question is not "Is Israel the same as South Africa?"
It is "do Israel's actions meet the international definition of
what apartheid is?"
crime of apartheid is defined by the 2002 Rome Statute of the International Criminal
inhumane acts of a character similar to other crimes against humanity "committed
in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic
one racial group over any
other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of
maintaining that regime."
Apartheid Laws more
Report and Israeli Apartheid more
Articles about Israeli Apartheid more
Recommended reading: "Israeli Apartheid - A Beginner's
an Analogy: Israel and the Crime of Apartheid more
of the Crime of Apartheid to Israel more
Powerpoint Presentation view
brief overview of apartheid in the only democracy in the Middle
references, click here
Right of return for Jews only
Palestinians are denied the right to
return to homes and lands that have been taken from them in Israel,
while a person with one Jewish grandparent anywhere in the
world can settle on that same land.
For a fascinating bit of
mental gymnastics justifying the Law of Return click
on Palestinian growth
Since 1948, scores of new communities have been founded for Jews,
but very few for Palestinians, causing severe residential
funding for Palestinian towns
Palestinian towns and villages in Israel do not receive the same
funding as Jewish towns, even though taxation rates are equal for
Palestinians and Jews.
on land leased to Palestinians
Until recently, Palestinians were not
permitted to lease land from the Israeli Land Administration, which
controls 93% of the land in Israel.
Palestinian villages denied basic services
Many Palestinian villages, some
predating the State of Israel, are unrecognized by the government,
and thus receive no running water, electricity, or access
of unrecognized Palestinian villages
The Bedouin citizens residing in the
unrecognized villages of the Negev have for many years suffered
from severe discrimination and marginalization.
application of the law to Jews and
system of law discriminates between Jewish Israelis and indigenous
Palestinians based on a constructed status of "Jewish
constitutional protection for minorities
Israel openly declares itself "a state
of the Jewish people" yet has no constitution to protect the rights
of the 24.5% of its citizens who are non-Jewish.
funding for Palestinian education
There are separate and inferior school
systems for Palestinians inside Israel.
access to good jobs for Palestinians
Service in the Israeli army is a
prerequisite for the best private and public sector jobs.
of Palestinian land for Jewish use
Land is confiscated from Palestinian
villages and made available for Jewish use.
uprooting of Bedouin Israeli citizens’
government of Israel has sent planes to spread poison on Bedouin
to "Judaize" the Palestinian areas of the
area of the Galilee in northern Israel is where many Israeli
Palestinians live. Some are descended from the earliest Christians,
while others are Muslim.
in public places
Palestinian citizens of Israel are
often discriminated against through denial of access to recreation
Israelis who are Muslim or Christian
must extol the Jewish spirit when singing Israel’s national
The flag of Israel displays the
religious symbol of Judaism, though nearly one-quarter of its
citizens are Christian or Muslim.
2007, 759 Palestinian homes were destroyed inside Israel.
of family unification for Arabs
In 2003, the Israeli Knesset enacted
legislation that denies any possibility of residency status for
Palestinians from the West Bank or Gaza who are married to Israeli
to protect Palestinian citizens during
all Palestinian towns and villages in northern Israel lack public
compensation for Palestinian citizens for war
the Lebanon war, Palestinian villages were denied compensation for
at airports and train stations
Palestinians are frequently taken aside
at Israel’s airports and train stations and searched, often
leaders talk openly of expelling Arabs from
Christians have lived in the land that
became Israel for 2000 years, Muslims for more than 1300 years. Now
these citizens are referred to as a demographic threat, or "the
history and Israel’s borders removed from
Teachers are not allowed to teach
students in public schools about Palestinian history.