What is happening in Al-Aqsa Mosque and Israeli occupied East Jerusalem for last three days is a clear violation of human rights by the Israeli occupied forces.
Palestinians are once again under attack. More than 280 people including small babies have been injured by the Israeli forces. Israel once again unleashed brutal state force against unarmed Palestinian worshipers in Aqsa mosque.
World is watching silently as Israel continue to take more Palestinian lands. World powers are not doing anything to stop Israel. Israel is showing that it has no respect or regard for international conventions, rules, agreements and laws. It is willfully violating all the agreements and laws.
Palestinians are facing bullets, repression, humiliation and discrimination on daily basis. Their lives have been made miserable by the continued occupation and repression.
At least 80 people were injured across Jerusalem on Sunday, the Palestine Red Crescent said in a statement. Several underage children were among the injured, including a one-year-old baby, and some 14 people have been hospitalized, the group added. One paramedic received injuries as well.
The tensions were particularly high around Damascus Gate, one of the main entrances to Jerusalem’s Old City. There was an especially high presence of Israeli police there, who were backed up by mounted units and water cannons. Palestinian youth reacted with pelting stones and tearing down police barricades. The police fired rubber-coated bullets and repeatedly used stun grenades to contain the crowd.
Palestinians accused the Israeli police of trying to prevent them from praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The latest clashes came as thousands of Muslims flocked to the Old City to celebrate Laylat al-Qadr on Saturday, one of the most revered nights in the holy month of Ramadan. According to Islamic belief, the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) on this night.
“They do not want us to pray. There is a fight every day, every day there are clashes. Every day there are troubles,” a Palestinian protester told Reuters at Damascus Gate.
Tensions have been particularly high in Jerusalem in recent days. Friday turned out to be particularly violent, with over 200 Palestinians and at least 18 Israeli police injured.
The violence has been fueled by Israeli move to seemingly prevent Muslim pilgrims from entering Jerusalem. On Saturday, dozens of buses with pilgrims were stopped on the main highway to Jerusalem, as police asserted some of them were planning to “riot” and forced the “suspicious” passengers off the buses.
The looming forced evictions of several Palestinian families from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, part of the occupied Palestinian territories, in order to allow Israeli settlers to move in, have also contributed to the ongoing tensions.
If the court allows the evictions to proceed, six families face the threat of immediate removal, with seven more likely to be forced out by August, bringing a total number of those evicted to around 60.
Earlier this year, the Israeli Central Court in East Jerusalem approved the evictions, but the final decision on the matter is now in the hands of the Supreme Court. The court was scheduled to rule on the evictions on Thursday, but, amid widespread Palestinian protests, the hearing was delayed until May 10 and then postponed even further on Sunday. The new date will be within the next 30 days, the Supreme Court said.
According to Human Rights Watch report released on April 27, 2021, “About 6.8 million Jewish Israelis and 6.8 million Palestinians live today between the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River, an area encompassing Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the latter made up of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.
Throughout most of this area, Israel is the sole governing power; in the remainder, it exercises primary authority alongside limited Palestinian self-rule. Across these areas and in most aspects of life, Israeli authorities methodically privilege Jewish Israelis and discriminate against Palestinians. Laws, policies, and statements by leading Israeli officials make plain that the objective of maintaining Jewish Israeli control over demographics, political power, and land has long guided government policy.
In pursuit of this goal, authorities have dispossessed, confined, forcibly separated, and subjugated Palestinians by virtue of their identity to varying degrees of intensity. In certain areas, as described in this report, these deprivations are so severe that they amount to the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.”
US not only protect its own officials who commit crimes against humanity but shield Israel. Many Israeli leaders and officials should have tried for crimes against humanity but they are walking free.
Israel commits crimes against Humanity and the Western Governments watch it silently. Israel commits no crimes without the Western Government’s benediction; a quite young boy starts bulling when his big brother is backing him otherwise he is hiding under his mother robe.
Where is CNN, BBC and other western governments and mainstream media? Why is the word Genocide not used against Israel?
Several widely held assumptions, including that the occupation is temporary, that the “peace process” will soon bring an end to Israeli abuses that Palestinians have meaningful control over their lives in the West Bank and Gaza, and that Israel is an egalitarian democracy inside its borders, have obscured the reality of Israel’s entrenched discriminatory rule over Palestinians.
Israel has maintained military rule over some portion of the Palestinian population for all but six months of its 73-year history. It did so over the vast majority of Palestinians inside Israel from 1948 and until 1966. From 1967 until the present, it has militarily ruled over Palestinians in the OPT, excluding East Jerusalem.
By contrast, it has since its founding governed all Jewish Israelis, including settlers in the OPT since the beginning of the occupation in 1967, under its more rights-respecting civil law.
International criminal law has developed two crimes against humanity for situations of systematic discrimination and repression: apartheid and persecution. Crimes against humanity stand among the most odious crimes in international law.
The international community has over the years detached the term apartheid from its original South African context, developed a universal legal prohibition against its practice, and recognized it as a crime against humanity with definitions provided in the 1973 International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (“Apartheid Convention”) and the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The crime against humanity of persecution, also set out in the Rome Statute, the intentional and severe deprivation of fundamental rights on racial, ethnic, and other grounds, grew out of the post-World War II trials and constitutes one of the most serious international crimes, of the same gravity as apartheid.
The State of Palestine is a state party to both the Rome Statute and the Apartheid Convention. In February 2021, the ICC ruled that it has jurisdiction over serious international crimes committed in the entirety of the OPT, including East Jerusalem, which would include the crimes against humanity of apartheid or persecution committed in that territory. In March 2021, the ICC Office of Prosecutor announced the opening of a formal investigation into the situation in Palestine.
The term apartheid has increasingly been used in relation to Israel and the OPT, but usually in a descriptive or comparative, non-legal sense, and often to warn that the situation is heading in the wrong direction. In particular, Israeli, Palestinian, USA, and European officials, prominent media commentators, and others have asserted that, if Israel’s policies and practices towards Palestinians continued along the same trajectory, the situation, at least in the West Bank, would become tantamount to apartheid. Some have claimed that the current reality amounts to apartheid. Few, however, have conducted a detailed legal analysis based on the international crimes of apartheid or persecution.
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