The UN Declares Israeli Settlements Illegal While Condemning Palestinian Right to Self-Defence

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14 Delegations in Favour of Resolution 2334 (2016) as United States Abstains

The Security Council reaffirmed this afternoon that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders.

Adopting resolution 2334 (2016) by 14 votes, with the United States abstaining, the Council reiterated its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem. It underlined that it would not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the two sides through negotiations.

The Council called for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation and destruction. It further called for the strengthening of ongoing efforts to combat terrorism, including through existing security coordination, and to clearly condemn all acts of terrorism. The Council called on both sides to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric in order to de-escalate the situation on the ground and rebuild trust and confidence.1

It should go without saying that any person or organization condemning Israel’s illegal settlement activity should also support the right of Palestinians to use self-defence against the aggressor regime evicting innocent Palestinians to build illegal settlements. Despite declaring the settlements illegal, and despite knowing that citizens of the Palestinian territories have no representation in Israeli parliament, the Security Council condemns Palestinians using any type of force to protect themselves.

Resolution 2334 (2016)

Adopted by the Security Council at its 7853rd meeting, on 23 December 2016

Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,

Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions, 2

Recalling also the obligation under the Quartet roadmap for the Palestinian Authority Security Forces to maintain effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantling terrorist capabilities, including the confiscation of illegal weapons,

Condemning all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation, incitement and destruction, [2]

Condemning the settlements as illegal while also condemning Palestinian right to self-defence is as foolish as condemning the Holocaust while simultaneously condemning Jewish retaliation against the Nazis. It’s as foolish as condemning European colonialism in the Americas while simultaneously condemning physical resistance on the part of Native Americans to protect their land from invaders.

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Apartheid

This report finds that the strategic fragmentation of the Palestinian people is the principal method by which Israel imposes an apartheid regime. It first examines how the history of war, partition, de jure and de facto annexation and prolonged occupation in Palestine has led to the Palestinian people being divided into different geographic regions administered by distinct sets of law. This fragmentation operates to stabilize the Israeli regime of racial domination over the Palestinians and to weaken the will and capacity of the Palestinian people to mount a unified and effective resistance. Different methods are deployed depending on where Palestinians live. This is the core means by which Israel enforces apartheid and at the same time impedes international recognition of how the system works as a complementary whole to comprise an apartheid regime.1

Domain 3 is the system of military law imposed on approximately 4.6 million Palestinians who live in the occupied Palestinian territory, 2.7 million of them in the West Bank and 1.9 million in the Gaza Strip. The territory is administered in a manner that fully meets the definition of apartheid under the Apartheid Convention: except for the provision on genocide, every illustrative “inhuman act” listed in the Convention is routinely and systematically practiced by Israel in the West Bank. Palestinians are governed by military law, while the approximately 350,000 Jewish settlers are governed by Israeli civil law. The racial character of this situation is further confirmed by the fact that all West Bank Jewish settlers enjoy the protections of Israeli civil law on the basis of being Jewish, whether they are Israeli citizens or not. This dual legal system, problematic in itself, is indicative of an apartheid regime when coupled with the racially discriminatory management of land and development administered by Jewish-national institutions, which are charged with administering “State land” in the interest of the Jewish population. In support of the overall findings of this report, annex I sets out in more detail the policies and practices of Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory that constitute violations of article II of the Apartheid Convention.2

Security

Being concerned with Israel's security when it is the aggressor is as foolish as being concerned for the security of the Portland stabber.

Apartheid

The report concludes that the weight of the evidence supports beyond a reasonable doubt the proposition that Israel is guilty of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people, which amounts to the commission of a crime against humanity, the prohibition of which is considered jus cogens in international customary law. The international community, especially the United Nations and its agencies, and Member States, have a legal obligation to act within the limits of their capabilities to prevent and punish instances of apartheid that are responsibly brought to their attention. More specifically, States have a collective duty: (a) not to recognize an apartheid regime as lawful; (b) not to aid or assist a State in maintaining an apartheid regime; and (c) to cooperate with the United Nations and other States in bringing apartheid regimes to an end. Civil society institutions and individuals also have a moral and political duty to use the instruments at their disposal to raise awareness of this ongoing criminal enterprise, and to exert pressure on Israel in order to persuade it to dismantle apartheid structures in compliance with international law. The report ends with general and specific recommendations to the United Nations, national Governments, and civil society and private actors on actions they should take in view of the finding that Israel maintains a regime of apartheid in its exercise of control over the Palestinian people.1

Psychological Race

The Hebrews of Middle Eastern descent and the Palestinians are the same physical race, but different psychological races. Because Ahmed Dawabsheh is a Palestinian FS-type rather than an Israeli Hebrew, he receives no compensation for settlers burning down his house and killing his family.

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Amnesty International

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Amnesty International is calling for the international community to ban the import of all goods produced in the illegal Israeli settlements to curb half a century of human rights violations against the Palestinians:

The international community must ban the import of all goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements and put an end to the multimillion dollar profits that have fuelled mass human rights violations against Palestinians, said Amnesty International today.

Hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of goods produced in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land are exported internationally each year, despite the fact that the vast majority of states have officially condemned the settlements as illegal under international law. Over the years, Israeli and international businesses have also enabled and facilitated settlement construction and expansion.

Israel’s policy of settling Israeli civilians on occupied Palestinian land has led to a myriad of human rights violations. Tens of thousands of Palestinian homes and properties have been demolished by Israel and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been forcibly displaced; many families were pushed out of their homes or land to clear areas for settlement construction. At least 100,000 hectares of Palestinian land have been appropriated for exclusive settlement use.

Israel has also unlawfully seized control of Palestinian natural resources, such as water, fertile land, stone quarries and minerals, and diverted these to benefit settlement industries to produce agricultural products, construction materials and manufactured goods that are often exported abroad. At the same time, Israel has imposed arbitrary restrictions depriving Palestinians of access to and use of their own water, land and other resources, restricting their economic development and violating their economic and social rights.

