[News] Palestinian groups slam Israels new law
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Palestinian factions slam Israel's new law
Thursday May 28, 2009 02:48
by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
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Several Palestinians factions strongly denounced the new Israeli bill
that calls for punishing any citizen of Israel for not recognizing
the country as a Jewish democratic state. The bill passed in the
first reading at the Knesset on Wednesday.
The factions stated that Israel is targeting the very existence of
the Arabs and is trying to enforce racist laws that aim at voiding
the internationally guaranteed Right of Return of the Palestinian Refugees.
Nafith Azzam, a political leader of the Islamic Jihad, stated that 61
years after the Nakba, and after committing war crimes and acts of
ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians, annexing their lands, and
expelling them, Israel is still living in its smokescreen of fear and
is trying to enforce racist laws against the natives of this land.
Azzam demanded the international community to have a clear stance
regarding such racist laws, and to stop demanding the Palestinians to
recognize Israel as a precondition for peace talks, especially since
Israel never recognized the Palestinian rights.
Hamas movement also slammed the law and said that it aims at forcing
the Palestinians out of their lands, and denying the Right of Return
to the Palestinians who were forced out of their homeland in 1948.
Hamas leader, Ismail Radwan, said that this is a racist law made by a
racist entity, and added that it aims at targeting the Palestinian
steadfastness and the very existence of the Palestinians in the 1948
He demanded the Palestinian negotiators to "stop chasing the mirage
of arbitrary peace talks", and to stop all sorts of security
cooperation with the occupation.
The popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said that
this law is yet another proof that Israel is a racist state, and an
entity that is based on apartheid, violence and oppression.
The PFLP also said that the law reflects the violent nature of Israel
and its ongoing violations against democracy and human rights.
The PFLP called for unity among all factions in order to achieve
liberation and the Right of Return. It called for ongoing struggle
against settlements, the Wall and the Israeli attempts to force the
Palestinians out of Jerusalem.
The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) said that
this law aims at expelling the Arabs from their cities and towns.
Member of the DFLP Central Committee, Talal Abu Tharifa, said that
recognizing Israel as a Jewish State means emptying Palestine from
its native Palestinians, voiding the Right of Return, and added that
this law is considered a continuation of Israel's war against the
He called for ending the internal Palestinian conflicts and achieving
unity to counter the Israeli aggression and racist laws.
The Palestinian People Party (PPP) said that this law is racist and
violates every principle of democracy and human rights.
The PPP added that this law is another Israeli call for transferring
the Arabs out of their homeland so that Zionist groups can establish
the Zionist state.
The party called on all Palestinians and international peace groups
to reject this law and act against it, in addition to supporting the
Palestinian right of independence and statehood.
The law was passed in preliminary reading on Wednesday by 47 votes,
while 34 members of Knesset opposed it, one member of Knesset abstained.
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