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UN report: Israel imposes "apartheid regime" against Palestinians

UN report: Israel imposes
16-03-2017,04:06

Beirut - A UN agency published a report on Wednesday accusing Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people.

A report commissioned by the Beirut-based UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) said Israel had “established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole”.

UN Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf said the “neglect of the international community, over the past decades, has encouraged Israel to continue its abuses of international law.”

She told a news conference in Beirut that the report “clearly and frankly” concluded that “Israel is a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people.”

The report said there was “overwhelming evidence” of Israel’s guilt of the “crime of apartheid”.

It added that the “strategic fragmentation” of Palestinians into four groups, Palestinian citizens of Israel; Palestinians in east of Jerusalem; Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; and Palestinian refugees or exiles, allowed Israel to carry out its apartheid policies.

The report was prepared by Richard Falk, an international law and human rights expert and a former UN human rights rapporteur for the occupied territories, and Virginia Tilley, a political science professor and an expert in Israeli studies.

ESCWA is made up of 18 Arab states to support economic and social development.

In this regard, the Euro-Mediterranean Observatory for Human Rights welcomed the report and considered it an important document to hold Israel accountable in international venues.

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