Haneen Zoabi, Arab representative in Knesset, affirmed in an exclusive statement to Islam Online that Israel is discriminating against Palestine 48 as a part of a legal framework to close the doors in the face of any form of change, in terms of arguments or political pressures that maybe imposed by some sects or parties.

Zoabi’s statements came after her comments about Knesset’s Interior and Environment Committee’s decision on Tuesday, March 15th to revoke the Israeli citizenship from those suspected of treason, spying, or committing “terrorist” activities against the interests of Israel.

According to the occupation army broadcast, the law introduced by David Rotem and Robert Ilatov from the Yisrael Beiteinu party, compels the court to revoke the citizenship from all those suspected to treason. The law mainly targets the internal Arab minority, because they aid Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to overcome the occupation. If the law is implemented, all those offering aid will have their citizenship revoked.

State attribute

Dr. Haneen Zoabi said, “Discrimination is the attribute of the Israeli state. This did not just emerge from Benjamin Netanyahu’s extremist government, but since the declaration of the Israeli state until 2009, 23 discriminatory laws have been passed.”

She added: “there are two things that distinguish Netanyahu’s government; the first, is that the frequency of passing discriminatory laws has increase, where 10 discriminatory laws have been passed in just two years. The second is that the laws are meant to initiate Zionist loyalty, and in fact it does impose Zionist loyalty and internally tames Palestinians.”

Since the Israeli elections in February 2009, resulting in the election to the most right-wing government in Israeli history, there has been a flood of discriminatory legislator presented to Knesset targeting the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel in a number of ways.

According to a study presented by the Legal Center for Arab Minority Right in Israel, Adalah, there is a list of about twenty new laws and legal establishments presented, all of which are targeted against the Palestinians residing in Israel, jeopardizing their rights as Israeli citizens, and wiping out, in some instances, the rights of the Palestinian residents in occupied areas. Some of these rights have been passed and some were not presented as of yet.

Among these laws is the “Israel Land Administration Law,” that was passed in August of 2009, aiming to possess the lands of Palestinian refugees and those internally displaced. In 2010, the law of “Acquisition for Public Purposes Ordinance” was amended, where the Financial Minister has the right to seize land for “public purposes”.

Discriminatory laws

Haneen Zoabi believes that the main goal of the occupation to set discriminatory law is so that “these things are no longer an argument, and to halt all attempts to make these arguments political arguments that can be used as a sort of pressure by political parties or rights establishments.”

Zoabi also believes that Israel is attempting to “criminalize opposing political activity that is practiced by Palestine 48, fighting for their legitimate rights as citizens living in their land and possessing an Israeli citizenship. This gives them the same rights Israelis are entitled to, from education, to health, etc.”

Zoabi concludes by stating: “Israel, since the year 2000, recognized a rise to Palestine 48, through their participation in the Al-Aqsa Intifada, this pushed them towards the need to establish laws and legislatures that make the Palestinian citizens back down from their rights, demanding the least of rights.”

Uruguay recognition

On the other hand, Uruguay recognized Palestine as an independent state with leadership according to international resolutions: resolution 181, the resolution of division on February 29th, 1947. Resolution 3236, passed by the United Nations General Assembly on November 1974, and resolution 242, passed by the Security Assembly in 1967.

This came when the President of Uruguay Jose Mujica, hosted the Palestinian Ambassador to Argentina, Walid Muaqqat on March 16th. The General Manager of the Department of Latin America in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Munjid Salih said that President Mujica presented the Palestinian Ambassador a recognition certificate stating that Uruguay recognizes Palestine as an independent state.

The certificate also states that the recognition by Uruguay is due to its belief in the Peace in the Middle-East process and its interests for Israel and Palestine to live side by side in harmony.

Uruguay’s recognition is the eleventh recognition from South America out of the twelve countries. Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, Paraguay, Chile, and Peru all recognized Palestine as an independent state. Columbia, however, is the only country that did not recognize Palestine as an independent state, due to its close ties with Israel and the U.S.

In an exclusive statement to Islam Online, Dr. Assad Al-Awaidi, Political Science Professor at Al-Quds Open University in the West Bank, believes that this initiative is taken by countries the “transformed from dictatorships to right-less, civil democratic countries. Therefore they realize the importance of breaking away from the occupation experienced by the Palestinian people.”

Al-Awaidi added that the recognition of South American countries “make the Palestinians feel that they are not isolated from the rest of the world, and in fact increases the number of countries standing by and supporting the Palestinian situation. This may face the Israeli intransigence and disapproval of all Palestinian rights.”

Al-Awaidi concluded by saying: “the recognition of additional countries of Palestine as an independent state reveals the bias displayed by Washington as an Israeli ally at the expense of Palestinian rights. This in turn, will shift the policies of many great countries in the interest of the Palestinian situation.”