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Israeli Persecution in Occupied Jerusalem: Physical and Structural Violence Employed to Change Jerusalemites’ Identity

Israeli authorities have committed a wide range of human rights violations, including direct violence, land annexation and settlement building, home eviction and arbitrary arrest and detention. Such practices have been carried out with political cover from the Israeli government. In addition to the direct confiscation of Palestinian homes and other property, Israeli authorities and organizations such as settlement associations frequently use subterfuge or bribes to transfer ownership to Jewish residents and interests. Through historical review and analysis, this paper documents the most common types of direct and structural violence practiced by Israel, along with their effect on Palestinians, and highlights the roles of the various players in Israeli society.

Israeli Persecution in Occupied Jerusalem Physical and Structural Violence Employed
Photos of children, who lost their lives in Israel’s attacks on Gaza, are exhibited amongst the debris of the Es-Sekka family home in Khan Yunis, Palestine, June 19, 2021. ASHRAF AMRA / AA
 

 

 

 

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Despite being annexed by the Israeli government following the Six-Day war of 1967, Palestinians who manage to continue living in East Jerusalem (despite policies that pressure them to leave), are treated as second-class, ‘less-than’ citizens. Among the many indignities, they experience a wide variety of human rights violations, perpetrated by virtually all sectors of the Israeli government. These violations are not limited to direct violence1 committed by Israeli authorities; they also include structural or ‘indirect’ abuses, such as discrimination and exploitation.

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