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Hope for fractured Palestinian families as Israel law ends on Al Jazeera

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Halima Abu Haneya, a doctor of social sciences who wrote her PhD dissertation on Jerusalem and how Palestinian residents have been forced out… Abu Haneya said this was all part of a deliberate Israeli land-grab policy to favour a higher Jewish demography, which forced Palestinians to keep their addresses inside Israel so as not to lose their Jerusalem IDs as Israel requires Palestinians to repeatedly prove the city is the centre of their life. She said this policy prevented most West Bank residents from praying at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, from taking advantage of superior medical facilities and business opportunities and meeting with family and friends. “It’s a kind of cultural genocide.”

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/12/hope-for-fractured-palestinian-families-as-israel-law-ends

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Israel lobby’s “Death to the Arabs” damage control by Ali Abunimah

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“Every evening this week, dozens of young Jews walked around Jerusalem’s city center, chanting ‘Death to Arabs’ and attacking passersby with stones and tear gas,” Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported on Wednesday. The situation escalated further on Thursday, when more than 100 Palestinians were injured as a result of mob violence provoked by the far-right Jewish group Lehava.

… Cries of “Death to the Arabs” are sadly an all too common phenomenon in Israel. And far from being the sole responsibility of a few fringe extremists, they are the direct result of years of anti-Palestinian incitement and dehumanizing rhetoric by Israeli leaders, from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the country’s top rabbis to other senior politicians and even comedians and pop singers.

Extreme racist and even genocidal hatred of Palestinians is pervasive in Israeli Jewish society, where there exists no significant popular movement to end decades of Israeli military occupation, apartheid and abuse against Palestinians.

Continue reading at https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israel-lobbys-death-arabs-damage-control

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PA: Knesset Promoting ‘Ethnic Cleansing, Terrorism’ by Khaled Abu Toameh

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The Palestinian Authority launched a scathing attack on Israel Sunday over a bill that makes it easier for Jews to purchase land in Area C of the West Bank, and continued visits by Jewish groups to the Temple Mount..

It urged world parliaments to “reassess” their ties with the Knesset in response to recent controversial legislation.

“The Knesset has become a podium calling for terrorism, killings and ethnic cleansing,” the PA ministry said in its letter to the world parliaments. “We appeal to you to reassess your relations with a parliament [the Knesset] that does not recognize freedom, pursues racial discrimination, sponsors terrorism, promotes ethnic cleansing and genocide, and breaches international conventions.”

Continue reading at https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/PA-Knesset-promoting-ethnic-cleansing-terrorism-561980

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Jerusalem: Gradually, then suddenly, Zionism ceases by Hatem Bazian

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As a settler-colonialist project, Zionism sought the land but not the people in it. Consequently, the preconceived plan for Palestinians was set in motion before the Zionist movement arrived, with Theodor Herzl himself theorizing the need to “spirit the penniless Arab population” across the borders while making sure to strike an alliance with the property owners. Settler colonialist projects pursue either genocide or the transfer of the local population, so Zionism is not unique, nor is it an exception to the norm.

Continue reading at https://www.dailysabah.com/columns/hatem-bazian/2018/03/15/jerusalem-gradually-then-suddenly-zionism-ceases

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GOLDSTEIN: On Jerusalem Scheer’s right, Trudeau’s wrong by Lorrie Goldstein

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In his article on the Toronto Sun, supporting Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Lorrie Goldstein charges Israel with genocide against the indigenous Palestinian people, using colonialism and genocide against the indigenous peoples of Canada as justification:

Just as Israel has been condemned by the United Nations for inhumane treatment of the Palestinians, so Canada has been condemned by the UN for inhumane treatment of Canada’s First Nations.

Just as Israel has been accused of ethnic cleansing and cultural genocide of the Palestinians, so Canada has been accused of ethnic cleansing and cultural genocide of its First Nations through its residential school policy and other historic wrongs.

