by Stephen Gowans
Jews are a minority. They are poorer
than the majority population. The governments limits what land they can
own. Theyíre not permitted to buy or rent in some communities.
Jewish schools are government run,
and are separate from the government run schools for the majority
population. The government spends less per capita on Jewish students
than it does on majority students and Jewish classes are 20 percent
larger than majority classes.
This isnít separate and equal, the
deception southern state governments used to justify the segregation of
blacks into inferior schools. This is separate and unequal, and the
government freely admits it.
Jewish schools are run down. The
majorityís schools are well maintained. Jews need more enrichment
programs (to overcome the deficits of poverty and inadequate school
spending) but receive fewer.
Majority communities have
kindergartens for three and four year olds, but many Jewish communities
The government has made the teaching
of the majority cultureís religious texts mandatory in Jewish schools.
Jews would never stand for the government mandating the teaching of
Christian religious texts in North American schools, and for good
reason. But here it happens, un-remarked on by
Religious leaders have called Jews
"poisonous vipers." Some say they should be "annihilated." A cabinet
minister calls them "lice." Crowds have been known to shout, "death to
Jews!" In some places, thatís called hate language and is never
tolerated, no matter what the circumstances. Here, itís called
understandable and is overlooked.
Jews who once lived in the country
are not permitted to return, but members of the majority culture can
immigrate from any part of the world. The country exists, its leaders
say, for the majority population, not for the Jews who live there, not
for the Jews who used to live there.
The leader of the country was once
involved in driving Jews from their homes. Later, as a military
commander, he allowed a massacre to go ahead in a refugee camp for Jews.
He says Jews are murderers and pathological liars.
Countless numbers of Jews live in
refugee camps, former occupants of homes and land now usurped by the
majority population. Under international law, the refugees are to be
allowed to return to their homes, but the countryís supporters say that
would change the countryís ethnic character. There would be too many
Jews. They say this isnít racism, and react with great indignation to
anyone who say it is.
The majority population itself has
for centuries been the object of vicious and violent racist attacks. But
it has turned the racism of others into a shield from criticism. Because
we were the victims of cruel racism, we, ourselves, cannot be accused of
racism, they say.
A nasty, racist, anti-Jewish state?
Yes, without question.
But itís a fantasy. It doesnít exist.
Except it does exist, in every
detail, but one.
Itís not Jews who are the minority.
Itís Arabs. And the country is Israel.
Mr. Steve Gowans is a
writer and political activist who lives in Ottawa, Canada.