Palestinians begin general strike over Israel’s home demolitions
Palestinians in occupied al-Quds have begun a general strike in protest against Israel’s land-theft policy and its planned mass demolitions in a neighborhood of East al-Quds.
The protest action has been organized by residents of the Jabal al-Mukabir neighborhood, where at least 800 of Palestinian houses face the threat of demolition, the official Wafa news agency reported on Thursday.
Local Palestinian residents observed an all-out shutdown and shops and business were closed and the streets largely deserted in the area.
Tariq Owaisat, an anti-settlement activist, said the Israeli authorities want to destroy the homes to make way for a commercial center and at least 500 new settler units.
The activist further warned that Israel’s “dangerous” scheme risks the displacement of hundreds of Palestinian families. He said the municipality in al-Quds was acting like a “gangster under the protection of the Israeli regime.”
In recent weeks, Palestinians have protested in front of the Israeli municipality building in al-Quds against the demolition of Palestinian houses by authorities in the occupied city. They say they will not allow a repeat of the 1948 Nakba and the 1967 Naksa, which mark the mass displacement and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by the Israeli regime.
Israel routinely demolishes Palestinian houses in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds, claiming that the structures have been built without permits, which are almost impossible to obtain.
The Tel Aviv regime plans to force Palestinian families from different neighborhoods in East al-Quds in an attempt to replace them with settlers.
Nearly 700,000 Israelis live in settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds. The UN Security Council has in several resolutions condemned Tel Aviv’s settlement projects on the occupied Palestinian land.
Israel’s ‘cruel policies’ against Palestinians amounts to ‘apartheid’: Amnesty Intl.
Israel imposes a system of oppression and domination against Palestinians across all areas under its control order to benefit Israelis, which amounts to apartheid as prohibited in international law, Amnesty International said in a recent report.
“Laws, policies and practices which are intended to maintain a cruel system of control over Palestinians, have left them fragmented geographically and politically, frequently impoverished, and in a constant state of fear and insecurity,” the UK-based human rights group said.
The term “apartheid” was originally used to refer to a political system in South Africa which explicitly enforced racial segregation, and the domination and oppression of the minority white population against blacks.