Might be because i'm french but i hated the feeling of being restricted for anything in Singapore.
Cannot even drink water in the metro ! WTF
In Israel, men and women, Jews and Christians and Muslims and atheists all have essentially the same legal rights as any other citizen. Though there are some areas that are prohibited to Jews. And some aspects of civil law such as marriage are different and governed by religious authorities. But generally speaking, there is no apartheid at all between any Israeli citizens. It's ridiculous to assert that there is.
On the other hand if you include non-citizens residing in the West Bank or Gaza as being part of Israel, then, yes, those non-citizens do not have the same rights as Israeli citizens do.
If 1980s South Africa spontaneously decided that all residents of an overwhelmingly Cape Coloured community were no longer citizens, would you say those residents were no longer living under apartheid? I mean sure it's technically not apartheid by definition, but it would be effectively identical.
To be clear, I'm not arguing that Israel is worse on the equality front than the other Middle Eastern countries. I just don't understand how stateless people who have lived in the territories for generations being barred from citizenship makes it more tolerable.
Feel free to correct whatever I've gotten wrong.
Surely, it's in Europe. It was always considered a European country when I was growing up. The Republic of Cyprus has even joined the EU.
What are the arguments for classifying it as an Asian country?
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