A report put out by a commission within the United Nations found that that Israel has established an “apartheid regime.” The U.N.’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia concluded that “Israel has established an apartheid regime that systematically institutionalizes racial oppression and domination of the Palestinian people as a whole.”
As The Washington Post has noted in the past, the continuing expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank — and the apparent unwillingness of key figures within the Israeli government to allow for a two-state solution — risks cementing a situation that does amount to de facto apartheid. Millions of Palestinians live under Israeli occupation, devoid of the same rights as the Israelis next door.
U.N. officials in the Secretariat sought to distance the Secretary General from the report’s findings. Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon — accustomed to complaining about the U.N. and its members — issued an angry statement in response.
“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,” he said.
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A report published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia that concludes that Israel has established an “apartheid regime” drew swift criticism from the U.N. and Israeli officials on Wednesday.
The report titled “Israeli Practices Toward the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid” was released by ESCWA at a news conference in Beirut.
Its authors conclude that “Israel has established an apartheid regime that systematically institutionalizes racial oppression and domination of the Palestinian people as a whole. “
Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon issued a statement condemning the report.
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