Saturday December 7, 2013
The Gritty Truth About Israel's 'Jewish-Only' HighwaysTim King Salem-News.,com
The road to apartheid is paved with racist intentions.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - An Israeli 'media' group using the name CAMERA apparently exists to convince Internet searchers that Israel does not have 'Jewish-Only' roads, which it does have and has maintained for a number of years.
In spite of what political factions like CAMERA tell you while they parade as media, the fact remains that Israel is an apartheid state. Israel has roads that only Jewish people can use.
This fact can be checked through many sources and by that I don't mean pro-Palestine media, I mean groups like +972 Mag and The Jerusalem Post, Ha'aretz and the United Nations.
It just isn't nice for groups like CAMERA to lie to the public.
It seems the argument waged by CAMERA is one of semantics, at best, and as I have admitted in the past, I am antisemantic when it comes to news. By most accounts, the Israeli government was smart enough not to post 'Jewish Only' signs in most cases, however the facts are what they are and the Israeli checkpoints ensure compliance. CAMERA is highly disturbed that the one media group they have not been able to sway in their favor is Israel's Ha'aretz, often one of the coolest and most honest publications on the face of the earth.
Cameras are for Taking Pictures
It was a Ha'aretz article about Route 505 that really drew the wrath of CAMERA:
- An oud to Nablus - Ha'aretz
CAMERA wrote: While major media outlets such as the Associated Press, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and CNN.com have all corrected the "Jewish-only roads" falsehood, only Ha'aretz refuses to do so.
Isn't it interesting that the only media agency that refuses to play ball is also the only one located in Israel?
Israel's political defenders claim that all people in Israel have the same rights, yet for all intents and purposes, it is absurd to consider that Palestinian Israelis have the same rights as Jewish Israelis.
Even dark-complected Jewish Israelis suffer discrimination, and volumes of material have been written that reveal this from a Jewish point of view.
Palestinians are attacked and killed, detained, assaulted, molested, every single day and there is almost no recourse at all. Most people who are Jewish in Israel do not approve. The Palestinians are continually suffering under Israel's extreme right.
As Israeli born and raised Gilad Atzmon cites in his April 2011 article, Attack on Unarmed Arab Prisoners Released by Israel's Channel 2 - Salem-News.com, Israelis don't just punish Palestinians disproportionately, they actually raid otherwise peaceful Palestinian prison populations as documented by Israeli press, even killing inmates in real life- as part of their 'training'. No Israeli prisoners are ever subjected to such madness.
Since 1967, approximately 700,000 Palestinians have been arrested and detained under Israeli military orders. This number accounts for close to 20 percent of the population in the occupied Palestinian territories.
If you really want to know about the disparity in the way Israel treats Palestinians versus Israeli citizens, children in this case, you must read Murdering Babies is 'Permissible' When They're Palestinian - Alison Weir Salem-News.com, that is, if you have the guts to really know how your tax dollars for Israel are spent.
Make no mistake, Israel does not extend equality to the Palestinians, even if they say they do. The most glaring example is a law called 'administrative detention' that allows Israel to arrest and hold Palestinian people without charges as long as they want.
In fact for all of its talk about 'equal law', Israel fails to mention that laws drafted into their legal framework today are negated by rules established shortly after the creation of Israel that make very clear that Israel is a Jewish state and all Jews will be given preference over all non-Jews. The proponents of Israel can argue until they are blue in the face but the fact remains. Israel was set up to be a one religion government.
Besides, Israel routinely illegally seizes (steals) Palestinian homes, land and crops, and places them beneath the blade of an Israeli bulldozer in order to build new religious 'settlements' which are actually colonies, on land owned by other people.
Violations of International Law
As Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, explains, Israel's sale of Palestinian refugee property violates Israeli and international law.
- Adalah Launches New Internet-Based Interactive Map and Database on Land Expropriations by Israel - Salem-News.com
There is therefore little sense of equality for Palestinians, whose family land was seized by the formation of Israel. Its deadly 1967 war during which it attacked neighboring countries much the way the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, led to Israel stealing millions of acres of land from Palestinians. The map shows the literal progression of Israel's borders from the time it was formed in 1948 through today. Millions of Palestinians became refugees due to Israeli aggression.
Over Controlling a Population
The separate systems of legal justice and the roads created and maintained for use only by Israelis, are just the tip of the iceberg. Israel is guilty of literally countless crimes against the Palestinians. Even with the unending support of the U.S., Israel can not defend itself by simply denying charges forever. There are reasons the roads became Jewish only and there is a reason why Palestinians have attacked Israelis over the years, and that is mostly revenge when you boil it down. Israel has used too heavy and too discriminatory of a hand in handling its political affairs.
+972Mag wrote in January 2012:
-Palestinian 'car protest' in West Bank challenges road segregation - 972mag.com
In January 2010 Ha'aretz wrote:
- Rights group slams planned 'Israelis only' highway in West Bank - Ha'aretz
What must be remembered is that most of the Jewish or Israeli roads in reference, stem from the existence of 'settlers' and not a single settler is not Jewish.
Wikipedia's page states:
- Israel and the apartheid analogy - From Wikipedia
So yes, the roads do indeed exist. In May 2010, Israel's conservative newspaper, The Jerusalem Post wrote:
- Route 443 to be opened for Palestinians - The Jerusalem Post
So CAMERA would have us believe what? They flatly deny the existence of roads that are Jewish-only... that Palestinians can not use, yet the High Court of Justice ruled that a section of road "officially open to Palestinian traffic". Somebody's taking crazy pills and it isn't me. CAMERA is a dishonest political broker and simply another obvious arm of the Israeli Zionist govt.
According to Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), and an article written by Jonathan Cook in Nazareth in May 2010:
- US Funds Israel's Apartheid Roads Plan:Settlers Benefit from Israeli-Only Routes - ccun.org
Saudis do Same Thing
As for the road to Mecca, it is blocked for Jews and that is just as wrong and bad as anything else under discussion.
Of course the noteworthy aspect here is that Saudi Arabia, and Israel are both allies of the United States, and as polarized as their religions are, the Saudi Wahhabis and Israeli Zionists are friends also.
The Saudis simply weren't in the way of Israel's ambitions and the love of money and power allows each to live without tormenting one another - all at the Palestinians' expense. Nearly all of the supporters of Palestine hold this view of the Arabs who do nothing to aid the embattled, occupied Palestinians.
The discrimination toward Jews in Saudi Arabia and their being blocked from visiting Mecca is a sad reality, another dirty trick and act of outright discrimination, from the folks who brought you the Burqa, and lots of oil.
The road of racism is packed with religious outcries and most who know anything about Islam or Christianity or Judaism know that the biggest message is peaceful coexistence, it is man's flawed interpretation that leads to our biggest problems and disasters. Israel needs to give the Palestinians a break.
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