Israel’s Education Minister sharply denounced an op-ed article by Dr. Neve Gordon, a political science lecturer from Ben-Gurion university. In the article which appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Professor Gordon described Israel as an “apartheid state” and pointed out 3.5 million Palestinians and half a million Jews live in occupied land which has two sets of laws, one for the occupier and one for the occupied. Guess which group is which. He pointed out that “while these two groups live in the same area, they are subject to totally different legal systems.” Professor Gordon is upset that words from the UN or the US have failed to end the occupation and denial of basic rights for Palestinians.
Most probably many people support the Israel occupation of the West Bank and construction of settlements, but how can they deny there are two different legal systems governing the area? Israel’s Consul-General in Los Angeles, Yaakov Dayan termed Professor Gordon as possessing “anti-Zionist” attitudes. Professor Gordon is certainly expressing a Zionist view although many might disagree with his ideas.
When will it be possible to express a view that challenges the current Israel government without being denounced as an anti-semite or anti-Israel?