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Palestine resistance designated as criminal by the Israeli colonizer

Israel’s decision to freeze funds that are funneled by the Palestinian Authority to Palestinian prisoners is yet another example of conceited unilateralism and malice. It is true that  many of the prisoners are in Israeli jails only because they have taken the path to resistance. Most of these prisoners are innocent and/or coincidentally  related to a militant resister. Resistance, in itself, is not a crime.It is a right for any peoples occupied by another country. Nor is the resistance of another family member a crime that can be assigned on an individual. If, indeed, a Palestinian is guilty of having attacked a Jew in Palestinian territory, the first question to be asked is: “What is the Jew doing there”?Israel cannot continue its 1967 war which began its occupation of Palestinian lands in perpetuity. It persists with its illegal attack on Palestinian areas. The Palestinians put an end to armed struggle after Oslo. Every now and then, some amounts of violence have erupted out of sheer frustration and grave provocation. It is no secret that the occupation humiliates Palestinian dignity, steals and appropriates Palestinian land especially precious heritage spaces, embezzles natural resources, destroys agricultural crops, refuses permissions for Palestinians to build homes, and when the Palestinians out of frustration proceed to build the houses after years of waiting, proceeds to destroy them. Israel hardly needs a pretext to penalize or imprison a Palestinian. And a flimsy legal process is all it takes to release an insane murderous Jewish solider who was photographed committing the crime to be released with celebration.Israel is the 11th largest army in the world, but one of the largest dealers of military hardware. There exists a massive asymmetry between Israel and Palestine in military capacities. Yet, Israel remains insecure. They read history only to find how asymmetrical wars in Afghanistan, Vietnam, and now in Syria demonstrate that relatively small numbers of convinced fighters aggressive can carry out successful military operations against superior forces. Time and again, determined, and peaceful Palestinian protestors have forced Israel to withdraw from an invasion. In 2000, after two decades and the loss, according to estimates, of more than 1,000 men, Israel's chaotic withdrawal from southern Lebanon left its northern flank dangerously exposed.

Now, for Israel to try and dissuade Palestinians to protest, whether militantly or peacefully, it will have to do more than just pass humiliating laws which will become redundant because they lack moral fiber and are empty of political rationale. The protests which are not dangerous by even minimal standards will not cease when new laws come into force.Rather than label Palestine protesters as criminal and seeking to devastate Palestinian lives by holding back family support through dim-witted legislative action, Israel would be wiser to invest in an authentic dialogue with Palestinians, abandon its harsh militarism, and exit from lands that are not theirs. The law will disadvantage many Palestinians but the spirit to contest the racist occupation will not end. The Israeli army is itself a brute terrorist outfit engaged in killings in areas they have no legal right to enter. 

Meanwhile, superfluous statements by the EU which asks Palestinians to halt the “slay and flay’ policy must also cease. Does Europe even acknowledge that they are the authors of wars, even recently, where they have been the merciless slayer? The EU must understand that one gains the right to sermonize only when one practices what they preach. Right now, they must act for freedom and liberation for the Palestinians; not moralize.

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