The myth of the Gaza ‘border’

The myth of the Gaza ‘border’

The Green Line disguises the fact that Palestinians in Gaza are no longer being oppressed outside the Israeli state, but are being caged and brutalized inside it.

Palestinian protesters inside the Gaza Strip throw stones in the direction of an Israeli military position on the other side of the border fence, Gaza Strip, December 8, 2017. (Ezz Zanoun/

Palestinian protesters inside the Gaza Strip throw stones in the direction of an Israeli military position on the other side of the border fence, Gaza Strip, December 8, 2017. (Ezz Zanoun/

Palestinian activists have long criticized the use of the word “border” to describe the 1949 armistice line that divides Gaza and Israel, and which protestors in the Great March of Return have been trying to cross at great risk to life and limb. By invoking the term, Israel insists that its open-fire policy toward the march is part of its legitimate right to defend its sovereignty and security. It further claims that, because the government dismantled its settlements in 2005, it no longer occupies the Strip and therefore bears no responsibility for its conditions.

These are disingenuous arguments. Israel’s blockade and control of Gaza stretches from its eastern and northern land crossings to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, with Egypt controlling the south. What it calls a “border” is actually a militarized network of naval ships, barbed wire, electronic barriers, lethal no-man zones, and surveillance systems that operate as the fence of an open-air prison. In legal terms, Israel retains “effective control” of the Strip (including people’s movement, its airspace, flow of goods, and other needs of daily life), and therefore remains its occupying power.

An Israeli warship approaches a Palestinian skiff, as photographed from the observation boat Olivia (photo: Rosa Schiano/Civil Peace Service Gaza CPSGAZA)

An Israeli warship approaches a Palestinian skiff, as photographed from the observation boat Olivia (photo: Rosa Schiano/Civil Peace Service Gaza CPSGAZA)

The human rights community has spent years articulating the nature of Israel’s occupation under international law and the responsibility of third-parties to end it. The law, however, is only worth as much as the will to enforce it; and half a century later, these efforts have failed to produce meaningful outcomes. It is not that the law is incorrect, but that it has been unable to mobilize political action or make Israel’s military rule less sustainable.

The Palestinians’ own ambiguities about the Green Line have further complicated matters. We focus on the military structures that have spawned since 1967, yet emphasize that the real problem is 1948. We cite Israel’s obligation to abide by international law, but chastise the law for being useless in practice. We combine settler colonialism, occupation, and apartheid as lenses to explain the ongoing Nakba, but arrive at different conclusions for what the solution entails. These debates are natural, but they also muddle the struggle’s priorities and the discourse it promotes.

Exploiting these uncertainties, Israel has turned Gaza into an area that is simultaneously separated from and annexed under Israel’s control. It is a purgatory designed to provide whatever answer is most convenient for shirking responsibility and justifying violence at any given time. This has obscured a controversial but perhaps inexorable fact: after 51 years, Gaza can hardly be described as “occupied territory” anymore. It is now a segregated, debilitated, and subjugated part of Israel; a replica of the districts, townships, and reservations that imprisoned native populations and communities of color in apartheid South Africa, the United States, and other colonial regimes. In other words, Palestinians are no longer being oppressed outside the Israeli state; they are being caged and brutalized inside it.

Israeli soldiers look on at protests in Gaza. April 13, 2018. (Oren Ziv /

Israeli soldiers look on at protests in Gaza. April 13, 2018. (Oren Ziv /

The Green Line has been key to disguising this complex system. Like the de facto annexation of the West Bank – where Israel’s growing settlements and military presence have similarly made the “border” there non-existent – Gaza has effectively been absorbed into Israel’s political jurisdiction. Hamas, like the Palestinian Authority, is viewed as a pseudo-government of hostile “enemy aliens,” but one that can be managed in Israel’s domain so long as it is contained behind the fence. The thousands taking part in the March of Return are not “infiltrators” trying to breach a sovereign state, but displaced and disenfranchised “citizens” breaking out of a state-built ghetto. The army is not holding off “foreign invaders,” but is killing and suppressing its own native subjects.

This framing is crucial to understand the scale and severity of Israel’s policies, and to devise stronger paths to correcting their injustices. By tearing off the mask of the Green Line, Palestinians and their allies can reverse Israel’s efforts to isolate Gaza from the West Bank and to deny its people’s rights to their ancestral homes. What Israel fears more than a Palestinian state is a Palestinian population it cannot disown, and the myth that Gaza is “separated” from Israel helps it to balance that fear. That myth must be broken, and that racist fear must be exposed. Doing so would also reveal the political solution: if Palestinians cannot win their independence along the Green Line, they will demand their full equality beyond it. The March of Return is doing just that


Debunking 18 Claims Justifying the Gaza Massacre

Debunking 18 Claims Justifying the Gaza Massacre

By Riham Darwish,

After spending a great deal of time online, I read and watched endless virtual conversations about who’s at fault and who’s not in the wake of the over 60 casualties in Gaza on Monday. Discussions varied from whether Israel is exercising a righteous act of self-defense, or if Palestinians are legitimately organizing a peaceful protest; whether it is a conflict between two equals who are both guilty, or it is between an army of a state and an occupied territory packed with civilians?

It’s mind-blowing how people have the energy to keep repeating the same claims over and over again for days and weeks, ignoring outside information. That is why I have decided to spare others the time, effort, and emotion, by writing out the most common claims I have seen regarding the events of the Great March of Return, followed by my responses. Those interested in fact-checking these common falsehoods, can find them in one place.

The one claim that I will not deal with, one of the most popular, is that of: “The Bible say God give the land of Israel to the Jewish people?” Fundamentalists, regardless of faith, will never see beyond their own holy books. This list isn’t for them and I won’t bother trying to change their minds.

Claim 1: Israel acted with “restraint” towards protesters in Gaza. 

Speaking at the United Nations on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said,

“[W]ho among us would accept this type of activity on your border? No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.”

Even harder it was to listen to an Israeli official saying how

We have Israeli civilian communities, farms, and homesteads just 100 meters away from the border. If we’re allowing that borderer to be porous we’ll have dead Israelis.”

First thing I can think of is, what border? Israel is the only country in the world with no defined borders, as they keep expanding into others’ land. The line between Gaza and Israel is an armistice line from 1949 and 1967, not an internationally recognized border.

Second, Palestinians are not crossing the armistice line and killing Israelis living right across the fence once they are “unleashed.” They are not animals, neither are they cannibals! Palestinians are the not encaged blood-thirsty animals that will prey the first thing they witness once they are out. Yes, they are trying to cross the fence into 1948 areas, but this is about realizing their right of return to the land many of them were forced to leave. Seventy percent of Palestinians in Gaza are refugees from cities and towns in Israel. These people are trying to go home. They are trying to get to the houses they still have keys and official documents for! They are not embarking on a secret murderous mission.

