Thursday, March 24, 2011

Israel passes discriminatory 'Nakba Law'

PressTV - Israel passes discriminatory 'Nakba Law':

Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:22PM
Ibrahim Husseini, Press TV, al-Quds

"The two bills that have been enacted in the Israeli Knesset; both directed against Arabs in Israel.

The so-called Nakba Law would bar entities receiving public funding, from organizing or funding any activity which would eventually undermine the Tel Aviv regime or violate its values.

Such broad terms are applicable to academic conferences and historical research and discussion focusing on various aspects of the 1948 War, commonly known among Palestinians as the Nakba or catastrophe, and the events preceding it.

Analysts say that the law in essence, is designed to shut people up.

The law regarding resident admissions in certain small communities would permit Israeli settlers to screen applicants before allowing anyone to live among them. The application of the law has been limited to the Negev and Galilee. But critics are calling it an outrageous measure that breaches universal principles of equality and limits the places Palestinian citizens can choose to live.

Meanwhile, Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian occupied territories, warned earlier this week that Israel's settlement activities and the eviction of Palestinians from their homes are aimed at “ethnic cleansing”.

Human rights groups have repeatedly warned Israel to end its discriminatory policies. Tel Aviv may argue that it needs such stringent measures to protect its interests, but even Israeli media have described the latest legislation as a serious blow to the remaining freedoms the regime has tolerated.

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