Across the West Bank, settlement infrastructure, including “settler-only” roads, have divided Palestinian towns and villages and have severely limited the ability of Palestinians to move around freely. Israel has also maintained an illegal air, sea and land blockade of the Gaza Strip for nearly 10 years, locking two million people into an area just under half the size of New York City.1

HSBC's active role in Palestinian Oppression

HSBC “crucial link” in oppression of Palestinians

UK financial institutions hold almost $14 billion worth of shares in companies that provide equipment to the Israeli military, a new report shows.

High street banks are some of the worst offenders, with Barclays holding $1.5 billion in shares and HSBC more than $1 billion, according to War on Want’s new report, Deadly Investments.

War on Want senior campaigner Ryvka Barnard said on Wednesday that, “banks like HSBC are a crucial link in the chain of oppression, facilitating and profiting from the brutal military repression of Palestinians.”

The launch of the report comes just after Palestine solidarity activists held a week of action against banks and arms firms in the UK.

In response to War on Want’s research, HSBC referred the charity to its “defense equipment” policy. The document claimed that the bank “does not provide financial services to customers who solely or primarily manufacture or sell” weapons.

War on Want describes this as a “gaping loophole” which “narrowly defines weapons companies” meaning that “HSBC can invest in and provide services to a company that is clearly part of the arms and military industry so long as the company also has non-military clients and products, as most modern companies involved in the sector do.”

The report describes Israel as “one of the most heavily militarized states on earth,” pointing out that in 2016, Israeli military expenditure was $18 billion, “the third highest per capita expenditure in the world.”

After their deadly wares have been used on Palestinian civilians by the Israeli military, Israeli arms firms such as Elbit habitually advertise their equipment as “field tested.”

Israel demolishes Bedouin village Al-Araqeeb for 114th time

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Israeli forces demolished the Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb in the Negev region of southern Israel for the 114th [time] today

Eyewitnesses said officials from the Israel Land Authority (ILA), accompanied by Israeli police and bulldozers, raided the village and demolished all the homes which were made of aluminium in the area, which were built by the village’s residents following the most recent demolition last month.1

The Right to Self-Defence

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Aggressor

It's important to establish who is the aggressor/instigator and who is the victim entitled to self-defence in any conflict.

People often criticize Israel for using excessive force and call for Israel to show restraint. However, Israel is not merely using excessive force—Israel is the aggressor. All force used by Israel against the Palestinians is aggression. Israel is not even operating within borders recognized by the imperialist powers (e.g. US, UK, etc.) that created it.

Israeli security forces used lethal force against suspected attackers in more than 150 cases, including in circumstances that suggest excessive force and at times extrajudicial executions. Overall, between January 1 and October 31, 2016, Palestinians killed at least 11 Israelis, including 2 security officers, and injured 131 Israelis, including 46 security officers, in the West Bank and Israel. Israeli security forces killed at least 94 Palestinians and injured at least 3,203 Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel as of October 31, including suspected assailants, protesters, and bystanders, according to the United Nations.1

In September, the United States and Israel signed a 10-year, $38 billion military aid deal, mostly to be spent on US-made military supplies.[1]

Illegal Settlements

One major failing of current international law is that it does not state specifically that native inhabitants to a land have the right to self-defence against forced displacement. Without the stipulation that stateless peoples have the right to use force in self-defence against an aggressor, any people of a recognized state can steal land from people who do not belong to a recognized state. An imperialist regime merely needs to use force to expel native inhabitants, set up settlements for its own people, and use those people as human shields against justified retaliation on the part of the native inhabitants.

Bedouin citizens of Israel who live in “unrecognized” villages suffered discriminatory home demolitions on the basis that their homes were built illegally, even though most of those villages existed before the State of Israel was established, and others were created in the 1950s on land to which Israel transferred Bedouin citizens.

Israeli authorities demolished 28 Bedouin structures in the Negev, excluding al-Araqib, and destroyed the crops of unrecognized Bedouin villages 14 times, between January 1 and August 18.

Palestinians have the right to use force against soldiers and civilians occupying their land.

As of October 31, Israeli authorities demolished 925 Palestinian homes and other buildings in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), mostly for failure to have a building permit. Israel also destroyed the homes of family members of alleged attackers in reprisal for attacks on Israelis, a violation of the international humanitarian law prohibition on collective punishment. In total, the demolitions displaced 1,347 people.[1]

Anybody who is okay with Israel using aggression, but who is not okay with Palestinians using self-defence is merely siding with the aggressor.

Apartheid

Israel's closure of the Gaza Strip, particularly restrictions on movement of people and on outgoing goods, continued to have severe consequences for the civilian population, separating families, restricting access to medical care and educational and economic opportunities, and perpetuating unemployment and poverty. Approximately 70 percent of Gaza’s 1.9 million people rely on humanitarian assistance.

Israel maintained onerous restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank, including checkpoints and the separation barrier, a combination of wall and fence that Israel said it built for security reasons but often placed well within the West Bank rather than on the Green Line separating the West Bank from Israel. Israeli-imposed restrictions designed to keep Palestinians far from settlements forced them to take time-consuming detours and restricted their access to agricultural land.

Israel continued construction of the separation barrier around East Jerusalem. Some 85 percent of the barrier falls within the West Bank, isolating 11,000 Palestinians on the western side of the barrier who are not allowed to travel to Israel and must cross the barrier to access their own property as well as services in the West Bank.[1]

Human Rights Abuses

Israeli military authorities detained Palestinian protesters, including those who advocated nonviolent protest against Israeli settlements and the route of the separation barrier.

Israeli security forces continued to arrest children suspected of criminal offenses, usually stone-throwing; question them without a family member or a lawyer present; and coerce them to sign confessions in Hebrew, which they did not understand. The Israeli military detained Palestinian children separately from adults during remand hearings and military court trials, but often detained children with adults immediately after arrest.