Claim 2: Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years ago. Moving the embassy is just a recognition of that reality.

At the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said,

“In Jerusalem, King David established our capital 3,000 years ago.” Several members of the Trump administration have stated in recent weeks that Jerusalem is already the capital of Israel and moving the embassy is a “recognition of reality.”

King David is described in the Bible as the second king to preside over the United Monarchy, a unified territory of all Jewish tribes that lasted for about 100 years. Most of what is known about Kind David comes from religious readingsnot archeological evidence.

According to religious tradition, King David reigned around 3,000 years ago. His capital was considered to be where the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan is located in East Jerusalem, along with the Israeli settlement and Bible park called the “City of David.”

Claim 3: This Great March of Return is totally organized by Hamas, a terrorist group.

It’s quite funny how this claim gives a huge deal of legitimacy to Hamas. They do Hamas a favor when they say that it could actually mobilize more than 40,000 people in one day for one goal.

The Great March of Return was organized by a grassroots group of Palestinians in Gaza. Here’s one of the founders of the protests, Nabeel Diab, telling Mondoweiss that it is a lie that Hamas is behind this movement. 


Claim 4: Hamas paid each Palestinian protesters a whopping $1,000 to cross into Israel.

Alt-right personality Laura Loomer has circulated the claim that

“Hamas is paying $1000 to every Palestinian who tries to break the Gaza border with Israel and murder Israelis.”

Hamas was created in 1987. Palestinians had been resisting Israel since 1948. Who paid them before that?

Also, the assumption that Palestinians are nothing but a bunch of immoral mercenaries, is quite insulting to the nation that still comes up with new creative ways to prove its right in a better life.

Fact-check: relatives of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli forces were offered $3,000, and injured Palestinians were reportedly paid between $200 and $500. In reality these funds cover funerals, hospital bills, and provide a modest welfare stipend to the bereaved. More importantly, no Palestinian is being offered cash to kill Israelis.

Claim 5: Palestinians hate Israelis more than they love their kids.

This is a tired argument that keeps resurfacing one way or another ever since former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Mier said the first iteration,

Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” 

The line was just as offensive back then as it is now.

I am not sure how I can explain that no sane human being feels at ease endangering their kids, no matter what outcome they are expecting. No one can do this. None. I hardly think this kind of statements are meant to be discussed with logic. These are dehumanizing cruel insults I have no interest in wasting time on.

Claim 6: Live ammunition was only used to stop the ones crossing the fence. Israel used tear gas and rubber bullets for the most part. The casualties of journalists and minors are totally unintended mistakes.

I won’t say a word here. I’d rather let the IDF official Twitter account respond to this one (note: the IDF later removed the tweet):

Claim 7: This is Israel’s land and it will always be Israel’s, deal with it.

We are dealing with it, trust me. You took territory by force and ethnic-cleansing. We are trying reclaim our rights as civil and bloodless as possible in regular non-violent civil disobedience and boycotts.


Claim 8: The humanitarian crisis in Gaza must be solved.

Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted yesterday,

“The United States must play an aggressive role in bringing Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt and the international community together to address Gaza’s humanitarian crisis and stop this escalating violence.”

While I appreciate these attempts to educate Americans on the Palestinian plight, and I understand how hard it is to maneuver while trying to avoid backlash, or in Bernie Sander’s case being smeared as “a self-hating Jew,” it is not very effective to call on an end to only the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, although it is getting worse by day.

The core problem is occupation and injustice. Without an end to the blockade, the humanitarian crisis will never end. Palestinians do not only demand food, water, and medication. They need full freedom, just like everybody else in the world.

Claim 9: Why should Israel give the Palestinians a state? Israel gave them Gaza and look what they have done with it? They are even split up between Fatah and Hamas.

This usually comes in response to any mention of a future Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. This logic that says we do things better, we have to train them first, they can’t run their own affairs, is quite similar to the colonial narrative that says brown people always need supervision from the others who know better, as if we are underage teenagers who can’t control our own fates. I don’t really have anything to say to counter this claim except, “If you are going to use this statement, then don’t get mad when we call Israel a colonial-settler state.”

Palestinian family, 1910s, Ramallah. (Photo: Public Domain)

Claim 10: Every stone in this land was built by Israel. It was a barren land, Israelis built and grew it.

Palestinians do not deny the Jewish existence in historic Palestine. We do realize that the Jews existed there; we are not interested in contradicting the truth. It might be surprising to some, but both the Christians and the Muslims of Palestine believe in all the prophets of the Jewish faith; Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, and Solomon. Narratives of the stories related to these figures are almost identical to people from all three faiths. There is no conflict there. In fact there are Jewish Palestinians. 

Furthermore, Palestine was not “a barren” land when European Jews arriving in the late 1800s and early 1900s began to increase. Haifa was an important cultural hub in the region. People worked to make a living, and historic Palestine was considered mostly an agrarian region of the Ottoman Empire. The old “land without a people” claim can be labeled as fiction.

Haifa Port. (Photo: Z. Kluger. Erez Israel from the air – 1937-38)

Advertisement for a 1939 theater production staged in Haifa. (Photo: Arab48)

Claim 11: Palestinians be third-generation refugees. That’s ridiculous.

Well, I think we can. As long as Palestinians are living in refugee camps, have very limited accessibility to the houses our families were forced out of, Palestinians can be refugees. Once Palestinians are given the choice to have our houses and farms back, only then we stop being refugees.

Claim 12: Refugee camps are not what you think. People drive nice cars and have decent housing. They even get educated. Why are they still complaining?

Thanks to the UNRWA schools and vocational training centers, generations of Palestinians refugees were and are still able to be provided with education. This is one basic human right granted by the UN. Although the education from the UN might not always be the highest-quality one can dream of, Palestinians have constantly managed to make something out of it, so they have better lives.

This does not go against the fact that they are still displaced. If you wish to understand why they can’t simply belong to where they were born and forget about anything else, please read my previous article on the connection between Palestinians and their heritage.


Claim 13: Israel is not an apartheid state. Palestinian territory IS where you can’t find one Jew living among Palestinians. Israelis are not welcome there.

This is an increasingly popular allegation, that it is the Palestinians who are practicing apartheid, not Israel. This narrative is promoted by Israel’s former ambassador to the U.S., Danny Ayalon. He even bothered to produce a video about it and make it his pinned tweet.

The Palestinian Authority does not ban Israelis from being in, or living in the West Bank. It is Israeli who has made it illegal for Israeli citizens to enter Area A of the West Bank, the section of the occupied Palestinian territory that houses all of the Palestinian urban areas.

Claim 14: Palestinians are anti-Semites.

I totally understand that European Jews still live the horrors of the Holocaust. I do realize that the anti-Jewish sentiment is still present in Europe and the U.S. to this very day, I have witnessed it first-hand. But remember, we, Palestinians, had nothing to do with this. We are not the Germans.

