Why was the term “Apartheid state” used in news recently?

The term ‘apartheid state’ is used as a criticism of the Israeli government. According to this criticism, Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank is akin to apartheid- an institutionalized form of racial segregation that was practiced in Africa between 1948 and the 1990s. Some of the instances put forth by these critics include use of separate roads for Palestinian citizens, ID system, Palestinian enclaves, etc. Recently, Israeli education ministry banned groups describing Israel as an ‘apartheid state’ from lecturing schools.

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