Mainline Church Labels Israel An Apartheid State

And More Churches Are Sure To Follow

By Steve France, via Mondoweiss

So much bad news is hitting Israel’s leaders, so fast, these days, that they may have overlooked warnings by the American Jewish Committee (AJC), among others, that the United Church of Christ General Synod was considering becoming the first major U.S. denomination to label Israel an apartheid state. The Zionist shock and outrage didn’t have the intensity of the meltdown over the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream affair, which came at the same time, but the UCC’s condemnation of Israeli treatment of the Palestinians is sure to resonate with the other mainline American churches — and their millions of members.

The UCC “A-bomb” simply said,

“We reject Israel’s apartheid system of laws and legal procedures,”

but it passed late in the day July 18 with an overwhelming 83% vote and was part of a long and unsparing indictment.

Moreover, the UCC resolution is likely to be only the first blow among many from other mainline denominations, including the Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Unitarians, Quakers and others who will follow the UCC lead in denouncing Israel’s “continued oppression of the Palestinian people” and calling on the U.S. government to support full equal rights for Palestinians.

The UCC denounced almost all of the injuries done to the Palestinians over the decades, with the unstinting support of Washington. Thus, they:

–        Affirmed the right of return to Palestine — or to compensation for property losses — of the 5.6 million Palestinian refugees registered with the UN Relief and Works Administration, invoking UN Resolution 194 (1948); rejected recent efforts to drastically narrow the refugee definition; and demanded full U.S. funding for UNRWA;

–        Affirmed the constitutional right of Americans to protest Israel’s actions through BDS;

–        Rejected “the idea that any criticism of policies of the State of Israel is inherently anti-Semitic” and opposed federal or state legislation to limit free speech on campuses or to constrain or punish BDS;

–        Advocated “cessation of U.S. military aid to Israel” until Palestinian rights are “fully realized and protected”;

–        Rejected any theology or ideology, particularly Christian Zionism, that “would privilege or exclude any one nation, race, culture, or religion”; and backed up the point with citations to pithy fundamental texts of the Jewish Bible and the New Testament;

–        Condemned “Jewish-only settlements throughout the West Bank,” and the 2018 Nation-State basic law, while tying Israel to historical examples of “settler-colonialism” and to the pre-civil rights era racist regime known as Jim Crow;

–        Faulted “provocative actions under the Trump administration, including moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem,” and supporting Israel’s proposed illegal annexation of West Bank territory;

–        Endorsed Palestinian Christian leaders’ landmark declaration of 2020 entitled “Cry for Hope: A Call for Decisive Action.”

Looking ahead, the manager of the UCC resolution drive, Rev. John Thomas of the UCC Palestine-Israel Network Steering Committee, said, “We hope that this provides some space for other denominations to follow our lead.”

As for why it was necessary to say Israel’s conduct is a sin, Rev. Shari Prestemon of Minnesota explained, “What we speak of is not just a geopolitical matter. … The systemic oppression and denial of human and civil rights for Palestinians caused by the policies of the State of Israel violate the vision of just relationships set forth by ancient prophets and the gospels. They can rightly be described as a sin against God and God’s children.”

Citing the massive support extended to Israel by the U.S. government, “UCC Leadership” said in a July 19 statement that “as U.S. citizens and as a U.S church,” the UCC has “a special responsibility to speak out on this.”


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‘Dad, Don’t Cry’: Palestinian Prepares His Home For Demolition By Israel

So far in 2021, the Israeli authorities have demolished, seized or forced people to demolish at least 421 Palestinian-owned structures, including 130 donor-funded in the West Bank

Jesus: Love Thy Neighbor

Apartheid Israhell: Hate Thy Neighbor


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“Death To Arabs!”: The True Face of APARTHEID Israhell

The Anti-Christ Spirit Of Hate Thy Neighbor

“Cursed is one who kills his neighbor…Let all the people reply, ‘Amen!’” Deuteronomy 27:24


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Israel Court Deems ‘Racist’ Nation-State Law Constitutional

By MEMO

Targeting and killing Palestinian Children is a sport for racist Israeli Jews

Israel’s Supreme Court yesterday refused a host of petitions against the country’s Nation-State Law, local media has reported.

Ten of the 11 judges favoured denying the petitions against the law, deeming it constitutional. Only the one Arab judge on the bench – Justice George Karra – objected. The Nation-State Law states that Israel does not belong to all its citizens, but is the “the Nation-State of the Jewish people”.

