Far-right elements within the regime including war-criminal Netanyahu have consistently called for genocide of the Palestinian population on the back of applying the most horrific forms of ethnic cleansing. It is shocking though not surprising given the impunity flowing from America’s complicity in the mass incarceration of Palestinians, that the Zionist regime continues pursuing settler-colonial policies without any regard for its international obligations under the Geneva Convention.
Elisha Yered took the murder weapon from the murderer, Yechiel Indore, and buried it outside their settlement. After both were arrested and interrogated, Yered took the Shin Bet to the spot where the weapon was buried and they retrieved it. His explanation was that he wanted to be sure that no Palestinians took the weapon, so he hid it. The police and Shin Bet seemed to be satisfied with this cock and bull story and have not charged him as an accessory to murder… Yered is also the settler taunting the Dawabshe family in the video above. I’m profiling him because he is an exemplar of the most violent and homicidal of the Hilltop Youth, the sharp spear of the settler vigilante militias. He and his fellow terrorists are also photogenic and eager to exploit Israeli media to spread their genocidal message. The TV news shows reciprocate by featuring them regularly.
The ranks of Israeli politicians are replete with those advocating ethnic cleansing, apartheid and even genocide. As I’ve written here, a Likud MK called for building death camps for “Arabs.” The leading candidate to run the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, Effi Eitam, has said of Palestinian MKs:
“The day will come when we will expel you [to Gaza]”
“We should expel the vast majority of Arabs from Judea and Samaria, we can’t have all these Arabs…”
Regarding Lebanon, he said: “Simply slaughter Civilians? Yes, that is the equation. It’s cold, it’s cruel. But that is it.”
I suppose there could be no better candidate for a museum commemorating Nazi genocide than someone who advocates genocide. Every time someone hears him talk about the Holocaust. they will be reminded of his own genocidal rhetoric. Seriously, it is a grave insult to the 6-million to appoint a former IDF general, a cruel, vicious brute to safeguard their memory. But that is par for the course for this state birthed in the crucible of Nakba and continuing it to this day.
… Genocide does not happen suddenly. It evolves from lesser crimes and gradually grows into a monstrous hate capable of exterminating tens of thousands or millions, depending on circumstances. For this reason, I’m not satisfied with the word ‘apartheid’ alone. While it is an accurate portrait of current reality, it is not sufficient. As I’ve written, we must speak about genocide. Its most extreme form is the extermination of the people. But genocide also encompasses incitement to genocide; attempts to erase culture, language and traditions. These are all genocide. Israel qualifies on all these counts. It assaults Palestinian NGOs, destroys thousands of homes, steals land, demolishes schools, bombs universities, power plants and sewage treatment facilities. All this is genocide. That it has not yet exterminated tens or hundreds of thousands is no comfort. That may yet come, considering the venomous hatred of the Judeo-Nazis above. In the meantime, genocide remains a potent and accurate term.
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Israel’s National Security Minister, Itamar Ben Gvir, on 23 August declared that upholding Jewish families’ safety and freedom of movement is “more important” than doing the same for the country’s Arab population.
“My right, and my wife’s and my children’s right, to get around on the roads [of the occupied West Bank] is more important than the right to movement for Arabs,” the Jewish supremacist minister said during a televised interview on Channel 12. “Sorry Mohammad,” he said to journalist Mohammad Magadli, who was arguing with him, “but that’s the reality. That’s the truth. My right to life comes before their right to movement.”
“For the first time, an Israeli minister admits on air that Israel enforces an apartheid regime based on Jewish supremacy,” Arab lawmaker Ahmad Tibi of the Hadash-Taal party said on social media following Ben Gvir’s tirade.
The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court defines apartheid — which is a direct symptom of military occupation — as a crime against humanity, characterized by the commission of “inhumane acts,” such as unlawful killing, torture, and forcible transfer, which are committed to maintaining an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over another.
Major human rights groups and UN officials have accused Tel Aviv of perpetuating such a system against Palestinians on top of the military occupation of their land and a decades-long campaign of genocide.
Twenty-four U.S. Democratic Party congress members visited Israel this week and gave unconditional support to the ultra-reactionary Netanyahu government, whose genocidal policies towards Palestinians have reached new heights.
… This blatant tone-deafness from the Democrats is hardly surprising as they continue to ignore the widespread repression and violation of Palestinians human rights. Just this year alone, multiple Palestinian communities have faced repeated assault by the Israeli Defense Forces despite international condemnation. On Aug. 6, Zionist settlers who murdered three Palestinian children were hailed as heroes by Israel’s National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir. Such crimes and incitements of genocide by high Israeli officials was ignored, with the Democrats’ blanket endorsement and legitimizing the racist state.
… The Biden administration has thus far only offered mild admonishment with no teeth to force Israel to uphold any semblance of democracy for Palestinians as it spirals further into a fascistic state. The Democrats delegation’s uncritical visit is a green light for Israel’s racist crimes to continue with impunity, and puts the Democratic Party fully in league with the likes of Netanyahu, Beh-Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, a self-described “fascist homophobe” and promoter of genocide.
Some find use of the term “genocide” regarding Israel’s treatment of Palestinians objectionable for various reasons. But I’ve written here rebutting such claims. With the rise of Israel’s Judeo-fascist government and its terrorist senior ministers (Smotrich and Ben Gvir), it’s far past time for the world to not only acknowledge this genocidal reality, but to stop it before it’s too late.
We already see genocidal incitement both in words and deeds. Seven Palestinian villages with over 500 residents have been expelled by settler violence. Bezalel Smotrich called for “wiping out” the village of Huwara, after two settlers were killed nearby. A villager was murdered by a Judeo-terrorist. No one has been charged with any crime.
…Anyone who scoffs at the idea of genocide or a Final Solution should examine the history of countries which did such heinous acts. The final act of extermination did not spring up ex nihilo. It followed a slow, building process of demonization, harassment, and violence, which led up to it. This is the stage in which Israel finds itself.
Since Monday a video has been circulating in the Israeli media of a lecture by Col. (ret.) Efraim Laor, one of about 15 steering committee members for forming a “national guard” that would be directly subordinate to the National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir.
“Whoever doesn’t want to be involved is not involved. Whoever is in a line of conflict is there because he chose it, or it was chosen for them. There should be no distinction between gender, sex or age. Whoever is in a line of conflict has one right — either to win or to die. An enemy needs to be killed, you don’t shoot at [terror] cells, you shoot between the eyes – whoever can’t do that, 15 cm lower. Including those who are there and are not attacking. But you see an enemy – you do not find out with it whether he is involved or not — he’s involved — he needs to be eliminated.”
Laor’s genocidal advocacy also calls for Israelis to become civil combatants — creating civilian militias who would be given license to kill. The immediate threat inherent in this becomes evident in the context of the national guard… At the heart of Laor’s claims is an intentional erasure of the distinction between combatants and civilians, deeming any Palestinian as a legitimate target: “the wars that occur around us are not between organizations, but between peoples, and the fighting is a total devotion of one people against another people.”
“In additin to settling the land we need a military operation. Take down buildings, eliminate terrorists; and not one , and not two, but tens and hundreds, and thousands if need be.“
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