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On Haaretz: Can Settler Colonialism Be Liberal and Apartheid Be Progressive? by Ilan Pappe

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Even the worst atrocity can be tolerated and explained, if it is de-contextualized – namely is not related to an ideology – and, thus, the discreet dots of Israeli criminality are not connected together to provide the full and truthful picture of the real intent of the settler-colonial project of Zionism that will not end until it is stopped – which is to eliminate the Palestinians and Palestine. I am sure we all understand that elimination can take more than one form: it could be genocide, it could be incremental ethnic cleansing, sieges, closures, blockades and starvation, as well the erasure of heritage, history and culture. It can take place in dramatic operations or on a daily basis and can be directed towards the individual or the society, as a whole.

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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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The cultural genocide in Palestine: On Sally Rooney’s decision to boycott Israel by Dr Ramzy Baroud

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One of the most interesting aspects of this conversation on language is that the Hebrew language has been used by the State of Israel since its establishment in 1948 as the language of oppression. In the minds of Palestinians, anywhere in Palestine, Hebrew is rarely the language used to communicate culture, literature, social coexistence and such. Instead, every military ordinance issued by the Israeli army, including closures and home demolitions, let alone the proceedings of military court hearings, and even the racist anti-Palestinian chants in football stadiums, are communicated in Hebrew.
…BDS does not target Israelis as individuals and, under no circumstances, does it target Jewish individuals because they are Jews, or the Hebrew language, as such. Israel, on the other hand, continues to target Palestinians as a people, downgrades their language, dismantles their institutions and systematically destroys their culture. This is rightly referred to as cultural genocide, and it is our moral responsibility to stop it.

Continue reading at https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20211019-the-cultural-genocide-in-palestine-on-sally-rooneys-decision-to-boycott-israel/

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The double injustice of climate change in Occupied Palestine by Emad Moussa

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… it’s imperative to remember that fundamental to the Zionist settler-colonialism is the transformation of Palestinians into fully dependent subjects, stripped of the means to function on their own or establish an independent state. As Israel manufactures and perpetuates this collective deprivation, not only does it emphasise a racist, colonial hierarchy, but – worse – it takes away Palestinians’ basic means to fend for themselves against climate change. Stripping a group of the means of self-defence against climate change may be equal to committing climate genocide.

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Ibrahim: The fight for Palestinian liberation unifies marginalized populations by Sara Ibrahim

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Jarring pictures and videos of human rights abuses — such as Israeli settlers forcing Palestinians to break and leave their homes and chanting “Death to Arabs,” “The 2nd Nakba is coming soon” and “A good Arab is a dead one” — have been able to circulate through social media channels. Conversation about the Palestinian plight has been easier to tap into. 

Social media has also normalized the use of certain terms such as “ethnic cleansing,” “settler colonialism,” “forced displacement,” “genocide” and “apartheid,” which are terms that were previously not widely used in discourse about Palestine. Describing the genocide as a “conflict” is becoming more rejected as the word implies that both sides are on equal footing, when there is a clear colonizer and colonized, oppressor and oppressed. 

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In the Midst of Destruction – From Jerusalem to Gaza: Palestine Speaks // Mohammad al-Kurd on Palestine Deep Dive

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Of course they’re loosing control. Of course, because often times what happens is that they isolate Gaza, and the isolate the narrative of Gaza, and- if I’m allowed to cuss- I think people are finally calling bullshit on this. The myth of “self defence”, the myth of “Hamas rockets”. Those myths that they use to justify a literal genocide. A reoccurring annual genocidal launch of warfare on Gaza, is see-through nowadays. And we’re seeing this because of social media, we’re seeing that people no longer accept this.

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Sheikh Jarrah: Western media outlets are whitewashing Israeli colonialism by Denijal Jegic

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The terms “Jews” and “Israelis” as well as “Palestinians” and “Arabs” are used as interchangeable synonyms. As a consequence, the colonial dimensions are obscured because Palestinians are not referred to as indigenous people and Israel is not identified as a colonial power. 

…The latest Israeli airstrikes on Gaza were as well portrayed as a “response” to Hamas which is depicted as “an Islamic group sworn to Israel’s destruction.” That Israel is sworn to the destruction of Hamas and to Palestine as such is not part of the discourse. In fact, settler-colonial expansion is genocidal as such and necessitates the removal of the indigenous people. 

Continue reading at https://www.trtworld.com/opinion/sheikh-jarrah-western-media-outlets-are-whitewashing-israeli-colonialism-46593

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Israel Admits its Guilt (and Other Arguments) by Jim Miles

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There are two solutions left.  First is the status quo, a slow genocide and ethnic removal of the Palestinian people, preferably to surrounding Arab states (Saudi Arabia, a US-Israeli ally would certainly not welcome them), or less preferably to small islets of apartheid.  The whole process could be sped up by a regional war, say with Iran, under cover of which Israel could attempt to expel masses of Palestinians.

The second solution is what many have demanded of Canada (remember, no double standards):  justice and restoration – of rights, of property, of health and education, of infrastructure, of legal equality as well as full political participation in the governance of the country. Simple solution, but entirely against the beliefs of the current Israeli system.

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