Claim 15: Palestinians are originally from other parts of the world, they are not natives to the land.

This could be true indeed. But if we are going to trace every inhabitant of every spot in the world to their ancestral origins, it should sound fair when the 5.2 million Native Americans decide to kick out every other American citizen and tell them: “you have all of Europe, Africa, and Asia to live in, this is ours and only ours.”


Claim 16: Most causalities on May 14th were middle aged males in military age.

I just heard this yesterday by the Israeli Ambassador to the UK on CNN. This is usually used to say that they are potential terrorists. Totally shifting attention from the fact that there were kids among the victims. As if saying that middle-aged male Palestinians are necessarily violent death-loving ones.

This reminds me of what extremists on our side usually say when they wish to justify suicide attacks in Israeli shops and buses, saying that “ALL Israelis serve in the military, that are all responsible for occupation, therefore, they are all legitimate targets”.

If the first claim is accepted by the international community, I don’t see why the second isn’t. It’s either both are true, or neither. And for the sake of humanity I sincerely hope it’s neither.

This claim originated from Hamas’ Saleh Bardwil who said 50 of the 62 killed on Monday were Hamas’ people. This statement is unfounded propaganda. Neither Hamas or Israel has provided evidence that this is true. And Bardwil has an incentive to fabricate Hamas’ importance wherever he can.

Claim 17: Palestinians don’t respect woman. They are barbaric. Why would civilized people give them any rights? They have to be better human beings first.

The fact that there are various forms of injustices within a community doesn’t mean they can be deprived of their basic rights. Palestinians can resist patriarchy, corruption, double standards, all while resisting occupation. If they cannot, I demand that I see examples of societies and countries that could not enjoy full sovereignty before they were perfectly ideal and crime-free.

Claim 18: The call for Palestinian right to return, is an explicit call to destroy Israel and to kill its people.

Why not think “The call for Palestinian right to return is a great step to achieving peace, so Israelis and Palestinians can live all together in one secular, multi-cultural state with equal rights for all, and an ending refugee sufferings?”

The claim shows, if anything, a deep sense of dehumanizing Palestinians, of not showing a regard to their feelings, aspirations, needs, and most importantly: rights.


Riham Darwish is a Palestinian blogger based in Amman, Jordan.

Featured image is from RT.

Palestine will remain the priority in spite of them فلسطين إلى الواجهة رغم أنوفهم

» Palestine will remain the priority in spite of them  

مايو 18, 2018

Written by Nasser Kandil,

The dispute between America and Iran is summarized in Palestine as the transferring of the US embassy to Jerusalem. The American war which aims at achieving profits has been lost in Syria, but the war of preventing losses continues. The loss which America fears is the growing of the resistance axis due to the victory of Syria and the threat which it represents to Israel’s security. The incitement against the nuclear understanding in order to put it into circulation starts and ends with accusing Iran of employing the moral and material revenues of its understanding in granting more support to the resistance forces. The cause is Palestine. The recognition of Jerusalem as a capital of Israel is related directly to the moral support of the Israelis who are afraid from the variables around them, and in order to show publicly the Arab infidelities to Palestine by saying to the Israelis “despite the losses you are not alone, your new allies; the Gulf rulers are professing of being allied with you, so do not worry”.

The Israelis test their fear with the American reassuring messages, they feel happy towards the American threats to Syria but their optimism was dispersed once they saw that the consequences of the aggression led by Washington were zero. They applauded for the American withdrawal from the nuclear understanding with Iran and celebrated this new stage through targeting Syria with their aircraft, but the result is new deterrence equations. They celebrate the transferring of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the settlers go out to the courtyard of Aqsa Mosque celebrating and feeling happy with the Arab participation and the statements which support their aggression on Syria, but they discover that their new allies have only statements.

After the celebrations ended and after Washington paid the bills of its promises, the question now is what is next. Everything proves that Palestine which they wanted to remove from history and geography comes back strongly with the blood of its people. The Palestinians have to react now and the Israelis have to ask their new allies about what can they offer for the deal of the century to become a fact and about the Palestinian partner who is capable of signing the waiver of Jerusalem. They have to ask them whether if they will participate in offering blood in the coming confrontations and to what extent they can overlook the coming Palestinian days without retreating.

Palestine is deciding the agenda of the region not Israel despite the American decisions which formed the maximum of what can be offered at once. By the end of the American gifts Israel has to show its ability in one of three aspects; a crucial war that changes the equations, an important Palestinian partner in a compromise to announce the end of the confrontations, and the ability to bear a long war of attrition on all fronts, while the Palestinians away from the confusion of many of their leaderships have decided to confront whatever the cost is, with the determination of the first round without fatigue or considerations, since time is the ally of those who stick to their right making strength out of weakness.

Palestine is the priority in spite of them. Neither Trump’s decision, nor the Gulf rulers ‘ money and nor Israel’s brutality and oppression are valid elements to write the history that was started with a blood of child martyr. The fifteenth of May will remain the remembrance of the usurping of Palestine not a festival for the birth of Israel at all.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,


فلسطين إلى الواجهة رغم أنوفهم 

مايو 14, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– قضية أميركا مع إيران تُختصر بفلسطين ومثلها نقل السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس. فالحرب الأميركية الهادفة لتحقيق الأرباح سقطت منذ زمن في سورية، وتستمرّ حرب منع الخسائر، والخسارة التي تخشاها أميركا هي تعاظم محور المقاومة بنصر سورية والخطر الذي يمثله على أمن «إسرائيل»، وكل التحريض على التفاهم النووي تمهيداً لطرحه في التداول يبدأ وينتهي باتهام إيران بتوظيف عائداتها المعنوية والمادية من التفاهم لتقديم مزيد من الدعم لقوى المقاومة، والقضية هي فلسطين، والانتقال لخطوة من نوع الاعتراف بالقدس عاصمة لـ»إسرائيل» يرتبط مباشرة بالدعم المعنوي للإسرائيليين القلقين والمذعورين من المتغيرات من حولهم، ولتظهير الخيانات العربية لفلسطين علناً بلا مراعاة، للقول للإسرائيليين، رغم الخسائر لستم وحدكم. فها هم حلفاؤكم الجدد حكام الخليج يجاهرون بحلفكم فلا تخافوا.

– يختبر الإسرائيليون خوفهم مع رسائل التطمين الأميركية، مع كل جديد، فيرون التهديدات الأميركية لسورية ويفرحون وإذ تأتيهم التفاصيل عن العدوان الذي قادته واشنطن فيضطرون لتبديد تفاؤلهم، والقول إن النتائج كانت صفراً، ثم يأتيهم الانسحاب الأميركي من التفاهم النووي مع إيران فيصفّقون، ويخرجون للاحتفال بتدشين المرحلة الجديدة بطائراتهم في استهداف سورية، فتكون النتيجة وبالاً ومعادلات ردع جديدة، ثم يأتي احتفال انتقال السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس ويخرج المستوطنون إلى باحات المسجد الأقصى، ويفرح الإسرائيليون بالمشاركة العربية، والبيانات التي أيّدت عدوانهم على سورية، فيكتشفون أن ما لدى حلفائهم الجدد ليس أكثر من البيانات.

