There has been a lot of discussion around Israeli Apartheid over the last year.
Many Pro-Israel supporters say that they don’t “Believe” or don’t “Think” that Israel is an Apartheid state. That Israel does not look like South Africa.
Apartheid has a definition which is Not dependent on South African Apartheid. It sits alone as a Legal Definition. And as such, South African and Israeli Apartheid (and others) fit within that definition.
We have to note that there is an International definition of Apartheid.
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
1973 Apartheid Convention
And that there are Eight reports published over the last Two years alone which detail Israeli Apartheid.
One each from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Two of them from Israeli Human Rights organisations.
So, although Israeli Apartheid does not “look” like South African Apartheid, the facts show that Israel Does practise Apartheid.
Reports on Israeli Apartheid
2022 – United Nations Human Rights Council – 49th Session
2022 – Harvard Law School & Addameer
2022 – Al-Haq, Addameer, Habitat International Coalition
2022 – Amnesty International
2022 – Kairos Palestine
2021 – Human Rights Watch
2021 – B’Tselem
2020 – Yesh Din
So while the pro-Israel lobby here in New Zealand have an “Opinion” that Israel is Not an Apartheid state, the “Facts” Prove that Israel is indeed an Apartheid state.
This debate is over.
It is time that the New Zealand government spoke up on the issue of Israeli Apartheid.