Israel passes bill to make dividing Jerusalem more difficult

Yesterday, the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, passed a bill requiring a two-thirds majority to divide Jerusalem. The vote was 64 to 52. The only bright spot is that there’s enough internal opposition to this idiocy that a change of seven votes would have defeated it. 

This is not a good idea. The reality in Israel/Palestine is that neither population is going anywhere and the only way to achieve anything like peace is to come up with a solution that comes as close as possible to satisfying both parties. Neither side is served well by the status quo. 

There is no way the Palestinians could conceivably accept a solution that completely leaves out Jerusalem. This freezes the status quo. Left alone, this pretty much means unending violence. No matter what the outcome, it can’t end well. A lot of people are going to get killed in a way that’s avoidable. 

A linkage between an American embassy in Jerusalem, presumably West Jerusalem because it’s both closer to the Knesset and easier to build there, and an undivided Jerusalem is absolutely unnecessary. In fact, it’s fundamentally nonsensical. 

Al Jazeera reports that Israel intends to move Arab communities out of areas of East Jerusalem, something I’ve also heard elsewhere. Al Jazeera also reports that the status of the Arabs of East Jerusalem is somewhere between the status of Israeli citizens and of occupied Palestinians. Why? They either live in occupied territory or they live in Israel. If the Israeli government thinks they live in Israel proper permanently then they’re Israeli now, unless they opt to leave, which they obviously won’t. If Israel unreservedly thinks they live in Israel, the only difference between them and Arab Israeli citizens is when where they live became part of Israel. This would be like the United States not giving citizenship to native Hawaiians. If the Israelis don’t unreservedly think the East Jerusalem Arab residents live in Israel, why should they expect the rest of the world to?

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on January 3, 2018 at 9:10am

There is damn little difference between the current Israeli government and the current US government. They both are using racist, apartheid, white separatist policies to punish and/or incite anyone who isn't a right-wing fascist.

In fact they have even said so:

"I congratulate the Knesset on the approval by a large majority of the amendment to the Basic Law.  Jerusalem, which strengthens the defensive wall against those on the left who may try to harm Israeli sovereignty in united Jerusalem in the future.”  ~ Israeli Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin

When you add in Israel's threatened imprisonment of non-white JEWISH refugees if they don't leave Israel (exactly like Trump's threats to arrest and expel "brown" American citizens), flaunting every international treaty & accord they are a party to (exactly like what Trump wants to do by building a new missile that breaks several arms treaties we are a party to) and their utter disdain for the rule of law (I don't think I can even start listing these without writing an entire post) you have a country run by terrorists.  

Terrorism is much more than throwing bombs, btw.  It is also oppressing people, enacting apartheid laws and taking reprehensible actions until the oppressed people have no other recourse but to fight back, giving the fascists have the tiniest of excuses for murdering even more of them... exactly like Israel and the US are doing.  Their goal is to have a country that is white, with one unified religion, ruled by the elite.  Anyone who dares oppose this goal will be murdered or imprisoned.

Comment by koshersalaami on January 3, 2018 at 9:31am

I object to the current Israeli and US Governments on pretty much the same grounds. In both cases, the question is how we strengthen the political opposition. 

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on January 3, 2018 at 9:31am

BTW, try to tell me again that there isn't collusion between the likes of Chuck Schumer and the fascists who run Israel...  

Schumer says he advised Trump to declare Jerusalem Israel's 'undivided' capital


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