'Apartheid' and the Palestinian Territories
Israel’s policies in the West Bank, specifically Jewish settlement activity and the increasingly stringent security measures imposed on the Palestinian population after September 2000, are often compared to similarly repressive methods of population control inflicted on the black majority under apartheid. For example:
- Roads and checkpoints in the West Bank isolate Palestinian communities
- Israeli policies restrict the movement of goods between Israel and the West Bank, and into the Gaza Strip
Israel is accused of planning to divide the West Bank Palestinians into three separate areas completely surrounded by Israeli forces or settlements. This fragmentation is compared to “the Bantustans of South Africa”.
All these and other Israeli policies do indeed impact very negatively on the day to day life of Palestinians. However, Palestinian violence has left Israel with no other choice.