Israeli officials worry the regime will be labeled as ‘apartheid’ next year

2022-02-02 17:45:48
Israeli officials worry the regime will be labeled as ‘apartheid’ next year

Israeli officials are seriously concerned that 2022 would be the year when the Tel Aviv regime would be labeled as an apartheid entity due to its measures against Palestinians and the occupation of their lands.

“In the coming year, we’re expecting a discourse that is unprecedented in its poison and radioactivity,” foreign minister Yair Lapid said during a Zoom press briefing with Israeli journalists earlier this week.

“Calling Israel an apartheid regime was a slowly creeping trend for a very long time, and in 2022, it will be a real threat.”

Lapid said his ministry sees a likely scenario in 2022, according to which international organizations apply apartheid label to Israel, “with potential for significant damage.”

“There is a real danger that a UN body will say Israel is an apartheid regime,” the top Israeli diplomat noted.

Israeli officials expect the “Israel apartheid” label to come up in the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), as well.

In 2018, Palestinians submitted a complaint arguing that Israel is an apartheid regime with racist policies.

In April, US-based organization Human Rights Watch accused Israel of crimes against humanity by pursing policies of "apartheid" and persecution against Palestinians.

The word apartheid is often associated with South Africa. Apartheid was a system of institutionalized racial segregation that existed in country from 1948 until the early 1990s.

The system was characterized by an authoritarian political culture based on white supremacy, which ensured that South Africa was dominated politically, socially, and economically by the nation's minority white population.

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