Apartheid

As some of you may remember, I mentioned last week that Israeli Apartheid Week was held in New York. As we've all seen from the reaction to former President Carter's recent book, some people find the use of the word "apartheid" offensive, shocking, or far-fetched. Even within the Palestinian solidarity movement, there has been some discussion of the term's usefulness and drawbacks. But when looking at the Occupied Territories--where settlers and Palestinians live in different areas, drive on different roads, go through different checkpoings, and are definitely subject to different treatment--it's hard to argue that the term does not apply. And a South African law professor and UN human rights investigator agrees.
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Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.