Israel has occupied the West Bank for nearly 50 years now. It has maintained its military closure on Gaza for nearly a decade, with no indication that it is even considering a change in policy. This is not a sustainable situation. Almost 13 million people are living on territory controlled by Israel, but only 8 million have the right to vote. At some point, Americans who talk about shared values are going to have to ask whether Jim Crow is one of those values.
A lot of people on Twitter apparently agreed.
@Ali_Gharib Israel has really become a replay of American racial tensions on another scene. The Arabs are under a Jim Crow type regime.
— tom hebert (@tominwindsor) March 20, 2015
— Lawrence D. Elliott (@lawrence_author) March 20, 2015
What if a US politician said gov't is in "danger" b/c blacks are voting "in droves"? Netanyahu's bold-faced Jim Crow http://t.co/cl5rBwSgL6
— Josh Ruebner (@joshruebner) March 18, 2015
But one person was quick to point out what should be obvious — that many Palestinians are forced to live segregated from others in Israel because their terrorist leaders continue to call for the destruction of Israel and they pose an ongoing security threat to the democratic nation — which Hamas refuses to recognize.