Toward Nakba as a Legal Concept by Rabea Eghbariah

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  1. The law does not possess the language that we desperately need to accurately capture the totality of the Palestinian condition. From occupation to apartheid and genocide, the most commonly applied legal concepts rely on abstraction and analogy to reveal particular facets of subordination. This Article introduces Nakba as a legal concept to resolve this tension. Meaning “Catastrophe” in Arabic, the term “al-Nakba” (ةᚁالنك (is often used to refer to the ruinous process of establishing the State of Israel in Palestine. But the Nakba has undergone a metamorphosis; it has evolved from a historical calamity into a brutally sophisticated structure of oppression. This ongoing Nakba includes episodes of genocide and variants of apartheid but remains rooted in a historically and analytically distinct foundation, structure, and purpose.
  2. This Article therefore proposes to distinguish apartheid, genocide, and Nakba as different, yet overlapping, modalities of crimes against humanity. It first identifies Zionism as Nakba’s ideological counterpart and insists on understanding these concepts as mutually constitutive. Considering the limits of existing legal frameworks, this Article goes on to analyze the legal anatomy of the ongoing Nakba. It positions displacement as the Nakba’s foundational violence, fragmentation as its structure, and the denial of self-determination as its purpose. Taken together, these elements give substance to a concept in the making that may prove useful in other contexts as well.

Continue reading at https://static.al2.in/toward-nakba-as-a-legal-concept.pdf

Zionists will always call us antisemitic by Nicki Kattoura

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If we recognize that these Zionist accusations cannot be appeased, why do we continue to respond to baseless, racist accusations?

The year 2023 is on track to be the deadliest in Palestine, with over 200 Palestinians having been murdered by Israel since the end of August. The United Nations has declared that the Gaza Strip has been uninhabitable since 2020. Last year Israel committed a war crime by assassinating journalist Shireen Abu Akleh when she was covering a raid at the Jenin refugee camp. A year later they raided that same refugee camp killing over 12 people, including three minors. 

Israel has been forcing Palestinians to destroy their own homes and then charging them demolition fees. Recently, a story dropped that 16 Israeli soldiers beat up and branded a Star of David on a Palestinian man’s face. Ceaseless violence, a ruthless military occupation and ongoing genocide are the daily reality for Palestinians.

No matter how many times I highlight these atrocities or how often I have written and rewritten these above sentences, the dominating discourse remains being about responding to accusations of antisemitism, so I am disengaging, and I urge you to disengage as well.

Continue reading at https://www.workers.org/2023/09/73683/

New Jewish organization commits to fighting Zionist institutions on Mondoweiss

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“Jews Against White Supremacy” (JAWS) is launching this week with the release of their founding charter. 

…“We strongly believe there is a need for a Jewish anti-Zionist organization such as ours which specifically focuses on challenging Jewish Zionist institutions and fighting Zionism in our community at its most pervasive core,” says organizer M. Wisnefsky “As Jews for whom the Zionist settler colonial project is being committed in our name we have a specific duty to fight  these institutions which have been responsible for actively perpetuating a genocide in Palestine and who claim to represent us.”

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2023/08/new-jewish-organization-commits-to-fighting-zionist-institutions/

Letters to Editor: Debating the Terms “Arab World” and “Arab Country” on Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

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Ida Audeh’s response: Gregory DeSylva seems to equate Jewish nationalism/Zionism with references to the Arab world (and use of the term “Arab country”). There is no basis for comparing the two. The former is a discredited supremacist 19th century ideology forged in another continent that can only be maintained through repeated acts of genocide and erasure, as Israel’s 75-year history demonstrates; the latter acknowledges an obvious reality, that Palestinians are part of a region. Because we are indigenous to the region, we have connections to other people in the region; we share history, culture and Arabic as a first language. Historic Palestine is located in the Arab world, a geography that Israelis often refer to as “a dangerous neighborhood,” in the way that colonizers tend to belittle the geographies they descend on. With predatory aspirations, their disdain for their surroundings is a clear indicator that they are alien to it. 

Continue reading at https://www.wrmea.org/2023-august/september/letters-to-the-editor-praise-for-fida-jiryis-stranger-in-my-own-land.html

NST Leader: EU’s Israeli myth on New Strait Times

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For [Ursula von] der Leyen to see dynamism, ingenuity and groundbreaking innovations instead of genocide, persecution and settlement colonialism is a willing suspension of truth. Bloom or blood, der Leyen? 

What is even more disturbing is this: leading newspapers in the West have chosen not to challenge der Leyen’s false narrative. Unlike them, this newspaper has chosen to bury this European myth once and for all. The desert of Palestine bloomed long before the Europeans settled the genocidal Zionists in the holy land.

Continue watching at https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/leaders/2023/05/906517/nst-leader-eus-israeli-myth?utm_source=nst&utm_medium=mostpoplatest

The danger of treating Smotrich as an anomaly by Edo Konrad

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Yet the shortsighted attempt to compartmentalize Israeli extremists — to treat them as inherently more repugnant than “mainstream” hawks and nationalists — is not simply doomed to fail. It will, in fact, only enable more violence. Israeli society refused to recognize that Kahanism drew from the rivers of Zionism, rather than the other way around, only to find that it would return to dominate public life. American Jewish organizations are now making the same mistake. They hope that somehow, with just enough petitions or strongly-worded condemnations, they will defeat the scourge of Smotrich — without addressing the ideology and state structures that both encourage his call for genocide, and give him and his successors the power to fulfill it. They are dangerously wrong.

Continue reading at https://www.972mag.com/smotrich-american-jews-huwara/

Cosign SJP at UW-Madison’s Anti-Zionist Chalking Statement by Students for Justice in Palestine

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Criticism of the zionist settler-colonial project, as well as the organizations on campus who have consistently demonstrated their support for it, is absolutely valid and necessary. The University of Wisconsin-Madison currently occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, an occupation only made possible through centuries of ethnic cleansing and genocide. The brutal history of the “United States” is similar to that of “Israel” in its subjugation, exploitation, dehumanization, and genocide of those who stand in their way of mass theft of land from indigenous peoples. 

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Tracing roots of Hindutva Zionism: cannon fodder for ‘warped’ nationalist pretensions by Shamsul Islam

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Zionist organizations and Zionist Israel have been widely condemned for the genocide of Palestinians and other opponents. Israel is the only state which has been condemned both by the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations through more than 200 resolutions since its founding in 1948. In India we have witnessed a major genocide of minorities almost every decade in which Hindutva cadres have been found involved. In these genocides victims have not been only minorities but lower Castes of Hindus also.

Continue reading at https://www.counterview.net/2022/09/tracing-roots-of-hindutva-zionism.html

On Haaretz: Can Settler Colonialism Be Liberal and Apartheid Be Progressive? by Ilan Pappe

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Even the worst atrocity can be tolerated and explained, if it is de-contextualized – namely is not related to an ideology – and, thus, the discreet dots of Israeli criminality are not connected together to provide the full and truthful picture of the real intent of the settler-colonial project of Zionism that will not end until it is stopped – which is to eliminate the Palestinians and Palestine. I am sure we all understand that elimination can take more than one form: it could be genocide, it could be incremental ethnic cleansing, sieges, closures, blockades and starvation, as well the erasure of heritage, history and culture. It can take place in dramatic operations or on a daily basis and can be directed towards the individual or the society, as a whole.

Continue reading at https://www.palestinechronicle.com/on-haaretz-can-settler-colonialism-be-liberal-and-apartheid-be-progressive/