The Arab affairs editor for the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, Danny Rubinstein, told participants at a United Nations conference in Brussels Thursday that Israel is an apartheid state.
“Today Israel is an apartheid state with different status for different communities,” Rubinstein said, according to observers at the event, which is being held at the European Parliament. Observers also quoted Rubinstein, a prominent columnist and member of the newspaper’s editorial board, as saying: “Hamas won the election of the international community and Israel cannot ignore that.”
Rubinstein was one of the few Israelis speaking among a sea of Palestinian activists at a United Nations conference entitled “International Conference of Civil Society in Support of Israeli-Palestine Peace.”
The conference, say some attendees and Israel advocacy groups, is merely a smokescreen for anti-Israel rhetoric by the United Nations committee for Palestinian rights, which has a long history of attacking Israel and blaming all Palestinian woes on Israelis.