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Israel can commit crimes with impunity; condemn them at your peril

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MEMO | May 12, 2016

Israel’s latest display of misplaced ire at the UN Security Council has provided a succinct illustration of how criticism of settler colonialism, even by Israeli NGOs, remains a cloistered subject. Following a presentation by Yesh Din, in which the NGO’s legal adviser Michael Sfard presented statistical information regarding Israeli settler terror, both Sfard and Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, retaliated against Venezuelan Ambassador Rafael Ramirez’s criticism of their country’s slow extermination policies.

According to Haaretz, Ramirez challenged the UN Security Council to ponder the information, asking: “What does Israel plan to do with the Palestinians? Will they be disappeared? Is Israel trying to impose a ‘final solution’ on the Palestinians in the West Bank?”

Right-winger Danon — who has advocated punitive attacks on the civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip — promptly resorted to the clichéd “anti-Semitism” accusation: “These are blunt anti-Semitic statements coming from the Venezuelan ambassador towards the Jewish nation.”

According to Yesh Din’s lawyer, the Venezuelan ambassador’s use of the phrase ‘final solution’ is “offensive, angering and completely incorrect.” Sfard made this claim despite telling the Security Council: “Yesh Din vigorously and unequivocally condemns all human rights violations and all international law infractions. There can be no justification for attacks on civilians no matter who the perpetrators are and whatever the identity of the victim is.”

According to YNet news, the Israeli delegation demanded immediate condemnations following Ramirez’s remarks, and was gratified by the US, Britain and France issuing — predictably — “decisive” statements. Danon also called on Ramirez to apologise for his use of the phrase “final solution” with its obvious connotations with the Holocaust; his apology was met by a demand for a more public version.

Israel thrives upon the blatant contradiction of committing human rights violations openly and without remorse, while resenting criticism of such illegal actions. Furthermore, this episode at the UN is evidence of the cycle of hypocrisy plaguing such organisations which are, allegedly, standing up for Palestinian rights; they fail to act on the evidence, no matter how strong it is, and this exposes their allegiance to the colonial state of Israel as well as the terrorism of its illegal settlers. However, the tactic has now been perfected to project blame elsewhere to the point where logical condemnation of colonial violence is deemed to be offensive, but the violence itself isn’t. This is despite the fact that Israel is adhering publicly to the implementation of Zionism’s ideological goal of “Greater Israel” by continuing its territorial expansion, ethnic cleansing and — yes — slow extermination of the Palestinian population.

Ramirez’s comments expose Israeli state terror, incorporating historical memory and exposing a colonial cycle that has not yet reached its completion. Israel has applied various forms of human rights violations against Palestinians, all geared towards a system that leaves no recourse, thus isolating Palestinians and creating a perpetual implosion. State policies reflect impunity while Israeli ministers such as Naftali Bennett have spoken openly about “disappearing” Palestinians. Hence, nothing in Ramirez’s speech can be construed to be within any context other than that of the reality on the ground. If anything, the Venezuelan’s words portray an awareness that is common to both Palestine and South America, both having experienced colonial and imperialist violence.

Nobody should take offence at what was said by the ambassador from South America. The incident should be seen as an educational experience of how the interpretation of colonial violence through time has navigated the perpetually-changing circumstances and, as a response, carved out a niche that encourages selective remembrance and memory of genocide in order to allow for a new form of genocide to be carried out within the framework of the ambiguities of international law. As Rafael Ramirez has found to his cost, Israel is allowed to commit genocidal crimes with impunity; it is those who condemn them who have to apologise.

May 12, 2016 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Full Spectrum Dominance | , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. “Will they be disappeared? Is Israel trying to impose a ‘final solution’ on the Palestinians in the West Bank?”

    Seems a fair question to me. The term “anti-Semitic” is routinely applied to anyone who is critical of Israel’s actions in Palestine, from destruction of Palestinian homes to killing Palestinians in the street, and of course, Israel’s full on military assault on Gaza which killed thousands of Palestinians.
    If Israeli’s believe that there are SO MANY anti-Semites around these days, maybe they should reconsider their hostile actions against civilians. Maybe the “anti-Semites” are right in their criticisms.
    If everybody ‘hates’ you, maybe it’s your fault.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | May 12, 2016 | Reply

  2. Some would call me an anti-Semite and a liberal. Neither is accurate–nor will those who attempt to silence me or refute my positions by labeling, ever change their minds. It is time to stop arguing the labeling and continue exposing the depraved indifference to life, property and freedom on the part of radical Jews (Likudists, war-mongering zionists, etc.). And, keep exposing the Israeli and Jewish criminal network connections to 9-11.

    Comment by rediscover911com | May 12, 2016 | Reply

  3. Amid all the self-righteous indignation, Mr. Ramirez’ question does not seem to have been answered. What indeed do the Zios plan to do with the Palestinians? If they are not seeking to rid the land of them, what are they doing? Confiscating their land, demolishing their homes, sluicing off their water, burning their crops, cutting down their olive and almond trees, denying them employment, education and health care, shooting their children, it all sounds like ethnic cleansing to me.

    Comment by traducteur | May 13, 2016 | Reply


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