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Apartheid, the Green Line, and the Need to Overcome Palestinian Fragmentation

Human Rights Watch’s recent report, A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution, adds to a growing body of literature that considers the relevance of apartheid to the plight of the Palestinian people. Building on early, foundational work by Palestinian and Jewish anti-Zionist scholars, the apartheid analysis allows for consideration of the root causes of injustices perpetrated against the Palestinian people as a whole. In its report, Human Rights Watch made several significant contributions to the discourse on apartheid. First, it established an ‘intent by Israeli authorities to maintain systematic domination by Jewish Israelis over Palestinians’, comprising Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line (p.78) as well as in exile, whose right of return has been denied since 1948 (pp.48 and 203). Second, it recognised Israel’s construction of a superior ‘Jewish nationality’ status that is distinct from citizenship and ‘relegates Palestinians at birth to an inferior status by law’ (p.149). In this regard, the report also drew attention to the role of Zionist parastatal institutions,…

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Jewish Israeli and Palestinians as distinct ‘racial groups’ within the meaning of the crime of apartheid?

  The Human Rights Watch (HRW) report ‘A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution’ is the newest addition to research reports (here, here and here) that conclude that the Israeli authorities have committed the crime against humanity of apartheid. The report has been termed a “wake-up…

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Beyond Discrimination: Apartheid is a Colonial Project and Zionism is a form of Racism

In the twenty-eight years of the Oslo peace process, Israel has torpedoed the prospect of a Palestinian state, which offered it an internationally sanctioned pathway to preserving its Zionist settler sovereignty. In doing so, Israel is manifesting to the world what Palestinians have long known: it wants the land without the people and seeks to remain the sole…

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Symposium Introduction: Apartheid in Israel/Palestine?

This week the blog will be running a symposium provoked by a recent Human Rights Watch report arguing that Israel is responsible for committing the crime of apartheid within its boundaries and in the occupied Palestinian territories. This report is exemplary of an increasing trend amongst human rights activists and NGOs of labelling Israel’s policies…

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The War on Compensation: Troubling Signs for Civilian Casualties in the Gaza Strip

The last round of belligerency between Hamas and Israel claimed a significant toll from civilians, with many arguing that some of the more devastating activities conducted by the IDF were in breach of the laws of war (for example, here, here, and here). Just days before a ceasefire was declared, Judge Shlomo Friedlander of Israel’s…

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