The typical behavior of the Zionist regime when it becomes the target of legitimate criticism does not consist in the acceptance of this criticism and in the implementation of initiatives to correct its behavior, …
as it should be for a democratic state, but in the attempt to silence its accusers, if not to outlaw them.
This script has been followed once again by the current government in Tel Aviv after a few days ago one of the human rights organizations – B’Tselem – published a report in which the Jewish state is defined as nothing less than an apartheid regime.
It wrote without equivocation that “the entire area from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River is organized according to a single principle: to promote and consolidate the supremacy of one people – the Jews – over another – the Palestinians”. This definition corresponds perfectly to that of apartheid, despite the fact that Israel continues to be considered, especially in the West, a democracy that, as far as Palestine is concerned, implements only a “temporary” occupation regime.
“By organizing geographic, demographic, and physical space,” the report continues, “the regime allows Jews to live in a contiguous area with full rights, including the right to self-determination, while Palestinians live in separate units and enjoy fewer rights.”
Apartheid is defined in international law as a crime against humanity, as “an inhuman act committed in the context of an institutionalized regime for the systematic oppression and domination of one racial group over another group or groups, with the intention of perpetuating that same regime.”
Tel Aviv’s approach to the concept of apartheid is not new and also represents an acknowledgement of a reality that has long been in the public eye. On an academic level and among experts on human rights issues, this definition has been used several times in the recent past.
Even a couple of UN “rapporteurs” came to this conclusion, as did, more recently, another Israeli organization, Yesh Din. The latter, however, referred to the work of the Zionist entity in the occupied West Bank.
The report seems to indicate a setback for Israel, accelerated in particular by the introduction of the so-called “nation-state” law in 2018. With this measure, the principle of Jewish supremacy was established as the foundation of the state. As a corollary, the law promotes and encourages illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories, which are even considered a “national value,” just as it excludes Arabs from Jewish communities and their language from officially recognized ones. In essence, the law draws the legal framework of the Israeli apartheid regime, which also formally liquidates the state’s commitment to the equality of its citizens and legitimizes the oppression of the Palestinian people.
As explained above, the segregation implemented by Israel burdens all categories of Palestinians living “from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River,” regardless of the status of the various territories. Those in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and within the official borders of the Jewish state actually have different kinds of rights, but for all of them are less than those enjoyed by Jews living in the same areas or, in the case of Gaza, where there are no settlements, actually control all political, economic and social aspects.
The report has been cited by most Western media, although there have been notable exceptions, such as the New York Times, and few or no openly critical comments about TelAviv.
by Basit Abbasi – CCTV