Michael Ignatieff has a problem. A really annoying problem. There's an intellectual lightweight nipping at his heels.
The Canadian Liberal opposition leader's problem is Queen’s University Rector Nick Day, who very strongly objects to Ignatieff’s comments regarding Israeli Apartheid Week. He declares them “ignorant”, and even “unethical”.
Rambling on with the standard complaints about Israel: “targeting civilians” (they don’t), “committing genocide” (only the most ridiculous interpretations of genocide back this claim), and, of course, being an alleged apartheid state.
“The critique of Israeli apartheid is informed by data, observation, scholarship, and UN resolutions and reports,” Day writes. “Scholars, activists, international advocates, civil society leaders and UN officials have observed that the occupation, checkpoints, walls, relocations, and home demolitions committed by Israel in Palestine have created a system of racial separateness and dominance. Thus, they have applied the term ‘apartheid’ because of its obvious and internationally recognized applicability.”
The problem for Day is that the phrase “apartheid” is only applicable if the anti-Israel lobby is successful in reducing “apartheid” to its very basest elements.
The differences are too large for the “Israeli apartheid” narrative to stand. Minorities in South Africa weren’t allowed to form political...More >>