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A call for the International Community to respond to Israeli incitement against its minority Palestinian population

Netanyahu demands “loyalty to the laws of the state” – laws which render its Palestinian population second class citizens

Recent inflammatory statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have prompted the call for an International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian citizens of Israel on January 30th 2016. This call by various civil society organizations asks people of conscience globally to act in solidarity with Palestinian-Israelis and to help bring their stories of discrimination and exclusion to the attention of the international community.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a public address on January 2nd 2016 that has been widely condemned by Arab-Israeli political leaders and human rights groups as incitement against the country’s Palestinian minority. This address and its inflammatory comments are seen as the latest instalment in the Prime Minister’s racist and discriminatory approach to minority rights, and as a chapter in the much longer history of Israel’s institutionalised discrimination against its Palestinian citizens.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address was delivered in response to a shooting attack on January 1st carried out by a Palestinian-Israeli man Nashat Melhem. Melhem opened fire on a bar in Tel Aviv killing two Israelis and injuring seven. An Arab-Israeli taxi driver was subsequently killed by Melhem as he fled the scene of the shooting.

The shooting was immediately condemned by Arab political organisations such as the High Follow-Up Committee and the Joint List Party, and by the local council of Melhem’s hometown, A’ara. The High Follow-Up Committee as the umbrella representative body for Palestinian-Israelis condemned the attack as against the “democratic struggle which the Arab population has chosen”.

Despite clear condemnation from the Palestinian-Israeli community, Netanyahu has taken this opportunity to capitalise upon widespread anti-Palestinian sentiment within Israeli society, demonising the Palestinian minority as collectively responsible for Melhem’s crime.

During his address Netanyahu promised to “…dramatically increase law enforcement services in the Arab sector”, stating that “we will open new police stations, recruit more police officers, and go into all the towns and demand of everyone loyalty to the laws of the state”. These comments were shortly followed by police raids into Palestinian-Israeli homes.

Jafar Farah, director of Israeli Human Rights Group, the Mossawa Center critiqued this approach as failing to address the root causes of violence – “more law enforcement is not the solution” Farah said, “the solution is to deal with core issues from occupation to systematic discrimination”. Farah also suggested that “Netanyahu is using the opportunity to attack the whole [Palestinian] community, as he has done for years”.

Netanyahu’s assertion that he is not “prepared to accept two states of Israel, a state of law for most of its citizens and a state within a state for some of them” ignores the democratic approach to equality that has been adopted by the majority of Palestinian-Israelis. It also ironically touches upon the heart of the problem, in that through its system of discriminatory laws, institutionalised racism and state-led incitement, the Israeli state has created ‘a state within a state’ for its Palestinian citizens – a state where Palestinians are reduced to second-class status, where their rights, needs and problems are ignored.

Israeli policies of exclusion and discrimination, along with its government’s inflammatory statements contribute greatly to the escalation of tensions in the region. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls upon people of conscience to respond on January 30th. Through acting in solidarity with Palestinian citizens of Israel, the international community can reaffirm its support for inclusive, unconditional democracy and minority rights in the region.

 

 

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28 January 2016

Israeli policies of exclusion and discrimination, along with its government’s inflammatory statements contribute greatly to the escalation of tensions in the region. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls upon people of conscience to respond on

Many local, regional and international civil society organizations have issued a call for an International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Citizens of Israel on January 30th 2016. This is in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent incitement against Israel’s minority Palestinian population, as well as the longer history of institutionalised racism and discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel.

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18 January 2016

A call for the International Community to respond to Israeli incitement against its minority Palestinian population

Recent inflammatory statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have prompted the call for an International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian citizens of Israel on January 30th 2016. This call by various civil society organizations asks people of conscience globally to act in solidarity with Palestinian-Israelis and to help bring their stories of discrimination and exclusion to the attention of the international community.

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18 January 2016

Dr. Ashrawi: Sectarian violence in Israel is the direct result of a hate culture generated by the occupation

“We strongly condemn the vandalization of the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. Such an act is the direct result of a hate culture generated by racism and the occupation with impunity, exceptionalism and entitlement. The international community is responsible to protect both Palestinian holy sites and people from such Israeli sectarian attacks and to put an end to such lawlessness in Israel.” PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi made these comments during a meeting with a visiting delegation representing the interfaith Tree of Life Educational Fund at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah.

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15 January 2016

Dr. Erekat: A New Year of Israel’s Occupation Has Begun with Continued War Crimes

Dr. Saeb Erekat, the Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization, strongly condemned the recent Israeli plans to advance its colonization operations throughout the Occupied State of Palestine, which primarily aim to further divide and isolate Occupied East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank. Dr. Erekat stressed that Israel’s illegal policies are based on the continued demolition of Palestinian homes with the intention to forcibly transfer the Palestinian population and replace them with more Israeli settlers. It is time to divest from all companies and organizations that are complicit in the Israeli occupation and its settlement enterprise

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29 December 2015

Statement by PLO Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat on Netanyahu’s statement on Jewish Terrorism

Mr. Netanyahu is claiming that the killing of any human being by a Jew is not comparable to the killing of a Jew by a non-Jew. This is probably why the terrorists who killed the Dawabsheh family haven’t been arrested just as Abu Khdeir family is still waiting for a ruling over the terrorists who burnt alive their 16 years old son, Mohammad.

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