Israel practicing ‘apartheid’ experts will say at London conference 

PNN/ London/

  • Legal experts including censored UN report author to highlight South Africa parallels
  • Limited number of press passes for 3 Nov. London conference available on request

Israel is practising a form apartheid which echoes pre-1994 South Africa, international legal and human rights experts will say at a London conference this week.

Among headline speakers are Rima Khalaf, former director of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), and Virginia Tilley, who co-authored a report issued by ESCWA in 2017 which concluded “Israel has established an Apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole”.

The report was ordered to be removed from the UN website by Secretary-General António Guterres soon after publication.

Palestinian scholars and other analysts will explain how Israel’s policies meet the international legal definition of the crime of apartheid, as defined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Other speakers include Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of US-based Jewish Voice for Peace; Diana Buttu, a lawyer and a former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization; Huda Elmi, member of the Labour Party National Executive Committee; and Nadia Hijab, president of Palestinian policy network Al-Shabaka.

The conference will also feature the first public exhibition of new images by graphic designers Visualizing Palestine which highlight the parallels between Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and apartheid-era South Africa.