Is Israel an Apartheid State?

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(42) Bobby5000, May 2, 2017 1:16 AM

Looking at the apartheid analogy

Let's look at the analogy. Imagine South African whites control 99% of the land and blacks work on developing the 1% they received. The land booms, irrigation is developed, industry spawns, new business develops in this 1%.

The whites who control 99% of the land then say, why can't we use this 1%., it has become beautiful and successful and we want it. Shouldn't we have 99% of the land exclusively white or Arab (Jews cannot practice in most Arab states), and have a shared use of the 1%. Jews ask why don't you work on developing the 99% of the land that you own exclusively, instead of focusing on the 1% we were required to build because we were ejected or faced terrible discrimination.

(41) Thom McCann, January 4, 2015 7:36 PM

President Carters Apartheid Lies

I guess people have read and actually believe "Peace Not Apartheid," the anti-Israeli screed the ex-president Jimmy whose Carter Center has accepted multi-millions in Arab funding.

Let's drive the last nail in this "apartheid Israel" coffin.

Kenneth W. Stein, the founder of the Carter Center’s Middle East program, resigned to protest the book, describing it in a letter to Fox News as “replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments.”

Backers include the government of Saudi Arabia, Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud. Other big donors include the Sultanate of Oman and the sultan himself; the government of the United Arab Emirates; and a brother of Osama bin Laden, Bakr BinLadin, “for the Saudi BinLadin Group.”

"Founders” of the Center include “the king of Saudi Arabia, BCCI scandal banker Agha Hasan Abedi, and Arafat pal Hasib Sabbagh.”

Earlier this year, Secretary of State John Kerry too used the term "apartheid state" when referring to Israel.

If Kerry, or even Palestinians, want to understand what apartheid really is—in less than five minutes—watch rap artist "Ari Lesser Apartheid" on YouTube.

BTW After losing the 1966 governor’s race, Carter courted the white supremacist vote the next time around…

(40) Beverly Margolis-Kurtin, August 20, 2012 3:05 AM

Apartheid and Hitler

Adolph Hitler was the author of the concept of the Big Lie. Anyone who tells the Big Lies about Israel is in league, whether or not they understand it, with Hitler. I will never get to visit Israel; I do not have sufficient funds to do so, but that does not stop me from countering the Big Lies with the Big Truths. In addition to having videos in my Kindle Fire, I carry videos, such as Mr, Prager's in my Android phone to show people who have been exposed to the lies of the Arabs what the truth is. The ONLY reason that there is no peace in the Middle East is because the Arabs do not WANT peace. Only by making Israel the continuous object of their hate can they treat their people as chattle. Although I am not an Israeli, I defend her every chance I get. I carry a small speaker with me so people can hear the videos on my phone or my Kindle. More people need to do that.

(39) Wayne, June 29, 2012 6:37 AM

He conveniently skipped out some key features of Apartheid.

I'm South African. He left out a key feature of Apartheid. Ghetto-ising race groups deemed to be a threat to the survival of the "God-given" Apartheid state. Black were pushed into their own, "states" run by corrupt puppets, that were a pathetic attempt by the SA gov at legitimising their heinous policies. "As long as they behave and stay in their homelands, we'll all get along." Any brutality in the homelands could be written off as "well they're not SA citizens". Yet the brutality and corruption were as a direct result of SA's actions in creating these country-sized ghettos in the first place. The fact was that the Apartheid government knew that integration would mean their demise (whites only make up 9% of the population), but here we are, integrated. Alive. Despite threats from both sides wanting the others' destruction. West Bank anyone?

Anonymous, July 31, 2012 9:54 PM

Visit Israel

Perhaps if you visited Israel you would know what you are talking about. In 1948 Many Arabs left their homes believing they would overwhelm the jJws and capture the country quickly. Many stayed. None were kicked out. I guess you didn't study history. What you say about South Africa may be true but it certainly has nothing to do with Israel. Perhaps you should visit Israel rather than speak out of context.

(38) Colin, April 25, 2012 8:08 AM

Positive comments

It's great to hear factual comments made that are so true. Those that believe Israel is an anti Arabic country should watch and learn from this video. They are there to get on with every one as long as they do not want the destruction of Israel. Look what progress Israel has made to the world in especially agriculture in under privileged countries.

