ESCWA report released Wednesday accuses Israel of imposing apartheid regime on the Palestinians, citing “evidence” and “scholarly inquiry”
A branch of the United Nations released a report Wednesday accusing Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinians in its latest attack on the State of Israel.
The report, issued by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) “concludes that Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole,” in the most recent of ongoing anti-Israel efforts at the UN. The report claims “Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid” and “urges swift action to oppose and end it.”
The ESCWA’s headquarters are in Beirut, its entire 18 member states Arab states.
The report claims that Israel is imposing and operating an “apartheid regime” on the Palestinians in violation of international law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, claiming that report’s legitimacy on the “basis of scholarly inquiry” and “evidence”.
The report claims that Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, east Jerusalem as well as Israel-Arab citizens of Israel are all subject to Israel’s “apartheid regime”.
The report argues that the term “apartheid” is appropriate to Israel’s actions in that it includes “similar policies and practices of racial segregation and discrimination as practiced in southern Africa,” which are defined by acts in which “inhuman acts [are] committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them.”
The report claims, “in the geopolitical context of Palestine, Jews and Palestinians can be considered “racial groups”. The report goes on to claim that the “1.7 million Palestinians who are citizens of Israel” were subject to “martial law” for the first 20 years of Israel’s existence and claims that “to this day are subjected to oppression on the basis of not being Jewish”, a complete fallacy of the reality of Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East and equal rights all citizens of Israel receive. The report fails to mention the numerous religious, racial and ethnic groups comprising Israeli society.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, responded to the accusations stating “The attempt to smear and falsely label the only true democracy in the Middle East by creating a false analogy is despicable and constitutes a blatant lie… We call on the Secretary General to disassociate the UN from this biased and deceitful report.”
The release of the report comes just a day after the United States again warned the UNHRC to end its anti-Israel efforts, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warning that if reforms are not made, the United States may withdraw its membership. He reiterated the Trump Administration’s “strong principled objection to the Human Rights Council’s biased agenda against Israel.,” warning that “While it [UNHRC] may be the only such organization devoted to human rights, the Human Rights Council requires considerable reform in order for us to continue to participate.”