Al Jazeera reported Adalah, a Palestinian rights group that tried to overturn the law, saying that the court upheld a law that “completely excludes those who do not belong to the majority group”. It said it would “continue to work internationally to expose the discriminatory and racist nature of this law”.

CUFPA Note: Israeli Jews do not constitute the “majority group” in all of Historic Palestine, hence it is a full-fledged APARTHEID state controlled by a minority.


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Over 600 Scholars And Artists Demand End Of Apartheid In Historic Palestine

Apartheid Wall separating Palestinians Christians and Muslims from Israeli Jews
Declaration on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid in Historic Palestine

Whereas:

1- Israel has subjected the Palestinian people for 73 years to an ongoing catastrophe, known as the Nakba, a process that included massive displacement, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity;

2- Israel has established an apartheid regime on the entire territory of historic Palestine and directed toward the whole of the deliberately fragmented Palestinian people; Israel itself no longer seeks to hide its apartheid character, claiming Jewish supremacy and exclusive Jewish rights of self-determination in all of historic Palestine through the adoption in 2018 by the Knesset of a new Basic Law;

3- The apartheid character of Israel has been confirmed and exhaustively documented by widely respected human rights organizations, AdalahB’TselemHuman Rights Watch, and in the UN ESCWA academic study that stresses the importance of defining Israeli apartheid as extending to people rather than limited to space, [“Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid,” UN ESCWA, 2017];

4- Israel periodically unleashes massive violence with devastating impacts on Palestinian civilian society, particularly against the population of Gaza, which endures widespread devastation, collective trauma, and many deaths and casualties, aggravated by being kept under an inhuman and unlawful blockade for over 14 years, and throughout the humanitarian emergency brought about by the COVID pandemic;

5- Western powers have facilitated and even subsidized for more than seven decades this Israeli system of colonization, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid, and continue to do so diplomatically, economically, and even militarily.

Considering:

i- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights which stipulates in its first article that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” And taking account that the inalienable right of self-determination is common Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Political Rights, and as such, a legal and ethical entitlement of all peoples.

ii- The International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid which stipulates in Article I that “apartheid is a crime against humanity and that inhuman acts resulting from the policies and practices of apartheid and similar policies and practices of racial segregation and discrimination, as defined in article II of the Convention, are crimes violating the principles of international law, in particular the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and constituting a serious threat to international peace and security.” The States Parties to this Convention undertake in accordance with Article IV:

“(a) To adopt any legislative or other measures necessary to suppress as well as to prevent any encouragement of the crime of apartheid and similar segregationist policies or their manifestations and to punish persons guilty of that crime;

“(b) To adopt legislative, judicial and administrative measures to prosecute, bring to trial and punish in accordance with their jurisdiction persons responsible for, or accused of, the acts defined in article II of the present Convention, whether or not such persons reside in the territory of the State in which the acts are committed or are nationals of that State or of some other State or are stateless persons.”

The endorsers of this document:

A- Declare their categorical rejection of the apartheid regime set up on the territory of historic Palestine and imposed on the Palestinian people as a whole, including refugees and exiles wherever they might be in the world.

B- Call for the immediate dismantling of this apartheid regime and the establishment of a democratic constitutional arrangement that grants and implements on all the inhabitants of this land equal rights and duties, without any discrimination relative to race, ethnicity, religion or gender, and which respects and enforces international law and human rights conventions, and in particular gives priority to the long deferred right of return of Palestinian refugees expelled from their towns and villages during the creation of the State of Israel, and subsequently.

C- Urge their governments to cease immediately their complicity with Israel’s apartheid regime, to join in the effort to call for the dismantling of apartheid structures and their replacement by an egalitarian democratic governance that treats everyone subject to its authority in accordance with their rights and with full respect for their humanity, and to make this transition in a manner sensitive to the right of self-determination enjoyed by both peoples presently inhabiting historic Palestine.

D- Call for the establishment of a National Commission of Peace, Reconciliation, and Accountability to accompany the transition from apartheid Israel to a governing process sensitive to human rights and democratic principles and practices. In the interim, until such a process is underway, issue a call for the International Criminal Court to launch a formal investigation of Israeli political leaders and security personnel guilty of perpetuating the crime of apartheid.

Endorsed by 615 academics, artists and intellectuals on July 5, 2021.


