Human rights organisations in Israel deplore statements by European Commission regarding Amnesty International’s report “Israel’s Apartheid against Palestinians”

Twelve human rights organisations in Israel deplore recent statements by EU High Representative Josep Borell regarding  Amnesty’s report “Israel’s Apartheid against Palestinians”. 

“In view of the deepening human rights crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, we consider the unfolding debate about the crime of apartheid in relation to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians not only legitimate, but absolutely necessary,” said the 12 organisations in their statement.

“We therefore disagree with the EU Commission’s rather dogmatic position that ‘it is not appropriate to use the term apartheid in connection with the State of Israel’. The EU Commission should not turn its back on the facts and developments on the ground,” it said, adding, “We wholeheartedly reject the idea that Amnesty’s report displays antisemitic animus and are deeply concerned about the escalating instrumentalisation of allegations of antisemitism to prevent an open debate about Israel’s oppressive policies towards Palestinians.”

The statement said the EU Commission “should refrain from validating and fueling such political instrumentalisation of antisemitism. Accordingly, we call on EU Commission to unequivocally withdraw its insinuation that Amnesty’s report has anything to do with antisemitism.”

The 12 organisations called on the EU Commission “to engage with the facts on which legal designations of apartheid regarding various aspects of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians are based, and to reconsider its position in this regard.”

Read full statement here