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No, Gadi Taub, Apartheid Is Still a Sin

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Gadi Taub tries to explain in his February 11 Haaretz article why a possible apartheid state in Israel shouldn’t be considered a sin. His basic assumption is that the world is moving from global democracy to a more nationalist democracy.

If he were to summarize his article, Taub could say: I object to apartheid, but it isn’t universally rejected nowadays. There won’t be any more boycotts and isolation; the world is now U.S. President Donald Trump, Britain’s Boris Johnson and Hungary’s Viktor Orban, and not Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron. The world will be able to accept such an apartheid, and so will Israel, because any state that desires life will prefer to continue the occupation when the alternative is risking collective suicide.

Taub’s arguments barely hold water because they are built on two assumptions: First, that the world is moving toward ultra-nationalism and countries are being cautious about taking binding moral positions and........

© Haaretz