By Amira Abo el-Fetouh | –
( Middle East Monitor ) – There is no doubt that the report by Amnesty International issued earlier this month pleased all the free people of the world, not only the Palestinians, and gave us a little hope that there is still some conscience in the international institutions which are typically totally biased towards Israel and turn a blind eye to the injustice and brutal Israeli aggression taking place in Palestine against the people, their land and their property. The importance of this report lies in the fact that is was issued by a world-renowned international organisation.
Amnesty International’s 280-page report details the manifestations of discrimination practiced by the occupying state against the steadfast Palestinian people. The report confirmed that the occupation authorities treat the Palestinians as an ethnic group inferior to the Jewish people and that Israel views the Palestinians as a demographic threat. Israel has established this discrimination through laws in all places where the Palestinians are located, not only in the occupied territories after the defeat of June 1967, but in the other territories occupied in 1948, within the usurper state itself.
The report also indicated that the forcibly displaced continue to be prevented from returning to their towns of origin, and that this prohibition represents a flagrant violation of international law.
Of course, this refers to all components of the Palestinian people, including the refugees outside the borders of historic Palestine.
There is no doubt that the most praiseworthy matter regarding this report is the fact that it referred to historical Palestine as being from the river to the sea and not just on the 1967 borders, and this means that the problem is no longer related only to the territories occupied in 1967, but rather means that there is a fundamental problem at the heart of the Zionist state itself. Twenty per cent of Israel’s population is made up of Palestinians, known as the Arabs of 1948, and they are oppressed and living under the policy of racial discrimination.
The report also urged the international community to go beyond just verbal condemnations of Israeli policies and to work to dismantle the apartheid system.
The report took the example of the Negev as a representation of the embodiment of the systematic Israeli policies in the displacement of Palestinians, the seizure of their lands and racial discrimination against them. I wish the international community, which adopts double standards, would respond to that call, but it is a deaf, dumb and one-eyed society that only listens to the voice of the Zionists and only speaks in favour of the Zionists and does not see the crimes that they commit against the Palestinians.
It is no coincidence that Amnesty International’s report coincided with the release of a documentary by director Alon Schwarz, in which he documented the testimonies of Israeli soldiers about the massacre committed in the village of Tantura in 1948.