A wake up call- Israel apartheid week

Palestine Update 534

A wake up call- Israel apartheid week
Every morning Palestinians wake up to a dream and aspiration. They want freedom and justice, an end to the occupation. Apartheid is wound up. On the other hand, the Zionist regime and its constituents rouse and are probably speculate what their newest assault will look like. Will they destroy homes only to make way for a ‘Jewish only’ street, will they initiate an assault on media freedom, refuse to allow the otherwise simple and civilized practice of family reunification, or indulge in cyber warfare, kill children, and even adopt chicken apartheid?

These contrasting aspirations are as absurd as the occupation gets. No prudence, no good sense, no humanness. Plain cruelty and de-peopling of the Palestinians!

The ultimate cynic will declare that some wars bring value. If there is one country that has reason to actually celebrate the war in Ukraine, it is Israel. That war has taken the eyes of the world away from the atrocities in Palestine. It has allowed the international community to shift political goal posts and successfully make way for immediate economic and other sanctions in Russia. Alongside, they ‘carefully’ weigh similar options against Israel even 74 years after Palestinian lands were stolen, and dispossession of millions has happened and continues unremittingly. Israel, indeed, loves the hypocrisy of the EU and North America over Ukraine. It is a respite from the pounding that the BDS Movement is giving them on a daily basis, and the resistance churns up and surprises the IOF with every now and then. .

It is worthy for those of us who are on the side of justice for Palestine to join the ongoing ‘Israel Apartheid Week” (IAW) that is taking place across all continents of the world. IAW is a tool for mobilizing grassroots support on the global level and is a tool for mobilizing grassroots awareness about Israeli apartheid. IAW seeks to mobilize support for strategic BDS campaigns to help bring an end to Israel’s oppression through its system of apartheid. The IAW observes that “the recognition of Israel as an apartheid state is becoming increasingly mainstream”. There are visible signs of exceptional support for the cultural and academic boycott of Israel. IAW makes the pertinent conclusion: “Apartheid Israel is realizing that its South Africa moment is nearing”.

The narratives below are evidence of the struggle and resistance. Please read and widely disseminate.

Ranjan Solomon

UN Resolution 2621 “Declares the further continuation of colonialism in all its forms and manifestation a crime which constitutes a violation of the Charter of the United Nations, the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples and the principles of international law.” It also reaffirms “the inherent right of colonial peoples to struggle by all necessary means at their disposal against colonial Powers which suppress their aspiration for freedom and independence.”

That’s the theory. In practice, the UN admitted Israel into its ranks as a colonial state — despite it never fulfilling the conditions of membership — and continues to defend it through the two-state compromise, which is structured to preserve Israel and its security narrative.”

 Israel Reinstates Ban on Palestinian Family Unification

The new temporary order explicitly affirms that its purpose is to ensure a Jewish demographic majority. Adalah: “The Citizenship and Entry into Israel” Law is one of the most racist and discriminatory laws in the world, and must immediately be repealed.” After more than 200 hours of deliberations, the Israeli Knesset approved the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Order), 2022, by a 45-15 majority vote on 10 March 2021. The Law bans the unification of Palestinian families, as it prohibits the Interior Minister from granting residency or citizenship status to Palestinians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip who are married to Palestinian citizens of Israel. It also bans unification between a citizen or resident of Israel with spouses from “enemy states”, including Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran.

 In response, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel issued the following statement:“Israel’s Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law is one of the most racist and discriminatory laws in the world. No other state bans its citizens from exercising their basic right to family life, based solely on their national or ethnic identity. For 18 years, the Knesset has repeatedly renewed the ban, and the state has defended the legality of the measure before the Israeli Supreme Court using unsubstantiated and baseless security arguments. This facade has finally been removed, as the Law’s current initiators have not, even for a moment, hidden their goal, which is to maintain a Jewish majority. The legislators based the legitimacy of their actions on the 2018 Jewish Nation-State Law, which constitutionally enshrines Jewish supremacy over Palestinians. We will challenge this Law before the Israeli Supreme Court, and the justices will now have to decide whether, when faced with the Law’s explicit language, they will continue to allow this racist Law to be protected under the eternal pretext of temporality.”

 Since the Law has been first enacted, Adalah has petitioned twice (2003, 2007) against the ban on Palestinian family unification to the Israeli Supreme Court. Adalah has also opposed all of the renewals of the temporary order since it was enacted, and urged Knesset members to reject the extension of the temporary order, to refrain from any arrangement that would not lead to its complete repeal, and/or to refuse to vote in favor of a permanent law banning Palestinian family unification.

 Numerous UN human rights treaty bodies have urged Israel to facilitate family unification of all citizens and permanent residents, most recently, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in 2019; the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) in 2019; the UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women in 2017; and to revoke the law, the UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 2014, finding that the law violates Israel’s obligations under the treaty.

To widen a road, J’lem municipality will destroy Palestinian homes
Experts say the planned destruction of dozens of houses in Jabel Mukaber is part of a raft of policies aimed at forcing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem.

