This week (really, March 1 to 14) is Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).
According to the IAW website, Israeli Apartheid Week is
…an annual international series of events held in cities and campuses across the globe. The aim of IAW is to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement.
According to Campus Media Watch,
This week marks the 5th year that Israel Apartheid Week will be taking place on college campuses around the world. IAW is a series of lectures, films, and actions that attempt to equate Israel with Apartheid South Africa. Due to the provocative nature of the remarks made in this analogy, students from all sides of the Palestinian-Israeli spectrum have emerged and attempted to make their points clear.
I’m taking a class on the Arab-Israeli conflict right now, and the main thing I’ve learned so far is that I don’t know enough to have a definite opinion on what is the right solution in regards to the problems facing Israelis and Palestinians today, and certainly not enough to post that on the internet. (But I will say that I don’t believe the term “apartheid” is the right one to use). However, I think IAW is something that people should be aware of and discuss, even though its vehement anti-Israel stance is kind of counterproductive in regards to fostering a discussion. Although I don’t think that IAW is the right way to stimulate those discussions to happen, I truly believe that people need to talk about the problems that plague both Palestinians and Israelis today with the very people who they disagree with rather than just blaming one another from afar, or else no progress will ever be made.
Some articles on the topic:
Larry Defner in the Jerusalem Post discusses the differences between Colonialism and Apartheid, and between the situation in Israel proper and in the West Bank, as well as the problems inherent in any kind of one-state solution.