The Palestinian International Ministry right this moment welcomed Amnesty’s report which labelled Israel an apartheid state, calling for the occupation state to be held to account for its practices in opposition to Palestinians.
“The report is an in depth affirmation of the merciless actuality of entrenched racism, exclusion, oppression, colonialism, apartheid and tried erasure that the Palestinian individuals have endured for the reason that Nakba,” the Ministry stated in an announcement.
It known as on the United Nations to “heed the compelling proof introduced by Amnesty” and maintain “Israel accountable for its crimes in opposition to the Palestinian individuals, together with via sanctions”.
This got here after Amnesty launched its report throughout a press convention in occupied East Jerusalem, the place it stated Israel’s insurance policies within the occupied West Financial institution, Negev and past “All quantity to a system and crime of apartheid.”
Palestinian motion Hamas stated the report exhibits the tragic actuality of the Palestinian individuals beneath Israeli occupation.
“The report describes the true tragic actuality of our Palestinian individuals beneath the [Israeli] occupation,” group spokesman, Hisham Qasem, stated in an announcement.
Israeli rights group, B’Tselem, for its half, hailed the report as a “main addition to earlier reviews” on Israel’s apartheid practices.
“That is a vital step within the wrestle to vary this actuality, in the direction of a future the place all individuals residing right here will get pleasure from justice, equality and respect for his or her human rights,” it stated in an announcement.
The rights group slammed the Israeli criticism of the report by International Minister, Yair Lapi, who described it as “biased and anti-Semitic”.
“Levelling accusations of anti-Semitism in opposition to anybody who criticises the Israeli regime – together with in opposition to human rights organisations – is a manipulative assertion that undermines the essential world wrestle in opposition to anti-Semitism and offends the reminiscence of its victims all through historical past,” B’Tselem stated.
B’Tselem published its on report highlighting Israel’s apartheid practices early final yr.