The Israeli parliament’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation this week approved the long-delayed “Nation State Bill” for its first reading, which, when passed, will further restrict immigration to Jews only, and enshrine Israel as “the national home of the Jewish people.”
The bill will now go to the Knesset plenum for a preliminary vote, following which it will be combined with a Justice Ministry version of the bill. The ministry has 60 days to draft its own version of the bill.
The so-called Nationality Law will create a Basic Law, similar to a Constitutional law, stating that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people. Under such a Basic Law, Israeli law must be interpreted according to this principle.
The bill also would make Hebrew the country’s official language, with Arabic being given “special status.”
It also addresses such issues as national symbols including the flag and the national anthem, as well as the right of return for Jews, holy sites and the Hebrew calendar. It also calls for the government to work to strengthen ties between Israel-Diaspora Jewry.
Amir Ohana, the committee’s chair, called it the “law of all laws”, while a government minister termed it “Zionism’s flagship bill”.
The Basic Law also paves the way for the Israeli government to consolidate and expand the annexation of Palestinian lands under occupation in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and stymie any legal moves intended to prevent such efforts.
The final version approved this week demotes the status of Arabic, the language of all “Israeli Arabs,” so that it is no longer an official language alongside Hebrew.
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, said of the bill that “It will bring order, clarify what is taken for granted and put Israel back on the right path. A country that is different from all others in one way—that it is the nation-state of the Jewish people.”
Arabic is already almost invisible in most public spaces in Israel. Some 93 percent of Israel’s land is already reserved exclusively for the Jewish people around the world, not Israel’s citizens. The Law of Return already allows only Jews to immigrate.
At the same time, Israel is drafting legislation that would strip tens of thousands of Palestinians of their residency rights in occupied East Jerusalem, while annexing parts of the West Bank to Jerusalem to skew the city’s demography towards a solid Jewish majority.
The Knesset last week a law empowering the government to expel Palestinians from Jerusalem.
The new Basic Law includes all of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and gives the Jewish people alone a right to self-determination in the region.
- US Congress Rescued Soviet Jews, What About White South Africans Now?
- Lobby Demands Google, Twitter & Yahoo Internet Censorship or Face Lawsuits
- Iceland, Poland, Moves to Outlaw Circumcision and Ritual Slaughter
- Israelis demand Netanyahu resignation over looming corruption charges
- Leading Polish politicians pledge to build a ‘Polocaust’ museum
Source Article from http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheEuropeanUnionTimes/~3/UKukOEv8Bzs/
The border town, “rained on” by Gaza rockets, is still the main plank of propaganda efforts to justify Israel’s vicious stranglehold on Gaza.
Stuart Littlewood writes:
CBN News has run a story with the headline Israel “Takes Diplomats on Tour along Gaza Border”, in which Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, tells them it’s her duty to let them “see the real challenges on the ground”.
Sderot, which has become known as “the bomb shelter capital of the world”, is a compulsory stop on these propaganda tours. Being only a mile from the Gaza Strip, residents have little time to take cover, though very few have been killed by Gaza’s erratic garden-shed missiles.
The story of brave Sderot is told ad nauseam to brainwash the media and their own people besides the coach-loads of gullible foreign politicians and tourists. The Israeli authorities have studiously counted and broadcast the number of home-made Qassam projectiles, claiming that more than 15,000 “terrorist” rockets have “rained down” on Sderot since the Israeli occupier pulled its citizens and troops out of the Gaza Strip in 2005, saying they were making a concession of territory designed to bring peace. Of course, it didn’t. Why?
For several reasons. Israel’s “concession” was the handing back of territory that didn’t belong to them in the first place. Furthermore, the pull-out on the ground has still left Israel occupying Gaza’s territorial waters and airspace, and in control of all land crossings – including the one into Egypt. The Zionist regime has thus maintained a vicious blockade on the tiny coastal enclave for the last 10 years. Hotovely and her regime colleagues, who preach non-stop about Israel’s right to self-defence, fail to understand that the Palestinians have the same right and are entitled to mount an armed resistance against their illegal occupier.
Sderot is built on the lands of a Palestinian Arab village called Najd, which was ethnically cleansed by Jewish terrorists in May 1948 before Israel was declared a state and before any Arab armies entered Palestine. The 600-plus villagers, all Muslim, were forced to flee for their lives.
