Reassessing the British Mandate in Palestine: The Contribution of the British Mandate in Realising the Urban Dimension of Herzl’s Plan by Maha Samman on Institute for Palestine Studies

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“During the British Mandate the purchase of land in Palestine and the Jewish migration in groups increased, and continued until the declaration of the Israeli state in 1948. It paved the way for many other detailed ideas, plans and implementation through different means, including extensive use of military power and violence. 
I will talk briefly about Jerusalem now. As you know, several planning schemes were proposed, starting with Mclean 1918 [plan], and then the 1919 Patrick Geddes [plan], and the 1922 [plan], the 1930 [plan], and ending by the Henry Kendal’s 1944 [plan]. Despite some differences, all have proposed the development and the proposals for networks of roads in the western side of the city, concentrated open spaces, public parks; and restricted areas in the eastern part of the city. Outside old city walls the urban patterns that developed were diverse and influenced by the the centralized planning approach. Lands were bought by Jewish organisations and urban ideas designed by architects influenced by the modern European movement rapidly developed. A trend clearly called for in the Hertzel pamphlet. For Geddes, Jerusalem was an integral part of Jewish heritage, and developing plans to protect this heritage was of ought most importance… Crookston emphasises that planners were Jewish
immigrants- and most planning staff in district commissions- employees already were Jewish, not Arab. This again shows the binary of making the Zionist dream a reality while making Palestinian reality a nightmare towards elimination… And if we look at  Jerusalem today, we see how these plans influenced planning with Israeli settlements.. the play with “ideal ideas” to achieve power, domination, and control within a colonial context, to use the urban dimension within the British and the Zionist spheres, until the British [retreated] and announced the Zionist state.”  [59:45]

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Rebuilding Alliance Emergency Zoom Forum: Conditions in the West Bank with Aseel AlBajeh

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But it should be noted that these are not but a continuation of a systematic, an ongoing violations against the Palestinian people as a whole… This is not only happening against Palestinians in the West Bank, but this is against the people as a whole… This has been ongoing for decades now. We’re talking about 70 years of violations and killing, and collective punishment, denial of the right to return. So if you want to put this into the bigger context, we’re talking about a settler colonial regime that is interested in working on- basically- eliminating the Palestinian people and replacing them with a settler population. “

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Israel’s policy toward Palestinians is ‘eradication’ — Wilkerson by Philip Weiss

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“I had a student at George Washington University who was in the IDF. He participated in Operation Cast Lead, you may remember, one of the first [attacks on Gaza, 2008-2009]. At a briefing of his battalion he was told that the object of that operation was to kill every Palestinian in sight, it didn’t matter who they were or what they were. They needed to teach the Palestinians in Gaza a lesson.
That was the standard operating procedure– that’s what they’ve been doing ever since. Every time you shoot a rocket at us, we will kill 1300 of you, men, women and children it doesn’t matter. And you will kill two or three of us. OK? We will live with those odds.

And we will eventually eradicate you. I’m convinced that’s their ultimate goal, eradication and/or apartheid. Now they’re very, very close to apartheid in the entire region. They’re already at apartheid in the West Bank. To a certain extent in Jerusalem.

In Gaza it’s a special kind of apartheid. You own it all, we will just keep you there, and we won’t let you do anything and we will come in periodically and kill you. Especially if you let the more active agents in Hamas do something to us, or the Islamic Jihad or whatever.

That’s Israeli’s policy, and eradication is not too strong word.”

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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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Building an Anti-Racism Strategy for Canadian Broadcasting by Laith Marouf

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Abu Akleh’s spirit and the voice of the Palestinian people will not be silenced. This Sunday, May 15th, tomorrow, commemorates 74 years since the Nakba in 1948, where the Catastrophe that saw Zionist militias wage a campaign of genocide and ethnically purged more than 800,000 Palestinians, or half the indigenous population from the land . (min. 1:53)

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Ahmed Abu Artema on Land Day 2022 Webinar: Great March of Return to Unity Intifada from Adalah Justice Project

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If we look to the situation from a broader context; all our suffering, all he kinds of our suffering- the blockade in Gaza strip, the wall and the settlements and the checkpoints in West Bank, the racial discrimination in the occupied Palestine 1984, yes there are many details, but the essence  of the problem is one. That there is a colonial Israeli Zionist power, and it tries… It still thinks that it can control the people by the violence. It can uproot us from our land, it can make genocide against us. This is the essence of the problem.

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Don Wagner: The Widespread Influence of Christian Zionism and Growing Backlash Inside American Churches on Washington Report

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I used to give my students when I was teaching the Israel-Palestine… On the first day of classes I would give them this exercise: Where, when and why did the Palestine-Israel struggle begin? Now what would you say? Where does it begin? The students would often start with 1967, the 1967 war. But if you start there, and some textbooks do, you don’t get what happened in the Nakba. You’ll miss the genocide of 1948 and 1949. 

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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.”

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Gaza is Palestine: People’s Inquiry on May Assault and Ongoing Siege on Adalah Justice Project

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While the bombs have stopped, the violence continues. Keep fighting to end the blockade on Gaza. Demand the US stop funding genocide. 

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