As we commemorate the second anniversary of the Israeli onslaught on the unarmed civilian Palestinian population of Gaza in December 2008 – January 2009, it is important to remember Israeli discriminatory policies and practices against the Palestinian population of the West Bank, where one of the ugliest human tragedies of oppression, dispossession, and ethnic cleansing is taking place.
On December 19, 2010, Human Rights Watch issued a comprehensive report on the Israeli discriminatory practices in the West Bank. The 166-page report “Separate and Unequal – Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories” documents Israeli discriminatory policies and actions and offers recommendations for actions by the Israeli government, the United States government, the international community, the European Union, the United Nations, and businesses profiting from settlements.
Human Rights Watch introduces the report as follows:
“This report shows that Israel operates a two-tier system for the two populations of the West Bank in the large areas where it exercises exclusive control. The report is based on case studies comparing Israel’s starkly different treatment of settlements and next-door Palestinian communities in these areas. It calls on the US and EU member states and on businesses with operations in settlement areas to avoid supporting Israeli settlement policies that are inherently discriminatory and that violate international law.”
Carroll Bogert, deputy executive director for external relations at Human Rights Watch stated:
“Palestinians face systematic discrimination merely because of their race, ethnicity, and national origin, depriving them of electricity, water, schools, and access to roads, while nearby Jewish settlers enjoy all of these state-provided benefits. While Israeli settlements flourish, Palestinians under Israeli control live in a time warp – not just separate, not just unequal, but sometimes even pushed off their lands and out of their homes”
The following link connects to the webpage at Human Rights Watch website that introduces and provides access to the report:
And the following link connects directly to the report:
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