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Sunday, September 02, 2007


Danny Rubinstein, a senior member of the editorial staff at Israel's Hebrew 'Palestinian' daily attacked Israel as an 'apartheid state' in a speech at the EU-hosted conference being sponsored by the UN's Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP).
Rubinstein, speaking before 350 guests at the European Union's Brussels parliament building, said: "Today Israel is an apartheid state with different status for four different Palestinian groups: those in Gaza, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israeli Palestinians," the UN report on the conference says. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency says Rubinstein confirmed the comment as more than mere linguistics. "I asked him if he really thought Israel was in a state of apartheid," said the reporter who spoke with him. "And he answered 'yes.'"

The ramifications of branding Israel as apartheid were outlined in several other sessions of the conference, which called for global sanctions and boycotts of the Jewish state. Rubinstein also spoke out in favor of recognizing Hamas's election victory and against the "Partition Wall."
Upon hearing of the speech, the British Zionist Federation canceled an appearance by Rubinstein in London.
The Zionist Federation, upon hearing of Rubinstein's statements, contacted him and decided to cancel his scheduled appearance. "By using the word 'apartheid' in a U.N. conference held at the European Parliament, Danny Rubinstein encourages the demonization of Israel and the Jewish people," Zionist Federation Chairman Andrew Balcombe said in an explanation of the move.
Balcombe then goes on to show how little he understands about Israel:
"I believe he was naive to attend the UN conference. Indeed his own newspaper Haaretz had earlier reported that Israeli and EU lawmakers had attacked the UN meeting for having a completely one-sided, anti-Israeli agenda."
No, Mr. Balcombe. Danny Rubinstein was anything but 'naive.' He knew exactly what he was doing. And when he returns to Israel, his fellow editors at al-Ard will greet him as a hero.

And for those of you who think Rubinstein was the only Jew or Israeli there, the greaseballs from Neturei Karta got a standing ovation, and 'Israeli Arab' Labor party MK Nadia Hilu also planned to attend.

With friends like this, who needs enemies?


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