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Press Statement

27 April 2021

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates welcomes the seminal report by Human Rights Watch on Israel’s colonial occupation and its discriminatory and racist policies against the Palestinian people. The report exposes the nature of Israel’s colonial occupation as an entrenched regime of Jewish supremacy and domination over the Palestinian people, designed to legitimize its settlement enterprise in the occupied territory of the State of Palestine and affecting every facet of Palestinian life. The Ministry considers this detailed affirmation of the reality a test to the international community’s determination to end all forms of discrimination and racism. In this connection, the Ministry reminds States and leaders that the commission of the crime of apartheid constitutes a grave threat to international peace and security and that its prohibition is a peremptory norm of international law. Accordingly, the international community must take immediate and effective action to compel an end to Israel’s apartheid regime enshrined in supremacy of one group over the other. The international community should not sustain nor encourage Israel’s apartheid regime. The Ministry reiterates that Israel’s apartheid regime is the main obstacle to the exercise of the right of self-determination and fundamental freedoms by the Palestinian people. Relevant international bodies and specialized agencies, including the United Nations Security Council, the General Assembly, and the Human Rights Council, must adopt effective measures to protect the Palestinian people, including the imposition of sanctions. The Ministry also calls on the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to expeditiously investigate the crime against humanity of apartheid and persecution. The Palestinian people will continue to oppose and defy the punishing and inhumane reality of apartheid until their rights to self-determination, freedom, independence, and return are fully realized.

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