Category Archives: Apartheid

Gaza Electricity Crisis: Week Three

Man carries boy through sewage filled streets. Photo courtesy Reuters

Man carries boy through sewage filled streets. Photo courtesy Reuters


I wish I could report good news as this new week starts but unfortunately I can’t. Wednesday brought with it another setback due to the current fuel crisis. Sewage treatment plants could no longer operate and raw sewage has begun to overflow in the streets. Many areas are inundated with the rank mess including Rafah, and al Sabra neighbourhood of Zaytoun. Experts say 20,000 are effected from this and possibly more in the coming weeks if the problem is not solved. This could add another more complicated and dangerous aspect of the crisis: diseases such as Cholera. Gaza also has a severe medicine shortage and hospitals are running on bare minimums due to fuel shortages affecting their generators.I wonder how they will cope if we have an outbreak? It will be disastrous.

Water outages are also more common now because the water pumping stations are operating at only a minimum. Gaza residents have large water containers on our roof-tops used to store water from the pumping station. In order to re-fill the tanks however, electricity must be on at the pumping station AND your residence and that was a difficult task to accomplish on 8 hours of electricity.Now it is even more difficult if not impossible.

Black water tanks on roof-tops store water- when  thye run out our taps are dray, sometimes for days. (personal photo)

Black water tanks on roof-tops store water- when thye run out our taps are dray, sometimes for days. (personal photo)

Drivers have started mixing cooking oil into their fuel now that it is nearly impossible to find gas. The streets are filled with a rank stench like French fries and falafel.This mix of fuel will ultimately injure the engine but what other choice do they have?

Nuseirat Refugee Camp, donkey's and horses are becoing more and more plentiful on the streets since fuel crisis began. (personal photo)

Nuseirat Refugee Camp, donkey’s and horses are becoing more and more plentiful on the streets since fuel crisis began. (personal photo)

Various people reporting we will be restricted to a mere FOUR hours of electricity starting today. It is currently off at my house so I am unable to confirm that at the moment. I know it will be harder to stay connected to the outside world though and I am getting increasingly nervous at the situation. We will survive this-we always do, but what toll will it take on us this time? How many lives will be lost? I am begging our politicians to find a solution to this and to think about the civilians who are suffering.

Israeli Embassy of Shame

Not so long ago the Israeli Embassy in US embarrassed itself by creating a fake LinkedIn profile for newly elected Iranian President Rouhani. My jaw dropped when I read about it. Not only is it immensely juvenile but it also borders on libel. According to Mondoweiss the fake account proclaims President Rouhani as a “nuclear proliferation expert.” The Embassy also made a scathing tweet from their Twitter account which states President Rouhani is an “expert salesman who is bullish on nuclear proliferation.”
It seems today they were at it again. They posted a photo of Iranians protesting the anniversary of the US coup in Tehran by burning flags with the caption “Imagine them with a bomb”. I am offended and disgusted at the bigotry and hypocrisy of the post. Embassy of ISrael bogotryI understand the political unrest between the two countries but this is more than out of line. Embassies are supposed to be a shining example of the country they represent. What does it say about Israel if their embassy is openly hostile and bigoted? Further, what does it say about Israeli government if they allow this to happen?

Apartheid roads: Restricted Roads in West Bank

The following charts outline the road restrictions in place by Israel on Palestinians in the West Bank. Can you imagine not being able to use a road simply because you are Palestinian?

Roads Palestinians are prohibited from using in the West Bank

Roads Palestinians are prohibited from using in the West Bank

Roads in West Bank with partial prohibitions for Palestinians

Roads in West Bank with partial prohibitions for Palestinians

Hebron roads with restrictions for Palestinians

Hebron roads with restrictions for Palestinians

Graphs all courtesy of B’Tselem

Smears and Defamation: Just Another Week In Palestine

It has been awhile since I posted about the abuse I receive online. As you all know I support non-violent resistance and don’t believe war will get us anywhere. Perhaps this makes me more of a target because I get abuse from people on BOTH sides of the conflict instead of just one.
Caution: VERY strong Language
Here are a few examples of abuse I have received this week alone