Israel continued its openly stated policy of applying coercive measures designed to render miserable the lives of the roughly 40,000 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers present in the country. These measures include prolonged detention; restrictions on freedom of movement; ambiguous policies on permission to work; and restricting access to health care. Israel does not deport Eritrean and Sudanese nationals, but it has granted asylum to only four Eritreans to date. In June, for the first time, Israel granted asylum to a Sudanese national.[1]

Subservient Palestinian Authority

The Palestinian Authority is clearly subservient to Israel.

Complaints of torture and ill-treatment by West Bank Palestinian Authority security services persisted. The ICHR reported 150 complaints in 2016 as of October 31.

PA security services arrested activists for political criticism, and some of those arrested alleged mistreatment in detention.

Under commitments stemming from the 1978 Camp David accords, the United States allocated US$3.1 billion in military aid to Israel in 2016. It also allocated $400 million in assistance to Palestinian security forces and economic support to the PA.[1]

  • 1. "Israel/Palestine: Events of 2016." Human Rights Watch, hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/israel/palestine. Accessed 22 Jun. 2017.

US Imperialism Not Welcome!

Mass march in Gaza declares: Donald Trump, US imperialism not welcome in Palestine!

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine organized a mass march and rally in Gaza City on Tuesday, May 23, from Palestine Square to the prisoners’ support tent for the hunger strike, in rejection of the visit of the war criminal, US President Donald Trump, in our occupied homeland Palestine.

Thousands of comrades, leaders, representatives of national and Islamic forces and of the Front, led by members of the Political Bureau, the cadres of the Progressive Student Labor Front and the Union of Progressive Palestinian Youth, marched, carrying banners and signs in support of prisoners and condemning the visit of Trump to occupied Palestine.

He denounced the attempts by Trump and reactionary Arab regimes to label Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas as “terrorist”, calling this a “malicious attempt to distort the facts and target the resistance.” He said that the Arab nation will rise up and confront the reactionary regimes that plunder the fortunes of the people and perform marketing services to normalize the Zionist ane imperialist project in the region.

Blame Israel, Not Hamas.

It's outrageous that people are trying to blame Hamas for the miserable conditions of Gaza rather than the true culprit, Israel. It's outrageous that people are implying that Israel's security matters when Israel is the aggressor.

Gaza 'unliveable' ten years after Hamas seized power: U.N.

A decade after the Islamist group Hamas seized Gaza, the Palestinian enclave is effectively unliveable for its 2 million people, with declining incomes, healthcare, education, electricity and fresh water, the United Nations said.

In a report examining humanitarian conditions in the territory, which Hamas took over in June 2007 after a brief conflict with forces loyal to the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations concludes the situation in Gaza is deteriorating "further and faster" than was forecast only a few years ago.

Piper sees ways in which conditions could quickly be improved without significant risk to Israel's security, including expanding the fishing zone off Gaza to 20 nautical miles from six currently. A freer flow of goods, including water pumps, elevators, wood, steel, cables and other electrical equipment, would also help.

Gaza's Last Power Plant Just Shut Down, Plunging the Strip Into Darkness

The Gaza Strip's only operating power plant was turned off late Wednesday due to a severe shortage of fuel, leaving the coastal enclave in a complete blackout, local officials said.

Officials at the Hamas-run power corporation said they had turned off the last operating turbine at the plant in southern Gaza city.

The Gaza Strip, with more than two million people, has been suffering from an energy crisis since mid-April due to a dispute over taxes between the Islamist Hamas movement, which rules the enclave, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Gaza has been under a tight Israeli blockade since Hamas' violent takeover of the coastal enclave a decade ago and residents have been subjected to persistent blackouts

Palestinian youths killed during Israeli raid

Two Palestinians, one of them a teenager, were killed during an Israeli army raid on Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank early Wednesday morning.

Aws Muhammad Yousif Salameh, 17, and Saad Nasser Hassan Abd al-Fattah, 20, were fatally wounded when Israeli soldiers opened fire on Palestinians who were attempting to repel their entry into the camp.

Those living under illegal occupation do have the right to use force against illegal occupiers.

Thirty-nine Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire so far this year.

Muhammad Ibrahim Jibril, 24, was shot dead on Monday during what Israel claims was an attempted vehicular attack against soldiers near the town of Tuqu and the Tekoa settlement in the Bethlehem district of the West Bank.

Last week, a Palestinian infant died two months after being severely injured by tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of Aboud.

The Palestinian health ministry in Ramallah announced that all efforts to save the life of 18-month-old Abd al-Rahman Barghouti had failed. He is the youngest of the 10 Palestinian children killed by Israeli fire so far this year.

Meanwhile a Palestinian boy was blinded in one eye and suffered facial fractures after he was shot by a sponge-tipped plastic bullet fired by Israeli soldiers in the Jerusalem-area village of Issawiyeh on Sunday.

According to Defense for Children International - Palestine, 14-year-old Nour al-Din Ayman Atta was sitting with his family on the veranda of his third-story home when Israeli forces entered the area. Israeli soldiers reportedly used crowd control weapons after residents threw stones at them.

Muhyee al-Tibakhi, a 10-year-old Palestinian boy, was killed last year when Israeli forces fired a sponge-tipped plastic bullet at his chest during confrontations in the Jerusalem-area town of al-Ram.

Another boy, Muhammad Sinokrot, 16, died of his injuries in 2014 after an Israeli paramilitary Border Police combatant fired a sponge-tipped plastic bullet at the right side of his head, causing a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage. An Israeli investigation of the case was closed without charging the Border Police officer responsible, Defense for Children International - Palestine stated.

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The aggressor cannot claim self-defence.

During World War II, the Germans concentrated urban and sometimes regional Jewish populations in ghettos. Living conditions were miserable. Ghettos were often enclosed districts that isolated Jews by separating Jewish communities from the non-Jewish population and from other Jewish communities. The Germans established at least 1,000 ghettos in German-occupied and annexed Poland and the Soviet Union alone. There were three types of ghettos: closed ghettos, open ghettos, and destruction ghettos.1

If three Jews from a Jewish ghetto killed two Nazi soldiers, people would applaud the act. Nobody would describe Jewish resistance against Nazi domination as "an extraordinarily brazen assault." Yet when it comes to the Israel-Palestine situation, major media outlets continue to frame the aggressors as victims and the resisters as attackers.

