‘Regime of apartheid’ – Author Shlomo Sand on how he stopped being a Jew

Published on Aug 20, 2020
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Shlomo Sand, professor of history at the University of Tel Aviv and author of the book, How I Stopped Being a Jew, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about why he chose to pull away from the Jewish state. He considers himself Israeli, but he lives in what Benjamin Netanyahu calls a ‘Jewish state’. He says this means the Jews are a privileged people, and the 25% of the country who are not Jewish are an underclass. He says that people in Europe forgive a ‘racist attitude’ and a 47-year occupation of a population ‘without any civil, political rights’ because they feel uncomfortable about what happened in the past. He believes there is no future for a state like this in the Middle East, calling it a ‘suicide society’ with a ‘regime of apartheid’ accepted by the world. The vote to recognise Palestinian statehood was a vote against this by Parliament, was purely symbolic and amounted to no real political pressure. And if someone cares about Palestine or Israel, they have to make ‘any pressure possible’ on Israel to leave occupied territories, and change their daily attitude towards

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