Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Israel Accused Of ‘Apartheid’ Crimes By Human Rights Watch

By Daniel Estrin, NPR

JERUSALEM — In what it calls its most comprehensive report to date on Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused Israel of committing “crimes against humanity” and said the U.S. and the international community have “turned a blind eye.” It advocated an international commission of inquiry and sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, against “officials and entities credibly implicated.”

The group’s 213-page report, titled “A Threshold Crossed,” accuses Israel for the first time of “apartheid and persecution,” as defined by international conventions and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. It claims the Israeli government perpetuates structural oppression to “maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians” in both Israel and the Palestinian territories, where today both groups of people are about equal in size.

In a statement, Israel’s Foreign Ministry called the report a “propaganda pamphlet,” accusing Human Rights Watch of a long-standing anti-Israel agenda. The report, it said, has “no connection to facts or reality on the ground. The fictional claims that HRW concocted are both preposterous and false.”

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