The first of these
videos shows an example of Israel’s social apartheid and how it differs from
the more cruder South African version. Whereas
in South Africa hotels would have been for whites only, except for certain
honorary Aryans Whites, in Israel it is
all the more subtle.
The hotel informs its
prospective Jewish guests that the period when they want to stay is a Muslim
festival when there are likely to be many Arabs staying. That way the prospective Jewish guests have a
choice whether to stay in a hotel which also has Arabs in it.
In order to prevent
young Arabs staying, a condition of being a guest is that the young person has
a soldier’s ID card. As Palestinian Israelis
don’t serve in the army they can’t stay!
However, as the hotel manager says, we will refuse Jewish people between 18-21 who also don’t have soldier’s ID. In British law this is known as indirect discrimination. In Israel it is the main means of getting
around direct discrimination. In British
law a neutral criterion, provision or practice that has an adverse impact on
one particular ethnic/racial group is indirect race discrimination.
The new trend for hotels
in #apartheid Israel – warning their ethnic-Jewish guests of expected Arab
guests who are booked for the same period.
In another incident, hotel conditions its service to guests under 21 years of
age, on showing a valid soldier ID: “Which means that 18 to 21 year old
Arabs, who don’t serve in the army, cannot stay in the hotel.”