As if last weekend’s Purim festivities weren’t enough, some are partying all week long with a little something called "Israeli Apartheid Week," an annual college event where over-privileged students, filmmakers and artists conflate South African history, and the Holocaust, with the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Because all historical events are just the same, right?
Trailer for Crossing the Line.
Apartheid, genocide, Nazism. All these words are haphazardly thrown at Israel, and its supporters, throughout the week by uninformed college activists in-between bong hits and daring bisexual experiments.
Let’s consider the language for a moment.
Apartheid: With Arab citizens and even members of the Knesset, does this word apply? Does Israel, like South Africa, discriminate and segregate solely on race? And does this take into account the land war?
Genocide: Does anyone really believe the state of Israel has plans to exterminate the Palestinian people?
Nazism: I’m not even gonna touch this one.
Check out the short documentary film Crossing the Line directed by Wayne Kopping. Sure, it might morph into something like an Israeli tourism commercial, and is a tad whiny — I’m not sure Jewish college kids are really being "victimized" — but Kopping has a point. With footage of protesters calling Israelis baby killers and even comparing checkpoints to death camps, Crossing documents a disturbing trend at campuses across North America.
Two things are for sure. First, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict definitely deserves criticism, just like all conflicts and countries. And you need more than one semester to understand the hideously complicated nature of the Mid-East conflict. At the very least, all bright young activists should be required to buy a dictionary.