Palestinians living illegally in Palestine
by MainStreet, Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 05:30:30 AM EST
subtitled, Palestinians waiting for Obama.
This story is another one out of George Orwell's universe as it has applied so frequently to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It repeats the many instances of how Palestinians can be considered aliens in their own country, or what's left of it. Ultimately, it is a tale of how racism affects this conflict, when a different people held under military occupation for decades can come to lack any civil or human rights.
From the BBC this morning:
Bethlehem University student Berlanty Azzam, 21, was deported two weeks ago. The Israeli military said she had been given a permit in 2005 allowing her to spend only a few days in Jerusalem.
But an Israeli human rights group says that when Ms Azzam left Gaza there was no such thing as a special permit for Palestinians to enter the West Bank.
(I must suppose that there now is such a permit. Permits and permits: it's part and parcel of the methodology of ethnic cleansing.)
Ms Azzam was stopped at a checkpoint in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers at the end of October, two months before she was due to complete a degree in business management in Bethlehem.
When they saw that the address listed on her identity card was in Gaza, she was detained for six hours, then blindfolded and handcuffed and told she would be taken to a detention centre in the southern West Bank. "The driving took longer than it should have and I started to think something was wrong. I started to wonder, what are they doing to me?" Ms Azzam said.
After the car stopped and the blindfold was lifted, she saw she was at the Erez crossing to Gaza. She was then forced to enter the territory without being given the chance to speak to a lawyer.
These kinds of incidents happen all the time in Palestine. Should she wait for Obama?