Since late last year, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) has been offering Canadians a weekly hour long podcast (audio only) on issues related to Israel/Palestine. CTIP spoke to CJPME Vice-President Michael Bueckert about the podcast series and about the most recent edition which focussed on a significant new report by Amnesty International on what it calls Israeli “apartheid”. Read more…
On February 1, Amnesty International released a very significant report charging Israel with operating an “apartheid regime” everywhere Israel control runs.
The AI follows in the footsteps of two other reports by significant human rights organizations released last year. In April 2020, the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem released a very critical report accusing Israel of exercising Jewish Supremacy from the river to the sea. That was followed up several months later by another report from Human Rights Watch.
Both of these reports were vigorously attacked by the Israel lobby in Canada and around the world.
But this newest report by Amnesty international, which has been in preparation for more than 3 years, goes MUCH MUCH further than either the B’tselem or HRW reports. It argues that from its very inception in 1948, the Israeli state has been based on discrimination and apartheid against the Palestinian people.
It also argues that Israel doesn’t just practice “apartheid” in the West Bank but actually operates a “regime of apartheid” in all the areas it controls. It accepts that the specific rules for the subjugates Palestinians are different in the various areas – West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, inside Israel, etc. but it is all part of an apartheid regime controlled by Israel whose objective is to maintain Jewish supremacy and rule.
In a recent podcast, CJPME President Tom Woodley and Vice-President Michael Buekhart discuss the wide ranging report and its significance.
CTIP spoke to Buekhart about the podcast series – why CJPME started it, who its intended audience is, and how it is doing so far.
The CJPME podcast series is called CJPME Debrief. Check it out here.
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