Wed 28 April 2021:
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that President Joe Biden’s administration does not believe that Israel’s actions in regards to the treatment of Palestinians constitute apartheid.
The statement comes in response to a report released by a non-profit organization Human Rights Watch accusing Israel Policies of committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.
Psaki also added that the United States Department of State has its own rigorous process for making trusted determinations and reports on human rights and abuse issues globally on annual basis.
Asked at a press conference whether the White House thinks the report is accurate, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the State Department has its own rigorous process for making atrocity discriminations and reports on human rights abuse issues globally on an annual basis.
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“The department has never used such terminology,” said Psaki. “As to the question of whether Israel’s actions constitute apartheid, that is not the view of this administration.”
In the report, the New York-based rights group said Israel’s dual policies, codified in its laws, had privileged Jewish Israelis while repressing Palestinians.
HRW executive director Kenneth Roth said “denying millions of Palestinians their fundamental rights, without any legitimate security justification and solely because they are Palestinian and not Jewish, is not simply a matter of an abusive occupation.”
Israel rejected the report, accusing HRW of being led by BDS, in reference to the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions global movement.
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