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Readers React: Why Israel deserves to be called an apartheid state

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday,
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs his weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 14.
(Ronen Zvulun / AP)

To the editor: One reader’s letter defending Israel against charges of being an apartheid state demands a rebuttal.

First, the apartheid claim rests not on the second-class citizenship of Arab residents within Israel proper (as un-fully democratic as this is), but on a half-century of egregiously discriminatory non-citizenship of Palestinians in the West Bank.

Second, Israel has been flagrantly violating international law since 1967 through its colonizing West Bank settlements.

Third, Palestinians have rejected Israel’s long-term peace proposals because they failed to deal equitably with the settlement issue.

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Fourth, while Hamas hasn’t helped its cause inside or outside Gaza, Israel has contributed to the missile crisis through its anti-humanitarian blockade.

Finally, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ultra-nationalist rhetoric and policies may not have caused the two-state solution to be “moribund,” but they may have hammered the final nails into the coffin.

Vincent Brook, Los Angeles

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