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Wednesday, 5 December 2018
The Real Message of Chanukah.
The contemporary message of Chanukah is this. We, who are active in countering false claims against Israel, are accustomed to hear blatant lies about our country being an "apartheid state occupying someone else's land," but think about this. If Chanukah represents anything it is the message of how we Jews fought off Greece, an ancient European colonial power, because we were (are) the indigenous people in our own land.
Remember that whenever you hear that we are "occupying Palestinian land." If you want to see real apartheid, how about the insistence of the Palestinian leadership that no Jew can be a Palestinian in a State of Palestine. That is genuine racist apartheid.
Barry Shaw, Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.