– أما وقد انتهت مواسم الاحتفالات، والانتظارات بعدما سدّدت واشنطن فواتير وعودها، فالسؤال ماذا عن الغد؟ وكل شيء يقول إن فلسطين التي أرادوا شطبها من التاريخ والجغرافيا تعود بدماء أبنائها للحضور، وبقوة، ومن اليوم سيكون الدور للفلسطينيين ليصيغوا هم الخبر، وعلى الإسرائيليين أن يسألوا حلفاءهم الجدد عما يمكنهم تقديمه لتصير صفقة القرن حقيقة، وعن الشريك الفلسطيني القادر على توقيع التنازل عن القدس، ويسألونهم هل سيشاركونهم تقديم الدماء في المواجهات المقبلة، وكم سيستطيعون التغاضي عن الأيام الفلسطينية المقبلة، من دون الاضطرار للانكفاء؟

– فلسطين تتقدّم وتضع جدول أعمال المنطقة، وليس «إسرائيل»، رغم القرارات الأميركية التي شكلت أقصى ما يمكن تقديمه ودفعة واحدة، ومع نهاية الهدايا الأميركية بقي على «إسرائيل» أن تظهر قدرتها على واحد من ثلاثة، حرب حاسمة تغيّر المعادلات، شريك فلسطيني وازن لتسوية تعلن نهاية المواجهات، قدرة على تحمّل حرب استنزاف طويلة على الجبهات كلها، أما الفلسطينيون فقد قرّروا بمعزل عن ارتباك الكثير من قياداتهم، أنهم ماضون إلى المواجهة مهما كان الثمن، وأنهم يدخلون هذه الجولة بعزم الجولة الأولى بلا تعب ولا كلل ولا حسابات، والشهداء زادٌ لا ينضب والزمن حليف الثابتين على حقهم، يصنعون من الضعف قوة.

– فلسطين إلى الواجهة رغم أنوفهم، فلا قرارات ترامب ولا أموال حكام الخليج ولا التوحّش والبطش الإسرائيلي.. عناصر صالحة لكتابة تاريخ يفتتحه دم طفل شهيد، وسيبقى الخامس عشر من أيار ذكرى اغتصاب فلسطين ولن يكون يوماً عيداً لولادة «إسرائيل».

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Israeli fighter jets, on Saturday evening, carried out airstrikes on an agricultural land located in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, causing financial damage to the site and to neighboring homes, according to local sources.

WAFA correspondence said that warplanes struck with about seven missiles into the targeted area, leaving financial damage and causing fire to erupt.

The airstrikes did not result in any casualties, however, but caused fear among local citizens.

70th Anniversary of Apartheid israel: History of Violent Invasion. Chronology of Palestinian Genocide


By Gideon Polya,

14 May 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Declaration of Independence by Zionist terrorist David Ben Gurion, the foundation of an invasion-,   violence-, racism- , genocide- and theft-based Apartheid Israel, and commencement of the large-scale, Rohingya Genocide-scale  ethnic cleansing of Indigenous Palestinians from Palestine. US Alliance backers of Apartheid Israel will mark the occasion with lying praise for this evil rogue state, but decent Humanity will tell the truth and demand “Free Palestine”, an end to Israeli Apartheid, return of all refugees and a democratic, multi-ethnic Unitary State in Palestine.

To mark this occasion, I have set out below (A) the chronology of the violent invasion and ethnic cleansing of Palestine, (B) a summary of the appalling conditions of the Indigenous Palestinians, (C) the impact of Apartheid Israel on the world,  and (D) a humane outcome for a democratic post-Apartheid Palestine.

(A). Chronology of the violent invasion and ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

  1. In 1880 there were about 500,000 Arab Palestinians and about 25,000 Jews (half of the latter being immigrants) living in Palestine. Genocidally racist  Zionists have been responsible  for a Palestinian Genocide involving successive mass expulsions (800,000 in 1948 and 400,00 in 1967) , ethnic cleansing of 90% of the land of Palestine, and in the century since the British invasion of Palestine about 2.3  million Palestinian deaths from violence (0.1 million) or from violently-imposed deprivation  (2.2 million). Presently there are now 8 million Palestinian refugees, and of 14 million Palestinians about 50% (7 million) are forbidden to even step foot in their own country on pain of death, only 1.8 million  Palestinian Israelis  (13%) are permitted to vote for the government ruling all of the former  Mandated Palestine, and 5.0 million Palestinians  have zero human rights as Occupied Palestinians in West Bank Bantustans (3.0 million) or in the Gaza Concentration Camp (2.0 million) [1-6].
  2. True Orthodox Judaism is opposed to Zionism (a) because Zionism is genocidal racism , and (b) because the  traditional Orthodox Jewish position for 2,000 years was  that Jews can only return to Zion (Jerusalem) when the Messiah arrives to reveal the glory of the Lord to the whole world. Orthodox Judaism fostered the beautiful idea of a Kingdom of the Mind that has transmuted in the secular world into the wonderful international communities of scientists, scholars, musicians, artists and writers. However in response to Russian pogroms and discrimination against both religious and secular Jews, Zionist activists (many being secular socialists) argued for a Jewish State.  Nathan Birnbaum, who coined the term Zionism, later rejected the evil Zionist ideology and reverted to the humanity of Orthodox Judaism. Racist Zionism substantially originated  with  racist psychopath Theodor Herzl, a Jewish Hungarian writer and activist. In his book “Der Judenstaat” (“The Jewish State”) Herzl declares (1896): “Shall we choose Palestine or Argentine? We shall take what is given us…  For Europe we shall constitute there [in Palestine] a sector of the wall against Asia, we shall serve as the vanguard of culture against barbarism” [7-9]. Over 20 other territories have been proposed for a Jewish colony, including Australia (in a scheme by the anti-Zionist Jewish Freeland League that was finally vetoed in 1944 by the war-time Curtin Labor Government) but  the racist Zionists and successive  racist British Governments decided to colonize and thence ethnically cleanse Palestine. Indeed genocidally racist psychopath Theodor Herzl notoriously stated (1895): “We shall try to spirit the penniless [Palestinian] population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it employment in our country. The property owners will come over to our side. Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discretely and circumspectly” [8, 9]
  3. The British Sinai and Palestine Campaign of WW1 began with repulse of a Turkish advance in the Sinai from Palestine in 1915.
  4.  The British and French divided up the formerly Ottoman Empire-ruled Middle East via the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 [6]. British, Australian and New Zealand soldiers were critically  involved in the conquest of Palestine and Syria in WW1 [10] that led to a famine in which 100,000 Palestinians died, this marking the beginning of the Palestinian Genocide that would involve 2.3 million premature Palestinian deaths from violence or deprivation over the next century [1, 11, 12].
  5.  2 days after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) victory at Beersheba (31 October 1917), on 2 November 1917  racist British warmonger and UK Foreign Secretary,  Lord Balfour, offered Palestine as a Jewish Homeland to the Zionists  in a letter to  the degenerate Zionist Lord Rothschild that included the caveat (subsequently  grossly violated by the genocidally racist Zionists) that there should be no detriment to the Indigenous inhabitants or indeed to Jewish people around the world: “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country” [13-16]. According to genocide-ignoring,  holocaust-ignoring  and racist Zionist  historian, the late Professor Sir Martin Gilbert, the Balfour Declaration was issued in an ultimately  unsuccessful attempt to get traitorous  Russian Zionists to keep Russia in WW1 [17, 18]. There were 20 schemes for Jewish colonies around the world, including in Australia [19-21]
  6. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) soldiers were responsible for the Surafend Massacre on 10 December 1918 in which about 100 Palestinian villagers were killed in retaliation for the death of a New Zealand soldier [23-24].

