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Israel Apartheid Analogy Sparks Intense Debate on Twitter

By    |   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 08:33 PM

When the comparison between Israel’s apartheid-perceived treatment toward Palestinians was made early in 2014 to that of the decades-long South African oppression of native black residents, people of all ethnicities and backgrounds took to Twitter to tweet their feelings.

Several prominent officials across the globe have decried Israel’s policies, which have resulted in different rights for Jewish native Israelis and persons of Palestinian descent. Israeli supporters, however, have defended the move as one of security.

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The Israeli apartheid debate arguably picked up steam when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a remark against Israel’s policies at a summit earlier this year. Reaction toward Kerry’s statement was strong, and days later he backpedaled — somewhat — on his statement.


As time has gone on, the debate over Israel’s alleged apartheid state has only intensified on Twitter.



But a quick scan of Twitter reveals plenty of posts from pro-Israeli supporters.




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In some instances, Twitter debates have focused on singular incidents concerning the Israel apartheid debate.


Case in point: British politician George Galloway refused to engage in a debate about the issue with an Israeli student during a lecture at Oxford University. Galloway’s decision sparked a firestorm of commentary on Twitter, as reported in The Guardian newspaper.






Responding to the numerous queries directed his way after the February 2013 Oxford incident, Galloway issued this tweet:



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When the comparison between Israel's apartheid-perceived treatment toward Palestinians was made early in 2014 to that of the decades-long South African oppression of native black residents, people of all ethnicities and backgrounds took to Twitter to tweet their feelings.
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