Trudy Rubin indulges in the convenient fiction that has been standard in American political discourse (“Settlements wrong path for Israel”, Jan. 4). She claims that Israel can remain a democracy, but only so long as an Israeli Jewish majority enjoys supremacy over a non-Jewish Palestinian minority.
According to that logic, Israel was a democracy in its first years after having cleansed itself of 750,000 Palestinians between 1947 and 1949. It was a democracy as it kept the remaining non-Jewish population under military rule until the end of 1966 when it granted them separate but unequal citizenship. Israel was a democracy in 1967 when it took control over the Palestinian refugees and native inhabitants in Gaza and the West Bank. Israel remained a democracy as it expropriated Palestinian lands and facilitated the transfer of Israeli citizens into Jewish-only extraterritorial settlements.
Here’s the rub: Trudy Rubin asserts that Israel can remain a racist state because there is nothing racist about a Jewish majority ruling over a non-Jewish minority. An apartheid state is an apartheid state whether a minority rules over a majority or a majority rules over a minority. Israel was founded as an apartheid state. It’s time to end Israeli apartheid.