Today, Tuesday, two former Israeli diplomats described what the Tel Aviv authorities are doing in the occupied Palestinian territories as an apartheid regime.
This came in an article by Ilan Baruch, who served as Israel’s ambassador to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and Alon Liel, who served as Israel’s ambassador to South Africa and Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, published by the South African “Groundup” news agency.
The ambassadors said, “During our work in the diplomatic corps, we both served as ambassadors of Israel in South Africa. Through this site, we learned firsthand the reality of apartheid and the atrocities it brought about. The experience and understanding we gained in South Africa helped us understand the reality back home.”
For more than half a century, Israel has ruled the Occupied Palestinian Territories with a two-tiered legal system, with Israeli settlers living on the same plot of land in the West Bank under Israeli civil law, while Palestinians live under military law, and this system is an inherent inequality.
They added that Human Rights Watch recently concluded that Israel’s actions in the occupied territories “now comply with the legal definition of the crime of apartheid under international law, as Israel is the only sovereign power, operating in this land, and systematically discriminates.” on the basis of nationality and race.
The two former Israeli diplomats stressed that “just as the world joined the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, it is time for the world to take decisive diplomatic action in our case as well, and work towards building a future of equality, dignity and security for Palestinians and Israelis alike.”
Israeli and Palestinian estimates indicate that there are about 650,000 settlers in West Bank settlements, including occupied Jerusalem, who live in 164 settlements and 116 outposts.