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Palestine-Vs. Ukraine: Stark Western hypocrisy  on Palestine and  Ukraine

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To begin with, I strongly and unhesitatingly condemn the ongoing naked Russian invasion of Ukraine. I believe it is immoral, illegal, and quite criminal. I also believe that people with moral honesty and basic rectitude adopt similar attitudes toward this deadly and devastating aggression. None the less, I realize that many people would probably be more circumspect in their condemnation of Russian bellicosity and criminality than I do.

After all, Russia is Russia, an entity that accords very little value to basic human values such as truth, freedom, justice, human life, human rights, democracy, and liberty. Moreover, even without the ubiquitous death and pornographic destruction in Ukraine, the indelible Russian crimes in Chechnya (Grozny) and Syria (Halab) still cry to the seventh heaven, testifying to Russian savagery, inhumanity, and incivility.

Western Duplicity

Having condemned the Russian policy of death, destruction, and mendacity, I don’t believe for a second that the West, particularly the United States, occupies the moral high grounds in this phantasmagoric death game being played out on our TV screens every evening.

Of course, the Ukrainian cause is a just cause as it is morally unforgivable to side with Russia as Bashar Assad, the little Hitler of Damascus, and Belarusian dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko have done.

But I do rather strongly question Western motives behind this massive embrace of Ukraine. And I emphatically reject any suggestion that moral principles, not hegemony, for example, motivated the West to behave and act the way it has done as such a notion defies conscience, rectitude, and commonsense. The sun can’t be hidden with a sieve, as the Arabic adage says. 

America’s dark embrace of Zionist racism exposes America’s moral bankruptcy

There is absolutely no doubt that the enduring bleeding Nakba of 14 million Palestinians is the main exposure and indicter of American hypocrisy and betrayal of a small peaceable people, called the Palestinians, whose greatest “crime” is their enduring determination to be free from the shackles and fetters of Israel’s Nazi-like military occupation.

The original sin

       In 1917, the United Kingdom perpetrated one of the most scandalous crimes in the history of humanity when it decided to give the homeland of the Palestinians on a silver platter to rapacious Zionist Jews who have absolutely no genuine connection to Jacob (Israel), son of Isaac, son of Ibrahim (Abraham), the Great Prophet, sanctified by Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Yes, Britain treated the Palestinians as children of a lesser God when its colonialist-minded government decided to issue the infamous Balfour Declaration. The genocidal declaration, which promised “Jews” a national homeland in Palestine,  continued to guide British policy in Palestine until the establishment of the misbegotten entity called Israel in 1948.

Also Read: The continuing refugee crisis in Palestine: from Nakba of 1948 to Sheikh Jarrah in 2022

  Britain,  more or less, elapsed into strategic inferiority especially after the Suez crisis in 1956, leaving the international arena to its hegemonic daughter,  the United States, to play the role of God’s vicegerent on earth.         

America prides itself on many things, such as the First Amendment, the Statue of Liberty, being the land of opportunity, and the melting pot. They also teach thanks in school at an early age Patrick Henry’s give me liberty or give me death.”

America has many days of infamy. However, when it comes to the toxic entity called Israel, America strips herself completely naked of any semblance of political morality. The US presents itself as Israel’s guardian-ally. On every occasion, American leaders and officials must invoke the sacrosanct  compulsive mantra about “America’s iron-clad commitment to Israel’s safety and security.”

Also Read: Ukraine War Revealing the Double Standards for Refugees

Never the less, the repetition of this refrain ad nauseam is highly misleading for several reasons. Israel’s safety and security are not facing any real perils because Israel has had an absolute military edge over all Arab states combined for several decades now. Israel. A nuclear state which also has America’s state-of-the-art technology of death at its disposal is effectively a world military superpower, which means that Israel has no real safety & and security problems.

