International community must act against Israeli apartheid, says ex-attorney general – Middle East Monitor
Michael Benyair, former Israeli attorney general and former acting justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, called on the international community to take meaningful steps to end Israel’s apartheid regime in Palestine.
write in the newspaper, Benyair said he spent much of his career analyzing legal issues surrounding Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem.
He said that during his tenure he approved the expropriation of private Palestinian land to build the infrastructure needed for settlement expansion in the occupied territories.
It is with great sadness that I must also conclude that my country has sunk to such political and moral depths that it is now an apartheid regime. It is time for the international community to recognize this reality as well.
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He added: “Between the Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea, it is Israel that permanently deprives millions of Palestinians of their civil and political rights. It is Israeli apartheid.
Concluding his article, Benyair described the situation on the ground in Palestine as “a moral abomination”.
“The international community’s delay in taking meaningful action to hold Israel accountable for the apartheid regime it perpetuates is unacceptable.”
Benyair’s remarks come less than two weeks after Amnesty International published a report in which Israel was described as an apartheid state. Last year, B’Tselem and Human Rights Watch came to the same conclusion, while a legal opinion issued by Yesh Din in 2020 also said that “the crime against humanity of apartheid is committed in the West Bank “.
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