Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine

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Russell Tribunal finds Israel guilty of Apartheid

The third international session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) has determined that Israel’s practices against the Palestinian people are in breach of the prohibition of apartheid under international law. Following two intense days in Cape Town, South Africa (5-7 November 2011), listening to testimony from expert witnesses, the Tribunal concluded unanimously that “Israel subjects the Palestinian people to an institutionalised regime of domination amounting to apartheid as defined under international law.”

Posing the question: “Are Israel practices against the Palestinian People in breach of the prohibition on apartheid under International Law?”, the RToP jury reached this conclusion having paid particular attention to the legal definition of apartheid and ensuring that each of the defining criteria was met. This included the following facts: “(i) that two distinct racial groups can be identified; (ii) that ‘inhuman acts’ are committed against the subordinate group; and (iii) that such acts are committed systematically in the context of an institutionalised regime of domination by one group over the other.”


This entry was posted on December 23, 2011 by in News and tagged , , , , .

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