[Marxism] ISRAEL’S ‘APARTHEID LAW’
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Sat Jul 19 08:07:43 MDT 2008
PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity) #388 July 18, 2008
'Temporary' citizenship law makes Israel an Apartheid state
The Israeli government has extended the "Citizenship Law (Temporary Order)"
for another year. The law severely discriminates against Arab citizens of
Israel and harms their civil rights.
The law also violates Israel’s "Basic Law on Human Dignity and Freedom".
Nevertheless, it has now been extended eight times.
The term "temporary provision" is a deception. After eight extensions, this
has become a permanent law that prevents certain Israeli citizens from
marrying the spouses of their choice. It bars Israelis from marrying Palestinians
from the Occupied Territories and living with them in Israel.
Now this decision has no effect on the right of young Israeli Jews to live
in their country with the spouses of their choice. There are almost no
marriages between Israeli Jews and Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza.
However, Palestinians from the Occupied Territories are part of the natural pool
from which Israeli Arabs choose their spouses. For this reason, the law severely
discriminates between the rights of young Israeli Jewish citizens and young
Israeli Arab citizens. This is shocking and entirely unacceptable.
When the "temporary law" was first passed in 2003 ‘for one year’, it was
justified as a security measure. This reasoning was faulty even then. Every
Palestinian entering Israel is thoroughly screened by Israel’s security service,
so there was no valid reason to ban an entire ethnic category of people.
In reality, the "security" rationale was and remains a deception, a way to
hide blatant ethnic discrimination. The real reason for the law is
demographic: Israel wants to limit the number of Palestinians living in Israel. Israel,
apartheid state: Israelis claim that the term "apartheid" has no connection
with reality in Israel. They should stop trying to evade the truth. The ‘
temporary’ Citizenship Law discriminates against and limits the human rights of one
specific ethnic group of citizens. This is exactly the kind of
discrimination that turns Israel into an apartheid state.
And how should the world respond to Israeli apartheid? Exactly as it did to
South African apartheid: with a comprehensive boycott of the offending
country until apartheid ends.
Adapted from "Citizenship law makes Israel an apartheid state" by Israeli
journalist Amos Schocken, published in the leading Israeli newspaper Ha’aertz
on June 28, 2008.
For full text, see : _http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/996697.html_
Distributed by PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity).
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