Response Mixed to PC(USA) Labeling Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Lands as Apartheid by Eric Ledermann on The Presbyterian Outlook

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In June 2022, the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), following decades of debates, voted overwhelmingly in support of Overture INT-02, declaring the Israeli government’s occupation and treatment of the Palestinian people and lands to be named as “apartheid.” Though INT-02 passed the committee with a vote of 90% and by the whole assembly with 70% of the vote, the response both inside and outside the denomination has been mixed.

… Despite efforts within the rationale of the overture and in the letter from the ten former moderators to clarify the overture is about the laws, policies and behaviors of the government of Israel, and not the people of Israel or Jewish people in general, the responses from many corners of the Jewish community in the U.S. and abroad have been highly critical.

… The American Jewish Committee (AJC) responded, saying, “The Presbyterian Church has been hijacked by anti-Israel activists,” claiming that over the years the PC(USA) has “flirted with or crossed over to antisemitism.”

According to a survey conducted in 2021 by the Jewish Electorate Institute, only 25% of U.S. Jewish voters agree that Israel is an apartheid state, with 22% agreeing that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinian people.

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British Quakers capitulate to Israel lobby lies on The Electronic Intifada

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“At some point groups like Quakers in Britain will have to decide between their stated pursuit of ‘equality, peace, truth, justice and simplicity,’ on the one hand, and being used to give cover to the ongoing ethnic cleansing, indeed creeping genocide, of the Palestinians, on the other,” David Miller said. “There is no middle way. The crime of the occupation of Palestine cannot be resolved by a ‘balanced’ approach to the relation between the oppressor and the oppressed.”

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Unabated sufferings of Palestinians by Imran Khalid

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… UN and other global human-rights organizations that are letting the Israeli politicians, whether Lapid, Netanyahu or their predecessors, kill innocent Palestinian civilians on a whim, merely to gratify their domestic political interests. Courtesy of the Abraham Accords and continued patronizing by the Western capitals, the arrogance and haughtiness in Israel’s behavior has reached the point where Israel considers itself above any accountability for what many believe to be a planned genocide of the Palestinians…

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NEHAWU condemns apartheid Israeli continued attacks on Gaza issued by General Secretary, Zola Sapheth

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The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] strongly condemns the continued violent attacks on Gaza by the Apartheid Israel military. The continued repression and genocide of innocent Palestinians must stop.

…Even though a truce was agreed upon on, the world can no longer be silent about the continued genocide of Palestinians by the Apartheid Israeli government. The people of Gaza live in constant fear. We have to stop Israel by boycotting all that the Israeli government uses to fund these inhumane attacks on the Palestinian people. We call on all trade unionists, all friendly countries to Boycott, Divestment and Sanction apartheid Israel.

Continue reading at https://www.politicsweb.co.za/politics/apartheid-israelis-continued-attacks-on-gaza-conde

How international aid has normalised Israel’s 15-year siege of Gaza by Ismail Patel

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Over the past 15 years, the international community has donated $ 5.7bn to provide relief for Palestinians in Gaza. These humanitarian relief efforts have saved the Palestinians in Gaza from genocide. However, the international humanitarian aid has unwittingly become a means for Israel to continue with the siege and normalise it…

..In 2012, it was revealed that Israel had calculated to allow, based on a person’s average requirement, 2,300 calories a day to enter Gaza. This was just sufficient enough “not to make them die of hunger,” as Weisglass stated.. foreign aid helps Israel as an occupier deflect its responsibilities under international law, the Hague Convention and the Fourth Geneva Convention to protect the Palestinian population and its property. Israel avoids its duty because humanitarian aid is preventing Palestinians from dying of hunger.

Israel’s neo-colonial blockade has ensured that, for every dollar the international community sends to Gaza, Israel enforces damage of over two dollars. The Israeli siege policy thus creates a perpetual deficit, leaving the people of Gaza in a state of permanent humanitarian crisis

Continue reading at https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/gaza-israel-international-aid-siege-normalised

The National Union of Metalworkers spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, during the Global South rally launching the initiative in 2020, calls for #UNinvestigateApartheid on the BDS National Committee Twitter account

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“Ultimately I think this is the goal of this rally, is to mobilise the world, mobilise the globe, mobilise the working class, mobilise the masses to defend the people of Palestine. This is a moral and just war. No other position on the issue of Palestine is acceptable, quite frankly. Because if you’re going to support Israel, then you are supporting genocide, you are supporting racism, you are supporting ethnic cleansing.”

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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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Against Apartheid: Conversations in Solidarity with Seema Mustafa on The Indo-Palestine Solidarity Network

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So in the midst of ongoing genocide, with the Gaza Strip having been converted into an open air prison, and the Israelis using every trick in the wicked book, including the settlers and the settlements, to squeeze the Palestinians out of the territory… the Amnesty report speaking of apartheid has come as a welcome surprise. 

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Palestinian resistance is forcing liberals to see Israel’s apartheid from Ali Abunimah

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It’s important that Amnesty has come out and recognised apartheid, but in another article we published at the Electronic Intifada today, by my colleague Maureen Murphy, she points out that although the Amnesty report is really useful, and is really a watershed in terms of international advocacy. And Amnesty goes much further than Human Rights Watch, and B’Tselem, and others in terms of its recommendations. Even then, this report falls short by failing to recognise the settler-colonial context of the Zionist project in Palestine. And settler colonialism is ultimately genocidal. Because, as Maureen writes, the Zionist settlers did not come from Europe with the intent to dominate and persecute Palestinians, and establish an apartheid regime. They came with the intent to take their land and remove them.

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Greenwashing Provides Cover for Zionist Settler-Colonialism by Omar Zahzah

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Greenwashing gives ethical cover to colonial Zionist brutality. It also provides the rationale by which the JNF and various other pro-colonial Zionist organizations, foundations and non-profits enjoy charitable status. This charitable status allows the JNF to provide tax credits for donations, meaning that up to 25% of their budget comes from the public’s tax dollars. In other words, “charity” is being weaponized to facilitate ethnic cleansing and genocide in real time.

Continue reading at https://www.palestinechronicle.com/greenwashing-provides-cover-for-zionist-settler-colonialism/