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Since the last assault on Gaza, Israeli elections have taken place, and an extreme right-wing government with no interest in a humane and peaceful solution to the Palestinian issue has become firmly entrenched. Ministers have openly and publicly called for the genocide and slaughter of Palestinians.
The new Minster of Justice, Ayelet Shaked, is recorded saying that ‘the entire Palestinian population is the enemy’. She called for the destruction of Palestine, ‘including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure’. She also likened Palestinians to ‘snakes’ and said they should all be ‘eliminated’. The Defence Minster, Moshe Ya’alon, called Palestinians a cancer, while his deputy, Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan, referred to them as ‘animals’. Naftali Bennett, Minister for Education, was recorded saying, ‘I’ve killed many Arabs in my life. There’s no problem with that’.
There are many more examples of racism and intolerance among the members of Israel’s new government. Most of their hate is aimed at Palestinians who they almost universally see as subhuman. Not only is this type of deplorable language utterly unsuitable for government ministers, it is a mandate for further genocidal acts to be committed by the Israeli Government. And yet, it all goes unreported by the majority of media outlets.