Sa'ed Atshan
Last updated: 28 April, 2014

“It is disheartening that everyone seems to be authorized to describe the system of oppression that Palestinians face except for Palestinians ourselves”

John Kerry’s statement that Israel risks becoming an apartheid state is being met with many individuals expressing frustration that Kerry isn’t acknowledging that Israel is already an apartheid state, and many Zionists trying to obfuscate the reality of Israeli apartheid, as usual.

“I think it’s significant that the US Secretary of State is now daring to use the ‘a’ word”

I, personally, think it’s significant that the US Secretary of State is now daring to use the “a” word and that he joins a chorus including Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, ANC leaders in South Africa, organizations like Jewish Voice for Peace, and numerous Israeli officials who have made the apartheid analogy.

Yet, it is disheartening that everyone seems to be authorized to describe the system of oppression that Palestinians face except for Palestinians ourselves. We have been saying that we are subjected to the internationally-sanctioned crime of apartheid, under a regime of ethno-religious segregation and legal differentiation, for years now.

It is ironic that even in the discursive invocation of apartheid on the global scale, Palestinians continue to experience an additional manifestation of apartheid, in the form of the further marginalization and silencing of our voices. Even our voices, on matters that impact us most primarily, have been rendered inferior.