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SHARES The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights has been nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Formal nomination for the prestigious award was made last week



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fly bird (26)
Monday February 5, 2018, 8:22 pm
BDS nominated for 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.
February 5, 2018

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights has been nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Formal nomination for the prestigious award was made last week by the Norwegian MP and leader of the Red Party, Bjørnar Moxness.

In a statement announcing the nomination, the Parliamentary Group, which includes a number of left-wing parties, said that the selection of BDS for a Nobel Peace Prize reflected “the growing international solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for justice, dignity and freedom from the Israeli occupation”.

Explaining their nomination, the Parliamentary Group said that the BDS campaign is a non-violent movement for freedom, equality and a just peace for the Palestinian people and was therefore being nominated for the prestigious prize.

Moxness, who is leading the campaign for BDS to be honoured in Oslo at the end of the year, said:


Awarding this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the BDS movement would be a powerful signal, emphasising the international community’s commitment to support a just peace for the Palestinian people and by that – for the Israeli people and all people in the Middle East – and the world at large.

In his comments to MEMO, Moxness was keen to point out that the intention behind the nomination was “first and foremost pro-Palestinian, not anti-Israeli”. Having said that, the Norwegian politician expects a backlash: “We are well aware that the current right-wing government of Israel tends to try to criminalise any attempt to convince Israel to abide by international law and end the occupation and oppression of Palestine and the Palestinians.”

Read: International attempts to boycott BDS

Asked about the kind of opposition he is likely to face, he said: “We nominated the BDS movement for the Nobel Peace Prize well aware that this perfectly legitimate nomination of a perfectly legitimate movement that fights for a legitimate cause – that of the Palestinians – with legitimate peaceful means, will meet some resistance, typically in the form of smearing campaigns and the like. In the face of that kind of opposition, the challenge is to stay focus on the main cause, freedom for the Palestinians, and to stay focused on what we see as our humble contribution to that cause, an attempt to start a positive international campaign in favour of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the BDS movement.”

One of the main reasons BDS groups cite for endorsing the campaign is the double standard when it comes to Israel. Alluding to this tendency the Red Party’s press statement mentioned Norway’s January 2018 decision to “officially impose sanctions and restrictions against 26 different states or regions due to breeches of international laws and human rights but not against the state of Israel – despite Israeli occupation, annexation and collective punishment of the Palestinian people”.

According to Moxness “the current Norwegian government is closely allied to the USA and seems to be more eager to please the USA and its ally in Tel Aviv, than to uphold a principled stance on international law and human rights”. This fact was one of the reasons for initiating this campaign to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the BDS movement, he said to MEMO.

Moxness explained that the support Israel gets on a governmental level is not replicated across Norwegian society, pointing to the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions which he said is a massive player in Norwegian politics. “They firmly support the Palestinian cause and voted in favour of implementing BDS measures against Israel last December.”

The opposition to BDS, according to Moxness, is due to its impressive success. The BDS movements’ impressive record of creating pressure to end Israeli occupation through peaceful means is seen as legitimate and ethical by most of the international community. It gets its inspiration from the anti-apartheid movement from South Africa, and it is endorsed by a very broad range of organisations and personalities, former Nobel Peace Prize laureates like Desmond Tutu and Mairead Maguire, people of different political affiliations and religious belongings. This legitimacy, said Moxness, is probably what scares the Israeli hawks the most.

Read: Israel creates rapid response unit to combat BDS

The next step on the formal track is the publication of the Nobel Committees short list, which is due towards the end of September/beginning of October. Moxness is confident that if all supporters of the Palestinian cause join together and campaign for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the BDS movement it is perfectly possible to make it to that shortlist and beyond. And regardless of the committee’s decision, he insists, “through the campaign we might have made important steps towards reigniting the struggle for justice for the Palestine through peaceful means.”

Moxness appealed to human rights groups and activists to join the campaign. “We think an international campaign to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the BDS movement can contribute both to legitimise the BDS movement and more broadly to put the Palestinian cause back on the international agenda again,” he predicted.

For this to happen we need the participation of all, he added. Moxness predicts that there will be grassroot support, social media support, the support of media organisations, political parties, politicians, governments, trade unions, students, artists, intellectuals, athletes as well as football teams.

