Leading Israeli Human Rights Group Calls Israel an ‘Apartheid’ State
Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM — A leading Israeli human rights group has begun describing both Israel and its control of the Palestinian territories as a single “apartheid” regime, using an explosive term that the country’s leaders and their supporters vehemently reject.
In a report released Tuesday, B’Tselem says that, although Palestinians live under different forms of Israeli control in the occupied West Bank, blockaded Gaza Strip, annexed East Jerusalem and within Israel itself, they have fewer rights than Jews in the entire area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.
“One of the key points in our analysis is that this is a single geopolitical area ruled by one government,” said B’Tselem director Hagai El-Ad. “This is not democracy-plus-occupation. This is apartheid between the river and the sea.”