Disconnecting the Dots on Israel-Palestine: Is Apartheid Only A Crime When Committed Against Blacks?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Most of the world supported the struggle of African Americans against Jim Crow during the Freedom Movement. Most of the progressive black leadership in this country spoke out against the apartheid regime, advocating boycotts, divestment, sanctions against apartheid South Africa. Where are they today on apartheid Israel?

Disconnecting the Dots on Israel-Palestine: Is Apartheid Only A Crime When Committed Against Blacks?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

On Tuesday, November 20, Chicago congressman Danny K. Davis addressed a rally, apparently supporting the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza. I wasn't there and did not hear his remarks. I'm sure he didn't say “Israeli apartheid is fine with me, and so are the blockades and bombings of Gaza.” Doubtless he deployed the standard bipartisan phrases about Israel's “right to defend itself”, though no such right is accorded Palestinians, and found a way to use the word “peace” in a couple of sentences.

Congressman Davis is no fool. He's well aware of the massive asymmetry of practiced violence and the means to do violence in Israel-Palestine. He knows the Israelis possess US made F-16s and a vast array of American-made and licensed weapons. He voted to give much of it to them. Congressman Davis knows they have attack helicopters, hundreds of tanks, prisons and torture chambers filled to bursting, and nuclear weapons aimed at many capitals in the region, while the Hamas “missiles” are little more than unguided flying garbage cans. Davis knows there are laws disallowing marriages between Israeli Jews and Arabs, and that many roads in Israel-Palestine are for Israeli Jews only, while Palestinians are forced to drive or walk rutted, boulder-strewn paths blocked arbitrary Israeli checkpoints every few kilometers in every direction. He knows that retired archbishop Desmond Tutu is among the South Africans who have pronounced Israel's version of apartheid as more thorough, more brutal and more systematic than what they saw in their home country back in the day.

Congressman Davis is, like many other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, a smart, well-informed public official, and none of this is new news to him.

Davis was around and politically active in the 1980s, when boycotting, divesting from, and sanctioning the evil South African regime was a front burner issue. As a west side Chicago alderman, he talked up and tried to introduce legislation that would do just that. I recall hearing him talk about it a few times. We had a paramount moral obligation, he would say, to act in solidarity with Africans struggling against oppression and racial injustice in the motherland. After all, a quarter century earlier support of our own people's cause around the world was a vital factor in convincing the US elite to dump Jim Crow. One could have heard those same sentiments from much of the black political class of that time, many of whom are still in office today. But today, neither Congressman Davis or any of his peers have anything to say about boycotting, divesting from, or sanctioning Israel and the corporations who do business there. What happened?

The obvious question now, is why the leaders of black America's political class cannot see and denounce the aggressive militarism, the brutal occupation, and the one-sided violence of Israeli apartheid, and side with its victims, the way they did thirty years ago in South Africa, and the way the rest of the world did in our own case fifty years ago. Is it the rivers of cash which have transformed the landscape of black politics since the late 1990s? Is it the black political class's blind subservience to their First Black President, also well acquainted with the facts of Israeli occupation and apartheid, and thoroughly committed to maintaining and justifying the massive imbalance in violence and the means to perpetrate it?

Whatever its root cause, the current support of the black political class for Israel's maintenance of a colonial settler state constitutes a massive, hypocritical hole in their collective souls. Most of the world backed our own struggle against Jim Crow, and we congratulated ourselves for contributing to the downfall of the old regime in South Africa. And now, when our turn comes round again, when the United States is the only government capable of restraining the vicious Israeli onslaught, just by the threat of its disapproval, its non-renewal of loan guarantees or weapons giveways or military contracts ---- we are silent.

For African Americans, our hypocrisy goes deeper and further than our leaders. It filters all the way down to ordinary people whose attachment to their First Black President is so uncritical that they decouple their FBP from any responsibility for his policies. Many Obama supporters say they oppose Israeli aggression and wring their hands wishing the president they voted for and hustled others into voting for would do something different. In the eyes of the rest of the world, as Margaret Kimberley points out, they are as guilty of abetting Israeli atrocities as the rabid partisans of AIPAC.