The Nobel Committee will publish a shortlist of nominees by the end of September. “We have until then to make this an effective international campaign,” Moxness said, and “if everyone participates this is the kind of positive campaign that we think can change the political environment and bring us closer to the objective of justice for the Palestinians.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180205-bds-nominated-for-2018-nobel-peace-prize/
 

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday February 6, 2018, 3:02 am
It was good that they were nominated, it places some more attention onto the situation.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday February 6, 2018, 8:17 am
Shared news article over social media to raise and spread awareness.
 

Donna T (0)
Tuesday February 6, 2018, 8:20 am
thank you
 

Henriette M (154)
Tuesday February 6, 2018, 1:29 pm
Well done, it should show Israhell that they are committing wrong doings to the Palestinians & ignoring international laws, the world knows this & high time Israhell knows this too! Thanks Jess.
 

Sue H (7)
Wednesday February 7, 2018, 9:53 am
Winderful!
 

John B (185)
Wednesday February 7, 2018, 4:49 pm
Thanks Fly for sharing the great news.
Post noted.
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday February 7, 2018, 6:22 pm
How Israel drags down human rights standards.
8 February 2018

Media coverage painted campaigners for Palestinian human rights in New Orleans using language borrowed straight from Israel and its lobby groups. (via Facebook)


Opponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement have long complained that it unfairly singles out Israel and that its advocates are hypocrites because they don’t work equally diligently – in a 24-hour day – on all other social justice issues.

This convenient argument is also applied to Palestinians who are unashamedly told they must work equally on other social justice issues before their own liberation.

Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz asserted in 2016 that “If there were such a thing as a BDS movement, if it sought to boycott, divest and sanction – generally – and sought to apply these death penalty economic penalties, it would be across the board to all countries in the world.”

Yet after BDS advocates worked in New Orleans with other community groups to pass a resolution – not referencing Palestine – that called for the city to review its contracts and investments to make certain they don’t support companies violating human, civil or labor rights, these same BDS opponents called foul. They then successfully pressed for the measure to be rescinded.

Retreat from human rights

This wide-ranging effort in New Orleans leads to what can be called Dershowitz’s addendum: Advocates, he maintains, must “always go after the worst offenders first.” And, in his view, Israel – notwithstanding myriad human rights violations – would rank “196th on the list” of violators.

One must remain frozen into inaction unless the problems of 195 other countries have been addressed first; one cannot even embrace general human rights standards because Israel would be included with other offenders.

Upon the rescinding of the resolution, The Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah tweeted about the absurdity of losing out on “nice things,” such as human rights, because of the misplaced desire to protect Israel in the court of international opinion from the consequences of its own actions.



This is a very serious criticism. Israel is dragging down human rights standards because organizers cannot even pass neutrally worded resolutions for fear they will hurt Israel which must, it seems, be allowed at all costs to continue oppressing Palestinians.

Coalitions are confronting the nauseating question of whether Palestinian rights should or should not be openly mentioned because of widespread anti-Palestinian bigotry in government circles.

New Orleans council member Susan Guidry stated before the resolution was rescinded, “On its face, this resolution speaks to social justice and equity.” But, she added: “I believe it has been marred by being attached to this controversy. I think we should rescind it, do a motion to reconsider, vote it down, and then let’s get together and come up with a resolution that everyone can feel is for our good and is not pointed at anyone.”

In other words, including Israeli human rights violations – along with those of other countries – is enough to “mar” how we think about a human rights resolution.

But rather than “get together” to come up with new language, Guidry and her colleagues voted the whole thing down. Human rights lost out because of the insistence on an Israel exception.

This makes one frequent claim by anti-BDS opponents correct: Israel is singled out and a double standard does apply. But it is a double standard that favors Israel, allowing it to get away with human rights violations.

Intercept journalist Aída Chávez rightly points out, “Israel’s most fierce defenders have staked out a position in which no criticisms of any human rights violations are possible so long as the avenues for criticism might ensnare Israel.”

Perhaps the most telling moment in the whole race to protect Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights came when David Hammer of WWLTV reported that “the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans acknowledged that it supported the language of the resolution itself.” Nevertheless, it was one of the groups pushing for the measure to be overturned.

