Israel seeks to ban Jewish rights group for calling regime an ‘apartheid’ system
Israeli officials are targeting a Jewish human rights group after it described the regime’s occupation of the Palestinian territories as an “apartheid” system.
The term, long seen as taboo by supporters of the regime, is rejected by Israel’s leaders.
Israeli education minister Yoav Galant tweeted late on Sunday that he had instructed the ministry’s director general to “prevent the entry of organizations calling Israel an apartheid” regime.
In a report released last week, B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights, said Israel is not a democracy but an "apartheid regime" that systematically oppresses the Palestinians via military occupation and racist laws.
B’Tselem, which is based in Jerusalem al-Quds, said Palestinians live under Israeli control in the occupied territories and have fewer rights than Jews in the entire area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.
The rights group further said Israel was creating a system over all the occupied lands in which Jewish citizens have full rights while Palestinians are divided into four tiers with various levels of rights, but always below the Jews.
B’Tselem said it would not be deterred by the minister’s announcement.
“B’Tselem is determined to keep with its mission of documenting reality, analyzing it, and making our findings publicly known to the Israeli public, and worldwide,” it said in a statement.