Vol. 5 No. 2 (2022): Pakistan Journal of International Affairs


Published 2022-05-29


Today, there are about 6.8 million Jewish Israelis (the population of Israel) and 6.8 million Palestinians (the population of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), which includes the Gaza Strip and the West Bank). There is no Palestinian self-rule in the majority of this territory, but there is some Palestinian self-rule in the remainder. Israeli authorities routinely favour Jewish Israelis and discriminate against Palestinians in these and other spheres of life. It is clear from Israeli legislation, regulations, and public statements that the country's officials are committed to preserving Jewish Israeli domination over the country's population, political power, and territorial holdings at any cost. Accordingly, Palestinians have been expelled from their homes and forcibly segregated from each other to various degrees of severity to achieve this purpose. Apartheid and persecution constitute crimes against humanity in some parts of the world, as this paper explains in detail. Assumptions such as that the occupation will end soon and that the "peace process" will end Israeli abuses as soon as possible, and that Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have meaningful control over their lives, obscure the reality of Israel's entrenched discrimination against Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza Israeli military rule over Palestinians has been in place for the vast majority of Israel's 73-year existence. From 1948 to 1966, it ruled over the vast majority of Palestinians living in Israel. It has controlled the OPT since 1967, except in East Jerusalem, using military force. This is a far cry from the more rights-respecting civil law that has been applied to all Jewish Israelis from its inception, including the settlers in the OPT since the occupation began. We will examine Israeli human rights violations in light of international law in this research.