1918-1939. Between WW1 and WW2 there was massive, British-permitted Jewish immigration to Palestine resulting in massive and deadly displacement of Palestinian workers and tenant farmers from agricultural land. Resultant Palestinian opposition lead to armed conflict between Indigenous Palestinians and increasingly violent and racist Zionist invaders. In 1939 the British Government, concerned to maintain the loyalty of its scores of millions of Muslim subjects in the coming war, issued a White Paper constraining further Jewish entry to Palestine. Indeed the first WW2 casualties in the British Empire were Jewish illegal immigrants shot while attempting to land in Palestine [6].

  1. The 1939 British White Paper stopped Jewish immigration to Palestine in a move designed to increase global Muslim support for Britain in the looming war with Nazi Germany.

1939-1945. Zionist terrorist groups, notably Irgun, collaborated  with the Nazis, and  killed Allied servicemen before, during and after WW2 [25-29]. The neo-Nazi Zionist terrorist organization Irgun was  heavily involved in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and spawned the current rightwing Israeli leadership, but was removed from the pro-Zionist Australian Government’s list of terrorist organizations in the 21st century. Zionists opposed sanctuary in non-Palestine venues for Jews fleeing Nazi Europe and hence contributed to the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million Jews killed) that was part of a much wider but Zionist-ignored WW2 Holocaust (30 million Slaves, Jews and Gypsies killed by the Nazis) [6].

  1.  Some Jews recognized the great wrong being done to the Indigenous Palestinians. Thus  the anti-Zionist Freeland League under Dr Isaac Steinberg proposed to make the Kimberley region of North West  Australia a region of  exclusive Jewish settlement. This proposal won widespread political support in White Australia (Indigenous Australians were not even counted as Australians until after a 1967 Referendum) but was eventually vetoed by PM John Curtin in 1944 on Intelligence advice that quite possibly related to the 1944 British War Cabinet decision to Partition Palestine [19-21]. The “forgotten”  Joel Brand scheme to “buy” 800,000 Jewish Hungarians from the Nazis and transport them to Turkey was vetoed by Zionist mass murderer Churchill and 400,000  Jewish Hungarians subsequently perished [25-27] (also “forgotten” has been    Churchill’s responsibility for the 1942-1945 Bengali Holocaust in which the British with Australian complicity deliberately starved 6-7 million Indians to death for strategic reasons) [30-33].
  2. Sir Isaac Isaacs, a staunch anti-Zionist and Australia’s most famous Jewish citizen as the first Australian-born Australian Governor-General, stated in 1946: “The honour of Jews throughout the world demands the renunciation of political Zionism” and “the Zionist movement as a whole…now places its own unwarranted interpretation on the Balfour Declaration, and makes demands that are arousing the antagonism of the Moslem world of nearly 400 millions, thereby menacing the safety of our Empire, endangering world peace and imperilling some of the most sacred associations of the Jewish, Christian, and Moslem faiths. Besides their inherent injustice to others these demands would, I believe, seriously and detrimentally affect the general position of Jews throughout the world” [25, 34].

1945-1947. After WW2 a greatly weakened Britain faced the reality of being unable to hold on to its vast Empire. Racist Britain had already decided on a Partition of India (perhaps for anti-Soviet strategic reasons) and enabled India to be partitioned on Independence  in 1947 in a catastrophic  process that generated 20 million refugees and killed 1 million people. Similarly, in 1944 the British had decided on withdrawal from Palestine and the Partition of  Palestine. In 1947 the UN approved a Partition Plan.  In 1948 the last British left the day after genocidal racist Ben Gurion declared Israeli independence, and the UN recognized the State of  Israel [6].

  1.  Well-armed Israeli forces committed atrocities against Palestinians (e.g.  the horrendous Deir Yassin massacre that distressed anti-racist Jews like Albert Einstein [25, 35]) that encouraged 800,000 Palestinians to flee cities, towns and hundreds of villages in the 1948 Nakba (Disaster).  The incipient Apartheid Israel seized a substantially ethnically cleansed 78% of the former British Mandated Palestine after defeating Arab forces from UK- or France-dominated neighbouring countries. The Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948. Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention defined genocide as “defines “genocide” thus: “In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: a) Killing members of the group; b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group”[36]. Genocidal “intent”  is established sustained ethnic cleansing action and more rarely by confession.  However the genocidal Zionists established “intent” by a remorseless,  100 year and continuing Palestinian Genocide and numerous statements of genocidal  intent from the Zionist leadership from Theodor Herzl to Benjamin Netanyahu [8, 9].
  2. Israel waged an illegal war of aggression against Egypt in collusion with the UK and France who wanted to re-take the Suez Canal in a move opposed by the US. Many of the Egyptian soldiers were vitamin A deficient and were essentially blind “sitting ducks” at night [6].
  3.  In 1967 Israel, now armed with nuclear weapons (with US and French help) [37, 38], invaded all its neighbours in the Six Day War, conquered all of Palestine, the Sinai Peninsular  of Egypt and the Golan Heights of Syria.  A further 400,000 Indigenous Palestinians fled their homes, their  communities and their country in the 1967 Naksa (Setback). The Israeli war machine did not confine itself to killing Arabs but also attacked an unarmed US spy ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 and wounding 171, a crime that the Zionist-subverted US responded to in the most craven and secretive fashion. A massive increase in Zionist power in the US dates from about this time, most likely connected with the new nuclear weapons status of a genocidal Apartheid Israel [38-41]. Apartheid Israel has justified its war criminal attacks in  the Six-Day War with holocaust-threatened  Israel David versus a genocidal Arab Goliath propaganda (hasbara)  but a succession of top Israeli officials have confessed otherwise. Thus General Matituahu Peled, chief of logistical command during the war: “The thesis according to which the danger of genocide hung over us in June 1967, and according to which Israel was fighting for her very physical survival, was nothing but a bluff which was born and bred after the war”.   Mordechai Bentov, a member of the wartime government, stated in 1971: “This whole story about the threat of extermination was totally contrived, and then elaborated upon, a posteriori, to justify the annexation of new Arab territories.” War criminal Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, stated in  1982 that “In June 1967 we had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him” . According  to the late Itzhak Yaakov, a retired Brigadier General responsible for the development of Israeli nuclear weapons, Apartheid Israel planned to detonate a nuclear bomb in the Egypt if the war it launched in June 1967 turned against it (in 2001 Yaakov was given a two-year suspended sentence in Israel for attempting to reveal this) [8, 9].
  4.  In the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Egypt unsuccessfully sought to recover the Israeli-occupied Sinai Peninsular but the Sinai was returned in a  US-brokered 1979  peace agreement between  a now US lackey Egypt and a nuclear-armed Apartheid Israel.

