Category Archives: Genocide denial

It’s time to decolonise Thanksgiving by Layla Darwish

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Our people can relate to the genocide committed against Native Americans who, like Palestinians, coveted their land until it was stolen from them. No group was more familiar with the fertile land in America than its indigenous people, who taught the white European colonists how to successfully harvest it. These colonialists in turn enslaved the Natives, and subsequently brought black slaves from West Africa to further “develop” the land and the country. This process is quite similar to the one where Jewish refugees (at first) came to Arab Palestine from Europe and were taught by indigenous Palestinians how to cultivate the land in the Mediterranean (something European Jews were not accustomed to). Palestinians enthusiastically welcomed Jewish refugees and helped them settle, until Palestinians were ultimately betrayed by the Zionist Movement. This resulted in genocide, with many Palestinian families murdered and led to the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes (and for many the forced migration from the region), and eventually the confiscation of Palestinian land which is still occurring today. This entire process in Palestine is a systematic colonisation as it was for the Native Americans.

Continue reading at https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20211119-its-time-to-decolonise-thanksgiving/

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Dismantling the Violent Discourse of the State of Israel: On Zionism, Palestinian Liberation, and the Power of Language by Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo on Janus Unbound: Journal of Critical Studies

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However, Hamas is not ISIS, Al-Qaeda, or the Taliban. In fact, none of these groups are similar in any way. Hamas is a political actor that operates within a largely Palestinian political context. But what does Israel have to gain from mischaracterizing the Palestinian resistance in Gaza? Aside from satisfying its propaganda campaign of erroneously linking Hamas to anti-American Islamic groups, it also dehumanizes the Palestinian people entirely and presents Israel as a partner in the US-led global “war on terror.” In this manufactured reality, Israel’s rightwing, religious, and ultranationalist politicians assume the role of the dedicated US allies, the defenders of western civilization, and the saviors of humanity itself. Considering these supposed great moral challenges at hand, the violent language and action of Israeli leaders can then be discreetly swept under the rug where all is forgiven or forgotten. This is precisely how “genocide” can be twisted and rebranded as “self-defense.” Within this carefully molded discourse the term “colonialism,” the most relevant and accurate of all terms, is, unsurprisingly, nowhere to be found.

Continue reading at https://journals.library.mun.ca/ojs/index.php/JU/article/view/2325/1830

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Everyday Evil in Palestine: The View from Lucifer’s Hill by Ilan Pappé on Janus Unbound: Journal of Critical Studies

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Although the term “evil” might sound metaphysical or imaginary, Freud, Girard, and Arendt among others give it a psychological and clinical definition (Aragno 2014; Dadosky 2010; Whitefield 1981). As Coline Covington (2016, 1) argues, it is “an action that is intended to dehumanize another and to use the other as means to an end.” Covington shows how organized political systems and group psychology perpetuate the cycle of evil and destruction. Covington’s examples, like all works on the subject, exclude Israeli brutality in Palestine, even while scholars who depict Israel as a settler-colonial project insist that at the heart of such a project is the need to dehumanize the native, the other, the Palestinian. In genocide studies, it seems there is still a taboo on discussing Palestinians.
Recently, the research on everyday evil has moved outside the Western world and includes the horrors experienced by indigenous people. This approach introduced the concept of “historical oppression” without excluding contemporary oppression, as well as expanding the boundaries of resilience theory to contain the indigenous struggle. These developments open the way for a better understanding of the Palestine case (Brunette and Figley 2017; Salter, Adams et al. 2018).

Continue reading at https://journals.library.mun.ca/ojs/index.php/JU/article/view/2319/1832

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Barnard: Stop Legitimizing Apartheid! Cancel Kenneth Stern’s Events! by JVP Columbia

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The fact is, Zionism is a distinct, ethno-nationalist political ideology that many Jews of all kinds—from Orthodox Jews to secular socialist Jews—have opposed since its inception. As Jewish students, it is deeply painful to see our Judaism, an incredibly meaningful part of our identities, be weaponized to fuel a violent, settler-colonial project that has resulted in the displacement, subjugation, and genocide of millions of Palestinians. Conflating anti-Zionism with antisemitism does not protect Jews.

