apartheid and Israel

Apartheid was a form of discrimination against the Republic of South Africa’s own black population that forced them to live apart from white people.
One glance at Israel’s free, open and democratic society will tell you that the claim it practises apartheid is ridiculous.
‘contrapuntal’ and others (or perhaps his various aliases) are fond of repeating this claim in stark contradiction of the facts. Recently Judge Richard Goldstone, lead author of ‘HUMAN RIGHTS IN PALESTINE AND OTHER OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIES: Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict’ has drawn attention to this lie which his own report went a long way to promote. In fact he has recanted.*
Melanie Phillips, quoted in The Post West on 2nd April 2011 wrote, far better than I could:
‘By his own admission, the man [Judge Goldstone] stands revealed as at best an abject idiot and at worst a moral and judicial bankrupt. His report blackened Israel’s name for defending itself against existential attack; encouraged its attackers to ratchet up their onslaught safe in the knowledge that the international community now had official confirmation that Israel was morally beyond the pale; put Israeli civilians, along with Israel’s very survival, at increased risk by helping delegitimise Israel as a global pariah; and fuelled the pressure on Israel not to defend its civilians by military means against the attacks which have relentlessly increased in audacity and scope.
Regardless of its manifest moral and intellectual inadequacies, however, his recantation* carries inescapable consequences. All those who have used Goldstone’s report as a basis for their own delegitimisation of Israel now also stand revealed as having endorsed one of the worst officially sanctioned international falsehoods in history. All their attacks on Israel which relied upon Goldstone’s report are now shown to be equally baseless and discredited. Any future such attacks which use this report as an authority will be demonstrably false and malicious. The UN should now declare the Goldstone report null and void. Any less will make it knowingly and demonstrably party to a travesty of justice.
But of course, like all previous blood libels against the Jews, the poison this one has injected into the global bloodstream has no antidote. The damage is done – and no amount of self-serving recantations by Richard Goldstone will undo the terrible harm he has done.
So please, let us have no more of this stupid and malicious nonsense about apartheid in Israel. Even Goldstone himself has written an oped specifically refuting these specious claims and condemning them as antisemitic.