1982-2000. Between1982 and 2000 there was  Israeli occupation of much of  Lebanon. The war criminal Israeli invasion of Lebanon was associated with the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp massacres in which 3,000 unarmed Palestinians were murdered in Israeli-occupied Beirut by Christian  Falangist forces.

  1. The first Palestinian Intifada began in 1987 and was violently suppressed.
  2. In 1988 the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) under Yassir Arafat recognized Israel.
  3. The Oslo 1993 Agreement permitted constrained Occupied Palestinian self-government.  However the continued seizure of Arab lands led to a renewed Intifada in 2000.
  4. In response to Israeli Occupation, ethnic cleansing and illegal settlements, the second Palestinian Intifada commenced in 2000 with disproportionate Israeli responses to Palestinian resistance. Israeli withdrew from Lebanon in 2000.

2000 – present. In the 21st century, US-backed Israeli Occupation, illegal Settlements and violence continued with limited violent responses from Palestinians yielding disproportionate responses from the Israelis. In 2005 Israel pulled out from the Gaza Strip leaving a densely populated Gaza Concentration Camp violently guarded by land, air and sea and subject to crippling blockade by the neo-Nazi Israelis. Rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza killed 34 Israelis in the period 2004-2017 [42] but the disproportionate Israeli responses involved high explosive bombardment from land, air and sea in repeated Gaza Massacres inflicted on one of the most densely populated urban areas in the world and with about 10,000 Palestinians being violently killed and tens of thousands wounded [43].  Israeli deaths from Palestinian violence or “terrorism deaths” in the period January 2000 – February 2017 totalled 1,347 as compared to 9,505 Palestinians killed by Israelis in this same period. If one considers total 21st century Israeli deaths from terrorism, the Palestinian/Israeli death ratio for this period is 9,505/1,347 = 7.1. If one considers total 20th century plus 21st century violent deaths, the Palestinian/Israeli death ratio is about 110,000/ 3,847 = 29. By way of comparison, blood-soaked German Nazi leader and war criminal Adolph Hitler recommended an enemy partisan/German military reprisal death ratio of 10 [43] . Nazi is as Nazi does.

  1. In democratic elections held under Occupier Israeli guns, the Occupied Palestinians overwhelmingly supported Hamas which gained a majority of representatives. However the US-backed Israelis did not recognize the results and Hamas MPs were variously killed, imprisoned or exiled to the Gaza Concentration Camp. Apartheid Israel and Egypt commenced blockade of the Gaza Concentration Camp [44].
  2. The Israeli-backed Fatah attempted a coup in Gaza that was suppressed by Hamas. Hamas officials were sacked in the West Bank. [44]

2008-2009. In the 2008-2009 Gaza War (called Operation Cast Lead by the Israelis) about 1,400 Palestinians were killed and 5,300 were wounded. 13 Israelis were killed, this including  10 from friendly fire and 3 civilians [45].

  1. In the 1-week Israeli Operation Pillar of Defense (220 Palestinians killed, half civilians, and 1,000 wounded, as compared to 2 Israeli soldiers killed and 20 wounded) [46]. In 2012 the UN formally recognized the  State of Palestine with official observer status at the UN [47, 48].
  2. In the 2014 Gaza Massacre (called Operation Protective Edge by the Israelis) 2,300 Palestinians were killed (including about 1,500 civilians)  and 10,600 were wounded.  73 Israelis (66 of them soldiers) were killed [49].
  3. The 2016 UN Security Council Resolution 2334 condemning illegal Israeli settlements and other Israeli war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories was passed unanimously (except for an Obama America abstention rather than veto). Trump America and US lackey Australia subsequently vehemently opposed the resolution, this making them #1 and #2, respectively, as supporters of Apartheid Israel and hence  of Apartheid [50-52].  
  4. This year has been appallingly marked by the cold-blooded killing by Israeli soldiers of nearly 50 Palestinians  and the wounding of about 6,800 more  out of thousands of unarmed Occupied Palestinians protesting  70 years of exile and highly  abusive confinement in the Gaza Concentration Camp. Comparisons with the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in Apartheid South Africa (involving 69 unarmed demonstrators  killed and 220 wounded)  demand  global  Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Apartheid Israel and all its supporters that were successfully applied by the World against Apartheid South Africa[53-55].

 (B). Summary of the appalling conditions of the Indigenous Palestinians.

(1). The Palestinian  Genocide commenced with the famine deaths of 100,000 Palestinians associated with  conquest of Palestine  in WW1 by the British and the Australian  and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) [1, 10].

(2). The violent killing of Indigenous Palestinians commenced with the 1918 Surafend Massacre by ANZAC soldiers in which about 100 Palestinian villagers were massacred [22-24].

(3). Since the British invasion of Palestine in WW1 there have been 2.3 million Palestinian deaths from Zionist violence (0.1 million) or from imposed deprivation (2.2 million ) [1].

(4). There are 8 million Palestinian refugees and all of the 14 million Palestinians are excluded from all or part of Palestine [1].

(5). Of about 14 million Palestinians (half of them children, three quarters women and children), 7 million are forbidden to even step foot in their own country, 5 million are held hostage with zero human rights under Israeli  guns in the Gaza Concentration Camp (2.0 million) or in ever-dwindling West Bank Bantustan ghettoes  (3.0 million),  and 1.8 million live as Third Class citizens as Israeli Palestinians under Nazi-style Apartheid Israeli race laws [1].

(6). 90% of Palestine has now been ethnically cleansed of Indigenous Palestinian  inhabitants in an ongoing war criminal ethnic cleansing that has been repeatedly condemned by the UN and most recently by UN Security Council Resolution 2334 that was unanimously supported (with a remarkable Obama US abstention rather than a veto) [50-52].

