Human Rights Watch published a 213-page report on Tuesday, accusing the Israeli government of committing crimes of apartheid and persecution as it claimed that officials of the country enforced extreme and inhumane policies to “maintain the domination by Jewish Israelis over Palestinians” and its own Arab minority.
In its report titled “A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution”, the New York-based independent organization elaborated its findings after examining the treatment of Israeli authorities and governmental forces to Palestinians.
According to the international rights advocacy group, it has been warning for decades that Israel’s annexation initiatives and its entrenched hold over Palestinian life could lead to apartheid.
However, despite its warnings, it then concluded in its report that a “threshold” into a crime against humanity, has already been crossed.
“The Israeli government has demonstrated an intent to maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians across Israel and the occupied Palestinians territory,” HRW said in its report. “That intent has been coupled with systematic oppression of Palestinians and inhumane acts committed against them. When these three elements occur together, they amount to the crime of apartheid.”
In response to the advocacy group’s report, Israel’s Foreign Ministry denounced HRW’s findings, calling its report fictional and claiming that it was “preposterous and false.”
“Human Rights Watch is known to have a long-standing anti-Israeli agenda, actively seeking for years to promote boycotts against Israel. This report is yet another part of the organization’s ongoing campaign … with no connection to facts or reality on the ground,” the ministry said in a press release.
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