WHO’s erasure of Palestinians must cease by Richard Horton on The Lancet

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Palestinian life expectancy, infant and under-5 mortality, and maternal mortality were all worse than those of the occupying nation. Occupation created successive financial crises for the health sector. Movement restrictions, violence, obstructions to the delivery of health care, the arrest and detention of health workers, and damage to health facilities have all shrunk the humanitarian space for Palestinians. Dr Ghada Jadba, who leads UNRWA’s Gaza field health programme, reported the effects of four wars on the Gaza Strip since 2007. Dr Ameer Qoulaq, a UNRWA medical officer in Gaza, described how 22 of his relatives were killed during an attack in May, 2021.

… One choice his agency has made is to erase the existence of over 5 million people from its “comprehensive” assessment of world health—WHO’s flagship World Health Statistics 2022… WHO is guilty of nothing less than statistical genocide—the deliberate elimination of a people with the aim of extinguishing their existence.

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Their flag, like their state, will fall by Omar Zahzah

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If only language existed to capture what is impossible to feel, yet is inflicted all the same; not just a state of perpetual mourning—for this is at least definable, if no less unbearable. No, there is something more: it is also the terrible weight of the discord between perpetual mourning (which includes the certainty of mourning to come) and that, 74 years on, even as the façade continues to crack, there are still liberal bromides that sanction this status quo or, worse yet, blame us for it, asking us to be silent about being slaughtered with total impunity, having our homes destroyed on a whim, to swallow our sweat, our tears and blood in addition to the unbearable burden of a false “peace:” asking us to say that this was fine, to abandon our keys in the dirt or, if we can’t do that, at least die quietly so that a liberal establishment that defines state-sanctioned genocide as an adequate antidote to horrendous oppression can sigh with comfort.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2022/05/their-flag-like-their-state-will-fall/

Prof. Susan Akram at ‘Palestine and the ICC Paralysis’ event at The Hague Humanity Hub

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“Also thus far left out of the ICC lense is ethnic cleansing. Yugoslav ethnic cleansing policies were the basis of indictments in the criminal court on the former Yugoslavia, in 2001, 1995. And the ICTY ruled that acts of ethnic cleansing, such as the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, were genocide. In the Bosnia case against Serbia and Montenegro, the International Court of Justice ordered provisional measures agains Yugoslavia for reparations for its ethnic cleansing policies. These cases are relevant for Palestine, but are nowhere on the horizon for the massive forcible displacement and population transfer, suffered by Palestinians for over 70 years, in the current ICC investigation and war crimes framework.”

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Israel’s Incremental Genocide by Prof. Raouf J. Halaby

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And you, Mr. Klikauer, you’ve authored over 750 articles, most of which deal/dealt with Nazi Germany, its virulent hatred, its systemic genocidal practices, its ideology of racial superiority, its dastardly evil, and its disregard for human life, an ideology that led to the horrific crematoriums. Do you not see many of these parallels spawning and festering in Israeli society as it conducts its incremental genocide?

Continue reading at https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/05/20/israels-incremental-genocide/

Genocide in Palestine: Gaza as a case study by Mohammed Nijim

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This article contends that Israeli policies that were enacted after the introduction of the siege in Gaza amount to slow-motion genocide. The United Nations has repeatedly warned of the serious implications of the Israeli siege and asserted that Gaza could soon be uninhabitable [Miriam Berger, ‘The U.N. Once Predicted Gaza Would Be “Uninhabitable” by 2020. Two Million People Still Live There’, Washington Post, January 2, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/01/01/un-predicted-gaza-would-be-uninhabitable-by-heres-what-that-actually-means/]. The present study adopts a sociological perspective and argues that genocide should be understood as a social practice rather than physical annihilation or merely mass killing of a group of people. It also situates the siege within a larger settler-colonial framework and emphasises the processual nature of the Nakba. Drawing on data collected through semi-structured interviews with Palestinian students as well as human rights reports, and historical and sociological materials, this article elaborates on how Israel commits a slow-motion genocide against defenceless populations in the Gaza Strip.

Continue reading at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13642987.2022.2065261?journalCode=fjhr20

Biden Calls Out Russia For ‘Genocide’ But Not Israel with Noura Erakat on AJ+

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“The ease with which the United States can look at Russia’s operation and call it genocidal, and the way in which it’s not addressed at all in Palestine is also indicative, not merely of a double standard, but a civilisational standard that reflects, again, Eurocentrism.”

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Deir Yassin makes a mockery of Israel’s “never again” pledge by Dina Elmuti

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Today, we are living in defining moments. Zionist criminality is being increasingly exposed and the cries for justice for Palestine are getting louder. There will come a day when the pledge to oppose Zionist violence will be more visceral. No longer will it be deemed too provocative to grant Palestinians basic human rights. That day may not be today. Maybe it will not even come within the next decade. But that day is inevitable. The day will come when the world will recall the Palestinian genocide and all of our action and inaction will weigh heavily on us.

Continue reading at https://electronicintifada.net/content/deir-yassin-makes-mockery-israels-never-again-pledge/35176

Under Apartheid – Hello from Gaza by Aya Al-Ghazzawi

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Many Palestinian, Israeli, and international human rights organisations have described Israel’s policies against Palestinians as apartheid, the latest of which was Amnesty International. Their new report documents the crimes perpetrated by Israel, along with strong and highly valued legal analysis. But many of us here would say that what we suffer in Gaza goes beyond being just a Bantustan. Many would say we live in something that feels like a slow genocide. We have been enduring crimes against humanity for decades. I worry our suffering is being normalised. We need global solidarity and mass mobilisation more than ever. We need more people who believe in human rights for all to speak out. We need to build an international anti-apartheid movement all over again.

Continue reading at https://www.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/campaigns-blog/under-apartheid-hello-gaza

Palestine global mental health network: Free Ahmad Mansarah Campaign with Tamari Kitossa

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Ahmad Manasarah does not exist in isolation from the hundreds of Palestinian children taken captive each year by the Israeli police and military forces, as the data gathered by the Defence for Children Palestine attests. In the process not only an untold number are physically maimed, but also, almost without exception, Palestinian children are psychologically tortured, with menticide being the ultimate aim of the killing of the mind. This is nothing short of genocide, of which mass incarceration of children is but one of the links in the chain of destruction, whose ultimate aim is to destroy a people. [min. 1:03:34]

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Khalil Abu Yahia on the ‘Israeli Apartheid & the Climate Crisis’ panel hosted by the Foundation for Middle East Peace

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“We discovered- researchers- that [Israel] has been bombing Gaza with poisons and chemical materials that cause problems in the land and in the water. So for example, they are not bombing the water wells with traditional rockets, but with rockets with chemical materials, and this infiltrates to our water aquifers. When we came after the wars and we wanted to water our trees, the water is poison, so the trees are poison, and the fruits are poison. And what we eat is poison… So it is like a slow motion genocide, as one of our Israeli friends- comrades- called it.”

Continue watching at https://fmep.org/resource/israeli-apartheid-the-climate-crisis/