In Historic Report, U.N. Agency Says Israel Is Imposing an “Apartheid Regime” on Palestinian People


NERMEEN SHAIKH: For the first time, a United
Nations agency has directly accused Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian
people. The report also urges governments to, quote,
“support boycott, divestment and sanctions activities and respond positively to calls
for such initiatives.” The findings come in a new report published
by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, which is comprised of 18
Arab states. This is the head of the U.N. agency, Rima
Khalaf. RIMA KHALAF: [translated] The importance of
this report is not only because it is the first of its kind, one that is published by
one of the United Nations’ bodies that clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist
state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people, but
also it sheds light on the essence of the Palestinian cause and the conditions needed
for accomplishing peace. AMY GOODMAN: The report met with immediate
condemnation from Israel and the United States. U.N. spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told
reporters in New York the report was published without any prior consultation with the U.N.
Secretariat. STÉPHANE DUJARRIC: If we just saw the report
today, which, as you say, was published by ESCWA, it was done so without any prior consultations
with the Secretariat. And the report, as it stands, does not reflect
the views of the secretary-general. AMY GOODMAN: To talk more about the report,
we go, not to The Hague, but to Edinburgh, Scotland, to talk to Richard Falk, co-author
of the report that’s titled “Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question
of Apartheid.” He has written a number of books, including
Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton
University. He previously served as the U.N. special rapporteur
on Palestinian human rights. Professor Falk, welcome to Democracy Now! Can you talk about the main findings of your
report and how unusual this report is within the United Nations? RICHARD FALK: Yes. As the head of the commission indicated, this
is the first time that a comprehensive and systematic inquiry has been carried out into
the allegation that Israel is responsible for maintaining an apartheid regime in relation
to the Palestinian people. One of the distinctive features of the report
is to treat the Palestinians as a whole, and that’s quite innovative as far as the discussions
of the applicability of apartheid to the Palestinian circumstances is concerned. And that means distinguishing between Palestinians
that live under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza or as permanent residents in Jerusalem
or as a Palestinian minority in the state of Israel, and, finally, as refugees or involuntary
exiles. What the report argues is that Israel has
pursued a policy of fragmenting the Palestinian people in order to maintain the domination
of a Jewish state over these different categories of Palestinians, and has done so in a way
that is systematically discriminatory and is responsible for deep suffering over a very
long period of time, with no end in sight. Unlike other forms of international criminality,
this is an ongoing crime, according to the analysis in the report, and there is no end
in sight, nor no political process that can adequately challenge this set of policies
and structures that have been applied to the Palestinian people. NERMEEN SHAIKH: Well, Professor Falk, I’d
like you to say something about the agency that commissioned and published the report,
the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. The membership of this agency, there are 18
Arab members, a number of whom don’t recognize Israel. So, do you think that that might raise questions
about the legitimacy of the report? RICHARD FALK: Well, all the—these Arab members
of ESCWA did was to ask that such a report be prepared. And Virginia Tilley, professor at the University
of Southern Illinois, and myself were asked to prepare this report on a contract basis. It doesn’t represent a U.N. finding as such. It is a report commissioned by the U.N. that
has been received, with approval, but there’s been no formal endorsement of it. It’s possible that it will be endorsed,
or efforts will be made to obtain an endorsement at the General Assembly or in other parts
of the U.N. system. But as of now, it’s a scholarly report undertaken
by independent scholars. And there is a kind of disclaimer that the
U.N.—this U.N. commission made, that the report doesn’t necessarily represent even
ESCWA’s views. It is the views of the two of us who prepared
the report. AMY GOODMAN: So, Israel’s U.N. Ambassador
Danny Danon issued a statement saying, quote, “The attempt to smear and falsely label the
only true democracy in the Middle East by creating a false analogy is despicable and
constitutes a blatant lie.” The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,
the former South Carolina governor, Nikki Haley, said the U.S. is “outraged by the report.” In a written statement, she said, quote, “That
such anti-Israel propaganda would come from a body whose membership nearly universally
does not recognize Israel is unsurprising. That it was drafted by Richard Falk, a man
who has repeatedly made biased and deeply offensive comments about Israel and espoused
ridiculous conspiracy theories, including about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is equally
unsurprising.” Can you respond to this? She said that the U.N. should withdraw the
report altogether. RICHARD FALK: Well, this is, of course, nothing
new in terms of the way in which Israel and the United States respond to any kind of criticism,
no matter how well grounded in fact and careful, reasoned analysis. I would ask that people look at the report,
look at the evidence, and then come to a conclusion. Whatever else it is, it isn’t an effort
to smear Israel or to in any way give aid and comfort to anti-Semitism. In fact, the report makes a clear statement
that it—that the authors are unconditionally opposed to anti-Semitism as a form of racism. And it tries to draw a distinction between
criticizing Israel as a state, or Zionism as a movement, from any kind of hostility
to the Jewish people. But, unfortunately, American diplomacy, including
under the Obama—during the Obama period of leadership, and Israel don’t want to
deal with the substantive issues that are raised. AMY GOODMAN: So talk about those substantive
issues that you raised in this report, Professor Falk. RICHARD FALK: Well, the essence of the substantive
issues are policies and practices that impose a discriminatory—a discriminatory pattern
of behavior that has greatly—greatly contributed to Palestinians suffering over the years on
a daily basis. It is a situation that appalls most of the
governments in the world, and is not something that is in any way dealt with in this report
in an emotional way. It looks at the policies and practices. It looks at the structures by which Israel
has justified the way in which it addresses the Palestinian presence in these four domains,
and generally tries to make an objective appraisal of how these policies and practices stand
up against the international definition of apartheid that is in the 1973 International
Convention on the Suppression and— AMY GOODMAN: And what did you conclude? RICHARD FALK: We concluded that there is a
integrated regime of apartheid that is victimizing the Palestinian people in a collective manner,
and that it should be acted upon by the United Nations and by other institutional mechanisms
to bring this crime to an end. That’s the essential— NERMEEN SHAIKH: Well, Professor Falk, very
quickly, before we conclude, can you say, what do you expect to happen? What’s the effect of this report, given
that the U.N. has already distanced itself from it? AMY GOODMAN: We have 10 seconds. RICHARD FALK: Well, the Secretariat has distanced
itself. Other organs of the U.N. haven’t responded
so far as I know. Our hope is that this report will lead to
a careful inquiry by appropriate organs of the U.N., and that if our analysis is persuasive,
that it will have some political consequences. AMY GOODMAN: Richard Falk, we want to thank
you for being with us, joining us from Edinburgh, Scotland, co-author of the report, “Israeli
Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid.” Thanks for joining us.

