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Four years after the Israeli Occupation Forces perpetrated a massacre upon the population of Gaza, the third in 5 years, Apartheid Israel insists on committing more crimes by targeting civilians protesting peacefully every Friday demanding their internationally-sanctioned right of return to the towns and villages from which they were ethnically cleansed back in 1948. The latest round of Israeli war crimes has resulted in a new massacre ; since March 30th, when the first of a series of marches took place at the eastern fence of the Gaza Strip, more than 220 innocent civilians, including 34 children and 5 women, have been murdered brutally as they demonstrated non-violently.  More than 20,000 have been injured, some very critically. (Statistics taken from Gaza Ministry if Health)

As we, Palestinians of Gaza, embark on our long walk to freedom, we have come to the conclusion that we can no longer rely on governments; instead, we request that the citizens of the world oppose these ongoing deadly crimes. The failure of the United Nations and its numerous organizations to condemn such crimes proves their complicity. We have also come to the conclusion that only civil society is able to mobilize to demand the implementation of international law and put an end to Israel’s unprecedented impunity. Our inspiration is the anti-apartheid movement. The intervention of civil society was effective in the late 1980s against the apartheid regime of White South Africa. Nelson Mandela, before his eminent death, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, amongst other anti-apartheid activists, did not not only describe Israel’s oppressive and violent control of Palestinians as Apartheid, they also joined this call for the world’s civil society to intervene again.

In fact, we expect people of conscience and civil society organizations to put pressure on their governments until Israel is forced to abide by international law and international humanitarian law. It did work last century; without the intervention of the international community which was effective against apartheid in South Africa, Israel will continue its war crimes and crimes against humanity.

We need to be more specific about our demands. We want civil society organizations worldwide to intensify the anti-Israel sanctions campaign to compel Israel to end to its aggression.

It has become crystal clear that the international conspiracy of silence towards the incremental genocide taking place against the 2 million civilians in Gaza indicates complicity in these war crimes.

It is high-time that the international community demand that the rogue State of Israel, a state that has violated every single international law one can think of, end its medieval siege of Gaza and compensate for the destruction of life and infrastructure that it has visited upon the Palestinian people. But this should also come within a package of demands to be made by all Palestine solidarity groups and all international civil society organizations that still believe in the rule of law and basic human rights:

  • An end to the siege that has been imposed on the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip since 2006 for voting against the fictional two-state solution and the Oslo Accords;
  • The protection of civilian lives and property, as stipulated in International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law such as The Fourth Geneva Convention;
  • That Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip be provided with material support to cope with the immense hardship that they are experiencing at the hands of Israeli Occupation Forces;
  • Immediate reparations and compensation for all destruction carried out by the IOF in the Gaza Strip;
  • Holding  Israeli generals  and leaders accountable for  war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the civilians of Gaza;

And

  • An end to occupation, Apartheid, and other war crimes committed by Israel.

Why is that too much to ask? Were the anti-apartheid and Civil Rights movements too demanding for calling for an end to all forms of racism, institutional and otherwise ? And was the international community wrong to heed their calls?

Haidar Eid
About Haidar Eid

Haidar Eid is Associate Professor of Postcolonial and Postmodern Literature at Gaza's al-Aqsa University. He has written widely on the Arab-Israeli conflict, including articles published at Znet, Electronic Intifada, Palestine Chronicle, and Open Democracy. He has published papers on cultural Studies and literature in a number of journals, including Nebula, Journal of American Studies in Turkey, Cultural Logic, and the Journal of Comparative Literature.

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  1. Jackdaw
    Jackdaw
    November 9, 2018, 11:45 am

    Fatah versus Hamas.
    Iranian proxy Islamic Jihad spoiling peace agreements.
    PFLP against everybody.

    https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Palestinian-protesters-in-Gaza-attack-Qatari-envoy-after-15m-transfer-571489

    Yup. Clear as mud.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      November 10, 2018, 10:35 am

      @Jackdaw

      Sigh.
      How convenient and predictable that you ignore “the elephant in the living room,” i.e., Israel’s illegal and brutal occupation of the Gaza Strip.

