Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawda has no choice but to go on a continuous hunger strike since March 3, 2022 to end his administrative detention, which inflicted him the pain of being far from his family, as he insisted on the strike until he gains his freedom.
The Israeli occupation forces arrested Awawda on December 27, 2021, after turning him on January 5, 2022, into administrative detention for six months without any charges being brought against him. The occupation authorities put him in the cells of “ofer prison”.
Awawda’s condition is deteriorating
Awawda’s health condition has deteriorated in the current period, he suffers from pain in his side, dehydration, joint pain, constant headaches, and blurred vision.
He suffers from wasting, as well as continuous vomiting daily, and sometimes vomiting blood in addition to his suffering before he was having cartilage pain in the neck and the back, which increases his suffering.
Despite his suffering, the occupation authorities did not pay attention to khalil Awawda’s strike and held an appeal session for him last week, and he attended it remotely via a screen due to his poor health condition.
However, Khalil refused and confirmed that he would continue the strike and refused to eat subsides until he was transferred to an Israeli hospital due to the deterioration of his health.
Administrative Detention after the Palestinian Nakba
Administrative detention is one of the tools of the usurper occupation, and it’s based on the emergency laws established by Britain in 1945 that the British practiced against the Palestinians.
According to international laws, it is considered an arbitrary arrest carried out by the “executive authority”. One of the reasons for administrative detention is “the detainee poses a threat to the security of the region”, but there was no refund evidence.
The detainee was subjected to psychological torture, along with his family and as soon as the detainee approached the end of his detention period, he was renewed without any reason.
The organizations confirmed that the administrative detention without any reason and its extension is a flagrant violation of human rights. Psychological toture played an important role in the hands of the enemy , the argument was that they were “political” or “social” reasons.
Over the years, many activists from movements were arrested the reason is considered plotting against the colonizer. It is worth noting that supporting “Oslo” was considered a condition for releasing the detainees.
One of the most important reasons for the arrests was opposition to the “Oslo” agreement or affiliation with Hamas
Forced deportation after administrative detention
After the administrative detention of some detainees comes the forced deportation outside the occupied territories. After the detainee spends many years in the prisons of the occupation, the decision to release may come, but outside the occupied territories, far from his family and his lovers, before the decision is issued in the administrative detention in a short period, the accused are presented with “reasons” To arrest him, the interrogator begins a few questions, and the detainee answers everything that is stated in detail and responds to him, “Your decision issued this is a clear scenario.”
Then the interrogator asks the detainee to sign statements condemning him, and the detainee refuses and says I will not sign anything attributed to me, because I have nothing to do with anything you are talking about. about him.
The detainees are boycotting the courts
About 500 administrative detainees are continuing their “our decision is freedom” campaign of boycotting the occupation courts for the 90th consecutive day.
In early January, the administrators announced a comprehensive and final boycott of all judicial procedures related to administrative detention as a judicial review, an appeal.
As part of the efforts to internationalize the issue of the prisoners, a delegation of institutions concerned with the conditions of detainees is visiting Egypt, which included holding meetings with officials in the Arab League, and giving a speech there at a seminar attended by several officials, as well as a meeting with the Lawyers Union.
In his speech during the symposium titled “Supporting the rights of prisoners in the face of Israeli violations and abuse,” the head of the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs Authority, Major General Qadri Abu Bakr, stressed that the time has come for the Israeli occupation to end and freedom and justice to be achieved in the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, and for all prisoners and detainees to return to their homes. their families and homes, and that the injustice that has been inflicted on the Palestinian people for 74 years ends.
Khalil Awawda sent a message to his family saying:
“The doctors at the Ramle clinic threatened not to transfer me to an Israeli civilian hospital unless i lost consciousness during my 60-day hunger strike in refusal to administrative detention, my health condition is deteriorating daily and the doctors in the so-called Ramle hospital tell me when I lose consciousness they will perform a resuscitation process and transfer me to a civilian hospital”.
