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Israel’s Slow-Motion Genocide in Occupied Palestine

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Israel is a serial human rights international law abuser. The UN Human Rights Commission affirms that it violates nearly all 149 articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which governs the treatment of civilians in war and under occupation, and is guilty of grievous war crimes.1 Imagine life under these conditions: Living in limbo under a foreign occupier; having no selfdetermination, no right of return, and no power over your daily life; being in constant fear, economically strangled, and collectively punished; having your free movement denied by enclosed population centers, closed borders, regular curfews, roadblocks, checkpoints, electric fences, and separation walls; having your homes regularly demolished and land systematically stolen to build settlements for encroachers in violation of international law prohibiting an occupier from settling its population on conquered land; having your right to essential services denied—emergency health care, education, employment, and enough food and clean water; being forced into extreme poverty, having your crops destroyed, and being victimized by punitive taxes; having no right for redress in the occupier’s courts under laws only protecting the occupier; being regularly targeted by incursions and attacks on the ground and from the air; being wilfully harassed, ethnically cleansed, arrested, incarcerated, tortured, and slaughtered on any pretext, including for your right of self-defence; having no rights on your own land in your own country for over six decades and counting; vilified for being Muslims and called terrorists, Jihadists, crazed Arabs, and fundamentalist extremists. Victimized by slow-motion genocide to destroy you.

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  • Gaza Strip
  • Chronic Malnutrition
  • Israeli Defense Force
  • Palestinian State
  • Palestinian People

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  1. Ilan Pappe, “Genocide in Gaza,” Electronic Intifada, September 2, 2006. http://www.electronicintifada.net/v2/articles5656.shtml.

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Lendman, S. (2010). Israel’s Slow-Motion Genocide in Occupied Palestine. In: Cook, W.A. (eds) The Plight of the Palestinians. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230107922_2

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