Fri Apr 6, 2012, 03:07 AM
Violet_Crumble (31,816 posts)
Israel: Palestinians Cut Off From Farmlands
A Year After Court Ruling, a Worsening Situation
April 5, 2012
(Jerusalem) – A court ruling upholding a military permit system has had the result that a year later West Bank Palestinians in one affected area are virtually unable to work on their farmlands, Human Rights Watch said today, on the anniversary of the High Court of Justice ruling.
The system, which requires Palestinians to obtain special military permits to access their lands on the “Israeli” side of the separation barrier in the West Bank, in effect treats all Palestinians living in or seeking to access farmlands in these areas as though they were security threats, and imposes unnecessarily severe restrictions on their access, harming their livelihoods, Human Rights Watch said. Such a system violates the requirement under international law that security measures must be narrowly tailored to the threat that they aim to meet.
“The permit system needlessly prevents Palestinians from working their own farmlands,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Israel’s highest court upheld a system that applies a broad brush to isolate Palestinians from their lands without a narrowly tailored security rationale as should be legally required.”
Israel claims that the permit regime is necessary to prevent Palestinians from attacking Israeli civilians. However, Israel uses a different, less restrictive system to grant permits to Palestinians who work in Israeli settlements, often as construction workers. It has rejected applications by Palestinians for permits to access land on the basis of restrictive bureaucratic criteria rather than for specified security reasons.
Israeli citizens, including settlers, and non-Israeli nationals visiting Israel, are exempt from the requirement to obtain military permits.
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Sat Apr 7, 2012, 02:48 PM
azurnoir (33,117 posts)
2. oh don't you know haven't you heard
Israel has superior 'civil' rights' for it's own citizens at least the majority group citizens so none of that matters don't pay attention to any of that just come to Tel Aviv and party, have a beer with a member of IDF in Hebron, you'll see none of this matters Israeli's are more fun well as long as your not one of those people that need military permits their not fun most of them won't even have a beer with you