Yet another ‘apartheid’ report builds pressure on liberal Zionists to recognize ‘lived reality’ of Palestinians – Mondoweiss

Posted By on March 26, 2022

Yesterday news broke that yet another organization determined that Israels rule over Palestinians constitutes apartheid, this time a reportfrom the Special Rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Council. The Israeli government now fears an unprecedented effort to push the apartheid label, Haaretz says a wave Israels foreign minister predicted a few months ago.

Much to Israel supporters chagrin, The New York Times actually published a fair account of this new report. So no, This is not just a bad dream, its happening in the real world. The fact that the New York Times covered the report caused the American Jewish Committee to respond with rage to the report, coming on the heels of Amnesty Internationals apartheid finding in February:

AJC strongly rejects the biased findings of the UN Special Rapporteurs libelous report on Israel. Israel is a pluralistic democracy that ensures equal rights to all of its citizens. Bolstering @Amnestys baseless allegations does nothing to advance the cause of peace.

Amnesty International welcomes the new report today: Palestinian human rights organizations have been calling the situation apartheid for years, and this report is a landmark moment of recognition of the lived reality of millions of Palestinians. Human Rights Watch also welcomed the report which follows its apartheid report of last year.

While the Council on American-Islamic Relations drew the natural conclusion stop the Israel aid. More and more human rights organizations and experts are documenting the fact that the Israeli governments racist system of oppression against Palestinians meets the definition of apartheid, CAIR official Edward Ahmed Mitchellsaid. It is now time for our nation to recognize the obvious and stop funding human rights abuses against the Palestinian people.

The young Jewish group IfNotNow has also been publicizing the report and the word apartheid.

The @UNHumanRights report by @MichaelLynk5 notes the decades-long Israeli occupation is indistinguishable from annexation This is apartheid.

As for the Israel lobby, the rightwing lobby is angry, but the liberal lobby seems to be hoping that this goes away.

AIPAC wont even mention the word apartheid in an email about the Human Rights Council:

The U.N.s relentless diplomatic assault against the Jewish state exposes their deep, anti-Israel bias and plays right into the hands of Israels enemies.Only the U.S.-Israel alliance stands in the way of the U.N.s attacks

The rightwing Israel lobby group Camera put up a commentary bashing the report as antisemitic for describing Israels seizing of Palestinian lands as covetous.

But the center/left branches of the Israel lobby havent had much to say about the new apartheid report. It feels as if theyre embarrassed by the fresh charge and are pulling the pillow over their heads; theyd rather talk about the death of former secretary of state Madeleine Albright at 84. Democratic Majority for Israel is heartbroken at Albrights passing. The ADL is heartbroken, too. J Street also issued a statement on Albrights death.

But J Street has not mentioned the apartheid report on its twitter feed or even in its daily news roundups. Like it never happened.

The report is bothersome to liberal Zionists because it fosters dissatisfaction in their progressive base about why theyre not taking a stronger stance against human rights violations beyond acknowledging their existence (as J Street often does). Just last week a California congressman whom J Street took out to Israel said there are parallels to apartheid. But J Street is very clear that it does not use the word apartheid.

Americans for Peace Now is more direct about the new report, maybe because it is not in the business of talking to Congress but more aimed at the grass roots. The report shows very serious problems that cant be addressed with cries of antisemitism, APN says. (Much as J Street said when the Amnesty International report apartheid dropped.)

Americans for Peace Nows ceo Hadar Susskind elaborates:

Sure. Feel free to complain about the use of apartheid if you dont like it. But what are you going to do about it? And by it, I mean the reality on the ground.

Bear in mind that Americans for Peace Now chair James Klutznick actually called that reality apartheid in 2020: Whether or not anyone wants to say apartheid, I just said it. Its been de facto apartheid for a long time and this could end up being official.

So this report will create more pressure on liberal Zionists to acknowledge the reality in Israel and Palestine, instead of adhering to their vision, the just and necessary democratic national homeland for the Jewish people. A dream indeed.

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