One of the effective lies used by critics of Israel and its enemies is the apartheid lie • Meretz, in an attempt to wink left, uses the absurd analogy
"We were ambassadors to South Africa," three silver-haired men declare above Meretz's ever-green campaign ad, "it can't happen here either."
What does "it" mean?
Oh clear, apartheid.
The subtext is sharp.
Apartheid is already here.
But there is a solution to the threat: "That is why we support Meretz."
This campaign ad is shocking.
Let's start with the "fact-check": The apartheid regime in South Africa ended in 1990.
The three honorary ambassadors, Alon Liel (1994), Ilan Baruch (2005) and Arthur Link (2013), served there after, or long after there was no apartheid.
From the ad it appears that they were there and fought apartheid with their nails.
During their service he was a historian.
And the shock: One of the effective lies used by critics of Israel and its enemies and anti-Semites in the world is the apartheid lie.
This is the classic example of a lie that is repeated over and over until it is absorbed.
Lawyers compare Israeli law to South African, historians prove the apparent resemblance in signs, and other haters of Israel celebrate "Apartheid Week" every year.
But in Israel inside and outside the Green Line there is no apartheid.
In South Africa, racial segregation has been established by law and has affected all areas of life.
In Israel, on the other hand, Jews and Arabs work together, study together, serve together, spend time together and thrive together.
A visit to one of the shopping areas in Judea and Samaria is enough to see the daily and blessed synergy between Israelis and Palestinians there as well.
True, the situation of the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria in some legal respects is not good at all and there is room for improvement, along with finding a long-term solution, but the current situation and apartheid? East and West.
Meretz was a Zionist left.
In recent years she has been an officer, but has maintained her character.
To me, her vision for a Jewish-Arab partnership and for the inclusion of Arabs in her list is good and worthy.
But trying to rake in a few more anti-Israel votes that will save the party from deletion comes at a high price.
Its willingness to join the apartheid lie will further serve the haters of Israel, who seek every Israeli move to hang on to it in order to undermine Israel's legitimacy as a Jewish state.
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And one more thing: in the last three election campaigns the campaigns worked in media and digital, but there was also a real world.
The election in the shadow of the corona made gatherings, market tours and kisses of politicians on the foreheads of infants impossible.
The contestants became virtual characters;
Digital is the street, the market, the conference hall.
At this stage, it is already clear to us how much the digital world is exposed to manipulation, and to what extent Israeli regulation and election laws are not prepared for this.
In this reality it is our job, the digital consumers, to monitor the manipulations, to ignore them, and when possible, also to mark them to prevent them from affecting our real lives.
Dr. Shuki Friedman is a law lecturer at the Peres Academic Center