(37) Linda Amendolare, March 12, 2012 3:10 AM

very informative

Al, I thought you might like this.

(36) Anonymous, January 15, 2012 2:51 AM

Awesome video!!

Thanks so much for sharing!!

(35) Fay G., November 9, 2011 11:33 PM

So truthful yet sad

I was amazed to hear this idea being so clearly shown to be false. It was very well said and very well worded. I wish all the ones complaining about this would watch this clip.

(34) susan, November 6, 2011 3:24 PM

Is Israel an apartheid state

Dennis is amazing in this film and I am proud that he is doing something so great for Israel. What a Mitzvah boy!! This short film need to be made public all over the world...frankly, we need this type of press!! I am not should be a paid for commercial as well as in every movie theater...

(33) Ivan Himmelhoch, November 1, 2011 1:13 AM

Your statement is factually inaccurate

Dennis, you made the statement that "when South Africa was an Apartheid State, nobody made the assertion (that Israel) was an Apartheid State". This is, with respect, factually quite incorrect. Back in 1987, the very title of Uri Davis' book - in front of me as I write - is: "Israel - An Apartheid State". Others too also made similar statements during the Apartheid regime.

Ami Lapidot, February 2, 2012 10:49 AM

Shame on you Ivan

I have read some of your comments regarding the state of Israel - hard to believe You have no idea about anything to do with the state of Israel, you are clueless, amazing given the religion you were born to. Who gives a damn about this stupid analogy? Any right thinking person knows that Israel is NOT and could NEVER be an Apartheid state, one example, just look at the Israeli Arabs who sit in the Knesset and abuse their democratic right by supporting HAMAS and the PLO, I wonder if you even know about that. You should know better having grown up in SA. Your support for Australians for Palestine is a joke. I am very much of the view that right thinking Australians, and these are the vast majority of Australians would not care one iota for this organisation.

(32) Tzemach Bloomberg, October 30, 2011 3:54 PM

Is Israel an apartheid state?

As one who was arrested for "anti-apartheid activiites" whilst attending Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa in 1960 and has lived in Israel since 1961, I know what apartheid is all about and can attest that any similarity between the two is a blatant fallacy.

(31) Anonymous, October 17, 2011 12:42 PM

ex S.African

as an ex south African living in Israel, i felt compelled to comment as i sit in an Israeli coffee shop at a neighbouring table to two Arab ladies ... how can this possibly be apartheid???!

(30) Rodney Wilkinson, October 13, 2011 10:48 AM

Israel an Apartheid State? You Can't be Serious!

Thank you Dennis Prager, as always balanced and Truthful.

(29) Anonymous, October 7, 2011 10:05 PM

please visit SA before making comments or comparisons.......

(28) Leonard Elkins, October 7, 2011 10:02 PM

The BESTRead


(27) Anonymous, October 7, 2011 9:57 PM

Apartheid South Africa

An In depth study should be done about SA before making video's and comparing the 2 countries with one another. The situation is not the same.....Get ALL the info first.

Nikki, October 21, 2011 4:10 AM

Did you watch this?

Anonymous, The speaker on the video is also saying the same as you--The situation is not the same.

(26) Ben, October 7, 2011 6:35 PM

press the truth that it is the Palestinians that are racist and terror embracing

Instead of concentrate on defending the only democracy in the Middle East and Persian Gulf and North Africa and steadfast ally of the US where there is fredom of religoun and political rights to all Forcefully declare the Palestinians are the RACIST APARTHEID state that openly declare No Jews Allowed and Proudly Join with Hamas in government, the suicide bombing rocket firing at civilians at random terrorists!

(25) Elisabeth Soros, October 6, 2011 11:44 PM

Send Your lecture to the Media, Universitys and on!

It is clear, short and right.Great!

(24) hanan, October 5, 2011 7:36 AM

how about explaining the Arab apartheid states

I think it is important to mount a campaign to explain how the Arab states are followers of apartheid policies in relation to women and non muslims etc.

anon, October 6, 2011 5:30 PM

"Palestine WON'T be apartheid on Jews because..."

it will be JUDENREIN (Jew Free)! How's that for double standards?

