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Israel demolishes 3 Palestinian homes in Negev

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Israeli justice minister claims BDS wants to ‘wipe the Jewish nation off the face of the Earth’

Israeli justice minister claims BDS wants to ‘wipe the Jewish nation off the face of the Earth’

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has accused the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement of wanting to “wipe the Jewish nation off the face of the Earth” and of being “deeply rooted in anti-Semitism.” Shaked made the remarks Sunday at the opening plenary of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s latest board of governors meeting.

Shaked is renowned for her anti-Palestinian rhetoric and sparked controversy in July 2014 before she became justice minister for a Facebook post, later deleted, referring to Palestinian children as “little snakes” and apparent warmongering. “This is a war. It is not a war against terror, and not a war against extremists, and not even a war against the Palestinian Authority. These too are forms of avoiding reality. This is a war between two people. Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people. Why? Ask them, they started…,” she wrote.

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UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine Blasts Israel

by Stephen Lendman

How many years of illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine are too many? How long will the international community tolerate its vicious persecution of millions of defenseless people?

How long will its longstanding slow-motion genocide policy be allowed to continue unchallenged?

Every day is Kristallnacht in Palestine, especially in lawlessly blockaded Gaza under siege, subject to Israeli terror-bombing and incursions at its discretion, slaughtering civilians indiscriminately because who’ll intervene responsibly to stop the horrors Palestinians endure.

In his first report to the UN General Assembly, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestine, Michael Lynk, described deplorable conditions, unacceptable, yet persisting, with nothing in prospect likely to change things without international community intervention.

Calling for an end to nearly half a century of illegal occupation, he said “(t)he Palestinian economy is without parallel in the modern world. Israel’s occupation is denying Palestine’s right to development and severely hampering its ability to attain even the minimum targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

Israel systematically breaches fundamental international laws unaccountably. Apartheid worse than South Africa’s is institutionalized. State terror is official policy. Israel treats Palestinians the way Hitler persecuted Jews.

“Poverty is rising,” said Lynk. “Unemployment is rising to epic levels. Food insecurity is becoming more acute. The Palestinian economy is becoming more stifled and less viable under the occupation. Israel’s deliberate fragmentation of (Occupied Palestine) and lack of development has negatively impacted human rights.”

Conditions are “seriously deficient in its respect for the legal principles and obligations embedded within the right to development.”

“The deepening of the occupation, the constriction of basic human rights and the utter absence of a political horizon leading to self-determination for the Palestinians have reinforced an atmosphere of despair and hopelessness.”

Praising regional human rights groups for their courage and commitment to justice, Lynk explained “(t)hey face scorn and worse…If a just and compassionate peace is ever to come to the Middle East, we will owe much to these fearless advocates.”

In mid-October, in testimony before Security Council members, B’Tselem executive director Hagai El-Ad called for UN action to end nearly half a century of illegal Israeli occupation.

Israeli UN envoy Danny Danon accused him of “defam(ing) us in front of the international community.” Israel threatened to revoke his citizenship.

Human rights workers for Palestinian liberation risk life and liberty. El-Ad concluded his remarks, saying:

“For most of my country’s existence, the world has allowed it to occupy another people. I have lived my entire life, every single day of it, with that reality.”

“Millions of Israelis and Palestinians know no other reality. We need your help. Fifty years of ‘temporary’ occupation are too long for even a single person on this planet to accept such a contradiction in terms.”

“The rights of Palestinians must be realized; the occupation must end; the UN Security Council must act; and the time is now.”


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