Palestine Update 265
In the last several years, Israel has busied itself countering the BDS campaign. It has labeled the BDS anti-Semitic and has, in fact, framed laws to punish those who adopt BDS as a way of resistance. By contrast, however, Israel has never thought twice to advance punitive financial measures against Palestinians, whether via the PA, or through international bodies which support humanitarian and development actions within Palestine and, in favour of the Palestinian society and economy. Israel has its fingers smeared with double standards on just about everything it does with regard to policy on Palestine.
Economic strangulation is one of them. In fact, the various financial restraints that the US has recently imposed on Palestine through UNRWA etc, economic are upon the goading of Israel – perhaps, the best way to explain to anyone how the tale can wag a dog! (Read the story below titled ‘Israeli Ministry blocks the import of Palestinian dairy and meat products’ in this issue of Palestine Updates)
Israel’s tyranny is also seen in its almost day-to-day arrest and imprisonment of Palestinians, mostly without rhyme or reason. That is unless, one views peaceful resistance as one that legitimizes imprisonment. It is not just the mere numbers of prisoners that astounds – (5,500 Palestinians — including numerous women and children — currently suffer in Israeli detention facilities. (Read three articles ‘Israel continues arrest campaigns in West Bank’, ‘Palestinian prisoner dies in solitary confinement in Israeli jail’, and ‘Israel detained over 2,750 Palestinians since start of 2019’ to understand Israel’s preferred methods of retribution against Palestinian resistance. Palestinian prisoners and their families often wonder if the rest of humanity even has a vague clue of what their pain is really like.
Palestine Updates also shares an article that clarifies Hamas’ stand on a statement of an Islamic Resistance leader averring that its alleged intent is to exterminate the Jews as a people. Hamas has unequivocally affirmed their political agenda to contest the Israeli occupation until it ends and, in fact, has condemned acts of brutality and killing of Jews anywhere in the world. .
In our final article, we share a think-piece that shows how petty apartheid is deepening its toots in Israel’s political culture by legislating laws and initiating practices that encourage wholly disconnect legal systems for Jewish citizens and for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
Do read and disseminate widely
Israeli Ministry blocks the import of Palestinian dairy and meat products
As of 1 August, Israeli Authorities will prohibit the export of Palestinian meat and dairy products into East Jerusalem, a decision passed on 1 July this year. A large banner, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, at the Qalandia checkpoint passage for cargo trucks, stated that the import of products produced in the West Bank into East-Jerusalem, such as meat and dairy, is prohibited. Palestinian dairy products export amounts 4,500 tons and 100 tons of meat which are exported to East-Jerusalem each month. Khalid al-Assaily, economy minister of the PA, stated that they would take on similar means targeting Israeli products exported to Palestine if the decision is carried out.
Israel continues arrest campaigns in West Bank
Israeli forces rounded up eight Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to the military. In a statement, the army said that the individuals had been arrested for “suspected involvement in popular terror activities”. It, however, did not elaborate on the nature of these alleged “activities”. The Israeli army carries out frequent arrest campaigns across the West Bank — including occupied East Jerusalem — on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians. According to Palestinian figures, roughly 5,500 Palestinians — including numerous women and children — are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities.
Palestinian prisoner dies in solitary confinement in Israeli jail
Men pretending they are prisoners are seen in a mock jailduring a Gaza City rally marking Palestinian Prisoners’ Day
[File: Mohammed Salem/Reuters]
A Palestinian prisoner held in solitary confinement in an Israeli prison has died barely a month after his arrest, his family has said. Nassar Taqatqa, 31, was arrested on June 19 after Israeli forces raided his family home in the village of Beit Fajjar south of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem. He was initially taken to the notorious Jalameh interrogation centre, where detainees have previously reported being subjected to physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Israeli officers. Two weeks later, he was transferred to the Nitzan prison in al-Ramleh and placed in solitary confinement, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies. “We were shocked to learn of his death this morning,” his cousin Mohammed Taqatqa told Al Jazeera on Tuesday, adding that the family was waiting to find out more information. “We still haven’t received his body but an autopsy will be conducted to find out the cause of death.”
Israel detained over 2,750 Palestinians since start of 2019
Israeli occupation forces detained 2,759 Palestinians during the first six months of this year, including 446 minors and 76 women, Palestinian rights groups announced yesterday. The Prisoners Affairs Commission, the Palestinian Prisoner Society and Addameer said in a joint statement said 5,500 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails until 30 June 30, including 43 women and 220 minors.
Approximately 500 were held in administrative detention, without charge or trial. Seven have been on hunger strike for over a week, demanding an end to their illegal detention, the Palestinian Prisoner Society said. Israel Prison Service (IPS) has taken punitive action against the striking prisoners, including denying them family visits, obstructing meetings with their lawyers and transferring them to other prisons.
Hamas says struggle is against the Israeli Occupation, not Jews
The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, the ruling party in the besieged Gaza Strip, said in a statement following a speech by Fathi Hammad, a member of its political bureau, that the movement’s official stance is to struggle against the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine, and not the Jews. The official stance by Hamas came after Fathi Hammad gave a speech, on Friday July 12th, just before the Great Return March procession started, and called for “killing the Jews wherever they are.” In response, Hamas issued a statement clarifying its stance that the struggle is not against the Jews anywhere, and not against Judaism as a religion, but against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. It added that the statements of Hammad are his own, as they do not represent the official stances and policies of the movement, and said that it had repeatedly condemned attacks against Jewish places of worship around the world.
Is Israel now imposing ‘petty apartheid’?
A recent move by an Israeli mayor to ban Palestinian Arab citizens from a public park has prompted many to ask if Israel is moving towards the imposition of what used to be called “petty apartheid”.
Israel is by definition an apartheid state already and has been so since its foundation. Of that, there is no question. This is neither just an analogy nor a matter of opinion. That Israel is an apartheid state is a well-established fact under the UN’s formal legal definition of apartheid. Although the word apartheid originated as the Afrikaans word for “separateness”, the UN’s Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid did not limit its definition to South Africa. Among other examples, the definition stipulates “any measures including legislative measures, designed to divide the population along racial lines.” Israel has entirely separate legal systems for Jewish citizens and for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza who live under its military occupation.