On the contrary, Israel’s neighbors, especially the Palestinians, are regularly attacked and massacred by Israel’s death machine. More to the point, Israel has launched raids on Tunis, Sudan, Iraq, and Iran. Israel has been carrying out nearly daily strikes in Syria. Thus, it is Israel’s neighbors who need guarantees for their safety and security, not Israel.

None the less is, it is quite obvious that the US is the guarantor of much more than just Israel’s security. America guarantees  Israel’s lebensraum policies in the West Bank and Golan Heights, its recurrent Wehrmacht-like blitzes in Gaza, regional hegemony, occupation, and repression of 7.5 million Palestinians. In short, America guarantees Israeli Nazism.  The US, always at Israel’s beck and call, also guarantees Israel’s Talmudic apartheid, insidious racism against non-Jews, and genocidal designs against Palestinians.

Also Read: Religious Fascism in India & Israel: Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Indeed, every evil Israeli deed in Occupied Palestine from murdering innocent civilians to the abominable practice of demolishing Palestinian homes is guaranteed by the US.

And when the unprotected and thoroughly savaged Palestinians venture to submit a complaint to the UN Security Council,  in the vain hope of getting a meagre solace and some protection, America, the country of Patrick Henry, uses its veto power to castrate any international effort to help these helpless people.

And when Israel showers refugee camps sheltering people expelled at gun point by Jewish gangs in 1948 or drops one-ton bombs on multi-story buildings. American spokespersons tell us that Israel has the right to defend itself. This is fornication with truth and even with language. It is like Putin justifying the Russian invasion by saying “Russia has the right to defend itself

Well, what about the Palestinians? Don’t they have the right to defend themselves and protect their children from Israel’s American-funded and guaranteed Nazism?  What are they supposed to do in the face of this malignancy occupation and oppression?

Should we hurl roses at the occupiers or play music to titillate their feelings and boost their moods?

I really don’t understand the American logic of celebrating and lauding the Ukrainian resistance to Russian invaders and occupiers while dismissing Palestinians who throw a mere stone toward Israel’s Gestapo and Wehrmacht as “terrorists and murderers” Nay, Virginia!  It is obscene duplicity and clarion hypocrisy to call the Patrick Henrys of our time such epithets just because they happen to be non-members of the holy tribe. (end)

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Is Zionism Truly Anti-Nazism?

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In its rabid efforts to demonize Israel’s Palestinian victims, the Zionist propaganda machine, known as Hasbara, repeatedly cites a famous meeting between Palestinian national leader Hajj Amin Husseini, and German  Führer Adolph Hitler in 1941, as an “indicting evidence” proving Palestinian collaboration with the Nazis.  In fact, Zionist propagandists weaved and continue to weave all sorts of farfetched tales concerning that inconsequential meeting. 

In fact, the Zionist machine of mendacity would go as far as claiming that the Palestinians bear a major share of responsibility for the Holocaust as a result of that meeting.

The real truth, however, is that such nefarious lies, though perfectly characteristic of the classical Zionist discourse, are knowingly used to mitigate the brutal ugliness of the ongoing Zionist holocaust against the Palestinian people.

Read also : Israel Has No Right to Exist if Palestine Has No Right to Exist

In fact, the vast majority of Palestinians in the 1930s and early 1940s, probably knew next to nothing about Germany. Palestine then was under the harsh  British occupation, known as the mandate, whose ultimate goal was to prepare the country for the establishment of the malignant racist entity known as Israel.

Very few Palestinians visited Germany during that period,  and, similarly, very few Germans visited Palestine, probably with the exception of a small number of orientalists, anthropologists, archaeologists and missionaries.

Hence, the claim that the Palestinians who were languishing under an British military occupation did have particularly friendly ties with the Germans can’t withstand academic scrutiny for two minutes.

Read Also : Moving British Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is huge insult to 2 billion Muslims

Yes, most Palestinians hated their British occupiers who were actually devising one of the greatest crimes against humanity of all times against a simple, pastoral and unsophisticated  peasant community.