On Feb. 28, dozens of Palestinians from across Jerusalem came to Jerusalem City Hall to protest the municipality’s decision to demolish dozens of houses in Jabel Mukaber, a village that Israel annexed to the city in 1967. Under the pretext of expanding a major thoroughfare that runs through the village into a highway, the demolitions provide a case study in how the supposedly unified city treats half of its population.

The protests, which have been taking place outside City Hall every week for the past month, represent a new development in the way Palestinian Jerusalemites protest for their rights in the city. “Palestinian residents used to organize their protests strictly within their own neighborhoods,” says Pepe Alalu, a former deputy mayor who represented Meretz on the city council for 17 years. “Aside from maybe one protest concerning education, this is the first time I remember Palestinians protesting in the city center, in front of City Hall.”
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Shunning Russia, EU snuggles up to Israel’s killer cops
Unchallenged by the mainstream media; the Brussels elite have taken double standards to a new extreme lately.

EU governments and institutions had made considerable preparations before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Once the invasion began, they were ready to impose a variety of sanctions. One of these measures that has received less attention than others should nonetheless be highlighted. I am referring to how Russia has been deemed ineligible for EU scientific research funding. That decision was taken because the EU’s research activities are based on respect for freedom and rights, it was announced, and “Russia’s heinous military aggression against Ukraine is an attack against those same values.” Over the past few days, Israel’s police have been directly responsible for killing two young Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem. The men were shot dead on the pretext that they had stabbed police officers. Extrajudicial executions – such as those carried out by Israel’s police – violate human rights and the rule of law. They are attacks on the values to which the European Union is nominally wedded.

Despite its long record of violence against Palestinians, Israel’s police have been admitted into at least 10 projects financed under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research scheme. Far from kicking Israel out of its activities, the EU has signaled that it wants to increase joint research with Israeli firms and authorities.
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Dutch universities boycott Russia, but bow to Israel lobby
Last week, universities in the Netherlands jointly announced that they are cutting off all ties with institutions in Russia and Belarus. The Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Dutch universities stated, “is a direct assault on liberty and democracy, which are the fundamental values undergirding academic freedom and cooperation.” Yet the same universities have caved in to an Israel lobby campaign urging them to defy a freedom of information request. The request seeks information about their relationships with Israeli universities, Israel lobby groups and weapons companies including Elbit Systems, Rafael and notorious cyberwarfare firm NSO Group. For years, Palestinians have called for a boycott of Israeli universities because of their complicity in Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. In January, The Rights Forum submitted the freedom of information request to 14 Dutch universities on behalf of concerned academics and students.

Founded by former Dutch Prime Minister Dries van Agt, The Rights Forum describes itself as “a high-level network of former ministers and professors of international law who have joined forces to promote a just and durable solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.” It is a mainstream organization whose advisory board includes former lawmakers, officials, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire, Jaap Hamburger, chair of A Different Jewish Voice, and Ghada Zeidan, Palestinian human rights advocate. In a statement on 11 February, the Dutch universities acknowledged that the request sought information about “the institutional ties of Dutch universities with universities, institutions and businesses in Israel and with organizations that propagate support for the State of Israel.” Moreover, they said, the request “specifically excludes partnerships between individual academics.” The universities said they had a “statutory duty” to respond to the request but that “this does not mean that all requested information must be made public in its entirety.”

The Palestinian Kids Braving Israeli Demolition of Their Homes
“Ali Awad, who lives in the village of Tuba, cannot remember a time when he wasn’t living under the threat of eviction. His grandmother, Zuhur, raised 15 children in the village, under that same threat. Jaber Dababseh, a resident of Halat a-Daba’ lives in a makeshift structure and is collecting materials to rebuild his house. His home was demolished five times last year….In recent decades, Israel has frequently used the declaration of firing zones in the West Bank as a pretext to uproot Palestinians from their land. 18 percent of the West Bank has been taken by the army and the government through this method. This photography project seeks to provide a glimpse of daily life in Masafer Yatta, to get to know the local residents and their creative ways of resisting eviction.”
See more about Masafer Yatta and Firing Zones in “Israeli Apartheid, the Supreme Court, and Land Confiscation: The Case of Masafer Yatta,”|

When an Israeli chicken farm has more rights than a Palestinian village
“Over the past few decades, industrial cow, sheep, and chicken farms attached to Israeli settlements have increasingly encroached on Palestinian land belonging to villages like ours in the South Hebron Hills of the occupied West Bank. In addition to developing at the expense of traditional Palestinian agriculture, which has been practiced by our communities for centuries, the settlement farms are posing significant health hazards to Palestinian residents, their herds, and the local environment — all while benefitting from infrastructure denied to surrounding Palestinian villages….we know that building these farms in Masafer Yatta is yet another strategy of the occupation to displace us Palestinians from our homes, and is no less dangerous than its policy of declaring 12 of our villages as falling under Firing Zone 918 — thereby sanctioning our displacement.”
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