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CAIR Calls on U.S. Government to ‘Defund Israeli Apartheid’ After Human Rights Watch Report Outlines ‘Systematic Oppression of Palestinians’

(WASHINGTON, DC – 4/27/2021) –The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Congress to support “Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act,” H.R. 2590, following the release of a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report accusing the Israeli government of committing crimes of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians.   

H.R. 2590 was introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum and has been co-sponsored by 16 Democratic members of Congress. The bill would ensure no U.S. taxpayer funds are used to support the Israeli military’s illegal detention of Palestinian children and unlawful destruction, transfer, or annexation of Palestinian land.

TAKE ACTION: TAKE ACTION: Urge Your Member of Congress to Support the Rights of Palestinian Children and Families

https://action.cair.com/a/support-palestinian-human-rights

HRW’s 213-page report states in part: “Human Rights Watch found that the Israeli government has pursued an intent to maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians throughout the territory it controls. . .[T]hat intent has been coupled with systematic oppression of Palestinians and inhumane acts committed against them. When these three elements occur together, they amount to the crime of apartheid.”   

HRW notes: “Originally coined in relation to South Africa, apartheid today is a universal legal term. The prohibition against particularly severe institutional discrimination and oppression or apartheid constitutes a core principle of international law.”    

“This detailed study shows that Israeli authorities have already turned that corner and today are committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution,” said HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth.    

SEE: Israel accused of apartheid by Human Rights Watch   

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/27/middleeast/israel-apartheid-accusation-intl-hnk/index.html

HRW: Abusive Israeli Policies Constitute Crimes of Apartheid, Persecution   

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/04/27/abusive-israeli-policies-constitute-crimes-apartheid-persecution

A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution   

https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/04/27/threshold-crossed/israeli-authorities-and-crimes-apartheid-and-persecution

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, whose own family was ethnically-cleansed by Israeli militias, said:   

“Today’s devastating Human Rights Watch report only states what has been obvious for decades to anyone who wants to see, that Israel – in fact and in law — engages in classic apartheid rule over the native population of Palestine. Our nation’s elected officials and policymakers must now – finally – take action to ensure that American taxpayer dollars cease funding Israeli racial segregation and oppression.  

“CAIR is urging Congress to defund Israeli apartheid by supporting H.R. 2590, a bill introduced by Representative Betty McCollum that would ensure no U.S. taxpayer funds are used to support the Israeli military’s illegal detention of Palestinian children and unlawful destruction, transfer or annexation of Palestinian land.”  

SEE: CAIR Action Alert: Urge Your U.S. Representative to Support the ‘Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act,’ H.R. 2590

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.     

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.     

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com     

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