On 27 April 2021, Human Rights Watch (HRW) launched its report “A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution”. In introducing the report, HRW writes:
“Across these areas and in most aspects of life, Israeli authorities methodically privilege Jewish Israelis and discriminate against Palestinians. Laws, policies, and statements by leading Israeli officials make plain that the objective of maintaining Jewish Israeli control over demographics, political power, and land has long guided government policy. In pursuit of this goal, authorities have dispossessed, confined, forcibly separated, and subjugated Palestinians by virtue of their identity to varying degrees of intensity. In certain areas, as described in this report, these deprivations are so severe that they amount to the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.”
The Webinar, organized by IPS and AARDi, aimed to discuss the findings of the HRW report, especially considering recent crimes and atrocities Israel is committing throughout the areas that the report covers.