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Israel Is Illegally Occupying
Under UN Resolution 242, Israel is required
by international law to withdraw from all the territories
occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem. The United Nation's
General Assembly has repeatedly condemned Israel's occupation
the territories as illegal (see UN resolutions
338, 1397, and 1402, among others). Israel's continued occupation
of Palestine, sanctioned and maintained by the US, is one
of the most serious obstructions to a just and lasting peace
in the Middle East.
Israel Systematically Violates
the Human Rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories
Each day, Israeli security forces in the
West Bank and Gaza violate articles of the 4th Geneva Convention
on Human Rights, an agreement that governs wartime rules of
engagement and to which Israel is a signatory. Palestinian
homes and agriculture fields are routinely demolished to make
way for illegal Israeli settlements. Israeli soldiers regularly
arrest and detain--often for years-- Palestinians without
due process. According to Amnesty International, members of
the Israeli security forces regularly use torture and prolonged
incommunicado detention against Palestinians.
The Israeli "Defense" Forces routinely kill children
and innocent civilians
According to B'Tselem, the Israeli Center
for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, 1059 of the
Palestinians killed from September 29, 2000 though July 20,
2002 were civilians. In comparison, 360 Israeli civilians
were killed by Palestinians during this period, in Israel
and the Occupied Territories combined. There were also over
108 extra-judicial assassinations of Palestinians during this
period -- a war crime according to the Hague Convention of
must end the illegal occupation."
Kofi Annan, addressing Israel in a
meeting of the UN Security Council, March
Israel is an Apartheid State
am a black South African, and if I were
to change the names, a description of
what is happening in the Gaza Strip and
West Bank could describe events in South
Their Own Words...
"If I was an Arab leader I would never
make [peace] with Israel. That is natural:
we have taken their country."
Minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion
"I don't mind if after the job is done
you put me in front of a Nuremberg Trial
and then jail me for life. Hang me if you
want, as a war criminal. What you don't
understand is that the dirty work of Zionism
is not finished yet, far from it.
Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon,
speaking to Amos Oz, editor of Davar, on
Dec. 17, 1982
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Israel has developed an elaborate
system of racial discrimination, embedded in its legal system,
exceeding Apartheid South Africa's laws. These laws include
the Law of Entry, the Law of Return, the Citizenship Law,
the Military Service Law, the Law of Acquisition of Absentee
Property, the Law for Acquisition of Land, and a host of legally
sanctioned, discriminatory rabbinical rulings.
Palestinians suffer a severe water shortage due to
The Israeli government pursues a grossly
discriminatory water policy. Since 1967, the Israeli government
has been stealing up to 80% of the groundwater from the"Mountain
Reservoir," a group of groundwater aquifers located underneath
the mountains of the Occupied West Bank of Palestine, including
the Occupied Jerusalem. The Palestinian people are allowed
no control of these extensive water resources.
Over 1,000 Israelis have refused military service due to the
"We will no longer fight beyond the
Green Line for the purpose of occupying, deporting, destroying,
blockading, killing, starving and humiliating an entire people,"
declares a petition signed by the reservists.
*Since the creation of the
United Nations in 1945, no country has violated
as many UN Security Council Resolutions as the
state of Israel. In spite of this fact, Israel,
a country slightly smaller than the state of New
Jersey, receives nearly 1/3 of the entire annual
US Foreign Aid budget.
*As a permanent member of the UN Security Council,
the United States has the power to veto any Resolution
it wishes, and has used this veto power more than
20 times since 1973, to thwart the will of the
Council, and to shield Israel from any consequenses
for its actions.
*According to a report released by the Israeli
Peace Now movement, the Israeli government spent
well over US$533 million in sustaining the illegal
Jewish settlements in the occupied territories
in 2001, more than half of that amount provided
by United States tax-funded economic aid.
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