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Every year the event “Israel Apartheid Week” begins to rear its ugly head in college campuses across the US and the world.  The organizers of this event would like for the uneducated and unwary to believe their narrative that Israel is an apartheid state in the same mold as South Africa.  However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth – in fact its an outright lie.  The information below will explain exactly why Israel IS NOT an apartheid state.

The definition of apartheid according to Merriam-Webster is “racial segregation; specifically :  a former policy of segregation and political and economic discrimination against non-European groups in the Republic of South Africa.”

“Apartheid”, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apartheid, accessed February 23, 2016)

In Israel today there are 1.7 million Arab citizens who make up 20 percent of Israel’s population.  These Arabs are full citizens and enjoy the same rights as their fellow Jewish citizens.  The Arab citizens of Israel are able to pursue careers in any field they wish – actors, singers, models, news anchors, soldiers, politicians, athletes, etc.

They, along with Christians, Druze, Baha’i, Hindus, and others all have equal rights to live their lives in freedom and safety. All of Israel’s citizens enjoy freedom of religion as well as equal rights for genders and sexual orientation.  Among the many notable Israeli Arabs there are two Supreme Court justices, the captain of the Israeli Hapoel soccer team, the Israeli ambassador to Ecuador, the mayor of Nazareth and a general in the Israel Defense Forces. Arabs have their own political parties and have served in the Knesset as members of their own parties as well as the non-Arab parties.  Today there are currently 17 members of the Israeli Knesset who belong to the Arab political parties – many of whom actively work against the state of Israel while enjoying all of the benefits!

Israel does not have separate water fountains, toilets or public transportation systems which is typically seen in countries with racial or ethnic segregation.  During the apartheid regime in South Africa laws dictated where Black South Africans could live, work, go to school and travel.  They were completely disenfranchised and were not even considered citizens of South Africa even though they formed the overwhelming majority of the population.

Contrast this situation with the treatment of Palestinians, women and homosexuals in Arab countries.

In Lebanon Palestinians are banned from owning property or passing it on to their descendants, and they are also barred from employment as lawyers, doctors and more than 20 other professions. (Amnesty International, “Annual Report: Lebanon 2013”, http://www.amnestyusa.org/research/reports/annual-report-lebanon-2013?page=show and “Lebanon’s Apartheid Laws”, The Gatestone Institute, July 21, 2013, http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3770/lebanon-apartheid-laws)

In Saudi Arabia women are banned from walking without a chaperone, driving a car, going for a swim, or even interacting with men.  During the recent renovation of a Starbuck’s in Riyadh the owner asked that women send their drivers in to place an order to avoid the possibility of interaction between men and women. (“Eleven Things Women in Saudi Arabia Cannot Do”, The Week, February 4, 2016, http://www.theweek.co.uk/60339/eleven-things-women-in-saudi-arabia-cant-do)

In Iran Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged in 2014 for killing the man who was in trying to rape her while he was in the act of assaulting her. (“Iran’s Hanging of Reyhaneh Jabbari Condemned”, BBC, October 25, 2014, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29769468)

The obsession which the organizers of the Israel Apartheid Week completely ignores the fact that Israel is a democratic, multicultural, multiracial society.  Israel airlifted tens of thousands of black men, women and children from Africa and gave them citizenship. Today, more than 130,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel and have served in the Knesset, achieved high ranks in the military, served as an ambassador and won the Miss Israel.

In a 2014 poll of Arabs 77 percent of Israeli Arabs prefer to live in Israel – not under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority. (“Poll: Arabs Prefer to Live in Israel – Not ‘Palestine'”, United With Israel, December 22, 2014,  http://unitedwithisrael.org/palestinians-want-to-live-in-israel-not-under-the-pa/)

The Israel Apartheid Week organizers prefer to ignore the above facts and prefer to falsely claim that Israeli “apartheid” drives the Palestinian situation in the West Bank. However that’s completely incorrect.  Israel’s policy in the West Bank is driven not by racial or ethnic discrimination but rather by the security needs of Israel.  The Palestinians have had multiple opportunities to reach a comprehensive peace agreement with Israel – most notably in 2000 with Ehud Barak’s offer at the Wye River Plantation talks and more recently in 2008 with Ehud Olmert’s peace proposal which Abu Mazen dismissed outright because, as he claimed, he didn’t have access to a map at the time!

95% of all Palestinians in the West Bank live under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority and have been doing so since the implementation of the Oslo agreements over 20 years ago.  Israel withdrew from Gaza back in 2005 and since then has lived under the constant threat of rockets, mortar, gun fire and now terror tunnels.  Gaza is 100% ruled by Hamas – an organization that is not only dedicated to the destruction of Israel but in the genocide of the Jewish people as a whole.  In the West Bank the denial of basic freedoms such as the freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the freedom of assembly comes from the Palestinian Authority itself (“Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories”, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_the_Palestinian_territories).

Israel Apartheid Week is a out and out lie.  Israeli Arabs enjoy a standard of living that ranks among the highest in the Middle East and, to some extent, the world.  They are able to live, work, and enjoy all of the benefits of an open, pluralistic society which is exactly what was denied to Black South Africans under the apartheid regime.  Israelis come from a wide range of backgrounds – racial, ethnic, and religious – and all of them enjoy the freedoms that many in the West enjoy as well.  One day the Palestinians in the West Bank (and hopefully Gaza) will also be able to enjoy such freedoms – but they will have to choose leaders who truly embrace those freedoms and be willing to achieve an honest peace with Israel.

