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Monday, May 15, 2006


The Israeli Supreme Court approved a law yesterday denying West Bank and Gaza Palestinians married to Israeli Palestinians residence or citizenship in Israel. As the linked Ha'aretz editorial states, this is a disgrace. Moreover, this is yet another grounding of Apartheid by the Israeli 'justice' system.
"... not one single Western country discriminates against some of its citizens by passing laws that apply only to them, and that impose limits only on their choice of a partner with whom they can live in their homeland."
Yes, five out of the eleven judges voted against the law. Yes, those included both the current president of the court and his replacement. Yes, this law has been contested over and over again and the legal system allowed it to be.

But no, that does not make a damn difference. As of now, Israeli Palestinians who just happen to fall in love with someone from the West Bank or Gaza cannot do a damn thing about it.

I guess it's just one more element to add to the list:
  • Seperate roads for Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank (and Gaza pre-disengagement) - see Road Networks in the legend here.
  • Different ID cards, giving different priveleges (see here).
  • Massive discrimination on access to water (see here).
  • Israeli Palestinian districts inside Israel get far less funding for schools, health and other services than Jewish areas (see here).
  • Israelis can move around...see here.
And so on and so forth...

The country I was born in is a racial pseudo-democracy. That makes me sad and extremely angry. So many of the comments on the Ha'aretz article linked above are sickeningly racist:
"Arabs commit horrible acts of terror and behave like animals, and they expect equal rights?!?"
You see? They are animals, they are terrorists. All of them. Just like the Jews all control the media, Hollywood and practically everything else in the world. Sound familiar?

Therein lies the essence of racism: generalization. This law is fundamentally racist in that in it punishes enormous numbers of innocents for the actions of the very very few.

Israel is an Apartheid state. That Apartheid will not end until the entire Zionist system collapses in a heap of its own stinking shit.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to justify the law, I'll just be curious.

Can't they just both move to Gaza / West Bank? Are are there laws preventing this as well?

Also I'm not sure that if I marry someone in any foreign country I automatically get a residence permit / citizenship. (I know technically Israel is one country, but if there ever is Palestinian state...)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 3:04:00 PM

Blogger Rann said...

Technically, it is possible to move to the West Bank (not really to Gaza). The process is extremely difficult though.

Additionally, why would anyone in their right mind want to move to the West Bank or Gaza right now? One would be condemned to poverty, violence and horrific living standards.

It is a great paradox of the occupation that Palestinians do not get to choose those who de-facto rule over them, despite the occupying power (supposedly) being a democracy. The idea behind this law is not really to prevent terror, but to keep Palestianians from having the ability to improve their standards of living.

The thinking behind this is that if Palestinians are suffiently beaten into the dust, they will eventually accept any agreement whatsoever that will result in that pressue being slightly lifted.

It's failed before and it will fail again...

Regarding marriage: no, you don't automatically get residence in most countries, but you can apply for it. This law prevents such applications altogether.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 5:17:00 PM

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