Assaf Harel, an Israeli TV host spoke out against the suffering of Palestinians under Israeli rule, Huffington Post reports.
Harel made his comments on his nighttime comedy show “Good Night With Assaf Harel.”
“If you look at our life from a bird’s-eye view, we’re doing pretty great. Really. Great weather, great food, great people, great beaches. It’s not so bad here, in general. And that’s exactly the point, that we’re doing great, but there are a couple of million people that we’re responsible for, and they’re in a horrible state. Infrastructure, food, health care, education. Millions who are living in abject poverty. Gaza is on the verge of plague, hours on end without electricity or water. Israel controls everything that goes in or out.”
Harel went as far as to call the disparity of power, resources, human rights, and physical separation apartheid:
“Ever since the right-wing took power, more and more voices are warning of apartheid. Are you kidding? Apartheid has been here for ages. Ages. It’s just that we’re on the good side, so it doesn’t really bother us.”
Israel’s far-right feels emboldened by Trump’s seeming blanket support for Israeli goals, including abandoning a two-state solution and cover for increased settlement development into Palestinian land (other than one request during a joint press conference for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to maybe cut back on it for a little while).
Harel went even further to describe the disparity of power between Israel and Palestine, and how that’s processed:
“Israel’s most impressive innovation, more than any high-tech project or Rafael weapon, is our amazing ability to ignore what is happening mere kilometers away to our neighbors, a whole people, transparent, like it doesn’t exist.”
“On one side the extremists kill, and on the other side the ‘extremists’ talk. On one side the extremists burn people alive, and on the other side the extremists demand human rights.”
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