We hated our British tormentors…and we still do

I don’t deny the possibility that many Palestinian nationalists of that time might have wished victory for Germany and defeat for the British. Such feelings are quite normal and natural, to say the very least. But to interpret the Palestinian anti-British feelings as  support for the  Holocaust would be tantamount to fornicating with the truth and historical facts.

Besides, the Zionist movement then, as now, had a big clout on British policy makers. Hence it was quite logical and expedient for Palestinian leaders of that time to seek support for their just cause from Britain’s main foe, namely Germany. This didn’t mean at all that the Palestinians backed or identified  Germany’s racist Nazi ideology or, indeed,  its purported plans to  exterminate.

Zionism had good chemistry with the Nazis prior to the Holocaust

There is a preponderance of  crucial data pertaining to Zionist collaboration and cooperation

With the Nazi leadership, although the Nazi anti-Semitism policy had been well-known since 1933. Yet the Zionists, either directly or otherwise, maintained an extensive though secret contacts with the Nazi authorities, though the Zionist aim beyond these contacts was mainly to expedite the Zionist scheme in Palestine, rather than save or free Jews from the genocidal clutches of German anti-Semitism.

In the context of these contacts between Zionists and the Nazi authorities, the Nazis showed a certain willingness to allow hundreds of thousands of Jews to emigrate to the U.S. and other countries in return for certain tactical concessions from the allied countries. This meant that hundreds of thousands of Jews could have been spared gas ovens and concentration camps had the German demands been met. But the Zionist movement, which exerted disproportionate influence on American and British leaders, especially in relation to Jewish issues, adamantly refused the German overtures, with some Zionist leaders arguing that 50,000 Jews going to Palestine were preferred to a million  Jews allowed to emigrate to North America.

Jewish soldiers serving in German armies

According to some Jewish historians, thousands of Jewish soldiers served in the German armed forces, including the Wehrmacht, SS and the Gestapo. The Judenrate (Jewish councils) were administered at the low and medium levels buy Jewish officers. The late Israeli historian, Israel Shahak, pointed out that Jewish families in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe feared Jewish soldiers manning Nazi-roadblocks more than they did German or other soldiers. The Jewish soldiers were especially harsh and brutal to their co-religionists, probably to impress their German superiors.

Read also: Even if a hundred  holocausts were committed against Jews, it gives them no right to slaughter Palestinians and steal their homeland

Modern Zionist propagandists, even historians, strive to avoid or evade such embarrassing chapters of that era. They flatly deny that thousands of Jewish soldiers served in the Nazi armed forces, claiming that these soldiers were only partly Jewish and that most of them had Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. In short, they employ the Same twisted arguments in dismissing this phenomenon as some ardent Zionists  do in denying the presumed  non-Semitic Origin of the bulk of Ashkenazi Jews.

 I am speaking about prevarication, decontextualizing event, making sweeping generalizations out of rare or isolated events as well as indulging in sheer lies,  while hurling the ant-Semitic scare-bomb at those disagreeing with the Zionist narrative, even if these people happened to be Jewish or even Holocaust survivors such Shahak and Zeev  Sternhell.  

Stalin’s Jewish aides

Although, Adolph Hitler is widely viewed as the most evil mass murderer in the history of mankind, it is probably safe to argue that Joseph Stalin was more nefarious a murder, given the huge number of his direct and indirect victims.

According to some estimates, Stalin was directly or indirectly responsible for the death of 6 million to 20 million people during his prolonged rule.

The huge number of victims occurred as a result of unrelenting political executions or indirectly as a result of Stalin’s policies such as the Gulags and other induced famines, collective deportations, and his sustained campaign of purges which lasted more than two decades.

Some of Stalin’s most diabolic crimes included the attempted physical liquidation of entire social classes, induced famines which caused the death of millions, the Gulags and  the deportation of the Crimea Tatars and other ethnic peoples The Soviet authorities used cattle trains to deport these mostly Muslim peoples, mainly children, women and the elderly to Uzbek SSR and other remote destinations. Thousands died during the deportation journey while tens of thousands perished later due to the harsh exile.

