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The Fear of Palestinian Existence by Denijal Jegić

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Fear has consistently shaped Zionism’s approach towards the indigenous Palestinians. As Palestinians have been blamed for merely standing in the way of the colonizer, their removal which has entailed multidimensional policies of ethnic cleansing and genocide, has been rhetorically rationalized through Orientalist transformations of Palestinians from the original owners of the land into “Islamist” terrorists. While Palestinians face a multitude of structural and physical violence, reoccurring culminations of Israeli aggressions resulting in the mass production of Palestinian death have repeatedly highlighted the always-already dehumanized position of Palestinians in the Western political and public sphere.

Continue reading at http://www.palestinechronicle.com/fear-palestinian-existence/

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Jerusalem: Gradually, then suddenly, Zionism ceases by Hatem Bazian

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As a settler-colonialist project, Zionism sought the land but not the people in it. Consequently, the preconceived plan for Palestinians was set in motion before the Zionist movement arrived, with Theodor Herzl himself theorizing the need to “spirit the penniless Arab population” across the borders while making sure to strike an alliance with the property owners. Settler colonialist projects pursue either genocide or the transfer of the local population, so Zionism is not unique, nor is it an exception to the norm.

Continue reading at https://www.dailysabah.com/columns/hatem-bazian/2018/03/15/jerusalem-gradually-then-suddenly-zionism-ceases

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These are the Israeli leaders who want to destroy al-Aqsa by Dan Cohen

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Yisrael Ariel, the chief rabbi of the Temple movement, articulated an apocalyptic end times scenario in 2015.

“[God] is the one who commanded us to go from city to city conquering them, and to impose the seven laws [of the Sons of Noah] throughout the world,” Ariel said.

Ariel added that if Muslims and Christians “raise the flag of [surrender] and say, ‘From now on, there is no more Christianity and no more Islam,’ and the mosques and Christian spires come down,” then they would be allowed to live. “If not,” he warned, “you kill all of their males by sword. You leave only the women.”

“We will conquer Iraq, Turkey [and] we will get to Iran too,” Ariel proclaimed.

Ariel is the founder and head of the Temple Institute, the government-funded group that has published detailed blueprints and a computer animation of what the Temple, to be built over the ruins of al-Aqsa, will look like.

The Temple Institute has received funding from Israel’s education ministry to develop a curriculum to instill “longing for the Temple” in children as young as those attending kindergarten. In 2013, Israel’s mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkatpresented Ariel with an award for his organization’s work.

This genocidal ideology is rooted in religious Zionism and its political wing is represented by the Jewish Home party… This messianic extremism has taken hold in the Likud Party of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well.

Continue reading at https://electronicintifada.net/content/these-are-israeli-leaders-who-want-destroy-al-aqsa/21166

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Zionism’s problem with intersectionality by Shaheen Nassar

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Intersectionality is vested in a shared experience of racial subjugations, humiliation, and exploitation. But even if those connections didn’t abundantly exist, it would still not justify the ethnic supremacy, settler colonial genocide and racial segregation that Israel inflicts on Palestinians.

Even if it didn’t exist, it wouldn’t justify wholesale torture of Palestinians in Israeli prisons. And even if black, Latino, Native, and LGBTQ populations didn’t already identify with Palestine, it still wouldn’t justify the bombardment of the starving, impoverished masses of Gaza, resulting in the deaths of thousands of innocents, including my four-year-old cousin Deema Isleem, who was incinerated in her father’s arms, to clear the land for racially exclusive settlement.

Continue reading at http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/04/zionism-problem-intersectionality-170406134852446.html

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Something colonial: Can Zionism be fixed? by Dr. Ramzy Baroud

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Just recently, Ecuadorian envoy to the United Nations, Horacio Sevilla was adamant in his comments before a UN session, marking November 29 as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  After he rejected “with all our strength the persecution and genocide [unleashed by] Nazism against the Hebrew people,” he added, “But I cannot remember anything more similar in our contemporary history than the eviction, persecution and genocide that today imperialism and Zionism do against the Palestinian people”. Sevilla was not comparing ideologies per se – Zionism vs. Nazism – but rather the practical implications of these political ideologies: Eviction (as in ethnic cleansing), persecution and genocide.

… The Ecuadorian diplomat’s comparison is not new, but is an echo of a constant stream of criticism of Israel, its military practices and its political ideology, namely Zionism. Yet in most, if not all, of these instances, there is yet to be an open, intelligent discussion, involving Israeli itself, regarding the applicability of such comparisons.

Continue reading at https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2016/12/16/something-colonial-can-zionism-be-fixed

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Why is Benjamin Netanyahu trying to whitewash Hitler? by Ali Abunimah

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The Israeli prime minister’s attempt to whitewash Hitler and lay the blame for the Holocaust at the door of Palestinians signals a major escalation of his incitement against and demonization of the people living under his country’s military and settler-colonial rule.

It also involves a good deal of Holocaust denial…

That Husseini met Hitler and had relations with the Nazis is no secret. But the fabrications of Netanyahu and other Zionists should be seen for what they are: an attempt to falsely blame Palestinians for Europe’s genocide of Jews and in the process erase from memory Zionism’s own collaborationist history with Hitler’s genocidal regime.

This vile propaganda can have no other purpose than to further dehumanize Palestinians and justify Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing and murder.

Netanyahu’s attempt to blame Palestinians for the Holocaust is itself a form of genocidal incitement.

Continue reading at https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/why-benjamin-netanyahu-trying-whitewash-hitler

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Israel-Palestine responses by Carl Strock

In response to Gregg M. Mashberg’s letter, in which he contends ‘there is no Israeli ideology, policy or plan to persecute, expel or exterminate the Palestinian population,’ I submit there is indeed such an ideology. It’s called Zionism, the doctrine that Jews anywhere in the world have the right to occupy historic Palestine and establish there a Jewish-supremacist state at the expense of the local people, who, over the years they have indeed persecuted, expelled and on more than one occasion massacred, which is how Israel came into being. That the effort has not attained the horrific dimensions of the Nazi genocide of World War II does not mean that it’s essentially different.

Continue reading at http://blog.timesunion.com/carlstrock/israel-palestine-responses/623/

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How liberal Zionists enable Israel’s genocidal ambitions by Rania Khalek

At the time of the panel, Israel had already ended the lives of more than two hundred Palestinians in Gaza. That number has since ballooned to more than two thousand. The overwhelming majority are civilians, including more than five hundred children…

By conflating Israelis and Palestinians as equally culpable in the conquest of Palestine and whitewashing the original sin of Israel’s creation, liberal and progressive Zionists like Wildman, Paiss, Goldman and Duss are enabling these genocidal impulses.

They might condemn the occupation and even criticize Israel’s military aggression, but their refusal to back any meaningful efforts to pressure Israel, combined with their unwavering support for a Jewish state in a land inhabited by millions of non-Jews, is an endorsement of the violence required to maintain it, which makes them no better than the right-wingers and fascists they claim to deplore.

Continue reading at http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/how-liberal-zionists-enable-israels-genocidal-ambitions

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