Prime Minister Shtayyeh says world should take a clear stand to stop Israel’s apartheid practices on WAFA News Agency

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Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said today that the world should take a clear stand and what is necessary to stop Israel’s crimes of apartheid against the Palestinian people… “The racist practices of Ben Gvir and all members of the Israeli Government and its affiliated militias that espouse the doctrine of killing, burning, erasure and genocide are enough for the world to stop dealing with this Government, condemn its practices, enforce international laws calling for sanctions, and protect the Palestinian people from those criminal practices,” said the Prime Minister.

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Ben Gvir: Give Every Jew a Gun by Richard Silverstein

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The ranks of Israeli politicians are replete with those advocating ethnic cleansing, apartheid and even genocide. As I’ve written here, a Likud MK called for building death camps for “Arabs.”  The leading candidate to run the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, Effi Eitam, has said of Palestinian MKs:

“The day will come when we will expel you [to Gaza]”

“We should expel the vast majority of Arabs from Judea and Samaria, we can’t have all these Arabs…”

Regarding Lebanon, he said: “Simply slaughter Civilians? Yes, that is the equation.  It’s cold, it’s cruel. But that is it.”

I suppose there could be no better candidate for a museum commemorating Nazi genocide than someone who advocates genocide.  Every time someone hears him talk about the Holocaust. they will be reminded of his own genocidal rhetoric.  Seriously, it is a grave insult to the 6-million to appoint a former IDF general, a cruel, vicious brute to safeguard their memory.  But that is par for the course for this state birthed in the crucible of Nakba and continuing it to this day.

… Genocide does not happen suddenly. It evolves from lesser crimes and gradually grows into a monstrous hate capable of exterminating tens of thousands or millions, depending on circumstances.  For this reason, I’m not satisfied with the word ‘apartheid’ alone.  While it is an accurate portrait of current reality, it is not sufficient. As I’ve written, we must speak about genocide.  Its most extreme form is the extermination of the people.  But genocide also encompasses incitement to genocide; attempts to erase culture, language and traditions. These are all genocide.  Israel qualifies on all these counts.  It assaults Palestinian NGOs, destroys thousands of homes, steals land, demolishes schools, bombs universities, power plants and sewage treatment facilities.  All this is genocide.  That it has not yet exterminated tens or hundreds of thousands is no comfort.  That may yet come, considering the venomous hatred of the Judeo-Nazis above.  In the meantime, genocide remains a potent and accurate term.

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Israeli minister publicly declares safety of Jews more important than that of Arabs on The Cradle

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Israel’s National Security Minister, Itamar Ben Gvir, on 23 August declared that upholding Jewish families’ safety and freedom of movement is “more important” than doing the same for the country’s Arab population.

“My right, and my wife’s and my children’s right, to get around on the roads [of the occupied West Bank] is more important than the right to movement for Arabs,” the Jewish supremacist minister said during a televised interview on Channel 12. “Sorry Mohammad,” he said to journalist Mohammad Magadli, who was arguing with him, “but that’s the reality. That’s the truth. My right to life comes before their right to movement.”

“For the first time, an Israeli minister admits on air that Israel enforces an apartheid regime based on Jewish supremacy,” Arab lawmaker Ahmad Tibi of the Hadash-Taal party said on social media following Ben Gvir’s tirade.

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court defines apartheid — which is a direct symptom of military occupation — as a crime against humanity, characterized by the commission of “inhumane acts,” such as unlawful killing, torture, and forcible transfer, which are committed to maintaining an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over another.

Major human rights groups and UN officials have accused Tel Aviv of perpetuating such a system against Palestinians on top of the military occupation of their land and a decades-long campaign of genocide.

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24 Democratic Congress members visit Israel, give unconditional support to the apartheid regime by Sameena Rahman

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Twenty-four U.S. Democratic Party congress members visited Israel this week and gave unconditional support to the ultra-reactionary Netanyahu government, whose genocidal policies towards Palestinians have reached new heights.