What Israelis never admit to is how many missiles, bombs, shells, mortar rounds and other high-tech ordnance launched by their F-16s, helicopter gunships, drones, tanks and navy gunboats have slammed into crowded Gaza, causing horrendous slaughter and reducing homes and vital infrastructure (much of it paid for by European Union and American taxpayers) to rubble.
And there’s another little fact that Hotovely is careful not to mention. Sderot is built on the lands of a Palestinian Arab village called Najd, which was ethnically cleansed by Jewish terrorists in May 1948 before Israel was declared a state and before any Arab armies entered Palestine. The 600-plus villagers, all Muslim, were forced to flee for their lives. Britain, the mandated government, was on watch while this and many other atrocities were committed by rampaging Jewish militias.
Arabs owned over 90 per cent of the land in Najd and, according to UN Resolution 194 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, they are entitled to return home. But, as we have come to expect, Israel refuses to recognise the rights of others and will not allow them back. Anyway, what is there for them to return to? The 82 homes there were bulldozed. Najd was one of 418 Palestinian villages and towns ethnically cleansed and wiped off the map by Zionist Jews. Its inhabitants became refugees in Gaza and their families are probably still living in camps there.
The irony is that some of them may be manning the rocket launcher!
When Barak Obama visited Sderot he spouted the well-worn mantra backing Israel’s right to protect its citizens from rocket attacks. “If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I would do everything to stop that, and would expect Israel to do the same thing.” Well said, Obama. But let’s hope you wouldn’t be so stupid or arrogant as to live on land you stole from your neighbour at gun-point.
Tamimi, who is facing 10 years in jail after slapping an Israeli soldier in December 2017, will be in court this month but Tamimi’s case is far from an isolated one. According to B’Tselem (the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories), at the end of 2017 there were 352 Palestinian minors being held in Israeli prisons.
This trend has risen dramatically since 2014. In December of that year there were 156 child prisoners, by the end of 2015 this figure had jumped to 450 before being reduced by 98 at the end of 2017.
To learn more about these arrests, and the manner in which they are carried out, RT spoke to Palestinian photojournalist Mohammad Al-Azza. Al-Azza lives and works in the Aida refugee camp located about 2km north of Bethlehem. He documents the almost daily incursions into the camp by IDF soldiers, who routinely fire tear gas and rubber bullets, which are essentially live rounds encased in hard plastic, at children and adults there.
Al-Azza has been shot at more than once for simply doing his job. In 2013, he was shot by an IDF soldier, with a ‘rubber bullet’ lodging itself in his face just below his right eye. He sustained serious injuries which resulted in him having to undergo reconstructive surgery.
WARNING: Some readers may find these images distressing.
About 5,500 people live in the Aida camp, half of whom are children. According to Mohammad, a disproportionate number of youngsters are arrested compared to adults. The Palestinian human rights association Addameer believes this seems to be a systematic approach by the Israeli government.
“Such events and arrests have become increasingly common since October 2015,” Addameer said in January. “It is safe to say that the trend in child arrests is distinctly upwards… we have actually seen a decrease in the overall prison population, but seen a vast increase in the number of children being held.”
Pre-dawn raids are a frequently used tactic of the IDF, which sees heavily armed soldiers kick down the doors of Palestinian homes and pull terrified children from their beds under the cover of darkness before locking them up, sometimes for months at a time.
For their part, however, Israeli authorities have said they they are “fully aware of the sensitivities of law enforcement regarding minors.” While such claims are levelled at the IDF, authorities say that “all the relevant authorities act in accordance with the law and standing operational instructions, whilst ensuring that the suspect is provided with all the necessary rights and safeguards.”
Al-Azza illustrates the wider picture by recounting the arrest of two brothers, one 12 and the other 14. These boys are, like most child prisoners, taken from their homes in the dead of night.
“These kids were terrified, they were crying, and their parents were asking the army if they could accompany them to the barracks, and the army refused even this request,” Al-Azza told RT.
Following their release, the boys recounted their ordeal to Al-Azza: “They [IDF troops] were shouting at them, they put them in handcuffs, covered their eyes. They were treating them as if they were adults. There is no difference between children and adults in their [IDF] eyes.”
“Throughout the interrogation they are asking them about demonstrations, if they were participating in protests against the army. And when the kids say ‘no’ they scare them in various ways. Shouting at them, telling them they have photos of them that kind of thing, hitting them. So the kids confess to things they have never done just so the abuse stops,” Al-Azza said. “In the end the boys were charged with throwing stones and sentenced to three months in prison each.”
