03-May-07
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This is Apartheid

Two (Lutheran) Church of Norway bishops visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories in mid-April have said they were appalled at the way Israelis were treating Palestinians who hugely outnumber them in the West Bank city of Hebron. "This is apartheid," Bishop Ernst Baasland of Stavanger told the Norwegian daily newspaper VG. Bishop Baasland was part of an official Church of Norway delegation that included Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien of Borg and four other church leaders. "I do not believe the majority of Israelis know how bad the situation is here in Hebron. That's the way it was also in South Africa. Most whites knew little of the harassment of the black majority [while living under the apartheid system]", Bishop Baasland said.