      For the record:
      The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): “The whole of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law.” The ICRC thus unequivocally stated that Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip constitutes a violation of international humanitarian law embodied in the Geneva Conventions. The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, ratified by Israel, bans collective punishment of a civilian population.

      “Human Rights Watch, 2005: “…Israel will continue to be an Occupying Power [of the Gaza Strip] under international law and bound by the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention because it will retain effective control over the territory and over crucial aspects of civilian life. Israel will not be withdrawing and handing power over to a sovereign authority – indeed, the word ‘withdrawal’ does not appear in the [2005 disengagement] document at all… The IDF will retain control over Gaza’s borders, coastline, and airspace, and will reserve the right to enter Gaza at will. According to the Hague Regulations, ‘A territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army. The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised’. International jurisprudence has clarified that the mere repositioning of troops is not sufficient to relieve an occupier of its responsibilities if it retains its overall authority and the ability to reassert direct control at will.”

      To quote Dov Weisglass, then PM Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser:
      “‘The significance of the [proposed] disengagement plan [implemented in 2005] is the freezing of the peace process,’ Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser Dov Weisglass has told Ha’aretz. ‘And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our agenda….’ Weisglass, who was one of the initiators of the disengagement plan, was speaking in an interview with Ha’aretz for the Friday Magazine. ‘The disengagement is actually formaldehyde,’ he said. ‘It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.’” (Top PM Aide: Gaza Plan Aims to Freeze the Peace Process, Ha’aretz, October 6, 2004)

      • drhmay
        drhmay
        November 10, 2018, 11:17 am

        The elephant in the room is Hamas and their charter , the PLO and its charter, the refusal of previous peace plans by arab and Palestinian governments to accept any Jewish sovereignty, centuries of hatred towards and murder of Jews under Muslim rule, etc. etc. Israelis rightly distrust Arab and Palestinian “rights” talk and their bleeding hearts accomplices in the western world. And that is the biggest elephant and the reason Gaza continues to suffer. Get rid of Hamas and acknowledge a new reality. Things might change.

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 10, 2018, 12:40 pm

        || drhmay: The elephant in the room is Hamas and their charter , the PLO and its charter, the refusal of previous peace plans by arab and Palestinian governments to accept any Jewish sovereignty, centuries of hatred towards and murder of Jews under Muslim rule, etc. etc. … Get rid of Hamas and acknowledge a new reality. Things might change. ||

        The fleet of steamrollers crushing the room is Zionism and its religion-supremacist “Jewish State” construct; decades (and counting) of Zionist/Israeli (war) crimes including terrorism, ethnic cleansing, land theft, military occupation, colonialism, torture and murder; the refusal of Israeli governments to respect and uphold international laws (incl. RoR) and human rights; etc. etc. Get rid of Zionism and pursue justice, accountability and equality. Things might change.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        November 10, 2018, 1:43 pm

        @dhrmay

        ” Things might change.”

        A comedian in our midst.

  2. bcg
    bcg
    November 9, 2018, 2:40 pm

    @Jackdaw: Actually, I thought the requests at the end of the piece were pretty clear:

    An end to occupation, Apartheid, and other war crimes committed by Israel.

  3. WebSkipper
    WebSkipper
    November 9, 2018, 3:54 pm

    More than 2,000 injured? The last I heard, it was more than 22,000. Do we need an edit here?

  4. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    November 9, 2018, 6:22 pm

    The siege isn’t medieval. The Jewish people were decent in the Middle Ages. The siege is Old Testament. Israel is an awful mess. At what point for Jews do the losses outweigh the mojo derived singing Jerusalem of gold ?

    Gaza will be free . Gaza isn’t Yossi Israeli’s enemy. The IDF and the Zionist elite are.
    The parallels between Israel and US right wingers are really strong. Israeli discourse is not reality based either.

    @DaveScottSC

    Replying to
    @joshgreenman
    and
    @NormOrnstein
    In a world where right wing voters can so easily choose their own facts, there’s no reason asymmetrical polarization ends in the foreseeable future.

