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Nides Responds to Amnesty Report Accusing Israel of Apartheid: ‘This Is Absurd’

(JNS) U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides called the report by Amnesty International accusing Israel of apartheid “absurd.”

“Come on, this is absurd. That is not language that we have used and will not use,” he said in a tweet.

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Herzog outright rejected the claims by Amnesty.

“Israel is a democracy which is committed to international law and sensitive to human rights and therefore appreciates the valiant work of organizations who genuinely strive to promote human rights. … This report, which frames Israel as an apartheid state, doesn’t belong in the category of criticism designed to promote human rights, but rather in the category of ideological de-legitimization of the very right of Israel to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

“Claiming that Israel has built and operated an apartheid system since its inception in 1948 essentially means that it was established on an immoral foundation and therefore has no right to exist. The report itself is blatantly ideologically motivated, biased and full of lies and inaccuracies. It totally distorts the true meaning of the phrase apartheid to suit its political purposes, and it also totally distorts the true nature of Israel,” Herzog said.

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