Germany rejects HRW’s ‘apartheid’ charge against Israel

Germany dismissed a recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report claiming that Israel’s actions in Palestine constitute ‘apartheid’.

Asked about the report at a press briefing in Berlin, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the HRW viewpoint that “Israel is committing the international law crime of apartheid is explicitly not endorsed by the federal government.”

“We don’t think that is a correct assessment,” Seibert added.

Last week, HRW issued a 213-page report accusing Israel of committing crimes of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians.

In the report, the New York-based human rights group said Israel’s dual policies, codified in its laws, had privileged the rights of Israeli Jews while repressing the rights of Palestinians.

Israel rejected the report, accusing HRW of being instrumentalized by the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

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