1. One Justice
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These last events brought him prominence. Turkey's Prime Minister Erdoğan invited his daughter Ahad to visit Turkey while Bassem was in jail. The visit brought the case to the headlines. However, he wasn't anonymous even before that. In the past, the European Union High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton expressed the EU's concern over one of his convictions and Human Rights Watch stated that his conviction "violates his right to freedom of assembly, while [the court's] conviction of him on a second charge of urging children to throw stones on the basis of a child’s coercively-obtained statement raises serious concerns about the fairness of his trial." This is cleaned-up language for "invented evidence."
Tamimi is Truly Innocent
In today's interview, he expanded on the recent events he experienced, and put them in an ideological framework; oddly, he supports Jewish settlers, due to his short-term analysis of the situation. His position is closely related to his house. He owns a 200 square meters structure built with a permit given by the Jordanian authorities in 1964. The house is within what is known as "Area C," the area of the West Bank still under the direct control of the IDF through its Civil Administration. The IDF issued a demolition order against 300 square meters; "maybe Halamish [the nearby settlement] will lend me the missing 100 square meters," was Bassem's dry comment. Twelve other buildings in the village have similar orders against them. That brought him straight to his surprising view of the solution. He described what he defined as "the silent transfer, the soft genocide." He thinks that his four children would be forced by Israel to move from Area C to Areas A and B, which are under control of the Palestinian Authority, now the State of Palestine. The most immediate threat is the annexation by Israel of Area C, he says, quoting the prominence of The Jewish Home after the elections. "Israel killed the Two States solution," he says, claiming thus that the State of Palestine has become non-viable. This is a most remarkable view for such a man.
"We must find a new strategy and find partners for it in the Israeli society," he added, explaining why the Israeli Left cannot be a partner. Essentially he claims that they want to change Palestinians so that they would accept the Left's views. No segment of the Israeli Jewish society is yet ready to accept Palestinians as they are. His last words were chilling, "In the Two States solution there is no Justice. The places holy to the Jews are in the West Bank. My children like to go to the beach which is within Israel. I love visiting Acre and Jaffa which are also in Israel. Most of the Israeli water comes from the West Bank. A substantial part of Israel's income originate in tourism, Palestinians have also rights to this. I don't like these rights to be taken from anybody. I want a solution for all. In the world, it didn't always work, but I want the cancellation of borders and economic unification." "One Justice from the Sea to the Jordan River," summarized Haaretz' interview.
Tamimi justified his name ("innocent"). He acknowledged that no segment of the Israeli society is ready to accept him as Palestinian. He recognizes that Israel is annexing the West Bank (which is being bisected) and that the State of Palestine is quickly becoming non-viable. He is correct in this; thus, how can he contemplate a sudden change of heart in the aggressor's behavior? Why? What would cause the change? Would the wolf turn into a sheep? My heart is with him and his suffering; however, why does he think in the current condition that Israel will accept anything but everything? Bassem's children won't be pushed into Areas A and B, but into Jordan. In 1929, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Likud's main ideologist, wrote "Two Banks has the Jordan – This is ours and, that is as well."
+Unlawfulness in the West Bank has various layers. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this. The international community considers Israeli settlements a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention’s prohibition on the transfer of an occupying power’s civilian population into occupied territory. Thus, they are illegal under international law. Israel disputes that the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to the Palestinian territories as they had not been legally held by a sovereign prior to Israel taking control of them. This view has been rejected by the International Court of Justice and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The vast majority of West Bank settlements are in between these definitions; they are considered illegal by the entire world, but legal by the Israeli government. However, outposts are considered unlawful even by the Israeli government.
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