Video: Why Israel is an apartheid state

June 20, 2021

Talks from Melbourne Green Left/Socialist Alliance online forum: Why Israel is an apartheid state


* Haidar Eid: Associate Professor, Department of English Literature, Al-Aqsa University, Gaza. He has written widely on the Arab-Israeli conflict, including articles published at Znet, Electronic Intifada, Palestine Chronicle, and Open Democracy. Haidar is the author of Worlding Postmodernism: Interpretive Possibilities of Critical Theory and Countering The Palestinian Nakba: One State For All.

* Jeff Halper: Israeli anthropologist, former university lecturer, political activist and author, co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and the One Democratic State Campaign. His most recent book is Decolonising Israel, Liberating Palestine.

* Noura Mansour: Palestinian community organiser and activist, educator, political analyst and Australian Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) campaigner.

* Arie Huybregts: Socialist Alliance

The latest war against Palestine was provoked by Israel's attempts to evict Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem.

While the bombing has stopped, the crisis still continues. The people of Gaza are still experiencing a total blockade, where Israel has the power to deny building materials, food, medical and other supplies. Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah are still facing eviction.

We have seen massive protests in support of Palestinians all over the world as well as protests by Palestinians inside Israel. There is a need for ongoing international solidarity.

Two important reports released in early 2021 by B’Tselem and Human Rights Watch described Israel as an apartheid state. What does this mean for Palestine activism, and how can we better support the Palestinian people in their struggle?

Speakers discuss the recent events in Palestine and Israel, the roots of the conflict and strategies for international solidarity.

The forum also launched the new pamphlet Palestine, Israeli apartheid & Antisemitism.

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