 

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While I normally don’t always care for the New York Times‘ Nicholas Kristoff’s position on a variety of subjects, I have to say that today he definitely put together a very amusing satirical opinion piece.  “Bonuses for Billionaires” does a fantastic job of doing a tongue-in-cheek discussion of the position of the Republicans and the Tea Party stalwarts in Congress on the U.S. debt and how to get it under control.  But even more interesting than his satire in the piece is one of the comments left by a reader of the piece.  The reader, MNW, from Connecticut suggests the following (and yes, it has been making its way around the Internet in one form or another for a few months now so this is certainly not original – but I think the way this individual wrote it is the best):

What we need is a total reform of the Congress and here is a good place to start. Bring them up to speed with the population as a whole – what is good enough for us is good enough for them.

Congressional Reform Measures for the out-of-touch in the Congress.

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote itself a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.

The American people did not make any contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

The greatest welfare system in the country is that enjoyed by the Congress itself. The time has come to raise their taxes and to impose term limits upon their jobs – especially in view of the fact that they spend the greater part of their time working for nothing more than their own re-election.
Welcome to a new world order, congressional persons. Do join us all.

It would be lovely if this actually happened as I (and I’m sure many other Americans) feel that Congress is so out of touch with the American public – especially the middle class – and they have become a new breed of individuals – Homo Politicus – that some measure of reset is necessary.  I’m not some radical left-wing activist, nor am I a right-wing Tea Party supporter, I tend to be more middle-of-the-road…but I certainly feel that Congress no longer works for the American people…Congress works for the those who can enrich their lives…and that is not good for the rest of us.  Just my .02.

It took a little effort to figure it out along with some research but I’ve finally managed to move the SUSDB from the SQL Server instance running on my System Center Configuration Manager VM back over to the WSUS VM with SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. Essentially I followed a combination of procedures that can be found at the following links:

In essence I did the following procedure:

  1. Install SQL Server 2005 Express Edition SP2 on the WSUS VM
  2. Stop “Update Services” on WSUS VM (to avoid updating and locking the SUSDB on the SQL Server 2005)
  3. Stop “IISAdmin” service on WSUS VM (this also stops the World Wide Web Publishing Service, the Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) service, and the HTTP SSL service)
  4. On the SCCM VM, stop the “IISAdmin” service (as above that also stops three other dependent services)
  5. Detach the SUSDB on SQL Server 2005 – this can be done using either the SQLCMD command line interface with the ‘sp_detach_db’ command or the SQL Server Management Studio
  6. With the SUSDB database detached, copy it from it’s current location (under SQL Server 2005 SP2 it’s found in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data) to the appropriate directory on the WSUS VM (the default location for the data files with SQL Server 2005 Express is the same as the full SQL Server)
  7. Once the SUSDB (and the attendant log file) has been copied over, attach it to the SQL Server 2005 Express instance. To do this I used the SQL Server Express Management Studio as shown i the pictures below
  8. Adding SUSDB to SQL Server 2005 Express

    Adding SUSDB to SQL Server 2005 Express

  9. After attaching the database to the SQL Server 2005 EE I then followed through with the steps outlined in the >WSUS Support Team’s blog: How to migrate your WSUS Windows Internal Database to SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. Except that in this case I don’t think I really needed to add the NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE account as a login on the SQL Server 2005 EE instance since the WSUS software and the SQL Server were on the same VM.
  10. Nevertheless, I added NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE to the SQL Server 2005 EE logins as shown below
  11. Adding NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE to SQL Server 2005 EE Logins

    Adding NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE to SQL Server 2005 EE Logins

  12. I discovered that you also needed to add the NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE as a user in the actual SUSDB. This is subtle point that is not made clear by the WSUS Team Blog on this issue in their post. To do that you need to go to the actual database (in this case SUSDB) and under -> Security -> Users you create an account for the NETWORK SERVICE account.
  13. Addint NETWORK SERVICE as a user on SUSDB

    Addint NETWORK SERVICE as a user on SUSDB

  14. You also need to add NETWORK SERVICE to the webService role in SUSDB as shown below
  15. Adding NETWORK SERVICE to webService role in SUSDB

    Adding NETWORK SERVICE to webService role in SUSDB

  16. Finally, I changed the SqlServerName registry key in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Update Services\Server\Setup from the original SQL Server 2005 system (winsrv-ca) to the WSUS server (SCCM). However, because I went from a SQL Server 2005 system to a SQL Server 2005 Express Edition database I had to append the instance name (in this case SQLExpress) in order to get the MMC snap-in to work.

A bit of a sidenote — the name of my WSUS server virtual machine is SCCM and the name of the machine running the System Center Configuration Manager software is actually winsrv-ca. It’s kind of confusing but I had already installed WSUS on the virtual machine SCCM before I decided that adding System Center Configuration Manager would be pretty much an overload on that one machine. That’s why I ended up installing Configuration Manager on winsrv-ca and not SCCM…but I had already modified AD to point to SCCM for WSUS services so I found it less troublesome to just leave the names as they are)

Finally, the job is done. Yes, I realize that it’s probably not a big thing but I wanted to see if it could be done. Most of the sites out there talk about migrating the WSUS database either from the Windows Internal Database (SQL Server Embedded Edition) to a SQL Server 2005 system or from an older SQL Server 2000 database to a SQL Server 2005 database. I haven’t seen anyone who tried to go from a full blown version of SQL Server 2005 to a SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (which, in many cases is more limited that the Windows Internal Database that WSUS can use). Anyway, it was fun…with a few snags along the way…but fun nontheless.

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