Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tine co­erced de­nial of na­tional ex­is­tence

Sowetan - - Opinion -

Those who write in de­fence of Is­rael’s Pales­tinian poli­cies rarely ad­dress, let alone at­tempt to jus­tify, the il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion of the ter­ri­tory taken by force in 1967.

The oc­cu­pa­tion is not an ex­is­ten­tial threat to the Pales­tinian peo­ple, but an ac­com­plished fact of co­erced de­nial of na­tional ex­is­tence.

The oc­cu­pa­tion is a fla­grant vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law, in par­tic­u­lar the Fourth Geneva Con­ven­tion, and in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights law. The facts of the oc­cu­pa­tion also present a clear demon­stra­tion of bad faith on the part of the state of Is­rael in its deal­ings with the Pales­tinian peo­ple, es­pe­cially its pro­fes­sion of sup­port for their right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion, a pre­req­ui­site to the real­i­sa­tion of a mean­ing­ful “twostate so­lu­tion” to the con­flict.

The il­le­gal vol­un­tary trans­fer of parts of the Is­raeli pop­u­la­tion to es­tab­lish per­ma­nent set­tle­ments; ap­pro­pri­a­tion and de­struc­tion of Pales­tinian prop­erty, in­clud­ing houses and an­cient olive groves; en­clo­sure of Pales­tinian land by a “se­cu­rity wall”; and ex­clu­sive con­trol of vi­tal wa­ter re­sources can only be un­der­stood as el­e­ments of a de­ter­mined ef­fort to main­tain a con­di­tion of Pales­tinian state­less­ness.

The strat­egy is to de­lib­er­ately block the pos­si­bil­ity of in­de­pen­dent ex­is­tence as a sovereign state.

Hiresh Ramthol Lone Hill, Sand­ton

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