Occupied Jerusalem- The Israeli establishment exploited the war on Gaza in order to restrict… Palestinians 48By reducing the scope of freedoms, prohibiting demonstrations and expressing opinions, and expanding the scope of political and judicial prosecution, in order to prevent them from solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza and denouncing the war, in an effort to separate them from the Palestinian people.
Since the “Al-Aqsa Flood” battle launched by the Al-Qassam Brigades against the “Gaza Envelope” settlements and Israeli military barracks in the south, the Israeli police have arrested more than 400 Palestinians from 1948.
The police subjected the detainees to investigation for allegedly “supporting terrorist organizations,” “incitement,” and identifying with the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), through posts and tweets on social media, while indictments were filed against 60 people, according to what the Israeli Public Prosecution announced.
There were many Israeli measures implemented against the 1948 Palestinians, who number two million people and constitute approximately 20% of the population in Israel, under the guise of using emergency systems during the war.
This came through the Knesset approving a law prohibiting individuals from “consuming content and content supporting terrorism,” and imposing an actual prison sentence of one year for anyone convicted of this, provided that the law remains in effect for two years with the possibility of extending it.
According to what is stated in the text of the law, it prohibits people in Israel from “consuming terrorist content and content” issued by what it described as “terrorist organizations” included in the text of the law, which are the Hamas movement and the Islamic State “ISIS,” as the law aims to combat and prevent such. Content for the purpose of preventing what he described as “terrorist attacks.”
In addition, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the expansion of the “Anti-Terrorism Law” and granted powers to the Israeli Minister of Security to declare a citizen a “terrorist activist,” as well as drafting a memorandum of law authorizing the withdrawal of residency and citizenship from Israeli citizens for allegedly “inciting and supporting terrorism in times of war.” .
Arrest of Arab leaders
With the legalization of these measures, the Israeli police escalated their repressive operations, which affected many of the political and public leaders of the 1948 Palestinians, most notably the head of the Arab Higher Follow-up Committee, Muhammad Baraka. They were arrested yesterday, Thursday, and subjected to investigations for hours and prevented from organizing any demonstration in support of Gaza and denouncing the war. Israeli.
In addition to Baraka, the Israeli police arrested the head of the National Rally Party, Sami Abu Shehadeh, former representatives Hanin Zoabi and Mtanes Shehadeh, and members of the Follow-up Committee Youssef Tatour and Mahmoud Mawasi, while they were in Al-Ain Square in the city of Nazareth, where they organized a protest against the Israeli war on Gaza.
The repressive police measures against the 1948 Palestinians received judicial support, after the Israeli Supreme Court rejected, on Wednesday evening, a petition submitted by the “Adalah” human rights center, the Democratic Front, and the Communist Party, to allow the organization of demonstrations and marches in Umm al-Fahm and Nazareth against the war on Gaza. However, the court It accepted police appeals that organizing demonstrations would “inflame and inflame the situation inside.”
Director of the Adalah Center, lawyer Hassan Jabareen, who accompanied the detainees among the Arab leaders, described the Israeli police’s measures as “provocative to the Arab masses,” saying in a press statement to Al Jazeera Net that “these measures and arrests are unjustified and do not rely on any legal basis, and are merely Direct targeting of all leaders with the aim of terrorizing and intimidating the Arab masses.”
Jabareen explained that the police took measures contrary to their powers, and imposed penalties on detained Arab leaders outside what the law stipulates, as their release remains conditional, with restrictions imposed on all leaders and their deportation from the city of Nazareth for a period of 14 days. This is a systematic policy of the police in its dealings with the Palestinians. 48 In the shadow of war.
Jabareen strongly criticized the police and the Israeli Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, and held him responsible for the repercussions of these provocative measures against the Palestinians inside, pointing out that this approach and the unjustified arrests aim to inflame the situation and raise tension among the Palestinians of 1948, by unjustly pursuing and targeting their leaders. No justification.
The same proposal was adopted by the former representative of the National Assembly, Dr. Mtanes Shehadeh, who confirmed that these arrests and investigations are in addition to the prosecution of the 48 Palestinians and the Israeli establishment’s efforts to criminalize political action, pointing out that the police that implement the Israeli establishment’s policies continue their hostile approach against any moral and humanitarian position or activity. Or an expression against the war on Gaza.
Shehadeh pointed out to Al Jazeera Net that the demand to stop the war has become a global demand, and therefore the policy of silencing mouths and police and judicial prosecution practiced by the Israeli authorities with their various arms against the 1948 Palestinians and their leadership does not mean that the Arab masses inside will abandon their humanitarian and moral position against the war, the national position and the constants of the Palestinian cause. .
Commenting on the arrests carried out by the police and the ban on demonstrations in solidarity with Gaza, the head of the follow-up committee, Muhammad Baraka, said immediately after his release, “These measures prove that the Israeli war machine wants to silence voices against the war.”
He pointed out, in a video speech, that the process of arresting him and taking him to the police station was like a commando operation, adding, “They closed the main street inside Nazareth from all directions, intercepted my vehicles, took me out of them without any justification, and took me to the police station for investigation.”
Baraka explained that the police investigations with some Arab leaders and the follow-up focused on banning and preventing demonstrations against the war and in solidarity with Gaza, stressing in a press statement, a copy of which was received by Al Jazeera Net, that “the Arab masses will not allow their voices to be silenced.”
Baraka said, “Our position is clear and humane. Our voice and position are hostile to war and to harming innocent people. Therefore, they will not nullify the voice of the Follow-up Committee and the Palestinian Arab masses in the country.”
He pointed out that the police warned him – as well as the other leaders who were detained and subjected to investigation – against the consequences of organizing any demonstrations against the war, as the police threatened the leaders that any such activity would lead to opening files against them and bringing them to trial.
He stressed that all leaders are obligated to follow the political position, the issue of the Palestinian people, and democracy, as well as to act according to the capabilities available to the Palestinians of 1948, saying, “We have not declared war on anyone, but whoever wants to declare war on us must understand that that will not deter us from our national and humanitarian positions.” .