International Red Cross Official: Israel Is Not an Apartheid State 

Jacques De Maio, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, said in an interview that Israel is not an apartheid state.
“Israel gives us – unlike the security establishments in many other countries, including Western ones – quick access to senior officials in the IDF, the Prison Service, and other security services,” said De Maio. “We have useful, productive and professional dialogue with them. We clarified with them the issue of shooting assailants who carry out terror attacks and we reached an unequivocal conclusion that there is no IDF order to shoot suspects to kill, as political officials tried to convince us. The rules of engagement haven’t changed, and have actually been made stricter.”
He added, “We respond to anyone who makes the argument that Israel is an apartheid state: No, there is no apartheid here. There isn’t a regime here that is based on the superiority of one race over another; there is no disenfranchisement of basic human rights based on so-called racial inferiority.”
{ Israel News Bureau}



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