(7). GDP per capita is US$2,800 for Occupied Palestinians as compared to US$39,000 for Apartheid Israel [56].

(8). Through  imposed deprivation, each year Apartheid Israel passively  murders about 2,700 under-5 year old Palestinian  infants and passively murders 4,200 Occupied Palestinians in general who die avoidably under Israeli Apartheid each year. There is an  approximately 10 year life expectancy gap between Occupied Palestinians ands Israelis [1, 6], this grossly violating Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War that demand that an Occupier must provide life-sustaining food and medical services to the Occupied “to the fullest extent of the means available to it” ) [57].

(9). Apartheid Israel violently kills an average of about 550 Occupied Palestinians each year [43].

(10). Occupied Palestinians are deprived of essentially all human rights and civil rights by Apartheid Israel (e.g. Apartheid Israeli  home invasions, beatings, executions, killings, exilings, mass imprisonments,  seizures of land and homes, and population transfer in violation of the UN Genocide Convention and the Geneva Convention) [5, 36, 57].

(11). Nuclear terrorist, serial war criminal, genocidally racist, democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel determines that 74% of its now 50% Indigenous Palestinian subjects who are Occupied  Palestinians  cannot vote for the government  ruling them i.e. egregious Apartheid [1, 58]. The UN regards Apartheid as one of the worst of human rights violations [58, 59].

(12). In its genocidal treatment of the Palestinians, US-, UK-, Canada-, France- and Australia-backed Apartheid Israel ignores numerous UN General Assembly Resolutions and UN Security Council Resolutions, the  UN Genocide Convention, the Geneva Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Rights of the Child Convention, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and many other aspects of International Law [36, 57, 59-64].

(13). Apartheid Israel has attacked 12 countries and  occupied 5 with 1950-2005 avoidable deaths from deprivation in countries  neighbouring  and variously occupied by Apartheid Israel totalling 24 million [6].

(14). 5 million Occupied Palestinians  (half of them children) are routinely blackmailed through torture or denial of life-saving medical care to spy on fellow Palestinians for Apartheid Israel [65].

(15). 5 million Occupied Palestinians (half of them children) are excluded by armed military check points from Jews-only areas and Jews-only roads.

(16). 50% of Israeli children are physically, psychologically or sexually abused each year [66-68] but 100% of Occupied Palestinian children are subject to traumatizing human rights abuse by the serial war criminal Israel Defence Force (IDF) through actual or threatened deadly violence [65].

(17). With continuing blockade and after repeated, large-scale  destruction of homes, schools, hospitals ands infrastructure, conditions in the Gaza Concentration Camp are appalling [69], with the UN stating that Gaza may become unliveable within several years [69, 70].

(18). In March-May 2018 the IDF killed about 50 Palestinians  and wounded about 6,800 more  out of thousands of unarmed Occupied Palestinians protesting  70 years of exile and highly  abusive confinement in the Gaza Concentration Camp. By way of comparisons, in  the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in Apartheid South Africa some 5,000-7,000 unarmed African protestors held a demonstration against the racist pass laws outside the police station in Sharpeville, Transvaal, South Africa when the  police opened fire, killing 69 demonstrators  and causing a total of 289 casualties including  29 children [53-55].

(19). Apartheid Israel has been stealing water from West Bank aquifers but water allocations to Occupied Palestinians violate WHO standards for potable water [73] .

(20). US-backed Apartheid Israel has attacked 12 countries including all its immediate neighbours [6], has up to 400 nuclear weapons and possess missile delivery systems including  those based on Germany-supplied submarines [37].  This dangerous, war-exacerbating conduct acutely threatens   all 13.9 million Israeli subjects, these   comprising 6.6 million Jewish,  6.9 million Indigenous Palestinian and 0.4 million non-Jewish and non-Arab  subjects.

(C). Impact of Apartheid Israel on the world.

(1). Presently there are 16 million avoidable deaths from deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease each year globally and there have been 1,500 million such deaths since 1950 (this including  600 million Muslims) [6], this carnage being significantly linked to continuing Zionist perversion of US aid and foreign policy [6].

(2).  There have been 32 million Muslim deaths from violence, 5 million, or from deprivation, 27 million, in 20 countries invaded by the pro-Zionist US Alliance in the US War on Terror (US War on Muslims) since the US Government’s 9-11 false flag atrocity in which Apartheid Israel is very likely to have been complicit [72, 73].

(3). There have been  millions of refugees generated and millions of Indigenous deaths from violence or imposed deprivation in countries subject to Apartheid Israeli-backed, genocidal civil wars, notably Guatemala, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Syria, Sudan  and South Sudan [74].

(4). There have been  28 million American preventable deaths since 9-11 (1.7 million annually) that are inescapably linked to Zionist-beholden US Governments committing to a $40 trillion long-term accrual cost of supporting Apartheid Israel, this including a $7 trillion long-term accrual cost for the  killing  of millions of Muslims abroad in the Zionist-promoted War on Terror instead of keeping millions of Americans alive at home. Australia has similarly committed to $11 billion per year long-term to the War on Terror ($176 billion since 9-11) with this fiscal perversion linked to 1.4 million preventable Australian deaths since 9-11 (85,000 annually). Canada has similarly committed hugely to the War  on Terror with this inescapably linked to 0.1 million Canadian  preventable deaths annually or  1.7 million preventable deaths in Canada since 9-11. The UK has similarly committed hugely to the War  on Terror with this linked in terms of fiscal deprivation to 0.15 million UK  preventable deaths annually or  2.5 million preventable deaths in the UK since the 9-11 atrocity that killed 3,000 people [75-81].

(5). Zionists are notoriously involved in perversion of Western democracies, governments, media and other  institutions , most notably in pro-Apartheid US and pro-Apartheid Australia that are the 2 strongest supporters of Apartheid Israel and hence of the obscene ideology of Apartheid.  Thus in September 2015 the  US, Australia, Canada, Apartheid Israel  and  4 US lackey Pacific Island States voted “No” to  a UN General Assembly motion to permit  the flying of the  State of Palestine flag at the UN while  119 other nations decently voted “Yes”. Trump America and US lackey Trumpist Australia fervently oppose UN Security  Council Resolution 2334 that condemned  genocidal Israeli war crimes [50-52].  Racist Zionism is a huge threat to Australia in 50 areas but the threat is publicly ignored by the US lackey, pro-Apartheid, Zionist-beholden major parties (the Liberal Party and National Party Coalition Government and the Labor Party Opposition) even after Australian PM Kevin Rudd was removed in a US approved, mining company-backed, and pro-Zionist-led coup [82-87].  Israeli war criminal Ariel Sharon (the “butcher of Beirut”) notoriously stated: “Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it” [8, 9, 38].