Anna Baltzer, advocacy director for the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, who was present in New Orleans, told The Electronic Intifada that such organizations “smear BDS precisely because they know they cannot successfully debate its true merits and goals in a court of public opinion.”

Media shortcomings

US media repeatedly muddied the waters with the New Orleans resolution rather than clarify for readers the goals of the BDS movement and the history of the region.

Hammer is correct in his 19 January article in calling BDS a nonviolent movement. But he errs when describing the 1967 war, in which, he claims, “Israel gained the West Bank and other territories while defending itself from a simultaneous attack by six Arab countries.”

In fact, Israel initiated the attack against Egypt, seizing the Sinai Peninsula, and occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Syria’s Golan Heights – lands it quickly began to settle in violation of international law.

This was no defensive war but rather a war of choice, as Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin admitted in 1982.

Yet in a video that accompanies Hammer’s written report, the journalist calls it “an all-out attack” against Israel “by six of its neighbors.”

In Twitter posts he refers to “anti-Israel activists” and an “anti-Israel group,” rather than allowing activists to define themselves as, say, pro-Palestinian freedom. Instead, he uses the defining terminology of the resolution’s opponents.

Hammer does say that BDS seeks to punish Israel financially for the 50-year occupation of the West Bank, but makes no mention of its other goals: equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel and guaranteeing the right of return for Palestinian refugees forced from their homes.

This is a common journalistic omission which is setting back US citizens’ understanding of the BDS movement.

Hammer does at least mention Amnesty International’s support for the resolution in a 24 January article.

Writing for The Times-Picayune, Kevin Litten is a rubber stamp for Bill Cassidy, a conservative US senator from Louisiana who used the vote to raise funds.

Litten quotes Cassidy claiming that “anti-Semites around the nation rejoiced,” at the resolution’s success. He adds, “As your senator, I will always stand with Israel and work to protect Jewish-Americans from the harm that BDS causes, this I promise you.”

Litten simply regurgitates Cassidy. He fails to note that organizations such as Jewish Voice for Peace supported the New Orleans resolution. Cassidy seems to think the Jewish community is monolithic and Litten does nothing to correct that impression.

Most egregiously, there is not one word describing the Palestinian-led BDS movement’s goals. Litten did not respond to The Electronic Intifada when asked to comment on his omissions.

Kevin McGill, writing for the Associated Press, largely framed the resolution as an anti-Semitic undertaking.

His first paragraph reports that “approval of the seemingly benign measure sparked accusations that [council] members had unwittingly played into the hands of international anti-Israel extremists and anti-Semites.”

At no point does the report mention the unambiguous opposition of BDS movement leaders to all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism.

The AP journalist does quote the BDS movement as saying it “works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians” and to “pressure Israel to comply with international law.” He immediately follows that up by writing, “Critics call its efforts anti-Semitic.”

This coverage is as journalistically lazy and galling as saying that “Martin Luther King Jr. led a movement against systematic racial segregation in the United States, while critics called his efforts anti-white.”

The specific goals of the BDS movement once again received no attention.

McGill’s and AP’s tweets on the resolution are no better, limiting the scope of support for the resolution – which he dubs a “Palestinian-backed measure” – and putting the anti-Semitism charge front and center.

By contrast, no word appears at any point in McGill’s 25 January article to make plain the legally sanctioned Israeli racism against Palestinians, or how for decades human rights organizations have slammed Israel’s violence including extrajudicial killings, torture, home demolitions and arbitrary detention, among countless other abuses against millions of Palestinians living under military occupation.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/michael-f-brown/how-israel-drags-down-human-rights-standards



https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/michael-f-brown/how-israel-drags-down-human-rights-standards
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday February 7, 2018, 6:34 pm
Doctors Without Borders: Detention of Minors Brings Mental Health Consequences.
January 19, 2018

Ashraf, a 17 years old Palestinian youth from Arroub refugee camp, to the north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, was released from Israeli jail after spending one and a half year there.

Ashraf suffered from worry and anxiety about how he could continue his life following a long period far away from his previous, normal life and a separation from his friends and school. In fact, he started socializing less and less with his friends in order to avoid talking about the painful experience of arrest. He felt very discouraged after the imprisonment.

