Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced that Israeli officials commit apartheid and persecution against Palestinians. The report charged that the government has a policy to “maintain the dominance of Israeli Jews.” It is the first human rights body to present these accusations.
The NGO reports that after decades of warnings, the “threshold” of apartheid was crossed. The group’s director for Israel and Palestine, Omar Shakir, assured that “it is the hardest find.” The official said HRW never before accused Israeli officials of crimes against humanity.
The organization compared policies and practices regarding Palestinians in the occupied territories and within Israel. There he concludes that Israeli Jews are “methodologically privileged” while repressing the Palestinians ”. The entity adds that this occurs “more severely in the occupied territory.”
The HRW report is based on years of human rights documentation and analysis of Israeli law. The NGO also reviewed the government’s planning and the statements of its officials. Apartheid, the term used for racist segregation in South Africa, it is a crime against humanity.
Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth said it was not simply “an abusive occupation.” The head of the NGO said that its policies “reflect a policy to privilege one people at the expense of another.” The report follow findings of Israeli human rights bodies.
Among them was the B’Tselem advertisement that stated that the country was not a democracy but an “apartheid regime.” The Yesh Din group published a similar legal opinion but it was limited to the West Bank. The Guardian specifies that HRW asked the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to “Investigate and prosecute those involved”.
Israel’s foreign ministry accused Human Rights Watch of an “anti-Israel agenda.” The Israeli regime claimed the report was a “propaganda pamphlet”. The Foreign Ministry of the Asian country stated that “the fictitious claims that HRW invented are absurd and false.”