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As the far-right Israeli government prepares to take office, rights group says its guiding principles deepen apartheid

As the far-right Israeli government prepares to take office, rights group says its guiding principles deepen apartheid

HAIFA, Wednesday, December 28, 2022 (WAFA) – As the new incoming far-right Israeli government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu gets ready to be sworn in tomorrow, its guiding principles, in which its first clause states, “The Jewish people have an exclusive and unquestionable right over all areas of the land of Israel”, deepens its apartheid policies, according to Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

“The guiding principles, along with the coalition agreements, and the recent legislative initiatives, leave no room for doubt as to the direction in which the next government is racing: deepening its apartheid policies and intensifying Jewish supremacy and systemic discrimination against Palestinians,” said the Haifa-based rights group.

“This explicit declaration that the Jewish people have an exclusive right to self-determination, amounts to a complete denial of this right to the Palestinians, in all the territories under its control. This goes even further than the 2018 Jewish National State Law, which defines self-determination as unique to the Jewish people within the ‘State of Israel’, rather than an exclusive right to all of the areas it considers the historic ‘land of Israel’. This serves as a clear commitment to preventing the establishment of a Palestinian state,” Adalah said in a statement.

In its principles, the government also pledges to “strengthen its security forces and back soldiers and police officers.” The government here is committing to exacerbate its policy of blanket impunity to its armed forces when Palestinians are concerned, it said

Adalah said “it intends to continue to legally challenge the racist legislation and policies of the government and to call on states and international bodies to immediately act against Israel's gross human rights violations against Palestinians.”

M.K.

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