He added: ” In this battle I am a soldier in which i do not have a visa to move to a comfortable place”.
Awadeh demanded to bring his two daughters, Tulane and Lauren, to visit him in the hospital during a coma, and to whisper in his ears to pray for him to wake up, which will have a positive effect.
Awawdeh concluded his message by saying: “I am writing this greeting to you and I am ashamed and mixed with sadness because I have overwhelmed you with the joy of Eid, but despite the pain, I have entrusted you with nothing but to seek an excuse for everyone who seeks to make his freedom out of his flesh and blood. After this strike, my holiday will be the day I return among you to embrace you.”.
Palestinians’ surrender is unlikely in Jenin refugee camp.
A massive operation of murder and terror at the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank has been carried out by the Israeli army immediately after the Eid Al-Adha holiday, killing and maiming scores of Palestinians including dozens of innocent civilians.
The massive operation wreaked havoc and caused huge destruction to homes and property as well as to the camp’s infrastructures.
The latest massive operation in Jenin refugee camp began shortly before dawn on 3 July, when as many as a thousand crack soldiers and around 150 armoured vehicles stormed the unprotected civilian camp, allegedly to eliminate Palestinian resistance fighters hiding in the area. Israel claims the fighters occasionally attack the occupation army patrols and paramilitary Jewish settlers, notorious for their often murderous attacks on Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank.
The settlers, emboldened by the establishment in Israel six months ago, of the most fascist government ever in Israel’s history, have escalated their organized army-backed terror against Palestinians.
The massive operation in Jenin refugee camp, which is continuing for the second consecutive day as this report is being compiled, has been described as the biggest since 2002.
It was preceded with bombing from the air of homes and other buildings by Apache helicopters and armed drones, causing the death of several Palestinians.
The few Palestinian resistant fighters in Jenin refugee camp, lightly and poorly armed, sought to prevent the invading forces from reaching the centre of the camp. They succeeded for a time, despite the massive operation of the occupation army. As of now, at least 10 Palestinians were martyred, and as many as 100 other Palestinians were injured, some quite seriously.
Israeli sources said one Israeli soldier was Injured. However, it is widely believed that a number of soldiers were either killed or injured as apparently wounded soldiers were seen on stretches being rushed to an awaiting helicopter which flew them to hospitals.
The Israeli army reportedly fired grenades at the main mosque at Jenin refugee camp, claiming that resistance fighters barricaded themselves inside the holy place. The army had threatened to destroy the mosque if the fighters didn’t surrender.
Massive bulldozers taking part in the latest operation caused wanton destruction to the civilian infrastructure, demolishing civilian homes, shops, and businesses.
The invading force prevented ambulances and medical teams from reaching the wounded. According to eyewitnesses, some wounded people were left bleeding to death.
Goal: Extirping any realistic hope for Palestinian statehood
The declared purpose of the latest massive operation in Jenin refugee camp is the elimination of all vestiges of active resistance to the Jewish occupation and apartheid.
However, an Israeli lawmaker affiliated with the ruling Likud party was quoted as saying that the ultimate strategic goal behind the latest massive operation in Jenin refugee camp was to “irreversibly extirpate and eradicate, once and for all, any remaining realistic hope for Palestinian statehood.”
In other words, Israel is hell-bent on imposing by force unconditional capitulation of the Palestinians.
In order to reach this ultimate goal, Israel must coerce the Palestinians to abandon, once and for all, any dreams or ambitions for freedom from the wicked tentacles of the hateful Jewish Octopus. Hence, the latest bloody massive operation in Jenin.
Palestinian surrender is highly unlikely in Jenin refugee camp.
It is implausible that the Zionist entity will achieve such a genocidal goal, since pushing the Palestinian people to the corner would cause massive tribulations throughout the Arab world, and even the wider Muslim world, given the paramount status of the Aqsa Mosque in the hearts of Muslims.
