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Ces Israéliens qui se battent aux côtés des Palestiniens / These Israelis who fight alongside the Palestinians by Hassina Mechaï

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Que pensez-vous du champ politique israélien actuel? Semble-t-il capable de proposer une solution?
Le champ politique israélien actuel ne semble capable que de proposer un génocide. Ce n’est pas une hyperbole. Les élections se situent entre Nétanyhaou, l’initiateur du plan d’annexion Trump-Kushner et Benny Ganz qui se vante d’avoir «ramené Gaza à l’âge de pierre,» comme si c’était un mérite politique. Je ne pense pas qu’il faille leur demander de trouver des solutions au problème de la violence qu’ils commettent. La seule solution est l’arrêt immédiat de la violence et le retrait du pouvoir aux auteurs de ces actes. Bien qu’il y ait des forces opposées, principalement les partis palestiniens, c’est peu; c’est comme tenir d’un doigt un barrage qui s’écroule. Mais ce n’est qu’à cette condition qu’on pourra commencer à envisager des actes de réparation et de responsabilisation. Tout cela devrait être mené par les victimes et encouragé par la communauté internationale.

What do you think of the current Israeli political field? Does it seem capable of proposing a solution?
The current Israeli political field is only capable of proposing genocide. I’m not being hyperbolic, the elections are between Netanyahu, the originator of the Trump-Kushner annexation plan, and Benny Gantz, who boasts of “returning Gaza to the stone age” as a political merit badge. While there are opposing forces, mostly expressed in the Palestinian parties, it’s like a finger in a broken down dam. I don’t think perpetrators of violence should be asked for solutions to the problem of them perpetrating violence. I think the only solution is the immediate stop to violence and a stripping of power from the perpetrators. After that, modes of reparations and accountability can begin to be discussed. And all of this must be led by the victims and shouldered by the rest of the community- in this case, the international community. 

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The Right to Inheritance and to Return, Keys to Peace in Palestine by Ilan Pappe, Uri Davis and Tamar Yaron

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Until today even critical observers hesitated to apply the term genocide to Israeli polices towards the Palestinians. However, when viewing the situation of the Palestinian refugees and their descendants as victims of the logic of “elimination of the native”, they are as such also victims of a genocidal policy.

Such a reference is justified if we look at the UN’s definitions of genocide. The UN “Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” of 1948, which was adopted by the Knesset as binding states: “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such ’including’ ’causing’ serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.”

The nature of zionism and the right of return are interconnected issues. Thus, we aim here to go beyond the framing the Palestinians as victims of one genocidal act in 1948, but rather as targeted by an policy of dispossession, which has visible aspects of genocidal policies.

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