We must call it what it is, no matter how much of a taboo there may currently be. The Holocaust, horrific as it was, does not absolve Israel of responsibilty for its crimes against the Palestinian people. Nor does suffering such a heinous tragedy mean that Israel is incapable of wreaking a similar tragedy on another people. Israelis may resist such terms and be enraged at being associated with them, but the same opprobrium earlier met the use of terms like apartheid and war crimes. For decades, Israel argued that they were inappropriate, prejudicial and even blood libel. But eventually, they became accepted and normalized as references to Israel and its campaign of Palestinian oppression. The same process will follow with the term genocide.
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Returning to Yad Vashem, the western portion of its current site was the Palestinian site, Hirbat al-Hamama. It was the agricultural fields of the adjacent village of Ayn Karem. All of the Palestinian settlements were occupied by the Palmach in July 1948. Their inhabitants were driven out. The hill immediately adjacent to the current museum site is where Deir Yassin once sat. And on another nearby hill in the Jerusalem Forest, Mohammed Abu Khdeir was brutally murdered in an incident portrayed in the HBO series, Our Boys. As conference-goers discuss weighty subjects of genocide and ethnic cleansing in Europe, they ought not to lose sight of the fact of Israeli Nakba and ethnic cleansing. As the Jewish people recovered from the Holocaust, the Yishuv repeated a similar crime against the Palestinian people.
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Last week, I heard MK Betzalel Smotrich present, before an esteemed group of public officials from the religious Zionist movement, his “decisive plan”–a plan to finally end the conflict and defeat it [Palestinian nationalism]. A plan, whose goal is to cut off any hope for Palestinian nationhood. Three options will be put before the Palestinians (and possibly also the “Arabs of Israel,” that’s not clear):
- continue to live in the [occupied] territories that will be annexed to the State of Israel, without the right to vote for Knesset. Their status will be as alien residents which, according to him, follows Jewish law which declares they must always be a bit inferior [to Jewish status].
- leave the country
- those who do not accept either of the two previous options–the IDF will know what to do.
When he was asked: “You’re also speaking of killing children and women from families who are not willing to accept these conditions?” The answer was: “Yes. When in war, as in war.”
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