Paris, ALRAY - Amnesty International has called on the Israeli occupation authorities to dismantle the apartheid system which is causing so much suffering and bloodshed.
In a statement on Wednesday, the organization said that since launching its major campaign against apartheid one year ago, Israeli forces have killed almost 220 Palestinians, including 35 in January 2023 alone.
It indicated that the unlawful killings help maintain Israel’s apartheid system and constitute crimes against humanity, as do other serious and ongoing violations by Israeli authorities such as administrative detention and forcible transfer.
The Amnesty also indicated that over the past few days, a series of deadly attacks has underscored the urgent need for accountability, noting that on 26 January, Israeli forces carried out a raid on Jenin refugee camp, killing 10 Palestinians, including a 61-year-old woman.
"The devastating events of the past week have exposed yet again the deadly cost of the system of apartheid,” said Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.
The secretary general added: “The devastating events of the past week have exposed yet again the deadly cost of the system of apartheid. The international community’s failure to hold Israeli authorities to account for apartheid and other crimes has given them free rein to segregate, control and oppress Palestinians on a daily basis, and helps perpetuate deadly violence.”
She pointed out that apartheid is a crime against humanity, indicating that it is frankly chilling to see the perpetrators evade justice year after year.
“Israel has long attempted to silence findings of apartheid with targeted smear campaigns, and the international community allows itself to be cowed by these tactics. Until apartheid is dismantled there is no hope of protecting civilian lives, and no hope of justice for grieving families in Palestine and Israel,” she continued.
Callamard noted that under apartheid, Israeli authorities control virtually every aspect of Palestinians’ lives and subject them to daily oppression and discrimination through territorial fragmentation and legal segregation.
The Amnesty International’s Secretary General also pointed out that Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) are segregated into separate enclaves, with those living in the Gaza Strip isolated from the rest of the world through Israel’s illegal blockade, which has caused a humanitarian crisis and is a form of collective punishment.