Photos from the American Muslims for Palestine Press Conference earlier this week from their Facebook page
|Lynn Gottleib and Hassan Fouda at American Muslims for Palestine Press Conference|
Hassan Fouda is a regular at Bay area Anti-Israel events. Sometimes he likes to pretend he's a Jew.
|Anti-Israel activist Hassan Fouda posing as a Jew|
|Lynn Gottleib, Cecilie Surasky, Hatem Bazian and Hassan Fouda at AMP press conference|
|Partners in Solidarity: JVP forms alliances with some of the most extremist anti-Israel groups in the area.|
Ultimately, only the San Francisco Examiner ran the story, but they didn't give the extremists quite the publicity they craved, stating "The “apartheid” campaign is the latest in a series of messages on Muni vehicles related to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East." Yep. That's "apartheid" in parentheses. The Examiner article was followed by an op-ed written by Rev. Dr. Kenneth Meshoe, a member of the South African Parliament, president of the African Christian Democratic Party and a black South African who lived under apartheid.
Dr. Meshoe wrote:
....In my view, Israel cannot be compared to apartheid in South Africa. Those who make the accusation expose their ignorance of what apartheid really is.
Apartheid was a legal system of segregation and oppression based on skin color, with a very small white minority dominating over the vast majority of people of color....
I believe that it is slanderous and deceptive for Israel’s self-defense measures against the terrorists’ campaign of suicide bombing, rocket attacks and other acts of terrorism that have occurred, and continue to occur, to be labeled as apartheid. I am shocked by the claim that the free, diverse, democratic state of Israel practices apartheid. This ridiculous accusation trivializes the word apartheid, minimizing and belittling the magnitude of the racism and suffering endured by South Africans of color.
I urge all people, young people in particular, to visit Israel and learn the facts for themselves so that they can confidently refute these false allegations against Israel. The misapplication of the term apartheid makes a mockery of a grievous injustice and threatens to undermine the true meaning of the term.
In my view, Israel is a model of democracy, inclusion and pluralism that can be emulated by many nations, particularly in the Middle East.