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    Back on O/P topic. UN dissociates itself from Falks report:-

    UN chief requests report accusing Israel of 'apartheid' be pulled from web | The Times of Israel

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has requested the removal of a report accusing Israel of apartheid from the website of the UN body that published it, Reuters reported Friday, citing an unnamed official in the international body.

    Guterres had previously distanced himself from the report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which is comprised of 18 Arab countries.
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    UN report: Israel has established an 'apartheid regime'

    ESCWA Launches Report on Israeli Practices Towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid

    Khalaf noted that Israel, encouraged by the international community’s disregard for its continual violations of international law, has succeeded over the past decades in imposing and maintaining an apartheid regime that works on two levels. First, the political and geographic fragmentation of the Palestinian people which enfeebles their capacity for resistance and makes it almost impossible for them to change the reality on the ground. Secondly, the oppression of all Palestinians through an array of laws, policies and practices that ensure domination of them by a racial group and serve to maintain the regime.

    The Executive Secretary stressed that the importance of this report is not limited to the fact that it is the first of its kind published by a United Nations body, clearly concluding that Israel is a racial State that has established an apartheid regime. It also provides fresh insight into the cause of the Palestinian people and into how to achieve peace.

    https://www.unescwa.org/news/escwa-l...tion-apartheid

    Israel finds this report very embarrassing and will try by all means to have it undermined. This will be the first test of the Trump - Israeli relationship as no other nation would be ameniable to challenging the obvious truth that the Israeli state is run on apartheid principles and practices.
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    Another Israeli swimming pool caught refusing entry to Arab citizens


    An Israeli swimming pool in the southern city of Bir al-Saba (Beer Sheva) refused entry to a Palestinian citizen of Israel, in the latest documented example of blatant racism in public accommodations.

    Tahir Marisat, a teacher in one of the unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Naqab (Negev) region, went to the Beer Sheva Country Club with a friend and asked to buy a ticket.

    Marisat was told by the clerk that the pool was only for residents of the city. Marisat, who studied in Bir al-Saba and has lived there for 11 years, is originally from the town of Tamra in the north of the country, but has not changed the address on his identity card.

    After being refused entry the first time, Marisat went back a second time and recorded on video the exchange of him being again denied entry. Marisat is told firmly “go home” and that the local residents only policy was “new.”

    That exchange, in Hebrew, can be seen in the Channel 10 report at the top of this post.

    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs...-arab-citizens

    The truth is out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Telstar 62 View Post
    Seriously do you think people are as stupid as you are ? Lying clown !!

    A quick search brings up the truth of African migrants and Israel.

    A Kind of Purgatory': African Refugees in Israel

    By some estimates, 60,000 African asylum-seekers — mainly from Sudan and Eritrea — reside in Israel. For these men, women and children, the journey to the country is perilous: traversing hostile countries, often encountering bandits and facing the Egyptian and Sinai deserts before they even reach the border. Many who start the journey don’t make it. For those who do, they face a kind of purgatory rather than a home.In Israel, these asylum-seekers are offered a temporary visa — called the 2(A)5 – that has to be renewed every three months, though they are not allowed to work. The State of Israel does not provide them with social assistance, and so many become cheap labor for various service industries, working, for example, as hotel housecleaners and groundskeepers while remaining under constant threat of arrest and detention.
    Today, border crossings by asylum seekers has almost completely stopped – largely because of the 90-mile fence that Israel built on the border. (The government used African workers in its construction.) And while the exodus may have slowed to a trickle, the harsh realities of this purgatory remain.


    On a sunny Saturday in Levinsky Park in Tel Aviv, I heard the hopelessness and frustration with recent government actions at a community meeting of Eritreans. The meeting was held in the wake of weeks of demonstrations by Africans against a new detention law. The mood was somber. In December 2013, the Israeli Knesset added an amendment to the Anti-Infiltration law. It requires asylum-seekers from Eritrea and Sudan to be automatically detained for at least a year and then placed, indefinitely, in an open detention center. The opening of Holot detention center at the beginning of this year followed the passage of the amendment. It currently holds more than 2,000 African asylum-seekers, with a plan in place to expand the capacity to about 8,000.
    The demonstrations marked the first time this community made its presence known in Israel. Despite the demonstrations, the community remained in two minds, with some members discussing ways that they could make themselves more invisible. One speaker suggested that they shouldn’t pray in the park because it can upset Israelis, because they pay taxes for their parks and want this to be a Jewish country. The majority of the Eritrean refugees are Christians and the majority of Sudanese refugees are Muslim.
    The country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to what he sees as illegal immigrants as being “infiltrators” in Israel. Worldwide, Eritrean and Sudanese nationals have very high rates of what the UNHCR calls “refugee recognition“: 82% for Eritreans and 68% for Sudanese. Israel, however, has one of the world’s lowest rates of refugee recognition. In addition, a Sudanese national known to have even entered Israel faces a 10 year prison sentence in Sudan, whether they have entered with or without a visa.

    The point of the open detention center, and the general policy towards the “infiltrators” seems to be to pressure Africans to self-deport. As former Interior Minister Eli Yishai put it, to “make their lives miserable,“until they give up and agree to let Israel deport them to a third country, often Uganda. Continued
    See the Lives of African Refugees in Israel | Time.com
    Israel's unwanted African migrants

    By Kathy Harcombe BBC News, Israel

    For nearly a year Israel has been offering African migrants cash and the chance to go and live in what is supposed to be a safe haven in a third country - but the BBC has spoken to two men who say that they were abandoned as soon as they got off the plane. One was immediately trafficked, the other left to fend for himself without papers.

