UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor: Investigate the Possibility that Israel is Committing the Crime of Genocide Against the Palestinian People
Understanding that both the U.S. and Israel are white-supremacist, settler-colonial projects, whose founding were predicated on genocide and stealing land, explains why both rely on exploitation, violence, subjugation and mass incarceration to keep their project going. Gaza is the world’s largest open-air prison.
When it comes to BICOM, I’m curious to know their relationship with the Israeli app, act.il, which is funded by the late Sheldon Adelson, that is also responsible for the way Israel is portrayed online. It’s basically an Israeli troll army that controls the narrative and massage about Israel. And we saw that really take place, and just the power of this app during Israel’s recent genocide in Gaza, when it was bombing Gaza with US supplied missiles, in May of last year.
…when Rivlin, in October 2014, had declared that “Israeli society is sick, and it is our duty to treat this disease,” a Haaretz columnist lashed out, suggesting that “Rivlin’s comments are positively bursting with Jew-hatred”.
“First he called Jewish society ‘sick’—dredging up anti-Semitic tropes about Jews as carriers of cultural and ideological disease. Then he asked whether Jews are ‘decent human beings’: Questioning their humanity itself,” the article argued.
Of course, the sickness of “violence, hostility, bullying, [and] racism”, that Rivlin had then pointed out, is very much real. Other symptoms of this horrible disease also include military occupation, apartheid and genocidal violence like that frequently meted out against the besieged Gaza Strip.
Thousands of Jordanians Friday afternoon, carried out a demonstration in the courtyard of the Grand Husseini Mosque in Downtown Amman, in solidarity with the Palestinians in the face of the violations of the Israeli Occupation and the forced displacement of the people of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in the West Bank. MP Armouti, who attended, said “Palestine cannot be divided by two. We are with the people of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and with every part of Palestine.” … He described what is happening as “human crimes, war crimes, and genocide crimes,” considering it a breach of world peace and security under the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 9.
Israel’s behaviour toward the indigenous Arab population has been genocidal. During Israel’s war of independence—the Palestinian Nakbah (disaster)—the majority of Arabs were forced to flee a systematic Israeli military campaign to “cleanse” parts of the country from Arabs. After the war, almost 500 Palestinian villages were eradicated, and millions of acres of their land and thousands of their homes and businesses were confiscated and turned over to exclusive Jewish control. During the first two decades, Israel imposed harsh conditions on those Palestinians who remained, forcing Arab children to learn Hebrew and denying Arabs the right to join labour unions, live in Jewish areas, or form political organisations. Some of these conditions have since eased for the Arab citizens in Israel, but many of these same policies are now imposed as part of Israel’s repressive Apartheid rule in the post-67 Occupied Territories. Israel has invented its own fictional history and its supporters worldwide will brook no criticism of its policies or accept any responsibility for its behaviour toward its Arab citizens, those under occupation, and, most especially, the Palestinian refugee population.
“Every evening this week, dozens of young Jews walked around Jerusalem’s city center, chanting ‘Death to Arabs’ and attacking passersby with stones and tear gas,” Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported on Wednesday. The situation escalated further on Thursday, when more than 100 Palestinians were injured as a result of mob violence provoked by the far-right Jewish group Lehava.
Extreme racist and even genocidalhatred of Palestinians is pervasive in Israeli Jewish society, where there exists no significant popular movement to end decades of Israeli military occupation, apartheid and abuse against Palestinians.
“Now these two examples are extremely problematic, because if Im going to talk about our own dispossession, our own Nakba; the overall intent of this resolution is to silence me. Because people will be afraid to listen to even what I have to say in the fear of being labeled antisemitic. Because it is a really horrific charge to be labeled antisemitic. Rightfully so, and we shouldn’t be combatting that. However this definition, the intent that it is coming out with is to conflate the criticism of the state of Israel and its policies with being antisemitic. So by me mentioning Nakba; mentioning the racist laws that Israel is implementing on Palestinians; by me mentioning the genocide and what Israel did to Palestinians; I will be labeled antisemitic, and I won’t be able to speak it. If we follow this definition.”
Israel and the policy of apartheid were born in the same year, 1948, Israel as a colonial-settler declared unilaterally over occupied Palestine on May 15 and apartheid as the election-winning policy of South Africa’s National Party on May 26. On December 9 the same year, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The convention describes genocide as acts intended to destroy “in whole or part” a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group. There is no other way to describe Israel’s intentions in 1948.
Yad Vashem has gradually become, at times reluctantly, an agent of influence for the “universal” worldview, which is alien to most Israeli Jews. And the road from this perception of genocide as a universal phenomenon that can occur anywhere and anytime to the supposed atrocities of the Israeli “occupation” has been short.
The Asean People’s Coalition for Palestine rejects and unreservedly condemn the normalisation deal between UAE and Israel, brokered by the US… By signing normalisation agreements with Israel, the UAE is in complicit with it in its genocidal crimes against the Palestinians.