(23) Antonio, October 4, 2011 8:23 PM

Is Israel an Apartheid State?

The statement that Israel is an Apartheid State is the propaganda of Israel's enemies. I've talked to Palestinians in the U.S. who have insisted that Israel is massacring Palestinians and killing Palestinian babies. When I asked them about the missile and terrorist attacks by Palestinians they insist that Palestinians are defending themselves. Can we trust such an enemy?

(22) Abraham L. Seiman, October 3, 2011 9:40 PM

How do we get this message to Americans of all parties and then to the rest of the nations that do not support Israel as opposed to Palestine. Perhaps, it should accompany all foreign aid while demanding a response which America and the U.N. consider acceptable and rational?

(21) linda, October 3, 2011 5:19 PM


Annie, October 6, 2011 4:05 AM

the American masses do not want to hear it

this information has been in the news 'for ever' but it requires 'just a little thinking' and the American masses have been 'massed washed' into oblivion, Hollywood-ized, Tabloid-ized, 'liberal-ized', and don't want to think anymore, not even an iddy littly bit - if it can't be sensational-ized, it can't be internal-ized, it can't be To those living outside the U.S. it is easy to see the mass manipulation to the left of the Americans. Sad and sad truth. People with integrity expect to be believed, if not, they let time prove them right. We're here. Still here. And others are proving us right. Archaeologists, Rabbis, Teachers, Time, Prophecies... But we should not lay idles. You are right. Each one of us needs to be the change we want to see. So go ahead and let others know, and we'll all walk the walk together. Yasher Koach

(20) Dvirah, October 3, 2011 4:52 PM

A Final Point

Mr. Prager's lecture was excellent but he missed an important point: that the Palestinian suicide bombers killed and maimed as many or more Arabs - both Arab Israelis and other Palestinians - as they did Jewish Israelis. Many times they exploded themselves on buses coming in from the "territories" and the passengers on those buses were mostly Arab; indeed mostly Palestinians going to their jobs in Israel. There is a famous (or infamous) statement made by one Palestinian leader to the effect that if they kill 10 Palestinians in order to destroy one Jew, it is worthwhile. Such indifference to human life and suffering goes way beyond Aparthied...

anon, October 4, 2011 3:26 PM

related to this

On another Mr Prager's videos, he does focus on the fact that they have a motto: we love death more than you love life

(19) Ryfka, October 3, 2011 12:25 PM

while I could not agrre more with all the facts that Mr. prager said I would like to say that it is BEACAUSE Israel is so leberal to its arabs that they keep attacking them. Israel gives arabs quality health care, free access to all University's and doesn't oppress arabs in the least way (unlike their own countries like Saudi Arabia for instance in which woman have to wear a veil, are not given a proper education and have to be escorted everywhee by a male relative or run the risk of being thrown in jail) in fact. the rules to Israeli soldiers on when they are allowed to open fire on an arab are so stringent soldiers aren't sure when they actually can unless the arab is clearly murdering someone in which case the fire comes too late I should know- I know many soldiers. If Israel wants an end to the suffering of its citizens the only solution is to fight back, not cower like petrified mice and let them do whatever they want!

(18) ray, October 3, 2011 7:29 AM

make no mistake

the arab hostility is long and deep rooted and will accept no less than a complete extermination of israel.

(17) Josephine Coyne, October 3, 2011 6:06 AM

So many people do not know Israel's reality

I have lived and nursed in Jerusalem at Hadassah University Hospital for 6 years working with both Jewish and Arab doctors and nurses. I have seen all the signs in different languages including Russian. I am a Christian but am right behind Israel. Wish others could understand exactly what Dennis Prager has stated.

(16) Fiona CAPSTICK, October 3, 2011 5:01 AM

NO, israel is NOT an apartheid state

As a South African who has had the privilege of visiting Israel and of engaging over decades in close study of Jewish history and the Jewish religion, I have a certain insight into the use of the word apartheid in this context. Anyone who brands Israel as an apartheid state is deluded!

