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Some rights gains for W.Bank Palestinians--report

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posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 06:34 AM
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Some rights gains for W.Bank Palestinians--report


www.alertnet.org

JERUSALEM, June 14 (Reuters) - An Israeli human rights group on Monday reported "some important improvements" in treatment of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank but this was offset by the impact of Jewish settlements and the blockade of Gaza.

In its annual report, B'Tselem said most of the improvements in the 16-month period from January 2009 were the result of a period of relative calm in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict rather than any change in Israeli policies.
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posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 06:34 AM
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Positive changes, B'tselem said, included an easing of Israeli-imposed movement restrictions in the West Bank, a freeze on East Jerusalem house demolitions this year and a reduction in administrative detentions -- those without charge or trial -- as well as in the number of Israeli and Palestinian fatalities.

"Most of the improvements, however, did not result from changes in Israeli policy or legislation, but are the result of the relative calm in the conflict," it said in a statement. "In other areas, the violations continued as in the past," it said...

...As violence has fallen, Israel has continued to build a barrier through the West Bank that it says keeps suicide bombers and militants from crossing into the Jewish state, but which Palestinians call a land grab since it cuts off a number of villages and separates some farmers from their land.

B'Tselem said the pace of barrier construction had slowed but it continued to cut off a number of Palestinian villages and land holdings. Israel started work on the barrier during the Palestinian uprising, or Intifada, earlier this decade.

"Despite two changes that were implemented following High Court rulings, the barrier continued to harm severely tens of thousands of Palestinians," B'Tselem said.

"Israel continued to restrict Palestinian access to extensive areas in the West Bank, such as East Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, and land west of the separation barrier, and generally treated Palestinian freedom of movement as a privilege it may retract at will," it said.

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Although life is being reported as improved for Palestinians in the West Bank, life must still be horrible. Imagine if a news report came out about your life improving because your family's chances of being imprisoned without charge have slightly improved; your family's chances of being murdered has slightly improved or your chances of keeping your home being demolished have improved, only slightly? Could you imagine?

Israel is still imprisoning people for no reason at all. Israel is still murdering people, obviously. Israel is still demolishing homes, evicting Palestinians and severely restricting their right to move about. Israel is till confiscating land to build the partition wall, though it's moving a tad slower and settlers are still stealing land and brutally evicting people on land that they want.... though things have supposedly improved.

I can't understand the ignorance behind justifying Israeli policies towards Palestinians. If your life is like what is mentioned above, yet that is considered an improvement, then you are pretty bad off and those responsible are nothing more than tyrannical terrorists.

Could you imagine if this was an Islamic nation or even European nation doing this to another?

--airspoon


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