In an extraordinarily brazen assault early Friday, three Arab citizens of Israel armed with guns and knives killed two Israeli police officers guarding an entrance to Jerusalem’s holiest site for Jews and Muslims, an emotional and volatile focal point of the Israeli-Arab conflict.2

The Old City is in East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 war and then annexed, a move that was never internationally recognized. [2]

Israelis and Palestinians both have the right to resist a non-democratic apartheid regime that is in violation of international law and carrying out an illegal occupation.

It's easy to feel like a broken record (for those of us who remember those) talking about Israel's violations of international law. The list of these violations is seemingly endless and their condemnation by Palestinian, international and Israeli human rights organisations abound.

Over the years, experts, independent commissions, NGOs, the UN, and even the US State Department have documented the numerous and massive violations of Palestinian human rights committed by Israel; yet the violations continue and, arguably, have become more egregious, with no accountability to the victims and no repercussions for Israel.

This dismaying reality is an inevitable result of perhaps the biggest shortcoming of international law - that adherence to it and its enforceability depend largely on voluntary state consent and compliance. In other words, absent the political will to make state behaviour comport with the law, violations are the norm rather than the exception. In this case, Israel is certainly not interested in sacrificing its colonial agenda to comply with international law, and with the unwavering political and economic support of the United States, thus far it has not had to.

What's more, even though the UN has repeatedly recognised the right of an occupied people to use legitimate armed force in the struggle for "liberation from colonial and foreign domination", and has specifically applied this to Palestine, Palestinians have had to endure decades of being labelled as "terrorists", while the terrorism perpetuated by their occupiers and oppressors has been labelled "self-defence".

-Huwaida Arraf, Palestinian-American lawyer and human rights activist3

As has been widely understood in recent decades, international law was an instrument of colonial rule, as well as serving for several centuries the purposes of a West-centric world order in conflict situations.

The linchpin of this system was upholding the prerogatives of the fully sovereign states as modified by the geopolitical power of the dominant political actors. Under these circumstances, it is hardly surprising that the rights of peoples to resist and national movements were not acknowledged in international law even if conditions of severe repression or tyranny prevailed.

This situation becomes even more clearly grasped if it is remembered that in the formative era of modern international law, most of the leading states were governed as absolute monarchies.

At the same time, it should be taken into account that in this Western tradition, leading political philosophers including Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau recognised a right of revolution in the face of tyrannical rule. This right is embodied in international morality, but until recently was not explicitly incorporated into international law.

Israel has used the cover of diplomatic negotiations to expand its unlawful settlement archipelago, to engage in a process of gradual ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem, and to solidify its apartheid regime of administration.

Whether reliance on retaliatory rocket attacks by Gaza and violence against armed settlers are lawful tactics is a matter that has not been authoritatively resolved.

In essence, international law grants to the Palestinian people a right to resist Israeli occupation that is reinforced by Israel's failure to withdraw from occupied Palestine as decreed back in 1967 by unanimous vote of the UN Security Council in Resolution 242 and by its own refusals to abide by the limitations imposed on an occupying power by the Geneva Conventions.

-Richard Falk is professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University [3]

One of the major shortcomings of the international legal system as it relates to the Palestinian struggle for liberation - or any peoples' struggle for liberation for that matter - is the very nature of the law and the legal system.

This is, after all, a system that was put together and crafted by states, and largely for states, to regulate inter-state affairs. The stateless were not at the table as these systems were being developed over the years, nor were their interests properly accounted for.

Statelessness creates certain barriers and obstacles to operating within the international legal system and its associated international institutions. There are some organisations, for example, where membership is only available to state parties and, without membership, it is difficult if not impossible to adequately operate within those organisations.

There are elements of international law, however, which do relate to stateless peoples and, in particular, the right of oppressed or colonised peoples to resist, including through the use of armed struggle, against their oppressor.

This is particularly relevant in the case of Palestinians who are living under a belligerent occupation, which has persisted for nearly half a century. Of course, what forms of armed struggle, or more precisely which targets during armed struggle, are legitimate is also governed by international law.

For Palestinians to use armed struggle against military targets of the occupying force is legitimate under the law. Civilian targets are, of course, forbidden.

-Yousef Manayyer, political analyst and writer, is executive director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation [3]

It's extremely foolish for civilian targets to be forbidden under international law when it comes to legitimate targets for the resistance of an occupied peoples such as the Palestinians.

The Occupying Power shall not detain protected persons in an area particularly exposed to the dangers of war unless the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand. The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.4

Israel is in violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The occupying power is not allowed to transfer its own civilian population into the territory it occupies. However, Israel is clearly breaking this law by setting up illegal settlements in the territories is occupies (i.e. Palestinian territory). If civilian targets are forbidden, then once those illegal settlements are set up, they can never be taken down — not even by the original inhabitants and owners of the land. Israeli civilians in illegal settlements effectively serve as human shields.

Thus, international law says that the occupying power cannot transfer its own civilian population into a territory it occupies, unless it does, in which case there is nothing anybody can do about it.

Thus, it only makes sense that Palestinians should be granted the right to use force against Israeli military personnel and Israeli civilians occupying their land illegally. Don't forget that Israeli military officers use force against Palestinian civilians when they are evicting Palestinians from their own homes on land Palestinians are indigenous to. Many of the Hebrew people moving to Israel have purely European ancestry with no Middle Eastern ancestry.

The aggressor cannot claim self-defence (cont.)

One can see many similarities between the Jewish situation in Nazi-era Europe and that of the Palestinians today. The Palestinian situation also has many similarities to apartheid South Africa, giving further credence to placing the Palestinian situation between apartheid South Africa and Nazi-era Germany in terms of severity of human rights abuses.1

Resistance Efforts

Jews responded with a variety of resistance efforts. Ghetto residents frequently smuggled food, medicine, weapons, or intelligence across the ghetto walls. These and other such activities often took place without the knowledge or approval of the Jewish councils. On the other hand, some Jewish councils and some individual council members tolerated or encouraged the smuggling because the goods were necessary to keep ghetto residents alive.