According to WAFA, Ashraf was a case the Paris-based international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) discussed in a study on the mental health consequences that minors can experience when they are detained and after being released from prison.

MSF explained that to be detained is an experience that can be described as highly unusual. “This experience usually comes with consequences — both during and after the detention — to the well-being of the person involved.”

It said the consequences on the well being of the person involved can be both physical and psychological, affecting both the individual and society.

MSF has found that after being released from detention many minors experience difficulties rejoining school.

Many factors are involved: the long period of separation from school and the habit of study; a decreased sense of the value of learning or continuing with it; difficulties in relating to former classmates; challenges in accepting authority figures due to bad experiences with them in prison; or, simply difficulties responding when they might be asked to tell “what happened” when they are still not ready to do that.

The humanitarian organization found that many of the minors that are released live with on-going real worries of being detained again.

This can result in the following consequences: difficulties to rest well; reduced appetite; increased frequency in smoking; nervousness; feelings of frustration and anger; among other psychological reactions.

Unfortunately, these thoughts and reactions, while common, diminish their capacity to positively re-integrate in the society and to move forward in their lives. This is why some of them might require support from a professional.

Ashraf had a sharp pain in his leg while he was in jail, for which he was in need of a surgery. One day, while he was in the hospital for medical examinations after being released, the military staged an incursion on his house, looking for Ashraf. Because he wasn’t there, the soldiers told his father that they would return to arrest him very soon. When Ashraf heard about what had happened he became more anxious, thinking all the time that they would come for him. He was unable to sleep. He became hyper alert, lost his motivation and isolated himself even more from others.

When MSF started to provide psychological support for him, he was very open to share his worries, realizing that he was overwhelmed by negative thoughts which made him feel stuck. He came to understand that the experience of imprisonment still had an impact on him, even though he had been released.

After few sessions of receiving the support of a mental health professional, together with his own resources, willingness and strength, he started to regain control over his thoughts and became more aware of his negative feelings and how to manage them. He also learnt how to get better quality sleep that ultimately allowed him to overcome his challenges and start doing things he wanted for his future.

The family, especially his mother, expressed that her son improved a lot in sleeping, controlling his emotions and being more motivated, as well as coming back to a normal routine and way of thinking. In fact she was thrilled about the result of the treatment, because she was afraid that her son might never be able to overcome this experience.

At the end Ashraf was able to succeed in planning and start taking the necessary steps for his future, he became close again to his friends and family.

http://imemc.org/article/doctors-without-borders-detention-of-minors-brings-mental-health-consequences/
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday February 7, 2018, 6:41 pm
BNC Releases List of Achievements in 2017.
February 6, 2018

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)-movement for Palestinian rights was, this week, formally nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian MP Bjørnar Moxness (Rødt).

The BDS National Committee has released a short list of its top achievements for the year 2017.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICAL PARTIES

1.A UN-commissioned report established that Israel has imposed a system of apartheid on the entire Palestinian people and called for BDS measures to end this apartheid regime.
2.South Africa again gave the world a lesson in how to concretely resist injustice when its ruling African National Congress (ANC) unanimously voted, at its general conference, for downgrading South Africa’s diplomatic ties with Israel.
3.The 25,000 strong Democratic Socialists of America declared its full support for the Palestinian struggle and endorsed the BDS movement.
4.The Spanish parliament affirmed that the right to advocate for Palestinian rights through BDS is protected under freedom of speech and association. Hundreds of elected officials in the Spanish state endorsed BDS for Palestinian rights.
5.The Barcelona city council decided to support Palestinian rights by adopting ethical procurement guidelines which exclude companies involved in Israel’s military occupation. In the past year, dozens of city councils across the Spanish state declared themselves Israeli “Apartheid Free Zones.
6.The UK government was defeated in court by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and its allies in a ruling that deems it unlawful for the government to restrict the right of local authorities to divest from companies complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.
7.The Swiss parliament blocked Israel lobby efforts to criminalize support for BDS.

