The Palestinian Human Rights Nightmare

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In a short section called “Arbitrary Imprisonment,” the JIJ relates that in 2011 the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) received

complaints of more than 1,400 arbitrary arrests in the West Bank and more than 300 in Gaza.

Although most of the cases were and are connected to the conflict between Fatah and Hamas, there were also many cases of political arrests of reporters, teachers, university professors, students, Mosque Imams and other persons who opposed the reigning government.

Apparently, then, removing most (or in Gaza, all) Israeli governmental control from these areas is not a sine qua non for liberation. But it gets much worse in the report’s next section, “Torture and Degrading Treatment.” It turns out that human rights workers say “cases of torture and cruel punishment occur on a regular basis in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, often resulting in death.”

For instance, in the West Bank on September 19, 2010,

Ahmed Salhab, a 42-year-old mechanic from Hebron, was arrested and detained until October 16, first in Hebron and then in Jericho. On October 16, Preventive Security officials transferred him to a hospital in Hebron suffering from injury to previously torn spinal discs and severe mental distress resulting from torture in custody.

And in Gaza in 2010,

the ICHR documented 220 complaints on the use of cruel or degrading punishment of prisoners, which included standing for many hours, flogging, beating with batons, kicking, punching, tying the hands behind the back and hanging with a hook in high place, blindfolding for many hours, using electric shock by tying the toes with electrified wires, cursing and threatening.

Naturally, in such a situation, the West Bank and Gaza don’t score high in other categories of human rights either, such as:

  • Freedom of the press: In 2010 Reporters without Borders rated the PA 150th out of 170 countries in that category. In the first half of 2011 there were “68 cases of assault on reporters by the Palestinian security forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”
  • Freedom of religion: The U.S. State Department has ranked the PA “44th out of 50 countries in regard to persecution or discrimination against religious minorities.” The Open Doors organization says “Christians in the West Bank are exposed to discrimination and suffer limitations of their freedom.” Regarding Gaza, reports speak of “systematic persecution with the purpose of continual decrease in the number of Christians living there.”
  • Women’s rights: While the JIJ says that “Palestinian women in the West Bank generally have much more freedom than those living in other Arab countries,” honor killings are an ongoing reality and “Palestinian law allows those who are murdered based on family honor to evade justice and provides quasi-impunity regarding [these] killings.” Women also are “not legally protected against domestic violence,” and “the Islamic law makes it difficult for women to divorce…women have to prove that they were beaten and this is almost impossible….” For women in Gaza, “socializing in public with the opposite sex is forbidden, and premarital sex is punishable by imprisonment.”
  • Children’s rights: In February 2011 a Palestinian newspaper reported that in the Palestinian territories

many parents do not know how to treat children who are mentally or physically disabled. These children are mostly hidden from the eyes of society and are isolated, even from their siblings. They are often sexually abused by their relatives or neighbors. Their disability is perceived as a form of a punishment from Allah and as a source of shame for the parents….

Last September in his speech to the UN General Assembly, President Obama—seemingly oblivious to these problems—said he believed that “the Palestinian people deserve a state of their own.” He wasn’t the only one; his predecessor, President George W. Bush, called for a “democratic Palestinian state” on many occasions, and the “Middle East Road Map to Peace,” drafted by the State Department based on a speech Bush gave in 2002, mentions such a democratic state four times while harping on the theme of a “democratic Palestinian constitution.”

But talking about Palestinian—and Arab—democracy has always been easier than achieving it. Hopes for democratizing the region ran high at the time of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, and as recently as last year when the “Arab Spring” broke out. A year later, facing a dark landscape of Islamist ascendancy and/or severe brutality in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Syria, Iraq, and so on, such hopes have again run aground.

Will a similar realism about “Palestine” take hold? Again, with Jews in the picture, the situation seems more complicated. But the idea that upgrading the West Bank and Gaza to statehood would be a step toward peace, let alone democracy, is surely in need of a reality check.

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  • UCSPanther

    Surprise, surprise.

    So how is "liberation" working out for them now?

    • Roger

      The Clerics are smiling….

  • Shalom Freedman

    The Palestinian Arabs capacity to torture and murder other Palestinian Arabs is no sudden discovery. It goes back to Mandate times and had extreme manifestations during the First Intifada.
    The human rights hypocrites ignore or downplays this because general applause and supporting funds come from bashing Israel.

  • Rifleman

    The PA would fit right in on the UN human rights council, these days.

  • aspacia

    This will be buried by our media.

  • Schlomotion

    The "Jerusalem Institute of Justice" paper on Palestinian oppression of Palestinians is going to be as credible and riveting as The Himmler Paper on Jewish on Jewish Crime in the Warsaw Ghetto.

    • stern

      In other words, Shmo knows the truth. The Joos made them do it.

    • stern

      And this comes from someone who believes that the Turkish interpretation of the Mavi Marmara "incident" is gospel truth.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Now, let me make an attempt to grasp the logic inherent in your statement …

      Himmler wrote a paper on Jewish on Jewish crime in the Warsaw Ghetto. So … and once again, to make sure that I understand you … the method of stopping Jewish-on-Jewish crime is to kill the Jews? Is that what you're saying?

