Saturday, May 1, 2010

The original sin

In recent days the Israeli media - and the Supreme Court judges – gave considerable attention to the blatant discrimination against Sephardi girls at the Ultra-Orthodox school in Immanuel. Banner headlines and strongly worded editorials, condemned this nasty manifestation of racism – as it fully deserved. .

Almost no one bothered to mention the fact that Immanuel is a settlement in an Occupied Territory, established on Palestinian land stolen from its owners by shady tricks, at the time when Ariel Sharon served as Minister of Settlement Expansion, pardon: Minister of Housing.

In the Immanuel schools Arab pupils are not discriminated against. There are simply no Arab pupils. Palestinians are not allowed to live in Immanuel, not even the Palestinians on whose land Immanuel was built.