Former Israeli Attorney General: ‘Israel is now an Apartheid Regime’


Prof. Michael Ben-Yair (Hebrew: מיכאל בן יאיר; born September 1, 1942) and raised in Sheikh Jarrah until 1948, is a former Attorney General of Israel from 1993 to 1996.[1] He is also a former acting Supreme Court of Israel judge.

In 1994 whilst Attorney General he petitioned the then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin to evict all Jewish settlers living in Hebron following Jewish Extremeist Baruch Goldstein attack resulting in 29 deaths and 125 injuries at a Palestinian shrine. [2]

In 2014 he called on the European Union to recognise the state of Palestine[2]

In 2019 he co penned a letter to the The Guardian acknowledging that The UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 Gaza protests should be supported in full. [3]

In 2022, he wrote an oped in an Irish newspaper agreeing with the then recent Amnesty International report characterizing Israel as an apartheid regime.[4]

His grandmother Sarah Jannah owned a home in Sheikh Jarrah before 1948. Ben-Yair has been very strongly against the evictions of Palestinians from the former family home and wishes to regain ownership and allow the Palestinians to live in the home to remain with a nominal rent. [5]


  1. ^ Ben-Yair, Michael (Mar 3, 2002). “The war’s seventh day”Haaretz. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  2. Jump up to:a b Jalil, Justin. “Ex-Israeli attorney general urges EU to recognize Palestine” Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  3. ^ Letters (2019-03-14). “Israel-Gaza violence and the struggle for Middle East peace | Letters”the Guardian. Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  4. ^ “Former AG of Israel: With great sadness I conclude that my country is now an apartheid regime” Retrieved 2022-02-10.
  5. ^ “Former Attorney General Discovers Settler Group Took Over His Family’s Sheikh Jarrah Home”Haaretz. Retrieved 2021-12-19.
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