(15) eva, October 3, 2011 4:05 AM


Wonderful!!! Thank you. Now how can we get more people to see this, who need to see it. I have always said, if someone wants to know all about the Jewish people, just listen to what the world says about us, and the exact reverse is the truth.

(14) Anonymous, October 3, 2011 1:50 AM

Vexacious Nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!!

I simply can not believe this accusation- it is beyond libellious, the level of ignorance defies any common sense!!!! The sheer envy of the freedoms Israel bestows upon its citizens must those who are suffering under duress, hardship, inhumane societies, and suffering peoples - if Only people considered that freedom engenders cooperation, and tyranny envy, oppression, destitution, and grave distress. May Israel's neighbours one day abandon their hatred and share in the human decency that is a Free, Just, Equitable Society - may there be one day cooperation, and Mutual recognition of the necessity of each other.

(13) patricia jones, October 3, 2011 12:23 AM

is israel and apartheid state?

Israel allows all religions to practice their belief within it's borders. Iran, Egypt, Syria et al DO NOT and apartheid is alive and well in those countries.So that puts paid to any question of Israel being and apartheid state.

(12) Lesley Craig, October 2, 2011 11:28 PM

Having been born in South Africa and emigrating in 1988, before the change of regime, I am in total agreement. Thanks for putting the facts so concisely and clearly in this short video .It is a pity that some people are so ignorant and gullible and choose to believe and swallow the propaganda spewed out by some of the media and those against Israel.

(11) Anonymous, October 2, 2011 10:26 PM

Very Well Done

I hope this will receive a wider audience.

(10) Carol Reid, October 2, 2011 9:18 PM

Is Israel an aparteit state/

Worth watching to provide for a fair and balanced reporting.

(9) ruth housman, October 2, 2011 6:27 PM

Israel is not an apartheid state

You convinced me, What's happening here is not about truth but rather what lies between, a feeling Israel should fully belong to the Arabs, and what Israel has done for the Arabs, seems beside the point. But Israel will never fully belong to the Arabs because there's a story here that involves both sides, and everyone has to meet in the middle, coming in those side doors, on a story much more cosmic and so far, unfulfilled in its Promise of peace. What is REAL here? Why do we still mourn, still engage in dialogue, still work towards peace, when it all falls, piecemeal into the Galilee? I think it's a story that has to do with land, and a deep feeling for rights, and what was taken away, all mixed up with passion, with feelings of being somehow usurped, and taken away from the lemon and the orange groves that were once, part of an Arab's orchard. We can all trace our roots, and roots and routes run deep, into the heart of this matter. It's not about logic. When are such rifts that force one people to blow up, another, even when, we are, admittedly all, Biblical brothers? This is deep, and the logic of this has to do with feeling. Also it seems people do, sadly, band together in hate, in finding reasons for enmity, and this inflames passions, and produces the worst scenarios imaginable, meaning the horrific suicide bombings, that kill and wound, and create such enduring pain, enduring memories, that sear, into the national and collective conscious, and are the breeding grounds for demagogues of hate, of the bitter seed that produces more of its kind. What would satisfy? Would it be One State Meant? Would it be, living together, everyone, in a different kind of way? Would it not mean that the Arabs so far mean to their own peoples, would open their hearts, their borders, and their lands, for boarders, and that this might mean an entirely different kind of order, in this very small country that has such Biblical import, across the world.

(8) Bracha Goetz, October 2, 2011 5:31 PM

Thank you!

This is outstanding!

(7) Rabbi Steven L.Rayow, October 2, 2011 4:44 PM

A Light to the Nations

The Light of Truth will prevail. One candle, Dennis Prager, has shone through the darkness of the Anti-Semite and the uninformed. Yar Shakoach (sic)

(6) leonard rosenberg, October 2, 2011 4:24 PM

carter comment?

Did you get a response from former president carter?he owes isreal a comment on this ,and address each point you made,and then bow his head in shame!

