Statement by Israelis Living in UK

We, Israeli Jews resident in the UK, deplore the outrages perpetrated on the Palestinian population by the Israeli government. What we are witnessing is the true face of the 'Peace process': Israel, the occupying power, dictates and the Palestinians are left with the option: put up or shut up!

While the Palestinians acquiesced, Israel demanded further concessions and continued to bend the terms of the 'Peace process'. Meanwhile, Israel changed the map of the Occupied Territories: accelerating the building and extension of exclusively Jewish settlements. These settlements and the roads linking them to Israel were, of course, built on land expropriated from Palestinians, in gross violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

As a result, the areas left to the Palestinians are mere enclaves, cut off from each other, utterly dependent on Israel. Such enclaves, used to exclude an ethnic population from social and political rights, while keeping them disenfranchised and subservient, have a name: Bantustans. Such a policy also has a name: apartheid.

In the 1980s, Israel debated what to do with the 'excessively large' number of Palestinians it had netted in the 1967 war. Two alternative solutions were proposed: apartheid or expulsion. The Israeli variations on the apartheid theme were proposed (such as the Allon Plan). The peace terms on offer today are in line with these plans.

To the dismay of the Israeli Government, the Palestinian people would not put up or shut up with apartheid masquerading as peace process. The Israeli barbaric response is the mowing down of unarmed civilians utilising Apache gun-ships and tanks. Israel inflicts collective punishment, such as destruction of homes and cutting of utilities. All because the Palestinians will not accept apartheid. 

The Israeli barbaric response was not only confined to the Occupied Territories, but was also directed against the Palestinian population within Israel proper. The Israeli police participated or stood by as armed Israelis went on the rampage. From Tel Aviv to Nazareth it was "open season" on Palestinians. To-date, thirteen Israeli Palestinians were killed, among them, Asil Asalih, a Palestinian Israeli peace activist, who was murdered by Israeli police.

The truth is now out and the Oslo sham cannot be resurrected. The imposition of a peace unilaterally defined by Israel will not work: such a peace will never hold. Only a genuine engagement with the Palestinians will end the bloodshed. Israel must accept its obligations under international law, such as the Fourth Geneva Convention, as well as UN resolutions and withdraw from all the territories occupied in 1967.

Professor Moshe Machover 
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