For everyone else, it simply distracts from the very real problems with the way Israel treats non-Jews, and how these should be addressed.
The commission said that Israel has “established an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole”, and added that a “history of war, annexation and expulsions, as well as a series of practices” had left the Palestinian people “fragmented”.
If Israel disagrees with these characterisations, its case must be argued on the facts.
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This comes at a time when Israel seems to have Donald Trump’s unambiguous support, his settlements-supporting choice of envoy to Tel Aviv and the conspicuous and humiliating seven week delay between the US President’s inauguration and his telephone chat with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Israel's incendiary words likening the report to a Nazi publication ignores the reasons behind the "apartheid" claim, and gives critics even more ammunition, while allowing Israel supporters an easy response.
“If there is criticism of the occupation then they try to associate their critics with anti-Semitism.
If there seems to be support then they even ignore antisemitic positions in the party.” According to Zimmermann, this explains why Netanyahu ignored Donald Trump's controversial response to neo-Nazi marches in Charlottesville this summer.
, and foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted: “Don’t read it without anti nausea pills”.