By Gregg L.Greer, Editor @greer_gregg,
It’s been just over 50 years since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories and the start of the 11th year of its illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip, subjecting approximately 2 million inhabitants to collective punishment and a growing humanitarian crisis.
Speaking last fall Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs, said the most pressing concern in the “terrible” situation was that “so many children have been killed as a result of the violence in the last few days”. The UN’s humanitarian chief has described the situation in Gaza as “dire”, as the organization revealed that one child has been killed every hour in the conflict for the past three days.
In recent years-the Israeli authorities have intensified expansion of settlements and related infrastructure across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and severely restricted the freedom of movement of Palestinians and other oppressed minorities.
Almost simultaneously Israeli forces have unlawfully killed Palestinian civilians, including children, and unlawfully detained within Israel’s borders thousands of Palestinians from the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), holding hundreds in administrative detention without charge or trial.
Noted reports show that Israel is not above the fray with resources used to control the populations. The resources used are torture and other ill-treatment of detainees who include children. To date Israel continues to demolish Palestinian homes in the West Bank and in Palestinian villages inside Israel, forcibly evicting residents. Conscientious objectors to military service were imprisoned. Thousands of African asylum-seekers were threatened with deportation.
During the 1980’s tens of thousands of Jews were uprooted from remote parts of Ethiopia, there they had suffered from religious persecution, famine and civil wars.
Yet, as they arrived in Israel, these distinctive people faced appalling discrimination, racism and a lack of empathy for their hardships in Ethiopia and during their journey to Israel.
Moreover, this was exacerbated by a mixture of bureaucratic insensitivity and incompetence.
The uncharacteristic violence, seen recently during demonstrations by members of the Ethiopian community in Israel, was a direct result of years of accumulated frustration against the state and especially the police.
According to a recent article in Al Jazeera, on March 17, one of Israel’s two chief rabbis, Yitzhak Yosef, called black people “monkeys” and the Hebrew equivalent of the N-word in his weekly sermon.
It is highly unlikely that Yosef will face any real repercussions for his racist comments. He was not demoted after saying in a similar sermon exactly two years ago that all non-Jews – Africans, Arabs, or otherwise – could only live in Israel if they agree to serve the country’s Jewish population.
It’s unclear if Yosef’s recent comments were directly connected to the Israeli government’s impending expulsion of approximately 40,000 African refugees, mainly Christians and Muslims from Eritrea and Sudan.
In the next two articles I plan to lay out well established research that correctly proves Israeli officials have grown extreme in their handling of oppressed minorities to the extent of global human rights abuses.
(This is Part1 of a 7 part series)
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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Social Scientist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom FirstInternational a human rights NGO, also Black America World News. Greer has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of social justice and politics. Greer is the Founder of Black America World News. His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post, CNN.Greer writes commentary on Apolitical America, MSNBC Online and others. Listen to his radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him and others of the brightest minds today, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org His website is www.gregglgreer.com