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  • That's because they r not the ' Jews ' ( a made up term ) of the Bible, ' Israel ' is just another stolen land occupied by ' white ' Europeans, like America.

  • interesting and long overdue……but the US is still giving billions to Israel, in fact, with the new budget that figure is growing

  • They'll just label this "anti-semitism". What's a Jew to do?

  • About time…

  • Amy Goodman the Zionist gatekeeper still pushing for regime change in Syria

  • This guy sounds like he's about to croak x( !! They should have had on a more well spoken expert on the region like former Congressman Dr. David Duke.

  • Israel IS an apartheid state and has been from its beginning. SUPPORT BDS. FREE PALESTINE FROM THE EUROPEAN COLONISTS.

  • Who follows Israel in forming an apartheid state? Russia, Paraguay or the USA.

  • The TRUTH about Israel finally spills out and over into the Worlds reality

    Israel … the greatest terrorist State in the Middle East …

  • Good. Call Israel out for the disgusting country that it is.

  • its about time, the world got off their ass and started doing something, these jews have got away with this shit too long…BOYCOTT SANCTIONS,, they sold weapons to south africa, when it was illegal to do so, never understand how they keep doing whatever they please,, illegal terror state…

  • it's a step. which UN organ is writing the report about chinese civil rights abuses? about japanese racist laws? about the continuing occupation of the kurdish people? etc, etc, etc. I am surprised to be the only one in the comments who thinks there are a few other struggles deserving mention.

