The Middle Eastern Apartied
Occasionally, people like the left-of-center blogger Donovan at Where I Stand and I find ourselves in full agreement. Here's a real shocker...today I find myself in full agreement with Donovan and, of all people, Jimmy Carter, who called Israel "an apartied state" this week.
I don't often agree with Carter. As far as American Presidents go, he has by far been the worst in my lifetime. His economic policy was a disaster, one for which he didn't help himself by blaming the American people for the problem and talking down to them in one of the most ridiculed speeches in American history. His foreign policy was far worse, with only the Camp David Accords standing as a success of any sort (and it could be argued that the accords haven't brought overall peace to the region over the long term).
Carter is, however, a very intelligent man, and despite my problems with him, smart people are usually able to call a spade a spade, and so Jimmy Carter has done where many of the policies of the State of Israel are concerned. Calling the Israelis out frequently results in those who are doing the calling being called anti-Semites and Jew-haters, and in some cases that is putting it mildly.
I am not an anti-Semite, and this post denouncing the so-called historical conference in Iran should serve as one example of my opinion of those who are. Yet I have been called an anti-Semite because I have been publicly critical of Israel. My "awakening moment" came several years ago when a priest friend of mine went to the Holy Land and was able to avoid going with any sort of tourist group or guided group-a rarity indeed. He returned with pictures of Palestinians living in slums, being guarded and told when to come and go. These people didn't look or (according to accounts) act like terrorists, and one of the things I was told by my friend was that he was welcomed into many a Palestinian home with great hospitality-especially when it was learned that he was a visiting Catholic priest from America.
The clincher for me was when he showed pictures and pointed out the Palestinians he met who were Christians and the churches they attended. These folks were treated like all the other Arabs-like second class citizens. They have it doubly tough because the Muslim community doesn't trust them either and they have a multitude of restrictions on being able to build churches or proclaim the faith in public-restrictions imposed by the Government of Israel.
I join Carter just this once and face reality: Israel practices apartied and breeds the terrorists who seek to destroy her.
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