Just as Israel has been criticized for confining the Palestinians to small, barren pockets of land through the incursion of settlers, so Canada has been criticized for confining its First Nations to small, barren pockets of land through the incursion of settlers.

And yet Canada’s right to call Ottawa its capital is unchallenged, while Israel’s right to call Jerusalem its capital is rejected by the international community, with the recent exception of the U.S. under President Donald Trump.

Such is the double standard which Israel constantly faces.

Continue reading at http://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/goldstein-on-jerusalem-scheers-right-trudeaus-wrong

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Video: “My Jerusalem”: Responding to the U.S. Embassy Announcement held at the University of Winnipeg Eckhardt-Grammattee Hall

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“So 1948 for my dad and his family, it wasn’t good. Whether you call it ethnic cleansing, whether you call it colonialism, whether you call it genocide. Cultural, social genocide. There is recent research that calls it genocide. You don’t have to just kill the physical body. The holocaust genocide experience is really enlightening. Te limitation is that people start thinking that when you say genocide you just start thinking of bodies physically dying, but you can kill a whole lot of people through culture. It’s called “kill the indian but save the child.”

Continue watching at http://www.invexnews.com/item-370336-video-my-jerusalem-responding-to-the-u-s-embassy-announcement

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Mind-boggling position on Jerusalem vote by Suleiman Bulbulia

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I am following on from my last column in which I sought to respond to an opinion put out to the public by Mr Grenville Phillips II of Solutions Barbados regarding the United Nations vote on the status of Jerusalem… Mr Phillips’ conclusion is that the United States under Donald Trump is being bullied by the majority of the nations of the world and that the US is right to retaliate as it sees fit. Such a position would be laughable if the situation weren’t so serious for the Palestinian people… Mr Phillips made the assertion that “this type of targeted sanction is normally reserved for nations committing highly offensive actions, like genocide”… what is clear from the evidence is that a case for genocide of the Palestinian people can be easily made against the Israelis.

Continue reading at https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2018/01/23/mind-boggling-position-on-jerusalem-vote/

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Rabbani stresses consensus for Jerusalem’s final status on Daily Times Pakistan

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Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani on Wednesday said Pakistan strongly opposes US attempt to alter the legal and historical status of Al Quds Al Sharif and the move was a blatant violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions, particularly the UNSCR 478.

…He said that Pakistan fully supports Palestinians’ demand for an independent state with Al-Quds as its capital and the Parliament of Pakistan has also consistently and unequivocally supported the just cause of the Palestinian people. Senate and National Assembly, he said, in their respective sittings in August 2014, passed separate resolutions expressing strong support for the Palestinian cause and to condemn Israeli atrocities and genocide in Gaza recently.

Continue reading at https://dailytimes.com.pk/183466/rabbani-stresses-consensus-jerusalems-final-status/

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Recognition under International Law by Aarif Muzafar Rather

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What proceeded the emigration of Jews into Palestine is a story of great distress and a living account of the evasion of international criminal justice and the politics around it. The political and geographical fragmentation of Palestine, increasing control of West Bank territory, deteriorating human rights standards, increased Israeli military presence suggest that the resolution of the issue is as remote as it has been through more than a century of the occupation. In 1967, Israel occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights that only increased the methods of warfare and occupation. As far as the international status of Palestine is concerned, it is recognized by 193 member states of the United Nations (as of 2015). The Palestinian Declaration of Independence proclaimed the establishment of Palestinian state in exile and their claims of statehood were rendered even weaker as they were disposed of the territories they claimed. The development of international criminal law witnessed a subjugation of the Palestinian population. As for example, while the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was being drafted in 1948, “Palestinians were ‘cleansed’ of areas of the new state of Israel”(Mark Tessler, A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict).  Similarly, when the war crime of transferring settlers into an occupied territory was included in the Rome Statute, Israel objected to it, arguing that it was not an offence of customary nature.

Continue reading at http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/opinion/recognition-under-international-law/271142.html

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