  • We dont really care about the general assembly We are not children

  • Niki Haley is sooo wrong for the position of UN representative… Trump chose wrong again. Israel has been getting away with stealing Palestinian land since 1967 and no one will stand up to the Palestinian oppression. I blame much of 9/11 on American bias against Muslim countries. MANY people do but are afraid that this intellectual viewpoint will not be accepted for discussion lest it lead to charges of antisemitism or terrorist sympathizers. It's like Americans are not allowed to criticize Israel for anything…

  • I can not see the situation getting any better under the Orange Turd regime.

  • Fucking isreal everybody is a lier except isreal . Go to hell with gas on hi .

  • The Intel Corporation just invested 15.3 billion dollars in an Israeli company called Mobileye and moved all it's self-driving car research the the evil Zionist empire!!!! Good luck with your soda machine boycott!!!!!

  • Jews think they so smart but they ain't see these days coming . Good old days coming back . The world is cleaning it self . I was always and be a beleaver of god

  • Isreali should be very ashamed of itself. For the "chosen" people of God they sure act like real assholes with their illegal settlements!

  • No surprise that the UN biased joke bashes Israel again from Beirut. The UN has no credibility against the Jewish state which it has been bashing since 1975. Thank God we have President Trump.

  • 22 american veterans of israels zionist wars suicide every day,,, wars fought with money borrowed from jewish bankers,,,21 trillion debt to a primarily jewish owned federal reserve bank,,,if you dont want israel nuked by now your just a zionist and traitor to america,,,wake up ,,a newborn child owes $70,000 and the lying zionist media thinks fighting and dying for an illegal war mongering apartied state is more important than an amercan childs education or health.

  • Israeli technology is in everyone's cell phones and computers so you better throw them away! Israeli Arabs serve in the Knesset, IDF, as police and judges. They also own their own land and vote in Israeli elections. The only sovereign state to exist between the Mediterranean sea and the Jordan river has been a Jewish one. All major tech companies such as Apple, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Samsung, etc. has r&d centers in Israel. Intel is an Israeli company and YT, Google, Facebook has r&d centers in Israel as well. Israel is the world's leading manufacturer of generic drugs and drones. The US military uses Israeli made surveillance balloons and helmets. Israeli irrigation systems are used all over the USA, ME and Africa. Israeli innovations in medicine and high tech are used all over the world. Israel is still only partially liberated from the Islamic occupation of 7CE, since Jordan historically is on our ancestral homeland as well as the Arabs squatting in Judea/Samaria and Gaza. The Islamists have over a dozen countries while the Jewish nation only has one where our religion and people originate.

  • Uh, oh, looks like someone's getting the banhammer from Israel. Remember, it's now illegal to support BDS.

  • oh we already knew this…UN report is way late

  • Repeat after me….International Law Should Apply to israhell

  • the abused becomes the abuser, what's new? old man mike bengyak

  • Fuck Israel

  • When US goes, Israel goes. Might use their Sampson Option.

  • Why is Democracy Now carrying out this interview? Are they trying to discredit this report not sanctioned by the UN Secretariat? Sure, I understand that the Anglo-American interests control many of the policies and much of the dialogue within the UN but why are you carrying out this propaganda now? Professor Falk was given 2 minutes to précis the report after which the questions rapidly changed to that of questioning the agency that published the report. After that, the only questions by Democracy Now were an attempt to impugn the creators and backers of the report but very little time was spent by Democracy Now on the content of the report and no time on debating the facts and conclusions of the report. This is Propaganda Strategy 101 – only attack the messengers and avoid the message. I also liked the inference of credibility when you mentioned 911 and inferred conspiracy – nice touch. It was an effective strategy on Democracy Now’s behalf to only allow 10 seconds for Professor Falk to deliver the message at the end. If you want to be taken seriously, maybe next time you will devote less time on who to blame for the report and more time on what the report actually has to say. And if you have adequate time, maybe you could also debate some of the points raised in the report.

  • Richard Falk very well done.

