Category Archives: Conditions that amount to genocide

No, life during the coronavirus isn’t like Gaza by Nada Elia

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Another key difference lies in the fact that nobody blames Seattle, or the Bay Area, for bringing the virus onto itself.  In the good-guy-bad-guy binary, COVID-19 is the bad guy, and people getting sick are the innocent good guys, who do not deserve to die. Even if they have been irresponsible, even if they have traveled, and partied, and hugged, and not washed their hands.  The population of Gaza, on the other hand, is often presented as having somewhat brought the siege upon itself. Despite Israel’s violation of international law and the human rights of Palestinian refugees, Israel is still, in the eyes of many, “the good guy” defending itself from the Palestinians.  We still hear, over and over again, that the real reason Gaza is under a siege that has been accurately described as incremental genocide is “Hamas.” As if, if it weren’t for Hamas, Israel would allow the refugees to return to their stolen homes and lands.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2020/03/no-life-during-the-coronavirus-isnt-like-gaza/

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THE DAWABSHEH FAMILY, ET AL. v. BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, ET AL. at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia

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After this Court has heard the evidence concerning the war crimes committed, financed, promoted, encouraged by the Defendants named herein EFC, Plaintiffs would request that the Court consider whether it is appropriate to entertain a punitive damages award against all defendants, especially since war crimes, wanton destruction of property, ethnic genocide are involved.

Continue reading at https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/lawsuit.pdf

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The Wisdom That Comes with Age and Moral Courage by William Cook

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I have written five books dealing with the Israeli/Palestine conflict (how meaningless that word). In 2010 Palgrave Macmillan published The Plight of the Palestinians: a Long History of Destruction. Dr. Richard Falk, Raconteur for the Palestinian people, wrote a new Introduction for the paper back edition. He, too, understands why the Foreign Minister is upset. I edited this volume that provided 32 chapters by world renowned experts on the genocide in Palestine. 

Continue reading at https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/03/06/the-wisdom-that-comes-with-age-and-moral-courage/

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Middle East Monitor event (March 28): Cultural genocide & indigenous peoples on Eventbrite

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An international conference looking at the on-going cultural genocide of indigenous peoples in Palestine, Myanmar and China. Throughout the last century, the Palestinian people were subjected to policies that have often been described as genocidal. They included acts aimed at destroying their national culture, political autonomy and national will. A central feature of this tragedy was the destruction and depopulation of some 418-531 villages. These acts were not consequences of war; they were, in fact, carefully planned and executed.

Continue reading at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cultural-genocide-indigenous-peoples-registration-94402479357?aff=website

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If no justice for Palestine — then no peace! by Workers World Party

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Those of us living inside the U.S. witness and experience every day the horrific impact of an economic and social system built on settler-colonial genocide against Indigenous peoples and theft of their lands as well as  enslavement and forced labor of African peoples. The same vile system is at work this very minute against the Palestinian people. 

Continue reading at https://www.workers.org/2020/02/45950/

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South Africa: The Day Gaza Becomes Uninhabitable by Anna Majavu and Anastasya Eliseeva

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Palestinian-South African academic Haidar Eid speaks to New Frame about the day the United Nations said the densely populated Gaza Strip would officially become unsuitable for human habitation.In 2012, the United Nations published research suggesting that by 2016, the main aquifer supplying water to about two million Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip would be “unusable” and that by 2020, the aquifer would have been damaged irreversibly. This would make Gaza uninhabitable by 2020.
… “The terror of it is that Gazans die every day from preventable illnesses as a result of dirty water or the lack of a life-saving operation, or starvation due to the crops that fail to grow without sufficient irrigation, or babies dying because they cannot be kept warm in their first few days of life,” Eid said… Ilan Pappé, an Israeli academic who teaches at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, has described Israel’s policy towards Gaza as one of “incremental genocide”.

Continue reading at https://allafrica.com/stories/202001130689.html

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The danger of the “ethno-nationalist” state by Bill Fletcher, Jr.

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Netanyahu is a close cousin—politically speaking—of Modi’s. He and his party—the Likud—have always aimed to eliminate the Palestinian presence from not only the occupied Palestinian territories, but from Israel itself. But it is not only the Palestinians that Netanyahu, et.al. wish to eliminate. The language of the regime when it comes to other alleged outsiders is particularly provocative and echoes that of Hindu fascists in India in describing undocumented immigrants, in the case of Israel, as “infiltrators.”

Continue reading at https://www.charlestonchronicle.net/2019/12/30/the-danger-of-the-ethno-nationalist-state/

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Gaza 2020: How easy it is for the world to delete Palestinian pain by David Hearst

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This is Gaza now: a brutal siege of a forgotten people subsisting in conditions predicted to be unlivable by the UN in 2020, a year that is just a few weeks away… As Israeli writer Meron Rapoport has said, Israel’s leaders have long harboured genocidal thoughts about what to do with the enclave that they chased all those refugees into after 1948.
In 1967, former Israeli prime minister Levi Eshkol set up a unit to encourage Palestinians to emigrate. “Precisely because of the suffocation and imprisonment there, maybe the Arabs will move from the Gaza Strip… Perhaps if we don’t give them enough water they won’t have a choice, because the orchards will yellow and wither,” he suggested, according to declassified minutes of cabinet meetings released in 2017.

Continue reading at https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/gaza-2020-un-report-history-forgotten-israel-blockade

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