PLO: ‘Jewish State’ Bill Undermines Two-State Solution

RAMALLAH, November 25, 2014 (WAFA) – The central committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said, in a statement on Tuesday, that the recently approved Israeli cabinet’s bill to recognize Israel as a nation-state for the Jewish people undermines the two-state solution and peace.

The PLO considered the bill an abolition of the mutual recognition agreement reached between the PLO and Israel in 1993, which it stressed would allow the “desecration of the sacred sites of other religions since the proclaimed nation-state defines Judaism as the religion of the state.

Such a bill further constitutes a racial political decision to continue with the “looting of Palestinian land and rights,” as well as “breaches international law and all international conventions,” added the PLO’s statement.

“The bill would legalize racialism and discrimination in all aspects of life and a would constitute a continuation of [Israeli PM] Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to transform Israel into a country that is based on racism, seeking to exploit this bill, in the name of law, to perpetuate and justify racism at the exclusion of all others

The statement described the bill as “exclusionary,” that aims to wipe out the Palestinian presence inside Israel and deprive them of their political, economic, and social rights.

The bill would further “exempt” the occupation of all the historical responsibilities and humanitarian disasters it has inflicted upon the Palestinian people since 1948, added the PLO.

The PLO stated that this bill would ratify the ‘Law of Return’, which was enacted by Israel in 1950 and applies to Jews only, subsequently depriving Palestinian refugees living in the Diaspora and who are the original inhabitants of the land of their right to return to homeland in the 1948 land, inside Israel.

The PLO also condemned the Israeli collective punishments against the families of Palestinians who were involved in anti-Israeli attacks; including house demolitions and the withdrawal of nationality and other social rights, as well as condemned Israel’s legalizing of a law, under which rock-throwers can be sentenced to up to 20 years in jail.

It further condemned a recently approved legislation by the Israeli high court, which discriminates between Palestinians living in Israel based on their national origin; allowing housing discrimination against Palestinians. It also condemned Israel’s approval of applying the Israeli law in West Bank illegal settlements.

The PLO called upon the international community and the UN to hold Israel accountable for these violations as well to support the foreseeable Palestinian UN bid in sake for statehood and an end to occupation.