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Jacob Katriel

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Ynet, October 20, 2006: Even the US State Department starts to figure out what goes on!

Haaretz, October 14, 2006: Protest against one form of "silent" ethnic cleansing.

Haaretz, October 14, 2006, in English: Heads of Palestinian universities call for greater freedom of movement.

Haaretz, October 9, 2006: One more mechanism of ethnic cleansing: Israelis and Internationals will be prevented from taking part in olive picking. The IOF and settlers will be free to chase the Palestinians away.

Haaretz, October 1, 2006: Ethnic cleansing, one by one ("Ramallah is part of Israel").

Haaretz, Sept. 26, 2006: UN investigator: Gaza is a prison. The apartheid wall amounts to ethnic cleansing.

Haaretz, Sept. 26, 2006: The same, in English.

Haaretz, Sept. 12, 2006: No need to hesitate condemning the genocidal ideology of the Israeli right.

Amira Hass in Haartez, July 14, 2006, on certain modes of the "silent" transfer.

Haaretz, July 12, 2006: Amir Peretz may be too stupid to understand, but this is transfer.

Haaretz, July 10, 2006: The "silent" transfer (a few thousand at at a time) goes on. A crime against humanity.

Haaretz, July 10, 2006: The same as above, in English.

Uri Avnery (March, 3, 2006) explains how the legal groundwork for  expulsion of the Palestinians from East-Jerusalem is laid:
 
...  This week, ... the Interior Minister ... informed Sheikh Muhammad Hassan Abu-Tir and three of his colleagues, all Hamas members of the Palestinian parliament, that within one month they would have to choose: either to resign from all their positions in the Palestinian Authority or be deprived of their status as "permanent residents" in Jerusalem. That would lead to their expulsion to the occupied West Bank.

 

HOW WAS that possible?

 

After the 1967 "Six-day War", when the Israeli government was in a hurry to annex East Jerusalem ...  there was no way to avoid including a sizable Palestinian population in the "unified" city, amounting now to a quarter of a million human beings. The village of Sur-Baher, where Abu-Tir is living, ... was annexed along with the rest.

 

When the annexation took place, there arose, of course, the question of the fate of these inhabitants. If it had been possible to drive them out, it would surely have been done, but under the circumstances that would not have been acceptable. The natural thing would have been to give them Israeli citizenship, ... But the Israeli leaders ... found a tricky way out: the Palestinians in East Jerusalem were given the status of "permanent residents" in Israel, but remained citizens of Jordan. That way they could not take part in Israeli elections, but enjoyed many other privileges (like paying Israeli taxes and social security contributions.) ...

  

Not giving citizenship to the "annexed" Arabs also served another purpose. In the course of the 1948 war, the whole population of West Jerusalem had to flee to the East of the city. They left behind them all their property, including all the beautiful homes of the Talbiyeh quarter and the land on which the Knesset, the Prime Minister's office, the Giv'at Ram campus of the Hebrew University and the Israel Museum now stand. If the owners of these properties, who now live in East Jerusalem, had been granted citizenship, they could have demanded them back. That would not have been an automatic process, but the pressure on the government would have been intense. It was safer to make them "permanent residents" only.

 

ONE OF the differences between a "citizen" and a "permanent resident" is that it is almost impossible to revoke citizenship, but quite easy to annul the status of a "permanent resident". The Minister of the Interior is empowered to do this by a simple executive decision. The victim can, of course, appeal to the Supreme Court, but the chances of success are slim.

 

The action of Interior Minister Ronnie Bar-On is a bad omen. If he succeeds, this will constitute a danger to all the 250 thousand Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Their status as permanent residents could be revoked, under some security pretext or other. In Israel, security can be used to justify almost everything. Innocent Israelis can always be convinced that some measure is necessary in order to protect their lives from the murderous terrorists.

 

The abuse of the term "permanent resident" is obvious. A "permanent resident" is usually an immigrant who comes to Israel and is not able - or does not want - to become a citizen. To apply this term to families who have lived in Jerusalem since it was conquered by the Caliph Omar some 1300 years ago is a political and linguistic rape.

 

It violates international law, which says that East Jerusalem is an occupied territory whose inhabitants are "protected persons" who cannot be expelled from their homes. It also violates the Oslo agreement, which says that the question of Jerusalem is to be decided upon in the final status negotiations, which have not even started. Oslo specifically grants the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem the right to vote for and be elected to the Palestinian parliament. Abu-Tir has been elected by the voters of the city as their deputy.

 

The demand that he choose between resignation from parliament and expulsion from the city is a crass violation of a written agreement - by the same Israeli government that demands that Hamas accept all written agreements with Israel. There seems to be no limit to the cynicism of Olmert & Co. 

 

... Abu-Tir was born in 1951, the son of a family that is deeply rooted in the country. ... First he was a Fatah member, but in prison he became a pious Muslim and joined Hamas. ... he speaks perfect Hebrew.

