Monday, September 3, 2012

Hebron Committee Condemns Israeli Takeover of Market

Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA 
HEBRON, September 3, 2012 (WAFA) – The Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, in a statement Monday, condemned the Israeli Ministerial Committee on Settlement Affairs decision to make al-Hisba, the vegetable Market in the old city of Hebron, under the Hebron settlement council’s control.
The Market has been completely closed down since 2000 up till now.
“We strongly condemn this dangerous decision and warn of its serious implications on the geographic, demographic, political and economic reality,” said the statement.
It said, this Israeli decision comes as part of the Israeli policy to Judiaze and strengthen the Jewish settlers’ presence in the old city of Hebron, aiming to empty it from its residents after Israel illegally takes over Palestinian land and properties.
This decision aims to completely eliminate all legal and political possibilities of re-opening the market, which is considered the main commercial center in Hebron, as well as eliminates all possibilities of returning these shops to their original Palestinian owners, it added.
The decision bypasses prior judicial decisions achieved by human rights organizations and the Israeli Peace Now at the Israeli High Court, on March 2012; to evacuate the settlers from shops in the market and return them to their Palestinian owners.
The committee urged the Israeli Ministerial Committee to respect the judicial decisions made by the Israeli Supreme Court, without seeking frail excuses and justifications in order to take control of the market and shops in Hebron, contrary to statutory provisions, international norms and conventions, as well as humanitarian an ethic standards that obligate the occupying power not to infringement the public and private property of the civilians.
This decision was a response to a petition filed by human rights organizations and the Israeli Peace Now at the Israeli High Court to evacuate the settlers from shops in the market and return them to their Palestinian owners.