Germany rejects Amnesty’s term „apartheid” for Israel 

Responding to the Amnesty International report published on Tuesday about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, Germany’s Foreign Ministry rejected the organisation’s “apartheid” label for Israel.

On Tuesday, Amnesty International published 200-page report compiled over 4 years about how Israel treats Palestinians. The report says the Israeli state governed Palestinians in „a system of oppression and domination,” which the organisation believes meets the international definition of „apartheid.” Amnesty accuses Israel of implementing a system of „segregation, dispossession and exclusion” that it says amount to crimes against humanity, writes The Jerusalem Post.

Nevertheless, in response to the report, Germany’s Foreign Ministry gave a statement on Wednesday, disagreeing with the use of the term “apartheid” in reference to Israel. „We reject expressions like apartheid or a one-sided focusing of criticism on Israel. That is not helpful to solving the conflict in the Middle East,” said Christopher Burger,  Foreign Ministry spokesperson, adding that the Foreign Ministry continues to oppose Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories, and Berlin remains in favour of a two-state solution in the Middle East conflict.


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