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Former U.N. Rapporteur Assesses Human Rights In Occupied Palestinian Territories

Allan C. Brownfeld, Editor
Special Interest Report
December 2022

John Dugard, South African jurist and scholar of international law who has been  
a prominent opponent of the apartheid regime in South Africa and served as U.N.  
special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian  
territories, has written a book, “Confronting Apartheid: A Personal History of  
South Africa, Namibia and Palestine.”  
He provides this assessment: “South Africa’s Bantustans and Palestine’s  
territorial enclaves: South Africa’s Bantustans were a devious and wicked  
device designed to exclude black South Africans from participation in the  
political life and wealth of the Republic of South Africa, but the apartheid  
regime of South Africa spent millions of dollars on establishing schools,  
universities, clinics, hospitals and industries designed to provide jobs for  
black South Africans. The comparison provides further evidence, if evidence be  
needed, that Israeli apartheid is worse than that of South Africa. The evidence  
for this is clear, but the West refuses to notice it.”  
Dugard argues that the regime in Israel/Palestine has not treated its indigenous  
population nearly as well or offered anything as good as South Africa did to its  
black population. He notes that the South African regime made some of its  
indigenous population reasonably comfortable and contented by withdrawing over  
the horizon and showering the “independent states” with budgetary support. The  
Israeli regime, he points out, seeks to do so by making most of their indigenous  
population unhappy and hopeless by remaining an everyday presence of  
humiliation. Israel has, he points out, showered the West Bank with roadblocks,  
night raids and assassinations and Gaza with economic siege and bombs. **

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