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Horrific Tales Of Palestinian Girls In Israeli Jails

By MEMO

Mays Abu Gosh

In a long corridor, Israeli intelligence operatives were standing and clapping sarcastically as jailers were taking handcuffed Mays Abu Ghosh to a military interrogation cell, reports Anadolu Agency.

“They were mocking me, saying I’d die in the interrogation,” Mays told Anadolu Agency.

Amid her menstrual cycle, Mays was tied to the chair by her hands and ankles and stretched her body into a banana shape for hours, making it impossible to sleep.

“I wasn’t able to walk, the jailers were holding me to the cell,” Mays added.

May’s hands were constantly bleeding due to the shackles. She refused to be subjected to another military interrogation session, so the intelligence officer grabbed Mays and slammed her against the wall.

Mays continued: “They didn’t provide me with any tampons or undergarments I needed in this delicate period for any woman in the world.”

33 days of torture

Gosh, 24, of the Qalandiya refugee camp, is a journalism and media student at Birzeit University who was arrested on Aug. 29, 2019, and then subjected to horrific torture in solitary confinement for 33 days at Al-Maskobya Interrogation Center.

During her confinement at the notorious facility, she lost 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds).

“The officers were constantly trying to convince me that I had gone insane and was trying to kill myself, so they brought social workers, but they were actually other officers,” Mays recounted.

When those officers were in the cell with Mays, she showed them the wounds and bruises she suffered as a result of the abuse she had been subjected to and asked them: “Who wants to kill another person? I’m a student, and you’re detaining me.”


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“Tonight we are not Jews, we are Nazis”

By Amnesty International

Racist Israeli Jews holding Israeli flags with the star of the Devil in Jerusalem on 15 June 2021 [Esat Fırat/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli far-right supremacists shared selfies posing with guns and messages such as “Tonight we are not Jews, we are Nazis” during the occupation state’s recent crackdown on protestors, a new report by Amnesty International has confirmed. The brutal clampdown followed an unprecedented show of solidarity by Palestinian citizens of Israel, who staged a general strike in protest at Israel’s 11 day onslaught against the Gaza Strip which killed more than 250 people, including women and children.

The report investigated the conduct of Israeli police during May and June’s crackdown on Palestinians. It found that a catalogue of violations were committed by security officials against Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, including the use of unlawful force against peaceful protesters, sweeping mass arrests and subjecting detainees to torture and other ill-treatment.

The human rights group verified 45 videos and other digital media to document more than 20 cases of Israeli police violations between 9 May and 12 June. Hundreds of Palestinians were injured in the crackdown and a 17-year-old boy was shot dead.

Highlighting the systematic police brutality, the findings are as damning as they are deeply worrying. Israeli police actions were not only repressive, but were also discriminatory, targeting Palestinians disproportionately. The report found that Israeli officials failed to protect Palestinian citizens of Israel from premeditated attacks by groups of armed Jewish supremacists, even when plans were publicized in advance and police knew or should have known of them.

By 10 June, Israeli police had arrested over 2,150 people. More than 90 per-cent were Palestinian citizens of Israel or residents of East Jerusalem. The report found that most Palestinians were detained for offences such as “insulting or assaulting a police officer” or “taking part in an illegal gathering” rather than for violent attacks on people or property.

On top of the brutal crackdown, Israeli police also failed to protect Palestinians from Jewish supremacists who had organized attacks and publicized their plans in advance. Amnesty verified 29 text and audio messages on open Telegram channels and WhatsApp revealing how the apps were used to recruit armed men and organize attacks on Palestinians in cities such as Haifa, Acre, Nazareth and Lod between 10 and 21 May.

The rights groups paints a shocking picture of the hateful communal violence targeting Palestinians. Amnesty found that messages included instructions on where and when to gather, types of weaponry to use and even what clothing to wear to avoid confusing Jews of Middle Eastern heritage with Palestinian Arabs. It was then that group members shared selfies posing with guns and messages such as “Tonight we are not Jews, we are Nazis”.

Elected parliamentarians joined the wave of hate which was described at the time as “pogroms“. According to Amnesty on 12 May, hundreds of Jewish supremacists gathered on the Bat Yam Promenade in central Israel, in response to messages received from the political party Jewish Power and other groups. Verified video footage shows scores of activists attacking Arab-owned businesses and encouraging attackers.

