Michael Sfard is an Israeli human rights lawyer and the author of The Wall and the Gate: Israel, Palestine and the Legal Battle for Human Rights (2018). (April 2018)

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Israel and Annexation by Lawfare

A Palestinian boy pointing to a car vandalized and daubed with racist slogans by Israeli settlers in Beit Iksa, a West Bank village near Jerusalem, January 17, 2018

Israel’s goal is clear: a single state containing two peoples, only one of which has citizenship and civil rights. What the government is embarking on amounts to both de jure annexation and the crime of apartheid. Its lawyers are busy giving their counsel, drafting laws, and defending Israel’s efforts to expand the jurisdiction of its law and administration beyond the 1949 ceasefire lines to serve the interests of Jewish settlers at the expense of the occupied Palestinians, whose civil rights are suspended. Annexation is underway, but out of the spotlight, away from international attention.