Israel accused of apartheid by Human Rights Watch

Israel accused of apartheid by Human Rights Watch
Israeli forces patrol a street during clashes with Palestinian youth in Hebron on April 25. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: In a new report published on Tuesday, Human Rights Watch has accused Israel of committing crimes of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians. The report sparks an angry response from Israeli officials.

In its 213-page report, HRW says the term apartheid has generally been used in a “descriptive or comparative” sense in relation to the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel, and as a warning of what might happen if current trajectories with regard to Palestinians continue.

However, after decades of warnings, the HRW report says that “threshold” into a crime against humanity has already been crossed.

“The Israeli government has demonstrated an intent to maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians across Israel and the occupied Palestinians territory,” reads the report. “That intent has been coupled with systematic oppression of Palestinians and inhumane acts committed against them. When these three elements occur together, they amount to the crime of apartheid,” the report of the United States-based advocacy group’s report concludes.

Israel’s foreign ministry called the report “fiction” and said the claims were “preposterous and false.”

The ministry said in a statement that Human Rights Watch is known to have a long-standing anti-Israeli agenda, claiming the organization ‘actively seeking for years to promote boycotts against Israel’.

The statement said this report is yet another part of the organization’s ongoing campaign … with no connection to facts or reality on the ground.

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