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East Jerusalem Palestinians Denied Basic Rights - by Stephen Lendman
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) is the country's leading human and civil rights organization through litigation, legal advocacy, education and public outreach. Its new report is titled, "Unsafe Space: The Israeli Authorities' Failure to Protect Human Rights amid Settlements in East Jerusalem," explaining how Judaization harms basic Palestinian freedoms. In fact, the Israeli military, police, and hostile settlers deny them, ACRI saying:
Palestinians "complain of physical and verbal abuse (by police), settlers and their security guards; the intimidation of their children; various forms of harassment (including videotaping them in their homes); the barricading and closing off of streets and public areas; and more."
They also cite regular abuse, including stone throwing, vandalism, racial slurs, violence and more, all of which authorities ignore, "practic(ing) selective law enforcement and fail(ing) to provide even the most minimal protection to Palestinian locals."
They're also complicit in violating Palestinians rights, "employ(ing) physical and verbal violence and abuse against Palestinian residents." When they complain, they're treated with disdain and indifference.
Other abuses include discriminatory planning, zoning, construction, development, use of scarce area resources and more. "The state of human rights in (occupied) East Jerusalem is decidedly poor, especially as it relates to home demolitions," displacements, neighborhood incursions, arrests, mistreatment in detention, "lack of infrastructure, the severe shortage of schools, and inferior health and social services."
Occupation and settlement encroachments have had a devastating effect, their rights and way of life disrupted and denied.
Violence and Police Consent
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