Green MEP welcomes UN body’s Israeli government criticism

Responding to the news that a new UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) report has found that the Israeli government ‘has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole,’ Green MEP Keith Taylor, a member of the European Parliament’s Palestine delegation, said:

“That the Palestinians are suffering under an apartheid regime is a serious but entirely justified accusation when levelled against the Israeli government. That a UN-affiliated body has recognised the oppressive nature of Benjamin Netanyahu’s governance is welcome if long overdue.”

“Almost thirteen years ago, the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, a court of the people created in reaction to injustices and violations of international law not dealt with by existing international jurisdictions, found during a session in Capetown that, with full regard to the experience of black South Africans, ‘Israel subjects the Palestinian people to an institutionalised regime of domination amounting to apartheid as defined under international law’. And in the intervening years scandalously little has changed for the people of Palestine.”

“The UN secretariat should not kowtow to US and Isreali pressure and try to distance itself from this powerful, but sadly all too real, description of the regime. And Netanyahu should put less energy into being outraged and more into working to address the truly outrageous injustices perpetrated against millions of Palestinian people.”

“The Israeli government must begin working in earnest towards a meaningful peace process. Starting by halting the demolition of Palestinian homes; ending the administrative detention of Palestinians, including children, without due process; stopping collective punishment; bringing down the illegal partition wall; ending the illegal land and sea blockade of Gaza; reversing plans to build more illegal settlements; ensuring fairer distribution of natural resources, particularly water; and scrapping a disgraceful ‘land grab’ law that attempts to legalise the theft of private Palestinian lands.”

Mr Taylor recently co-signed a letter calling on the EU Commission to take a stronger stand in protecting the viability of a two-state solution and against the demolition of Palestinian communities by the Isreali government.