Time and again this is raised by propagandists, spokespeople, and supporters of the Israeli government. If ‘yes’, everything else is allowed. If ‘no’….
So let’s have a go.
Firstly, let’s remember that Jews, Arabs and Christians lived as citizens of the state of Palestine for centuries (albeit under different types of imperialist rule, but let’s park that one). So we’re actually talking about the constitution, laws, and actions of the Israeli government and nothing else.
On that, I don’t believe that the government of an apartheid state with different laws for different citizens, brought about by acts of terrorism and the forced expulsion of a population who’d been there for generations, which holds nuclear weapons illegally, and which commit acts of war, piracy, kidnapping, torture and other breaches of human rights on a regular basis should be allowed to continue in the way it does.
In the same way that the apartheid state of South Africa needed international condemnation and actions to finally force the creation of a different and more democratic constitution (including the redefining of borders, such as the so-called ‘black homelands’).
And let’s remember that ‘existence’ alone doesn’t justify the continuing atrocities and war crimes being committed by the powerful and oppressive apartheid state of Israel.