Or so some people claim…
The charge that Israel is an Apartheid state is nothing short of nonsense – an invention of Palestinian Arabs in an attempt to weaken Israel.
Apartheid refers to the system devised by white South Africans in order to control the larger native black population; it was racist in its basis and called for complete separation of the races.
Israel is not a racist society: Arabs within Israel have complete freedom to move about and available themselves of all services – in hospitals, stores, restaurants, etc., alongside Jewish Israelis. They study in the same universities.
Arabs who are Israeli citizens (approximately 20% of the population) enjoy full equality under the law. They have the same benefits as Jewish Israelis and the same rights to appeal to the courts. They vote and there are Arab members of the Knesset (parliament).
The security fence that Palestinian Arabs have dubbed the “Apartheid fence” was put in place to keep terrorists out of Israel. Since its construction began, the number of terrorists who have been able to infiltrate into Israel for terrorist acts has been greatly reduced.