A New Kind of (Forced) Exodus?

New IDF regulations are expected to be used to clamp down on peaceful Palestinian protesters

You would think that this would be wrong.  A couple weeks ago I wrote about the three possibilities for the end of the Palestinian struggle: two-state solution, one-state, binational solution (resulting in the loss of Israel’s Jewishness) or apartheid.  Immediately after posting that, I read about a fourth option put forth by Former Israeli National Security Advisor Giora Eiland; kick out all the Palestinians.  Seems like a foolish idea that will never work, but you can always be surprised.

Haaretz is reporting that the IDF is making a slight change in regulations that could massively change the lives of many Palestinians.  The new military order dictates that the IDF can deport or imprison people on a more massive scale.  From the article:

When the order comes into effect, tens of thousands of Palestinians will automatically become criminal offenders liable to be severely punished.

Given the security authorities’ actions over the past decade, the first Palestinians likely to be targeted under the new rules will be those whose ID cards bear home addresses in the Gaza Strip – people born in Gaza and their West Bank-born children – or those born in the West Bank or abroad who for various reasons lost their residency status. Also likely to be targeted are foreign-born spouses of Palestinians.

Until now, Israeli civil courts have occasionally prevented the expulsion of these three groups from the West Bank. The new order, however, puts them under the sole jurisdiction of Israeli military courts.

[tweetmeme] Though this new order has come into effect, it certainly does not guarantee that Israel will use it to deport the tens of thousands of Palestinians the articles says are targeted.  Unfortunately, the new military order can be a very effective deterrent to protesters.  As the article states, everyone (Palestinians and foreigners) can be charged under the new order and it is expected to be used to clamp down on protests.  Before, protesting the occupation meant taking the risk of being shot; now, protesting means taking the risk of being shot, deported or thrown in jail for seven years.

Also, Israel can deport Palestinians to Gaza from the West Bank.  Completely ignoring the fact that this is like deporting someone from New York to Florida, how can someone argue that the blockade of Gaza is not punishing civilians?  This new order – allowing more excuses to ‘deport’ someone to Gaza – is like the threat of putting protesters into the open-air jail of Gaza.

Photo from PalSolidarity

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