10 facts about Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip

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1- The West Bank – including East Jerusalem – and the Gaza Strip together constitute what is nowadays called the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), which have been under Israeli military occupation since June 1967. Before the State of Israel was established in 1948, they were simply parts of Mandate Palestine; their ‘borders’ are the result of Israeli expansion and armistice lines.

2- In 1967, Israeli forces ethnically cleansed and destroyed a number of Palestinian villages during their invasion. 300,000 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip became refugees during Israel’s occupation in June 1967; the vast majority remain unable to return.

3- The State of Israel has subjected Palestinian citizens and Palestinian non-citizens to military rule for 68 years of occupation.

4- Currently there are more than 500 physical obstacles, including checkpoints and earth mounds that restrict Palestinian freedom of movement in the West Bank.

5- Soon after the occupation in June 1967 Israel sought to transfer its Jewish population into the occupied territories and change their demographic makeup.

6- All Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) are illegal under international law and violate the Fourth Geneva Convention.

7- There are now 125 Israeli government-sanctioned settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), plus another 100 or so unauthorised settler ‘outposts’.

8- There are around 400,000 Israelis living in illegal settlements the Occupied West Bank. Those illegal settlers can vote, are allowed to build and expand, and have their own network or roads and highways. Unlike settlers, Palestinians under occupation have none of these rights.

9- According to the UN, there have been 2,598 acts of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the last ten years.

10- Israel enforces a dual legal system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: civil courts for the 600,000 settlers in West Bank and Jerusalem, and military courts for 4.5 million Palestinians. The latter has a 99.74 percent conviction rate.

According to Human Rights Watch: “Palestinians face systematic discrimination merely because of their race, ethnicity, and national origin.” Amnesty International agrees.

(Source / 16.06.2016)

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The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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