Is It True?
Is Israel Practicing Apartheid?
Is Israel Committing Genocide?
Is Israel Stealing Water?
Are Settlements the Biggest Obstacle to Peace?
Is Israel Occupying Palestinian Land?
Is Israel a Human Rights Abuser?
Has Israel Committed War Crimes in Gaza?
Apartheid Wall or Security Fence?
Checkpoints and Roadblocks
What Are The Challenges for Peace?
The Boycott
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Is Israel Practicing Apartheid?

Different faces, races, religions, cultures, opinions and preferences all live side by side with equality in Israel. So when Israel's detractors talk about apartheid, they aren't talking about race, religion or sex. Rather, they are alleging that Israel has a different set of rules for Arabs.

To accurately address this issue one has to distinguish between Arab Israelis of Palestinian descent and Palestinians who live in the West Bank and Gaza (collectively referred to as "the territories) who are not Israeli citizens. The former, Arab Israelis, have all the same rights as any other Israeli citizen. Palestinians who live in the West Bank and Gaza, however, are not Israeli citizens and don't want to be. They want the establishment of their own country and often dispute Israel's very right to exist.

Frankly, with regard to Israel, the term 'apartheid' has been corrupted for it is an entirely false description used to shock and sway those unfamiliar with the truth.

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Is Israel Committing Genocide?

Genocide means the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group. After a genocide, the targeted population size decreases dramatically. Since the creation of Israel in 1948, the Arab population in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel has grown exponentially.

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Are Settlements the Biggest Obstacle to Peace?

People in the international community who are critical of Israel claim that Israeli settlements are the biggest obstacle to peace with the Palestinians. The truth is peace hinges on many issues including security and mutual recognition. Sadly, so far neither the Palestinian Authority nor Hamas has recognized Israel as a Jewish state.

Settlement building is a point of dispute, but the absence of settlements has never created peace. There have been many times when Israel has withdrawn her settlements only to be violently attacked by Palestinian militants using those newly acquired areas as launching pads for terrorism. Furthermore, there have been times when both parties have signed and honored peace treaties despite the presence of Israeli settlements. Resolution of the settlement issue is not a cure all solution for the region's unrest. A lasting peace can only be achieved through negotiations between the Palestinian people and their neighbors, the Israelis.

Is Israel Occupying Palestinian Land?

We often hear the news and media referring to the "occupied territories" and Israel's "occupation of the territories," but what does that really mean? Which territories are they referring to? The West Bank? Gaza? Or the entire country of Israel?

Is Israel a Human Rights Abuser?

Israel values the rights of every individual regardless of race, gender, sexual identity, religion or ethnicity. It guarantees free speech, a free press, freedom of religion, open and fair elections, the right to a speedy trial, the right to protest the government and an independent and impartial judiciary. Despite constant threats to its security, it meets all the benchmarks of a liberal, western democracy.

Has Israel Committed War Crimes in Gaza?

In 2009, the UN published the Goldstone report accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza during a 3-week operation against Hamas. In April 2011, Judge Richard Goldstone, who chaired the fact-finding mission, retracted that accusation and expressed regret in a Washington Post Op- Ed saying, "civilians were not intentionally targeted [by Israelis] as a matter of policy...[while] Hamas rockets were purposefully and indiscriminately aimed at civilian targets."

Apartheid Wall or Security Fence?

Israel did not begin to build a security barrier between itself and the West Bank until 2002 when terrorism against its citizens reached unprecedented levels. Although the media often refers to it as a "wall", in fact 97% of the barrier is a chain link fence. The 10 miles of concrete wall was built to prevent the sniper shooting that was frequent in selected areas. The security barrier was not built to separate two groups of people; it's a defensive measure to prevent the loss of innocent lives, and it's working.

Checkpoints and Roadblocks

Checkpoints and roadblocks regulate entry from the West Bank into Israel and resemble checkpoints other nations put along their borders with neighboring states. Their purpose is not to obstruct travel for Palestinians and make movement more difficult. Their purpose is to protect Israel's citizens from terrorist attacks.

Is Israel Stealing Water?

The scarcity of water in the region is a real and growing problem for both the Palestinians and the Israelis. But contrary to this accusation, Israel has not been stealing Palestinian water, rather it has been giving its own water to the Palestinians and has helped modernize the water systems in the West Bank and Gaza.

The Boycott

Art Has No Borders

Boycott groups pressure artists to cancel appearances in Israel and boycott international organizations that want to host Israeli artists.

The Creative Community for Peace is standing up against the cultural boycott of Israel because it is artistic censorship. Freedom of expression requires more than the ability to create, it requires the freedom to communicate with others. Every artistic group has been under pressure from the boycott movement, even individuals who are critical of the policies of the Israeli government!

Artists under fire include musicians, performers, poets, authors, dance troupes and filmmakers. Boycotts are a barrier to peace. Art is unique in its universality, in its ability to touch people from different parts of the planet in similar ways. It has the power to remind us of what we have in common, to make a difference and promote peace.

So we urge all artists to insist that their voices are heard everywhere and by everyone. We urge them to take a stand against the cultural boycott of Israel.

Boycotts = Censorship

What Are The Challenges for Peace?

Since 1948, Israel has actively sought peace with her neighbors. But after 6 decades, only two neighboring peoples accepted a peaceful relationship - and unfortunately the Palestinians were not among them. Instead, the Palestinians have rejected peace offers and formally adopted their now famous "3 No's" Policy: no peace with Israel, no negotiations with Israel, no recognition of Israel. (1) The Palestinian leadership continues to partner with, support and laud terrorists and openly state their ultimate objective to annihilate Israel and the Jewish people completely. Despite this hateful and intolerant attitude, Israel still hopes for peace and awaits a partner with whom to negotiate a true, lasting peace.

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