The Germans generally showed little concern in principle about religious worship, attendance at cultural events, or participation in youth movements inside the ghetto walls. However, they often saw a “security threat” in any social gathering and would move ruthlessly to incarcerate or kill perceived ringleaders and participants. The Germans generally forbade any form of consistent schooling or education.

In some ghettos, members of Jewish resistance movements staged armed uprisings. The largest of these was the Warsaw ghetto uprising in spring 1943. There were also violent revolts in Vilna, Bialystok, Czestochowa, and several smaller ghettos.2

Civilians, stateless or otherwise, have the right to resist all non-democratic forms of control.

Why is it not possible to simply assert that Palestinians have an unequivocal right of resistance against foreign occupation under international law, no different, for example, than French resistance to Nazi occupation? The problem stems from the nature of international law itself, and its conservative bias in favour of state sovereignty.

The right of Palestinian resistance is most clearly supported via the series of UN General Assembly resolutions - beginning with UNGA 1154 of 1960 - that demand an end to colonialism generally, and recognise the right of all colonised peoples, including the Palestinians, to resist foreign domination by any means necessary, including armed struggle (such as UNGA 33/24 of 1978).

While the UNGA cannot create international law, it can recognise or articulate existing customary law, and its pronouncements can, over time, morph into customary law through states' treatment of them as legally binding.

The IHL principle of distinction requires that attacks only be launched against combatants - that is, soldiers or civilians actively engaged in hostilities. Thus, Palestinian attacks on Israeli soldiers or settlers using violence against Palestinians would be justified, while those against civilians not then engaged in combat would be unjustified.

-George Bisharat, emeritus professor of law at UC Hastings College of the Law3

The UNGA cannot create international law, but since there is no clear-cut international law detailing the defensive rights of an occupied people, the UNGA resolutions can be seen as precursors to new international laws governing the subject. My recommendation would obviously be to make sure IHL (international humanitarian law) as well as UNGA resolutions support the right of occupied peoples to use force against combatants as well as civilians to make sure civilians of the occupying power are not used as human shields as Israel is doing with its illegal settler population.

The procedure an occupied people would use to evict illegal civilians on their land would be analogous to the procedure Israel is using to evict legal Palestinian civilians from Palestine. For example, whatever body represents the Palestinians would issue notices of eviction to the illegal Israeli settlers, stating that the illegal settlers have a certain period to leave before they are forcibly removed. For example, in a fictitious scenario where the Palestinian Authority (PA) served Palestinians rather than Israel, it would be the PA's responsibility to remove illegal settlers.

Over the course of the past 48 years, Israel has undertaken measures to cement its military rule by stealing Palestinian land, demolishing Palestinian homes and erecting settlements that house more than 700,000 illegal Israeli settlers.

And it is not just land that Israel has devastated: Generations of Palestinians have now grown up under the wrath of Israeli military rule or a brutal siege. Nearly 20 percent of the Palestinian population has, at one point in time, been imprisoned by Israel and thousands of Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli prisons.

In the aftermath of Israel's brutal attack on the Gaza Strip last year, more than 100,000 Palestinian homes and structures, demolished by Israel, remain unconstructed. Israel has long attempted to obscure its military occupation, colonisation of Palestinian land and denial of freedom to Palestinians in order to try to change the rules of international law.

Israel has attempted to present itself as the victim by trying to portray its military aggression as either a religious conflict or as one of two equal parties. In other words, it attempts to turn things on their head: The occupied, stateless population is supposed to protect its oppressor and occupier.

Indeed, logic dictates that this is the case: Just as an individual has a right to protect himself or herself from a home invasion, so too a nation can protect itself and resist invasion by a foreign army.

-Diana Buttu, Canadian-Palestinian human rights lawyer [3]

For international law to say an occupied people cannot use force against civilians (such as illegal Israeli settlers) is equivalent to French federal law stating that a French citizen cannot use force against a civilian who illegally broke into their house.

Credibility

If three Jews from a Jewish ghetto killed two Nazi soldiers, people would applaud the act. Nobody would describe Jewish resistance against Nazi domination as "an extraordinarily brazen assault." Yet when it comes to the Israel-Palestine situation, major media outlets continue to frame the aggressors as victims and the resisters as attackers.

Please, do not get there! Do not compare the Palestinians' situation with the Holocaust. It is with statements like these that you lose credibility.

Many of the following articles are relevant to the quote above:

I am tempted to use your quote as example for our wiki:
http://en.minguo.info/wiki/hasty_generalization

It occured to me that you lack a lot of historical context.

The only long term solution for the Middle East and the World, can only be based on reconciliation. Iflammatory, exaggerated comments are not helping!

Severity Level

The Israel-Palestine situation lies between apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany in terms of severity.

The Black South Africans had the right to use force against the undemocratic regime enforcing policies of apartheid.

The Jews in Nazi-era Europe has the right to resistance against Nazism.

It follows from this logic that Palestinians would have the right to resistance against the Israeli regime and those helping to maintain conditions that lie between apartheid and genocide in terms of severity.

Unacceptable comparison

Panoramics,

You are not hearing me. Did you check the wikipedia articles linked above, and see which parts may apply to your discourse?

The Israel-Palestine situation lies between apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany in terms of severity.

I just asked you not to go there! I am now begging you. You say the above as if the situation in Palestine was somewhere half-way between Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa. Let's not have that debate!!! I am warning you.

If you are really concerned about the humanitarian situation in Palestine, then try to understand what I have been telling you over the last few weeks/months. Consider the historical context of the current crisis. Consider that all people, regardless of their nationality, race, religion, culture or origin, deserve peace, security and freedom.

Our job here is to promote reconciliation, mutual understanding and promote solutions. Let's not be part of the problem!

