University of Sussex
Occupation_Colonialism_Apartheid-FullStudy_copy.pdf (10.73 MB)

Occupation, colonialism, apartheid? A re-assessment of Israel’s practices in the occupied Palestinian territories under international law

Download (10.73 MB)
posted on 2023-06-08, 14:05 authored by Max du Plessis, Fatmeh El-Ajou, Victor Kattan, Michael Kearney, John Reynolds, Rina Rosenberg, Iain Scobbie, Virginia Tilley
This study was commissioned and coordinated by the Middle East Project (MEP) of the Democracy and Governance Programme, a research programme of the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa. The genesis of this study was the suggestion made in January 2007 by Professor John Dugard, in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, that Israel’s military occupation displays elements of colonialism and apartheid. The Human Sciences Research Council commissioned this study to scrutinise Professor Dugard’s hypothesis from the perspective of international law. Over a period of 15 months, the team of scholars engaged in extensive research, discussion, and rounds of lively debate through seven drafts. The result is the consensus represented in this report, offered here for public discussion. Constructive criticism is welcomed, in order that shortcomings in this document may be addressed in a future edition. Although this study is essentially a legal document, observations from other disciplines are encouraged.


Publication status

  • Published


Human Sciences Research Council



Place of publication

Cape Town

Department affiliated with

  • Law Publications


Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa

Full text available

  • Yes

Peer reviewed?

  • No


Virginia Tilley


Virginia Tilley

Legacy Posted Date


Usage metrics

    University of Sussex (Publications)


    No categories selected