Wiping out entire families in Israeli bombings was one of the characteristics of the war in 2014. In the roughly 50 days of the war then, UN figures say that 142 Palestinian families were erased (742 people in total). The numerous incidents then and today attest that these were not mistakes: and that the bombing of a house while all its residents are in it follows a decision from higher up, backed by the examination and approval of military jurists.
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Such graffiti, including its variations, such as “Kahane was right” appear on walls at bus stations for Israelis or on cement blocks positioned alongside West Bank roads. They are hard to miss. The writing on the wall inside the IDF checkpoint is almost hidden… Whoever wrote “Death to the Arabs” in very small print letters did not intend to provoke the passersby.
… But there’s a connection between the natural way a wish for genocide was scribbled on the wall of a military installation, and the automatic responses of soldiers when a Palestinian vehicle struck them. The soldiers shot immediately at the vehicle, deciding on the spot that the driver and the passengers merit the same fate – death. The IDF spokesperson also issued an automatic response: Terror attack. Automatically all the Israeli media report in unison that these were terrorists… The values of the army, the state and Israeli society clearly say here: First thing you do is kill the Arab.
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The outspoken style embraced by Cassif will not prevent me from voting again for the Joint List, just as it did not affect our friendly chats in the past. However, there is one thing I cannot dismiss as just another angry Facebook outburst: His flippant statement that genocide, or a creeping genocide, is taking place here, followed by a glib reversal of that statement, when he told Hecht: “You know what, leave out the genocide – call it ethnic cleansing.” If there is a genocide taking place – creeping or not – it’s not something you dismiss, not in an interview and not in private or public life. It’s not something you say is happening, and then, due to a change in your personal circumstances – being voted in as a political representative – you drop.
… The DNA of Jewish colonialism has not included genocide, but the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland and homes (I avoid the trendy term ethnic cleansing since it relies on the invader’s aggressive term – cleansing – which manipulates the positive connotations of this term). The forgotten Palestinian enclaves Israel has created on both sides of the Green Line (the 1967 border) are a compromise between the half-concealed yearning to empty the land of its Palestinian inhabitants and the recognition that this is impossible for geopolitical reasons.
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