Israel’s National Security Minister, Itamar Ben Gvir, on 23 August declared that upholding Jewish families’ safety and freedom of movement is “more important” than doing the same for the country’s Arab population.
“My right, and my wife’s and my children’s right, to get around on the roads [of the occupied West Bank] is more important than the right to movement for Arabs,” the Jewish supremacist minister said during a televised interview on Channel 12. “Sorry Mohammad,” he said to journalist Mohammad Magadli, who was arguing with him, “but that’s the reality. That’s the truth. My right to life comes before their right to movement.”
“For the first time, an Israeli minister admits on air that Israel enforces an apartheid regime based on Jewish supremacy,” Arab lawmaker Ahmad Tibi of the Hadash-Taal party said on social media following Ben Gvir’s tirade.
The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court defines apartheid — which is a direct symptom of military occupation — as a crime against humanity, characterized by the commission of “inhumane acts,” such as unlawful killing, torture, and forcible transfer, which are committed to maintaining an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over another.
Major human rights groups and UN officials have accused Tel Aviv of perpetuating such a system against Palestinians on top of the military occupation of their land and a decades-long campaign of genocide.