Apartheid IsREAL

Palestine Updates 57

Opinion

Apartheid IsREAL

Supporters of Israel go berserk with outrage when critics of Israel’s political actions are depicted as a form of apartheid, much like South Africa’s until that system was dismantled. The struggle to end apartheid is often held up by the rest of the world as a mold that Palestinians can replicate to end the occupation of their lands.

Many South Africans who now visit Israel are heard to observe that while apartheid was malicious and harsh, it does not really compare with what Israel does to the Palestinians. Israel’s version of apartheid is viewed as a mere ‘tea party’ by comparison.

Imagine this: The Israel tourist industry indulges in a form cynical tourism that offers ‘fantasy camps’ that gives the tourist a taste of the Israeli military experience. In other words, the tourist is offered an encounter with Israel’s hate laboratory now best known by its ideological architect, “Zionism”.

Hundreds, even thousands, of seriously ill patients, including children, are disallowed access to urgent medical treatment. ‘Our children will die” wails the mother of a toddler. People are losing count of the number of children who have died owing to lack of vital medical attention.

There is apartheid on the religious front too. Israel now expects worshipers to enter the Al Aqsa Mosque under new and humiliating security measures that have been invoked and those include passing through metal detectors and cameras. Palestinians have rejected these measures outright.  The action of the Israeli military regime in closing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and preventing Palestinian Muslims from entering the mosque has flouted the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights1966 (ICCPR) signed by Israel on October 3, 1991.

It has become a legal risk to even challenge Israel’s apartheid-like practices. It took three years of legal engagement before members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign won their case after being accused of racism. Their “crime”, if it could be categorized as such, was to protest against Israeli company Jericho cosmetics, which operates around the Dead Sea in the occupied West Bank. That protest also coincided with the Israel’s Gaza War of 2014 which had killed more than 2,200 Palestinians. Once again, Israel slapped the case of racism against the protesters only because they chose to challenge Israel’s apartheid policies.

An infographic created by rights based organizations in Palestine focuses on the unlawful Israeli policy of residency revocation of Palestinians from Jerusalem. It is Israel’s tool to restrict Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem entering Israel so that a Jewish-Israeli majority can be maintained in the city. Israel persists with new criteria to revoke the residency status of Palestinians leading to revocation of the residency rights of many thousands of Palestinians. 

Ranjan Solomon
Editor


Anti-terror fantasy camps are popping up throughout Israel and the West Bank – and tourists are eating it up
A two-hour simulation includes a suicide bombing in a Jerusalem marketplace, a stabbing attack, a live demonstration with attack dogs and a sniper tournament. ‘I wonder whether a Jew in Auschwitz could have dreamed that this would ever exist in Israel

Located in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank, Caliber 3 is a counter terrorism and security training academy that in recent years has built on its expertise to create a new line of business: special programs for tourists seeking a taste of the Israeli military experience.

Companies specializing in this sort of military tourism, she notes, have experienced a boom in business over the past year. “For a long time, it was popular for Jewish tourists, and especially organized missions, to visit Israeli army bases and meet with the soldiers and watch them during their military exercises,” says Sand, the founder of Travel Composer, a boutique Israeli agency that specializes in luxury tours.
Read full account in Haaretz

‘I am afraid of losing my child’
‘It seems that the siege will kill our children'(Samir al-Zain, father)

Ashraf al-Qedra, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, told Middle East Eye “that the ministry in Ramallah did not respond to the requests for therapeutic transfers, and did not get permission to travel, which led to the deaths of the four children”.

He said that the number of transfers had dwindled. “The Palestinian Authority responded by rejecting 1,622 medical treatment transfers for Gaza patients, and other transfers were not answered, either by approval or refusal.
Palestinian children read by candlelight due to electricity shortages in Gaza City “We hope that the new measures against the Gaza Strip and the tightening of the siege will not cause more losses of patients’ lives in the coming hours and days.”

The Palestinian Authority said in June that it had not altered its policy for Gaza, Haaretz reported, and that there had been no change in the number of financial grants.

Israel has blockaded Gaza since Hamas took control in 2006. It says that the request to tighten the blockade and cut power came from the PA, which Israel says is the official and legitimate government of all Palestinians.

In May, the Gaza Association of Human Rights Organisations condemned the PA and Israel and demanded that they abide by their obligations to civilians in the territory, including the most basic rights. It also called on Hamas and Fatah leaders to end the division.
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Israel reopens Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Muslims refuse to enter
Muslim worshippers are refusing to enter due to new security measures including metal detectors and cameras

Israel reopened an ultra-sensitive holy site Sunday closed after an attack that killed two policemen, but Muslim worshippers were refusing to enter due to new security measures including metal detectors and cameras. Crowds chanted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) as a number of initial visitors entered Jerusalem’s Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.The flashpoint holy site includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. But midday Muslim prayers were held outside the site due to the new security measures. “We reject the changes imposed by the Israeli government,” Sheikh Omar Kiswani, Al-Aqsa director, told reporters outside. “We will not enter through these metal detectors.” Some women wailed and cried while telling people not to enter.
Read Middle East Eye for more
Also see PHOTOS: Palestinians protest new security measures at Al-Aqsa

Scottish court refutes charge of Anti-Semitism
In yet another landmark legal victory, members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign emerged from court victorious today after being accused of racism. Their “crime”? Standing up to Zionism.

In yet another landmark legal victory, members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign emerged from court victorious today after being accused of racism. Their “crime”? Standing up to Zionism. The trial ended three years of speculation and pressure for SPSC members whose robust defence of their actions won the day in Glasgow Sherriff’s Court when the verdict was announced on Friday.

Four days of evidence and cross-examinations earlier this month focused on the actions of two SPSC members who faced charges of racism and aggravated trespass for a protest against Israeli company Jericho cosmetics, which operates around the Dead Sea in the occupied West Bank. The protest was held in the wake of Israel’s 2014 military offensive against Palestinian civilians besieged in the Gaza Strip. During the demonstration on 13 September 2014, the SPSC protesters denounced the killings of more than 2,200 Palestinians killed by the Israelis during the offensive before in the war ended on 26 August.
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Residency Revocation: Israel’s Forcible Transfer of Palestinians from Jerusalem
Seven Palestinian organizations (CAC-Al-Quds University, JLAC, the Society of St. Yves, Al-Haq, BADIL, the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem and al-Shabaka) collaborated with Visualizing Palestine to create a series of visuals on the situation in occupied East Jerusalem. The graphics aim at raising awareness of Israel’s apartheid policies in the city, its effects on the Palestinian population, and the gross violations of international humanitarian and human rights law that arise as a result of such policies.

The infographic below (second in the series) focuses on the unlawful Israeli policy of residency revocation targeting Palestinians from Jerusalem.  The revocation of permanent residency status is the most direct tool used to forcibly transfer Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem, so that a Jewish-Israeli majority can be maintained in the city. Since 1967, Israel created and consistently expanded the criteria for revoking the residency status of Palestinians, leading to the revocation of the residency rights of more than 14,500 Palestinians from Jerusalem to date.
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