Talking Points on Israeli Apartheid
- The South African apartheid regime broke the country into 10 noncontiguous Bantustans made of 13% of the total land, these were to be “homelands” for the black population. Israel’s “separation wall/fence” and settlements have broken the Palestinian territories into 12 noncontiguous cantons representing only 12% of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
Freedom of Movement
- Palestinians rely on Israeli-issued “permits” to travel through a system of more than 600 checkpoints in the occupied territories (not within Israel proper). In apartheid South Africa Blacks could be arrested to being outside of Bantustans and townships without government issued “passes.”
- Israeli refusal to issue permits regularly prevents Palestinians from getting to schools, jobs, and even hospitals.
- Black people in South Africa could not be citizens, and Colored people were only granted limited citizenship rights. Palestinians in the occupied territories are not citizens of any state, and Palestinian citizens of Israel have different citizenship documents and rights than Israeli Jews.
Separate Is Never Equal
- Under apartheid Black South Africans had separate educational and legal systems and there were very few if any public services. Under Israel’s hafradah policies Palestinian neighborhoods inside of Israel proper have less access to government services.
- East Jerusalem and the West Bank are splintered by a series of roads leading to illegal Israeli settlements; these roads can only be used by Israelis, while Palestinians must use older, often unpaved roads.