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'Apartheid' in Israel needs big discussion

IDENTIFYING that certain sections of Zionism are questionable, perhaps even racist, is not an attempt to de-legitimise Israel (Write Back, May 16).

Stephen Hawking's decision to join the academic boycott of Israel is not necessarily one our society supports; however, let us be factual when defining Israeli apartheid.

In Israel today there exists a maze of laws, military orders and planning procedures making up the structural oppression of the Palestinian people. Racism may be a criminal offence, but it does not stop members of Israel's government from inciting racism against Arabs and black African refugees.

The discussion on Israeli apartheid deserves a dignified discussion as it is highly complex.

GARY SPEDDING

QUB Palestine Solidarity

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