Session 7 & 8

Israel Is Committing the Crime of Apartheid Against Palestinians

A continuation of Session 6

Scripture: After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, . . .
Revelation 7:9

{5 minutes} Have participants explain what this verse from Revelation means to them
and how these words of God might be relevant to our study of Israeli apartheid.


{30 mins.} Continuing with the Amnesty International documentary.
[Reminder: The group should read through and comprehend the six questions about
the final three parts of the documentary before the viewing begins. This will help
participants focus on important elements of the film as they are viewing it.]

So where do all the Palestinians live now? (to 6:36)
The narrator states the following:

“Fragmentation of the Palestinian society and the dispossession of their lands
are key pillars of Israel’s apartheid system to maintain domination and control.
But there are more [ways to maintain domination and control]. (1) The unequal
structure of nationality & status; (2) restrictions on freedom of movement; (3) use
of military rule; (4) denial of the right to political participation or peaceful protest;
(5) cruel separation of families, all add to the complex system we see today.”

6. What are some examples from the Amnesty International documentary that
highlight the different ways that Israeli apartheid dominates and controls

7. What actions has Israel put into place to achieve fragmentation of Palestinian
society and dispossession of Palestinian land?

ID system: Understanding Israeli system of segregation and oppression (to

8. What are the different classifications of individuals within the ID system?

9. How do these classifications determine the level of segregation and oppression
that is meted out by the Israelis?

10.What are the different ways that the ID system creates/reinforces the system of
segregation and oppression?

How is the apartheid system maintained? (to end)
11.From the footage viewed in the entire documentary, in this last segment, and
from the plea of Amnesty International, what might you speculate are some of
the reasons for how (and why) the Israeli apartheid system is maintained?

Part C. Ultimate Apartheid: 21st Century High Tech, Israeli Control and
Domination of Palestinians

20 mins.} [Note: Read and discuss with the participants the following. Before
viewing the film, emphasize and discuss with participants their understanding of the
seven ways that Israel achieves domination and control of Palestinians. Guide them in
thinking back to what they learned from the Amnesty International documentary about
Israeli apartheid. Then let participants begin viewing a portion of the Al Jazeera
documentary, probably for about 10 minutes.

The award-winning Al Jazeera English network has released a documentary which
clearly highlights Israeli apartheid against the Palestinian people. “Israel’s Automated
Occupation: Hebron,” produced by the program “The Listening Post,” is based on an
Amnesty International investigation and demonstrates many of the actions taken by the
Israeli government to maintain domination and control over Palestinians. In fact, we
learn from the film that “Palestinians in Hebron are some of the most heavily monitored
and controlled people on the planet.” e most heavily monitored and

Amnesty International has shown that Israeli domination and control of Palestinian
lives are achieved in the following ways:

(1) Fragmentation of society
(2) Dispossession of lands
(3) Unequal structure of nationality and status
(4) Restrictions on freedom of movement
(5) Use of military rule
(6) Denial of the right to political participation or peaceful protest
(7) Cruel separation of families
As we view the film (25 minutes), let’s see if we can identify exact instances of these
ways that Israelis dominate and control Palestinian lives.

[Note: You may decide, possibly at the participants’ urging or your own discretion, to
stop the film at various points to discuss some of the above ways, or you may decide
to show the entire film and then guide participants in identifying actual examples of the
ways of Israeli domination and control.]

Documentary:  Israel’s Automated Occupation:Hebron

Session 8

Israel Is Committing the Crime of Apartheid Against Palestinians

Continuation of Session 7


Part C.
Scripture: For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility. Ephesians 2:14

{5 minutes} Have participants explain what this verse from Ephesians means to them
and how these words of God might be relevant to our study of Israeli apartheid.

{30 mins.} Continuing with the Al Jazeera documentary and the suggested ways of
engaging the participants in discussion of the film.

Part D.
{20 mins.} All the findings regarding Israeli apartheid are based on the following
instruments of international law. Participants can peruse the treaties as a group or in
their own time.
Three main international treaties that prohibit and/or explicitly criminalize

The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

The International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of
Apartheid (Apartheid Convention)

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Rome Statute)

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