A leading Israeli human rights group has begun to describe Israel as a system of "apartheid," a term that has long been seen as a taboo for "Israel" and its supporters.

B'Tselem said, in a report released on last Tuesday, that while Palestinians live under various forms of Israeli control in the occupied West Bank, the blockade of Gaza, the annexation of East Jerusalem , their rights are less than the rights of Jews in the entire region between the Mediterranean Sea. And the Jordan River.

While Israel claims to be a thriving democracy in which Arab citizens, who make up about 20% of its 9.2 million population, enjoy equal rights, B'Tselem said that these citizens, to whom it referred to Palestinian Israelis, still face serious discrimination.
B'Tselem says that by dividing the territories and using various means of control, "Israel" is masking the basic reality - that about 7 million Jews and 7 million Palestinians live under one system that enjoys largely unequal rights.

He is besieged in Gaza." "The important point is that there is not a single square inch between the river and the sea in which a Palestinian and a Jew are equal."

Itai Milner, a spokesman for the Israeli Consulate General in New York, rejected the B'Tselem report, describing it as "another tool for them to promote their political agenda .

Eugene Kontorovich, director of international law at the Jerusalem-based Kohelet Policy Forum, said the fact that the Palestinians have their own government makes any talk of apartheid "unworkable," describing the B'Tselem report as "shockingly weak, dishonest, and misleading."
Alon Pinkas, the former Israeli Consul General in New York, rejected the term. "Occupation, yes. Apartheid, definitely not."

But "Israel" rejects the term, claiming that the restrictions it imposes in Gaza and the West Bank are temporary measures necessary for security.

B'Tselem, as it describes itself, is "an Israeli information center for human rights in the occupied territories that seeks to end the Israeli occupation, realizing that this is the only way to achieve a future that guarantees human rights, democracy, freedom and equality. All people, Palestinians and Israelis alike, live on the piece of land between The Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. "