Most Western historians evade  or ignore the fact that many of these gigantic crimes were supervised and carried out by Stalin’s Jewish aides who directly reported to Stalin.

I know that very few people would venture to sale in these “uncharted waters” for fear of being accused of hostility to Jews.

None the less,  Zionist Jews must realize that they are not exactly history’s  angelic victims and that they do have much to be ashamed of.  

Good chemistry between Israeli and fascist governments

 Today, Israel, which claims to follow a principled policy against fascism and racism anywhere in the world, is maintaining close, even cordial working relations with fascist regimes and groups around the world.

Israel is maintaining close ties, bordering on actual alliance, with the BJP regime in India. Needless to say, this regime is deeply racist, scandalously  Islamophobic and hopelessly fascist. It is a regime that upholds the racist mantra that “to be a true Indian, you must be a true Hindu and thoroughly anti-Islamic.” This mantra is an identical copy of the racist Israeli Nationalism Law  which states that  ” in order to be a complete citizen of the state of Israel, one must be Jewish.”  It is also worth mentioning, that the Israeli domestic intelligence agency, the  Shin Bet, has advised the Indian security apparatus to adopt some of the most vengeful measures used against Palestinians, and  use these tactics against Indian Muslims. This includes the widely condemned practice  of home demolition, which is already being used in some Indian states like Ultra-Pradesh.

In Europe, Israel has good ties with the new fascist regime in Italy, which has assured Zionist circles that Italian fascism would target Muslims, not Jews. Israel also has excellent ties with the quasi-fascist regime of Hungary.

Moreover, Israel has also had and continues to have warm relations with anti-Islam movements in Britain, Germany,  France, Sweden and Netherland.  These racist movements are disguised as anti-immigrant movements although Islam and Muslims are their ultimate target.  A few years ago, Dutch  far-right anti-Islam politician Geert wilders was invited to Israel  where he was warmly welcomed by the Israel government. Wilders eventually converted to Islam to the chagrin of his former Zionist friends. His conversion to the religion he had hated most stunned Islamophobic and Zionist circles in Europe and Israel.

And in America, Israel has had cordial ties with Evangelical Zionists who support, soul and heart, Israel’s  repression of the Palestinians, although some Zionist Jews don’t hesitate to call Jesus Christ  “the Hitler of Bethlehem.”

The same thing can be said about every fascist leader under the sun, who is  usually courted by Israel and encouraged to pursue his or her anti-Islam  discourse.

Conclusion:

So, the next time you hear or watch a Zionist spokesperson accuse the Palestinians of collaborating with the Nazis,  you should immediately realize that you are encountering  a sly liar.  In the final analysis, Israel itself is now considered one of the world’s main hotbeds of fascism, especially after recent elections which brought to the fore Nazi-like parties which consider non-Jews lesser or infra human beings. Don’t be bamboozled by their  lies.  Such values as truth, honesty and justice don’t exist in the unholy Bible of Zionism

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Christians must not dance with Israeli apartheid under the guise of fighting anti-Semitism

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It has been revealed that major Christian Churches in the UK succeeded in forcing former British Prime Minister Liz Truss, to reconsider earlier thoughts of moving the British embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

According to news reports, the Church of England, the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church strongly urged Truss to reconsider her ideas in this regard.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, reportedly sent a letter to Truss warning her against moving the British Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,  which, according to international law, is considered an occupied territory.

Read also : Moving British Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is huge insult to 2 billion Muslims

 Cardinal Nichols probably reflected the views of his  fellow clerics when he warned that the relocation of the embassy would seriously damage British interests throughout the Muslim world: “A relocation of the UK Embassy would be seriously damaging to any possibility of lasting peace in the region and to the international reputation of the United Kingdom.”

Moreover, the chief cleric in the Church of England, Justine Welby, expressed a similar attitude in a newspaper interview.