      • Schlomotion

        Certainly not. I am clearly saying that a commission originating in the country that forces semitic peoples into a ghetto is not the best authority on their well-being and intrapersonal civic relations.

        • Stephen_Brady

          Isn't your equating of Nazi Germany and Israel a blatant attempt to state that Israel will do the same to the "Palestinians" as Germany did to the Jews?

          • Schlomotion

            Not at all. I am simply comparing two very similar things. I do not presume to state that Israel WILL do the same thing. I am cautiously optimistic that they will not, because too many people are watching.

          • stern

            ah, so that's the only reason. People are watching. But behind closed doors, those darn Joos will do whatever they can get away with?

            Shmomotion is Herman Cantoinette is an anti-Semitic pig who thinks Jewish kids should be killed.

        • intrcptr2

          Oh, those nasty Jews, forcing Hamas to win an election, after the IDF uprooted every last Israeli, and then stage a coup against its own government.

          How dare those Zionists make the palis in Gaza vote for their won leaders.

          The problem with your analogy ahs nothing to do with Himmler and everything to do with the abject lack of Jew-on-Jew violence in the Warsaw ghetto. The palis are pre-civilized; any effort by the UN, or others, to craft a state from that mess will fail. Of course there is the curious fact that in 1948 it was fellow Arabs who forced the refugees into camps, not the Israelis.

          • Nick Shaw

            And keep them in the camps to this day, Int!

  • EVABeliever

    shlop is a typical hater: he only believes what he wants to believe as long as it fits his biased world view. Maggots like schlop (schlomotion) deserve to live in the squalor they remain willfully ignorant of.

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  • DogsHateRomney

    Take a close look at this PRESENT DAY MAP of the Middle East.

    Do you see that 22 Arab and/or Muslim [Iran is not considered Arab] nations completely engulf Israel?

    • Snorbak

      & lets not forget that those 22 nations incorporate 144 million square miles, filled with people that desire to exterminate the Jew's as a race, motivated by an all consuming, irrational & complete hatred of Israel & her people.
      Israels position is certainly one to be envied!

      • DogsHateRomney

        Indeed. Moreover, the term "Palestinian" itself had referred to Israeli Jews back in the 1940s, (read "The Aaronsohn Saga" by Shmuel Katz) ~ ~ and they ahve been slowly deconstructed and re-defined to refer to the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza. SO Marx/Hagelian,

        • Snorbak

          There is also this;

          “There is no such thing as Palestine in history — absolutely not!”
          Professor Philip Hitti, 1946. (Arab historian)

          “We’re not Palestinians, if anybody is a Palestinian the Jews are Palestinians” Ahmed Shukairy, 1956. (Co founder of the PLO)

  • WilliamJamesWard

    What would be the facts of a two state setup for citizen abuse and murder in Palestinian (Arab) state and
    and Israeli State? There has been to many hanging and burning killings in Palestinian controled land
    to suggest to the contrary it does not exist. In Israel I have never seen any evidence of a citizen being
    tortured, hung or cruely abused by the authorities. There is however that which approaches mental
    abuse and that is the Israeli Government making continual concessions only to reap more violence
    and everyone must say "whats up with that"………make us crazy?…………………….William

    • WilliamJamesWard

      To clarify, time for the Israeli Government to take the gloves off and end the debacle of
      the Palestinian hoax generating world wide propaganda at Israel's expense…………William

  • Ghostwriter

    I doubt we'll hear any of this from people like muchiboy and Nakba1948. They're so obsessed with their beloved Palestinians that they don't see the human rights violations that happen in the Palestinian territories.

  • Hank Rearden

    Typical article by a Jew. Insensitive; un-multicultural. Jews may not like to be hung on a hook with their hands behind their back, but how do you know that Arabs don't like it? Every culture has its own mores. The idea that everybody wants the rule of law is a typical Jew idea. What's wrong with rule by a strong man who keeps malcontents in line? Jews keep whining about human rights and everybody is tired of hearing it!

    • Nick Shaw

      "The idea that everybody wants the rule of law is a typical Jew idea."
      Don't live in the US, do you, Helen?
      Do you ever tire of being a dork?

    • Snorbak

      Your comment, "Typical artical by a Jew" is a typical comment from a Jew Hater & is in itself insensitive.
      I admire you double standards. (Sarcasm intended)
      "What's wrong with rule by a strong man who keeps malcontents in line?"; isn't that what Israel is doing with regard to the "Palestinian" Arabs living within its borders?
      You make reference to multiculturalism as if its a positive, its the very thing that is tearing western societies apart & is all too often confused with multiracialism.

    • Ghostwriter

      Have you no shame,Hank? That is one of the most disgusting things I've ever read on this site. Why don't you crawl back under your rock where you belong?

  • Nick Shaw

    Huh! To think I always thought the Arabs were given their own state! Jordan, I think it was called.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Multiculturalism——hummmmmm———-The effects of the Tower of Babel have not been rescinded
    last I checked……….leftists will only build a Towering Inferno………………………….William