golanisniper-vert

mily threat

davidika

jews masks 2

hamant jihadi

evangilna blog smear

evanlina sally hates jews

rose not tinted

rock throwing exile

A Look at Israeli Military Orders: From the Draconian to the Absurd

The first Israeli military order was issued on June 7, 1967. Military Proclamation 1 announced that Israel had occupied and assumed administrative control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip ‘in the interests of security and public order’. Today there are over 2500 military orders and countless amendments. It wasn’t until the 80’s that a compilation of the orders were put together so the general public could have access to the Occupation’s ‘laws’. Even today it is hard to find the exact details of some of the early orders and texts. I will share a small selection of these orders that control all facets of Palestinian life and apply to only Palestinians- not illegal Israeli settlers.

Water Apartheid
Military Order #92 and #158 (8/15/67) gives control of all water resources in West Bank and Gaza Strip to Israeli Military (Article 5). Gives Military power to appoint and direct the organization and directors of any “water entity” in the region (Article 5). Regulations that follow then requires a license from the Israeli Military to install or continue to own or operate any type of water control device (pump, well, irrigation equipment, etc.) which the Military can withdraw at any time. Public Notice of decisions in local newspapers no longer required, only posting within offices of the Israeli Military Authority.

Educational & Political Oppression
Israel Attempts to block ALL forms of resistance and attempts to erase our history.
Military Order #854 (7/6/80) puts Israeli Military in control of acceptance and entrance of students, and faculty and staff employment at West Bank Universities. Israeli Military controls licensing of teachers. Students without I.D. Cards must register with the Israeli Military.
Military Order #107 publishes a list of 60 prohibited school textbooks.Publications banned include works on Arabic grammar, histories of the Crusades and works on Arab nationalism.
Military Order #1079 (amends M.O.107) prohibits video and audio work of a political nature. Publishes new list of over 1000 items including all United Nations Resolutions pertaining to Palestine, poetry, novels, etc.
Military Order #101 forbids a gathering of more than 10 people unless the Israeli military receives advance notice with names of all participants.
Military Order #284 (7/26/68) prohibits training or contact with any “hostile organization” which includes any organization with aims to endanger the security of the public, or the IDF, or public order in Israel, or other areas under control of the Israeli Military
Under #284 it is also prohibited to listen to patriotic music and to have flags of any political faction. Oh and ‘hostile organization’ is ANY that rejects the Occupation.

The Absurd
The most absurd orders impacting a large section of the Palestinian population are the regulations levied at farmers.
Military Order #818 establishes how Palestinians can plant decorative flowers.
Military Order #1147 (amendment) requires Palestinians to get permission from the Israeli military to grow onions.
Military Order #1015 (8/27/82) requires Palestinians to get Israeli military permission to plant and grow fruit trees. Permits expire in one year or each June 15th.
Military Order #96 forbids transport or purchase of goods on a donkey.
Military Order #1002 requiring license issued by Israeli Military-appointed authorities to sell seedlings and operate a nursery.
Military Order #134 prohibits Palestinians from operating tractors or other farm machinery made in Israel or imported from any other country.
Military Order #47 (7/9/67) farmers need permission from Israeli Military appointee to transport agricultural goods.

Blatant Apartheid
Military Order #297 establishes I.D. Card system which are required by authorities for all business transactions. Gives Israeli Military right to confiscate I.D. Cards for any reason. Israeli Military not required to give receipt when confiscating I.D. Cards.
Military Order #1080 (10/3/83) (amends M.O.180) allows Israeli Military-appointed Village Leagues to carry guns and assume many police duties. (but not Palestinians)

Land Theft Laws
Military Order #811 and #847 allows Jews to purchase land from unwilling non-Jewish (Palestinian) sellers by using a ‘power of attorney.’
Military Order #25 forbids public inspection of land transactions.
Military Order #58 makes land transactions immune to review so long as the transaction was carried out by an Israeli ‘acting in good faith.’
Military Order #58, Article 5 says any land transaction will not be voided even if proven to be invalid.
Military Order #847 declares only Israeli notaries can authenticate signatures.
Military Order #1101(amends M.O.271) in order to apply to the Israeli Military Objections Committee for compensation for damages caused by Israeli Military, person must first get certificate from Area Commander that the Military personnel causing the damage were involved in a “security” operation at the time.
Military Order #25 (6/18/67) requires Israeli Military issued permit for all transactions involving immoveable property.

