In his letter, ("Israeli Apartheid," April 10), J. Levinson defends Israel from mounting evidence that Israel has implemented a system of apartheid against Palestinians. This is an important issue for Americans. Apartheid is the most severe level of crime defined in International Law. It is a collection of individual crimes, (mostly war crimes), carried out over a sustained period for the purpose of racial domination and theft of resources. Israel’s system has been in place for nearly 70 years. The U.S, during that period, has given more aid to Israel than to any other country.
If charges of apartheid prevail, our government could be found complicit and Americans could find themselves paying reparations. I suggest readers check the situation for themselves — travel to Israel/Palestine and note the conditions of “Jewish nationals” vs. Palestinians, or read the International Legal Study, “Occupation, Colonialism, Apartheid,” by the HSRC of South Africa, or watch online testimony given at the Russell Tribunal Hearings on Palestine held in South Africa, 2011.
After visiting the Holy Land, South African leader Desmond Tutu said of Israel’s system, “God is weeping” and that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is more severe than that which existed in South Africa. Tutu has publicly endorsed the international “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Campaign” (BDS) as a nonviolent means for civil society to help end Israel’s apartheid system.
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