    Adam was 18 when he arrived in Israel in 2011. Attackers had burned down his home in Darfur at the height of the genocide, and he had spent his teenage years in a UN refugee camp in another part of Sudan. With no prospects in the camp and no sign of an end to the conflict in Darfur, he made his way north through Egypt and the lawless Sinai peninsula to Israel.

    But Israel - which has approved fewer than 1% of asylum applications since it signed the UN Refugee Convention six decades ago - has not offered asylum to a single person from Sudan. It turned down Adam's application, and last October, when he went to renew the temporary permit allowing him to stay in the country, he was summoned to a detention centre known as Holot, deep in the Negev desert.

    This was no surprise for Adam. As most Sudanese and Eritreans in Israel know, it's just a matter of time before they get the call to Holot.

    Israel's unwanted African migrants - BBC News


    Israel Is Secretly Shipping Thousands Of Refugees To Africa

    KAMPALA, UGANDA — “How did we end up here?” asked Adam, gazing with bewilderment around a cafe in the land that’s still foreign to him after over two years.

    “I never ever thought I’d be here in my wildest dreams. We are scared. I really don’t want to be a refugee anymore. I want to go home, in spite of everything.”

    Adam, 29, who requested his real name not be used, escaped the genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region and is now one of the many “refugees in orbit,” as Israeli NGOs have dubbed them, created by the flaws in Israel’s “voluntary” return system. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to visit Uganda on July 4 for the 40th anniversary of the Entebbe raid — the first time an Israeli premier has visited Africa since 1994 — Adam and other African asylum-seekers remain stranded in limbo here.
    There are around 45,000 African asylum-seekers in Israel today, and about 92 percent of them are from Eritrea and Sudan, according to the Israeli NGO Hotline for Refugees and Migrants (HRM). But denied asylum or work permits in Israel, many are now being deported from the country. Over 3,000 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers have left Israel over the past two years alone — not for their home countries, but under a deal shrouded in secrecy, for Uganda and Rwanda instead.
    One activist told ThinkProgress that flights from Israel to Africa were continuing “at least once a week.”
    “There’s still people coming out from Israel,” added Adam, having witnessed more asylum-seekers who have similar stories to himself. “They’re always coming.”
    For over a year, Israel has been sending African refugees to Uganda and Rwanda, offering them cash in return for leaving. The Israeli government continues to insist that the asylum-seekers are not refugees, but labor migrants seeking work, and that they are leaving voluntarily. Meanwhile, the Ugandan and Rwandan governments deny that any refugee deal exist between them and Israel — let alone reports that the deal is, in essence, one swapping refugees for benefits. Some reports say that Uganda and Rwanda receive arms and military training in return for accepting the refugees, while others say that the countries receive agricultural aid or even cash.

    Rwanda’s government spokesperson did not respond to queries about the deal from ThinkProgress. “We do not comment on the issue,” Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told ThinkProgress.

    https://thinkprogress.org/israel-is-...223#.sgeymkc1h
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    The senior Jordanian UN official responsible for the 'report' has promptly resigned over its withdrawal.
    What a joke.

    United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Rima Khalaf, announced her resignation at a news conference in Beirut after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked for the report to be taken off the ESCWA website.

    ESCWA, which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday and said it was the first time a U.N. body had clearly charged that Israel "has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole."
    Senior U.N. official quits after 'apartheid' Israel report pulled | Reuters
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    Of course Israel is an apartheid state:

    The Jewish state maintains a system of housing segregation both in Israel and in the occupied territories.

    Apart from settlements reserved for Jewish imports, in Israel itself, hundreds of communities have been established for Jewish residents on land expropriated from Palestinians, in which segregation is maintained.

    Palestinian citizens are denied access to land held exclusively for the Jewish people by the state-sanctioned Jewish National Fund.

    Jewish residents of the occupied territories enjoy the protections of Israeli civil law, while Palestinian are subject to the harsh provisions of military law.
    Jews can come and go freely while , West Bank Palestinians are subject to arbitrary arrest and detention, and to the denial of freedom of movement; they are frequently barred from access to educational or healthcare facilities, Christian and Muslim sites for religious worship, and so on.

    Palestinian citizens of Israel must contend with about 50 state laws and bills that, according to the Palestinian-Israeli human rights organization Adalah, either privilege Jews or directly discriminate against the Palestinian minority.

    It is not legally possible in Israel for a Jewish citizen to marry a non-Jewish citizen. And a web of laws, regulations and military orders governing what kind of people can live in which particular spaces makes mixed marriages within the occupied territories, or across the pre-1967 border between Israel and the occupied territories, all but impossible.

    Palestinians are stripped of property and rights, expelled, humiliated, punished, demolished, imprisoned and at times driven to the edge of starvation (Gaza - where Israelis have worked it out down to the last calorie).

    There is no question that Israel is an apartheid state. The UN finding is neither here not there because apartheid is patently obviously employed to control Palestinians in the Jewish state of Israel.
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    South African Minister Hugh Lanning accuses Israel of Apartheid.

    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs...tine-activists

    Its absolutely Apartheid. The "no Arabs allowed" swimming pools and settlements are part of a Jim Crow-society.
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