Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that the world should take a clear stand and what is necessary to stop Israel’s crimes of apartheid against the Palestinian people.
The events of 2023 were emblematic of the oppression which Palestinians have faced everyday for decades. The discrimination, the dispossession, the repression of dissent, the killings and injuries – all are part of a system which is designed to privilege Israelis at the expense of Palestinians.
“ The world did not need to hear the statement of the Israeli minister Ben Gvir in order to be convinced and ascertain the racist ideas that shape the thought and behavior of those who today rule in the occupying state,” Shtayyeh added.
He gave examples of the difference in the quantity of water made available to Palestinians vis-à-vis Israelis, which is 72 liters for a Palestinian compared to 430 liters for an Israeli, housing and denial of construction on Palestinian land, the segregation barrier, the siege on Gaza, policies in occupied East Jerusalem, and ban on family unification for Palestinians.
“ This is the epitome of criminality and racism. The world must take all necessary measures to stop Israel’s apartheid crimes against Palestinians. For our part, we put this in front of international platforms and institutions and confront it on the ground. The world must prevent its companies from participating in any colonial practice on our land,” said Shtayyeh.