Israel’s Annexation Plan: 6 Infographics for a Rights-Based Perspective

Why do human rights advocates say Israel has already annexed the land in its annexation plan?

Since 1967, Israel has been advancing a policy of de facto “creeping” annexation in the West Bank, colonizing the area with 220 illegal settlements and containing Palestinians in ever-shrinking bantustans. What’s new is that Israel is declaring many of these illegal settlements to be part of its permanent, sovereign territory.

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Will Israel’s formal annexation lead to apartheid in the West Bank?

Israeli apartheid already exists as a result of decades of de facto annexation, military occupation, and systemic discrimination. Israel’s annexation plan is an outcome of its apartheid system, not the root cause of it.

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Doesn’t Israel’s annexation go against U.S. policy?

Human rights attorney Noura Erakat says, “Israel’s annexation of Palestinian land will be the result of U.S. policy, not a betrayal of it.” Every U.S. administration since 1967 has tacitly supported Israel’s de facto annexation through unchecked military aid and by shielding it from accountability at every opportunity.

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Why are some commentators saying that annexation will hurt Israel?

These commentators want to maintain the current apartheid system and are trying to shield the Israeli government from legitimate criticism for its human rights violations. Annexation, whether de jure or de facto, hurts and kills Palestinians. Justice requires centering the community whose rights are being violated.

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Will formal annexation threaten regional security and stability?

Security and stability for whom? Under Israeli apartheid, millions of Palestinians have no security, no stability, and few or no rights. A system built on injustice is inherently unstable. People will rise up to dismantle unjust systems until their rights are realized. They have the right to protest and the right to resist settler-colonial domination.

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If Israel decides not to formally annex the West Bank, will it be a victory for Palestinian human rights?

It is not a victory. Even if official annexation does not take place, Israel’s de facto annexation, the apartheid system that brought it about, and the state-sanctioned violence Palestinians endure will remain.

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