Israel practises apartheid, say Israelis. That’s put a spanner in Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer and Israel: will he accept the latest research that shows it is an apartheid state and he shouldn’t support it?

Israeli professors of law have concluded that their country – and particularly its government, I think – practises apartheid.

This creates a problem for UK Labour leader Keir Starmer, who has practically built his career on supporting Israel. Now it seems he has built his career on supporting apartheid… which is a no-no in progressive political circles:

The article states:

The Israeli Law Professors’ Forum for Democracy has found that changes introduced by the current government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “validate the claim that Israel practices apartheid.”

The group represents 120 of Israel’s most prominent law professors. It reached the conclusion in a position paper titled “Implications of the Agreement Subordinating the Civil Administration to the Additional Minister in the Ministry of Defence”. The forum is an ad hoc and voluntary group of experts on Israeli law and specifically Israeli public law.

Under the power-sharing agreement signed in February between the Likud parliamentary faction and the Religious Zionism faction, Netanyahu agreed to transfer responsibility for, and management of, the occupied West Bank to civilian hands. The deal stipulated that the far-right leader of the Religious Zionism faction, Bezalel Smotrich, will be granted special authority over the occupied Palestinian territory.

“The Civil Administration is the civilian arm of the military government,” explained the professors. “Under international law this is the only branch that is supposed to govern the West Bank. Subordinating the Civil Administration to a civilian authority (the Ministry of Defence) is a violation of international law, and specifically of the 1907 Hague Regulations.”

Every major human rights group has concluded that Israel practices apartheid, a crime against humanity which could be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Their conclusion has been rejected by Israel and advocates of the occupation state. Allegations of anti-Semitism have been hurled at anyone using the term to describe Israel.

The position paper published by the forum earlier this month is an indication that even inside Israel attitudes are shifting.

Will Starmer’s attitude shift from – well, from that described in the following tweet, that was sent almost exactly a year ago?

This Writer doubts it.

I mean, if he can’t get a clue to what the Israeli occupation of Palestine is about from clips like this…

… he’ll never catch on.

And this is the man who was Director of Public Prosecutions in the UK, and examined evidence in who-knows-how-many cases!

No wonder so many people have been asking questions about decisions made at the Crown Prosecution Service under his leadership.

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