A new UN report confirms what human rights activists have been arguing for decades. The weight of the evidence supports beyond a reasonable doubt the proposition that Israel is guilty of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people, which amounts to the commission of a crime against humanity.
The report, which was released by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, notes that “Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid as legally defined in instruments of international law.”
“The analysis in this report rests on the same body of international human rights law and principles that reject anti-Semitism and other racially discriminatory ideologies.”
The UN even recommends that “National governments should support boycott, divestment and sanctions activities” against Israeli apartheid.
However, the U.S. government, Israel’s closest ally, gives the country $3.8 billion in military aid every year.
Several U.S. states even have considered, and even passed legislation to punish institutions, groups and individuals who support the kind of Israel boycott the U.N. expressly recommends.
This call comes mere days after the Israeli government passed a law banning people who support a boycott of Israel or even a partial boycott of its illegal activity in the occupied territories.
The report draws comparisons between the movement to end apartheid in South Africa and the movement for Palestinian human rights today.
While apartheid was originally associated with South Africa’s white supremacist regime, the report notes that it remains a specific crime against humanity according to international law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
The Israeli government has responded to the U.N. apartheid investigation with accusations of anti-Semitism, a line of criticism that has become almost reflexive in recent years.
Israel frequently condemns the UN, claiming the international body disproportionately criticizes Israel. But the authors of the report point out that the international community has, since the League of Nations established the British Mandate for Palestine in 1922, failed to fulfill its obligations to the Palestinians.
This June marks the 50th anniversary of Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian territories, which explicitly violates international law. Since November 1967, the United Nations has repeatedly and forcefully condemned Israel’s illegal activity.
Even the USA has for decades acknowledged that Israel’s occupation and ever-growing settlements are illegal. “Strategic fragmentation of the Palestinian people is the principal method by which Israel imposes an apartheid regime.”
Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, has documented more than 50 Israeli laws that directly or indirectly discriminate against Palestinian citizens.
Alternet.org / AA Magnum News 2018.