Trivializing History: How Anti-Israel Activists Have Hijacked the South African ‘Apartheid’ Label to Attack the Jewish State
On Thursday, June 30th, at 9 AM ET, the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) and NGO Monitor are co-hosting the “Trivializing History: How Anti-Israel Activists Have Hijacked the South African ‘Apartheid’ Label to Attack the Jewish State” online forum, bringing together a distinguished group of diplomats, legislators, and policymakers to discuss what must be done to restore the “apartheid” term to its proper context and delegitimize its use in discourse about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to which it has no relevance.
Recent years have seen a global rise in antisemitism, including campaigns questioning Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. One such campaign appropriates the term “apartheid” from its historical South African context with the goal of defaming and isolating Israel by portraying it as a racist entity.
In the past year alone, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International released reports accusing Israel of “apartheid,” and the UN Human Rights Council established a “Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Including East Jerusalem, and in Israel” for the same purpose.
Many prominent world leaders from across the ideological spectrum have vocally condemned these efforts, recognizing their politicized and malicious singling out of Israel for unfair opprobrium. Also, the campaign has fueled antisemitism worldwide, with events such as “Israeli Apartheid Week” inciting hatred against Jewish college students from Cape Town to Los Angeles.
Attempts to link South Africa’s past system of institutionalized racial segregation to the nuanced complexities of contemporary Israeli-Palestinian relations debase history and trivialize the unique suffering true South African “apartheid” victims endured.
For more information on the CAM-NGO Monitor event and FREE registration, please visit: israelapartheid.combatantisemitism.org
A CAM petition urging decision-makers worldwide to reject and condemn the “apartheid” libel of Israel can be accessed and signed here.