Belgian Academics & Artists For Palestine - BAA4P


BAA4P: Israel. Apartheid

  • « Israeli Jews Call: “Stop Israel’s Apartheid!” » An Open Letter to the International Community (#IsraelisAgainstApartheid). List of signatories (1.051): click here!
    We, Jewish Israelis, oppose the actions of the Israeli government and hereby declare our commitment to act against them. We refuse to accept the Jewish-supremacist regime and call upon the international community to immediately intervene in defense of the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem, the Galilee, the Negev, al-Lydd, Yafa, Ramleh, Haifa and throughout historic Palestine...

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  • Philip WEISS: "How it feels to visit an apartheid country" (Mondoweiss, Oct 14, 2022): click here!
    Racial profiling in Israel is rampant. Abuse and invective are normal. This is the daily machinery of separating Jews from Arabs and justifying it in traditional colonial terms.
  • Amira HASS: "When Terrorizing Is Intentional" (Haaretz, Oct 10, 2022): click here!
    The website of the Home Front Command says that an earthquake or a missile attack can cause a panic attack, fainting or even a heart attack. That is, even without being injured physically, fear and terror can have clear physical manifestations.
  • Ameer MAKHOUL: "Private militia and remote policing: Israel is ramping up repression of the Palestinians" (MEE, Oct 4, 2022): click here!
    Recent steps by Israeli authorities on both sides of the Green Line point to a coordinated divide-and-conquer strategy.
  • Bethan McKERNAN and Quique KIERSZENBAUM, "‘Every day is worse than the one before’: a Palestinian community fights for survival" (Guardian, Sept 28, 2022): click here!
    One of the biggest expulsion decisions since the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories began in 1967 has left an entire community at risk.
  • Haidar EID: "Time to end Apartheid Israel’s genocidal oppression of Gaza" (Mondoweiss, Sept 11,, 2022): click here!
    Movements like BDS are the only force capable of counteracting the massive power imbalance between the Palestinians and their Israeli oppressors.
  • Ran GREENSTEIN, "What lessons can Palestinians really take from the struggle of Black South Africans?" (+972, Sept 11, 2022): click here!
    With comparisons growing between Israeli and South African apartheid, we must consider the different strategies adopted by both resistance movements.
  • Ran GREENSTEIN, "Apartheid of a special type" (Africa Is A Country, Sept 7, 2022): click here!
    The Israel/Palestine system meets the definition of apartheid in international law, but presents different challenges for the campaign against it than was the case for the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.
  • "Al Mezan holds Israel responsible for the death of Gaza patient Mohammed al-Ledawi after being denied eight appointments at West Bank hospitals" (Al-Mezan, Sept 7, 2022): click here!
    The patient suffered from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Despite having obtained a medical referral from the Palestinian Ministry of Health and secured appointments at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem and Patients Friends Society Al-Rahma Hospital in Nablus, Israeli authorities denied him the requisite exit permit to travel for eight different appointments, the last of which was scheduled for 28 August 2022. This delay led to a serious deterioration of al-Ledawi’s health condition and eventually to his death on Tuesday 6 September 2022.
  • "50 Palestinians thrown out of Israeli bus after 3 Jewish settlers refused to travel with non-Jews" (MEMo, August 10, 2022): click here!
    Dozens of Palestinians were thrown out of a bus in Tel Aviv after three Jewish passengers got on and refused to travel with non-Jews on board. The incident, which is the latest of many racist practices exposing the crime of apartheid committed by Israel, happened on Thursday last week on a number 288 bus, which travels from the Israeli capital to the Jewish-only illegal settlement in occupied West Bank.
  • David KATTENBURG, "‘Apartheid’ is not sufficient: an interview with UN Human Rights Commissioner Miloon Kothari" (Informed Comment, July 24, 2022): click here!
    UN Human Rights Commissioner Miloon Kothari explains why Apartheid is not enough to explain the root causes of the Palestinian crisis.
  • Juan COLE, "Is it Apartheid Yet? Israeli Supreme Court Allows stripping of Citizenship" (Informed Comment, July 24, 2022): click here!
    Al Jazeera reports that on Thursday, the Israeli Supreme Court issued a ruling permitting the state to strip citizenship from persons guilty of “undermining confidence in the state through actions such as terrorism, spying and treason.”
