Apartheid: Then And Now !

Apartheid a concept from the past…..a form of segregation, if you will…..Think South Africa……if the concept seems foreign to you.

Apartheid.……..a rigid former policy of segregating and economically and politically oppressing the non white population…………any system or practice that separates people according to colour, ethnicity, caste, etc.

We Americans became acutely aware of this concept with South Africa……where the black and white populations were separate, but not equal.

After many years, more like decades, the black population rose up and began a campaign of bringing the world’s attention to what was happening in South Africa……the world responded by sanctions and total international isolation and after a while both sides came to an agreement and a more democratic form of government was born with Nelson Mandela at the helm.

Once South Africa dismantled their policies all was right in the world, right?

Where do I go from here?  How about a wall in the Middle East?

Israel is building a wall to separate the West Bank from Israel proper in an attempt to isolate Palestinians……Noam Chomsky has an observation……

“In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid,” Chomsky says, according to Days of Palestine. “To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by ‘apartheid’ you mean South African-style apartheid.

“What is happening in the Occupied Territories is much worse. There is a crucial difference. The South African Nationalists needed the black population. That was their workforce…

“The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just do not want them. They want them out, or at least in prison.”

He described listening to the American mainstream media, such as CBS, like listening directly to the Israeli propaganda agencies. “It is a shameful moment for US media when it insists on being subservient to the grotesque propaganda agencies of a violent, aggressive state [Israel],”

My problem with the whole separation thing is that Israel still wants the Palestinians isolated but builds settlements within the West Bank……

You will ever see a report along these lines from the MSM…..they report only positive things from Israel never any negativity…….but thank God for other organizations that will write the unthinkable…..like Israel’s Haaretz…..written by Bradley Burston……

What does apartheid mean, in Israeli terms?

Apartheid means fundamentalist clergy spearheading the deepening of segregation, inequality, suprematism, and subjugation.

Apartheid means Likud lawmaker and former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter calling Sunday for separate, segregated roads and highways for Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank.

Apartheid means hundreds of attacks by settlers targeting Palestinian property, livelihoods, and lives, without convictions, charges, or even suspects. Apartheid means uncounted Palestinians jailed without trial, shot dead without trial, shot dead in the back while fleeing and without just cause.

Apartheid means Israeli officials using the army, police, military courts, and draconian administrative detentions, not only to head off terrorism, but to curtail nearly every avenue of non-violent protest available to Palestinians.

Only in Israel would a law be passed that would make a non-violent protest like a hunger strike an act of terrorism.

No matter how one cuts the facts…..Israel is practicing apartheid…..in case you have forgotten what the policy is here is the definition one more time…..

Apartheid.……..a rigid policy of segregating and economically and politically oppressing the non white population…………any system or practice that separates people according to colour, ethnicity, caste, etc.

You know kinda like the “reservation” system the US cam up with to control and destroy the Native American population.  After a century of degradation the country has reduced the Native American population into a subservient race, lack of education, infrastructure, adequate health care, etc…..Israel has learned their lessons well from their “Big Brother”.…..

Most of the world is looking the other way to avoid any confrontation with Israel.  It is as if they are afraid of the consequences of such an action…..even Christians, who say they represent a calmer more compassionate world is aiding in the apartheid against Palestinians…….Christian charities are supporting the building of settlements with funds to the tune of millions….

The only way to defeat this racist policy is the same way the apartheid was defeated in South Africa…….sanctions, isolation and divestment of Israel.

Source: BDSmovement.net | The Palestinian BDS National Committee website

The world can force Israel to behave like a civilized member of the international community….the question is will they act like humans or cowards?  My guess is the later!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL… AND, TO ALL GOOD NIGHT… CHURCH of the NATIVITY…

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is the cornerstone of Christianity in the western world and its construction was followed by erection of other famous religious edifices in Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Rome. Bethlehem is the acknowledged birthplace of Jesus Christ and accordingly represents the early foundation of Christianity on the ground, the narrative of his birth in Nazareth. The church was constructed in 326 AD, following the facilitation for its construction by Queen Helena. Queen Helena was the mother of Constantine the Great…

Constantine the Great, a/k/an Emperor of Rome had consolidated Christianity by way of the first ecumenical council (Council of Nicaea) in 325 AD under Roman Catholic domination. Emperor Constantine was a recent convert to Christianity following his mystical vision of the cross, which he attributed to his victory in the battle to unite Rome. Hence, Christianity became infused in the battle cry of the conquering Roman Empire going forward, as outlined in the historical narrative of secular and the history of Christianity in the western world.

There is interesting irony in the fact that Constantine, a new convert to Christianity was able to convene all of the bishops in world Christendom at the Council of Nicaea, under the circumstances… The Roman Empire had a colourful history spanning the previous 300 years of persecuting and crucifying Christians. Constantine reportedly converted to the faith in 312 AD, and in 313 AD, he signed the Treaty of Milan, which halted the persecution of Christians and confiscation of their property. Subsequently, the emperor in 325 AD was inspired to convene the first ecumenical council, which was obviously an intriguing proposition offered to his invited participants.

The council resulted with the bifurcation of world Christianity in the framework of eastern and western divide. The western historical narrative is a linear process wherein the Roman Catholic Church was dominant for 1500 years, until the advent of the Protestant Reformation, and current day denominational Christianity. The Protestant Reformation occurred in conjunction with the “age of enlightenment” in Europe and the dawning of the industrial age. European countries began to challenge the authority of the Papacy which began with King Henry IIIV, when he established the Church of England, which precipitated the protestant movement. Christianity in the west observes Christmas Day on December 25.

On the other hand, the eastern Christian historical narrative, referred to in the west as “Orthodox Christianity,” continues to express the Faith in the framework of their respective countries, traditions and cultures. An example of the countries in the Eastern Orthodox communion includes, but not limited to: Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Coptic (Egyptian) Orthodox Church, Greek Orthodox Church, Russian Orthodox Church, Armenian Orthodox Church, Syrian Orthodox Church, etc. The Orthodox Christian Churches observe Christmas Day on January 6.

The Orthodox, oriental Christian communion, predates the Roman church by three centuries and was the brunt of the Christian community that endured the wrath of Rome’ persecution. Nevertheless, while maintaining their respective traditions the Orthodox branch of churches generally acquiesced to Rome’s domination and they were invited to subsequent ecumenical councils throughout the centuries. On the contrary, however, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was branded as heretical during the Council of Nicaea and was excommunicated from all future councils… But the fact remains that Ethiopia has a unique connection to Judeo-Christian heritage and tradition that continues from the earliest days to the present time.

The historical dichotomy between the observances of Christmas Day in the west on December 25, and January 6, in the east is reconciled by the 12 days of Christmas. The 12 Days song is a popular Christmas Carol reconciles the two dates as official days of observing the occasion. Therefore, the world is united during the Christmas observance season… The Ethiopian Orthodox Church observes Christmas Day on January 6, but also continues to adhere to its traditional Judeo-Christian theology and heritage.

By way of a full disclosure Gary James completed his sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church at the age of 12, and studied Ethiopian heritage and theology under the guidance of HE Dejazmatch Amaha Abera Kassa, from 1983 to 2003.

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