19 May 2020


Announcing 3 webinars:


Organized by docP-BDS Netherlands, the Rights Forum and Palestine Link

All three Webinars will be held from

7:00-8.30 p.m. CET/CAT / 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST/EDT

Session 1: Thursday, 28 May–Apartheid and International Law

Webinar link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8426945594309763088  


  1. John Dugard: “The Crime of apartheid: South Africa and Palestine”
  2. Virginia Tilley: “The Relevance of the Concept of Apartheid to the Case of Israel and Palestine”

Session 2: Thursday, 4 June–Mechanisms of Apartheid, Apartheid in practice in Israel, the diaspora and the oPt

Webinar link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4580786850140118288


  1. Kholoud al Ajarma: “The JNF as an Instrument of Apartheid”
  2. Diana Buttu: “Israeli Law and Jewish hegemony”

Session 3: Thursday, 11 June– Anti-Apartheid mobilisation and the global struggle against racism and discrimination

Webinar link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8471407645513892112


  1. Ilan Pappe – Lessons from Jewish activism
  2. Ronnie Kasrils – lessons from anti-apartheid activism in South Africa
  3. Discussant: Alys Samson Estapé, BDS Europe coordinator


In this series of webinars, we will discuss the relevance of the concept of apartheid for analyzing the human rights situation in Palestine and for the Palestinian struggle against institutionalized oppression, discrimination and colonization.

Recent developments, such as Israel’s adoption of the Jewish Nation-state Law in the summer of 2018 and its current US-backed plans to annex large and vital parts of the occupied West Bank underline the urgency of discussing apartheid and how to deal with it.

Apartheid is a crime against humanity. The Apartheid Convention of 1973 and the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirm that apartheid is a crime against humanity, bringing its investigation and possible prosecution under the jurisdiction of the ICC.

  • To what extent can the term apartheid, which is derived from the history of the former apartheid regime in South Africa, be applied to Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians?
  • How does apartheid manifest itself in Israel and in ’67 occupied territories on legal, policy and practice levels, and how does that affect Palestinians in their various situations?
  • How can Palestinians resist this situation?
  • What can past and present struggles against racism elsewhere teach us about activism against Israeli apartheid?
  • How can solidarity activists all over the world be most effective in supporting the Palestinian struggle against apartheid?


John Dugard is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) and the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), former Special Rapporteur for the United Nations Human Rights Council for the Occupied Palestinian Territories and author of Confronting Apartheid in South Africa and Palestine.

Virginia Tilley is Professor of Political Sciences at South Illinois University (USA), author of The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock and editor and co-author of Beyond Occupation: Apartheid, Colonialism and International Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Kholoud al Ajarma is a Lecturer in Anthropology of Islam at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and a photographer, film producer and refugee rights advocate.

Diana Buttu is a lawyer specializing in negotiations, international law, and international human rights law and previously served as a spokesperson for the Negotiations Support Unit of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Ronnie Kasrils is a South African anti-apartheid struggle veteran and a former South African Government Cabinet Minister.

Ilan Pappe is Professor of History and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies.at the University of Exeter, previously a senior lecturer at the University of Haifa (Israel) and editor of Israel and South Africa: The Many Faces of Apartheid.

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