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Israeli control in occupied territories 'is a breach of the prohibition of apartheid'

Posted by on May. 17, 2009 at 6:45 PM
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The following international report concluding that Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories "has become a colonial enterprise which implements a system of apartheid" was sent out by journalist Ben White. Another stinging statement from the report: "The Wall and its infrastructure of gates and permanent checkpoints suggest a policy permanently to divide the West Bank into racial cantons." (White's book 'Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide', will be published this summer. He can be contacted at ben@benwhite.org.uk

In January 2007, while addressing the UN Human Rights Council in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, South African law Professor John Dugard asked the following question:

Israel is clearly in military occupation of the OPT. At the same time, elements of the occupation constitute forms of colonialism and of apartheid, which are contrary to international law. What are the legal consequences of a regime of prolonged occupation with features of colonialism and apartheid for the occupied people, the Occupying Power and third States?

The Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (and specifically, their Middle East Project) "commissioned this study to test the hypothesis" put forward by Dugard. Beginning in February 2008, fifteen months of workshops, drafting, re-drafting and revision finally produced this report for publication.

Aim and focus

The aim of the project "was to scrutinise the situation from the nonpartisan perspective of international law, rather than engage in political discourse and rhetoric". The conclusion is that "Israel, since 1967, has been the belligerent Occupying Power in the OPT, and that its occupation of these territories has become a colonial enterprise which implements a system of apartheid".

The study also focuses on "the responsibility of States as a result of internationally wrongful acts", concluding:

Faced with a violation of the prohibitions of colonialism and apartheid, all States have three duties: to cooperate to end the violation; not to recognise the illegal situation arising from it; and not to render aid or assistance to the State committing it.

On the legal framework in the OPT:

"The occupied status of the West Bank was confirmed by the ICJ in the Wall advisory opinion. Israel's 'disengagement' from the Gaza Strip did not constitute the end of occupation because, despite the redeployment of its military ground forces from Gaza, it retains and exercises effective control over the territory."

"…Israel's administration of the OPT systematically breaches the law of armed conflict, both by disregarding the prohibition imposed on an Occupying Power not to alter the laws in force in occupied territory and by enforcing a dual and discriminatory legal regime on Jewish and Palestinian residents of the OPT. Israel grants to Jewish residents of the settlements in the OPT the protections of Israeli domestic law and subjects them to the jurisdiction of Israeli civil courts, while Palestinians living in the same territory are ruled under military law and subjected to the jurisdiction of military courts whose procedures violate international standards for the prosecution of justice. As a consequence of this bifurcated system, Jewish residents of the OPT enjoy freedom of movement, civil protections, and services denied to Palestinians. Palestinians are simultaneously denied the protections accorded to protected persons by international humanitarian law. This dual system has gained the imprimatur of Israel's High Court and constitutes a policy by the State of Israel to sustain two parallel societies in the OPT, one Jewish and the other Palestinian, and discriminate between these two groups by according very different rights, protections, and life chances in the same territory."

Findings on Colonialism:

"Although international law provides no single decisive definition of colonialism, the terms of the Declaration on Colonialism indicate that a situation may be classified as colonial when the acts of a State have the cumulative outcome that it annexes or otherwise unlawfully retains control over territory and thus aims permanently to deny its indigenous population the exercise of its right to self-determination. Five issues, which are unlawful in themselves, taken together make it evident that Israel's rule in the OPT has assumed such a colonial character: namely, violations of the territorial integrity of occupied territory; depriving the population of occupied territory of the capacity for self-governance; integrating the economy of occupied territory into that of the occupant; breaching the principle of permanent sovereignty over natural resources in relation to the occupied territory; and denying the population of occupied territory the right freely to express, develop and practice its culture."

"Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem is manifestly an act based on colonial intent. It is unlawful in itself…"

"By thus partitioning contiguous blocs of Palestinian areas into cantons, Israel has violated the territorial integrity of the OPT in violation of the Declaration on Colonialism." 

To read the full article go here...

http://www.cafemom.com/journals/read.php?post_id=1467433&pop_voted=1

Palestinian People are defending themselves and their Land and their Homes against Israeli war crimes and Israeli war criminals, both military and civilian.

by on May. 17, 2009 at 6:45 PM
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Scorpio359
by on May. 17, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Do you honestly believe anyone except for a few of your cohorts really reads this stuff?