 Predictably, Israeli leaders reacted furiously, accusing Christian leaders of ignorance and adopting an immoral stance toward the apartheid Israeli entity.

 Furthermore, one right-wing Israeli writer lambasted the three Churches which objected to the idea of relocating the British embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, claiming that the churches didn’t represent Christians around the world. He hinted that a Christian cannot be a true Christian unless he or she embraces the Israeli apartheid regime in the West Bank where non-Jews, e.g. Christians and Muslims, are treated as children of a lesser God, or using the biblical terms, as water-carriers and wood-hewers!

Interestingly, most extremist Israeli leaders subscribe to  the silly concept that the only authentic Christians are the evangelical groups, or the so-called Christian Zionists, who believe that the creation of Israel in Palestine in 1948 was a fulfilment of Biblical Prophecy and a precedent to the second advent of Jesus.

“The Hitler of  Bethlehem”

Jewish Extremists’ Attacks Rattle Christians in Holy Land

By the way, it might be appropriate to remind readers on this occasion that the Israeli government which claims to tend to and protect  Christian interests in Palestine is the very same government that pays hundreds of millions of Shekels to vehemently anti-Christian Talmudic colleges (Yishivot) that teach the filthiest possible hate literature, like Hesronot Shas, against Jesus Christ. I am not going to mention passages from this filth out of veneration for Jesus himself and as a gesture of respect for Christian brothers and sisters around to world. My ultimate goal behind these stunning revelations is not to incite Christians to hate Jews. In the final analysis, truth, not hate is my craft.

Before leaving this thread, I want to remind readers of an incident that occurred several years ago. Then I met an ostensibly moderate and respectable rabbi. And as we were speaking about monotheistic religions and the common grounds between them, the rabbi surprised me when he referred to Jesus, a figure I love so much as every other Muslim does, as “The Hitler of Bethlehem.”  The repulsive remark shocked me from head to toe, to say he very least.

Noticing my reaction, the rabbi said: I know that you Muslims venerate and sanctify Jesus, I am sorry if I have inadvertently caused you any offense.”

Venomous anti-Christian Hostility

Discrimination & Hate Crimes Against Christian Palestinians in the Holy Land

None the less, not all rabbis, especially in the West, are as honest as my interlocutor mentioned above. In fact, Zionist rabbis and other manifestly dishonest propagandists hysterically strive to distract attention from this colossal shame.

 Hence, they concoct all sorts of lies and disinformation about an alleged persecution in the Holy Land of Christians by Muslims and even by the unreligious Palestinian Authority (PA), which is absolutely and completely at Israel’s beck and call.

The truth of the matter is that the apartheid Israeli entity and Talmudic Jewish circles (the Pharisees of our time) are the only sources of harassment and persecution of al Palestinians, Christians and Muslims alike.

This unceasing persecution assumes many forms, including:1- Seizing land and real estate belonging to the churches, either by coercion or through suspicious purchase deals.

2-Routinly harassing Christian clergymen in the streets of East Jerusalem by spitting on them,  verbally abusing them or even bad-mouthing Jesus.

3-Denying Palestinian Christians in the Gaza Strip access to Christian Holy places in the West Bank such as The Nativity Church in Bethlehem and the church of Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

4-Occasionally vandalizing and setting churches on fire by anti-Christian Talmudic fanatics who often act on instructions from their government-paid rabbis.

5-Constantly seeking to stir  Muslim-Christian tension, using Shen Bet agents to carry out this filthy feat. Fortunately, 99% of these toxic efforts have utterly failed, due to the exemplary vigilance of the Palestinian community.

An Australian Blow

A few days before the resignation of Liz Truss,  the Australian government decided to reconsider its erstwhile decision to relocate Australia’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision was warmly welcomed by the Palestinians and the PA, which described it as consistent with the rule of international law.  However, the Australian decision drew much anger and consternation from the Israeli government and jingoistic media, with former Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu blaming current Prime Minister Yair Lapid for the reversal of Australian policy.

