UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, International Criminal Court Prosecutor, International Court of Justice President: Investigate the Possibility that Israel is Committing the Crime of Genocide Against the Indigenous Palestinian People.
A few months ago I wrote a post titled The Problem With BDS where I argued that the comparison of Israel with with South Africa may not be appropriate and perhaps counterproductive to the interests of the Palestinians. My position in not an original one and is primarily derived from Chomsky’s assessment of the circumstances. Since then, Chomsky has published an essay in The Nation explaining his position in detail. Predictably, Chomsky’s essay has been selectively quoted by the likes of Fred Lazin who, in a recent appearance on CrossTalk, conveniently omitted the fact that Chomsky’s criticism of the analogy between Israel and South Africa is due to the fact that, in his view, “the road ahead is not toward South Africa, as commonly alleged, but toward something much worse.”
The “much worse” is the slow and steady elimination, as Chomsky puts it, of Israel’s “Palestinian burden.” As he explains, unlike South Africa – where the black population was the white’s workforce – Israel doesn’t need the Palestinians. It is for this reason that, in my opinion, the genocide of Native Americans by European settlers seems a more apt comparison.
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“Israel is one of the biggest armies in the world. They have a navy, they have an air force, the have nuclear weapons, They have missile defence systems. The are absolutely on a deferent scale completely from those in Hamas and other groups that have been launching rockets made within their own areas and territories. This is not a real fight or conflict, this is an onslaught, a genocide against a people.”
Terming Israel’s atrocities against Palestinians in Gaza as “genocide”, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday urged the international community to play its part in stopping Israel from the “naked and brutal aggression.”
[Google translation] At the gates of the Jazz Festival. That’s the place where you have said fifty sympathizers with the Palestinian cause who have applied unsuccessfully to the boycott of Israeli artist Noa, headlining concerts Wednesday Jazz Festival. Surrounded by riot police Ertzaintza and the Local Police have launched harangues protesters as “genocidal Israel” and “Free Palestine” after the attacks carried out by the Israeli State on the Gaza Strip.
I am not surprised to see Israelis sitting on hills in a city near Gaza, watching the Israeli missiles fall. One onlooker called it “just good fun.” Others were eating popcorn, which is not surprising. If you’re sick enough to be entertained by watching hi-tech missiles fall on an open-air prison in one of the most densely populated places on the planet, it doesn’t really shock me if you bring along some snacks to pass the time.
… I am not surprised when Ayelet Shaked advocates calling Palestinians “little snakes.” Oh, she also advocated the destruction of “elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.” Oh, she is also a member of the Israeli Knesset. Oh, she is also a member of the ruling coalition of Netanyahu’s government. Oh, and the prime minister had nothing to say about her call to genocide. Oh, and her Facebook post calling for all of these things got over 5,100 likes. If a society is sick enough to elect and promote a fascist into the highest levels of political office, it doesn’t really shock me when her murderous rants are met with nothing.
… Being a form of entertaining target practice for a society that wants us exterminated anyway is nothing new. We’re used to it. Don’t feel bad for us. It’s normal.
We, Jews Against Genocide, came to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial of the genocide committed against Jews, to honor the Palestinian children who are dying in a genocide committed by Jews.
We brought dolls to symbolise the children of Gaza, and tried to bring a glimpse of the horror that Gazan’s face, to Israel’s doorstep. We hope to show Israel, and the world, the absurd reality of using the memory of one genocide to justify another.
“Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, has staged countrywide demonstration on 12 July, 2014 against israeli barbaric attacks on Gaza. They urges international community to take steps to stop Israeli genocide in Gaza.”
The Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in the Muslim world, denounced an ongoing Israeli onslaught in the Gaza Strip as an “act of genocide against the armless Palestinian people”.
In a Saturday statement, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb condemned Israel’s “heinous crimes” in the Gaza Strip and urged the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation as well as the United Nations to “immediately act to stop this aggression.”
The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega Thursday expressed his solidarity with the Palestinian people and condemned the genocidal bombing [by] Israel. “How can we not condemn, at this time, the genocide being committed against the Palestinian people again? Now go over 80 dead, children, youth of all ages.“ Said the president.
Warehousing is worse than apartheid. It does not even pretend to find a political framework for “separate development,” it simply jails the oppressed and robs them of all their collective and individual rights. It is the ultimate form of oppression before actual genocide, and in that it robs a people of its identity, its land, its culture and the ability to reproduce itself, it is a form of cultural genocide that can lead to worse. This is what Israel has left the Palestinians, this is the meaning of the bombing of Gaza, the terrorizing of the West Bank – and the ongoing destruction of Bedouin and Palestinian homes within Israel.