Assaf Harel about Israel: Apartheid has been here for ages!

Asaf Harel, from the comedy show Good Night With Asaf Harel

“But there are a couple of million people that we’re responsible for, and they’re in a horrible state. Infrastructure, food, healthcare, education. Millions who are living in abject poverty. Gaza is on the verge of plague, hours on end without electricity or water, Israel controls everything that goes in or out”[…]

“Ever since the right-wing took power, more and more voices are warning of apartheid. Are you kidding? Apartheid has been here for ages. Ages. It’s just that we’re on its good side, so it doesn’t really bother us. We’ve been abusing the Palestinians on a daily basis for years, denying them their basic rights.

“In Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) we’re taking their lands from them. Once, we used the Jewish National Fund to raise money to buy the lands. Today? We just pass a law saying we can just take their lands and that’s it. Soldiers shoot at stone-throwers because they’re a real threat, but if in Israel someone throws stones they won’t’ even be charged. Palestinian journalist are put on administrative detention, without trial, because they wrote something. Every time we have a holiday they’re under closure, God forbid they ruin it for us”[…]
“We’ve been abusing the Palestinians on a daily basis for years, denying them their basic rights.” […]
“Israel’s most impressive innovation, more than any high-tech project, is our amazing ability to ignore what is happening mere kilometres away, to our neighbours. A whole people, transparent. Like it doesn’t exist”[…]

Assaf Harel was born in Israel in 1972. He studied theater, music and architecture, and then moved to a career in television. Three of his TV series won the Israel Film and Television Academy’s “Best Comedy” award, and one of them, which he also directed, was Israel’s first animation series. He has also written a daily satire program, written and directed a documentary film on the fall of David Ben-Gurion and anchored a culture program on Israel’s Science Channel.


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