Noam Chomsky is saying so.

Noam Chomsky, a Hebrew, is the one saying that the Israel-Palestine situation is worse than apartheid South Africa. Those are his words.

This is a direct quote:

Many reasons. Take, say, the term "apartheid." In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid. To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by "apartheid" you mean South African-style apartheid. What’s happening in the Occupied Territories is much worse. There’s a crucial difference. The South African Nationalists needed the black population. That was their workforce. It was 85 percent of the workforce of the population, and that was basically their workforce. They needed them. They had to sustain them. The bantustans were horrifying, but South Africa did try to sustain them. They didn’t put them on a diet. They tried to keep them strong enough to do the work that they needed for the country. They tried to get international support for the bantustans.

The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just don’t want them. They want them out, or at least in prison. And they’re acting that way. That’s a very striking difference, which means that the apartheid analogy, South African apartheid, to the Occupied Territories is just a gift to Israeli violence. It’s much worse than that. If you look inside Israel, there’s plenty of repression and discrimination. I’ve written about it extensively for decades. But it’s not apartheid. It’s bad, but it’s not apartheid. So the term, I just don’t think is applicable.

-Noam Chomsky, 'Noam Chomsky: Israel's Actions in Palestine are "Much Worse Than Apartheid" in South Africa', Democracy Now1

Palestinian Right to Self-Defence

The UN is condemning the illegal Israeli settlements and human rights abuses, but also condemns Palestinian self-defence which is inconsistent and contradictory.

UN panel blasts Israel over abuses and settlement expansion in Occupied Palestinian Territories

Israel continues the illegal practice of settlement expansion in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a United Nations expert panel has said in its annual evaluation. It further accuses Tel Aviv of excessive use of force and collective punishment against Palestinians.

After gathering testimonies from civil society organizations, UN representatives and Palestinian officials, the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories noted a number of violations against the Palestinians over the last year, including the detention of minors by the Israel Defense Force (IDF).

“Organizations told the Committee that Israeli settlement expansion had continued in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as well as the Syrian Golan, with a notably high level of new construction announced this year, in violation of international humanitarian law,” the fact finding team said.

The UN group said that settlements, as well as the separation wall, dubbed “the apartheid wall” by critics, are having a “negative impact” on the human rights of Palestinians by restricting their freedom of movement.

The experts also voiced concern over the demolition of homes in the occupied territories, especially Bedouin communities in so-called Area C.

“The use of punitive demolitions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem was described as a form of collective punishment,” by the organizations interviewed, the Committee said.

“The Committee clearly observed that the Israeli authorities continue with policies and practices that negatively impact the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”1

OHCHR

End of Mission Statement of the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices

A United Nations committee has heard serious concerns about Israel’s human rights record, including the deteriorating situation in Gaza, inadequate protection for detained children and increasing obstacles being faced by human rights defenders and journalists.

Members of the Committee also heard testimony on the expansion of settlements, the ongoing use of administrative detention, excessive use of force and possible extrajudicial killings, and lack of accountability.

All Israeli use of force is considered aggression as long as Israel is over the green line and refuses to recognize the Palestinian right of return.

During its annual mission to Amman, Jordan, the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, established by General Assembly Resolution 2443 in 1968, heard from civil society organizations, UN representatives and Palestinian officials.

Based on this testimony, the Committee clearly observed that the Israeli authorities continue with policies and practices that negatively impact the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

The deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, compounded by the ongoing electricity crisis, was repeatedly raised as one of the most pressing issues.

The Committee heard with concern about the atmosphere of increasing hopelessness and desperation among the population of Gaza as Israel’s blockade and closure continues for its tenth year, with ongoing restrictions imposed by Israel on the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza impacting every aspect of life for residents.

Other testimony described with grave concern the situation of Palestinian detainees reportedly living in difficult conditions in Israeli prisons. The continued use of administrative detention was also raised as an area of ongoing concern.

The Committee heard troubling testimony regarding the arrest and detention of children, including cases of reported ill-treatment and lack of adequate protection.

Organizations told the Committee that Israeli settlement expansion had continued in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as well as the Syrian Golan, with a notably high level of new construction announced this year, in violation of international humanitarian law.

Settlements were having a negative impact on the human rights of Palestinians, including by restricting freedom of movement and further fragmenting life in the West Bank, the Committee heard.

Other issues raised included the effects of the separation wall on Palestinians’ rights, and the demolition of homes and other structures in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, as well as in the Syrian Golan. The use of punitive demolitions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem was described as a form of collective punishment.

Organizations described the practice of demolishing homes as one that increases pressure on vulnerable communities such as the Bedouin communities in Area C to leave their homes, which they noted could amount to unlawful forcible transfer.

Many organizations highlighted with concern the continued lack of accountability for allegations of excessive use of force and violations of international law by the Israeli forces, including during the 2014 hostilities in Gaza. A number of organizations emphasized that the lack of accountability further exacerbated the cycle of violence.

Human rights defenders and journalists seeking to highlight violations of human rights and humanitarian law told the Committee that the space in which they were free to operate was shrinking at an alarming rate. They reported cases of the detention of peaceful demonstrators and the targeting of journalists covering protests.

The Government of Israel does not recognize the Committee, which was therefore unable to speak to the relevant Israeli authorities or access the occupied territories.

The Committee will submit a full report on its mission and other activities to the UN General Assembly in November 2017.1

Israel approves largest West Bank settlement construction in 25 years

Israel has greenlighted plans for over 8,000 new homes in the West Bank, with over a third for “immediate” construction, the defense minister revealed on Sunday, making it the largest expansion of Jewish settlements in the area in 25 years.

According to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, 3,651 settlements were approved last week, Haaretz reports. The minister noted that “What we’ve approved on June 6 and 7 is the maximum that can be approved.”

Nearly 400,000 Jewish settlers are estimated to be living in the West Bank along with 2.8 million Palestinians. Another 200,000 Israelis live in East Jerusalem, an area claimed by Palestinians.