  • What a douche bag. Way to go UN, finding an anti-Semite to write a report saying Israel is racist. If Mexico was shooting homemade rockets into texas, would Texans be racist for protecting themselves too? Not to mention that Israel has bent over backward to accommodate the Palestinians.Think I'm lying? don't suppose you remember Menachem Begin, who offered the PLO %90 of everything they asked for. But the Palestinians said no. Begin even forced settlers out of admittedly illegal settlements to open the land back up for Palestinians. What did it get him? DEAD by assassination and the PLO went home and started another intifada. So What has kept things from being settled? Palestinian PRIDE. The sad truth is Palestinians will never have a home until they learn how to say yes. Israel's not going anywhere.
    As for you SJW who are going to call me names and say I must be a racist too? I've watched this battle between the 2 groups for 50+ years now. I watched the PLO blow up planes with family's on board to push their political agenda. THAT is the official definition of terrorism, BTW. I watched the marines get butchered in Beirut while trying to stop a civil war between Christians and Muslims. I've watched the Israeli people spend 50+ years with bus bombings, rocket attacks, suicide bombers. Did you know it was standard operating procedure for PLO bombers to infect themselves with HIV before blowing themselves up, just on the off chance they might infect an Israeli who was cleaning up the blood afterward? And I've watched the Israelis bulldoze homes and use smart bombs on suspected PLO leaders. Israeli soldiers shoot protesters in the street for throwing rocks. My point is NO BODY's HANDS ARE CLEAN IN THIS CLUSTERF%^K! So now the SJW's have branded Isreal a racist state. BFD! Anyone who doesn't march to yourSocial justice/world view tune apparently is. We get it. In your march to make everyone equal, you have to have a group to hate on. We get it, and we've seen it before. Where? In 1930's Berlin.

  • There is not one iota of a chance this is going to help Palestinians in any regard. If anything, Congress will defund the U.N. Only thing to do to whistleblowers. Punish them.

  • This show knows and doesn't need another REPORT. Build a giant dome over Israel air space to prevent them from interacting with the rest of the planet. Problem solved. move on with the program.

  • What U.N. Agency ?

  • UN has been bullying Israel since it's creation.

  • Isreal does not exist, Viva palestina

  • It's all bullshizer. There is no god, so there can be no chosen people. All that god crap is a fabrication of the human imagination. Organized religion is the most dangerous idea that HUMANS came up with. Look at all the horrors that have been and are perpetrated in the name of religion. Humans are just evil, plain and simple. A despicable species.

  • 7:15 – 7:30 He's right about how the US and Israel react to criticism no matter how factual such criticism is. They don't like taking responsibility for their ill actions and love making excuses for their war crimes and crimes against humanity.

  • there is no fool, like an old fool. anybody who has at least two brain cells and can write, will write in such a way to attract customers to fill their back pockets. one can show a picture of a cat on the media, but, in actual fact iit is a dog.

  • Of course Israel is an apartheid state but when Arab states complain about Israels human rights abuses you can really cut hypocrisy with a knife.

  • God bless Israel with peace !

  • again you no they are lying or just saying the narrative he wants when they use the word racist the go to word when there's no real argument

  • Hhmm.. "The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia"
    Quick wiki later

    Member states[edit]
    Bahrain
    Egypt
    Iraq
    Jordan
    Kuwait
    Lebanon
    Libya
    Mauritania
    Morocco
    Oman
    Palestine
    Qatar
    Saudi Arabia
    Sudan
    Syria
    Tunisia
    United Arab Emirates
    Yemen

    Yep, nothing new here.

  • frightened people do stupid s(h)it . Israelis have been frightened since they stole Palestine , as well they should be . they made the mistake following South Africa's formula for control . this mistake will cost them dearly . they make the mistake of treating the Palestinian as they have been treated . not as they wish they had been treated . TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM TREAT YOU . sound familiar ???

  • For the real history, check out Miko Peled "The General's Son."

  • Israel = the 21st century Nazi's

  • Free Palestine!

