by: Israel Kasnett~JNS
Monday, 3 May 2021 | Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a report that essentially questions Israel’s right to exist and claims that Israeli authorities are “committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.” It comes after Palestinian Authority [PA] leader Mahmoud Abbas said earlier this month that Israel is on the path to becoming an apartheid state.
The 217-page report, however, has been met with significant pushback against its far-reaching allegation of apartheid, and its findings have been refuted by experts and others as being “baseless” and applying a double standard to Israel.
Arsen Ostrovsky, an international human-rights lawyer and CEO of the International Legal Forum, told JNSthat the HRW report “is replete with malicious lies and gross distortions of law while peddling in unhinged hate, incitement and racist stereotypes.
“In short,” he said, “this report is tantamount to an anti-Semitic ‘blood libel’ against the Jewish state.”
According to a US State Department spokesperson, “It is not the view of this administration that Israel’s actions constitute apartheid.”
Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahum called the allegations “preposterous.”
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations and the United States Gilad Erdan called the report “a collection of lies and fabrications, bordering on anti-Semitic.”
According to HRW, “Inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders, Palestinians hold citizenship, the right to vote and free movement, and encounter less severe policies and practices, but still face institutional discrimination and other abuses.”
But contrary to HRW’s accusations of discrimination and abuse, Arabs like Abdel Rahman Zuabi, Salim Jubran and George Karra have all served as justices on Israel’s Supreme Court.
According to Haaretz, an Israeli left-wing daily, Arabs currently make up more than 17% of the country’s doctors and 24% of nurses.
Posted on May 3, 2021
Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on April 30, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)
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