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      November 9, 2018, 6:23 pm

      And Haidar Eid is a Mensch and a batal.

    • DaBakr
      DaBakr
      November 10, 2018, 11:56 pm

      @m

      ” …. Were decent in the middle ages… “. Right, they had no agency and lived at the whim of Muslim and Christian society. Of course you can’t tolerate Jews with sovereignty, your a natural bigot with classic mediocre mindset of anti-jew. You can tolerate them only under certain circumstances.

      • John O
        John O
        November 11, 2018, 9:13 am

        Who did have agency in the pre-democratic societies of the Middle Ages?

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 11, 2018, 2:27 pm

        I like Jews but Zionists are for the birds.
        And the Middle Ages saw a lot of flowering of Jewish activity. BTW what great cultural advances has Israel made?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 11, 2018, 4:51 pm

        “BTW what great cultural advances has Israel made?”

        1) The Hora-Hoop. Very popular for a while, and there were imitations, too.

        2) A cocktail called “The Negila” Have one.

        3) Dead Sea Rolls. They defy gravity! They’re heavy as lead,
        but won’t go down.

        4) The discovery that keratoconjunctivitis sicca can be
        cured with firearms.

        5) A matzoh that’s almost impossible to tell from a cracker.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        November 11, 2018, 10:28 pm

        @mg

        Right. So you like approximately 10% of Jews, possibly but definitely not the other 90%. Got it.

        Like saying you like Arabs but not Arab Palestinian nationalists

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 12, 2018, 11:37 am

        || @Daa: @mg

        Right. So you like approximately 10% of Jews, possibly but definitely not the other 90%. Got it. … ||

        The problem is not the person who likes the 10% of men who are not wife beaters.

        The problem is that 90% of men have chosen to be wife-beaters.

        So, no, you don’t get it. (Or you choose not to.)

    • m1945
      m1945
      November 12, 2018, 7:00 pm

      Maghlawatan

      There are no Israelis or Jews in Gaza. Jews did live in Gaza for centuries until racist Palestinians ethnically cleansed Gaza of its Jews in 1929. It’s Hamas that denies Gazans freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion & the vote. If Gazans want freedom, they need to overthrow Hamas.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 12, 2018, 8:55 pm

        Honey,

        I have been reading hasbara for almost 20 years. Gaza is occupied. Pottery Barn rules.

        For over 30 years Jewish conscripts were killed at Netzarim junction, protecting the settlers that Israel said would never leave. Sharon shafted the settlers 2005. Israelis hate Gaza more than they love their own children.

        There is no form of words that can make better what Israel has done to Gaza.

        And stop whining. It’s not kosher.

      • Keith
        Keith
        November 13, 2018, 12:16 am

        MAGHLAWATAN- “There is no form of words that can make better what Israel has done to Gaza.”

        Amen, Maghlawatan, amen. And M1945’s contention that the Jews are the victims of Gaza ethnic cleansing is repugnant beyond belief. Perhaps M1945 should provide some substantiation to support his outlandish claim.

      • Eva Smagacz
        Eva Smagacz
        November 13, 2018, 2:44 am

        m1945, you said:

        “There are no Israelis or Jews in Gaza. Jews did live in Gaza for centuries until racist Palestinians ethnically cleansed Gaza of its Jews in 1929.”

        There was Buraq Uprising in 1929 of Palestinians against foreign european invaders, not against sefardic Jews who settled in 15th century and integrated without forswearing their religion and customs. If there was ethnic cleansing of Jews from Gaza in 1929, I would like you to provide me with references.
        167/182

  5. JaapBo
    JaapBo
    November 10, 2018, 1:22 am

    Why not simply demand full equality for Palestinians and Jews? This includes:
    – Palestinian refugees get their right of return to Israel, just like Jews have
    – Ending the occupation and have either a Palestinian state with full rights, or one democratic state for all
    – Ending all discriminatory laws in Israel, and instead introduce laws that guarantee equality

    Essentially, full equality, is what was demanded in South Africa too

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      November 10, 2018, 10:53 am

