By Staff, Agencies The Zionist regime’s treatment of Palestinians amounts to “apartheid”, the international anti-‘Israel’ movement of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions [BDS] said. In a post on its official Twitter account, the BDS censured Tel Aviv’s “institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination,” referring to a definition of apartheid under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
The movement also said the United Nations investigated apartheid in South Africa and ultimately imposed sanctions on its ruling regime.
It was past time for the United Nations [UN], it said, to do the same with “apartheid ‘Israel’.” The BDS pointed to some facts from the Institute for Middle East Understanding [IMEU], a pro-Palestinian nonprofit organization, to demonstrate the extent to which practices of the Zionist entity amount to that institutionalized regime of oppression.
The BDS movement, which is modeled after the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, was initiated in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian organizations that were pushing for “various forms of boycott against ‘Israel’ until it meets its obligations under international law.” Thousands of volunteers worldwide have since then joined the BDS movement, which calls for people and groups across the world to cut economic, cultural, and academic ties to Tel Aviv, to help promote the Palestinian cause.
‘Israel’ occupied Palestine’s al-Quds, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip in 1967.
Currently, about 700,000 Zionist settlers occupy over 230 illegal settlements built in the West Bank and East al-Quds