Apartheid is defined as a policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race and is a crime against humanity under international law. Within the years of 2021 and 2022 the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have both classified the treatment of Palesntinans by Israelis as apartheid. Since the establishment of Israel as a state in 1948, the Israeli government has used discriminatory laws to systematically dispossess Palestinians of their land and homes in order to privilege Jewish Israelis. This discrimination has also included the repression of dissent, which has included the killing and injuries to peaceful Palestinian protesters.
Genocide is referred to as the deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group. Israel has bombed the Gaza strip with 6,000 bombs over the span of a week, for context that is almost as much as the US military bombed Afghanistan in a year in 2019. Bombing has targeted hospitals and residences, killing entire families. Knowing this, the Israeli government has still refused a ceasefire.
Israel is a genocidal, apartheid state and has been enacting human rights violations in the killing of Palestians and the theft of their homes and communities.
Action #1: Sign the open letter
Action #2: Join our next local event
We will be hosting an educational event on December 2 at 2pm in person at the Pina Valley Library and hybrid via Zoom. Come learn with us! Click here to RSVP for the event / get the Zoom link if you can’t make it in person
Action #3: Join the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement
Israel is occupying and colonising Palestinian land, discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel and denying Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, the BDS call urges action to pressure Israel to comply with international law.
Compelling huge, complicit companies, through strategic and context-sensitive boycott and divestment campaigns, to end their complicity in Israeli apartheid and war crimes against Palestinians sends a very powerful message to hundreds of other complicit companies that “your time will come, so get out before it’s too late!”
For more info, check out the BDS Movement website