Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) released a report detailing Israelâ€™s aggression and transgressions in Palestine and against Palestinians from January 1 through May 31, 2017. The reportÂ does not showÂ an unprecedented rise in the incidence of killings and other transgressions against fundamental rights; Instead, it provides a window that allows a glance into what can be described as theÂ â€śnormal conditionsâ€ť after 50 years of occupation since the 1967 war.
The report, entitled â€śIsraelâ€™s Aggression Against Occupied Palestine â€“Â Special Report: Highlighting Israeli Violationsâ€ť was released by the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department on June 11, 2017. (Full Report Here).
This reportÂ summarizes what the PLO describes as theÂ Israeli aggression against occupied Palestine since the beginning of 2017 and until May 31st and presents examples of ongoing Israeli violations of international law.
The report is aimed toÂ provide an overview of what the PLO describes as Israelâ€™s violations and crimes, committed by its occupying forces and settlers, against the Palestinian civilian population living under its belligerent military occupation.
It also includes attacks against Palestinian property and lands in flagrant violation of Israelâ€™s obligations, as the occupying power, under international law and international humanitarian law. The PLO also notes that this report, published 50 years after the 1967 war,Â documents what it describes as:
Israelâ€™s culture of impunity over 50 years of colonization has allowed it to deny the people of Palestine the freedom to exercise their inalienable national and human rights, including the right to self-determination. Marking 50 years of Israelâ€™s colonial occupation reflects the failure of the international community to take urgent and concrete measures to protect the Palestinian people and to hold Israel accountable for its systematic violations.
The report, covering the period from January 1 â€“ May 31, 2017 provides details on a total of 28 killings, 700 injuries, 2,803 raids, 2,469 detentions, 334 temporary detentions, 2,452 flying checkpoints, 1,254 Israeli gunfire attacks, 74 demolition operations, and 220 incidents of settler violence or terrorism.
The report also details Israelâ€™s violation of international laws and conventions by withholding the bodies of killed Palestinians. At the time of the publication of the report Israel has been holding the bodies of seven killed Palestinians for 409, 336, 310, 405, 235, 144, and 7 days, respectively.
â€śDealing with the dead as political bargaining chipsâ€ť isÂ morbid reality of the Palestinian â€“ Israeli conflict, with both sides engaging in this practice in one form or the other, although the PLOâ€™s â€śmoral high-groundâ€ť could arguably based on two facts.
1) That Israel is the occupying power.
2) That the â€śdealsâ€ť with the Israeli dead usually were conducted by Hamas, or Lebanonâ€™s Hezbollah; Both of which are not members of the PLO.
The PLO stresses also that Israel continues to support the military occupation including armed settlers. The PLO noted that â€śthe State of Palestine has formally requested that the United Nations take action to ensure protection of the Palestinian peopleâ€ť.
There have been numerous of such requests to the UN, and the UN General Assembly has passed numerous resolutions in that regard. However, it is unlikely that any of these will have any effect as long as the five â€“ self-anointed â€“ peent UN Security Council members fail at responding to Israeli aggression, wars and violations by using the same standards they apply in â€śmore politically convenient and opportuneâ€ť cases.
Tragically, the Al-Fatah / Fateh dominated Palestinian Authority (PA), failed repeatedly at ending its security cooperation with Israel. The security cooperation has consistently been denounced by PLO constituents like the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
The PFLP is the second-largest PLO member organization. The Al-Fatah (Fateh) dominated Palestinian Authority has, since the mid-1990s, consistently been accused of cooperating with the Israeli occupation and of using the so-called â€śsecurity cooperationâ€ť with Israel to crack down on opposition parties, including the PFLP and other PLO member organizations.
The Palestinian Authority and Al-Fatah, for their part, have, since the mid-1990s, repeatedly announced that they would end the security cooperation.
Even a cursory review of the discourse allows for the identification of two situations in which the PA and Fateh usually â€śpay lip-serviceâ€ť to ending the security cooperation.
That is, during negotiations with Israel, and especially when it lacks popular support for its negotiation strategy, and in situations where oppression of dissent, security cooperation and years of fruitless negotiations with Israel send Fatehâ€™s and the PAâ€™s approval ratings plummeting to such lows that itâ€™s dominant role in the PLO and PA could be challenged.
CH/L â€“ nsnbc 12.06.2017
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