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Ontario Government Bans Use of "Israeli Apartheid"

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The Ontario government recently approved a motion that the term "Israeli Apartheid" should not be used. 

The motion passed with unanimous support from the Ontario Tory's, Liberals and NDP.

Speaking to the Toronto Sun Conservative MPP Peter Shurman stated that "I want to be clear about what it is I’m trying to do.  I want the name changed. It’s that simple. It’s just wrong."

And why is it wrong for Shurman?  What stunning and well thought out rational did Shurman use to back up his condemnation of the words "Israeli Apartheid"? 

Does he dispute that there are similarities between the Bantustan system in South Africa and the territory allotments to Palestinians?  Did he challenge the claim that there are two different laws that exist in Israel, one for Israelis and another for Palestinians?  Why did he and the entire Legislature choose to target the the term "Israeli Apartheid"?

“My problem is the name,” he said. “Israeli Apartheid Week is not dialogue, it’s a monologue. The name is hateful, it is odious and that’s not how things should be in my Ontario. It’s a term that frankly I’m sick of hearing. Get rid of this word apartheid.”

Two things. 

One, Shurman never said that the term was not accurate in describing the system.  Which makes sense given many South Africans and Israelis themselves use this terms to describe the treatment of Palestinians. 

Two, replace the word "Israeli" with "South African" in Shurman's quote and it makes about as much sense as it would have in the 1980's.

 


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