Expulsion of  citizens: violation of human rights law!

David Bedein,

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David Bedein
David Bedein is an MSW, a community organizer by profession, a writer, and an investigative journalist.In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency, with offices at Beit Agron, 37 Hillel Street, Jerusalem.Since 2005, Bedein serves as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research. One of the foci of Bedein's work concerns the policies of UNRWA which continue to host five million descendants of Arab refugees from the 1948 war in 59 refugee facilities under the premise and promise of the "right of return" to Arab villages which existed before Israel's War of Independence. In that context, Bedein has produced numerous investigative studies of UNRWA, including numerous films and monographs , all of which appear at www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com Bedein is also the author of "ROADBLOCK TO PEACE: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA Policies Reconsidered", which can be ordered through Amazon. Most recently, Bedein authored "GENESIS OF THE PALESTINIAN...

Eliav Schochetman, Hebrew University Professor of Law Emeritus and Dean of the Shaari Mishpat Law College, gave a lecture a few years ago on the subject of “The implications of forcible expulsion in the light of Israeli civil rights law and in light of international law”

Regarding the constraints on such matters in Israel, Prof. Schochetman mentioned the state of Israel preserves its democratic system under the constraints of ” The Israel Basic Human Rights Law” which oversees Israeli democratic institutions in matters of human rights and civil liberties, much as the US Bill of Rights ensures that the US government can never trample on the human rights and civil liberties of American citizens.

That Israeli Basic Human Rights Law is based on the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which all democratic governments are adherents.

Prof. Schochetman asserted that in the current situation, given the legal precedents from Israeli court cases and from court cases around the world, any Israeli government decision to expel people from their homes, even in the context of a diplomatic move, would represent a wanton violation of basic human rights and civil liberties that are protected under Israeli and international human rights law.

Prof. Schochetman cited clause 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,which states that it is illegal for sovereign governments to expel their own citizens from their homes, their private properties or from their farms.

Since the only group slated for expulsion would be Jews, it may be recalled that the government of Serbia was  held liable for international prosecution at the International High Court of Justice in the Hague, under the charge of “ethnic cleansing”, after leaders of Serbia expelled an ethnic minority, solely because of their religion.

Prof. Shochetman noted that no expulsion can take place without a decision of Israel’s Knesset parliament that would hold up under international human rights law and Israeli civil liberties statutes.

Tragically, the “leadership” of the Jews in Judea and Samaria have steadfastly refused to answer the question as to why they do not invoke human rights and civil liberties in their struggle. That is how you lose.   

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