… This blatant tone-deafness from the Democrats is hardly surprising as they continue to ignore the widespread repression and violation of Palestinians human rights. Just this year alone, multiple Palestinian communities have faced repeated assault by the Israeli Defense Forces despite international condemnation. On Aug. 6, Zionist settlers who murdered three Palestinian children were hailed as heroes by Israel’s National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir. Such crimes and incitements of genocide by high Israeli officials was ignored, with the Democrats’ blanket endorsement and legitimizing the racist state.

… The Biden administration has thus far only offered mild admonishment with no teeth to force Israel to uphold any semblance of democracy for Palestinians as it spirals further into a fascistic state. The Democrats delegation’s uncritical visit is a green light for Israel’s racist crimes to continue with impunity, and puts the Democratic Party fully in league with the likes of Netanyahu, Beh-Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, a self-described “fascist homophobe” and promoter of genocide. 

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Israel: Chronicle of a Genocide Foretold by Richard Silverstein

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Some find use of the term “genocide” regarding Israel’s treatment of Palestinians objectionable for various reasons.  But I’ve written here rebutting such claims. With the rise of Israel’s Judeo-fascist government and its terrorist senior ministers (Smotrich and Ben Gvir), it’s far past time for the world to not only acknowledge this genocidal reality, but to stop it before it’s too late.

We already see genocidal incitement both in words and deeds.  Seven Palestinian villages with over 500 residents have been expelled by settler violence.  Bezalel Smotrich called for “wiping out” the village of Huwara, after two settlers were killed nearby. A villager was murdered by a Judeo-terrorist. No one has been charged with any crime.

…Anyone who scoffs at the idea of genocide or a Final Solution should examine the history of countries which did such heinous acts.  The final act of extermination did not spring up ex nihilo.  It followed a slow, building process of demonization, harassment, and violence, which led up to it.  This is the stage in which Israel finds itself.

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After decades of Palestinians’ forced displacement & brutalization, Israeli ministers issue genocidal statements with impunity by UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine, Francesca Albanese

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Statements by Israel’s Minister of so-called National Security this Friday are abhorrent, genocidal, demonstrating clear criminal and murderous intent by Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate

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Israel’s Minister of National Security speaking in support of settler colonial expansion and killing “thousands” of Palestinians today by Nicola Perugini

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In additin to settling the land we need a military operation. Take down buildings, eliminate terrorists; and not one , and not two, but tens and hundreds, and thousands if need be.

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Israel views children’s lives as irrelevant by Haidar Eid

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In its latest attack on Gaza, Israel killed at least 33 Palestinians within five days. The attack was accompanied by calls from Israel’s government ministers – including the overt fascists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich – for greater violence, in effect the intensification of genocide. Gaza has long been acquainted with Israel’s policies of extermination.

…To “justify” the dehumanization of Palestinian children, Maurice Hirsch, who spent almost two decades in Israel’s Military Advocate General Corps, tweeted that “while the incidental loss of life of non-combatants is always unfortunate, the Laws of War take into account that this is a possible & even legitimate result.” And in a much worse tweet, he goes further: “Considering the military advantage gained by eliminating these senior terrorists, it is irrelevant to ask how many children were incidentally killed.” Hirsch’s words encapsulate Israel’s ideology. Under Israel’s genocidal, settler-colonial doctrine, the lives of the natives are “irrelevant.”

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Red Flag Alert for Genocide – Israel by Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention

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On December 28th, 2022 Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted that “the Jewish people have an exclusive and unquestionable right to all areas of the Land of Israel. The government will promote and develop settlement in all parts of the Land of Israel — in the Galilee, the Negev, the Golan, Judea and Samaria,” making its new government priority an explicit and total Jewish supremacy over historical Palestine at the expense of any Palestinian land claims. In light of Netanyahu’s profoundly disturbing statement, as well as the recent provocations by Israeli political leaders in an increasingly extremist political context, the Lemkin Institute for the Prevention of Genocide is issuing a genocide red flag alert for Israel.

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