Della529
by Matlock on May. 17, 2009 at 7:45 PM


Quoting Scorpio359:

Do you honestly believe anyone except for a few of your cohorts really reads this stuff?

Ru'he jun'um...

tericared
by on May. 17, 2009 at 7:52 PM

 

Quoting Scorpio359:

Do you honestly believe anyone except for a few of your cohorts really reads this stuff?


Thanks for stopping by...

actually yes there are others who read what I post and because of these post have joined a great  group to get more information on the people of Palestine...

Palestinian People are defending themselves and their Land and their Homes against Israeli war crimes and Israeli war criminals, both military and civilian.

Della529
by Matlock on May. 17, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Those who have been involved in South Africa have a much better understanding of Apartheid than most of us could understand.  Especially, those here who don't like BROWN people.

Quote:

The aim of the project "was to scrutinise the situation from the nonpartisan perspective of international law, rather than engage in political discourse and rhetoric". The conclusion is that "Israel, since 1967, has been the belligerent Occupying Power in the OPT, and that its occupation of these territories has become a colonial enterprise which implements a system of apartheid".

The study also focuses on "the responsibility of States as a result of internationally wrongful acts", concluding:

Faced with a violation of the prohibitions of colonialism and apartheid, all States have three duties: to cooperate to end the violation; not to recognise the illegal situation arising from it; and not to render aid or assistance to the State committing it.


 

rayzensun
by on May. 17, 2009 at 7:56 PM

what do you mean by that?

"dont like brown people"


Della529
by Matlock on May. 17, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Hang around for a while.  You'll understand.

Quoting rayzensun:

what do you mean by that?

"dont like brown people"


rayzensun
by on May. 17, 2009 at 8:02 PM

you cant just tell me what you ment?

Quoting Della529:

Hang around for a while.  You'll understand.

Quoting rayzensun:

what do you mean by that?

"dont like brown people"




Goodwoman614
by Satan on May. 17, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Thanks for posting this.

How many esteemed people from around the world, including Nobel prize winners, have to say this?  Before other ppl will drag their reluctant asses to the truth? 

When the truth is so obvious, it does boggle the mind.  The blindness to what is happening (but in fewer and fewer places) must be just like the denial that Germans as a whole had for the WWII era holocaust, and the (white) South Africans had for their system of apartheid...

It brings to mind this vid, which is familiar to many of us:




                                                                                                       

tericared
by on May. 17, 2009 at 8:27 PM


Quoting Goodwoman614:

Thanks for posting this.

How many esteemed people from around the world, including Nobel prize winners, have to say this?  Before other ppl will drag their reluctant asses to the truth? 

When the truth is so obvious, it does boggle the mind.  The blindness to what is happening (but in fewer and fewer places) must be just like the denial that Germans as a whole had for the WWII era holocaust, and the (white) South Africans had for their system of apartheid...

It brings to mind this vid, which is familiar to many of us:

 

 

 

you rock

Palestinian People are defending themselves and their Land and their Homes against Israeli war crimes and Israeli war criminals, both military and civilian.

Gypsyuma
by Gold Member on May. 17, 2009 at 10:02 PM


Quoting rayzensun:

you cant just tell me what you ment?

Quoting Della529:

Hang around for a while.  You'll understand.

Quoting rayzensun:

what do you mean by that?

"dont like brown people"

 

 


What is it you want to know?  You know how 50 years ago, people really really didn't like Jewish people.  Before my time, but I have read about it and seen lots of movies about it.  And then, once blacks were given civil rights, then it was blacks that were really really not liked.  Well, there are two new categories now of the same color - BROWN:

1.  People really don't like brown people that resemble arabs - because you know, they could be TERRORISTS, or maybe they want to take over this country and install Sharia Law, and all the other B.S. certain women on this site love to spread.

2.  People really don't like brown people that are Mexican - because you know, they could be an ILLEGAL ALIEN, or maybe they are using our welfare system,  or maybe the are spreading Swine flu.

Any questions?


 

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