Israel is not a perfect state, but it is nothing like apartheid South Africa, says a writer who has lived in both countries.
Then there is the fact that, for many years, the IDF generously supplied the apartheid regime with technology and weapons.
If it were to refuse this demand, Israel would very quickly be painted by former friends as an apartheid state.
1947 (policy begun 1948), from Afrikaans apartheid (1929 in a South African socio-political context), literally "separateness," from Dutch apart "separate" (from French àpart; see apart) + suffix -heid, cognate of English -hood. The official English synonym was separate development (1955).
"Segregation" is such an active word that it suggests someone is trying to segregate someone else. So the word "apartheid" was introduced. Now it has such a stench in the nostrils of the world, they are referring to "autogenous development." [Alan Paton, "New York Times," Oct. 24, 1960]