(6). The world is existentially  threatened by (a)  nuclear weapons, (b) poverty and (c) climate change   but (a)  Apartheid Israel reportedly has up to 400 nuclear warheads and indeed proposed to use them against Egypt in 1967 [37],  (b) 16 million people die avoidably each year in the Developing  World minus China [6], this being linked to Zionist-backed US wars, notably the US War on Muslims, and the horrendous  perversion of the US aid budget for arms, notably for Apartheid Israel; and (c) an entrenched Western culture of lying,  emplaced by a dominant, homicidally greedy, neoliberal,   Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist (NAZI) One Percenter Establishment,  has now made a catastrophic global  plus 2C temperature  rise unavoidable – it is predicted that 10 billion people will die this century in a near-terminal Climate Genocide if climate change from remorselessly increasing GHG pollution is not requisitely addressed [88].

(7). The racist Zionists have a deadly record of mendacity. Indeed e-LIARS is an appropriate anagram for ISRAEL. There is massive Zionist presence on the boards of the top American media companies that represent 2/3 of the top 30 global Mainstream media corporations. While numerous anti-racist  Jewish intellectuals are resolutely  critical  of Apartheid Israel and  the  ongoing Palestinian Genocide [25], Western Mainstream Media variously  censor  or white-wash  the nuclear terrorist, genocidally racist, and grossly human rights-abusing conduct of Apartheid Israel.  A part  explanation for this massive lying is that the American 60% of the world’s 30 biggest media companies have a disproportionately high  Jewish Board membership. Jews and females represent 2% and 51%, respectively,  of the US population but average 33% and 19%, respectively, of Board members of the top 18 US media companies [89]. Zionist-perverted Mainstream media fake news through lying by omission and lying by commission [89-97] threaten rational risk management that is crucial for societal safety and successively involves (a) accurate data, (b) scientific analysis, and (c) informed systemic change to minimize risk. However mendacity and spin pervert this science-based protocol to a lying- and spin-based protocol successively involving (a) lying, censorship, self-censorship, intimidation, (b) anti-science spin-based analysis, and (c) counterproductive blame and shame that cripples mandatory reportage and can ultimately lead to irrational acts, violence and war [98].

(8). Racist Zionism is deadly anti-Arab anti-Semitism through the ongoing Palestinian Genocide and the ongoing Muslim Genocide and Muslim Holocaust. However racist Zionism is also anti-Jewish anti-Semitic through  (a) falsely conflating  the activities of genocidally  racist  Apartheid Israel with all Jews,  and (b) by endlessly and falsely defaming the large body of anti-racist Jews who, together with numerous anti-racist non-Jews,  are utterly opposed to the human rights  abuses and genocidal crimes of Apartheid Israel [99, 100] and resolutely speak out about these crimes against Humanity [1, 25, 37, 101-106].

(9). Zionism,  Israeli Apartheid and the ongoing Palestinian Genocide  are an awful blot on Jewry, Judaism and Humanity, and as such contribute  to repugnant anti-Jewish anti-Semitism, this leading to the crie de coeur of anti-racist Jews: “Not in our name”.

(10).  For anti-racist Jews and indeed all anti-racist humanitarians the core moral messages from the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) and from the more general WW2 European Holocaust (30 million Slav, Jewish and Gypsy dead) are “zero tolerance for racism”, “never again to anyone”, “bear witness” and “zero tolerance for lying”. However these sacred injunctions are grossly violated by the anti-Arab anti-Semitic , Islamophobic and  indeed anti-Jewish anti-Semitic   racist Zionists running Apartheid Israel and their Western backers

(D). A humane outcome of a democratic post-Apartheid Palestine.

The Humanity-threatening awfulness outlined above has been utterly avoidable. The  2-State Solution for Palestine has been a Western excuse for inaction and  is now dead because of the ethnic cleansing of 90% of the land of Palestine. However, a peaceful , humane solution informed by the post-Apartheid South African experience is for a Unitary State in Palestine with return of all refugees, zero tolerance for racism, equal rights for all, all human rights for all, one-person-one-vote, justice, goodwill, reconciliation, airport-level security, nuclear weapons removal, internationally-guaranteed national security initially based on the present armed forces, and untrammelled access for all citizens to all of the Holy Land. It can and should happen tomorrow. In the face of  continuing Occupation, continuing Exile, continuing Apartheid and ongoing Palestinian Genocide, the world must act against Apartheid Israel with Boycotts and Sanctions as it successfully did to Apartheid South Africa. Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity. All decent Humanity must (a) inform everyone they can, and (b) urge and apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Apartheid  Israel and all people, politicians, parties, collectives, corporations and countries supporting this genocidally racist,  nuclear terrorist rogue state.


Dr Gideon Polya taught science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text “Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds” (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London , 2003). 


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Christians Under Constant, Violent Attacks from #Jewish Groups in Jerusalem

Christians Under Constant, Violent Attacks from Jewish Groups in Jerusalem

Desecration and vandalism  are what Christians in Jerusalem are suffering at the hands of highly organized Jewish groups. An unprecedented number of churches as well as holy sites are reporting increased violence against priests and parishioners who are being assaulted and attacked. 

The methods of attack vary from vandalism, verbal abuse, individual attacks and what’s called “aggressive property acquisition.” All committed by Jewish settlers.

Jerusalem has a long history, dating back at least to 4500 BCE. During that history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.

On May 14, the United States is opening an embassy in Jerusalem. This is the first country to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel since Israel was established in 1948.

But what the embassy workers will find is a Christian church facing severe threat from these violent Jewish groups. The Jewish settlers are determined “…to erode the presence of the Christian community in Jerusalem,” said the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III.

Father Neuhaus explained, “The attackers make no distinction among the Christian denomination [but] of course, Catholic institutions and individuals have had their share in bearing the brunt of these attacks.”

The Benedictine Dormition Abbey has been vandalized on a stunning  five different occasions in recent years, filling the abbey with anti-Christian graffiti which was written in Hebrew.

Vandals smashed stained-glass windows and destroyed a statue of the Holy Mother at St. Stephen Church in the Beit Jamal Salesian monastery, 25 miles west of Jerusalem, back in September of 2017.

Some churches are taking a page from all the talk on border security around the world. One vandalized church north of Jerusalem has a fence project underway to help prevent future attacks.

Many believe the answer to the issue is an increased Christian presence in the area. “It is a priority and fundamental for all of us, therefore, to not only preserve, but rather to strengthen our presence in Jerusalem and preserve the Christian character of the Holy City,” wrote Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa.

It isn’t just Christians under attack either. According to locals these radical Jewish gangs hate anyone who isn’t Jewish and will also attack Muslims and mosques.

Most of the Christians living in Israel are ethnic Arabs belonging to either the Greek Catholic, Greek Orthodox, or Roman Catholic Churches. They are full of spirit and determination and are not backing down from the violence but have pushed on to help keep a Christian presence in the faith’s most holy city.

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