Palestine Update 468
Israel’s tyrannical war crimes in Sheikh Jarrah
The Palestinian condition is one of subjugation under a tyrannical Zionist regime. The more they are pushed aside and torment and brow beat, it is clear that hearts that beat for justice are growing in numbers around the world. One cannot participate in the reality which Palestinians face without taking sides with them in favour of justice. We read how the ‘The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel’ has called for protests in Arab towns and cities across Israel to show support for Palestinians in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. The committee called for: “Support of Jerusalem and its people in the face of the bloody terrorist aggression against our people in Jerusalem’s neighbourhoods and Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
They are organizing delegations to Jerusalem where Palestinian families are threatened by forced expulsion by the Israeli occupation. “The injuries to over 200 worshippers, is a dangerous indicator of what Israel could do with dangerous consequences to the holy city and Al-Aqsa Mosque. The reports that follow bring historical and contemporary focus to the question of what could follow in Sheikh Jarrah.
Israel’s forced eviction in Sheikh Jarrah could amount to war crimes: UN
The United Nations has warned that Israel’s forced evictions in occupied East Jerusalem could amount to war crimes. “We call on Israel to immediately call off all forced evictions,” UN rights office spokesman Rupert Colville said. Colville emphasized that East Jerusalem al-Quds “remains part of the occupied Palestinian territory, in which international humanitarian law applies…“The occupying power … cannot confiscate private property in occupied territory.”
Israel has been demolishing Palestinian homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for the construction of a new settlement outpost. Based on an Israeli court ruling, some 28 Palestinian families face the threat of forceful eviction there. The Red Crescent said at least 22 Palestinians had been injured overnight when Israeli troops attacked their protest rally against the harsh eviction measure. Israeli police have arrested 11 Palestinians in the area. Under international law, the official said, it is illegal to transfer civilian populations into occupied territory and this “may amount to war crimes.”
Colville urged Israel to depart from behavior that further contributes to “a coercive environment or leads to a risk of forcible transfer…“We further call on Israel to respect freedom of expression on assembly, including with those who are protesting against the evictions, and to exercise maximum restraint in the use of force.” Israel is not authorized to “impose its own set of laws in occupied territory, including East Jerusalem.”
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland expressed concern over the imminent eviction of Palestinians by Israeli authorities from Sheikh Jarrah. “I urge Israel to cease demolitions and evictions, in line with its obligations under international humanitarian law,” the UN official said. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday to investigate the forced relocation.
Guardian: Backing Balfour Declaration among paper’s ‘worst errors of judgment’
Over a hundred years after backing the UK government’s Balfour Declaration, The Guardian newspaper said it regrets its enthusiastic support for the famous statement recognizing a national home for Jews in historic Palestine. In an editorial published Friday to mark its bicentennial, the Guardian listed the “worst errors of judgment” the British daily has made since its founding in 1821. These “mistakes” included supporting the 1917 declaration issued by then foreign secretary Arthur Balfour, a document seen as a key milestone in the State Israel’s establishment and which the Guardian described as having “changed the world.”
Marie van der Zyl, the group’s president, said. “In its eagerness to disassociate itself in any way from its early support for Zionism, the Guardian chooses not to focus on the simple fact that had such a national homeland existed even a decade earlier than 1948, many millions of Jews – our close relatives – murdered in the Holocaust might still be alive.” Van der Zyl said that “alongside a safe and secure Jewish state,” the Board of Deputies also backs the establishment of a Palestinian state, “something the Balfour declaration does not negate.”
Al-Haq report “Captive Markets, Captive Lives – Palestinian Workers in Israeli Settlements”
On International Workers’ Day, Al-Haq published the report “Captive Markets, Captive Lives: Palestinian Workers in Israeli Settlements”. This report examines the experiences of Palestinian workers in Israel’s unlawful settlement enterprise in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Al-Haq illustrates Israel’s reliance on the Oslo Accords to maintain control over the occupied Palestinian population and deepen their fragmentation, while holding the Palestinian economy captive, in what amounts to ‘economic annexation’.
Fragmentation is a main tool through which Israel maintains its apartheid regime over the Palestinian people as a whole, including Palestinian workers. The strategic geographic control areas of the Oslo Accords have contributed to the deepening and institutionalization of physical, territorial, and demographic fragmentation. Since 1948, Israel has de-developed the Palestinian economy, and the continuing Nakba has forced internally displaced and vulnerable Palestinians to seek employment in the illegal settlements. These workers are caught in a jurisdictional limbo as the Palestinian Authority is unable to exercise enforcement jurisdiction over the settlements, and Palestinian workers do not have the same rights afforded to Israeli citizens. This precarious and inferior position is manipulated by unscrupulous Israeli and international corporations to exploit a cheap and easily disposable Palestinian labor force.
The Myth of Peace in the Middle East:Deconstructing the Naturalization Narrative
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is one of yet unresolved political issues of today. This conflict is not heading towards any resolutions soon, the recent naturalization agreements that have occurred between some Arab regimes and the apartheid state of Israel may mark a future shift in Middle East’s political scene. Earlier, boycotting Israel was these Arab nations’ approach to show support for Palestinians and their claims. Before 2020, only two bordering countries have had diplomatic ties with Israel; Egypt and Jordan. This number has risen by six as the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco have set full diplomatic and economic relations with Israel as part of Jared Kushner’s plan for peace in the Middle East known formally as the Abrahamic Accords.
Apart from Sudan, none of the countries involved with these accords are in conflict with Israel. On the opposite, Morocco and so the Gulf States have retained very healthy diplomatic relations with Israel, even if they were undeclared publicly. On top of that, the two countries had liaison offices in Tel Aviv and Rabat from Sept. 1, 1994, to Oct. 23, 2000. Granted, Israel supports the totalitarian regimes of the region mainly because these totalitarianisms do not demand accountability for its human rights and international law violations. Hence, most Arab dictatorships have been dealing with Israel on political and security levels; especially after the outbreak of the Arab spring where these regimes had to obtain the latest spying and security tech to topple every dissident in their population who desires regime change.