Monday, July 22, 2013

Israeli apartheid & ethnic cleansing in Hebron

Hungry children: not just the hallmark of modern capitalism but of Israeli apartheid & ethnic cleansing. These Palestinian kids are waiting to get food at a soup kitchen in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Since the violent Zionist takeover of Palestine in 1948, jurisdiction over Hebron has jockeyed between Israel, Jordan, & Egypt. After the Six-Day war in 1967, the Israeli military occupied Hebron along with the rest of the West Bank. The 1995 Oslo Accords & 1997 Hebron Agreement split the city into two sectors, H1 controlled by the Palestinian Authority & H2 controlled by Israel--both under Israeli military control.

The Israeli government & Zionist organizations--guided by the deranged notion they have a biblical mandate--promote displacing Palestinian residents with Zionist settlers. Of course that biblical mandate stuff is nothing more than a justification for freebooting & ethnic cleansing. As a result of these policies, the Palestinian population of Hebron has significantly declined due to impoverishment & systematic violence against them.

Several human rights groups, including the Israeli organization B’Tselem, document serious human rights violations by settlers & the Israeli military against Palestinians living in both the H1 & H2 sectors of the city. Violations include harassment, physical assaults, property damage, home demolitions, indiscriminate military firing into Palestinian neighborhoods (with many casualties), failure to investigate or prosecute crimes committed by Zionist settlers against Palestinians, & land confiscations.

For those who claim apartheid is an inflammatory accusation against Israel, Israeli security measures include extended curfews & strict restrictions on movement for Palestinians who are barred from many commercial areas & cannot approach areas where settlers live without special permits from the military. If that isn’t apartheid, what the hell is it!?

Support Palestinian justice by honoring the boycott of Israeli products (barcode beginning 729) & demanding “No US aid to Israel!”

(Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters)

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