Israel and the Question of Apartheid

Richard Falk on Israel and the Question of Apartheid

Richard Falk on Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid

The term "apartheid" has been associated with Israel now for more than 25 years. Palestinian sociologist Elia Zureik was among the first to compare Israel and South Africa in 1979, but it wasn't until former President Jimmy Carter's 2006 controversial bestseller Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid that the international conversation reached our living rooms. 

Is Israel an apartheid state? Do the Palestinians endure racist laws and practices, both inside Israel and in the Occupied Territories?

Today, Israel's defenders deny that "apartheid" as formerly practiced in South Africa applies to Israel and the Palestinians, despite South African Archbishop Demond Tutu's protestations to the contrary, but human rights attorney and former United Nations Special Rapporteur Richard Falk, along with political scientist Virginia Tilley, rendered their research in the March 2017 report titled Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid, sponsored by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. The report quickly caused a furore and was withdrawn from UN web sites. Richard Falk will review the report and the ensuing disputation on Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 PM in Culver City.

This public forum takes place at the Culver-Palms Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City 90230, 5 blocks south of Culver Blvd. There is parking in a large lot behind the church. A suggested donation of $10/$5 for students is requested. (No one turned away for lack of funds.) Refreshments will be served. Seating is general admission, first come-first served.

Organized by LA Jews for Peace & United Methodists’ Holy Land Task Force, cosponsored by The Markaz, Friends of Sabeel, People for Palestine-Israel Justice, Arbeter Ring/Workmen's Circle et al.


Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid is the 2017 U.N. report by Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley that assembles overwhelming evidence that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid, but notes that only a ruling by an international tribunal would make that assessment authoritative.  The report notes that conclusion is not anti-Semitic because it rests on the same international human rights law and principles that reject anti-Semitism and other racially discriminatory ideologies.

Israel Practices … could have been a turning-point in the fight to end the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.  To prevent that happening, the report was suppressed by the U.N. General Secretary at the insistence of the United States and Israel.  The report was even deleted from all U.N. websites (luckily, full copies are available on several activist websites including here; the organizers suggest reading the executive summary p. 1–7).

Richard Falk is a research fellow on global and international studies at UCSB and emeritus professor of international law at Princeton University.  From 2008–2014 he served as the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories.  He is author or editor of over 50 books and hundreds of articles on human rights and international relations with a special focus on the Middle East.

  • February 07, 2018 at 7pm – 9pm
  • Culver-Palms Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City 90230
  • $10.00 USD
  • Jeff Warner

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