The construction of settlements in the region is considered illegal under international law. The international community has long voiced concerns over the controversial constructions while condemning the deteriorating security situation between Israelis and Palestinians.

The government of Israel stopped building official settlements in 1992, according to Israeli monitoring group Peace Now. That, however, did not stop the construction of unauthorized settlements in the West Bank.2

I have no concern for the security of the aggressor. Concern for Israel's security is like concern for the security of Galactus from Fantastic Four.

Holocaust Survivors Condemn Israel for 'Gaza Massacre,' Call for Boycott

Hundreds of Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors have signed a letter, published as an advertisement in Saturday's New York Times, condemning "the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza" and calling for a complete boycott of Israel.

According to the letter, the condemnation was prompted by an advertisement written by Elie Wiesel and published in major news outlets worldwide, accusing Hamas of "child sacrifice" and comparing the group to the Nazis.

The letter, signed by 327 Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors and sponsored by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, accuses Wiesel of "abuse of history" in order to justify Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip

Full text of letter:

"Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of Nazi genocide unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

"As Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine. We further condemn the United States for providing Israel with the funding to carry out the attack, and Western states more generally for using their diplomatic muscle to protect Israel from condemnation. Genocide begins with the silence of the world.

"We are alarmed by the extreme, racist dehumanization of Palestinians in Israeli society, which has reached a fever-pitch. In Israel, politicians and pundits in The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post have called openly for genocide of Palestinians and right-wing Israelis are adopting Neo-Nazi insignia.

"Furthermore, we are disgusted and outraged by Elie Wiesel’s abuse of our history in these pages to justify the unjustifiable: Israel’s wholesale effort to destroy Gaza and the murder of more than 2,000 Palestinians, including many hundreds of children. Nothing can justify bombing UN shelters, homes, hospitals and universities. Nothing can justify depriving people of electricity and water.

"We must raise our collective voices and use our collective power to bring about an end to all forms of racism, including the ongoing genocide of Palestinian people. We call for an immediate end to the siege against and blockade of Gaza. We call for the full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel. “Never again” must mean NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE!"3

Solution?

Panoramics: what's your goal? What are you trying to achieve?

I have already acknowledged months ago, as soon as you first brought up the topic, that the humanitarian situation in Palestine was not acceptable. Before that, I simply was not informed enough. So, months ago, I was already very willing and ready to work with you and focus on solutions.

Jews and Holocaust survivors and their descendants have an obvious legitimacy when talking about the Holocaust. Like them, I want to warn against "abuse of history". Personally, as a non-Jew, I don't have the moral legitimacy to delve into very controversial comparisons.

In any case, what I already know is already enough and has been for a long time.

So, what's your objective?

1) Continue with bashing the Israeli people?

2) Promote peace within the region, so that all people, regardless of race, religion, nationality or origin, can co-exist peacefully?

Solutions

1) Continue condemning Israeli aggression and supporting Palestinian self-defence.

The UN continues to condemn Israel for its illegal settlement expansion, human rights abuses against Palestinians, and refusal to recognize the Palestinian right of return. However, the UN refuses to recognize the right of Palestinians to use force in self-defence. Thus, one solution would be to continue to condemn Israeli aggression (in a similar fashion to the UN), but to recognize Palestinian right to self-defence for as long as the aggression continues.

2) Stop framing the conflict as a cyclical battle between two equally militarized parties.

Western and Israeli media want people to believe that Israel and Palestine are equally militarized states both responsible for aggression and revenge attacks against the other side. This couldn't be further from the truth.

Israel is a developed nation. In Global Firepower's 2017 military strength rankings, Israel is ranked number 15.1 Israel is backed by the most economically and militaristically powerful nation in the world, the US. Palestinians don't have a military. Their rockets are home-made.

Furthermore, it's not a cycle of aggression and revenge on both sides. Israel is the aggressor.

3) Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

Support the BDS movement: https://bdsmovement.net/

I see

1) Continue with bashing the Israeli people?

2) Promote peace within the region, so that all people, regardless of race, religion, nationality or origin, can co-exist peacefully?

So, basically, you're telling me you are not interested in the second option. It is not your objective.

Seeking Peace in Arab/Israeli Relations

At the risk of intruding in a tense situation, I'd like to comment.

Panoramics: I've read (or, at least, glanced at) the material you've posted over the past few months. I find large chunks of it gratuitously offensive; posted with no object other than to disparage. Now, I see Augustin asking what your goal is, what you are trying to achieve.

May I help with that?

There is no question but that the Israeli situation is a serious affront to justice. You're not the only person who recognizes it.

The Balfour Declaration, which Zionists rely on as granting them the right to establish a national home in Palestine, was made to ease political tensions in England. Thereafter, by political maneuvering in England, the United States, and elsewhere, and by persistent hyping of the horrors of Nazi Germany, the Zionists succeeded in persuading the United Nations to seize a large portion of Palestine and give it to the Jews to establish the Israeli state. That is no different than having the U.N. declare that descendants of the Unami (Lenape) tribe of Indians, who once lived here, have a right to establish a Unami State in the area where I live.

If anyone asked by what right Lord Balfour made a declaration that arbitrarily seized the homes of the people who populated the area, no-one listened to the question. They were drowned out by master manipulators of the press. At no time, and in no way, were the rights of the inhabitants of the area considered.

It is time for a fresh look at the situation. Should we question the legitimacy of the Israeli state? Israel is anxious that such questions never be asked, as evidenced by a recent editorial in the New York Daily News condemning anyone who would ask such a question.

Personally, I think that might be the place to start, not to eliminate the Israeli state that has existed for over half a century and created a new reality, but because it would establish the right of the Palestinian people to justice, obtained, guaranteed and enforced by the other nations of the world.

Fred Gohlke

Seeking Peace

Thanks Fred for the constructive comment and bringing back policy matters, in a historical context that cannot be forgotten.
Thanks Panoramics for bringing this important issue here.