Conclusion:

None the less, Christians are expected to show some justice toward the tormented Palestinians.

We all know that thanks to the grossly unethical and illegal western policy toward the Palestinian question, Israel has been given a carte blanch to murder, torment, savage and dispossess the Palestinian people. This utterly unfair and unjust policy by western governments, particularly the U.S. and UK, effectively condemned the Palestinian people to an unenviable situation that is similar to those proverbial orphan kids, sitting for dinner around the table of the cruel and the mean.

Hence, the gesture of the three churches in England is highly appreciated. We also sincerely hope that Church leaders will continue to raise their influential voices in defence of the virtually abandoned Palestinians. This would be consistent with the lofty Christian ideals of siding with the oppressed. 

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The Western Hypocrisy of Russia v Israel Reveals An Outrageous Moral and Legal Duplicity

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The Annexation of Land by Force Under International Law – Western Hypocrisy

Western hypocrisy is ever-present as we see differing responses to the annexation of land by Russia in Ukraine in comparison to Israel’s continued annexation of Palestinian land since 1947. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on September 30th 2022 that Russia would annexe four regions in Ukraine. These regions are Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia, now referred to as “new regions” of Russia.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the annexation as violating international law. Therefore, this is a “dangerous escalation” in the war between Russia and Ukraine, which began on February 24th 2022, when Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine, classified as a “special military operation”. Hence, the annexation of a state’s territory by threat or use of force violates the principles in the United Nations Charter.

The European Commission rejected and unequivocally condemned the illegal annexation. However, western hypocrisy is ever-present. The international community condemns Russia’s violations but celebrates and protects those carried out by Israel. Consequently, Russia is creating a global security risk and undermining the leading principles of international law.

Caption: The European Commission has rejected Russia’s annexation of land in Ukraine, claiming it as illegal under international law.

A “Sham Referenda” Executed by Russia in Ukraine

Between September 23rd to 27th, Russia orchestrated a “sham referendum” in regions of Ukraine. Residents voted on whether they wished to become part of Russia. The voting took place in polling centres while Russian authorities accompanied by soldiers went door-to-door with ballot boxes.  

The Western Hypocrisy of Russia v Israel Reveals An Outrageous Moral and Legal Duplicity. Russia continues in its annexation of land in Ukraine.
Caption: Image obtained from Reuters. Militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic take part in shooting drills at a range on the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine.

The sham referendum occurred during an active armed conflict in Ukraine under Russian control. Therefore, this is outside Ukraine’s legal and constitutional framework and cannot be classified as a genuine expression of the popular will.

“Unilateral actions aimed to provide a veneer of legitimacy to the attempted acquisition by force by one State of another State’s territory, while claiming to represent the will of the people, cannot be regarded as legal under international law.” 

Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary A. DiCarlo.

Annexation is a “formal act whereby a state proclaims its sovereignty over territory hitherto outside its domain”.

Caption: Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary A. DiCarlo, tweets condemning the so-called “referenda” held in Ukraine by Russia.

Israel Is Allowed to Annex Occupied Land, But Russia Isn’t

Russia’s war in Ukraine triggered immediate, swift condemnation by several countries and economic sanctions by the United States. Furthermore, many states have targeted Russian banks, oil refineries and military exports. There have been marathon emergency talks at the UN Security Council to deal with Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

The EU and its member states stand united in their unwavering support for Ukraine, revealing western hypocrisy. There is strong criticism of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression. However, it seems it is acceptable for Israel to annex occupied land, but in the case of Russia, it is not.

Read Also: Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians Reveals West’s Double Standards.

Israel occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Syrian Golan Heights, and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. In 1967, Israel annexed approximately 70,000 dunams of West Bank land to the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem and applied Israeli law in breach of international law.

