Wednesday, May 18

Amnesty accuses Israel of apartheid

In a statement, Amnesty refers to Israel’s “segregation” in areas controlled by the country.

– The Palestinians are treated as an inferior ethnic group and are systematically deprived of their rights, says the organization’s general secretary Agnès Callamard.

The organization believes that the Palestinians are being treated in a way that clearly meets the criteria for apartheid in international law. This does not necessarily mean that the situation is comparable to the former apartheid regime in South Africa.

In the past, Human Rights Watch and the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem have used the term apartheid for Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

The Israeli authorities reject Amnesty’s accusations. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid believes the organization “cites lies spread by terrorist organizations.”

The Israeli embassy in Oslo describes the Amnesty report as anti-Semitic and shameful in a statement to NRK. NTB has also asked for a comment from the embassy, ​​but has not yet received a response.


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