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Netanyahu's Apartheid Government

Noted Israelis criticize him.

by Stephen Lendman

Amos Oz is a noted Israeli academic, author, journalist, and novelist. He's also a vocal Netanyahu critic. More on his recent comments below.

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.

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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