Financial Subjugation
Military Order #33 (6/26/67) gives Israeli Military control over bank deposits.
Military Order #45 (7/9/67) transfers control of Jordanian Banks, and applications for new banks, over to Israeli-appointed position of “Inspector of Banks”
Military Order #26 (6/18/67) gives Israeli Military control over currency transactions, bills of exchange, Gold transactions.
Military Order #998 requires Palestinians to get Israeli military permission to make a withdrawal from their bank accounts.
Military Order #952 (1/20/82) prohibits residents of West Bank from buying foreign currencies except for importing good and services, or for transfer to a dependent relative living outside the West Bank (not to exceed $3000). Also, residents of the West Bank cannot take more than $3000 with them when they travel outside the West Bank, and no more than $500 of that total can be in cash. Requires all residents who have bank accounts to inform the Israeli Military authorities of the account and it’s balance. Residents who own immoveable property outside the West Bank are required to inform the Israeli Military authorities about the details of that ownership.
Military Order #973 (9/6/82) prohibits all money transfers by individuals unless permission has been obtained from the Israeli Military authorities.

Complete Control of Commerce & Business
Military Order #93 and amendment gives all Palestinian insurance business to the Israeli Insurance Syndicate.
Military Order #128 gives the Israeli military the right to take over any Palestinian business which does not open during regular business hours.
Military Order #363 requires Palestinian mechanics to report to the Israeli military the particulars of any and all cars they repair.

Apartheid Legal Systems

Apartheid is defined by International Criminal Court (ICC), which also lists apartheid as a crime against humanity, as inhumane acts “committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups… with the intention of maintaining that regime.”
Palestinians live under military law and are tried by military tribunals. Illegal settlers are tried under Israeli civilian law and by ‘religious councils’.

Military Order #378 (4/20/70) empowers Military Area Commanders to establish military courts (Article 3) with prosecutors (Article 8), officials and judges(Article 4) all appointed by same Area Commanders. In addition, these courts can diverge from rules of evidence (Article 9) and regular procedures (Article 10), or hold hearings in secret (Article 11) when needed. Anyone disobeying or resisting the court may be immediately sentenced and jailed for up to 2 years (Article 17). If the Area Commander does not approve of the results of a trial, he has the right to cancel its proceedings and call for a new trial in front of a new judge (Article 42.4), or change the sentence (Articles 44 & 50.C.5.b). Allows the court to order the detention of a person for 6 month periods without trial (using an “arrest warrant”). The person can then be kept in jail longer with issuance of a new arrest warrant. Detention without trial is called, “administrative detention” (Articles 78.F & 87). States that the Military Area Commander has the right to restrict any movements and activities of any persons (Article 85) including confinement to a specific area including his home (Article 86). In addition, Area Commanders have the right to restrict or control the use of any vehicle for any purpose (Article 88), have the right to impose curfews on any area (Article 89), and have the right to close off any area or building or business or institution to any person prohibiting either entrance or exit (Article 90 & 91). In addition, the burden of proof is on the defendant to prove his innocence (Article 94).
Military Order #1229 authorizes Israel to hold Palestinians in administrative detention for up to six months without charge or trial. Six-month detentions can be renewed indefinitely.
Military Order #783 (3/25/79) establishes 5 regional “religious councils” in the West Bank to cover all Israeli-controlled lands in the West Bank. Establishes special Settlement Courts in the Israeli Settlements to try criminal cases (replaced by M.O.892, and relevant amendments also in M.O.1058).
Military Order #892 (3/1/80) established additional “Religious Councils” and Municipal Courts for specific Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and states that all are constituted and operated according to regulations issued by the Area Military Commander (Article 2).
Military Order #29 (6/23/67) concerns operations of prisons. Establishes registration system for tracking prisoners while they are in the prison system. Rules that prisoners can be denied access to a lawyer at any time at the discretion of the Israeli Military Commander.

