Apartheid is not enough by Yonatan Goldshtein

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Google translation from Danish:

When the conversation falls on Israel and Palestine, it is no longer enough to talk about apartheid. Although apartheid is a crime against humanity, but the situation here is worse. We have to start talking about genocide, and the world must wake up and do something. History has already repeated itself enough in Palestine.

Nowhere is this as evident as in Hebron, when you walk through the city streets. Shuhada Street was once the city’s fruit and vegetable market that bubbled with life. In the last fifteen years, the street has been closed to the Palestinians. The stores’ owners were denied access, the doors welded and more places have Jewish settlers painted Stars of David on the doors.

The image of the city speaks for itself. Shop owners are evicted because of their ethnicity, the shops closed and, as mentioned, Stars of David painted on the doors. The difference between Hebron and 1930s Europe is just that here it is not Jews who are displaced, but Jews who dispels. We need not go far to see the graffiti with a call to “Gas the Arabs”, which is painted on several Palestinian houses in the area.

Dictionary definition of ‘apartheid’ is economic, legal and geographical separation of people based on race. We have walls and checkpoints that separates where people can go and not go, based on who they are. If a Palestinian violates one of the many lines, the person shot. Jewish Israelis on the other hand, goes every Saturday for a walk in the Palestinian areas of the city, surrounded by an army of soldiers. People are under different legal systems. Palestinians are subject to the military judicial system, and Israeli civil court system. This has the effect that crimes against Palestinians perpetrated by Israeli impunity and crimes or suspected crimes against Israelis usually punishable by death or imprisonment without trial (there is no death penalty in Israel, but the country makes use of extrajudicial executions in style , ed.).

Under international law the apartheid a crime against humanity.
But we are long past the stage where apartheid is sufficient to describe what happens here; whether as a historical analogy to the regime in South Africa or in its definition in international law. We will have to begin to discuss whether it is genocide.

What is genocide?
But what is truly ‘genocide’? There are several definitions of genocide, as discussed by historians and social scientists. How many should be killed and under what conditions? But genocide is defined quite clearly in international law. It takes two conditions in order to be able to talk about a genocide: violent act against a people and the intention to destroy a population in part or in its entirety.

The violent acts covered by the Genocide Convention are: killing members of a group, infliction of physical or mental harm to members of a group, conscious application of unbearable living conditions or the prevention of group reproduction. There must be both intention and action.

Under international law the following acts criminal offenses: genocide, or scheduling, attempt, solicitation, or complicity in genocide.

One need not go to Gaza to see this happen. We remember this well from last year when Israel’s attack on Gaza killed more than 2,000 Palestinians dead and elected representatives in Israel called for the killing of all Palestinians in Gaza and the UN subsequently declared that Gaza is expected to be uninhabitable in 2020.

No, we only have to walk a few kilometers away from my apartment in Hebron, Dana-family house.

The family house is located between two of Israel’s illegal settlements and the settlers want the house. They have managed to oust several of the family’s neighbors and take their houses. Yesterday assembled over fifty settlers around the house. Settlers threw stones and fire bombs at the house and shot at the house with guns, shouting “Death to the Arabs”. Here both the violent act and the genocidal intention. Israeli soldiers were present in droves and supported the settlers up by bombarding the family house with tear gas and lydgranater. In the night, they gathered in large numbers. I regularly hear the shot away in my apartment.

The world must act soon if we do not want to see the genocide happen again, because it is already well underway.

Reading the original at http://www.palestinaorientering.dk/apartheid-er-ikke-nok/


Unbearable conditions for Palestinians by Ulla Jessing

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Google translation from Danish:

“After the small 50-year occupation there is no prospect of change for the Palestinians,” writes Herbert Pundik Politiken.

He points out that no Palestinian under 65 years will have memories of anything other than a life dominated by soldiers at roadblocks and arrests.

Many have spent years in Israeli prisons, often without trial, and many children suffer in prisons.

But after Pundik view there is no prospect of change, therefore spreading knivstikker epidemic from day to day.