  • Omar AZIZ, "Israeli apartheid as viewed from the UN" (Mondoweiss, July 16, 2022): click here!
    Meet Francesca Albanese, the UN’s new Special Rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian territory.
  • Sam SOKOL, "'Mr. President, This Is Apartheid': Anti-occupation NGO Welcomes Biden With West Bank Billboards" (Haaretz, July 13, 2022): click here!
    Just before President Biden landed in Israel, human rights group B’Tselem erected billboards in English, in a bid to draw attention to America's role in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
  • Hagai EL-AD (B'Tselem), "All Is Well, Everyone Is for Apartheid" (Haaretz, July 12, 2022): click here!
    One of the basic preconditions of the rule of law is equality under the law. The Judea and Samaria regulations, like many other com-ponents of the apartheid regime, are the complete opposite of equality under the law. Therefore, they are essentially part of the chaos, the moral anarchy, the disorder inherent in a regime that prefers one ethno-national group to another.
  • "The Parliament of Catalonia declares that Israel is committing the crime of apartheid against the Palestinian people" (Prou Complicitat amb Israel, June 16, 2022): click here!
    In a historical vote on Thursday, 16th of June, the Comission of Foreign Affairs, Transparency and Cooperation of the Catalan Parliament approved a resolution during parliamentary session declaring that Israel is committing the crime of apartheid.
  • Philip WEISS, "Writers in Israel’s leading paper decry ‘apartheid’ — as liberal Zionist leader calls it a distracting ‘label’" (Mondoweiss, June 14, 2022): click here!
    Liberal Zionists in the U.S. have helped enforce a red line in the mainstream discourse against using the term "apartheid" to describe Israel.
  • Michael Shaeffer OMER-MAN, "Want to dismantle Israeli apartheid? Start with this law’" (+972, June 8, 2022): click here!
    The crisis over an emergency regulation that applies separate legal systems in the West Bank illustrates the tangible ways apartheid can be undone.
  • Nasim AHMED, "'Israel is an apartheid state - legally, politically and morally', landmark conference concludes’" (MEMo, June 1, 2022): click here!
    Ex-Al Jazeera Chief, Wadah Khanfar, has blasted Western mainstream media over its failure to report honestly about the brutal reality of Israel's illegal occupation. Speaking at a landmark conference in London yesterday, alongside a panel of representatives from all the major human rights groups, Khanfar paid tribute to journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh...
  • Michel GEVERS, "Le boycott de l’Afrique du Sud: quelles leçons pour la lutte contre l’apartheid en Israël? " (Le Soir, le 7 mai, 2022): clicquez-ici!
    Le récent rapport d’Amnesty International (AI) accusant Israël de pratiquer l’apartheid a frappé l’opinion publique du monde entier. La raison en est que cette organisation de 10 millions de membres est connue pour son sérieux et sa prudence, et que ce rapport est le résultat de quatre années d’enquête. Outre AI, bien d’autres organisations ont dénoncé les crimes d’apartheid et de persécution de l’État d’Israël envers la population palestinienne...
  • Michael LYNK, "Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in OPT: Israel Has Imposed Upon Palestine an Apartheid Reality in a Post-apartheid World" (Press Release, United Nations, The Question of Palestine, 25 March 2022): click here!
  • "Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 " (18 p.). Human Rights Council, Forty ninth session, 28 February–1 April 2022, Agenda item 7: click here!
    "(The Rapporteur) concluded that the political system of entrenched rule in the occupied Palestinian territory satisfied the prevailing evidentiary standard for the existence of apartheid. First, an institutionalised regime of systematic racial oppression and discrimination has been established. Second, this system of alien rule had been established with the intent to maintain the domination of one racial-national-ethnic group over another. And third, the imposition of this system of institutionalised discrimination with the intent of permanent domination had been built upon the regular practice of inhuman(e) acts. This was apartheid. With the eyes of the international community wide open, Israel had imposed upon Palestine an apartheid reality in a post-apartheid world."
  • Amnesty International Report: "ISRAEL's APARTHEID AGAINST PALESTINIANS. A Cruel System of Domination and Crime against Humanity" (Amnesty International, February, 2022, pdf, 280p.): click here!