The report also documented torture carried out by Israeli security forces. One example cited in the report involved torture at the Russian Compound (Moskobiya) police station in Nazareth on 12 May. An eyewitness is reported as saying that they saw Special Forces beating a group of at least eight bound detainees who had been arrested at a protest.

“It was like a brutal prisoner-of-war camp,” said the witness. “The officers were hitting the young men with broomsticks and kicking them with steel-capped boots. Four of them had to be taken away by ambulance, and one had a broken arm.”

Amnesty is calling on the UN Human Rights Council’s recently-announced Commission of Inquiry to investigate the alarming pattern of violations by Israeli police.

READ: Arab-Israeli MKs and civic leaders call on international community to act


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Israel Bans Palestinian Mothers From Accompanying Sick Children From Gaza Seeking Treatment In The West Bank

By Eman Abusidu

The World Health Organisation (WHO) pointed out in its 2020 annual report that, “All patients and patient companions from the Gaza Strip must apply for Israeli permits to exit the Gaza Strip in order to access hospitals in the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, and Israel.”

Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2006 has led to a dramatic deterioration of public health services; the sector is collapsing. The supply of essential medicines, medical disposables, laboratory materials and equipment is restricted severely by the siege. Palestinians in blockaded Gaza who suffer from serious illnesses generally have to seek treatment abroad, in Israel or in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. In order to leave Gaza, though, patients must obtain special permits from Israel, requests for which are often rejected for “security reasons”. In some cases, Israel allows temporary exits from Gaza, but not all. Even if the patients are children, the occupation state frequently prevents parents or guardians from accompanying them for treatment in Israel or the West Bank.

According to the WHO, there were more than 1,750 permit applications each month in 2019 for Gaza patients and more than 7,000 applications per month for West Bank patients. “Access has been particularly problematic in 2019, with the patient permit approval rate declining,” it said. According to a report in the Guardian, fewer than 2,000 permits for parents to accompany their children have been granted. Fifty-six babies from Gaza have been separated from their mothers and fathers when going for treatment outside the Strip since the beginning of 2020.

Three-year-old Luay from Gaza has been transferred to the occupied West Bank for cancer treatment [Palestinian Center for Human Rights ]

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza told me about the reasons why Palestinian mothers from Gaza are blocked from travelling with their sick children to the West Bank: the mother’s age is a factor, particularly those aged 18–45; security reasons; and errors in personal data of the accompanying mother, such as her phone number, for example. As soon as the Israeli occupation authorities discover that the mother’s phone is not registered in her name or is used by anyone else, they prevent her from accompanying her child. This is a serious problem because it is normal for a Palestinian woman in Gaza to use a phone that is registered in her father’s, brother’s or husband’s name. The Israeli authorities don’t take this into consideration when dealing with permit applications.

Access to medical care is a basic human right available almost everywhere. Not in Gaza, though. The Israeli occupation authorities place every obstacle possible through bureaucracy and other means in front of those needing urgent and often life-saving treatment. Patients must provide details of their medical records; appointment letters; evidence of financial support; and confirmation that the treatment is not available in Gaza. And the all-important phone number not registered to anyone other than the accompanying parent. In many cases, approval is given at the very last minute; sometimes the night before the proposed date of travel.

How many people have died, I wonder, waiting for Israel’s occupation authorities to grind their way through the procedures that they have created for themselves? Whatever the number is, it is too many. Nobody should have to go through such humiliating and life-threatening procedures simply to obtain essential medical treatment.


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Apartheid Israel Bans Palestinian Family Reunification

By MEMO

Israeli security forces try to detain a Palestinian woman in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where looming evictions of Palestinian families have fueled anger, on May 15, 2021 [EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images]

The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Friday slammed the Israeli ban on family reunification as “the worst persecution” practiced by Israel against the Palestinians.

In a statement issued by the PA’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, the PA stated: “This law is clear proof that Israel is a state of apartheid, mainly because it separates members of Palestinian families from one another.”

Family reunification in Israel is a law enacted by the Israeli Knesset. It prevents Palestinian citizens in Israel from requesting citizenship for their spouses living in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip or abroad.

Israel claims that this ban is being imposed as part of security measures, but Palestinians assert that it is racist and an attempt by Israel to reduce the number of Palestinian citizens.

“This law is a form of ethnic cleansing that the Israeli occupation has been practicing against the Palestinians for a long time,” according to the PA.

It added: “The reunification of Palestinian families is a right guaranteed by international law and conventions, but Israel is usurping this right.”


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