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UN report on Israel is the ‘most cutting recognition and condemnation of a legal system of segregation since apartheid South Africa’

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Ben White writing in the Independent:

This is Israel in 2012 according to a top UN body. Using unprecedented strong language, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) criticised Israeli policies in terms of “apartheid”, as part of their published observations following a regular review.

Affirming the kind of analysis that Israel’s advocates try to dismiss as lies or rhetorical excess, the Committee slammed Israel for violating the right to equality in numerous policy areas. CERD described “segregation between Jewish and non-Jewish communities”, a lack of “equal access to land and property”, and “the ongoing policy of home demolitions and forced displacement of the indigenous Bedouin communities” in the Negev.

The lack of a “prohibition of racial discrimination” in Israel’s Basic Law was highlighted, and more recent developments, such as the restrictions on family unification affecting Palestinian citizens were also part of CERD’s wide-ranging criticisms.

The Committee’s observations also covered Israel’s policies in the Occupied Territories, showing how the same discriminatory patterns are found on both sides of the Green Line. Israeli settlements in the West Bank form part of a regime of “de facto segregation” severe enough to cause the Committee to remind Israel of the “prohibition” of policies of “apartheid”.

According to Dr David Keane, senior lecturer in law at Middlesex University and author of ‘Caste-based Discrimination in International Human Rights Law’, this is “the most cutting CERD recognition and condemnation of a legal system of segregation since apartheid South Africa”.

Here is the full report:

CERD.C.ISR.CO.14-16

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So the UN doesn’t buy Israel “terrorism” framing of the conflict. Quelle surprise.

I had lunch with my Israeli colleague today. Outraged that “Ashton could n0t understand the difference between aggression and self defence.” Israel doesn’t kill Gazans deliberately. they just die by the way.

UN doesn’t buy that either.

Just parousing the document, you find the phrase “the committee reiterates…..” over and over – as in “Ok, we’ve been over this before many times, lets see if we cant make this as clear as can be” The report also calls the fact (section C, 23) that although there has been a increase in racism and xenophobia of all kinds, including on the part of israeli officials – there is no data about what the… Read more »

Will read report. Last time Israel ever listened to what the UN had to say was when the UN recognized Israel as a state. This past Monday March 19th MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow aired a one hour program focused on Mexico choosing to be relieved of all weapons grade nuclear material. A great show in many ways. But within five minutes (4:07 in the first segment) of the program Rachel and her team put up a… Read more »

Unfortunately, you have to “login” at docstoc, which means they are sharing or selling info. Here’s another link straight to the PDF:
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/CERD.C.ISR.CO.14-16.pdf

And on top of that, an EU report details the systematic terrorism of the settlers and Israel’s tacit encouragement and acceptance of it:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/21/israel-settlers-violence-palestinians-europe?INTCMP=SRCH