Apartheid

There are differences and similarities between Apartheid South Africa and Israeli-occupied Palestine. Israeli officials point to the differences to refute claims the occupation policies constitute apartheid. However, apartheid means separate as well as applying policies of segregation and social and economic discrimination. Palestinians are subjected to a military court system, while Israelis are under the jurisdiction of a civil court system; a segregated school system within historic Palestine; loss of freedom of movement because of the Apartheid Wall, which has forced Palestinians in the West Bank into isolated cantons. Palestinians in Gaza are segregated and locked inside the world’s largest open-air prison. Former South African Prime Minister Hendrick Verwoerdt himself called Israel an “Apartheid state.” (Rand Daily Mail, Nov. 23, 1961).


  1. Israel’s Palestinian-only buses draw accusations of segregation, apartheid
  2. The Russell Tribunal on Palestine
  3. Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu on Israeli apartheid
  4. South African Study: Israel Practicing Apartheid and Colonialism
  5. Israel’s Deportations and Forcible Transfers of Palestinians out of the West Bank During the Second Intifada
  6. Discrimination in Israeli Law
  7. Adalah Position Paper On the Israeli Government’s New Decision Classifying Communities as National Priority Areas
  8. ICJ opinion on Apartheid Wall
  9. Apartheid Q & A - Al Haq
  10. International Court Apartheid Wall OCHA
  11. Qalqilya Apartheid Map
  12. Restricted space in West Bank
  13. Israeli apartheid - Introduction
  14. What is Apartheid?
  15. Israel apartheid policies enacted against Palestinians