Do not dismiss the Gaza genocide allegations by Jonathan Ofir, Yonatan Shapira and Ofer Neiman

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In response to Eitay Mack, a human rights lawyer whom we* know well from past campaigns we all cherish, we first note that his Haaretz piece, “Israel Is Not Committing Genocide in Gaza,” goes beyond strict legal arguments. He does not merely discuss the applicability of the crime of genocide to Israel’s current actions in Gaza. Mack’s piece is a multi-pronged political attack on a wide range of activists and experts, including “human rights activists, journalists, who may have honest intentions but are simply wrong.” We wish to address this political analysis and cast doubt on some of the claims put forward by Mack.

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From Sarajevo to Jerusalem: Why Israel Should Fear the Precedent of Wartime Bosnia by Rebecca Bardach

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I became increasingly aware of signs of growing extremism about ten years ago: rabbis and mayors calling upon people not to rent to Arabs, demands to exclude women from public spaces like buses and billboards. The phenomena of “price tag” anti-Arab hate crimes with their “Death to Arabs” graffiti, and the politicians manipulating ethnic fears and grievances to win power.

I knew all too well from my Bosnian friends, and from work with refugees from other conflicts, where such rhetoric and actions could take us. 

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Ex-Israeli General Says Army Partner in West Bank War Crimes, Invokes Nazi Germany on Ha’aretz

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Speaking to Israel’s public broadcasting station Kan, Amiram Levin, former head of the Israeli army’s Northern Command, said that “there hasn’t been a democracy there in 57 years, there is total apartheid.” According to Levin, “the IDF, which is forced to exert sovereignty there, is rotting from the inside. It’s standing by, looking at the settler rioters and is beginning to be a partner to war crimes. These are deep processes.” When asked to elaborate on the specific “processes,” Levin invoked Nazi Germany. “It’s hard for us to say it, but it’s the truth. Walk around Hebron, look at the streets. Streets where Arabs are no longer allowed to go on, only Jews. That’s exactly what happened there, in that dark country.”

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Rising Palestinian casualties as Israel escalates the war by Amira Howeidy

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By officially embracing policies that virtually translate into the genocide and mass expulsion of Palestinians, the Israeli government is declaring war on the Palestinians, warned Israeli columnist Amira Hass in the left-leaning Ha’aretz newspaper on Monday.

“During a war, it will be easier to reprise the Nakba [expulsion] of 1948,” Hass said.

Continue reading at https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/50/487737/AlAhram-Weekly/Rising-Palestinian-casualties-as-Israel-escalates-.aspx

Who’s Afraid to Reveal the Palestinian ‘Secrets’ of 1948? by Shay Hazkani

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The biggest secret is the very existence of these documents, which are a memorial to a destroyed Palestinian civilization. This “secret,” the state officials responsible for declassifying the documents fear, might undermine the Israeli Zionist narrative and raise doubts among people willing to examine history with a critical eye.

Imagine if another country possessed the archives of a Jewish community in Eastern Europe that was destroyed during the Holocaust, or of a Jewish community in a Muslim country. Of course there’s no comparison, but what would Yad Vashem say? Or Jewish organizations in the United States? Would the American government intervene to bring those documents to safety?

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Israeli Human Rights Groups Call on U.S. to Sanction Ben-Gvir, Smotrich Over Human Rights Violations by Ben Samuels on Ha’aretz

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Israeli Human Rights Groups Call on U.S. to Sanction Ben-Gvir, Smotrich Over Human Rights Violations The letter, signed by more than 200 Israeli activists and human-rights organizations, accused incoming coalition lawmakers and their far-right allies as, among other things, inciting genocide against the Palestinian people and advocating for racial segregation.

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‘Place the Material in the Wells’: Docs Point to Israeli Army’s 1948 Biological Warfare by Ofer Aderet on Haaretz

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On April 1, 1948, David Ben-Gurion wrote in his journal about “the development of science and speeding up its application in warfare.” A month and a half later, he wrote about “biological materials” that were purchased for $2,000. Only now, 74 years later, has a connection between these two entries come to light… Evidently, the excerpts from the diary of the man who would become Israel’s first prime minister are traces of his involvement in a secret operation to poison the drinking water of Arab communities.