I think the three of us would agree on the following two statements (repeated from above):

1) The humanitarian situation in Palestine (Gaza strip, etc) is not acceptable. The policies of the Israeli government are to blame.
2) We wish that peace were restored within the region, so that all people, regardless of race, religion, nationality or origin, can co-exist peacefully.

The Seed of a Solution

The most effective solution might be a public outcry, questioning the validity of the Jewish State. Admittedly, the Jewish people seem to be masters of manipulating public opinion, at least, in the United States, so such an effort would be difficult to start. Even so, given the power and reach of social media, it might be possible.

The object of the exercise would not be to eliminate Israel, but to force recognition that it exists by the grace of others, and, hence, has an obligation to the world to live and let live.

Fred Gohlke

The most effective solution

In response to Fred:

The most effective solution might be a public outcry, questioning the validity of the Jewish State.

Public outcry would be very effective. Noam Chomsky says that Israel could not carry out its racially discriminatory policies without US state support. If Americans put enough pressure on the US government to stop aiding Israel and stop handing over US taxpayer money to Israel, Israel would no longer be able to carry out its colonialist expansion.

Questioning the validity of a Jewish-controlled state is also imperative.

Israel reinforces its race-based immigration policy with measures designed to prevent Palestinian citizens of Israel from challenging the doctrine and laws that purport to establish Israel as a Jewish State. Article 7 (a) of the Basic Law: Knesset (1958), for instance, prohibits any political party in Israel from adopting a platform that challenges the State’s expressly Jewish character:

A candidates list shall not participate in elections to the Knesset, and a person shall not be a candidate for election to the Knesset, if the objects or actions of the list or the actions of the person, expressly or by implication, include one of the following: (1) Negation of the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic State (emphasis added)…

Voting rights lose their significance in terms of equal rights when a racial group is legally banned from challenging laws that perpetuate inequality. An analogy would be a system in which slaves have the right to vote but not against slavery. Such rights might allow slaves to achieve some cosmetic reforms, such as improved living conditions and protection from vigilante violence, but their status and vulnerability as chattels would remain. Israeli law bans organized Palestinian opposition to Jewish domination, rendering it illegal and even seditious.1

In response to Augustin:

1) Continue with bashing the Israeli people?
2) Promote peace within the region, so that all people, regardless of race, religion, nationality or origin, can co-exist peacefully?

So, basically, you're telling me you are not interested in the second option. It is not your objective.

Achieving the second objective requires constantly holding Israel responsible for its policies that discriminate against non-Hebrews.

The international community must continue condemning the illegal Israeli settlements for as long as they exist.2 The international community must continue condemning Israeli human rights abuses such as the illegitimate Israeli blockade on Gaza, use of administrative detention (especially on minors), ill treatment of prisoners, and the wrongful arrest of Palestinians who are merely practicing self-defence.3 The international community must continue to condemn Israel for extending the application of its laws regarding land to the occupied Palestinian territories. These laws are explicitly designed to serve Hebrews alone.

In a legal process that Israeli lawyer Michael Sfard has called “channelling”, Israel has extended the application of laws regarding land to the occupied Palestinian territory. Large areas of the West Bank have been declared “State lands”, closed to use by Palestinians and administered in accordance with Israeli regime policies that, as described above, by law must serve the Jewish people.4

The international community must continue to condemn the illegal apartheid wall for as long as it stands.5

For “all people, regardless of race, religion, nationality or origin” to “co-exist peacefully,” the international community must continue to condemn the concept of a Hebrew-controlled state that treats non-Hebrews as second-class citizens or non-persons.

Israeli settlers outright steal Palestinian home

Israeli settlers occupy Palestinian home in Hebron


[Israeli settlers have taken over a home from a Palestinian family in Hebron (File: Amir Cohen/Reuters)]

Around 100 Israeli settlers forcibly took over a Palestinian home in the Old City of Hebron, raising tensions in the city amid widespread anger over Israeli-imposed restrictions on entry to al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The settlers raided the Abu Rajabs' family home, located in the southern occupied West Bank, on Wednesday.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in Jewish-only colonies, which are deemed illegal by international law, throughout occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank.

Last month, Israel began work on the first new settlement in the West Bank in 25 years to provide residences for settlers who were expelled from the Amona outpost - a settlement not approved by Israeli authorities - in February.

Jerusalem unrest

Recent weeks have seen a sharp surge in violence, with Palestinians holding daily mass protests against Israel's crackdown on entry to al-Aqsa Mosque - the third holiest site for Muslims - in occupied East Jerusalem.

The unrest started when three Palestinian citizens of Israel opened fire on Israeli police in Jerusalem's Old City on July 14, killing two officers. Israeli forces shot dead the three men in the subsequent shoot-out.

Israel installed metal detectors, security cameras and turnstiles at the entry to al-Mosque Mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Throughout the two weeks of demonstrations that followed, Israeli forces and settlers killed five Palestinians, according to the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency.

Under increasing pressure as protests spread, Israel removed the metal detectors overnight on Wednesday. On Thursday, the cameras and turnstiles were also removed.1

Typically, Israeli settlers let the Israeli state illegally evict Palestinians, demolish Palestinian homes, and erect illegal settlements before moving onto Palestinian territory. In this case, Israeli settlers have directly stolen a Palestinian home by force.

Palestinians have the right to use violence against all people on their land and any forces that help maintain the illegal land theft. The Western public has been trained by Western media, politicians, and scholars to pretend that Israeli aggression is self-defence and that Palestinian self-defence is aggression. This selective ignorance needs to stop. Nobody is that stupid that they can't figure out that Israel is the aggressor who has no right to claim self-defence.

Criminality

Israeli "civilians" living on stolen Palestinian land are no longer innocent civilians. They are criminals and should be treated as such.

A Hebrew-only state is fundamentally racist.

The international community should reject Israel's right to exist. A Hebrew-only state is fundamentally discriminatory and violates basic principles of equality and human rights.

If it were up to me, the entire region would be declared 'Palestine' and both Hebrews and non-Hebrews would be given equal citizenship and equal rights.