  • This is what an Israeli top newspaper has to say about the UN secretary:
    "Incoming UN chief a friend of Israel"http://www.timesofisrael.com/incoming-un-chief-a-friend-of-israel-but-wont-shy-away-from-criticism/
    Anything more you need to know?

  • WWW.BDSMOVEMENT.NET

    BOYCOTT ISRAHELL

  • the lawyers say there is a polictical consequence ……both isreal and the usa ……can be tried for war crimes in their own countries….and then taken to the international courts ……….for violating international law……….hope trump knows what he in for….cause most of the world is fed up with idiots that think they rule the world

  • How ridiculous! Haven't you idiots figured out that these people have been put in place to write such "reports" (and so flagrantly stupidly ridiculous) for no other reason than to create hostility toward Israel. What is interesting is that the term "apartheid" is so misused, and doesn't meet anything even closely resembling "apartheid". The RedGreen Cabal buys many western whores like Falk, Falk is an anti-semite with academic degrees. He writes anti-Israel reports, and as to his claims of "Independence", only as independent as the paychecks he receives. His nutty conspiracy theories, as well as his marked and ongoing Jew Hate, oh well. Just more of the UN Circle Jerk of Israel Hate. But anyone who doesn't realize this azzwipe got his Mansion overlooking the sea in California from somewhere is truly an idiot.

  • Dear BDSers, Enjoy your fun while it lasts. In a year or two or three the Egyptian economy is going to collapse and 94 million starving Egyptians will try to cross the Mediterranean to get to Europe. We will then see how the Europeans feel about the, “Plight of the Palestinians”.

  • Israel was all silent with Obama not on there side ,now trump said he will back them
    there nut case president thinks nothing of giting American solders bloodshed. what ever is good for Israel. not what's good for America.
    fight your Owen battles Israel
    don't bring good American soldiers
    into your problems

  • fuck the trump,

  • Such arrogance on the part of America "The report does not reflect the feelings of the Secretary-General" – in other words, the report does not reflect our feeling" SMDH"

  • too bad nothing will be done, Israel is an Amerikkkan colony created to steal oil, trump will never let justice come to the middle east, he needs israel for his crusade against Muslim people

  • there is palastinians in israel house of representatives like ahmed tibi wich were in fatah who comitted terrorisem admitingly and if you jowish and say bad words against palastinians you cannot be in there

  • Black Christ will deal with these powerful heathens I can't wait

  • Thanks for the list of companies I can now boycott

  • Death to Fakestine.

  • Two states is just an Arab 'gambit' in the absence of a 'hudna'. Muslims don't want 2 states, they want one state with Muslims dominant. Time is no longer on their side, the weight of world opinion has shifted against the Pals intransigence. Apartheid state? LOL . The UN will repeal Richard Falk's phony & bigoted decision. The original idea was propounded by a South African White prof. of law, Roman and Dutch law, not Ottoman nor Common Law. Falk lives the high life in Santa Barbara teaching as SBSU. The man is as crooked as his face is.

  • The fragmentation of the Pals is because they are divided between and among themselves as eight conflicting CLANS who make claim to unconnected plots of land.

  • We would like the people to take important matters into their hands for a change. For instance stop talking about the fraudulent subject of "apartheid in Israel" and instead, addressing the bloody problem of slavery in the muslim world as reported in African newspaper no later than yesterday.
    http://afrique.latribune.fr/politique/2017-04-13/-marches-d-esclaves-quand-la-libye-devient-la-nouvelle-goree.html

  • Apartheid??
    Israel offered Palestinian villages on the West Bank border to be
    under Palestinian sovereignty but they refused! Why? BECAUSE THERE
    ISN'T ANY APARTHEID IN ISRAEL! It's
    all Propaganda!!!

  • With this going for so long. It shames me and is proof that I have no power to stop it. Americans are brainwashed to believe that we are morale and just. So we can go to bed at night knowing we superior. It crazy if asked take the RED PILL.

  • I'd trust the words of Netanyahu more than I'd trust Obama or the United Nations of Obongo.

  • The report of Khalaf was rejected and thrown away in the trash by the UN Secretary .

  • FAKE NEWS 👎

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