Apartheid State: The Israel-Palestine Conflict
Israel has been recently banning the human rights groups in the country that called Israel to be an apartheid state.
Apartheid is a system of institutionalized racial segregation.
Israel and Apartheid Analogy
Israel is being criticized to be an Apartheid State for its actions against Palestinians. The actions of Israel occupying the West Bank region is criticized as being apartheid.
West Bank Occupation
Israeli occupation of the West Bank began in 1967 during a six-day war and is continuing till date. The status of West Bank as an occupied territory has been affirmed by the International Court of Justice. Israel cites Balfour Declaration for retaining West Bank.
It was a public statement made by the British Government during the first World War. Under the Balfour Declaration the British extended its support for the establishment of a national home for Jewish people in Palestine. The Balfour declaration is the founding document of Mandatory Palestine that later became Israel and Palestine.
The Balfour Declaration is considered as the principal cause of the ongoing Israeli-Palestine conflict.
The establishment of Palestine as the national home of Jews by the Balfour declaration created tension in the region between the Jews and the Arabs. The conflict widened after the 1947-1949 Palestine war. It further increased after Israeli military occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967 after a six-day war.
The United Nations has called for “Two State Solution” to end the Israel-Palestine conflicts.
Two State Solution
According to the Two State solution, one would be a state of Jews and the other would be the state of Palestinian Arabs. The idea however is rejected by the Arabs.
More than 83% of world countries have recognized Israel as a sovereign state. Recently, UAE, Sudan and Bahrain normalized their ties with Israel.
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