The apartheid argument is strange. There are 20 countries in the Middle East comprising 99% of the physical area and Arabs and Moslems can occupy and worship in virtually any one of these. Jews cannot and have faced repeated persecution and expulsion in Egypt, Yemem, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Just today, a religious minority was oppressed in Iran. "Iran Confiscates Buddha Statues; Symbols Of 'Cultural Invasion' Huffington Post, 02/17/13. There are countries where buddhism can be practiced, while Jews have faced continuing discrimination when they sought to practice their religion.
There was no Jewish Country in 1939. Voyage of the Damned was the trip Jews seeking to leave Germany took before they were returned to the death camps to starve and die. None is too many a description of another country's immigration policy for European Jews seeking safety.
They faced continuing discrimination and expulsion in the Arab countries where they were located.
Egyptian Jews were expelled from Egypt in 1956 under the direction of President Gamal Abd El Nasser. All those expelled had to sign a pledge of NEVER TO RETURN, leaving behind their possessions. All their assets were placed under sequestration and confiscated by the government of which no restitutions have been made. Iraqi politicians candidly acknowledged that they wanted to expel their Jewish population in 1949 and Saddam Hussein brutally oppressed the few who stayed. Akher Saa November 28, 1956). Libyan Jews fled to Israel by 1951, while the citizenship of the rest was revoked in 1961. Almost all of Yemeni and Adeni Jews, were evacuated during 1949-1950. Moroccan Jews began leaving for Israel as a result of the 1948 pogroms, with most of the community leaving in 1960s. Jews were required to sell or abandon the property of the countries they were fleeing. Almost all Jews of Algeria left upon independence in 1962, as "the Algerian Nationality Code of 1963 excluded non-Muslims from acquiring citizenship"
Ultimately the Jews took a small area and established a country. Through hard work and innovation, it has become tremendously successful. After the U.S. and China, Israel had more companies on the Nasdaq than any other. Israel has created tremendous innovation in neurobiology and cancer research. No Arab country has as many Nobel Prize winners, and if you combined 5 countries, the scientific advances would still be less. While there is freedom of speech and fair treatment of women, Arab countries still struggle with basic Democratic principles.
Why a Jewish country. After 2000 years of persecution, programs, laws establishing ghettos, (ghetto means an area where Jews live) mandatory Jewish stars, laws limiting work and occupation, beatings, and the systematic extermination of women and children throughout Europe, they decided they needed their own country. Why is that wrong.
Land in a small area has been divided into three areas, Jordan, an undisputably Arab Country, Israel and Palestine. No disputes that Jordan, the area controlled by the Palestine Authority, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, are Arab.
The basic question is whether we should have 19 Arab Countries without Jews, and take the single Jewish one and make it into a combined Jewish Arab country that with population growth, Arabs would likely dominate and control too. Why not take one of the current Arab countries, say Egypt, and spend some time making that into a successful and democratic country.