Conference in London demands Israel's apartheid be dismantled
The International Center for Justice for Palestinians was launched a year ago in the UK capital to coordinate legal work in jurisdictions around the world and promote and protect Palestinian rights through the law.
Tuesday’s conference in London boasted a diverse panel.
From Israeli Hagai El-Ad, the executive director of the Israeli information center for human rights in the occupied territories B’Tsaleem, to Palestinian Shawan Jabarin, the executive director of the Palestinian human rights organization Al Haq. The speeches were all powerful and to the point.
The speakers reiterated the findings of the UN, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and many other reputable organizations that have defined Israel as apartheid. Citing the extrajudicial executions and forced disappearances of so many Palestinians including children, they called on western governments to stop selling arms to Israel and encouraging crimes against humanity.
The consensus is that what is happening in the occupied Palestinian territories, is not because of a lack of knowledge on the part of world powers, but a lack of political will. And recent events have thrown that reality into stark relief.
A stone throw from the halls of power in the British capital, those present called on the UK to live up to its historical obligations. The panel illustrated the lived experience of the Palestinians in the occupied territories; open air prisons where according to the human rights defenders present, the dehumanization of Palestinians has led to raw and unabated violence against them.
Scenes of Shireen Abu Akleh's funeral in which mourners were attacked by Israeli forces, unfazed by all the cameras and media present, have made it abundantly clear that Israel does not fear retribution or the ire of the international community.