What our study proposes is that an essential precondition for such a desirable outcome depends on dismantling present systematic structures of domination that are relied upon by Israel to control the Palestinian people as a whole, whether they live under occupation or as refugees and involuntary exiles or as a discriminated minority in Israel itself. By thinking of the situation in this way we begin to understand that the conflict is most fundamentally about people and only secondarily about territory.
Israeli policies constitute apartheid was quickly withdrawn but support for Palestinians strong among Canadians
BOTH IN ISRAEL and in the U.S., the term “apartheid” is being used more and more to describe Israel’s occupation. At the end of December, Rabbi Henry Siegman, a former director of the American Jewish Congress, described Israel’s settlements as an “irreversible colonial project” that, if not halted, will have Israel “cross the threshold from ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ to the only apartheid regime in the Western world. Denial of self-determination and Israeli citizenship to Palestinians amounts to ‘double disenfranchisement,’ which, when based on ethnicity amounts to racism.”