Amnesty International labels Israel as an apartheid state

NPR:

On Tuesday, Amnesty International released a report saying the state of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is a crime against humanity, illegal under international law, and amounts to apartheid.

“The Israeli government is committing the crime against humanity of apartheid against Palestinians and must be held accountable,” the organization said as it released its nearly 280-page report.

Amnesty said Israel has embraced laws and practices that “are intended to maintain a cruel system of control over Palestinians, have left them fragmented geographically and politically, frequently impoverished, and in a constant state of fear and insecurity.”

Amnesty is the latest rights advocate to accuse Israel of operating an apartheid system, joining former President Jimmy CarterHuman Rights Watch and the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.

Israel says the Amnesty report is anti-Semitic

Israel said it rejects Amnesty’s findings. Even before the report was officially issued, the Israeli foreign ministry urged the group to withdraw it, and called it “false, biased, and antisemitic.” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid added, “Amnesty quotes lies spread by terrorist organizations.”

***News Views does not consider speaking out against the Israeli government as anti-Semitic just like we don’t consider speaking out against the US government as anti-American or unpatriotic.

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