Amnesty International: Israel imposes apartheid on Palestinians

Ata-ul-Haye Nasir, Al Hakam

Amnesty International has released a report, titled Israel’s Apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime against Humanity.

The report says that the massive seizures of Palestinian land and property, unlawful killings, forcible transfer, drastic movement restrictions and the denial of nationality and citizenship to Palestinians are all components of a system that amounts to apartheid under international law.

“This system is maintained by violations which Amnesty International found to constitute apartheid as a crime against humanity, as defined in the Rome Statute and Apartheid Convention.” (Amnesty International’s website, accessed 1 February 2022, “Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity”)

Amnesty International has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to consider the crime of apartheid in its current investigation in the OPT and calls on all states to exercise universal jurisdiction to bring perpetrators of apartheid crimes to justice. (Ibid)

Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General said:

“Our report reveals the true extent of Israel’s apartheid regime. Whether they live in Gaza, East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank, or Israel itself, Palestinians are treated as an inferior racial group and systematically deprived of their rights. We found that Israel’s cruel policies of segregation, dispossession and exclusion across all territories under its control clearly amount to apartheid. The international community has an obligation to act.” (Ibid)

Amnesty International’s extensive research and legal analysis, carried out in consultation with external experts, demonstrated that Israel enforces such a system against Palestinians through laws, policies and practices which ensure their prolonged and cruel discriminatory treatment. (Ibid)

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