Unfortunately, those are the lucky ones. In January of this year, four children were shot dead by the IDF. Al-Azza recounts the last time a child, Abed al-Rahman, was killed in the Aida refugee camp.
“The last child was killed in front of my eyes. To say there is a strong reason for the army to use live ammunition, there is no way at all to say that. There is no reason at all. The last boy (Abed al-Rahman) that was killed, in October 2015, was standing right next to the UN office in the camp. There were no soldiers at all in the street, they were in the watchtower about 200 metres away. Suddenly I heard three shots, the first hit the street, the second hit another boy in the leg and the third hit Abdel in the heart and he died instantly.”
Al-Azza told RT that he believes this was far from being an accident. “I have a photo of the soldiers who shot him and I gave it to the UN… he wasn’t using the standard issue M-16 he was using a sniping gun, he knows very well what he is doing. There was no danger whatsoever to this soldiers live to make him use live bullets and this is not the first case in the camp, this happens all over Palestine.”
In a letter to Human Rights Watch (HRW) in 2015 regarding the arrest of minors, the Israeli military claimed that: “All the relevant authorities act in accordance with the law and standing operational instructions, whilst ensuring that the suspect is provided with all the necessary rights and safeguards.”
Killings like that of Abed al-Rahman, according to Mohammad, contradict the military’s claims and leave the Palestinian people feeling powerless. They take to the streets in protest, imploring the UN to do something, but with little success. “The Israelis, they know that in the end no one is going to stop them,” Al-Azza says.
If you like this story, share it with a friend!
Within hours of the Feb. 14 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School details about suspect Nikolas Cruz were already streaming out across various news and online media outlets.
We knew, for instance, that he was a troubled youth who had been expelled from the school he attacked. We knew that he was known to the local police authorities as well as the FBI. We knew virtually everything about the guns he used and owned.
Now, weeks later, what stone has been left unturned? What do we still not know?
One of the things we also know is that Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, an armed school resource officer on duty inside the school the day of the shooting, reportedly did nothing to save his young charges.
Is this why Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is stonewalling the release of surveillance video that could provide investigators with more evidence and clues regarding the massacre?
That’s what an editorial in the Sun-Sentinel newspaper is asking.
“Since the Valentine’s Day shooting” at the school “in Parkland, many government officials have walled off information needed to assess how well they did their jobs,” the editorial states.
“At the head of the pack is Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, who suggests the school’s resource officer acted cowardly during the mass shooting and two deputies mishandled earlier warnings. Aside from that, though, the sheriff wants you to take his word that he and his deputies did amazing work before, during and after the shooting,” the paper continued.
Not good enough, the editors stated. The only way to hold government officials accountable to the people who appointed or elected them is complete transparency. That means that the people are going to have to see the surveillance video for themselves — no holds barred — otherwise it’s a situation where local Floridians will have to “take the word” of a sheriff who still hasn’t explained all he should have to explain.
Like why, according to various reports, his deputies refused to enter the school as children were being killed — like the department’s protocols state. Israel has said that yeah, that’s what should have happened, but it didn’t and people want to know why. (Related: Parkland shooting survivor files suit against Broward County school district after ARMED resource officer failed to protect students.)
“The video is not the only public record sought by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and other media organizations in the aftermath of the shooting and the epic government failure surrounding it,” the editorial noted. “Among other things, we’ve also requested copies of the 911 calls, police radio calls and incident reports from the 39 times [Broward Sheriff’s Office] deputies were called to the home of Nikolas Cruz, who’s confessed to carrying out the rampage that killed 17 and injured 17.”
The surveillance video actually just became more important. As the New York Post reports, Peterson has been caught lying about details of the shooting. He has said he believed that the shooter was outside — which is where he was — but in reality transcripts of his radio call to HQ show he knew that the shooter was inside. What’s more, the paper said, he also warned responding officers to stay away from the school as kids were being killed.
“Do not approach the 12 or 1300 building, stay at least 500 feet away,” Peterson said over the radio, according to internal radio dispatches released Thursday.
Ah. Another piece of the puzzle. But it’s still not enough.
As the Sun-Sentinel said, getting the video may indeed expose wrongdoing on the part of the Sheriff’s Department — but it could also show what may have went wrong on the part of the school. Did teachers and staff react properly? If not, why not? As for Peterson, he says the video will exonerate him, so there’s that.
The video will also highlight what went right, the editors note, making for teachable moments.
For now, though, Israel has decided that no one needs to see what really happened that day. And frankly, that’s unacceptable.
J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.