a shame, because there is no logical reason why the two sides cannot live side by side as neighbors and friends.  The fact is that Jewish and Arabic people would prefer this.

There are of course radicals and zealots on both sides, both spewing their propaganda. “War is Peace.” ‘Love is Hate.”  “Lies are the Truth.”

I wish both sides would just shut the fuck up.

For more of my insights regarding Israel and “Palestine,” click HERE.