Palestine Updates 66
Israel’s genocide is never-ending and ever-worsening
For a people who have guaranteed them the right to land, the right to grab more land, the right to displace and dispossess, the right to arrest with free will with no cause, the right to demolish a home without adequate reason, the right to withhold building permits for year after year, the right to deny the claim to medical care, Israelis should normally be living a nightmare. For how can one go to sleep at night having committed at least one or more crimes on an everyday basis without a conscience that pricks? It’s not the way it works in Israel though. The daily news is of or the other of the above crimes – and more. It appears that a special “innovation and creativity” unit operates on a 24-hour basis to invent new crimes and for a legislative unit to operate with the same approximate frequency to legalize these abhorrent innovations. Revoking citizenships in thousands is another way of ‘de-peopling’ people. Revoking citizenship was once an occasional punitive action that Israel undertook; or, to show who is boss. But now this is not merely commonplace but extensive and tantamount to genocide- that vicious word which Israel abhors but which vicious practice it perpetuates. The variations of de-peopling people come in different forms and with varying intensity. But the horror is identical. As members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign describe it when they refer to Gaza: “It is part and parcel of the Zionist project to cause pain and suffering for the people of Palestine to drive as many away as possible and replace them with Zionist Jews from around the world but if that cannot be done, then they should be kept in the most atrocious conditions in the West Bank as well Gaza surrounded by walls and prisons and deny the human rights that most people take for granted.” In this regard, it is challenging and useful to refer to two fact sheets one of which addresses the problem of settlement with reference to statistics showing that Israel has built about 120 settlement in the West Bank on which 350.00 settlers live. The second refers to ongoing Israeli incitement and constant violations of human rights. Till this day, Israel persists with committing human rights violations and does not abide by international law or UN resolutions.
Until Israel complies with international human rights law and international humanitarian standards, it cannot claim to be part of the community of nations. It stands apart – self-disgraced, though surviving only because we live in an acutely unjust world. In the final analysis, the West who holds the keys to be able to discipline Israel must unfetter Palestine from the chains of oppression that Israel locks the Palestinian people with.
How much longer is the world willing to endure this spectacle of wanton cruelty?
Israel revokes citizenship of thousands of Israeli-Arabs
The Israeli occupation has revoked the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians (known as Israeli-Arabs) in southern region of Al-Naqab (Negev) in the past two years
Israeli Interior Ministry has changed the status of these Israeli-Arabs from “citizens” to “inhabitants,” which has led to the forfeiture of many of their basic rights. Talab abu-Arar, an Israeli Arab MK, demanded that the ministry reverse the racial move. The citizenships were secretly stripped by the ministry’s office in the city of Beersheba, when the Israeli-Arab residents applied to renew their national ID cards or passports.
Juma Zbarga, an Israeli-Arab MK from the Joint Arab List coalition, asserted: “We will not sit idly by in the face of attempts to gradually expel us from our homeland… and delegitimize our existence…The revocation of our citizenship makes us vulnerable to abuse and restricts our freedom of movement,” he added, pointing out that non-citizens lack the right to vote or run in general elections. The move is “contrary to Israeli law itself…Our citizenship is derived from our presence in our homeland and our history – it does not depend on the whim of a few rogue officials.”
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How Israeli citizens are becoming stateless
Palestinian lawmakers, residents say an Israeli policy rendering thousands of Bedouins stateless is ‘blatantly illegal’.
Israel has been gradually stripping thousands of Palestinian Bedouins from various villages in the southern Negev region of their citizenship status, claiming that they had been granted nationality in error – a move residents and legislators say is part of a state plan to do away with the minority population. Although Israel has employed the revocation policy for more than two decades, Knesset Member Aida Touma-Suleiman of the Joint List says it has since 2010 become an increasingly “widespread phenomenon” that is in clear violation of Israel’s Citizenship Law.
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Israel to demolish Bedouin homes in Palestinian village – Watch U Tube
Israel committing instrumental genocide in Gaza: Analyst
Mick Napier, a member of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, as well as Maxine Dovere, a journalist and political commentator, discussed the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza.
Misery is the best word that can be used to describe the situation in Gaza. The impoverished coastal enclave is cut off from the world because of the Israeli siege on it. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty. What has been happening in the Gaza Strip for the last ten years or more is a “crime against humanity.” Israel’s “overarching goal” is to remove as many Palestinians as possible and replace them with Zionists. “It is part and parcel of the Zionist project to cause pain and suffering for the people of Palestine to drive as many away as possible and replace them with Zionist Jews from around the world but if that cannot be done, then they should be kept in the most atrocious conditions in the West Bank as well Gaza surrounded by walls and prisons and deny the human rights that most people take for granted.”
Two fact sheets on Israeli incitement and settlement
In the first fact sheet Israeli incitement against Palestinians increase, the Palestinian ministry of information wrote about Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who after the visit of US delegation announced that he will not evacuate any settlement. The sheet also addressed the problem of settlement with reference to some statistic showing that Israel has built about 120 settlement in the West Bank on which 350.00 settler live in them.
referred to Israel’s constant violations of human rights. Mentioning that it is the only country with this much violation on its hands. Till this day, Israel is still committing violation and is not abiding to any of international law or UN resolution that is clearly against Israel’s violations.The ongoing Israeli Incitement and racismThe second fact sheet
Palestinians vie with Israel over Muslim pilgrims to Jerusalem
The Muslims are only a small part of the Holy Land’s religious tourism market. But both Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank are vying for their business. They come mainly to pray at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, in a compound that is one of the world’s most contested and volatile holy sites. Israel’s Tourism Ministry recorded 115,000 Muslim tourists in 2016 – 3 percent of the 3.8 million foreigners who arrived at its airports or land borders it controls with Jordan and Egypt. Half of these Muslim tourists identified as pilgrims, the ministry said. Each Muslim tourist spends an average of $1,133 on the trip, the Israeli ministry said.
Palestinians fret that too much of that goes to Israel and want the tourists to opt for alternative Palestinian venues in Jerusalem or the West Bank. “We have been conducting a campaign to introduce Turkish tourist companies to Palestinian hotels in Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, and we have started to see many of them booking their rooms in these hotels,” said Jereyes Qumseyah, spokesman for the Palestinian Tourism Ministry. Palestinians are also enjoying “big success” in teaming up their tour companies with counterparts in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Arab world so to draw more pilgrims.