Zahava Gal-On, the leader of left-wing Israeli party Meretz, described the Israeli measures in the occupied Palestinian territories as "apartheid", Quds Press reported yesterday.
During her speech at the annual conference of the Israeli Institute of National Security Studies (INSS), Gal-On said: "The occupation must be a temporary solution. We turned it to a permanent solution. There is one name for this: apartheid."
Israel controls millions of people and deprives them from their basic human rights. Occupation is a bleeding wound.
Meretz is the only party in Israel which supports the creation of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital and it objects to illegal Israelis settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
In March last year a UN report accused Israel of having established "an apartheid regime" and practices a "systematic regime of racial domination". The controversial report led to the head of the United Nation's West Asia commission resignation after what she described as pressure from the UN secretary-general to withdraw the findings.