One key tactic used by pro-Zionists to contribute to the ongoing memoricide against Palestinians is perpetuating a claim that they have indigenous rights to the historic land of Palestine. The aliyah, or right of Jews to immigrate to this land, is what distinguishes the settler-colonialism in Palestine from the broader global indigenous context.
Zionists have made such claims through religious justifications similar to those embraced by the Puritans in North America: that Palestine, known as the “promised land”, was ordained to any person who identifies as Jewish. Zionists have exploited genuine Jewish suffering to advance an incremental genocide against the Palestinians, with memoricide continuing at a steady pace.
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The Nakba also known as the ‘catastrophe’ signifies the ethnic cleansing and the incremental genocidal process that occurred against the Palestinians by the State of Israel in 1948 which caused the dispossession and displacement of 750,000 Palestinians from their ancestral homelands; forced to settle in refugee camps such as Al Yarmouk in neighboring countries of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan as well as the camps for the internally displaced within what are known as the occupied territories of 1967 of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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The third wave of the Nakba involves the combination of the constant and permanent military adventures of Israel as a settler colonial state combined with laws and policies that administer and facilitate settler colonialism. This has come to be known as bureaucratic ethnic cleansing aimed at using laws and policies to undermine, disempower, oppress and colonize the Palestinians living both within the enclave and reservation territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as those living inside Israel facing similar laws and policies to those under occupation and colonization. This wave includes the negotations also known as the ‘Peace Process’ as well as the latest ‘recognition’ trend of statehood for the Palestinians as both have been providing more time and distraction tactics for the continued incremental genocide of the Palestinians.
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