What is Apartheid?

Apartheid is a legal term. It is used to describe systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over another, committed by an institutionalized regime with the intention of maintaining that regime.

According to the Apartheid Convention and Rome Statute, the crime of apartheid occurs where there is: 

  1. an intent to maintain a system of domination by one racial group over another; 
  2. systematic oppression by one racial group over another; 
  3. and one or more inhumane acts, as part of that oppression.

Many Palestinians, Israelis, and international legal experts, human rights organizations and political figures have concluded that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians meets the definition of apartheid under international law.

Find out what apartheid looks like in the daily lives of Palestinians.

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