Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

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Article/book #: 4392
Title: Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
By: Jon Elmer   Jessica Montell (interviewee)  
Published in: FromOccupiedPalestine.org
Date of issue: Sunday, 21 September 2003
Topic(s) addressed: People/entities mentioned in this item:
Commentary

Abstract:

Montell: »Apartheid has symbolic value because of the South African context. You can draw plenty of similarities, and you can also see lots of differences between apartheid South Africa and Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. I think the word apartheid is useful for mobilizing people because of its emotional power. In some cases, the situation in the West Bank is worse than apartheid in South Africa. For example, the roads network in the West Bank, where Jews are allowed to travel on roads that Palestinians are not allowed to travel on, or the separation fence, which Palestinians call the Apartheid Wall.«

»I was recently at a conference with John Dugard, who is now the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights for the Occupations Palestinian Territories, and is originally from South Africa. He was (jokingly) offended that apartheid was being maligned [by its comparison the Israeli occupation]. In South Africa you didn’t have apartheid on the roads, you didn’t have walls being constructed…«

»There are, however, clear similarities between apartheid South Africa and Israel’s policies in the West Bank, and over the past three years they have become even clearer as the separation has intensified. Every area of life - legal rights, benefits, privileges, allocation of resources, the justice system, criminal prosecution - now has two separate tracks, one for Israelis and one for Palestinians.«





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