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Deconstructing Israeli mythology by Daphna Thier on Socialist Worker

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PAPPE PROVIDES a clear historical overview of the 1948 and 1967 Israeli wars, describing the expulsion and genocide these campaigns were integral to.
Even before 1948, the Zionists aimed “to take over as much of Palestine as possible with as few Palestinians as possible,” Pappe writes… He describes the military regime that controlled the lives of Palestinians in Israel before 1967 and the one that still dominates in the occupied territories today. And within Israel proper, he documents the denial of land and building permits to Palestinians, as well as the discriminatory division of social benefits and employment. When he’s finished, there’s no way anyone could describe Israel as a land offering full civil rights to all its inhabitants. The denial of equal citizenship, says Pappe, is part of the ultimate goal of Zionists to maintain a Jewish state in Palestine, which in a country with so many Palestinians requires “non-democratic means.

Continue reading at https://socialistworker.org/2017/07/24/deconstructing-israelI-mythology

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Palestinian Civilians in Revolt: The ICC and Al Aqsa by Julie Webb-Pullman

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Last Wednesday, 438 individuals and 45 civil society organisations lodged a complaint with the ICC demanding the Prosecutor of the ICC move the preliminary examination into a full investigation… Mahmoud Afana, one of the 40 Gazan lawyers working on the ICC complaint, notes that these breaches of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, the Riyadh Guidelines, the Havana Rules and the Bangkok Rules are but a few of the Palestinian rights being breached daily. Afana describes the ten-year siege of Gaza as collective punishment which constitutes “… a genocidal humanitarian crisis happening in full view of the world.

Continue reading at http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Palestinian-Civilians-in-Revolt-The-ICC-and-Al-Aqsa-20170722-0016.html

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Mailbag: Demands for justice by Kim Jackson on Albany Democrat Herald

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1. Expel the Israeli ambassador and close the Israeli embassy in London.

2. Bring home the British ambassador from Tel-Aviv and close the British embassy there.

3. Designate the sale of arms to Israel a crime against humanity.

4. Adopt the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against the state of Israel and demand the same from the international community.

5. Send British naval forces to force Israel to end the siege on Gaza and ensure regular supplies of clean water, medicine and electricity to the people of Gaza. Provide care for the injured and the sick.

6. Call for the unconditional release of all Palestinian prisoners.

7. Demand the dismantling of the apartheid Zionist state.

8. Call for elections with one person one vote that will include all who reside between the river Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea.

9. Demand the creation of a constitution that will guarantee equal rights and respect for human rights within the new state of free Palestine.

10. Call on the ICC to consider prosecuting Israeli political leaders and military commanders for the crime of genocide.

Continue reading at http://democratherald.com/opinion/letters/mailbag-demands-for-justice-july/article_60b6487b-089b-5234-b98b-724e6c694daf.html

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Gaza Ten Years Later by United Nations Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territory

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In 2012 the UN Country Team produced a report on living conditions in Gaza and predicted that based on the trends we were seeing then, Gaza was on track to become ‘unliveable’ by 2020. Sadly, as we check-in on those same trends again in this 2017 report, the deterioration has accelerated, spedalong not least by a devastating round of hostilities in 2014 from which we are only now starting to recover. In my fortnightly visits to Gaza I am constantly amazed at the resilience of a people who manage to get by despite such odds. For most of us, with electricity only 2 hours a day as was the case recently, and youth unemployment at 60%, the ‘unliveability’ threshold has already been passed.

Continue reading at https://unsco.unmissions.org/sites/default/files/gaza_10_years_later_-_11_july_2017.pdf

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“Forgive Us Dear Palestinians, We Have Lost Gandhi and Deserted You” by Manoj Kumar Jha on The Citizen

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In the noise of ‘strategic and commercial treaties’ with the true friend, my Prime Minister and his delegation members conveniently forgot Nakba– an instance of ethnic-cleansing incomparable in human history took place. They also chose to be callously indifferent to the de-nationalisation of your history.

Forgive us our Palestinian friends! Seventy years after our independence we have come to be partners in the crime committed against you, by aligning with those who are responsible for perpetrating ‘incremental genocide.’

Continue reading at http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/OldNewsPage/?Id=11177

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If It’s Not Genocide, What Word Should We Use? By Dorothy Zellner on Jewish Currents

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Some of your readers may know that the Black community has had a long and tormented relationship with this word, “genocide.” In 1946, a year after the end of World War II, the National Negro Congress petitioned the United Nations for help in dealing with systemic racial discrimination in the U.S.  The NAACP followed suit in 1947, with its “Appeal to the World,” similarly urging redress, written by Dr. W. E. B. DuBois and two other Black scholars and lawyers. The UN did not respond.

… In 1951, Paul Robeson and William L. Patterson, head of the Civil Rights Congress, presented the 100-page, flawlessly documented petition, “We Charge Genocide,” to the UN, seeking justice for African Americans using the convention it had so recently approved (as pictured at the top of this article)…

… It should come as no surprise that the Movement for Black Lives would choose to apply this particular word, since it has lived in the DNA of the Black community for nearly sixty-six years… Now to the merits of the case. Can the word be used by Black people to describe themselves?  Can the word be used by Black people to describe others? Is the word accurate?

… To sum up: Echoing Dr. James, if the situation of the Palestinians under Israeli control is not genocide, what is it? We have to begin having some serious conversations, everybody.

 

Continue reading at http://jewishcurrents.org/if-its-not-genocide-what-word-should-we-use/

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