One Land; Two Legal Systems

US ambassador to Israel said the following yesterday:

As Israel’s devoted friend and its most stalwart partner, we believe that Israel must develop stronger and more credible responses to questions about the rule of law in the West Bank… Too much vigilantism goes unchecked, and at times there seems to be two standards of adherence to the rule of law, one for Israelis, and another for Palestinians

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office response was immediate:

The ambassador’s remarks, on a day in which a murdered mother of six was buried and a pregnant woman was stabbed – are unacceptable and incorrect… Israel enforces its laws equally against Israelis and Palestinians


Is that so?

Yesterday, after the stabbing of the pregnant woman, the IDF’s Etzion Brigade commander ordered the removal of all Palestinian workers from the Gush Etzion settlement area in the West Bank.

Will the IDF ever issue such an order against Jewish settlers, or against a specific troublemaker settlement? Of course not. That would be unjustified collective punishment. Furthermore, after terrorist attacks by Israeli Palestinians (those of Israeli citizenship residing within the State of Israel), the Israeli Police would never think of issuing such an order, banning Israeli Palestinians from working in Israel. It would be unthinkable because it’s illegal.

The fact that the IDF can impose such an order is proof that there are two separate law systems in the West Bank. It’s a natural outcome of military occupation and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Whether this order was the right thing to do or not from a security standpoint is another discussion. But let’s not be fooled into thinking that Palestinians in the West Bank enjoy the same legal privileges as Jewish settlers. They don’t.

Netanyahu is so used to lying, he does it without batting an eyelid, even when the lie is so blatantly obvious.

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