Leading Israeli rights group to henceforth refer to country as ‘apartheid’ state

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‘This is not democracy plus occupation. This is apartheid between the river and the sea,’ says B’Tselem chief; rejecting term, Israeli official slams ‘distorted ideological view’

Israeli soldiers check the ID of a Palestinian woman at the Tapuach junction checkpoint next to the West Bank city of Nablus, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

A leading Israeli human rights group has begun describing Israel as an “apartheid” regime, using an explosive term vehemently rejected Israel’s leaders, the Israeli mainstream, and Israel’s supporters.

In a report released Tuesday, B’Tselem said that while Palestinians live under different forms of Israeli control in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and within Israel itself, they have fewer rights than Jews in the entire area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

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