Ben Goldstein outside Bethlehem (Image credit: YouTube screenshot)
Intrepid video blogger and activist Ben Goldstein recently turned the "apartheid Israel" myth on its head in a video on his YouTube channel.
Filming from the entrance to an Arab village adjacent to Bethlehem, Goldstein showed the large red signs visible throughout Judea and Samaria, which "forbid" Israelis - and for all intents and purposes, Israeli Jews - from entering.
"The world likes to scream 'apartheid' when it comes to Jews living in the land of Judea, in the land of Israel," said Goldstein. But as he explained, there is a real "apartheid" going on - although it isn't Israeli.
Goldstein, Ben. "It's Illegal to enter Bethlehem!?" YouTube. August 04, 2017. Accessed September 28, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=velAC5wVqZs.
The signs are posted on roads leading to the many regions of Judea and Samaria designated as Area A by the Oslo Accords, which determined that they would be under the military and administrative control of the Palestinian Authority.
While the signs claim entrance for Israelis is against Israeli law, there is in fact no such law banning entry - although it likely would be a death penalty given the lack of security, which is a result of the absence of an Israeli military presence.
"Show me where in Israel there's a sign like this that says entrance to Muslims, entrance to Christians, is forbidden. Show me that," said Goldstein, emphasizing that while "apartheid" doesn't exist in Israel, it's being implemented in Judea and Samaria.