CULTURE, SPORT & MUSIC

8.Six National Football League (NFL) players in the United States turned down an Israeli government-sponsored, all-expenses paid, propaganda trip organized to improve Israel’s fast deteriorating image.
9.Grammy-award winning artist Lorde canceled her concert in Tel Aviv, and so did rapper and young feminist icon Princess Nokia (Destiny Nicole Frasqueri), following calls from BDS activists to respect the Palestinian picket line. More than 100 prominent artists wrote in support of Lorde’s right to follow her conscience and exercise her right to boycott.
10.Wave of boycotts hit Israeli LGBT film festival & showed growing respect for Palestinian BDS picket line.
11.Nine musical acts withdrew from the Pop-Kultur festival in Berlin after supporters of Palestinian rights highlighted that the festival violated the Palestinian BDS picket line.
12.Prominent Portugues photographers launch a pledge to refuse professional invitations or financing from Israel and to refuse to collaborate with Israeli cultural institutions until Israel “complies with international law and respects the human rights of Palestinians.”

CHURCHES

13.The South African Council of Churches (SACC) and the Council of African Independent Churches (CAIC), representing more than a million Christians in South Africa, announced their support for the Palestinian struggle and the BDS movement.
14.The Mennonite Church USA voted by an overwhelming 98% majority to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation, following several mainline churches that adopted similar policies in recent years, including the Presbyterian Church USA, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.
15.Twenty-three US churches have declared themselves HP-free after calls from Palestinian Christians to boycott the company for its complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.

TRADE UNIONS & SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

16.Norway’s largest trade union federation, LO, representing close to a million workers, endorsed a full boycott of Israel to achieve Palestinian rights under international law.
17.A 16 million-strong national farmers’ union in India, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), joined the BDS movement.
18.The largest Canadian workers’ union in the private sector (Unifor), representing more than 310,000 members, endorsed the right to boycott and to deploy BDS tactics to end Israeli military occupation.
19.BDS Gulf held its first regional anti-normalization conference in Kuwait City, with a broad participation of speakers, organizations, activists and political figures from the entire Arab Gulf region.
20.Major Colombian social movements, organizations and unions joined the BDS movement and called for parallel support for their own struggle for freedom and human rights.
21.More than 200 Latin American organizations, coalitions, social movements and personalities published a letter addressed to the Board of Directors of the Mexican multinational company Cemex, calling on its members to end the company’s complicity in Israel’s human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Their efforts are part of a growing #StopCemex campaign.

COMPANIES

22.G4S suffered more losses around the world due to its ongoing complicity in Israeli crimes. UN Women became the fifth UN agency in Jordan to drop its contracts with G4S following a campaign by BDS activists there, andseven private and public companies in Jordan discontinued their service contracts with G4S.
The Lebanese doctors’ syndicate dropped G4S, following a campaign by boycott activists in Lebanon. G4S also suffered its first loss in Ecuador, where a research institute dropped its contract with the company following a BDS campaign.
A California transportation board dropped its contract with G4S after a human rights and labor coalition, including BDS activists, highlighted the company’s role in violating human rights in Palestine and the United States.
23.Denmark’s third largest pension fund “Sampension” excluded four banks and companies from its portfolio, citing their investments in illegal Israeli settlements.They were identified as two Israeli banks, Hapoalim and Leumi, the German construction company HeidelbergCement, and Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecommunications company, which owns telecommunications equipment installed within settlements.
24.Israel’s largest public transportation operator “Egged” lost a 190 million euro contract to run public transportation in the Netherlands.
25.Air Canada ended a maintenance contract worth tens of millions of dollars with the Israeli arms firm “Israel Aerospace Industries” two years before the contract’s end date.
26.One of the largest aeromedical organizations in the world, Australia’s Royal Flying Doctors (RFDS), refused services from the Israeli military and tech company Elbit Systems. Elbit Systems produces 85% of the drones used by the Israeli military, including those used to attack Palestinian civilians in Gaza from 2009 to 2014.

