Alas, we’re all conditioned, we all respond on cue, like Pavlov’s dogs. Owing to the relentless crusade of delegitimisation of a certain tiny country in the Middle East – a country more sinned against than sinning – we all know which wall they, and others, mean by “the wall”. Israel’s “apartheid wall”, of course.
The people who are so swift to do so seldom if ever utter a word in condemnation of the male supremacist gender apartheid committed by some Islamic regimes, who prohibit the public space to their female chattels unless those unlucky enough to be of the "inferior" gender suborn their identities by concealing themselves behind grotesque portable walls (such as these shroud-like garments which make their wearers look like a nightmarish regiment of risen corpses in a horror movie ) that impede their vision, hamper their breathing, make them perspire, and give their unborn infants rickets.
No, sirree! If you observe to your average common or garden lefty that gender apartheid is a violation of human rights – as my then schoolboy son, bless him, did to his trendy lefty teacher during a class discussion on South Africa –you’ll most likely be met, as he was, with a shrug and a dismissive “Oh, but it’s part of their culture”.
I’m really going to have to return to this whole “Israel is an apartheid state” canard in a future blogpost (or two). For, like so many of the monstrous lies that the far left and the Islamicists who find themselves in an incongruous embrace owing to their common hatred of the world’s only Jewish State have fed the public over the past few decades, this one has been swallowed and digested, emerging – as is the case with so many lies about “The Zionist Entity” – with the status of an unassailable truth.
'The activist comedian Mark Thomas has praised Palestinian Christians for their role in the growth of nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation.
Thomas recently walked the length of the wall surrounding the Occupied Palestinian Territories, in preparation for a book and a film on the subject....
Thomas, an atheist, said, “When Christians get it right, they really get it right”.
He applauded the decision of Christian churches in Jerusalem to describe the occupation as a sin. And he quoted one Christian priest who told him that he was resisting the occupation to “save our Israeli brothers and sisters from committing a mortal sin”.
Thomas made his comments while drawing links between military occupation and the arms industry in a speech to the annual National Gathering of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) in London on Saturday (6 November).
He said that seeing the wall in Palestine reminded him that campaigning against the arms trade is part of a wider struggle against militarism and all that keeps it in place. Thomas has used comedy alongside more traditional campaigning methods to work against the arms trade over the last decade.”' (hat tip: Richard Hall http://theconnexion.net/wp/?p=8897#comments)
As Shiraz Maher observed a year ago on Standpoint's “Focus on Islamism” blog (crossposted at http://www.spittoon.org/archives/3562) :
“Once the Saudi government lost confidence in Yemen’s ability to curb domestic terrorism, they decided to build a physical barrier. Much of it runs through contested territory. According to the 2000 Jeddah border treaty between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, a demilitarised ‘buffer zone’ should exist between both countries, protecting the rights of nomadic Bedouin tribes which live in the cross-border area.
Yet, parts of the Saudi barrier stand inside the demilitarised zone, violating the 2000 agreement and infuriating Yemen. The Foreign Minister, Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi, made official representations to the Saudi government in 2003 arguing This area is supposed to be for pasturing. That was part of the agreement. The tribesmen have been allowed to cross over from one side to another for pasturing. That is a traditional way of life for tribesmen in that area.
Not anymore. A prominent leader of the Wayilah tribe which occupies the disputed area explains The barrier has hindered grazing and free movement by many tribesmen. The tribesmen have the right to be free, but the barrier is taking away their freedom.
As far as I know, this ‘siege’ hasn’t been covered by Press TV but I’m sure Yvonne Ridley and George Galloway will soon be leading a delegation to support the heavily persecuted Wayilah tribe who are discriminated against mainly because they are Shia – a minority sect of Islam despised by Wahhabis.
More recently, Saudi Arabia has also built a physical barrier along its border with Iraq to stop jihadists from the Kingdom going over to join the mujahideen. Talal Anqawi hailed it a major success saying that cross-border incursions had dropped by up to 40%.”On its 900-mile border with Pakistan, Iran has been busily erecting a 10-feet high, 3-feet thick reinforced concrete wall to halt drug trafficking and terrorism. That this wall has deeply upset the population of Balochistan, upon whose territory it encroaches, separating family members s from each other by cutting across their land, has gone unremarked – and certainly uncondemned – by a world community obsessed only with the “wall” constructed by Israel. To quote Shiraz Maher again:
Twenty [one] years on from the collapse of the Berlin Wall physical barriers continue to be employed around the world. They may not be pretty, but they are effective. Indeed, even Israel’s biggest critics would have to concede that suicide bombings have fallen away sharply ever since the construction of the security fence in parts of Gaza and the West Bank. Yet, Islamists and parts of the political left obsess only about Israel but do not extend similar condemnation to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, or Pakistan.”