What would Congressman Davis --- what would an ordinary black American who voted for Barack Obama, an American who never once even dreamed of threatening to withdraw her support over his support for the brutal Israeli regime tell a child in Gaza today? It's a question that luckily, most will never have to answer. That's a good thing. Because they don't have any good answers.

Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report and a state committee member of the Georgia Green Party. He can be reached at bruce.dixon(at)blackagendareport.com.


What does reality have to do with it? (sarcasm)

Without attempting to offend anyones sensibilities but in the spirit of telling it like it is:  "What do we expect from people who believe that White European converts to Judaism (Ashkenazi) are the "Chosen People."  People who don't understand what a Sephardic Jew is at all.  And every year, more and more of them and their church brethren plan trips to the "Holy Land" and come back home acting as if they've touched Jesus's garment?  I suppose they saw that they wanted to see and "bear witness" accordingly.

What do we expect of people who mindlessly accept the notion of a White Jesus, who swooned over Mel Gibson in the Passion of Christ?  I'm not trying to get into racial polemics.  I'm talking about FACT versus FICTION.  If you believe that Russian or Germanic or Baltic Caucasion Jewry is part and parcel of God's Chosen People, then you  ignore scientific and anthropological evidence to the contrary, than what say you?

How do you live in equatorial regions for centuries and still look like Mel Gibson or Bibi?  I'm just saying.  Bet the Israelis treat Ethiopian Jews like true brethren (sarcasm).


Though over 8,000 Beta Israel managed to flee to Israel during his tenure, it was an Israeli official in charge of the Ethiopian Jews' absorption who may best symbolize the insensitivity that an extreme minority of people once held. Yehuda Dominitz who served as Director General of the Jewish Agency's Department of Immigration and Absorption, declared in 1980 that, “[taking] a Falasha (sic) out of his village, it's like taking a fish out of water...I'm not in favor of bringing them [to Israel].” Dominitz also refused to allow his agency to rent buses so Ethiopian Jews in Israel could travel to Jerusalem to observe their ancient holiday of Seged (Dominitz eventually relented, but had the buses take the Beta Israel to Haifa instead of Jerusalem).

Malkah Raymist, a writer for the World Zionist Organization, wrote in 1956 in The Jewish Horizon (of the Hapoel Hamizrachi of America Movement) that, “the reasons [for not bringing Ethiopian Jews to Israel] are simple and weighty. On one hand, they are well off where they are, while their development and mental outlook is that of children; they could fall an easy prey of exploitation, if brought here without any preparation. On the other hand, being a backward element, they would be and it would take several years before they could be educated towards a minimum of progressive thinking.” 


Hmmm... little wonder Israeli's worked closely with S. Africa's apartheid government:  takes one to know one.

Fun Quotes By Zionist Eugenicists

1.   “We shall never allow such things as mixed marriage because the preservation of national integrity is impossible except by means of racial purity…”                         

(Vladimir Jabotinsky)


2.   “There can be no discussion of voluntary reconciliation between us and the Arabs. … Try to find even one example where the colonization of a country took place with the agreement of the native population.”                     

(Vladimir Jabotinsky)


3.   “The deepest layers of our being are determined by our blood:  our innermost thinking and our will are colored by it.          



4.   “…there is no room for both peoples together in this country.  We shall not achieve our goal if the Arabs are in this small country.  There is no other way than to transport the Arabs to neighboring countries—all of them.  Not one village, not one tribe should be left.”                                         

(Joseph Weitz)   


5.    “Instead of Arab villages, Jewish villages were established.  You o not even know the names of the Arab villages…because those villages no longer exist.  There is not a single settlement that was not established in the place of a former Arab  village.”                                                          

(Moshe Dayan)


6.    “Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is  rooted in present needs, in future hopes of far profounder import than the desires of the 700,000 plus Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land.”                                                          

(Arthur Balfour)

Yes, Mr. Dixon - I made a prediction in 2008 -

After the Israeli government attack on Gaza just about four years ago, I called in to a "progressive" community radio station, just after Christmas, before New Year's and an announcer was guest-hosting a show (regular host was on vacation).   The announcer, Black, asked me "What do you say to your own group?".  I said, "Do you mean Jews?" and I said, "What do you say to your group?".  I then wrote him a note pointing out that now that Obama had won the election, African-Americans would probably react to Obama's Administration's policies much like most American Jews reacted about Israeli right wing government policies: with silence or support or denial.  It was a fairly easy guess.  There are dissenters, people who will protest whether it's someone from their "minority" group or political party, despite the haters who come out to say ugly time-old propaganda whether it be racist or religious against the minority group.  As you've said in earlier blog entries, "it's circle the wagons" time (although circle the wagons only happened in movies).   Thanks for presenting it simply -

