Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Barghouti: Israel Guilty of Ethnic Cleansing

From the Palestine Monitor, a report of a speech by Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, in Ramallah, May 29, 2014: 

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The practice of ethnic cleansing Israel is carrying out in the Jordan Valley is a repetition of the tragedy the Palestinian people suffered in 1948 during the creation of the state of Israel, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, told demonstrators at a solidarity event for the Palestinian families of the Jordan Valley on Wednesday. 
Over the last four years, according to Dr. Barghouti, Israel has demolished thousands of homes and facilities, displacing about 5,000 citizens. He argued that these measures are a clear attempt by Israel to Judaize the Jordan Valley and the rest of Area C—the approximately 61% of the West Bank placed under full Israeli civil and military control via the Oslo Accords. 
Barghouti maintained that the only way to fend off Israel’s encroachments is to increase boycott, divestment and sanctions measures, and demand that United Nations institutions take concrete measures in response to Israel’s grave violations of international laws, UN Charters and the Geneva Conventions. 
According to Barghouti, official Palestinian institutions yesterday began the process of joining the Internal Criminal Court in order to prosecute Israel for war crimes and racial discrimination against the Palestinian people. 
Barghouti reaffirmed the need for support for the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in the Jordan Valley by all means possible—support which will ensure their survival and allow them to remain within their homes.  
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