 

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Haaretz, June 1, 2006: An important article to educate those who still claim that Israel is neither an apartheid state nor conducts (slow) ethnic cleansing.

Haaretz, May 21, 2006: Persuading the Palestinians to leave by harassing their children on their way to school. The IOF is supposed to protect the children, but doesn't.

Unlike many Israelis, I do not think the settlers are crazy. I think they are criminals of the worst kind, with an agenda of ethnic cleansing; and I also think the IOF supports their agenda.

Transfer in action, May 18, 2006. Don't say you didn't know.
 
אל תגידו לא ידענו !

תושבי הכפר וולגה, השוכן בפאתי בית גאל'ה, עושים מאמץ עילאי להציל עשרים וארבע בתים אשר הריסתם הוקפאה עד ראשית יולי הקרוב ומצטרפים לעוד כ-20 בתים אשר נהרסו בשלוש השנים האחרונות.   צווי ההריסה הוקפאו לפני שנה וחצי במהלך הליך משפטי שבו התושבים התחייבו להגיש תוכנית מיתאר לכפר. לאור זאת בית המשפט המחוזי נעתר לבקשת בא כוחם של תושבי הכפר- עורכי הדין אלי תוסיה כהן ואיתן פלג, להקפיא את צווי ההריסה והזהיר אותם שאם עד תום תקופת ההקפאה לא תוגש התוכנית,  צווי ההריסה יופשרו אוטומטית.  מאז שוקד האדריכל קלוד רוזנקוביץ על הכנת תוכנית מיתאר כנדרש, ועתה שהתוכנית מוכנה להגשה, קיבלנו ידיעות לפיהן משרד הפנים אינו מתכוון לקבל את התוכנית. אין מדובר בדחיית התוכנית מסיבות מקצועיות או בהחזרתה לשם ביצוע תיקונים- משרד הפנים פשוט מסרב  לקבל את התוכנית אף  לעיון. מקורות פנימיים מסרו לנו שהסיבה נעוצה בכך שקבלת תוכנית מיתאר לכפר וולגה עלול לעכב את אישור התוכנית להקמת ההתנחלות החדשה בשם "עין יעל"  אשר אמורה לעטוף את הכפר מדרום-מערב ולחבר בין שכונת גילה ובין ביתר עילית .  על פי מקורותינו, המדינה משתוקקת להרוס את הבתים ולגרש את תושביה מאדמתם לעבר החלק הפלשתינאי של  הכפר על מנת להפוך אותם לנפקדים ולהישתלט על האדמות אשר מיועדות להיות חלק מהתנחלות "עין יעל". יש לציין שבית המשפט לא דרש בשלב זה לקבל אישור לתוכניות. אלא רק להתחיל את ההליכים הסטטוטורים.  מבחינתו, די בהגשת התוכנית כדי לחדש את הקפאת הצווים

תושבי וולגה נחושים להגיע לבג"צ אם משרד הפנים יסרב לקבל את תוכנית המיתאר, אך יחד עם זאת, הם חוששים לגורל בתיהם
 
מקור: גוש שלום
 

A letter to the editor in Haaretz, may 18, 2006:
 
איון היישובים הערביים
מאת דן יהב תל אביב-יפו
נורית גרץ כותבת על הספר "כפר נולד: סיפורים מכפר יהושע" בעריכת רינה פורת ("הארץ, ספרים", 2.5), ומפליגה לתהליך ההתיישבות בעמק יזרעאל תוך התעלמות מגורל האריסים הערבים של אפנדים מושחתים, שלא חיו בארץ וקיבלו קרקעות כשוחד מן השלטון.

אבל לא צריך לחזור לשנות ה-20 וה-30, תופעה זו חזרה על עצמה גם בשנות ה-70. בפיתחת רפיח סילקנו אוכלוסייה בדווית גדולה שחיה על אדמתה כדי להקים את "חבל ימית" ז"ל. במובלעות לטרון מחקנו יישובי-קבע ערביים: כאמעוס, בית נובא ויאלו. גירשנו כ-4,600 נפש, הרסנו את היישובים עד היסוד ועל חורבותיהם הקמנו את פארק קנדה. ולרשימה זו אפשר עוד להוסיף.

"The wall of hate" - a 7 minute video showing Israel's ethnic cleansing project in action.

Ynet, May 12, 2006: The "voluntary transfer" of people with any financial resources is taking place NOW. This is Israel's true policy: Destroy the Palestinian people.

Ynet, April 16, 2006: The Labour party insists that "transfer" should be explicitly excluded from the new coalition agreement. Do they know something we don't?

London Review of Books, April 20, 2006, on the "demographic danger".

Haaretz, April 11, 2006: "Israel aims to get rid of its non-Jewish citizens"

"Heruth" - one of several parties promoting ethnic cleansing and similar fascist ideas.

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