Extending their control ad infinitum
Military Order #224 (1967) declares that the Emergency Regulations installed by the British Mandate Authorities in 1945 are in affect in the West Bank until specifically declared invalid by name. These Regulations gave the Military powers to violate civil rights and international laws because a security emergency had been declared in the West Bank.I will post more military orders at a later date as I think most people can only stomach a few at a time.
Peace and love,
Sally

Racial Purity in Upper Nazareth: Profile of An Israeli Mayor

I started this post as an overview of racism and segregation in Israel but as I browsed through my files one name kept staring back at me: Shimon Gapso. So I will tackle the bigger issue of racism in a later post and right now I will focus on this one man.
Who is Gapso?
To start with he is mayor of Upper Nazareth- which is adjacent to the ancient town of Nazareth….as in ‘Jesus of Nazareth’-THAT Nazareth. Gapso is well known for banning Christmas trees from schools and public spaces even though there are a number of Arab Christians who live in ‘his’ city. Yes you read that correctly, he banned seemingly innocuous Christmas trees. We are not talking about separation of church and state here don’t forget- Jewish religious symbols are allowed- just not non-Jewish.
Let’s move on from Gaspo’s religious rants and look at what really defines him: bigotry and apartheid.
Gaspo has openly stated his desire to cleanse Arabs from Upper Nazareth and ship them to Gaza.

“If it was in my hands, I would evacuate from this city its residents the haters of Israel whose rightful place is in Gaza.”
(Written by Gapso dated 16.11.12 and addressed to The Minister of Interior, Mr. Eli Yishai, with the subject listed as: Declaring “Nazareth” as a hostile city to the State of Israel)

It seems common for Israeli government officials to ship the ‘undesirables’ here to Gaza- after all that is what they do with prisoners. If a prisoner goes on hunger-strike in an Israeli prison it is en vogue to send them to the maximum security prison they have made of Gaza.

Gapso declared himself in 2010 to be

“all for a democratic Upper Nazareth, but first of all a Jewish one… Just as Ben-Gurion and Peres said in the 1950s that the Galilee must be Jewish, we say the same about Nazareth Illit. The primary goal is to put the brakes on the demographic deterioration.”

Isn’t it nice he refers to population growth of Arabs to be a deterioration?

It seems Gapso is just warming up with his racist rants and policies. Last year he made local headlines when he refused to allow an Arab school to be built in Upper Nazareth. (Yes- schools ARE segregated- Jewish and Arab-but it’s not apartheid right?) Of the 52,000 residents of Upper Nazareth approximately 1/5th are Arab. Because there is no Arab school, 1,900 Arab children travel outside of the city to go to school. Can we take a minute to reflect on that? Arab children are NOT allowed to go to school in Upper Nazareth because there are no Arab schools. They must leave their town in order to be educated. If you are not stunned by this I beg you to research Brown v. Board of Education. It was THE landmark case on education segregation in America and was brought to court in 1953.
Name a SINGLE ‘democratic’ country that does that. Or better yet- name a single ‘best-friends forever with the US’ country other than Israel that gets $6.5 MILLION in aid each day. But I bet you didn’t see this on the CBS Evening News did you?

Just when you think Gapso has reached the bottom he comes out with an article in Haaretz – Israel’s daily newspaper- entitled “If you think I’m a racist, then Israel is a racist state”. In the article he mocks the claims of racism against him with *gems* like this:

“The racist Ben-Gurion announced the establishment of the Jewish State in the Land of Israel, and during the War of Independence even made sure to bring in hundreds of thousands of Jews and drive out hundreds of thousands of Arabs who had been living here — all to enable it to be founded with the desired racist character.”

Later on in the article he waxes poetic at the ethnic cleansing of over 700,000 Palestinians in 1948 and praises ‘racial purity’.

” racially pure kibbutzim without a single Arab member and an army that protects a certain racial strain have been established, as have political parties that proudly bear racist names such as “Habayit Hayehudi” — “the Jewish home.” Even our racist national anthem ignores the existence of the Arab minority — in other words, the people Ben-Gurion did not manage to expel in the 1948 war.”

So is Gapso a religious extremist, a racist or just a nut-job? Well considering he admits to not keeping the Torah Commandments except for one- I would say two out of three. “I do not keep the 613 Mitzvot (Torah commandments), but there is one mitzvah I fulfill with all of my strength, this is the mitzvah to settle the Land.” (Source: Upper Nazareth Newsletter).