Dixon's hypocrisy

Dixon writes

For African Americans, our hypocrisy goes deeper and further than our leaders. It filters all the way down to ordinary people whose attachment to their First Black President is so uncritical that they decouple their FBP from any responsibility for his policies.

This is the same Bruce Dixon who suggested that Blacks vote for the Zionist Jill Stein and failed to inform his reader of how the Green Party fail to rally behind Cynthia McKinney because of her support for Libya -- a nation that Jewry wanted destroyed.

Part of the reason why AfAms are so ill-informed is because the Black Left FAILS in its responsibilty to report on Jewish power and its power over Black politics in the USA.  Obama is beholden to Jewish power and so are ALL of the Black congressional members.  This is why Jewry fought so hard to get rid of Ms. McKinney from Congress.  Yet BAR piously labels them the "misleadership class" and fails to inform AfAms that they are bought and paid for by Jewry and that they have to put Jewish interest FIRST otherwise they'll be replaced.  And it is not just Black members.  White members are also beholden to Jewry.

The primary role of the Black Left is to maintain the Black-White divide whereby Jewry benefits.  This is why Jewish power is nary a peep from BAR.  Yet at the same time they blame ALL of Black America.  Now that's hypocrisy.

The influence of Jewish Americans & AIPAC

There seems   to  be  a   reluctance    by   BAR to  discuss   the   power &  influence  of   Jewish   Americans  and   AIPAC  in   any  of   its  articles.

Bruce   Dixon  knows   damn   well  the    reason  for  Congressman  Davis   views  on  Israel-Palestine:  FEAR  and   he  wants   to  keep  his   job.  You   will not   find ONE member  of   the   CBC to  say   ANYTHING remotely   critical   of   Israel. They  remember   what   happened   to   Cynthia   Mckinney & Earl   Hilliard for  not  playing    their   assigned    roles.

Jewish   Americans-AIPAC  have enormous   power &  influence  in this    country:  politically,   economically, the    judiciary,  academia,  the   media.  And   sadly,   it rarely   discussed   in   the supposedly  "alternative"  media.

Citations for views on Jill Stein

A did a cursory Google of "Jill Stein's views on Israel," and glimpsed about 5 or 6 articles where Stein was tough and critical of Israeli policies.  It does appear that her criticisms are muted somewhat later wherein she claims that the US should stay out of the situation.


Last Updated : Jul 12, 2012




Dr Stein and the Green Party platform have a neutral stance on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr Stein has stated that all parties involved need to be held accountable for their actions with respect to human rights and that the US should be as uninvolved as possible. In May of 2012, Dr Stein called for Israel to end to its discriminatory apartheid policies, remove the Separation Wall, institute a ban on assassination, move toward denuclearization, release of all political prisoners and journalists from Israeli and Palestinian prisons, a disarmament of non-state militias, and recognition of the right of self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians.

The Green Party platform calls for the right of Palestinians to return to the US and calls for an end to settlements in the west bank and other areas. "

EC:  I'm troubled about the notion that the US should not be involved.... in human rights issues no less...Seems as if some of the "tough" positions are contradicted with a "hands-off" "neutral" policy when we "intellectuals" know there is no such thing as US neutrality vis a vis Isreal.  Ask Obama if you don't believe us.  Kinda like a hands-off policy for the Bloods and Crips and neighborhoods.

But let me just say that who has party purity?  Or ideological perfection?  If 9/10ths of what the Greens stand for is in contrast to 1/10 of the progressive things Democraps stand for, it is what it is.  BAR has always been critical of Israel and Zionism for the years I've been following.   So Jill Stein or no Jill Stein, BAR, to my recollection, has never wavered in being critical of Zionism and Israel.  Articles posted herein prove that.

Food for thought.

