Drawing Fire: Investigating the Accusations of Apartheid in Israel singularly sets out to show that there is no parallel between the apartheid of South Africa and Israel. The author wants it to be clear that what white South Africa did to blacks is not at all similar to tensions between Israel and the Palestinians — a thesis that many people may find difficult to swallow because the propaganda claiming that Israel practices South African-style apartheid is so very pervasive.
Benhamin Pogrund is a South African journalist who worked for 26 years at the Rand Daily Mail in Johannesburg and was the newspaper’s deputy editor when it was closed by the Apartheid government. It was Pogrund and his newspaper that pioneered coverage of the story of blacks in South Africa. The Daily Mail was shuttered because it was anti-Apartheid; his credentials on this matter are impeccable.
The most convincing segment of the book is a twenty-page chart list, item by item and issue by issue, comparing Israel and the Palestinians to South Africa and the blacks.
The author asserts that the entire argument is about delegitimizing Israel more than it is about defending Palestinians. He believes that the purpose behind the charge is to condemn Israel as an illegitimate state. In that way, he concludes, sanctions and other international actions can be brought against Israel to ultimately cause the demise of the state.
This is an essential read for everyone who wants to persuasively confront the BDS movement.