      @JaapBo

      Your suggestions make perfect sense and in the long run may well be realized. However, they now conflict with Zionism, a 19th century racist, colonialist ideology contrived by foreign Jews whose objective was and remains creating and maintaining an exclusionary, expansionist “Jewish state” between the River and the Sea ethnically cleansed of as many of its indigenous Christian and Muslim Arab inhabitants as possible.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        November 12, 2018, 3:59 pm

        Agreed

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      November 12, 2018, 3:58 pm

      Agreed

  6. Mayhem
    Mayhem
    November 10, 2018, 8:02 pm

    @eljay, Islamic tormenting of Jews long preceded the advent of modern Zionism. Thanks to the unending history of anti-semitism with major defining factors like the Holocaust, Muslim dhimmitude and concomitant Left-wing Jew-hatred there would not have been such strong natural driving forces for Zionism.

    • eljay
      eljay
      November 11, 2018, 10:33 am

      || Mayhem: @eljay, Islamic tormenting of Jews long preceded the advent of modern Zionism. Thanks to the unending history of anti-semitism … there would not have been such strong natural driving forces for Zionism. ||

      Wow. I never expected to see you making the case that the Palestinians, having suffered for decades (and counting) at the hands of colonialist, (war) criminal and supremacist Jews (Zionists), are entitled to do evil unto supremacist Jews (Zionists).

      Kidding! I know you’re not actually saying that because you’re a Zionist and like all Zionists you’re a hateful and immoral hypocrite who believes that:
      – acts of injustice and immorality committed against Jews justify acts of injustice and immorality committed by Jews; and
      – Jews are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they wold not have others do unto them.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        November 12, 2018, 4:00 pm

        Agreed

  7. Eva Smagacz
    Eva Smagacz
    November 11, 2018, 5:20 am

    Mayhem, you said:

    there would not have been such strong natural driving forces for Zionism.

    I’m sorry to break it to you, but this natural driving force of Zionism has nothing to do with Jewish communities keeping themselves separate from the rest of european communities in which they lived.

    Zionism only became an idea when idea of nations already been growing in Europe for some time. Development of ideology of nationalism has simply became very very attractive, because according to writing something he’s contemporaries, it gave Jews the sense, that like their neighbours, they are also part of the nation.

    The fact that they chose to be a separate nation, have simply developed from the sense of carefully maintained sentiment that they are not only different but also superior to others in countries in which they lived.

    Please noticed that the Jewish community living in the parts of the world that have not developed nationalism, like Middle East and North Africa, showed no desire at that time to become a separate nation from the neighbours, and head to be sold to fit idea with a lot of work, propaganda, and artificially created atmosphere of danger. 165/180

    • DaBakr
      DaBakr
      November 11, 2018, 10:23 pm

      @ev

      Bullshit. If Jews were considered actual citizens of the European nations where they lived(they were not) there would absolutely not been the same enthusiasm and motivations for zionism. jews were not entitled to citizenship in many European Christian countries and not entitled to equal status under any of the Muslim Arab nations. Even the Jews who thought communism would help solve some of their discrimination problems found out how despotic and brutal this system was. Zionism was not just some Jewish move for national identity that sprung up coincidentally with other ideologies

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        November 12, 2018, 12:03 pm

        “jews were not entitled to citizenship in many European Christian countries”

        Jews had citizenship in nearly all European countries by the 19th century. Besides, until the modern age the vast majority of citizens – whatever their religion – had very few rights.

        “and not entitled to equal status under any of the Muslim Arab nations”

        Neither were Christians. The idea that everyone is equal, regardless of faith or ethnicity, is a rather new one, and still doesn’t apply everywhere in the world. Like Israel for example, the last holdover of 19th century colonialism.

      • m1945
        m1945
        November 12, 2018, 6:56 pm

        Maximus Decimus Meridius

        Jewish emancipation in Europe didn’t even begin until the late 18th century & wasn’ t completed until the early 20th century.
        For all those centuries before, Jews were considered a citizen.

