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UN Assessment Of Israel Is Not Too Harsh

| by Mark Jones

The United Nations report regarding the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is completely fair to Israel. Any claims that the report was too harsh are completely ridiculous. 

In 2017, the U.N. Economic Commission for Western Asia commissioned a report called the "Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid," reports Al Jazeera. The report was meant to assess whether the Israeli government's rejection of Palestinian self-determination has created an apartheid state in which being Palestinian is essentially a crime. 

Even without the report, the current relationship between Palestine and Israel has made it readily apparent that the Committee's fears are true. 

According to Vox, Israel has had control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which both contain large Palestinian populations, since 1967. The West Bank is controlled by the Palestinian Authority on paper, but in practice is currently under Israeli occupation. This means that Israeli troops occupy the area and restrict Palestinian movements. In addition, people from Israel settle in the West Bank, which infringes upon Palestinians who already occupy the area. 

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This atmosphere very clearly shows that Israel has created a state in which being Palestinian is a distinct disadvantage. The U.N. report just serves to show the extent to which this is true. According to the report, Israel has created "an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole."

Some are calling the report too harsh. "The attempt to smear and falsely label the only true democracy in the Middle East by creating a false analogy is despicable and constitutes a blatant lie," said Israel's U.N. envoy Danny Danon, according to Al Jazeera. 

Danon and other critics of the report are blatantly ignoring the facts, and are refusing to admit Israel is absolutely guilty of creating an apartheid state, which Merriam-Webster defines as "racial segregation." For example, according to Al Jazeera, the report states that Palestinians in the West Bank are subject to "military law." In contrast, Israeli individuals who have settled in the area are subjected to "civilian law."

This revelation has made it apparent that the difference in treatment between Israelis and Palestinians is racially based. Palestinians should not be subjected to a different type of law than their Israeli counterparts. Doing so undermines such Palestinians' fundamental human rights. Therefore, it clearly fits the apartheid label that the U.N. has placed on the situation. 

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In addition, the report found that Palestinians who occupy East Jerusalem face similar discrimination to that of their counterparts in the West Bank. In addition to experiencing discrimination in areas such as education, Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem are subject to "expulsions and home demolitions."

Once again, the U.N. report shows that Israel is guilty of creating an apartheid state. While Israelis in Jerusalem are allowed to live in peace, Palestinian residents are subjected to racially-based harassment and discrimination.

The U.N. was definitely correct in calling Israel out for its poor treatment of Palestinian residents. Those who think that the label of "apartheid" is too harsh are wrong, and instead of being upset about it should work to make Israel a state that is welcoming to all, including Palestinians.

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Sources: Al Jazeera, Vox, Merriam-Webster / Photo credit: Andrew E. Larsen/Flickr

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