Days of Palestine – Gaza
Hamas Movement condemned Monday the Israeli occupation’s emergency law in the West Bank.
In a statement, the Movement said that the Israeli occupation’s emergency law in the West Bank is void and will not confer legitimacy or claimed sovereignty to the occupation
The Movement rejects the so-called emergency law that the Zionist “Knesset” seeks to approve and implement in the occupied West Bank.
Hamas stated that this legislation is an expression of a racist and colonial policy that represents a flagrant violation of the Palestinian people’s rights and all relevant international norms and covenants.
On Monday the Israeli parliament, or Knesset, postponed a vote on the extension of the emergency law, in place since 1967, after doubts rose over it attaining enough votes to pass.
The temporary regulation is renewed every few years to ensure that civilian Israeli law is applied to settlers living in West Bank settlements, as opposed to the military law governing Palestinians living adjacent to them.
The right-wing Likud Party, which leads the opposition in parliament, has vowed not to vote on any laws brought forward by the ruling coalition, which has half the seats in parliament.
With pressure from Palestinians mounting on the United Arab List – made up of Palestinian citizens of Israel who are part of the ruling coalition – to vote against the extension, fears have grown over its failure to pass, which could trigger a legal mess.
A new vote is scheduled for next Monday, giving the ruling coalition extra time to gather enough supporters to pass the extension, which is due to expire by the end of June.
The extension will most likely pass in the end, experts say, but the mere uncertainty over it raises uncomfortable questions about the state of Israeli politics and the occupation.