Amnesty’s 280 pages of damning evidence of Israel’s racism and apartheid did not shy away from connecting Israel’s violent present with its equally bloody past. It did not borrow from Israel’s deceptive language and self-serving division of Palestinians into disconnected communities, each with a different claim and a different status. For Amnesty, as was the case with Human Rights Watch’s report in April 2021, Israeli injustices against the Palestinians must be recognised and duly condemned in their entirety.
“Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has pursued an explicit policy of establishing and maintaining a Jewish demographic hegemony… while minimising the number of Palestinians and restricting their rights,” the report stated. This could only happen through mass killing, ethnic cleansing and genocide, from Tantura to the Naqab, to the Moroccan Quarters, to Gaza and Sheikh Jarrah.
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…when Rivlin, in October 2014, had declared that “Israeli society is sick, and it is our duty to treat this disease,” a Haaretz columnist lashed out, suggesting that “Rivlin’s comments are positively bursting with Jew-hatred”.
“First he called Jewish society ‘sick’—dredging up anti-Semitic tropes about Jews as carriers of cultural and ideological disease. Then he asked whether Jews are ‘decent human beings’: Questioning their humanity itself,” the article argued.
Of course, the sickness of “violence, hostility, bullying, [and] racism”, that Rivlin had then pointed out, is very much real. Other symptoms of this horrible disease also include military occupation, apartheid and genocidal violence like that frequently meted out against the besieged Gaza Strip.
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The Royal Committee for Jerusalem Affairs on Tuesday welcomed the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruling stating the court has legal jurisdiction over the occupied Palestinian territories, which underlines the legitimacy of international resolutions.
… Based on legal and ethical principles and efforts to achieve global security and peace in accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC had issued a decision stipulating its jurisdiction over the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, which it defined as the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, the committee’s secretary general, Abdullah Kanaan, told the Jordan News Agency, Petra.
… The ICC ruling could lead to the arrest and criminal investigations of Israel’s political and military leaders accused of war crimes and genocide against unarmed Palestinian civilians, he noted.
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[Erekat] also highlighted the importance of the Hashemite Custodianship and its role in protecting Jerusalem and its holy sites, warning against the repercussions of unprecedented Israeli violations, including genocide, home demolitions, arbitrary arrests and settlement expansions.
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Trump has also attempted to remove 5 million Palestinian refugees from consideration if and when peace talks are convened. His administration has paid only $65 million of the usual US contribution of $365 million to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides for refugees living in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Trump and his team seek to remove descendants of the 750,000 Palestinians driven from their homes and villages during Israel’s war of establishment. This would leave only the dying generation, estimated at 40,000, and, ultimately, lead to UNRWA’s demise.
The majority of the refugees would no longer be regarded as refugees and would be absorbed by host countries, which would receive funding, perhaps even the currently missing $300 million, to provide jobs, homes, schools and infrastructure to sustain the resettled Palestinians.
Once this happens, the Trumps expect that Palestinians’ attachment to Palestine, their homeland, will fade in time. Palestinians would cease to exist. Those living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem would live under apartheid, 1948 Palestinians with Israeli citizenship would continue to be regarded as “Israeli Arabs” and remain second-class citizens, and others would join their exiled brethren. The word “Palestine” would, in the pipedreams of the Trump gang, cease to exist. Genocide by occupation and dispersion would become the fate of the Palestinian people.
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Undeniably, the views of Ariel, Bennett and Caspit are not angry statements uttered in a moment of rage. They are all reflections of real policies that have been carried out for over 70 years. Indeed, killing, raping and imprisoning for life are features that have accompanied the state of Israel since the very beginning.
This violent legacy continues to define Israel to this day, through the use of what Israeli historian Ilan Pappe describes as “incremental genocide”.
Throughout this long legacy, little has changed except for names and titles. The Zionist militias that orchestrated the genocide of the Palestinians prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948 merged together to form the Israeli army; and the leaders of these groups became Israel’s leaders.
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