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It's the Occupation, Stupid

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Punitive taxes harm them. Vital services are withheld. Wages are too low to live on. Land belonging to them is stolen. Homes and other property are destroyed. Refugees are prohibited from returning. Their rightful capital is called Israel's alone. Peace roadmaps go nowhere.

Fear traumatizes children. Closed borders, checkpoints, roadblocks, electric fences, enclosed population centers, Jew's only roads, and Israel's Annexation Wall prevent free movement. Regular curfews are imposed.

Heroic freedom fighters fill Israel's gulag. Collective punishment is policy. So are daily incursions, home invasions, lawless arrests, torture, targeted assassinations, and denial of fundamental human and civil rights.

Crimes of war, against humanity, and genocide are committed with impunity. Rule of law principles don't protect them. A repressive foreign army occupies their land. Lives are lived in limbo.

Besides other notable areas, hell on earth resides in Palestine. Gaza is its epicenter. It's been that way for 45 years and counting.

Occupied Palestine isn't occupied said former Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy. During his judicial tenure, he supported this view in a 2005 case. Other High Court justices rejected it.

Militarized occupation controls Palestine. Israel admits it. Permanency defines it. Anything Israel does is OK because what it says goes. Who'll challenge policy no matter how lawless, ill-conceived, unjustifiable, and against even the most fancifully stretched normative standards.

Yes, we can, no, you can't is policy. That's what occupation is all about. Tyranny defines it. Author Sandy Tolan calls it the "show that time and the world forgot."

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