Gary Ettle, Amnesty International’s country coordinator for Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (IOPT) addressed a public meeting in Lewes about the institutionalised system of oppression and domination that exists in Israel and Palestine. Mr. Ettle discussed Amnesty’s new report, titled Israel’s Apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime against Humanity.
Other human rights groups, such as Human Rights Watch in the United States and and B’Tselem in Israel have already used the word “apartheid” to describe Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank. Mr. Ettle discussed the analysis behind Amnesty’s decision that the term applies to Israel as well.
At 277 pages, the report itself shows that the time taken to reach this conclusion has been spent in research and deliberation. The report draws a clear definition of apartheid within international law and documents what deliberate actions by the Israeli government have created that system within its borders and the areas it controls.
The public meeting in Lewes was organised by the Lewes Amnesty Group. The talk included short films produced by Amnesty International as well as a discussion of the report’s impact, Israel’s response and what people can do to support the dismantling of the apartheid system, the return of refugees and genuine human rights for Palestinians and Israelis.
Amnesty’s official press release on the report:
From Amnesty’s own press release on the report:
Amnesty International has analysed Israel’s intent to create and maintain a system of oppression and domination over Palestinians and examined its key components: territorial fragmentation; segregation and control; dispossession of land and property; and denial of economic and social rights. It has concluded that this system amounts to apartheid. Israel must dismantle this cruel system and the international community must pressure it to do so. All those with jurisdiction over the crimes committed to maintain the system should investigate them.