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SA academic study finds that Israel is practicing apartheid and colonialism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 16, 2009

The executive Summary of the report says that the three pillars of apartheid in South Africa are all practiced by Israel in the OPT. In South Africa, the first pillar was to demarcate the population of South Africa into racial groups, and to accord superior rights, privileges and services to the white racial group. The second pillar was to segregate the population into different geographic areas, which were allocated by law to different racial groups, and restrict passage by members of any group into the area allocated to other groups. And the third pillar was “a matrix of draconian ‘security’ laws and policies that were employed to suppress any opposition to the regime and to reinforce the system of racial domination, by providing for administrative detention, torture, censorship, banning, and assassination.”

The Report finds that Israeli practices in the OPT exhibit the same three ‘pillars’ of apartheid.

Source: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/Media_Release-378.phtml

For full report content, click here.

UN picks South African Jew to head Gaza war crimes inquiry

Posted in Arab-Israeli Wars, News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009

Goldstone will investigate conduct by both sides in Israel’s 22-day offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. According to a Palestinian rights group, 1,417 people including 926 civilians were killed in the fighting.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076259.html

Mr Goldstone headed the UN tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

Mr Goldstone headed the UN tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

He is also on the board of governors at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Mr Goldstone said he was “shocked, as a Jew”, to be invited to head the mission.

“I’ve taken a deep interest in what happens in Israel. I’m associated with organisations that have worked in Israel.

For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7981538.stm

Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture: “Apartheid and Occupation under International Law” with John Dugard

Posted in Lectures, Videos by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

While international law tolerates military occupation, it does not approve it, specifically one that has continued for over 40 years as in the case of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. Furthermore, during that time, Israel has introduced two other elements—colonialism and apartheid. Although there are many similarities between apartheid as it was applied in South Africa and Israel’s policies and practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the systems are not identical. There are features of the Israeli regime in the occupied territory that were unknown to South Africans. This year’s Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor John Dugard.

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Source: http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/display/ContentDetails/i/5191/pid/3584