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Thursday, August 26, 2010

So where is the Palestinian Gandhi?


This is a post from a few months ago with the quote about the fact that the Palestinian Gandhis everyone's always demanding are languishing in Israeli prisons:

http://notanotherpoliticalblog-j.blogspot.com/2010/07/palestinian-nonviolence-relies-on.html


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Recent news:

EU rebukes Israel for convicting Palestinian protester

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11099394


The guy was arrested for protesting without a permit. You might say he was rightfully arrested...until you read a little about Israeli laws and what applies to Israeli Arabs and what applies to Jews. Arabs can't even get permits to work or to build houses, let alone protest!

The Israeli Declaration of Independence stated that the State of Israel would ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex, and guaranteed freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture. While formally equal according to Israeli law, a number of official sources acknowledge that Arab citizens of Israel experience discrimination in many aspects of life.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_citizens_of_Israel#Civil_Rights

Palestinians outside Israel are in worse shape, being denied access to their own water supplies, among other issues of curfews, closures, raids, incursions, political imprisonment, home demolitions, blockades, withholding tax money, withholding permits and visas, not allowing entry or exit even for schooling and family reunification, etc:

http://baltimorechronicle.com/2010/080610Lendman.shtml

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8327188.stm


Some human rights sites if you had any question as to the dire situation Palestinians are in:

http://www.alhaq.org/

http://www.phrmg.org/

http://www.hrw.org/middle-eastn-africa/israel-and-occupied-territories

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/israel-occupied-palestinian-territories

http://www.miftah.org


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For other posts like this, see my posts labeled non-violence in the right hand column.

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