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‘Absurd’: U.S. Rejects Amnesty Accusation of Israeli Apartheid Against Palestinians

American ambassador says ‘That is not language that we have used and will not use,’ after rights group charges Israel with systematic racial oppression
‘Absurd’: US rejects Amnesty accusation of Israeli apartheid against Palestinians
Copies of Amnesty International’s report “Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians,” are available for journalists at a press conference in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The London-based rights group said Tuesday that Israel has maintained “a system of oppression and domination” over the Palestinians going all the way back to its establishment in 1948, one that meets the international definition of apartheid. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Times of Israel


The US ambassador to Israel on Tuesday rejected a new Amnesty International report that charged Israel with apartheid, calling its central accusation “absurd.”

The rights group said in a major report released on Tuesday that Israel has maintained “a system of oppression and domination” over the Palestinians going all the way back to its establishment in 1948, one that meets the international definition of apartheid.

“Come on, this is absurd,” US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides tweeted in response to the report.

“That is not language that we have used and will not use,” he said.

Though the administration of US President Joe Biden has consistently spoken out against Israeli settlement activities and on other issues, it has also defended Jerusalem in international fora against what it sees as anti-Israel bias.

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