UNIVERSITIES

27.South Africa’s largest residential university, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), with over 60,000 students, endorsed the academic boycott of Israel.
28.Two Chilean universities cancelled events sponsored by the Israeli embassy. Also, medical students at Chile’s largest university voted to break institutional ties with Israeli universities.
29.Seven US student governments voted to divest from companies profiting off Israeli occupation. These include Tufts University, the University of Michigan, California State University at Long Beach, De Anza College, Pitzer College, University of South Florida, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
30.The prestigious Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium announced its withdrawal from LAW TRAIN, a complicit EU-funded research cooperation project with the Israeli police and the Israeli Ministry of Public Security. This withdrawal follows an earlier high-profile withdrawal of support by the Portuguese Justice Ministry.

http://imemc.org/article/bnc-releases-list-of-achievements-in-2017/
 

Paola S (17)
Thursday February 8, 2018, 10:09 am
Thank you for sharing
 

Freya H (357)
Thursday February 8, 2018, 8:15 pm
Bravo, bravo, bravo! I hope this organization wins - just to spite Netanyahu.
 

Marija M (29)
Thursday February 15, 2018, 6:21 am
Great news, tks for sharing, agree with Freya.
 

Knud Thirup (51)
Thursday February 15, 2018, 8:53 pm
Noted
 

fly bird (26)
Friday February 16, 2018, 11:04 pm
This B’Tselem report exposes Israel’s pollution of the occupied West Bank.
February 15, 2018

Israel remains the only UN member state which has never declared where its borders are. In fact, it has refused to demarcate any borders due to the Zionist intention to colonise the whole of historic Palestine. For less desirable requirements, however, it does not hesitate to apply a temporary suspension of its agenda, recognise separate areas and impose additional hardships on Palestinians.

As with several other discriminatory policies, Israel acknowledges Palestinian existence and land only when it can use such recognition to suit its nefarious purposes. Human rights group B’Tselem’s December 2017 report called “Made in Israel: Exploiting Palestinian Land for Israeli Waste” reveals that there are 15 Israeli waste treatment facilities in the occupied West Bank. Six of these facilities process hazardous waste.

By treating its waste in the occupied Palestinian territory, Israel is evading several responsibilities which can be summarised by pointing out one particular discrepancy, as B’Tselem states: “Transferring waste into an occupied territory is a far graver issue, as residents of an occupied territory cannot oppose the decisions of the occupying power.”

The report investigated four of the hazardous waste treatment facilities and a sewage treatment plant in the occupied West Bank. The ramifications of such facilities, which B’Tselem states are operating without strict control, include the contamination of soil and water, the risk of drug resistant organisms and an increased threat of illness. Natural resources are also being damaged permanently.

Report: Over a dozen Israeli waste treatment facilities in occupied West Bank

B’Tselem has outlined the differences in Israel’s waste treatment legislation, showing that it applies less stringent procedures for waste facilities in the occupied West Bank. Inside Israel “proper” — that is, the land not recognised as occupied by international law — waste treatment facilities require permits from the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The facilities are also required to carry out assessments that detail their impact upon the environment. Since waste treatment facilities in the occupied West Bank are regulated by the Administration of Local Councils, Israel does not face the same obligations and is therefore not required to carry out impact assessments due to the absence of legislation on pollution.

The exemptions from accountability in the occupied West Bank have made it easier for hazardous waste to be treated away from scrutiny and with the opportunity to oppress Palestinians further. B’Tselem makes an important observation in this regard; it is Palestinians who are denied freedom of movement and whose spaces are restricted, unlike the Israeli settler population in the occupied territories, who have the freedom to live anywhere they choose.

With such discrepancies as a result of colonial expansion, it is important to make a connection between the violations and Israel’s exploitation of land and how it defines ownership. The report’s conclusion reads thus: “Israel has turned the West Bank into a sacrifice zone, exploiting and harming the environment at the expense of the Palestinian residents, who are completely excluded from the decision-making process.” The last premise, which is the exclusion of Palestinians, is disregarded routinely when discussing the implications of Israeli colonialism, due to the refusal to connect land appropriation with the consequences of such exploitation.

This report clearly associates the environmental and health impact with the wider colonial project. The international community’s recording of Israel’s violations, though, are situated within the context of violations themselves, thus breeding further impunity for Israel while eliminating the collective international responsibility towards Palestinians.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180215-this-btselem-report-exposes-israels-pollution-of-the-occupied-west-bank/
 
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