November 18, 2017


UN 'seriously concerned' by Israeli plan to deport African migrants (Times of Israel, 11/18/17)

The UN refugee agency expressed "serious concern" Friday over Israel's plan to deport or jail thousands of African migrants in the coming months.

The proposal by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan would shutter the southern Israeli Holot detention center for African migrants within four months, in anticipation of "large-scale" deportations. Those who refuse deportation will be jailed.

The colour-coded Israeli ID system for Palestinians (Linah Alsaafin, 11/18/17, Al Jazeera)

As Israel expanded its control and occupation over four territories in the aftermath of the Six Day War, it devised a system of population control that remains in place five decades later.

After the 1967 war, the Israeli military declared the occupied territories to be closed areas, making it mandatory for Palestinian residents to obtain permits to enter or leave. Palestinians who were abroad during that time missed out on the subsequent population census and were not granted identification papers.

The clear delineator that has separated and dictated the lives of these Palestinians is the colour-coded identification system issued by the Israeli military and reinforced in 1981 through its Civil Administration branch. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip have green IDs - generally issued once they turn 16 - while Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Israel have blue IDs.

A tragic full circle from yellow stars.

Posted by at November 18, 2017 6:19 AM