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Condemn “Bridging the Gap: Israel” Winter Term Program by Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace

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The use of ideological “both sides-isms” frames the Occupation of Palestine as a conflict and not a settler colonial project carrying out genocide. The Winter Term project puts the needs of a predominately wealthy, privileged Oberlin student population above the rights and realities of Palestinians experiencing genocide and ethnic cleansing… The genocide occurring in Palestine is ongoing and to take a trip to Palestine under any circumstance other than working towards Palestinian liberation is grossly inappropriate and directly supports apartheid.

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Ben Gurion ‘didn’t finish the job’ of ethnic cleansing, says Israel MK, Bezalel Smotrich on Middle East Monitor

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I’m not talking to you, anti-Zionists, terror supporters, enemies. You’re here by accident because Ben Gurion didn’t finish the job.

Continue reading at https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20211014-ben-gurion-didnt-finish-the-job-of-ethnic-cleansing-says-israel-minister/

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On normalisation, the Kurds, and the sigh of an American commander by Haifa Zangana

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On Friday 24 September a conference titled “Peace and Recovery” was held in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq… It’s call for Iraq’s recognition of the Israeli settlement state coincided with the first anniversary of the Abraham Accords signed by the UAEBahrainMorocco and Sudan, with the blessing of former US President Donald Trump. The US, headed by Democrat Joe Biden, continues the Republican Trump’s policy of supporting the Israeli occupation at the expense of the genocide of the Palestinian people. 

Continue reading at https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210928-on-normalisation-the-kurds-and-the-sigh-of-an-american-commander/

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Victims of the Sabra and Shatila massacre remembered on Morning Star

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Fatima,who lost several members of her family during the three-day killing spree, said that the “culture of impunity” that allows Israel to carry out atrocities without recourse must come to an end. She said it was because of this that the genocide of the Palestinian people has continued since around one million people were forced from their homes in the 1948 Nakba, when the state of Israel was created.
… Despite the UN General Assembly stating in December 1982 that the events were a genocide — under opposition from the US, Britain, Canada and others — nobody has been held accountable for the killings.

Continue reading at https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/victims-of-the-sabra-and-shatila-massacre-remembered

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Was Sabra and Shatila a genocide? by Donald Wagner

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No Israeli and not a single Lebanese militia leader was tried or convicted for the genocide at Sabra and Shatila and the US escaped accountability for abandoning the Palestinians.

The Sabra and Shatila massacre was a clear case of genocide by any standard of international law, yet the responsible parties escaped prosecution and conviction. Indeed, transcripts of discussions between senior Israeli officials and the Lebanese Forces militia starting in January 1982 reveal the genocidal intent.

The transcripts, published in 2018, include talk of “cleaning out of the [Palestinian] refugee camps” and the need for “several Deir Yassins” – a reference to the notorious April 1948 massacre of Palestinians in a village near Jerusalem during the Nakba. They also contain explicit references to the decimation and expulsion of the Palestinian refugee population from Lebanon so that “Sabra would become a zoo and Shatila Beirut’s parking place.”

While US officials and mainstream media avoid the topic, the pattern of genocide and injustice against Palestinians continues.

Continue reading at https://electronicintifada.net/content/was-sabra-and-shatila-genocide/33941

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SFSS BDS motion sees support from Palestinian and Jewish students and opposition from Hillel on The Peak

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On May 19, the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) motion passed a motion in solidarity with Palestinian students. It discusses Israel and its acts of violence against Palestinians, such as attacks on residential grounds and mosques. SFSS’ statement included a call to action to “initiate, support, and amplify” Palestinian calls to join BDS campaigns… Palestinian student Lara Radwan said, “Happy to see the SFSS stand on the right side of history as they stop letting businesses profit off of genocide and ethnic cleansing. We all play a part in making a change, and glad to see the SFSS take theirs.” 

Continue reading at https://the-peak.ca/2021/08/sfss-bds-motion-sees-support-from-palestinian-and-jewish-students-and-opposition-from-hillel/

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