    Israeli authorities must be held accountable for committing the crime of apartheid against Palestinians, Amnesty International said today in a damning new report. The investigation details how Israel enforces a system of oppression and domination against the Palestinian people wherever it has control over their rights. This includes Palestinians living in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), as well as displaced refugees in other countries.
  • David KATTENBURG: "How Apartheid Israel stifles Palestinian education and scientific research" (Mondoweiss, Oct 8, 2021): click here!
    An educated citizenry and advanced scientific research capacity are key drivers of sovereign national development. No one knows this better than “Start-Up” Israel. According to one recent estimate, Israel has the third most educated population in the world (behind Canada and Japan). As for the five million Palestinians living under permanent belligerent Israeli rule and presumptive apartheid, Israel honors this truth in the breach — systematically impeding Palestinian access to education, and the ability of Palestinian scientists to carry out research.
  • « Israel-Palestine: it is Apartheid, » European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP, Position Paper, Sept 2021, pdf, 6p.): click here!
    The EU and its Member States must acknowledge this fact and comply with their responsibilities. The term "apartheid", which first referred to the situation in South Africa at one period in its history, is an internationally defined legal concept, which has become independent from that historical situation. The International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (Apartheid Convention), which entered into force in 1976, defines apartheid as a crime against humanity consisting of “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them.”
  • AURDIP, Déclaration sur l’élimination et la répression du crime d’apartheid en Palestine historique" (Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine - AURDIP, le 6 juillet 2021): click here!
    Plus de 900 universitaires, artistes et intellectuels de plus de 45 pays ont signé une déclaration appelant au démantèlement du régime d’apartheid mis en place sur le territoire de la Palestine historique et à l’établissement d’un arrangement constitutionnel démocratique qui accorde et mette en œuvre pour tous les habitants de ce pays des droits et des devoirs égaux, sans aucune discrimination fondée sur la race, l’origine ethnique, la religion ou le sexe. Parmi les signataires figurent de nombreuses personnalités éminentes.
    Liste des 1.106 signataires de la Déclaration (mise à jour : 6 août 2021): cliquez-ici! English version: "Declaration on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid in Historic Palestine": click here!
  • HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Report: " A Threshold Crossed. Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution" (HRW, April 2021, ISBN: 978-1-62313-900-1, pdf, 224p.): click here!
    That Israeli authorities are committing the crime against humanity of apartheid today is a matter of growing consensus within the global human rights movement and, increasingly, beyond it. The report by the Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Michael Lynk, reinforces findings by leading Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights groups. Groups have independently gathered evidence over many months, evaluated case studies, government policies and statements, applied the law and determined that apartheid is the reality for millions of Palestinians. Cf. Omar Shakir (HRW Israel and Palestine Director, Middle East and North Africa Division),Israeli Apartheid: "A Threshold Crossed" (HRW, July 19, 2021), click here!
  • Lana TATOUR, "Why calling Israel an apartheid state is not enough" (Middle East Eye, January 18, 2021): click here!
    Report from B'Tselem highlighting Israel's apartheid character is a welcome development, but this finding cannot be divorced from the state's oppressive settler-colonialism.
  • Gideon LEVY, "Not ‘Apartheid in the West Bank.’ Apartheid" (Haaretz, January 17, 2021): click here! [ click here!]
    The rights group B’Tselem published a revolutionary position paper last week, crossing the Rubicon by saying that the Jewish supremacy regime exists not just in the occupied territories, where B’Tselem has been documenting crimes since the group’s founding, but in all the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.
  • B'TSELEM: "A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid" (January 12, 2021): click here!
  • YESH DIN: "The Israeli Occupation of the West Bank and the Crime of Apartheid: Legal Opinion by Adv. Michael Sfard". YESH DIN Position paper (June 2020, pdf, 58p.): click here!
  • "Dozens of Spanish cities declare themselves 'Free of Israeli Apartheid'" (BNC, Sept 9, 2016): click here!
    Cadiz, provincial capital in the autonomous community of Andalusia in the Spanish state, has become the latest municipality to pass a motion supporting the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights and declaring itself an Israeli "Apartheid Free Zone".



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