Yesha Human Rights Group Publishes Report (Part One of Eight)
by Ezra HaLevi
3 Tevet 5768, December 12, '07
(IsraelNN.com) Human rights week in Israel heralds the publication of
a plethora of reports on the alleged mistreatment of Israel's Arab
citizens by groups funded by the European Union and the New Israel
Fund. In response, the Yesha Human Rights Organization has decided to
publish its own report on the status of human rights among the Jews of
Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
Yesha Human Rights Organization Chairperson Orit Struck prefaces the
report writing that the public residing in Yesha (acronym for Judea,
Samaria and Gaza) has "suffered public and blatant trampling of its
basic rights, but not received almost any defense from the human
Struck explains why the Yesha Human Rights Organization was founded:
"Over the years, it became clear that there was a need for a human
rights organization `of our own,' which would relate to those settling
in Yesha as human beings possessing rights, and not as second, third
or fourth class citizens. The Yesha Human Rights Organization tries to
provide for the various needs resulting from the trampling of the
rights of these residents by government authorities."
The report deals with eight areas of particularly blatant
discrimination: "To our great sorrow, in each of these areas,
residents of Yesha did not receive any support from the Association
for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), which often took a stance negating
the residents' most basic rights. We are prepared to provide
individuals and lawyers involved in each one of these realms with
evidence which further illustrates the phenomenon."
Various sections of the report will be reprinted by Arutz-7 over the
The Expulsion of the Residents of Gaza and Northern Samaria
"The essence of the expulsion of thousands of citizens from their
homes presents the most blatant trampling of human rights by both the
Knesset and the Supreme Court. The Expulsion Law, or in the language
of the lawmakers the `Disengagement Implementation Law' was, in the
words of retired Supreme Court Justice David Tal a `law making
injustice kosher.' For the first time in the history of the State of
Israel, the Knesset was asked to enact a law that would legalize the
expulsion of thousands of people an action that was until then
defined according to Israeli law as a `war crime' and `crime against
humanity.' The `Disengagement Implementation Law' allowed the Israeli
government to carry out the expulsion of 8,000 Jews from their homes.
"Since the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Freedom states that `there is
no harming the rights outlined in this basic law except via
legislation that befits the values of the State of Israel and is
designated toward a worthy cause
' the Knesset, and afterwards the
Supreme Court, were asked to clarify whether the exception from the
Basic Law stood up to the stipulations outlined in the law itself.
Namely: was the expulsion being carried out `for a worthy cause.'
"The `cause,' as it was presented to the Knesset and the Supreme Court
by representatives of the State Prosecution was: `To bring about a
better security, diplomatic, economic and demographic reality.'
"In the framework of the discussion surrounding the legislation, which
took place in Knesset Law and Legislation Committee and in the
documents handed to the Supreme Court no evidence or proof was
brought regarding the existence of the stated cause. In other words:
It was not proven, to say the least, that the reality that would be
created through the expulsion would be better in the realms of
security, diplomacy, economics or demographics. In fact, the opposite
was presented by many opponents of the law that Israel's situation
in the stated areas would decline as a result of the implementation of
the Disengagement (an estimation that was proven correct within a
"Nevertheless, the Knesset authorized it, and afterwards the Supreme
Court approved the expulsion law, thus dealing a mortal blow to
thousands of citizens, their property, their livelihood, their
dignity, their health physical and mental, and to the overall
texture of their lives, turning them into refugees in their own land."