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In the Midst of Destruction – From Jerusalem to Gaza: Palestine Speaks // Mohammad al-Kurd on Palestine Deep Dive

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Of course they’re loosing control. Of course, because often times what happens is that they isolate Gaza, and the isolate the narrative of Gaza, and- if I’m allowed to cuss- I think people are finally calling bullshit on this. The myth of “self defence”, the myth of “Hamas rockets”. Those myths that they use to justify a literal genocide. A reoccurring annual genocidal launch of warfare on Gaza, is see-through nowadays. And we’re seeing this because of social media, we’re seeing that people no longer accept this.

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Sheikh Jarrah: Western media outlets are whitewashing Israeli colonialism by Denijal Jegic

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The terms “Jews” and “Israelis” as well as “Palestinians” and “Arabs” are used as interchangeable synonyms. As a consequence, the colonial dimensions are obscured because Palestinians are not referred to as indigenous people and Israel is not identified as a colonial power. 

…The latest Israeli airstrikes on Gaza were as well portrayed as a “response” to Hamas which is depicted as “an Islamic group sworn to Israel’s destruction.” That Israel is sworn to the destruction of Hamas and to Palestine as such is not part of the discourse. In fact, settler-colonial expansion is genocidal as such and necessitates the removal of the indigenous people. 

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Israel Admits its Guilt (and Other Arguments) by Jim Miles

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There are two solutions left.  First is the status quo, a slow genocide and ethnic removal of the Palestinian people, preferably to surrounding Arab states (Saudi Arabia, a US-Israeli ally would certainly not welcome them), or less preferably to small islets of apartheid.  The whole process could be sped up by a regional war, say with Iran, under cover of which Israel could attempt to expel masses of Palestinians.

The second solution is what many have demanded of Canada (remember, no double standards):  justice and restoration – of rights, of property, of health and education, of infrastructure, of legal equality as well as full political participation in the governance of the country. Simple solution, but entirely against the beliefs of the current Israeli system.

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COVID-19 in Palestine: A Pandemic in the Face of “Settler Colonial Erasure” by Yara Hawari

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At the start of the lockdowns, many Palestinians commented that the world now finally understood what life was like for them. Particularly in the West Bank and Gaza, the curfews, the closure of public spaces, the inability or difficulty to travel, lingering anxiety and perpetual uncertainty are features common to Palestinian life. However, this new global reality reflects only a fraction of the Palestinian experience of suffering from nearly a century of ongoing settler colonialism.

Australian scholar, Patrick Wolfe, described settler colonialism as “a structure not an event”[1] and its driving logic as the elimination of the indigenous people. This ongoing settler colonial process is often referred to by Palestinians as al-nakba al-mustamirra (the ongoing catastrophe), and further manifests itself through expulsions, confiscation of land, incarceration, military bombardments and ghettoization processes across historical Palestine.

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The Right to Inheritance and to Return, Keys to Peace in Palestine by Ilan Pappe, Uri Davis and Tamar Yaron

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Until today even critical observers hesitated to apply the term genocide to Israeli polices towards the Palestinians. However, when viewing the situation of the Palestinian refugees and their descendants as victims of the logic of “elimination of the native”, they are as such also victims of a genocidal policy.

Such a reference is justified if we look at the UN’s definitions of genocide. The UN “Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” of 1948, which was adopted by the Knesset as binding states: “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such ’including’ ’causing’ serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.”

The nature of zionism and the right of return are interconnected issues. Thus, we aim here to go beyond the framing the Palestinians as victims of one genocidal act in 1948, but rather as targeted by an policy of dispossession, which has visible aspects of genocidal policies.

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Forging Greater Israel: Annexation by Any Other Name by Jennifer Loewenstein

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Why provoke a media and political relations’ storm by making public the controversial West Bank annexation plan when that process can be carried forward in a gradual, step by step manner, ‘in the dark’, far from the damning eye of international condemnation? Netanyahu could still, for whatever reasons, decide it is in his interest to create another political firestorm. It might, however, be more politically expedient to keep his audience guessing as facts on the ground roll forward like tank treads. Greater Israel has come a long way over the decades using this very technique. Like the proverbial frog in its pot on the stove, by the time the water is boiling it’ll be too late to hop out.
When God forges the destiny of a devout people, it is carried forth with zeal. Whether that god is a secular or religious deity, fervent believers will remove the obstacles impeding their progress even if they are people. They will be conveniently demoted from “human” to something like “merciless Indian savages” (US Declaration of Independence) those relics of the unsaved world who threatened to block the advance of civilization across the North American continent.
Palestinians may yet prove fortunate that their history is unfolding on such a public stage and under the often unblinking eyes of media and video surveillance. Native Americans had no such luck, a fact that cost them approximately one hundred million lives over a period of 400 years. The United States bloomed out of the bloody ground of genocide. Greater Israel has had to find more creative ways to eliminate a people without their collective physical death.

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From Cultural Commodification to Annexation in Occupied Palestine and Indigenous North America by Benay Blend

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Annexation, then, is nothing new. “Hundreds of Indigenous nations were consumed by [a] process of relentless westward expansion,” explain historians Nick Estes (Lower Brule Sioux) and Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz. “This is a core feature of settler colonialism,” they continue, “not just the elimination of the Native, but also the naturalization of unnatural settler states built on the annexation of Indigenous land and the genocide of Indigenous people,” a process that could explain, too, Israel’s 72-year Occupation of the land and Indigenous people of Palestine.

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