Disconnecting the Dots

While nearly all of what Bruce Dixon says is true, there are broader dimentions to the issue that he seems to ignore or avoid.  One is what one comment has referred to as the power of Zionism and its influence on both politcal parties.  First of all I want to make it clear that I do not believe all Zionist are created equal.  By that I mean I know of Jewish people who support a Jewish State but strongly oppose Israli colonial policies toward Palestenians.  I think that may be where most in the Green Party Stand, although I am not clear about their position on the matter.  That said, I don't see much of a difference personally.  Alhtough I would not see it as a priority for the left to advocate the desturction of the State of Israel, I, for one, do not support its existence.

Rosa Clemente, the Green Party's vice presedential candidate in 2012 was strongly opposed to Israili's policies toward the Palestenians to the point of  questioning the right of the Jewisth State to exist.   I know that Cynthia Mckinnney had similar views, but i do not know if they exactly paralleled those of Clemente.  Nevertheless, neither one of them seem to be playing much of a role in Green Party politics presenttly.  I wonder why?

About black leaders not opposing Israeli aggression and the colonization of the Palestenians, I do not believe it is as much of a mystery as Dixon seems to imply.  The power of the Zionists in claiming Israel's right to defend itself without according a corresponding right to the Palestenians, has not been seriously disputed by any elected politician that I know of.  Black polticians are just as dependent for their survival on the favors of the Zionist as any politician,  it is a reality of holding poltical office in America.  We can point to a number of victims who refused  to do otherwise.  So there is your answer Bruce.  Until and if the  situation changes politically, do not expect black polticians to place moral  and human rights considerations over political expediency.  A similar situation did not exist  when black leaders rallied in opposition to apartheid in the sixties.  The political lines in the sand were not so explicitly drawn, as they are today.

Another component that is missing in this scenario, it the issue of reciprocation.   Blacks have usually been at the forefront in supporting civil and human rights for groups other than our own, with  only an occasional deviation.  There are many blacks on the left that are giving unconditional support to the Palestenian's right to a homeland, and the return of refugees to their land of birth, with full citizenship rights in Israel, and the return to the 1967 borders.  However, no such support from the Palestenians seems forthcoming for the issues black face in America.  It's as if they refuse to see the urgency of our problems in America or view them as inconsequential in light of their own. In reality, we all share a common destiny under imperialism, regardless of the degree at any given moment.  I beleive this kind of unity is crucial, if we are going to defeat the monster that devours every morsel of our ability to resist.  Blacks have absolutely no obligation, however,  to subordinate our issues to those of anyone else's.

A while back I listened to a Broadcast on KPFA featuring a panel of Palestenians asking for the audience's support for their demands.  When the black host tried to bring up the parallels between their struggle and the struggle of blacks in America,  specifically, the police killing of Oscar Grant at the time,  the panel refused to react to the host's prodding on the issue, as if it were not their concern.  Black people have a right to expect our support of the Palestenians and other struggles of people of color to be reciprocated, becasue, in my view, we continue to give so much and are receiving so little in return, from the politicians of both parties and the left.

Gaza_Why Obama [& the CBC] Stand & Salute Bibi's Likudnik AIPAC

Cabal- Recall That: Last yr a couple off the street crashed a major White-House affair as Obama was hosting another head of state. This represented a significant security breach- presumably this mystery couple got within striking distance of Obama.... - Then Earlier this yr the editor of a major Jewish publication w the largest circulation in the South, explicitly called for the Mossad to put a hit out on Obama if he refuses to go along w Bibi's desire to launch an unprovoked attack on Iran. So what messages were being sent in these 2 well documented cases? Seems like Obama [& the CBC] got that message.

As Obama stood & saluted Bibi's IDF move on Gaza, he said: 'No nation would tolerate their citizens having 1000s of rockets rain down on them from the outside...' I say O-Bomber needs to take heed to his own words. As Bro Glen Ford has pointed out repeatedly, O-Bomber has authorized drone hell-fire missile attacks from Libya, to Somalia & Yemen, to Af-Pak- which have literally killed hundreds if not thousands of non-combatants as 'Collateral-Damage' [aka 'Bug-Splat...' - By comparison KHamas' barrage of inaccurate, fairly low-explosive power, rockets have thus far killed 5 Israeli's]. The Bible says: 'Those that live by the sword will die by the sword' -&- 'You will reap what you sow' The Old Folks used to say 'What goes around comes around'. My point: O-Bomber by his own words & 'Deeds' has just justified what Bro Ford calls 'The Mother of All Blow-Backs'.

