20-05-20 08:04:00,

Organized by docP-BDS Netherlands, the Rights Forum and Palestine Link

Three sessions, on the Thursday the 28th of May, Thursday the 4th of June and Thursday the 11th of June between 7 and 8.30 p.m. CET

Apartheid is a crime against humanity

The Apartheid Convention of 1973 classifies apartheid as a crime against humanity. The 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) lists apartheid as a crime against humanity, bringing its investigation and possible prosecution under the jurisdiction of the ICC.

In this series of webinars, we will discuss the relevance of the concept of apartheid in the analysis of the human rights situation in Palestine, and for the Palestinian struggle against institutionalized oppression, discrimination and colonization. To what extent can the term apartheid, which is derived from the history of the former apartheid regime in South Africa, be applied to Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians?

How does apartheid manifest itself in Israel and in ’67 occupied territories on legal, policy and practice levels, and how does that affect Palestinians in their various situations? How can Palestinians resist this situation? What can past and present struggles against racism elsewhere teach us about activism against Israeli apartheid? And finally, how can solidarity activists all over the world be most effective in supporting the Palestinian struggle against apartheid?

Recent developments, such as Israel’s adoption of the Jewish Nation-state Law in the summer of 2018 and its current US-backed plans to annex large and vital parts of the occupied West Bank underline the urgency of discussing apartheid and how to deal with it.

Three webinars on apartheid, three Thursdays between 7 and 8.30 p.m. CET

Thursday 28 th May: Presentations on Apartheid and International Law

  • John Dugard:  “The crime of apartheid: South Africa and Palestine”
  • Virginia Tilley: “The Relevance of the concept of Apartheid to the case of Israel and Palestine”

Thursday June 4: Mechanisms of Apartheid, Apartheid in practice in Israel, the diaspora and the  oPt

  • Kholoud al Ajarma: “The JNF as an Instrument of Apartheid”
  • Diana Buttu: “Israeli Law and Jewish hegemony”

Thursday June 11- Anti-Apartheid mobilisation and the global struggle against racism and discrimination

  • Ilan Pappe – Lessons from Jewish activism
  • Ronnie Kasrils – lessons from anti-apartheid activism in South Africa
  • Discussant: Alys Samsom Estapé,

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Israel-Palestine: The End of the Two-State Solution Dream – Global Research


24-04-19 03:48:00,

Katja Hermann, director of the West Asia Unit at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung in Berlin, in conversation with Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, general secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative (Mubadara), about the impact of the Israeli elections on the lives of everyday Palestinians.


Katja Hermann (KH): The preliminary results of the Israeli election show a likely victory for Benjamin Netanyahu from Likud and the right-wing coalition. What would that mean for the developments in the occupied Palestinian territories? [interview shortly prior to elections]

Mustafa Barghouti (MB): It is a very dangerous development. It means that the Israeli public has opted for extreme right wing parties that adopted a system of racism and national discrimination, the same parties that passed the Jewish Nationality Law, meaning systematic discrimination against Palestinians, whether citizens of Israel or of the Occupied Territories. Unfortunately, I would say that this is a vote for a system of apartheid. Taking into consideration that Netanyahu was elected three days after he declared his plan to annex the settlements, which means practically annexing the West Bank, this was a vote to end the dream of the two-state solution.

KH: If the two-state solution is no longer feasible, what kind of alternative scenarios do you envision?

MB: There are only two alternatives: one is what the Israeli government wants, which is apartheid, a system of racial discrimination keeping Palestinians in ghettos and Bantustans hoping they will eventually leave the country. Our alternative is the following: if they killed the two-state solution intentionally, we have nothing left to fight for but a one-state solution with full democratic rights, and unify all Palestinians in a struggle to end apartheid and racial discrimination and try to win people from Israel who believe in justice over to our camp against the system of apartheid.

KH: Do you believe that both societies, Palestinian and Israeli, are ready for a one-state solution?

MB: At the moment, of course, Palestinian society is much more ready, while Israeli society does not seem to be ready for any solution. In my opinion, to use a phrase that my friend Daniel Barenboim keeps using, “sometimes the impossible is easier than the difficult.” What we face here is a clear choice.

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