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Report: Escalation of Israel’s racist laws against Palestinians

Palestinians demonstrate against Israeli violations in front of the Knesset building in Jerusalem on 27 January 2017 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians demonstrate against the Israeli government in front of the Knesset building in Jerusalem on 27 January 2017 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]

A new report has revealed that extremism in Israel has escalated to include senior political circles and laws as well as government decisions. Collectively, they are intended to target the presence of the Palestinian people in their own land.

Issued by the Palestinian Centre for Israeli Studies (MADAR), the report examined the list of racist laws supporting illegal Israeli settlements passed by the Knesset (parliament) from 2006. It pointed out that during its 17th parliamentary session (2006-2009), the Knesset approved the final readings of six such pieces of legislation; during its 18th session between 2009 and 2013 the figure was eight; within two years from the start of the 19th session it passed 24 pro-settlement, anti-Palestinian laws. MADAR regards this escalation to be an indicator of more repressive laws in the pipeline.

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According to the report, 136 laws are included on the Knesset agenda during the current 20th session. It noted that Israeli parliamentarians are competing to propose more laws in favour of the settlements, including 30 aimed at imposing Israeli sovereignty on the colonies, or on the occupied West Bank as a whole.

“During the Israeli parliament’s 2016-2017 winter session,” said the report, “repressive laws have increased against those who disagree with government policies and the coalition’s agenda. For example, there has been a law banning the Muslim call for prayer which was approved by the Knesset during a preliminary reading.”

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Palestinians paint 'Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque to the school's wall to protest against approval of the proposed Azan (call to prayer) ban law by Israel in Gaza City, Gaza on March 21, 2017. ( Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency )

Palestinians paint Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque to the school’s wall to protest against approval of the proposed Azan (call to prayer) ban law by Israel in Gaza City, Gaza on March 21, 2017.
( Mustafa Hassona – Anadolu Agency )

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  • Fasdunkle

    “For example, there has been a law banning the Muslim call for prayer”

    No, there hasn’t

  • thebigkohen

    muslims occupy israel “from the river to the sea”

    the generation has arrived to annex judea & samaria, take back the temple mount & build beit hamikdash

    where shall we send your shrine & mosque?

    amman or mecca!

    btw – millions of you muslims need to go liberate mecca on a 1 way haj

    • Helen4Yemen

      How about you heading towards Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Germany … where 99.9% of your ancestry DNA is from? Does DNA lie?

      At 0% ancestry ties to Palstine but at 99.9% ancestry to Europe, what is the Ashkenazi doing on Arab land? I thought Hitler had been dead for decades? Why not go home to where your 99.9% of your DNA is from?

      Tony Kushner DNA
      97.5% Ashkenazi
      0.1% Finnish
      0.1% Scandanvian
      2.2% Broadly European
      0.1% East Asian
      99.9% European
      0.0% Middle Eastern

      Rabbi Hammerman DNA
      97.2% Ashkenazi
      0.8% East European
      0.2% Southern European
      1.7% Broadly European
      0.1% Native American
      99.9% European
      0.0% Middle Eastern

      Joseph Cohen DNA
      96.2% Ashkenazi
      0.4% Eastern European
      0.1% N. European
      0.1% SouthernEuropean
      3.0% Broady European
      0.1% East Asian
      0.1% Unassigned
      0.0% Middle East
      99.8% European
      0.0% Middle Eastern

      Alan Dershowitz DNA
      98. 5% Ashkenazi
      0.4% Southern European
      0.1% Balkan
      0.9% Broadly European
      0.1% East Asian
      99.9% European
      0.0% Middle Eastern

      • thebigkohen

        keep whining fool as your yemen implodes

        • Helen4Yemen

          You did not dispute that the Ashkenazi is 99.9% European, did you?

          Guess what is the Middle East DNA level of the Eskimo? Exactly the same

          as the Ashkenazi which is 0%. At 0% Middle East ancestry, can you tell me

          what is the reason the Ashkenazi is squatting on stolen Arab land?

        • Sharleen Targon

          Mongoloid mutt

          • thebigkohen

            And the peasant troll whines like the loser that you are