Palestine Update 102
Palestinian defiance mounts; Israel struggles to uphold occupation
In an interview with Ehud Barak, former Prime Minister of Israel, he admits that ‘Israel (is) on a ‘slippery slope’ towards apartheid. However, he contemptuously remains unapologetic. In what sounds like a chronic case of political schizophrenia, he actually says: “I care about morality. But I care more about our very survival in life” – a chilling self admission by any standards. Small wonder then that the Hamas leadership ruled out possibilities “of negotiations based on international law aimed at bringing about the settlement of the Palestinian problem.” He was unambiguous in asserting that “violent resistance must be implemented in practice, because only it can bring Israel to a withdrawal.”
The case of the 16-year old girl Ahed Tamimi has increasing international gaze on Israel’s political high handedness. A coalition of French human-rights groups have demanded her release in an online campaign. 250,000 signatures have been amassed in just a few days. We urge readers to join this campaign( find details of campaign in the link with the relevant news item). Tamimi’s courageous resistance has captured the world’s imagination and exposed Israel as a fascist entity with little or no respect for the rule of law. Worse, it is a country that invents laws according to its need to castigate the Palestinian people in the most horrendous ways. Tamimi is a classic example of ‘more occupation begetting more defiance’.
In another act of open defiance Palestinian Minister for Inmates’ Affairs in the Palestinian Authority Issa Qaraqe has demanded Palestinian prisoners be treated in line with international law. The practice of treating political prisoners as convicted criminals is unacceptable, he declares. Israeli laws, as we have noted repeatedly, are racist and ruthless, and they particularly violate the dignity of prisoners. These laws seek to delegitimize the Palestinian national struggle. Qarage avers that boycotting Israeli courts is a way to show Palestinian contempt and rejection of these objectionable laws.
In an important study by researchers from Dar al-Kalima University, it has been irreversibly proven that most of the Palestinian Christians who left Palestinian were prompted by what seem to be bleak prospects for a political solution to the Israeli occupation. The exodus is almost entirely due to Israeli haughtiness rather than concerns over Muslim religious conservatism as the corporate media makes it out to be.
Read more on the above stories in the links below.
Ehud Barak: Israel on ‘slippery slope’ towards apartheid; yet remains unapologetic
Israel only understands the language of force says Hamas leader
Rights Groups Demand Release of Palestine’s ‘Shirley Temper’
Read full report in Telesur
Palestinians threaten to boycott Israeli occupation courtsPalestinian Minister for Inmates’ Affairs in the Palestinian Authority Issa Qaraqe threatened to boycott the Israeli occupation courts in case of Israeli insistence to approve the racist and illegal legislation to execute the prisoners. Qaraqe said this will lead to an uprising and rebellion against the Israeli judiciary and will halt dealing with Israeli military courts.
Israeli occupation caused ‘Christian exodus’ from Palestine –study
The main cause of the exodus of Christians from Palestine is the Israeli occupation of the region, and only a small proportion left because of Muslim religious extremism, a new study has found.
In an interview with more than a thousand people divided somewhat equally between Christians and Muslims, researchers from Dar al-Kalima University concluded that most of the Palestinian Christians who left had been driven to hopelessness because of the lack of a political solution to the Israeli occupation. The arbitrary arrests, property confiscation, and discriminatory policies brought about by the situation also contributed to the exodus.