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 12, 2018, 7:46 pm

        || DaBakr: @ev

        Bullshit. If Jews were considered actual citizens of the European nations where they lived(they were not) … ||

        || m1945: … For all those centuries before, Jews were considered a citizen. ||

        Careful, Jack Green, you’re going off-script. ZioHQ is sure to be displeased.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        November 12, 2018, 11:29 pm

        Citizens?. Subjected to completly harsher and subjective treatment,? Citizens that served bound to military for coffee times longer them non Jews. Tell us more how Jews were protected and recognized Russians, Polish, Lithuanian,, or what French citizenship did for Jews. It’s happened to other ethnic/racial groups before but Eastern Europe took the prize

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 13, 2018, 11:32 am

        ” It’s happened to other ethnic/racial groups before but Eastern Europe took the prize”

        Things are tough all over.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        November 13, 2018, 11:51 pm

        @mssr

        “… though all over…”

        Things sure as shit are.

        @ej
        if somebody constantly accused you of being a front for some pro palestinian propaganda org wouldn’t you think they were pretty stupid, especially since, as moosr is want to remind us, everything is strictly archived here.

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 14, 2018, 7:46 am

        || @aa: … @ej
        if somebody constantly accused you of being a front for some pro palestinian propaganda org wouldn’t you think they were pretty stupid, especially since, as moosr is want to remind us, everything is strictly archived here. ||

        Yes, I would think they were pretty stupid since I don’t spout “pro palestinian propaganda” – I advocate:
        – a 2SS (involving 2 secular and democratic states of and for all of their respective citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally); and
        – the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality.

        Jack Green, however, spouts nothing but Zionist propaganda. Even so, I don’t believe that he’s a front for ZioHQ; and, as my Comments archive will show, I don’t “constantly accuse” him of being a front for ZioHQ.

        (I have occasionally done so, but only for (my) amusement.)

        All of this distraction aside, the fact remains that he directly contradicted your assertion that Jews were not “considered actual citizens of the European nations where they lived”. Someone needs to set that boy straight!

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius
      November 12, 2018, 11:59 am

      “Please noticed that the Jewish community living in the parts of the world that have not developed nationalism, like Middle East and North Africa, showed no desire at that time to become a separate nation from the neighbours”

      Not to mention that these Jews, living a hop and a skip away from Palestine, could have emigrated there any time they wanted. But almost none of them did. Later on, after the fouding of Israel made their position in their homelands untenable, those who had the choice went not to Israel but to Western countries, notably France.

      • m1945
        m1945
        November 12, 2018, 6:57 pm

        Maximus Decimus Meridius

        Travel was very difficult in those days.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        November 12, 2018, 11:35 pm

        max

        You might have preferred to stay in any country you and your family live in and might react negatively at first when you find out you weren’t entitled to protection front your so-called national state. That the stream of Jewish refugees to Palestine mandate wasn’t more had more to do with the kind of foolish worrying pw does about that power of the Israeli lobby (which is now evidently being challenged by the jstreet lobby pw feels is much more aware of the horror awaiting Israel at the hands of jew haters. Just like FDRs top jew Wise advised him and the top USA Jewish leaders urged fdr to n not create a ‘jewish problem’ in the US by letting in 12,000 German escapees who ended up back under nazi rule of extermination

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        November 13, 2018, 5:18 am

        “Travel was very difficult in those days.”

        Yet we are supposed to believe that huge numbers of Jews travelled all the way from Palestine to Western Europe? And that the Romans – who had no means of mass transport – exiled the entire population?

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        November 13, 2018, 10:46 am

        “DaBakr”

        I’d respond – if I had the faintest clue what you were jabbering on about.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        November 14, 2018, 12:16 am

        @mx

        I knew what I was writing about when I wrote it, but I can see your point.

  8. JustJessetr
    JustJessetr
    November 13, 2018, 10:34 am

    When and if these demands are discussed with Israel around the table, be sure to say IDF. If you insist on “IOF”, they’ll say they have no idea who you’re talking about after they sign a treaty. Frankly, you sound like spoiled college students when you spout propaganda instead of talking fact.

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