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South Africa slams Israel at the UN as an apartheid state

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Published on Feb 8, 2018

In January 2017, at the United Nations, South Africa slammed Israel as "the only state in the world that can be called an apartheid state."

SA diplomat Dr Clinton Swemmer, speaking at the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review, went on to make several reccomendations: Israel halting its settlement construction, ceasing its “arbitrary detention of Palestinian children” and ending its racism against Africans.

This is not the first time that South Africa has called out Israel for its Apartheid policies against the indigenous Palestinians. In 2014, the South African Government called "upon the Israeli government to cease their activities that are reminiscent of apartheid forced removals...".

In a 2009 report commissioned by the South African government, the Human Sciences Research Council concluded that Israel is guilty of apartheid. This position was then confirmed by the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which sat in Cape Town in November 2011.

In 2012, both the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as well as the Human Rights Council made findings of racism by the Israeli State. A 2017 report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia detailed how Israel has established "an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole".

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and various other legal and human rights organisations have issued similar reports and called for action to hold Israel accountable.

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