“. . . In Israel, apartheid (separateness) is rather inbuilt into the very constitutional life of the state. . .” (Oren Ben-Dor)

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, “We’re both trying to kill the mosquito. . .” New York Times, May 21, 1996. (Photo: JP)

❶ PM Hamdallah: Israel is pushing for an apartheid state
. . . ❶― (ᴀ) Czech Republic clarifies position on status of Jerusalem
. . . ❶― (ᴃ) Foreign Ministry seeks UN Security Council action against Israeli settlements

  • Background from: Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal (Edinburgh University Press). “. . . responding to different existential stakes, South Africa could reform and stay South Africa. Israel cannot reform and stay Israel. . .”

❷ Israeli forces kill young Palestinian man, injure another in Shufat refugee camp
. . . ❷― (ᴀ) PPS: “Underage Detainee Assaulted By Soldiers, Strip-Searched”
. . . ❷― (ᴃ) Soldiers Injure Three Palestinians in Nablus

  • Background from Third World Quarterly.  “ . . . ‘The Arabs are not a nation but a mole that grew in the wilderness of the eternal desert. They are nothing but murderers’. . .”

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Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Sep. 5, 2016
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Monday told visiting Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that Israel, by stepping up settlement construction and expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories, is pushing toward a one-state solution and an apartheid system.
___The prime minister expressed his government’s commitment towards a two-state solution of Palestine and Israel. . . .
___Hamdallah also expressed appreciation for Australia’s constant support to the Palestinian education and health sectors.  MORE . . .

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Sunday. Photo: GPO / Amos Ben Gershom via Twitter.

Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Sep. 5, 2016
The foreign ministry of the Czech Republic Monday clarified its position on the status of Jerusalem.
___It said in a statement delivered to its Palestinian counterpart that “[w]ith reference to some media reports on the status of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs about the following:
___“The State of Israel declared Jerusalem as its capital. The status of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel is not internationally recognized. Based on the Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions, the Czech Republic, together with other EU Member States, considers Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, i.e. the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine. Tel Aviv is currently the seat of most foreign missions, including the Embassy of the Czech Republic.”      MORE . . .
Sep. 5, 2016
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on Sunday upon the United Nations Security Council to take immediate steps towards forcing Israel, the occupying power, to stop its settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
___The ministry called upon the UNSC to send a delegation to get information about what it described as “Israel’s theft and Judaization of Palestinian land”, including continuing settlement activities.     MORE . . .

  • From Ben-Dor, Oren. “The One-State as a Demand of International Law: Jus Cogens, Challenging Apartheid and the Legal Validity of Israel.” Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal (Edinburgh University Press) 12.2 (2013): 181-205.    SOURCE.

Why would one want to call Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, an apartheid state? Israel has no laws that explicitly limit the education and possibilities of its non-Jewish Arab citizens nor does it list certain professions they are forbidden to take up as was the case in South Africa.
___Looking at Israel you will see democratic elections and representation, occasional positive attempts at egalitarian investment in the country’s non-Jewish Arab sector, and some joint Jewish/non-Jewish-Arab ventures; and you will find a Supreme Court that prides itself on consistently upholding a Basic Law of Human (as opposed to Jewish) dignity and freedom.
___However, on closer look, apartheid in Israel is as constitutionally inbuilt as it was in South Africa and structurally limits, directly or indirectly, the ambit of possible egalitarian reforms. Central governmental investment turns out to be inherently biased in favour of the country’s Jewish population, and official property law regimes and land policies push towards the ‘Judaisation’ of the land, meaning the transfer to Jewish citizens or institutions of lands expropriated from non-Jewish Arab citizens and/or institutions while discouraging, or even actually forbidding, non-Jewish Arabs from taking up residence in Jewish areas.
[. . . .]
In Israel, apartheid (separateness) is rather inbuilt into the very constitutional life of the state, a sense of ‘separateness’ of Jews that has to be constantly rejuvenated and reinvented and reinforced by the state.
Because the Zionist ideological doctrine of ‘separateness’ led to the raison d’etre of the state, this separateness embodies a pathological denial that surrounds Israel’s apartheid, separateness which is disguised as ‘democratic’ practices. As such this denial is more entrenched in collective unconscious memory and thus more morally repugnant than the explicit apartheid of South Africa . . . . responding to different existential stakes, South Africa could reform and stay South Africa. Israel cannot reform and stay Israel.

