Tony Greenstein | 14 May 2016 | Post Views:

Hard-right minister says treatment of Palestinians shameful

It comes to a pretty
pass when even Uri Ariel, of the Habayit HeYehudi (Jewish Home) Party condemns
the treatment of Palestinians at Israeli checkpoints.  In all checkpoints in this Apartheid state
there are two doors – one for Palestinians who wait for hours and another for Jewish
settlers and Europeans.
Such is the nature of Israeli
Apartheid and Zionism.
Tony Greenstein
Waiting to cross the Hawara checkpoint near Nablus, 2008.
Ariel says Israel must improve Palestinian economy, build Gaza port: ‘We are
responsible for the region’

Times of Israel staff
April 15, 2016
conditions suffered by Palestinians at Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank are
“shameful and a disgrace to the State of Israel and to the security
establishment,” Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel said on Friday.
[L], best known for his  fiery right-wing rhetoric  and his
insistence on  Jewish rights to the Temple  Mount, told Tel Aviv
Radio  on Friday morning that  Israel must take steps to improve the
economic well-being of the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,
including the long-disputed construction of a Gaza port.
‘stand there in terrible conditions: in the heat, in the rains. Why can’t we
fix this?’
said Palestinians should not be forced to pass checkpoints inside the West Bank
and that conditions at checkpoints to Israel must be improved.
and see how they stand and wait to enter Israel at the checkpoints. It’s
shameful and a disgrace to the State of Israel and to the security establishment.
People stand there in terrible conditions: in the summer heat, in the winter
He added that workers often arrived before dawn and waited for hours
without shade or water. “Why can’t we fix this?” he said.
said Gazans deserved a port for the import and export of goods and said this
could be achieved with “one hundred percent security.” He called on Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop “considering” it and simply carry it out.
We’ve been considering for 47 years. They have no international ports. Why
shouldn’t they have a port?”

added that Israel should provide water and cooking gas to Palestinian towns,
saying “We are responsible for the region.”
is a former settler leader who represents the Orthodox-nationalist Jewish Home party.
He has repeatedly stated his wish to reinstate Jewish prayers at the Temple
Mount. He visited the contested compound on several occasions including a visit
this past September that was followed by days of Palestinian rioting, as
tensions over the status of the site escalated.

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