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UN Commission Finds Israel is an Apartheid Regime

March 18, 2017

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia has issued a scathing report about Israel and its role in suppressing and dominating the Palestinian people.

In its analysis which it said was based on “overwhelming evidence”, the Commission said Israel should be considered no less than an “apartheid regime”, with the goal to “dominate” all Palestinians. Even worse, it said the purpose of such ‘domination’ was for “racial” and “demographic engineering”.

It is a powerful message to the world and the country to truthfully label Israel in this way.

The United Nations has a long history of attempting to put pressure on Israel for its actions against the Palestinians within its borders. Every year its general assembly has voted every year to condemn the various occupations, settlements, annexations, and walls built to isolate and intimidate the Palestinians. Yet while that continues, the measure never amounts to anything, in part because the US and a handful of other nations such as Micronesia and Palau (who are dependent on the US for their support) veto the resolutions. The measure also ends up lacking force even as a statement of position because the United States continues to provide Israel, already a rich country on its own, with the largest single annual foreign aid grant to any nation.

As to what to do about it, the UN Commission has recommended strong support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It has is recommending an international tribunal be formed to make a legal determination regarding apartheid in Israel, along with recommending penalties for the country’s actions.

The UN Commission’s call to action is also clear, strong, and without equivocation on the subject:

“[UN Member] States have a separate and collective duty (a) not to recognize an apartheid regime as lawful; (b) not to aid or assist a State in maintaining an apartheid regime; and (c) to cooperate with the United Nations and other States in bringing apartheid regimes to an end. A State that fails to fulfil those duties could itself be held legally responsible for engaging in wrongful acts involving complicity with maintaining an apartheid regime. The United Nations and its agencies, and all Member States, have a legal obligation to act within their capabilities to prevent and punish instances of apartheid that are responsibly brought to their attention.

"In the case of Israel-Palestine, any delay compounds the crime by prolonging the subjugation of Palestinians to the active practice of apartheid by Israel. Prompt action is accordingly imperative to avert further human suffering and end a crime against humanity that is being committed now."

As in the past, even these strong messages appear to be ones that will not get anywhere without a change in the position of at least two nations on the matter. The first is Israel, of course. The second is Israel's massive lapdog, the United States. Without changed by at least one of the nations, war will become more widespread and possibly spread it into world war.

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