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Condemning Israel's Racist Occupation

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Separately, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem (Navi) Pillay said her visit to Occupied Palestine "brought (her) face to face with many large-scale human rights violations stemming from Israel's occupation...."

Among others, she mentioned illegal Palestinian transfers from their home areas, settlement expansions, settler violence, excessive Israeli security force abuses, and Gaza's suffocating siege.

Last summer, Haaretz writer Yitzhak Laor headlined his article, "Siege of Gaza has become a moral blockade of Israel." He called it "an international symbol of cruelty (and) further proof of the stupidly of our leaders."

Israel has become the symbol of racist crimes. "We are no longer the embodiment of progress, as we were trumpeted as being for a long time, but the exact opposite."

A new UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) report criticizes Israel harshly for racially discriminating against Palestinians and Arab citizens in virtually all aspects of their lives.

On March 9, its published findings called superiority based on racial differentiation illegal, scientifically wrong, morally reprehensible, socially unjust and dangerous.

Israeli law includes no prohibition against discrimination. CERD listed numerous abuses, including:

  • segregated Israeli communities;
  • separate educational, health, and other systems;
  • different local government practices for Jewish and Arab communities;
  • discrimination against Ethiopian Jews;
  • denying Bedouin Arab citizens access to their land and property;
  • discriminatory Israeli laws, including denying family reunifications;
  • home demolitions, forced displacements, and land seizures; and
  • much more, denying Israeli Arabs and Palestinians equal rights as Jews.

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CERD refutes Israel's claim that the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination doesn't apply to Gaza, the West Bank, and Golan. 

Under military occupation, they're governed by an entirely different legal system than Israel. Institutionalized racism defines it. Justice is systematically denied. The committee referred to "the hermetic character of this segregation."

While settlements expand on stolen Palestinian land, Palestinians are denied basic rights, especially besieged Gazans. It urged immediately ending this illegal blockade. It condemned Israel's practice of arresting, brutalizing and imprisoning children. 

It denounced its administrative detention practice without charge, and indefinitely extending it repeatedly for months or years.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) presented CERD with an alternative report . It stressed international legal obligations, including provisions of the UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

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Israeli refuses to comply. It spurns all international laws with impunity. PCHR cites numerous abuses, including discriminatory implementation of judicial rights. Under military occupation, Palestinians are denied equal treatment and legal protections. Racist discrimination is systemic and extreme.

It's official state policy. Israel's High Court enforces it. Israel's democracy is bogus and illusory. Even most Jews are cheated. Israel is one of the most unequal Western countries in terms of wealth and available social benefits.

Of course, Palestinians and Israeli Arabs suffer most. They're unwanted, discriminated against, persecuted, at times killed, and suffer horrifically out of sight and mind because world leaders don't care enough to help.

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