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What Jews are doing now

Jeff Halper, Znet, September 8:

Warehousing is the best, if bleakest, term for what Israel is constructing for the Palestinians of the Occupied Territories. It is indeed worse than the apartheid-era South African bantustans. The ten non-viable mini-states established by South Africa for the black African majority on only 11% of the country’s land were, to be sure, a type of warehouse. They were intended to supply South Africa with cheap labor while relieving it of its black population, thus making possible a European dominated “democracy.”

This is precisely what Israel is intending – its Palestinian Bantustan encompassing 15% of historic Palestine, but with a crucial caveat: Palestinian workers will not be allowed into Israel, which has found a cheaper source of labor, some 300,000 foreign workers imported from China, the Philippines, Thailand, Rumania and West Africa, au! gmented by its own Arab, Mizrahi, Ethiopian, Russian and Eastern European citizens. From every point of view, historically, culturally, politically and economically, the Palestinians have been defined as “surplus humanity;” nothing remains to do with them except warehousing, which the concerned international community appears willing to allow Israel to do.

7 comments ↪
  • moshe

    butt head joins up with the anthropoligist Halper. The 2 share so much in common. Butt head's a reform non Jew and Halper studies "humanity" but knows nothing of Jewish culture. Halper has, like butt head removed himself from being jewish so as to attain "objectivity". The apartheid argument serves as a key progaganda tool of the Arab states to accomplish their military/diplomatic goal of isolating the Jewish state among the community of nations. When a individual abandons his his people and gives aid and support to the enemy, what's that called? It's on the tip of my tongue!

  • John Ryan

    once again Moshe the settler raises his head,the biggest problem he has is that what Antony say is true,but then like most extremists Moshe of the right he cant see that.
    The more you oppress the more people will resist you.

  • moshe

    John Ryan, why do you speak, pretending you know things that you have not a clue. I lived in Gan Shmuel, a merizt kibbutz for 2 years. I got socialism from my mother's milk and both my older brother and I formally studied communism Marx Lenin especially Troskii, Bukenin etc! I live and have bought a house in Be'er Sheva. I you know anything other than farting from your mouth, you know that this reality does not at all jive with what you wrote above. The thing that defines a fool, that the fool has no shame when his authority all see it for what it really is.

  • John Ryan

    Yes but I know BS when I hear it,and I also know that no side is entirely right I also can read history and know and read about the deal over Palestine during WW1.
    have been reading this blog for a long time and your just Another in the long line of Propaganda ministry clones who try to discredit the author of this blog.
    As for Farting with my mouth I think you may have a very good claim on that one sunshine.

  • moshe

    Yes but I know BS when I hear it. English lit. 101 a general statement requires qualifying particulars. A dumbass goy has a relationship with a church reform jew, butt head and dumb ass as they dance through this blog cheek to cheek

  • moshe

    Prof. Halper Honorary Citizen of Gaza

    (IsraelNN.com) Hamas authorities granted Israeli pro-Arab activist Prof. Jeff Halper honorary citizenship and a Gaza passport before he returned home from the region last week. He said was emotionally moved by the honor, which also was awarded to Lauren Booth, sister-in-law of Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair. She remains in Gaza following failed attempts to cross into Egypt and through the Erez Crossing at the northern end of Gaza.

    Prof. Halper and Booth were among more than 40 activists who symbolically broke Israeli sovereignty over Gaza waters. They are planning a second sailing in two weeks and are campaigning to gather one million signatures for a petition to be submitted to the United Nations calling for an end to Israel's restrictions on travel and shipments at the Gaza crossings. Israel has allowed hundreds of trucks a week to deliver humanitarian shipments of goods and commodities but has limited further passage because of intermittent rocket and mortar shelling, despite the Gaza truce agreement that went into effect in mid-June.

  • moshe

    'Free Gaza's Halper Never was a Professor

    (IsraelNN.com) Jeff Halper, who has been described in international and Israeli media as a professor of anthropology at Ben Gurion University, never served in that capacity, according to university officials. He was an outside lecturer "for a total of two semesters" at Ben Gurion, several years ago, they said.

    The university objected to the use of the term professor with his name and added that "he cannot claim he was a "faculty member of our institution, much less a tenured professor."