Israel rushes to put more settlers in West Bank

Nellie Chapman
January 19, 2021

"We call upon the government of Israel to reverse these decisions on settlements and show leadership to rebuild trust and confidence between the parties, which is necessary for an eventual resumption of meaningful Israeli-Palestinian negotiations".

In recent years, the Israeli regime has grown more explicit about its Jewish supremacist ideology.

"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.

In a tweet on Sunday, Galant wrote that he instructed the Ministry of Education director-general to ban organizations that call Israel an "apartheid state" or that "despise" Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers from giving lectures in Israel schools.

B'Tselem said it would not be deterred by the minister's announcement and that despite it, the group gave a lecture on the subject via videocall to a school in the northern city of Haifa on Monday.

Israel has long presented itself as a thriving democracy. This is Israel's apartheid regime.

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Adalah, an Arab legal rights group, said it had appealed to the country's attorney general to cancel Galant's directive, saying it was made without the proper authority and that it was meant to "silence legitimate voices". The group released a report on January 12, reporting that the state of Israel is pursuing a nondemocratic "apartheid regime" and "Jewish supremacy" in Palestinian and Israeli territories.

"These responsibilities, alongside its obligations under worldwide human rights law, include providing vaccines in a nondiscriminatory manner to Palestinians living under its control, using as a benchmark what it provides for its own citizens".

Another Nobel laureate, former USA president Jimmy Carter-who brokered the historic 1978 Camp David peace agreement between Israel and Egypt-in 2006 accused Israel of "worse... apartheid than we witnessed even in South Africa".

The United Nations and the European Union welcomed the news, the EU saying it would "engage with relevant actors to support the electoral process".

There has been no indication that Israel would allow Palestinian election activity within east Jerusalem.

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