Monday, April 28, 2014

James Petras: Israel already an apartheid state - Kerry uncredible in US hypocrisy - Divide and conquer ineffective

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Press TV | Apr 28, 2014

An American professor says Israel is already implementing an apartheid system in the occupied Palestinian territories and the US secretary of state’s statement about Tel Aviv is “a vintage Kerry hypocrisy.”

“It is ingenious to claim that Israel will become an apartheid state when most objective observers and knowledgeable people understand that Israel already is an apartheid state,” Professor James Petras said on Monday in a phone interview with Press TV.

Petras, who has written dozens of books on the Latin America and Middle East, was commenting on John Kerry’s Friday statement in which he reportedly said Israel could become “an apartheid state” if it does not make peace with the Palestinians soon.

He stated that Israel “has double standards for citizenships; Palestinian Israelis can’t occupy positions in government and in other institutions; they [have been] marginalized from larger economy; and then we have the occupied territories which are segregated by walls in the case of the West Bank.”

“We also have the occupation of the Palestinian territories occupied by Jewish settlers in establishing a colonial outpost involving 500,000 or 600,000 Jewish Israelis. We also have the blockade of land air and sea access to Gaza. So all of these are clear indications that Israel already is an apartheid state,” Petras added.

He said that Kerry is condoning Israel’s illegal activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, but “posturing that somehow he continues to be an honest broker between Palestine and Israel.” 

“It’s totally false, (and) no one gives him any creditability in that regards, even [Mahmoud] Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, has said that frequently that Kerry has been favorable and biased to Israel throughout the negotiations,” the prolific US author noted. 

He called the US top diplomat’s statement “a vintage Kerry hypocrisy,” adding, “It only covers up the failures of Obama and his team as negotiators in the Middle East.”

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The UN and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.

And the regime in Tel Aviv denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.

Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

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