Human Rights Watch just released a 213-page report, entitled "A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution". It states that the
present-day reality is that Israel is the sole governing
power throughout most of those areas and that in the
remainder it exercises primary authority alongside limited
Some salient statements in the report:
- "Across these areas and in most aspects of life, Israeli
authorities methodically privilege Jewish Israelis and
discriminate against Palestinians,"
- "Laws, policies, and statements by leading Israeli
officials make plain that the objective of maintaining
Jewish Israeli control over demographics, political power,
and land has long guided government policy,"
- "In pursuit of this goal, authorities have dispossessed,
confined, forcibly separated, and subjugated Palestinians by
virtue of their identity to varying degrees of intensity. In
certain areas... these deprivations are so severe that they
amount to the crimes against humanity of apartheid and
- "Denying millions of Palestinians their fundamental
rights, without any legitimate security justification and
solely because they are Palestinian and not Jewish, is not
simply a matter of an abusive occupation," said Kenneth
Roth, Human Rights Watch's executive director.
- These policies, which grant Jewish Israelis the same
rights and privileges wherever they live and discriminate
against Palestinians to varying degrees wherever they live,
reflect a policy to privilege one people at the expense of
Previously (January 2016) Human Rights Watch published a
“Occupation, Inc.: How Settlement Businesses Contribute to
Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights" https://www.hrw.org/report/2016/01/19/occupation-inc/how-settlement-businesses-contribute-israels-violations
The Report documents how businesses operating in the settlements
profit from the oppression of the Palestinian people and
normalize Israel’s colonization project. This report
demanded implicated companies to:
- Cease activities carried out inside settlements;
- Avoid financing, administering or otherwise supporting
settlements or settlement related activities and infrastructure,
to ensure the businesses are not indirectly contributing to and
benefiting from such activities;
- Conduct human rights due diligence.
Ben & Jerry's and other corporations are doing business
in illegal Jewish-only settlements in Occupied Palestine.
Previously (February 2020): United Nations Human Rights
Office published a database of businesses that have been
profiting from Israel's illegal annexation and settlement
activity in the West Bank.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet,
that 112 major companies had been identified as operating in
Israeli settlements in ways that violate human rights.
One of them is the Israeli Supermarket chain Shufersal that
sells "Peace and Love" Ben & Jerry's ice cream in
Israeli-Jewish settlements. The UN Human Rights Commission lists
nine criteria (listed activities) - Shufersal came under
activities (e) and (g), where
Activity (e) is the provision of services and utilities
supporting the maintenance and existence of settlements,
Activity (g) is the use of natural resources, in particular
water and land, for business purposes;
We condemn Ben & Jerry's long-time implicit support of
Israeli colonialism through sales of its ice cream in Shufersal supermarkets in illegal
What does Israel want from its settler colonialism?
- Settlements expand residential and commercial resources
for Israel, at the expense of Palestinian people who are
displaced. Settlements are connected to Israel by
roads that Palestinians cannot use.
- Increasingly, the Zionist vision of a 'Greater Israel'
enveloping all of the West Bank is becoming mainstream in
Israel and the USA. But this requires eliminating the
rights of non-Jewish people from that land.
- The northern Jordan Valley has some of the most fertile
land in Palestine and Israel's occupation already restricts
Palestinians from 91% of that land. On the 9% of the Jordan
Valley that Palestinians are "allowed" to cultivate, Israel
forbids access to water.
- Water is reallocated to illegal settlements where settlers
consume 8 times more water than Palestinians. Israel
regularly cuts off the water supply to Palestinian
For sources, see The
article and the website of the Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine