Amnesty International Says Israel’s Laws Toward Palestinians Amount to Apartheid

The photo shows a separation wall in the West Bank. (Photo courtesy of Marc Venezia, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)Amnesty International, a human rights organization, says laws and practices in Israel towards Palestinians amount to apartheid. Read the full report here.

That’s a volatile word, but what does it mean?

Jonathan Kuttab with Bethlehem Bible College is an international human rights attorney. He says, “International law (in three different conventions) has a clear definition of what constitutes apartheid as a crime. One of them, of course, is separation, creating a system of separation for one group from the others.” An apartheid system also uses laws to give one group the upper hand over another.

Israel denied these charges, saying they originate from antisemitism. Kuttab says it’s important to distinguish between the Israeli government and the Jewish people. “We oppose antisemitism, and we also oppose racism. We oppose it because God loves everybody. Because we are created in the image of God. Jesus came to destroy the distinction between Jew and Gentile, male and female, master and slave. Jesus came to bring us all together.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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