Speaking Truth to Power

Obama shouldn't have signed up to be President if he isn't ready to die.  It it what it is.   A President can be taken out by some redneck racist who thinks he's a commie Muslim, let alone for standing on principles.

If Israel wants to accuse people of being anti-semitic than challenge them to reveal the (diabolical) nature of their system of apartheid.  Let's show it up close and personal and see who withstands scrutiny. 

There is no reason for Obama and the CBC to be cowards when regular folks are being targeted with bombs.  Abby Martin has a more real possibility of being "taken out" than Obama or the CBC.

RT’s Abby Martin Accuses Israel of War Crimes for Targeting Journalists

by Juan Cole

Abby Martin of Russia Today’s Brainwash Update pointed out that Israel’s targeting of Gaza media centers, which killed journalists and endangered employees of many news organizations, was a war crime. (She was hardly alone in this). She was the victim of a smear attempt by the Israel lobby, which accused her of support for terrorism (because she dared call illegal Israeli actions illegal). If more journalists stood up to such smear campaigns with her feistiness, the world would be a better place. Watch her let her detractors have it: 


Obama doesn't speak for us

When It Comes to Gaza, Don’t Let Obama Speak for Black Americans

‘Like an olive tree planted by the water, we shall not be moved’

by Jesse Hagopian  




At the end of our trip I attended what must have been an illegal book reading in East Jerusalem by Palestinian author and activist, Omar Barghouti, who read from his just released, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights (Haymarket Books, 2011). East Jerusalem, Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since its 1967 war, is illegally annexed by Israel and thus falls under the jurisdiction of the 2011 "Law for Prevention of Damage to the State of Israel through Boycott.” As the law reads, “Knowingly publishing a public call for a boycott against the State of Israel will be considered a civil wrong to which the civil tort law applies.” Under this legislation, an individual or organization proposing a boycott may be sued by any individual or institution claiming it could be damaged by such a call, and evidence of actual damage will not be required for a court to order compensatory damages. As Barghouti began speaking I grew uneasy and wondered if we would be raided by the IDF. Then another anxiety crept into my thoughts: What if this law had existed in the United States during the 1950s? I convinced myself that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have still led African Americans in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1955 bus boycott.

At the conclusion of the reading, I told Omar Barghouti about our African Heritage Delegation and the connections members of our group were making between Israeli apartheid and the segregation they had lived through in the American South. Barghouti responded by telling us how important it was for us to tell this truth because the Israeli state was attempting to “blackwash” its crimes by cloaking the Zionist project in the language of the American civil rights movement—offering as proof the Israeli project of planting trees over the ruins of six destroyed Palestinian villages located in the Safad region, naming it the “Coretta Scott King Forest,” after Dr. King’s wife.

African Americans must not allow the history of our brave freedom struggle to be used in the service of—in this case quite literally—covering over war crimes and oppression. Everyone should organize their communities to oppose the Israeli occupation of Palestine, but we African Americans have specific role to play in challenging the first Black president’s unyielding commitment to Israel and connecting our ongoing fight for equality at home with the struggles of the Palestinian people. 

Israel is worse than S. Africa or the U.S. Jim Crow Society

Israel is a sick, facist state, and a nation of racist genocidal maniacs.   Listen to Max Bluementhal on Scott Horton radio.

This sick society is a blot on the world.  They not only discriminate against Palestinians they discriminate against black Africans seeking asylum, whom they call a "cancer" in their society.   They thirst for genocide against non-whites in their precious Holy Land.  Polling in Israel indicates that a majority of its citizens are die-hard racists, they are proud and unabashed about their virulent racism.  The irony of a so-called Black president whose ascendency to office occurred on the foundations of the Civil Rights Movement supporting a state more corrupt, evil and racist than South Africa is stunning.  The complicity of Obama and U.S. legislators and "leaders"  indicates the sickess of U.S. society as well.

The South African apartheid regime and Jim Crow America wanted to subjugate and exploit, the Israeli's want to take it a step further and actually exterminate all non-Whites.