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Zionism Cannot Produce a Just Peace. Only External Pressure Can End the Israeli Apartheid

Author: Raphael Mimoun

Affiliation: Human Rights Activist 

Organization/Publisher: The Washington Post

Date/Place: May 21, 2021/USA 

Type of Literature: Opinion  

Word Count: 935


Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Apartheid, and Zionism 




Raphael Mimoun was a member of a Zionist youth movement for 12 years and lived for four years in Israel. He describes how Zionism is rooted in trauma and fear, and how the movement emphasizes the safety and well-being of Jewish people even at the expense of others. The author believes that the Israeli occupation is an apartheid regime; for instance, there are two legal systems for Jews and Palestinians. So, if a Jew and an Arab commit the same crime in the West Bank, the Arab faces a military court and the Jew a civil court. The author maintains that this discrimination is reasonable for Israelis, who frame it as an issue of “self-defense.” He describes how his Jewish community’s narrative is detached from reality, and how Israelis not only dehumanize the Palestinians but also blame them for the Gaza blockade. To end the apartheid, the author stresses that external pressure is needed as was the case in South Africa, including international sanctions on Israel, and global boycott. The importance and necessity of external pressure is that the Israeli apartheid will not voluntarily change itself without pressure.  


By: Fadi Zatari, CIGA Senior Research Associate



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