Palestine Update 121
The occupation plods on with its follies and insanity
One could chronicle infinite examples of Israeli actions that are barbaric. Israel has become a lawless political entity. The news in this Palestine Update serves up a handful of instances. For example, one reads about how the Israeli government has targeted Palestinian history in Israel/Palestine since 1948 and even Palestinian cemeteries have not been spared, as the dead are regularly disturbed in the name of “development” and settlement expansion. How a regulation that makes it easy to revoke the residency status of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem has passed its second and third readings at the Israeli Knesset. There is also the equally oppressive installation of checkpoints around the West Bank to collect personal information from Palestinians.
In an exchange of communications between Mira Rizeq, General Secretary of the YWCA of Palestine and her friend in India that Mira, asserted that while she, as a Palestinian, despises the occupation and its unrestrained conduct knows it will heighten Palestinian resistance.
Hope is also witnessed at another level. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sustains its disagreement to the revisions made in the “Anti-BDS” that was presented by the US Congress over a year ago. Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project stated that “the revised bill continues to penalize participants in political boycotts in violation of the First Amendment.” ACLU would challenge the bill in the U.S. Supreme Court if it were approved.
As more countries enter the arena of resistance, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif predicted that the Zionist regime of Israel’s occupation of Palestine did not have much more of a shelf life. He expressed conviction that “Historically, occupying another’s land has never been sustainable. This occupation, too — and the apartheid system that perpetuates it — will not last long.”
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40% settler graves in West Bank built on private Palestinian landThe Israeli government has targeted Palestinian history in Israel/Palestine since the Jewish state’s creation in 1948. Even Palestinian cemeteries have not been spared, as the dead are regularly disturbed in the name of “development” and settlement expansion. In Jerusalem the historic Mamilla cemetery has been gradually destroyed over decades to make way for commercial projects and the ironically-named Museum of Tolerance. Gravestones in the 1,400 year-old Bab al-Rahmeh cemetery, also in Jerusalem, were knocked down by Israeli authorities in 2016 to allow for the expansion of a national park. Palestinians in Jaffa are currently in court battling an investment company, in order to protect the future of the city’s last remaining Muslim cemetery. For Israel’s settler-colonial project, these ancient cemeteries are a threat to the narrative of exclusive Jewish ownership of the region’s history, which has been used to defend expansionist designs and claims of absolute Israeli sovereignty.
Israel to revoke Palestinian residency rights in East Jerusalem
A regulation that makes it easy to revoke the residency status of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem passed its second and third readings at the Israeli Knesset. The Knesset passed the law, which gives the Israeli Ministry of the Interior the authority to strip the residency of Palestinians who have ties with Palestinian factions, with 48 in favour, 16 opposed and six abstentions. Israeli Basic Law gives power to the Israeli authorities to revoke the permanent residency of the Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem. The law came as a pretext to the ruling of the Israeli Supreme Court to turn down an Israeli interior ministry’s decision to revoke the residency of four Palestinians from Jerusalem over ties with the Hamas.
Read full report in Middle East Monitor
Israel demolishes 2,000 Palestinian homes over last 12 years
Israeli authorities have demolished at least 1,964 Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem over the last 12 years, according to new data by human rights NGO B’Tselem. From 2006 until the end of February this year, Israel demolished at least 1,328 Palestinian homes in the West Bank, making 5,979 Palestinians homeless – including at least 3,025 children. In East Jerusalem over the same time period, meanwhile, which Israel has illegally annexed, 636 Palestinian homes were demolished, leaving 2,353 homeless (including 1,276 children). In both “Area C” of the West Bank (which is under a military regime) and in East Jerusalem, Palestinians find it impossible to obtain the required permit for building from Israeli authorities. B’Tselem also noted that in a number of Palestinian communities, who face “the threat of expulsion”, Israel is “repeatedly” demolishing residents’ homes.
Read full report from Middle East Monitor
Israel erects new checkpoints to collect Palestinians’ details
Anti-BDS Bill threatens U.S. First Amendment
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced that it maintains its opposition to the revisions made in the “Anti-BDS” that was presented by the US Congress over a year ago. In addition to their opposition, Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project stated that “the revised bill continues to penalize participants in political boycotts in violation of the First Amendment.” The ACLU also stated that should the bill pass, they would challenge the bill in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Teheran certain Israeli occupation of Palestine won’t last longForeign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the Zionist regime of Israel’s occupation of Palestine “will not last long”. “Despite Netanyahu’s claims, the fact is that illegal occupation lies at the heart of most of the calamities in our region,” Zarif in a message posted on his official Twitter account on Tuesday. “Historically, occupying another’s land has never been sustainable. This occupation, too — and the apartheid system that perpetuates it — will not last long,” he added.
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