Israel discriminates against all kinds of groups and especially against Palestinians, whether they are citizens of Israel or rightless subjects in the occupied Palestinian territories. In fact, Palestinians are living under a system of apartheid. This should stop immediately.
Therefore, boycott Israeli products, disinvest from Israeli companies, and call for sanctions against the state of Israel. This is the message of the Israeli Apartheid Week, according to its website (www.apartheidweek.org) “an annual international series of events held in cities and campuses across the globe.
The aim of IAW is to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement”. Lectures, films and actions are the means in a “struggle against apartheid and for justice, equality and peace.” Most events take place during the first two weeks of March.
Israel an apartheid state?
However, all Israeli citizens, including the Arab/Palestinian Israelis, enjoy full civil rights. They have the right to vote and to be elected in the Knesset (Parliament). They have full freedom of religion and of speech. Although Israeli Arabs in reality sometimes face difficulties, their rights are firmly established in the law. There is no legal system of racial segregation.
Palestinian territories: Bantustans?
As a result of several different peace agreements, Palestinians have obtained autonomy in certain territories. The final status is still a matter of negotiations. This includes the borders of Israel and the status of Jerusalem. Meanwhile, the threat of terrorism made it necessary for Israel to separate itself physically as much as possible from the Palestinian territories. Therefore, the separation barrier was erected (and in many places still under construction). Is this apartheid, or is it the justified obligation of a state to defend its citizens? And does this justify a campaign of smear, and a boycott of Israel?