Beyond Apartheid?


I support Palestinians using (what Zionists label as) “terrorist” tactics and any other means necessary to free themselves from enforced captivity. (What Zionists label as terrorist tactics is actually just inadequate self-defence. If Palestinians had the defensive capacity to prevent Israeli land theft and ethnic cleansing practices, people would view it as justified self-defence. However, since Palestinians do not have adequate means to fully defend themselves, they are labeled as terrorists for even trying.)

The Israel-Palestine situation is probably beyond occupation at this point since occupation is supposed to be temporary. One can even argue that the situation has moved beyond apartheid toward enforced captivity and genocide.

Whereas Nazism led to genocide, the leitmotif of apartheid was cheap labour, not planned extermination. The Nazis created death camps and designed advanced technology especially for the purpose of speeding up mass murder and body disposal. Apartheid killings in South Africa were carried out by traditional means on an individual basis and not by large-scale extermination techniques. The killings in South Africa were directed only at opponents of the regime and not for the purpose of exterminating a specific ethnic group.

via The Holocaust and Apartheid : Similarities and Differences : A Comparative Study

The Israeli treatment of Palestinians would definitely qualify as genocide if one looks at the 10 stages of genocide listed out by Dr. Gregory Stanton (who is actually a hypocritical Zionist and somebody exploiting genocide to justify imperialism: Stoking fear of ‘genocide,’ an academic pushes Israel to war) Regardless, if one looks at the 10 stages of genocide listed out by Stanton, one easily sees how the Israeli treatment of Palestinians qualifies as genocide:

4. DEHUMANIZATION: One group denies the humanity of the other group. Members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects or diseases. Dehumanization overcomes the normal human revulsion against murder…

5. ORGANIZATION: Genocide is always organized, usually by the state, often using militias to provide deniability of state responsibility (the Janjaweed in Darfur.) Sometimes organization is informal (Hindu mobs led by local RSS militants) or decentralized (terrorist groups.) Special army units or militias are often trained and armed. Plans are made for genocidal killings…

6. POLARIZATION: Extremists drive the groups apart. Hate groups broadcast polarizing propaganda. Laws may forbid intermarriage or social interaction…

7. PREPARATION: National or perpetrator group leaders plan the “Final Solution” to the Jewish, Armenian, Tutsi or other targeted group “question.” They often use euphemisms to cloak their intentions, such as referring to their goals as “ethnic cleansing,” “purification,” or “counter-terrorism.”

8. PERSECUTION: Victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity. Death lists are drawn up. In state sponsored genocide, members of victim groups may be forced to wear identifying symbols. Their property is often expropriated. Sometimes they are even segregated into ghettoes, deported into concentration camps, or confined to a famine-struck region and starved. Genocidal massacres begin. They are acts of genocide because they intentionally destroy part of a group…

9. EXTERMINATION begins, and quickly becomes the mass killing legally called “genocide.” It is “extermination” to the killers because they do not believe their victims to be fully human. When it is sponsored by the state, the armed forces often work with militias to do the killing…

10. DENIAL is the final stage that lasts throughout and always follows a genocide. It is among the surest indicators of further genocidal massacres. The perpetrators of genocide dig up the mass graves, burn the bodies, try to cover up the evidence and intimidate the witnesses. They deny that they committed any crimes, and often blame what happened on the victims. They block investigations of the crimes…

via The Ten Stages of Genocide by Dr. Gregory Stanton

In terms of severity of discrimination and resultant persecution, the Israel-Palestine situation is probably more severe than apartheid South Africa while not being quite as severe as Nazi Germany.

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