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Settlers Attack Palestinian, International Law Professors In a Hebron
Settlers Attack Local, International Law Professors In Hebron
Saturday April 21, 2012 08:48 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Extremist illegal Israeli settlers attacked on Friday local and
international law professors participating in a conference regarding
Palestine’s membership at the United Nations, organized by the Hebron
University, in Hebron city, in the southern part of the West Bank.
The professors were touring in Al-Shallalah Street, next to the
illegal settlement outpost of Beit Hadassah.
researcher, professors of Refugees Studies at Oxford University, Abbas
Shiblaq, stated that “this attack is a proof of the fascist nature of
the Israeli occupation and its settlers” who aim at uprooting the
Palestinians from their homeland, and a proof that Israel’s policy if
based on “voiding the other”.
Shiblaq described the situation in
Hebron and the illegal Israeli violations as a system that is deeper and
larger than the former apartheid system in Southern Africa. He added
that what the media reports about the violations carried out by
extremist settlers and Israeli soldiers, in Hebron, barely reflects %5
of what is happening on the ground.
Oxford Law Professor,
Professor of International Refugee Law, Goodwin Gill, stated that he
visited several conflict zones around the world, but never witnessed a
situation that is similar to the situation in the Old City of Hebron.
Gill added that Israel’s closure of Palestinian stores, and
roads, and its disregard of the basic human rights of the Palestinian
people, cannot be comprehended, adding that the Palestinians in Hebron
are unable to lead a normal life due to these violations.
is no convincing reason that would explain why would they treat ordinary
people like this”, he said, “These violations are destroying the daily
lives of the people, bit by bit”.
He was also overwhelmed by size
and brutality of Israel’s control over the Old City, the settlers’
ongoing attacks against the residents, and the fact that they hurled
stones and trash at his delegation.
Member of the Hebron Defense
Committee, University professor, Mohammad Al-Jabreeny, and other
committee members, informed the visiting professors about the ongoing
Israeli violations in the Old City of Hebron, and the increasing Israeli
restrictions, especially on the social sector, the shutting down dozens
of shops and stores, in addition to the restrictions on the Freedom of
Worship at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.
dignitaries listened to a presentation that explained the devastating
effects of Israel’s closure of the Al-Shuhada Street on its residents,
and the residents of Tal Romeida, in addition to the rest of the city.
International Law Professor, head of the Legal Clinic at the
Hebron University, Mo’ataz Qafeisha, stated after accompanying the
visiting professors that he is happy to be part of the Hebron Defense
Committee, and part of its legal nonviolent resistance that aim at
maintaining and defending the basic human rights of the residents, and
exposing Israel’s violations against the Palestinians in the city.
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