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Finnish FM: Israeli occupation is 'apartheid'

Finland's Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja describes occupation of Palestinian lands as apartheid and stresses Israel's failure to move forward with two-state solution

AFP , Wednesday 26 Oct 2011
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Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories is tantamount to apartheid, Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja said Wednesday, warning time was running out for a two-state solution.

"If you are occupying areas inhabited by... Palestinians who do not have the same rights as the Israelis in Israel, that is apartheid and that is not sustainable," he told reporters.

"I think that the majority in Israel has also realised this but they have been unable to provide a leadership that (can) move forward on the two-state solution," he added.

Tuomioja also warned that time was "running out for the two-state solution."

"There is growing frustration among the Palestinians that a two-state solution is not going to come," he said, adding: "the outlook is not very positive."

On Wednesday, envoys from the Middle East Quartet -- the European Union, United States, Russia and United Nations -- were to hold separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials in Jerusalemm in a bid to revive peace talks which broke down in autumn 2010 in a dispute over settlement building.

The Palestinians say that face-to-face talks with Israel will not resume as long as Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank continues.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly offered to freeze government settlement construction, but the Palestinians say that represents a small portion of overall settlement building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and that anything short of a full freeze is unacceptable.

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06-11-2011 01:01pm
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how many times have we heard the fight "its our land" well proof is in the pudding...how would this kind of WAR crime go in a popular part of the world?? it wouldn't the fact it can happen and the U.S.A allows its just proves man kinds own greed and corruption...ViVI GAZA!
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cdiew
27-10-2011 08:41pm
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Israeli Apartheid
The Finnish minister is correct, Israel is already enforcing apartheid as can be clearly seen from current maps and the appalling conditions the Arabs and Christian live under in Jerusalem. I'll take Desmond Tutu's word over that of a colonizing occupier. Apart from questionable Biblical claims, we've heard it all before from South Africa's apartheid government. Thumbs up to Finland for saying it like it is!
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Nasdaq7
27-10-2011 12:55pm
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Palestine is the apartheid state
Israel wants the Jews and Palestinians to live together - not separately. The new Palestinian state will be Jew free - the Jews will not be accepted in the new Palestinian state. It seems the Palestinian terrorist, child suicide bombers are so desperate that they will invoke any lie. The new Palestine will be the real apartheid state: Google Palestine Judenfrei Their lies are now exposed and visible for everyone in the world to see: the Palestinian state want the apartheid separation of the Jews and Muslims.
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