(5) Beverly Kurtin, October 2, 2011 4:08 PM


The leader of Arabs in the Middle East. the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem spent most of WWII in Berlin where he learned how to master many techniques of the Nazis. He met with Hitler, Himmler, and the architect of mass murder and "ethnic cleansing," Eichmann. He also discovered that if a perceived enemy cannot be beaten militarily, the BIG LIE would almost always win. The BIG LIE, of course is the propaganda method of telling lies that are so outrageous and absurd that eventually uneducated people accept those terrible lies as "facts," so it is with the libel that Israel is an apartheid state. Facing facts is sometimes difficult, and one of the truths of this life is that we Jews are not loved by many people. It is bad enough that our known enemies spread the evil lies but when people we thought should know better join in protests about Israel because of the BIG LIES of the Arabs. The Presbyterian Church has swallowed the lies of the Arabs hook, line and sinker. Many of their leaders have visited Israel and still deliberately blind themselves from the truth; shame on them! Young college students also swallow the big lies about Israel because the Arabs are masters of lying and their "Holy Koran” tells them that it is perfectly fine to lie to anyone about anything as long as it spreads the falsehoods of Islam. Just as the blood libel has followed us around for thousands of years, so to have the most outrageous lies been hung out to try to destroy Israel. Was it not for Hashem watching over us and the support of the United States, we would be swimming for our collective lives. Mr. Prager asked why, when South Africa was guilty of apartheid, Israel was not mentioned in the same breath. The answer is simple. When people accuse you of doing something when you are not, ten times out of ten, they are doing the thing of which you are being accused. EVERY ARAB STATE IS APARTHEID AND JUDENFREI. The Arabs are saying, in essence, don’t look here, look there, look at Israel!

John Kohos, October 7, 2011 2:33 PM

Thank you for being concise...

The challenge is explaining this concisely. You have accomplished it. And with your permission, I will pass your comments along to others.

(4) Anonymous, October 2, 2011 3:40 PM

the truth about Israel and its Arab citizens' rights.

Should be widely published to show the truth about social relations between Jewish and Arab citizens in this country - so condemned by ignorance and false propaganda...

(3) Stan Corbett, October 2, 2011 3:15 PM

Apartheid State

Of course, Israel is NOT an apartheid state. Yet individuals such as Nelson Mandela who lived in one in South Africa refuses to denounce this lie. Most of the Muslim countries in the Middle East practise apartheid state policies by refusing to allow Jewish people into their country. In fact, the areas called Gaza and the West Bank have set in place apartheid policies by refusing Jewish people entry. On a side note, if the Palestinians really wanted peace, it would have happened many years ago and they would have given their people the freedoms that people in Israel have. They do not want a Jewish country at all. Unfortunately, we will probably not see peace in our lifetime. It really is a shame that our Jewish organizations around the world have not done more to denounce and end the lie.

(2) Frank Adam, October 2, 2011 2:45 PM

Only speak of Palestine as "Judenrein Palestiine"

Ever since I first came up against Arabs on campus in the early 60's and long since, their know-all acolytes who think they can solve the World's problems with a quick simple policy or two, they pursue the simple bad rhetorical trick of stuffing every sentence with harsh and often irrelevant adjectives to shift blame for their mistakes to Israel. The simple playback is to refer to the Palestine project state as Judenrein Palestine, clerical fascist Palestine, and basket case Palestine; then drop the insults and get down to the argument without adjectives: that if the Arabs of Palestine had not refused nor dropped their half dozen opportunities they could have had their state for recognising Israeli Jewish self-determination in: 1937 with the Peel Report 1947 with UN 181 1949 - 67 as Jordan held the West Bank &Egypt, Gaza 1967 when Israel offered to return the then newly occupied territories in return for a peace treaty 1977 when Sadat incorporated a PA in his peace offer 1994-2000 Oslo and Camp David offers but the PLO refused compromise swaps around the Green Line Also a rub in that the Arab parties to the vendetta on Israel have always insisted on the return of the families of the refugees of 1948 which becomes the more ridiculous and impossible with the passage of time and is the significant signal to Israelis that (a) the Arabs still have not admitted to themselves that they opened the 1948 war though they spent 1947 threatening to do so; (b) that they stilll do not recognise Israel's rights to self determine itself as much as any other sovereignty.

(1) Oren Pereg, October 2, 2011 2:43 PM

Great article.this is so true.

I wish there where more like this, how can this be spread to the media?


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