International Communities Differing Response to Israel v Russia Reveals A Western Hypocrisy of Double Standards

The Israeli occupation and annexation of Palestinian territories received a starkly different response in comparison to Russia’s annexation. The international community’s weak response encouraged the Israeli government to continue to annex occupied East Jerusalem on July 29th 1980, and the occupied Golan Heights in 1981. Israel’s breach of international law only triggered temporary international reactions. Consequently, no meaningful change was implemented, as no sanctions or threats were applied.

The West continues to give the Israeli apartheid state unconditional diplomatic, political, economic and military support. The peaceful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has even been criminalised in some states.

The Analogy Between Russia and Israel’s Annexations of Occupied Land

Israel has gone to extreme lengths to clear the occupied land of the Palestinian people. This has been done by demolishing their homes, withdrawing residence permits and murdering innocent civilians. Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip have been held in a land, air, and sea blockade for fifteen years. Israel never declared where its borders lay and continued to expand its territory through illegal annexation alongside unjustified impunity. An estimated 62% of Palestinians living in Gaza require food assistance, and 78% of water flowing into Gaza is unfit for human consumption. Unemployment levels in Gaza are among the world’s highest, currently at 46.6%. Youth unemployment between the ages of 15-29 for the same period stands at 62.5%.

Ironically, Israel condemned Russia’s annexation. Israel sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine and expressed its support. However, Israel did not join international sanctions against Russia and refused to give Kyiv anti-missile systems to help counter Russian attacks. The Israeli government’s fumbled response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine betrays Jewish history and draws attention to Israel’s similarly odious actions. Israel’s brutal annexation of Palestinian territory has been continuing without consequences for a significantly longer time with little consequences.

Comparatively, Russia has annexed four regions of Ukraine that are partially or almost entirely occupied by Russia. With a complete disregard for international law, on September 30th 2022, Putin signed treaties to begin absorbing parts of Ukraine into Russia. Together with Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, Russia now claims 20% of Ukrainian territory.

Ukrainian Map vs Palestinian Map of Annexations

The map below illustrates the regions of Ukraine illegally annexed by Russia.

The Western Hypocrisy of Russia v Israel. Map illustrates the regions of Ukraine annexed by Russia.
Caption: Map illustrates the regions of Ukraine annexed by Russia. Image obtained from the Institute of the Study of War (21.00 GMT. 9th October 2022).

In comparison, the map below depicts the land forcibly annexed by Israel from Palestinians from 1946 onwards. This annexation was accompanied by the expulsion of 750,000 – one million Palestinians to make way for a Jewish state following World War ll.

 Map illustrates the regions annexed by Israel in Palestine. The Western Hypocrisy of Russia v Israel.
Caption: The map illustrates the regions annexed by Israel in Palestine. Image obtained by Cornell University showing the Palestinian loss of land from 1947 onwards.

Concluding Thoughts: The Undeniable Parallel Between Russia and Israel

Russia continues to deny Ukraine their right to independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. These are the core principles enshrined under the UN Charter. Similarly, Isreal continues to deny the Palestinian people the same rights. However, as discussed in this article, significant differences lie in the international community’s response to both annexations.

The parallel between Putin’s invasion of Ukraine to fulfil his imperial designs, and Israel’s 70-year history of imposing its will on the Palestinians and neighbouring Arab countries, is also evidently clear worldwide.

Russia and Israel conquered and absorbed the territories of Ukraine and Palestine in defiance of international law. Both states are facing investigations over alleged war crimes at the International Criminal Court and are demanding that their enemies bow to them or face destruction. Both Russia and Israel created powerful militaries to accomplish these goals. However, another striking observation is that no amount of ammunition can subjugate a population that refuses to be defeated or erased. There is strength in the Ukrainians and Palestinians, which cannot be destroyed.

We must acknowledge the western hypocrisy concerning the international response to both wars. Both Ukrainians and Palestinians deserve our unwavering and equal support. We must respect and preserve the integrity of international law.

Read Also: Palestine vs Ukraine: Stark Western Hypocrisy.

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