It’s well known that Israel’s government reflects militarized occupation, colonialism and apartheid. It’s done to enforce harshness. It continues because it’s profitable. Doing so breaches international law.
The 1973 International Convention for the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (the Apartheid Convention) called it state-sanctioned discriminatory “inhuman” racism.
It’s “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.”
Apartheid is an international crime. The above definition builds on the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
The 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court calls apartheid a crime under the Court’s jurisdiction. For 45 years, Israel flagrantly breached the law.
ICERD’s Article 3 calls apartheid a particularly egregious form of discrimination.
The Apartheid Convention and Rome Statute criminalized its practice.
On January 5, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) called 2012 “an exciting year for the growth of the cultural and academic boycott of Israel.”
“We call on our partners and activists around the world to continue in this spirit in 2013 (and) especially work on the academic front to (isolate) Israeli academic institutions (as long as) apartheid, occupation and colonialism” continue.
Last October, over 150 former international anti-apartheid activists called on South Africa’s ANC to boycott Israel.
A BDS South Africa press release “call(ed) on the ANC to support the Palestinian people in their fight for freedom, justice and equality.”
World opinion was galvanized against apartheid South Africa. It’s vital now against Israel.
Arabs are harmed most. So are Israelis. Instead of challenging rogue government, they’re largely dismissive.
On January 11, Haaretz quoted comments Oz shared with 30 other academics. He called Netanyahu’s government apartheid. He made “angry predictions about its future.”
“In my mind,” he said, “Netanyahu(‘s) government is the most anti-Zionist government Israel has ever had. It is doing everything so there will be not two states here, but one.”
“It is striking (Abbas) blow after blow – violent morale blows, financial blows and political blows. It is strengthening Hamas more and more.”
“Perhaps that is the intention, to stop the chance for two states. They believe that Jews can rule over an Arab majority for a long time. No apartheid state in the world has lasted without collapsing after a few years.”
In upcoming Israeli elections, Oz rejects major party contenders. He supports Meretz. It’s the only one he trusts.
It has little public support, Polls suggest it’ll gain four of 120 Knesset seats. Its influence is sorely lacking. Israel’s left is a shadow of its former self. It’s practically non-existent.
Labor once stood for something it now rejects. It’s been “crawling to Likud governments for 15 years now,” said Oz.
“It crawled under Shimon Peres. It crawled under Amir Peretz. And what good did it do? How did it slow the rate of settlements?”
“How did it stop the catastrophe of the abolishment of the state of the Jewish people?”
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