Ma’an News Agency
Sept. 5, 2016
Israeli forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man in the Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem in the early hours of Monday morning following a raid in the camp, according to locals and Israeli police
___Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces “showered” a Palestinian car with gunfire, killing Mustafa Nimir and injuring another young man whose identity and health condition remained unknown to witnesses.
___Israeli authorities claimed the driver — who they did not identify as either Nimir or the other person who was injured — attempted to run over Israeli police and border guard officers before they fired at the car.    MORE . . .
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
Sep. 5, 2016
The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported, Monday, that a detained Palestinian teen has been subjected to repeated assaults during his abduction, and interrogation, including being strip-searched after the soldiers kidnapped him.
___The teen, Mazen Monther Ramadan, 17 years of age, was kidnapped from his home, in the central West Bank district of Ramallah, on August 22, 2016.
___A PPS lawyer managed to visit the teen in the al-Maskobiyya interrogation center. . . .    MORE . . .
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
September 5, 2016
Palestinian medical sources have reported that Israeli soldiers shot and injured, on Monday at dawn, three Palestinians in the Balata refugee camp, and Sebastia town, in the northern West Bank district of Nablus.
___The sources said one Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Riyadh Saheli, was shot with a live round, and suffered a moderate injury, in Balata refugee camp, in Nablus.
___Several army vehicles invaded the camp, and opened fire on Palestinian youths, who hurled stones and empty bottles on the advancing military vehicles.   MORE . . .

  • Peteet, Julie. “Words As Interventions: Naming In The Palestine – Israel Conflict.” Third World Quarterly 26.1 (2005): 153-172.   SOURCE.

The notion of ‘epistemic violence’ refers to the process by which colonial thought shaped colonial subjects as inherently different. Over the course of much of the previous century rhetoric and words were selectively deployed, repeated, insisted upon and entered mainstream language to construct Palestinians discursively as beyond the pale of humanity. The moral lexicon deployed by Israelis and the Western media has cast them as irrational, terrorist demons unsuited for membership in the human community . . . .
___From the first decades of the century, when Zionists first encountered Palestinians . . . words used to describe the Palestinians have displayed both consistency and change. This discursive construction of the violent and primitive Palestinian underpins and legitimises his/her continued displacement, political exclusion and occupation. In a broader context, representations of the colonised often fall into a binary opposition between ‘inherently violent or innately peaceful’. The paradox between an imputed lack of attachment to place and yet the apparent willingness to fight for it was resolved by classifying Palestinian violence as irrational, without just cause. . . . ‘a gang of robbers, murderers, and bandits’, thus obstructing an understanding of manifestations of Palestinian nationalism and their discontent with colonisation.
___Coupled with a violent nature, Palestinians have been classified zoomorphically. Avraham Stern, founder of the Stern Gang or Lehi, precursor to the Likud Party, said: ‘The Arabs are not a nation but a mole that grew in the wilderness of the eternal desert. They are nothing but murderers.’ . . . More recently, Labor Party leader Ehud Barak told a New York Times correspondent, ‘You know, we are still living in a jungle’, which he characterises as ‘the dark and backward old Middle East’. He explained  the difference between the two major political parties in Israel, the Labor and the Likud: “We’re both trying to kill the mosquito. . .But at the same time we’re trying to drain the swamp, while Likud is saying the swamp is ours and we’ll never give it up. . . .”

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