Human rights lawyers blame Har Adar’s ‘racism’

Posted: March 22, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Human Rights, Israel, Palestinians
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Palestinian worker (illustration)

Palestinian worker (illustration)

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (similar to US’s ACLU) is blaming local council of Har Adar town, near Jerusalem, of racism, following publishing of an order forbidding Palestinian workers from trespassing around the town. Instead, they are allowed to be driven only by the contractor hiring them from the entrance to the town to their workplace or any other location inside the town.

While at one hand I could understand why the ACRI would blame the HA council for racism – without considering anything, it definitely looks like racism, even to me. However, it is important to remember that in quite a few cases since 2000, unsupervised – or hardly supervised – Palestinian workers have attacked Israelis, which is exactly the situation Har Adar council tries to prevent, as Palestinian workers, holding hostile intentions, roaming around the town, could attack civilians (while at working sites there is at least one armed guard).

Attorney Limor Yehuda of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel is infuriated by this matter. In a letter sent to the community’s council she determined that a local council like Har Adar has no authority to issue such orders against Palestinian workers.

“This is a racist instruction based on a general fear of Arabs, which is reminiscent of dark days in the history of mankind,” she wrote.

Attorney Limor Yehuda prefers to forget previous cases of attacks, instead focusing on Palestinians’ human rights. That is okay – the workers are also people, they do have their rights. However, Yehuda should be blaming Palestinians terror groups as well for creating an image of ‘dangerous Palestinian’ who might use his work tool to attack civilian targets.

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