“It is not acceptable that the millions of people around the world who oppose the genocide and dispossession of the Palestinian people are powerless to stop the genocide. We can demand that the governments of Latin American countries withdraw their ambassadors to Israel and break diplomatic relations”.
By Marcos Arana*
Condemning Israel for its crimes is not an act of anti-Semitism. With its unconscionable cruelty and insensitivity for the life of the Palestinian civilian population, and especially its children, Israel betrays the fundamentals of Judaism in which there is a commandment above all others, and which speaks of power and the importance of empathy: “You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the heart of a stranger: you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Shemot 22:20).
With its disregard for the lives of Palestinians, the State of Israel strips the people of the moral authority and symbolic value that the world conferred on the Jews at the end of World War II for their sacrifice and resilience; and whose testimony should have been for all humanity, a perennial reminder that the atrocities they endured was a crime that should never be repeated.
Instead of honouring the history of the millions of European Jews who were exterminated, the Israeli government distorts the narrative to justify the dispossession and slaughter of Palestinians.
However, instead of honouring the history of the millions of European Jews who were exterminated, the government of Israel distorts the narrative to justify the dispossession and slaughter of Palestinians. Similarly, it blackmails and manipulates the blame that persists among the leaders of countries that were passive, silent or collaborators in the face of Nazi barbarism. Israel’s blackmail is aimed at gaining the support of these governments for its ethnocidal campaign and to neutralize the efforts of the United Nations to achieve a cease-fire.
The United States and the European Union guarantee Israel impunity even when it repeatedly violates international law. Israel is now committing the same kind of excesses that the same countries that support it committed during the darkest moments of their colonial histories.
Their complicity prevents the ceasefire and endorses the genocide in Gaza and the West Bank. The position of these governments will fill them with shame and blame in the future for having been collaborators in one of the greatest mass crimes in recent history. One day they will have to be held accountable for repressing and ignoring the clamour of their citizens demanding a halt to Israel’s aggression. In doing so, the governments of these countries have not only allowed but helped the State of Israel to misuse the name and history of a people who were victimized to become the executioners.
Israel’s] solution is to annihilate the Palestinians from the cradle and the womb and throw the survivors into the Egyptian desert.
Israel’s military escalation against Gaza is much more than an act of unconscionable punishment; it is a premeditated and long-planned action that uses the Hamas attack as a pretext to implement its final solution to the Palestinian problem. Similar to the “Endlösung der Judenfrage” or final solution that the genocidal Nazis executed against Jews and Gypsies. At this moment, the Israeli government is implementing a final solution against the Palestinians; the scenario has changed, it is no longer the Warsaw Ghetto or the Ukrainian Galicia; now it is Gaza. It is no longer the swastika, but the blue and white star of the Israeli flag. The solution is to annihilate the Palestinians from the cradle and the womb of their mothers and throw the survivors into the Egyptian desert. This is the plan, meticulously carried out by Israel. Biden, Macron, Sunak, Scholz and other European leaders endorse it, and form the circle that protects the lynching.
To carry out the “Final Solution,” the Germans coordinated and perpetrated the murder of the Jews of Europe. They murdered the Jews by implementing policies that led to starvation, disease, random acts of terrorism, mass shootings, and death by gassing. The difference is that in the Palestinian Holocaust, the sacrificial fire came from American weapons.
Fortunately, the Israeli government does not represent all Jews or all Israelis. Tens of thousands of Jews are opposing the ethnocide, marching and raising their voices to demand that Israel stop the massacre.
Fortunately, the Israeli government does not represent all Jews or all Israelis. Tens of thousands of Jews oppose ethnocide, march, and raise their voices to demand that Israel stop the massacre and to say “Not in our name!”.
Jews for Peace, who demand Israel to stop the massacre of Palestinians, remind us of the dignified difference between the Germans who joined in breaking windows and denouncing Jews and those who hid and protected the persecuted at the beginning of World War II.
It is not acceptable that the millions of people around the world who oppose the genocide and dispossession of the Palestinian people are powerless to stop the genocide. We can demand that the governments of Latin American countries withdraw their ambassadors to Israel and break diplomatic relations. In a courageous manner, President Petro of Colombia has already anticipated this. As he finished writing this text, the Pluricultural Republic of Bolivia announced its severance of diplomatic relations with Israel in a strong denunciation of the genocide of the Palestinians. Many other countries in the region take the same decision.
Let us demand the isolation and economic boycott of Israel; let us demand that Netanyahu and Yoav Galant, Israel’s defence minister, be formally charged as the war criminals they are; let us request that international arrest warrants be issued against them, that they not be allowed to travel, that they be isolated, singled out, charged, that they did not go unpunished.
And along with the other war-mongers, who have launched a war of extermination against the Palestinian people, they are also guilty of distracting the whole world from the urgent task of fighting a global climate cataclysm. Their war machines are accelerating their intensity at breakneck speed. Their war machines are also murdering us.
(Written on October 29, 2023, in Mexico).