… This operation was partially exposed decades ago when rumors and oral testimonies were reported in newspapers and books about an attempt in 1948 by the IDF to poison wells in Acre and Gaza by adding bacteria to the drinking water. However, only now, in Morris and Kedar’s research, has the “smoking gun” been revealed – in the form of official documentation. The newly unearthed documents show that this operation was much broader in scope than earlier believed and that other top military and political figures besides Ben-Gurion were involved.

…Ben-Gurion was at the top of the pyramid. Below him was Yadin, who oversaw the military side of the operation. The operation was commanded by Yohanan Ratner. Initially, the top man in the field for the group was Dayan, who went on to become the IDF chief of staff and defense minister. The documents indicate that Dayan served as the smuggler who conveyed the bacteria from the Science Corps to different points throughout the country. David Shaltiel, commander of the Etzioni Brigade in Jerusalem, was also involved in the operation. Intelligence officer Ezra Helmer (later Omer, head of the Haganah General Staff Intelligence Department) also joined at a later stage.

…On the scientific side, the production of the poison, were people from the IDF Science Corps Bet, a subunit in the Science Corps that dealt with biological warfare. It was headed by Alex Keinan, who went on to found the Israel Institute for Biological Research in Nes Tziona. The scientific work was overseen by the Katchalski (Katzir) brothers: biophysicist Ephraim Katzir, the first commander of the Science Corps and later an Israel Prize laureate and the fourth president of Israel; and his older brother, scientist Aharon Katzir of the Weizmann Institute… A series of assistants who went on to become professors in Israeli academia were also involved in the operation.

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State Archive Error Shows Israeli Censorship Guided by Concerns Over National Image by Ofer Aderet

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It turns out that Israel’s first agriculture minister, Aharon Zisling, who was a signatory to the Declaration of Independence, said in 1948… “Let us say that instances of rape occurred in Ramle. I can forgive instances of rape, but I will not forgive other acts.” The next statement, which was not blacked out, now gains additional significance, and explains what the minister considered an act more serious than rape: “When they enter a city and forcibly remove jewelry from women and from their necks – that is a very serious matter.”

…Twenty pages later, in the same discussion… Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion who was speaking. In the censored version he said: “I am against the wholesale demolition of villages.” Now, the full statement is revealed. It turns out that he then added: “But there are places that constituted a great danger and constitute a great danger, and we must wipe them out. But this must be done responsibly, with consideration before the act.”

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Was Israeli Looting in ’48 Part of a Broader Policy to Expel Arabs? by Benny Morris

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We include this article despite no mention of the word ‘genocide’ because we believe the description of the events, in tandem with mass killing and causing serious bodily and mental harm to the indigenous Palestinian people, contributed directly to their destruction as a group, and was intended to perpetuate this destruction.

… Raz goes farther, arguing that Ben-Gurion not only encouraged the robbery and plunder as part of a policy to rid the country of its Arab residents… more importantly, to tie the “people of Israel” to the phenomenon and thereby render it an “accomplice to the crime” and a partner to the policy of uprooting the Arabs from the country. At the practical level, this partnership was translated into public support for the government’s policy of preventing the displaced from returning to their homes… But the plunder of the lands and their transfer to the ownership of the Jewish community, the cultivation of the lands by kibbutzim and moshavim, the destruction or settlement of Jews in the villages and the settlement of Jews in abandoned homes in the cities with new immigrants and the forcible prevention of their return by IDF soldiers – these were the principal causes of the refugees’ severance from their country (“There is nowhere and nothing to return to”). Moreover, they underlay the opposition of the hundreds of kibbutzim and moshavim (associated with Mapai and Mapam) and of tens of thousands of urban settlers to the return of the refugees. Here lay the firm basis for the collaboration between “the people” and its government in regard to preventing that return.

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Gaza Lives Erased: Israel Is Wiping Out Entire Palestinian Families on Purpose by Amira Hass

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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.

Continue reading at https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/gaza-israel-wiping-entire-palestinian-families-hamas-1.9820005