Israel accused of ‘apartheid’
Dugard said Gaza was an imprisoned society, with things little better in the West Bank [GALLO/GETTY]
A UN human rights envoy has likened Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in occupied territory to “apartheid”, and said that failure to tackle the situation will make it hard to solve abuses elsewhere.
John Dugard, a UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, made his remarks to the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday.
Dugard, a South African lawyer, said restrictions on movement and separate residential areas gave a sense of “deja vu” to anyone with experience of apartheid, noting that apartheid was “contrary to international law”.
He said: “Of course there are similarities between the OPT [Occupied Palestinian Territory] and apartheid South Africa.”
He also told the council that the situation “places in danger the whole international human rights enterprise”.