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(Washington, D.C., April 27, 2021)—B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:   

We are outraged by a new Human Rights Watch report accusing Israel of “persecution” and “apartheid.” In its report, the group, which is known to have an anti-Israel bias, defames Israel. 

The use of the term “apartheid” against Israel, the Middle East’s only pluralistic democracy and a staunch defender of human rights, is profoundly unjust.   

We wholly reject the accusations made in the Human Rights Watch report.  

Israel’s harshest critics often use this apartheid language in an attempt to delegitimize the Jewish state. This pervasive singling out of Israel on the world stage must stop.  

B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit