Originally posted by FMF
Whether it's 'tokenism' is a red herring and, as an exercise in mind reading and assertion & counter-assertion, futile. Israelis number among those who have used the term 'apartheid' when criticizing their own nation's political system. The question is: will their specific complaints about citizenship, land & housing, freedom of political action and speech be addressed by a Muslim being promoted in the Traffic Department?
Obviously, this one event doesn't solve all the problems; but this event does belie the entire "Apartheid" comparison that is the only basis for usage of the word.
This is hardly tokenism.
Arabs make up a significant percentage of government employees
There are Arab Generals in the IDF
There is an Arab on the Israeli Supreme Court:
They even have their own little affirmative action program to increase arab representation in the government
Seriously. How could anyone reasonable use the "Apartheid" comparison? I know some Israeli people use it as well. There are nuts in Israel too. That doesn't make it any more correct.