Palestine Update 266
The disgrace of international complicity with Israel
Four horrific examples of international complicity
- India signs a defence deal with Israel signaling the cementing of the fascist alliance.
- Israel steps up its campaign to sap the Palestinian will (which Palestinians reject). But the international has no stomach to call Israel out for its criminalities
- Khan al-Ahmar may have finally received the international attention that it needed to avoid destruction, but activists, leaders and journalists are still preparing for what could be the demolition of an entire village.
- A senior UN official offers unintelligent rationale by emphasizing how the absence of an international law framework is the real reason why peace plans have failed instead of highlighting how and why the UN has failed Palestine.
The donor community is complicit in Israeli violations by relieving Israel of its obligations as an occupying power. In an article written by Mary Nazal as far back as 2005, but which applies for today, she points out: “Donors must engage in advocacy and adopt a more robust and confrontational approach to help defy Israeli violations of international law. Both the EU and the donor community are currently supporting a deluxe occupation where Israel receives unconditional benefits from EU cooperation instruments and is allowed to further entrench a military occupation and apartheid system paid for by the international community. States, the United Nations, and civil society must take concrete legal and political action as called for by the ICJ to combat Israeli crimes, international complicit”.
Israeli Arms Company Signs $100m Deal with Indian Army
An Israeli arms company has signed a $100 million deal with the Indian army and air force, under which 1,000 missile kits will be transferred to the South Asian state. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems – an Israeli company which manufactures weapons for the Israeli army – signed the contract with Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems Ltd. India (KRAS) for $100 million. The deal will see 1,000 Barak 8/MRSAM missile kits manufactured for the Indian army and air force, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Israel’s arrest campaign cannot sap Palestinian nation’s will
All Palestinian factions, has condemned the Israeli campaign of arrest against Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, describing the move as a desperate attempt to break the will of the Palestinian nation. The factions said that all Palestinians will continue to remain a pioneer in defending the Palestinian nation and its national cause, stressing that most of the factions’ leaders have spent tens of years in Israeli jails and have even lost their children in the course of resistance against the occupying regime of Israel. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said Israeli forces had detained 27 Palestinians in various parts of the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Israeli troopers conducted large-scale raids across the northern West Bank city of Jenin, detaining 13 former prisoners. Israeli forces rounded up five Palestinians after storming their houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Isawiyah. The other Palestinians were arrested in the West Bank cities of Qalqilyah, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron besides the towns of Silwad, Biddu, Tuqu’, al- Khadr and al- Dhahiriyah. More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held at Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have apparently been incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention, a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge.
Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to eleven years. Palestinian inmates regularly stage hunger strikes in protest at the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions in Israeli jails. According to reports, at least 13 Palestinian lawmakers are also imprisoned in Israeli detention facilities. Nine of them are being held without trial under administrative detention.
Activists anxious over Khan al-Ahmar court decision
Khan al-Ahmar may have finally received the international attention that it needed to avoid destruction, but activists, leaders and journalists are still preparing for what could be the demolition of an entire village. The Bedouin village is centered inside the E1 area of the West Bank where Israel is hoping to annex large swaths of land in order to create disputable land surrounding Jerusalem. Despite being illegal under international law, the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar may bring about a proposed “E1 Plan” to annex enough area in the West Bank to split the region into two different Palestinian lands.Some analysts have said the E1 plan is meant to create three different isolated regions, a move that would nullify any hopes of a two-state solution. What some say is about to be hundreds of protestors and activists will come to the Bedouin village in order to stay with the group no matter what the decision may be. Some activists talked about the possibility of another extension of the decision. Something that the activists say both sides are prepared to redouble their efforts if this decision comes.
The international community is facilitating Palestine’s demise
The UN has contributed another contradiction in its assessment of Palestinian prospects following the “Peace to Prosperity” summit. Instead of highlighting how and why the UN has failed Palestine, a recent statement from Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Palestine, emphasized the absence of an international law framework as the reason why peace plans have failed. While reminding that the two-state compromise enjoys international consensus, Lynk stated: “Without the framework of international law, any peace plan, including the forthcoming proposal from the United States, will crash upon the shoals of political realism.”
Peace plans have failed, he declared, “because they did not seriously insist upon a rights-based approach to peace between Israelis and Palestinians.” US President Donald Trump has clearly demonstrated he is concerned with Israeli supremacy, not Palestinians rights. Yet, the UN has also advocated and supported a similar outcome. The question, therefore, is not about the absence of an international law framework, but how that framework, when applied, has been used to divest Palestinians of their rights to land and return.