On Sunday night, January 10, the Israeli occupation Knesset approved the “Apartheid” law in its first reading, after the opposition, led by Netanyahu, thwarted it last year with the aim of embarrassing the occupation government, which later led to the fall of the Bennett-Lapid government.
The law, which was approved in the first reading, aims to extend the validity of the emergency regulations that impose “Israeli” law on settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The draft law was supported by 58 Israeli Knesset members from the coalition and the opposition, and 13 Knesset members opposed it. It was referred to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee for its preparation for the second and third readings.
The Arab parties and the Labor Party opposed the extension of the law that supported this racist law last year, as the extension of the regulations aims to annex the West Bank and a bi-national state.
The Israeli "Minister of Justice", Yariv Levin, said when presenting the bill that it "denotes the difference from the government that was here previously, which relied on at least one party that wanted to target the settlement project in the occupied West Bank."
The apartheid law was enacted, and its official description is “state of emergency regulations in the occupied West Bank - provisions for violations and judicial assistance”, after the occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1967, in order to settle the relationship between settlers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and “Israelis” who live outside the settlements and the Israeli governmental devices.
The apartheid law grants powers to the Israeli occupation authorities to impose sanctions on Palestinians in the territories occupied in 1967 and to carry out arrests among them.
It gives the occupation powers to imprison Palestinians inside the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, although international law prohibits the occupying state from imprisoning people under occupation outside its territory.
Though Israeli law also says that it is not possible to imprison a person who was sentenced in a place outside the occupation state, such as the military occupation courts in the West Bank, the apartheid law includes a provision that allows the imprisonment of Palestinians in prisons.