The first week in March is International Apartheid Awareness Week. There are now activities in 40 cities around the world. In solidarity, itisapartheid.org is making March Blog Against Apartheid Month.
The main stream media does not print what is going on in Israel and Palestine. Blogging can be a very effective way to get around this blockade of the truth. If many people are blogging on many different sites on a similar subject and point of view, it can have a ripple effect. That is our intention: to get the word out that there is apartheid in Israel/Palestine. We are asking each supporter of itisapartheid.org to make two blog entries about apartheid in Israel/Palestine in the month of March.
- Look for a blog with recent posts on I/P and post your opinion that Israel is an apartheid state. Google blog and the word “Israel” or “Pro Israel” or “Palestine” or Gaza etc…
- It is ok if others on the blog don’t agree with you.
- Link to the itisapartheid web site, www.itisapartheid.org, so people can see the facts.
- Make your blog short. Under 200 words.
- Send your blog post and where you posted it to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep track.
- Media outlets have blogs, individuals have blogs and organizations have blogs (such as the David project).
- Visit the itisapartheid fact sheet
Sample blog entry:
To question whether there is Israeli Apartheid is like asking if there is any such thing as global warming. There are people who say there is no global warming, but people in the scientific community who study such things say there is no doubt about the facts. The same is true for Israeli apartheid, you can deny the “inconvenient truth,” you can call people names who say it, but it does not make it any less true. Just look at what Israeli human rights group B’Tselem concluded; “Israel has created in the Occupied Territories a regime of separation based on discrimination, applying two separate systems of law in the same area and basing the rights of individuals on their nationality. This regime … is reminiscent of … the apartheid regime in South Africa.”
What about Israel’s leading newspaper Haaretz, which observed in that “The apartheid regime in the territories remains intact; millions of Palestinians are living without rights, freedom of movement or a livelihood, under the yoke of ongoing Israeli occupation.”
Or Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, who said, “If you change the names, the description of what is happening in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank would be a description of what is happening in South Africa.”
Even the Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, said failure of the peace process will sink Israel into a South Africa apartheid struggle. “If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished.”