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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