Israel guilty of ‘bleak’ and ‘severe’ human rights abuses, local NGO asserts

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Israel is guilty of “particularly severe” human rights violations, both in the Palestinian territories and Israel proper, according to a scathing new report by one of the country’s premier rights organizations.


According to the 2012 report of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the situation in Israel is “bleak” in almost every category of human rights, particularly housing. The report does also mention some positive developments, mainly in the area of healthcare.

“Asylum seekers are persecuted relentlessly. The occupation of the West Bank and the regime of discrimination are bolstered by doublespeak and efforts to silence opposition. Affordable housing is nowhere to be found and water has become a luxury. Large social protests are no longer permitted in the public sphere and the police and judicial authority are privatized while the High Court of Justice becomes less accessible,” ACRI said in a statement coinciding with the report’s publication.

The report covers a wide range of topics, such as freedom of expression, the right to demonstrate, the “smart cards” recently introduced in public transportation system, privatization, Arab minority rights, rights of people with disabilities, access to water, healthcare and what it considers “pointless arrests” of African migrants.

“The prevalent attitude toward African asylum seekers in Israel in 2012 was one of racism and xenophobia,” the report asserts. “Over the course of the year, Israeli citizens burned, beat, cursed and looted on a scale and in a manner never seen before. Molotov cocktails were thrown at the homes of asylum seekers and at a kindergarten in the Shapira neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Apartments of foreign citizens in Jerusalem were torched. Three Eritrean asylum seekers were stabbed in the Shapira neighborhood and a demonstration against so-called ‘infiltrators’ in the Hatikva neighborhood of Tel Aviv descended into a display of unbridled violence, including smashing of shop windows and physical attacks on foreign citizens. A small number of assailants were indicted following these incidents.”

Written By: Raphael Ahren
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5 COMMENTS

  1. there is plenty of affordable housing outside of the crowded metropolitan areas like tel aviv and jerusalem. the housing situation is a simple result of supply and demand, similar to other major cities like new york.

    there is definitely no shortage of water to those who pay their utility bills and mass social protests are absolutely not forbidden.regarding migrants, i’m sure the report doesn’t mention anything about the string of rapes, thefts and other crimes perpetrated by these asylum seekers. unfortunately, there are so many of them being persecuted by their own countries and fleeing to israel that the government simply does not have a viable solution for them.

    i have no idea what your personal opinion is and i understand that you are quoting the report, but these are blatant lies.

  2. yrubinucf:
    (…)  i have no idea what your personal opinion is and i understand that you are quoting the report, but these are blatant lies.

    Blatant lies? 

    Yet ACRI are a long-standing, respected, and transparent Israeli NGO, are they not?

     

    i’m sure the report doesn’t mention anything about the string of rapes, thefts and other crimes perpetrated by these asylum seekers. 

    No it doesn’t.

    It doesn’t mention anything about rapes thefts and other crimes committed by Israelis’, either. 

    Why would it? 

    The ACRI report is a yearly report on the state of human rights in Israel.

    You can disagree with elements of the report – which you are welcome to quote at length – and give reasoned argument or evidence against it. 

    You can even show me how ACRI is a Hamas funded front, if you can, but simply saying ‘these are blatant lies’ is insufficient and, if you’ll forgive me for saying so, sounds like the standard knee-jerk response to migration of any sort.

    Surely we should try and construct our personal opinions based on the evidence available?

    Have you read the report?

    Anvil.

  3. TomWolk:
    This article is so biased I could also say it is just wrong. Can someone care for better information please, or remove this garbage?

    The article is simply reporting on the ACRI annual report.

    Again, you are welcome to state how the report is biased, or where it is wrong.

    For example, are its figures for attacks on asylum seekers ‘unreferenced’, or ‘incorrect’, or just ‘made up’?

    Or, when you request ‘better’ information, do you simply mean information which better supports your point of view?

    Anvil.

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