Amnesty's Declaration of Israel as an Apartheid State: A Giant Stride Towards the Delegitimization of a Zionist State
Amnesty's declaration of Israel as an Apartheid State is a big step towards delegitimizing the Zionist State. It's a big step towards the delegitimization of the Zionist State, writes Tazeen Hasan.
By Tazeen Hasan
The recent 208-page report Amnesty International issued declaring Israel an Apartheid State is a milestone for the Palestinian movement.
It's a big step towards delegitimizing the Israeli State. Anyone who keeps an eye on Israeli media can sense the rising fear inside the zionist capital. 2022 will be the year when major international institutions will declare it an apartheid state.
The rights group has 10 million members advocating for universal human rights, raising a strong voice against crimes against humanity by aggressor states and entities.
Nonetheless, Amnesty is not the first rights group to expose Israel's crimes against humanity as apartheid.
Before the Amnesty report, the Israeli NGO B'Tselem and global rights group Human Rights Watch also declared Israel an apartheid state.
While the Israeli government and the US ambassador in Israel both rejected the report, Amnesty International's general secretary, Agnes Callamard, said Palestinians "are treated as an inferior racial group" and are "systematically deprived of their rights."
There is a growing fear inside the zionist capital regarding the consequences of its own seven decades-long histories of systematic crimes against humanity. According to a news report by Jerusalem Post published four weeks before the Amnesty report on January 6th, 2022, Israeli Foreign Minister expressed his fear that the region would be declared an “apartheid state” in 2022.
Over the last twenty years, pro-Palestinian groups have accused Israel of systematic discrimination against Arab Palestinians. These crimes include;
The list is not exhaustive.
Recently, four global institutions have begun the process of investigation against Israeli crimes against humanity: International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Council, International Court of Justice (ICJ), and the Geneva-based United Nations Committee for Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The UN General Assembly has also provided $5.5 million to the Human Rights Council inquiry against crimes against humanity.
Notably, when Human Rights Watch declared Israel an apartheid state in April 2021, these developments from rights groups and global institutions represent a big blow to the legitimization of the Israeli State.
The rights group also feared that the report will be seen as anti-semitic and an attempt to destabilize Israel. The report recommends "targeted sanctions, such as asset freezes, against Israeli officials most implicated in the crime of apartheid."
Justice For All Canada highly appreciates the advocacy efforts of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to document Israeli Crimes against humanity.
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