|Slaughter of Palestinians|
"What is necessary is cruel and strong reactions. We need precision in time, place, and casualties….we must strike mericilessly, women and children included. Otherwise, the reaction is inefficient. At the place of action, there is no need to distinguist between guilty and innocent."
David Ben-Gurion prime minister israel.1948
In the Palestinian calendar, Nakba Day is traditionally observed as an important day of remembrance. In May 2009 Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman introduced a bill which would outlaw all Nakba commemorations, with a three-year prison sentence for such acts of remembrance. The bill was amended and the prison sentence dropped but instead the denial of state funding for Israeli institutions that hold the commemorations was implemented. Many historians continue to write the history of Palastine from 1921 to 1948. I will refrain and quote a fact:
Count Folke Bernadotte said on 16 September 1948:
“No settlement can be just and complete if recognition is not accorded to the right of the Arab refugee to return to the home from which he has been dislodged. It would be an offence against the principles of elemental justice if these innocent victims of the conflict were denied the right to return to their homes while Jewish immigrants flow into Palestine, and indeed, offer the threat of permanent replacement of the Arab refugees who have been rooted in the land for centuries.”
UN General Assembly Resolution 194, passed on 11 December 1948 and reaffirmed every year since, was the first resolution that called for Israel to let the refugees return:
“the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.”
For 65 years this call has been ignored. Today, Palastinians calls the rest of the world to:
End Israel’s violations of international law, including ending its illegal occupation and building of settlements
End the siege on Gaza
Support bringing Israeli war criminals to justice – no attack on universal jurisdiction
Ban settlement goods
Suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement
End the arms trade with Israel [America donates $6 billion a year in arms].
They also call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, exactly the same as was imposed on the South African Government, because:
Israel destroys Palestinian lives, livelihoods and homes daily, refuses to stop building its illegal settlements and apartheid wall on stolen land, continues to control Gaza while slicing the West Bank into Bantustans, denies Palestinian refugees their right to return, grows produce and sets up industrial zones on stolen Palestinian land, and operates an apartheid, racist system on both sides of the ‘green line’.
Only international pressure can make Israel cease its violations of international law and human rights. As Governments have failed to hold Israel accountable, it is up to people of conscience in civil society worldwide to heed Palestinian calls for protection and justice.
Despite the International Court of Justice ruling in 2004 that the Apartheid Wall is illegal, not a single government has acted to impose sanctions, ignoring the ICJ’s call to all states and parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to take immediate action.
The campaign for Boycott and Sanctions is part of the worldwide movement of civil society in support of the Palestinian people for national, civil and human rights and has several purposes.
It: lets the Palestinian people know that they are not forgotten and the justice of their cause is recognised.
Sends a signal to Israel that if it continues to flout UN resolutions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Convention and other international laws, it will meet with the opposition from people of conscience.
Enables people outside Israel and Palestine to refresh and reinforce their opposition to Israeli policy in their everyday decisions.
Exerts moral pressure on the British Government by giving expression to the desire to move towards a more ethical foreign policy.
Provides an excellent way of stimulating public debate, offers a focus for leafleting and discussion, as well as exerting moral and economic pressure on Israel to comply with international legislation and principles of justice.
Apartheid was weakened by a similar international movement of solidarity that succeeded in branding South Africa as a pariah state. Despite differences between these two forms of oppression, this antecedent provides an inspiring model.The support for boycott actions is growing, with groups of people coming together to take action as consumers but also in other areas: academic, sporting, cultural and medical.
I am aware that many reading this will first think of the evil, and counter-productive, terrorist elements that exist in Northern Africa. The 1972 Munich Olympic massacre, for example, comes quickly to my mind. Every terrorist is someone’s hero and freedom fighter. Since 1948 Israel has created too many of these extremists by its inhuman treatment of Palastinian Arabs.
Not surprising when statements of this ilk are made:“They are of no importance in the sense of deserving a relationship similar to that shown to ‘European humans’. They certainly do not constitute a people or a collective able or interested in realizing itself as such therefore we must generally persuade them to ‘To fold their tents and silently steal away’ ” – Zionist leader Israel Zangvil.
SCHOOL RUN SHE WILL NEVER FORGET
Is it not time, for all the peoples who once condemned Imperialist Colonialists, to turn their attention to the illegal occupation of arab lands and concentrate on ending the systematic annihilation of an ethnic minority of human beings in Palastine ?