The German newspaper Der Spiegel writes on the same subject and think it’s a vicious cycle of radicalization.

Many Israelis carry weapons and go away at Palestinian with knives. And young Israelis walk through the streets, shouting: “Death to the Arabs”. They also set fire to mosques.

After nearly 50 years of occupation and years of political stagnation without genuine peace negotiations, has now created a situation where distrust and hatred and revenge dominate.

Especially in Gaza, the situation is intolerable. The country is in ruins and the population is suffering terribly during the Israeli blockade.

Life has become intolerable for young and old. One can only call the situation genocide.

But what makes the United States and other Western countries that call themselves democracies, in this terrible situation?

Prime Minister Netanyahu can sleep peacefully and continue his menneskefjenske policy because the United States continues to talk about the need to protect Israel.

But if the US and the EU do not soon prevent Israel from continuing its policy of war against Palestine, it is not enough that the Palestinian flag hangs at the United Nations. There must act to stop the occupation.

The Israelis must leave the Palestinian territory. The settlers must leave the land they have stolen from Palestinian farmers.

Otherwise one must expect that the Palestinians are going really crazy.

No people can be suppressed all the time.

Read the original at http://modkraft.dk/blog/ulla-jessing/ulidelige-forhold-pal-stinenserne


Begår Israel folkedrab i Gaza? / Is Israel Committing Genocide in Gaza by Yonatan Ungermann Goldshtein

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The following is a Google translation of the complete article

Israel commits genocide in Gaza?

91% of children in Gaza report seeing mutilated bodies lie in the streets. I read that the other day in a report on the psychological trauma among children in Gaza. The report was from 2009, I think. After last summer’s war, it is reported that over 300,000 children in need of urgent psychological help.

These are children who do not have the desire to live or to eat. Children who are traumatized to such an extent, that they have lost the language. Children who after a traumatic experience suffer from extremely aggressive behavior and sudden collapse. These children are the future of Gaza and products of political choices made by Israelis.

While still reported more injured and killed in the West Bank, where I am, I send a thought to Gaza, where the total destruction of people’s lives, has reached an incredible level. Over 2000 people were killed, over 500 of them were children. Hundreds of thousands lost their homes due to the Israeli blockade is not a house yet been rebuilt, and people kept continuing to starvation, since Israel does not let the food into the UN and humanitarian organizations believe should be let in.

80% of the population survives only on relief and 6 out of 10 households are not sure when they can get food on the table.

UN report that they expect that Gaza will be uninhabitable in 2020. It is about 5 years. Mind you, if we assume that Israel does not choose to carry out another attack on Gaza.

In the case of a genocide of Gaza’s Palestinian population? Under the UN Genocide Convention is the genocide, when at least one of, inter alia, the following acts committed with intent wholly or partially destroying one of a group:

  • killing members of the group,
  • to members of the group serious bodily or mental harm,
  • deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about the group’s total or partial physical destruction.

Members of Gazans are demonstrably killed Gazans are psychologically destroyed and according to the UN is the prison that Gaza is no longer to live for five years. So there is no doubt that Israel’s treatment of Gaza on the “objective factors” meets the necessary rights violations that it can be described as genocide.

But to some counts as genocide, there must demonstrably be intent on genocide from the executive party. During the war on Gaza last year were members of the government out and argue that Gazans were killed, whether it was Gaza mothers or children of Gaza. People walked through the streets of Israel under the slogan, kill Arabs, and I even saw how the Palestinians were beaten up in the street while police looked at, and only occasionally intervened.

If you’re concerned about what we see unfolding in Gaza in front of a silent world, is a genocide, so the initiative “Israeli Genocide?” To press for an investigation. Go to this site and sign: http://israelgenocide.com/take-action/

Every time a sign, will be sent a letter to the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, which calls for an investigation into whether Israel committing genocide against the Palestinian people

Sign the: http://israelgenocide.com/take-action/

Read in Danish at http://modkraft.dk/blog/yonatan-ungermann-goldshtein/beg-r-israel-folkedrab-i-gaza