Besides, the elimination of all realistic prospects for the establishment of a sovereign and territorially-contiguous Palestinian state, a Zionist goal that has more or less been achieved, will, almost certainly, prompt Palestinians to demand equal citizenship rights in a bi-national unitary state extending from the River Jordan to the Mediterranean.
Hamas appeals to Muslims: Don’t normalize with the murderers of our children
In the meanwhile, the Palestinian Islamic group, Hamas, has appealed to all Muslims to immediately stop all forms of normalization with the enemy.
“We appeal to all Arab and Muslim states to immediately end relations with the Zionist regime,” said Ahmed Ayyoub, a spokesman for the group in the Jerusalem area.
He added: your normalization with this Zio-Nazi entity is killing our children and tormenting our people.”
Saleh Aruri, deputy-head of Hamas, said during an interview with Aljazeera on 3 July that normalization with Israel was immensely harming the Palestinian cause.
Israel, he said, is exploiting her normalized relations with a number of Arab dictatorships to encircle the Palestinians and try to liquidate the Palestinian national cause.
The United States is openly colluding with the Talmudic fascist Israeli regime to expand the so-called Abraham Accords by including some additional Arab regimes such as Saudi Arabia.
The Accords are mainly designed to isolate the Palestinian cause by neutralizing Arab and Muslim support for the Palestinian people.
So far, three Arab regimes have gone too far in their relations with the very entity that desecrates the Third most important Islamic sanctuary, namely al-Masjidul Aqsa. These states are The United Arab Emirates which has established a quasi-alliance with Israel, the little Sheikhdom of Bahrain and Morocco.
The three despotic regimes seem to have turned their backs. almost completely to the Palestinian cause and people.
The 1967 Arab-Israeli War revisited
I was ten years old after the 1967 Arab-Israeli War when Israel occupied the West Bank in June 1967. Then, I didn’t fully grasp what was happening to us. Arab radio stations transmitting from Cairo, Damascus and Baghdad had been galvanizing us into believing that Israel’s days were numbered and that Arab nationalism, which nearly replaced Islam as our de facto religion, would soon tear up the Zionist entity to smithereens.
We virtually worshipped Gamal Abdul Nasser, the legendary Egyptian president, who became a god-like figure among most Arabs from Bahrain to Casablanca.
It was far more abominable to curse the ultimate leader of Arab nationalism than to curse the Almighty. Under such circumstances, achieving victory over Israel, the darling of the West, was tantamount to indulging in day-dreaming.
I remember I once asked Professor Hamed Algar, Professor of Ottoman History at the University of California at Berkeley, for his opinion of Nasser.
He described him as “the second major disaster to hit the Muslim world after Mustafa Kemal Attaturk“.
So you can imagine the gigantic shock and disappointment we suffered when all of our dreams were crushed when all these charismatic leaders proved to be mere contemptible little men who excelled in rhetoric and in repressing their peoples but failed utterly in the confrontation with Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.
A Narrative Story pre-the 1967 Arab-Israeli War
Four years before I was born, a great calamity had befallen my family.
The Israeli army murdered three of my four paternal uncles, Hussein (28), Mahmoud (25), and Yousuf (23). The three, all simple and impoverished shepherds, were grazing their flock of sheep and goats near the village of Al-Burj along the so-called armistice line, 22 kilometers south-west of the West Bank town of Hebron. Together with my three uncles, a number of other relatives, including a woman, were also shot dead. In fact, the Israelis not only nearly wiped out my entire family, but also seized our sheep herd, upon which our total livelihood depended to a large extent.
This calamity condemned us to a life of misery and abject poverty for many years to come. The Red Cross and the Red Crescent didn’t run active services in our region at that time, so we were left to endure our fate alone. I remember my late father telling me that the Jordanian government gave us two goats free of charge, as compensation for the tragedy. My family viewed this as a kind of insult added to injury.
Thus, my family had to live in a cave for 21 years. The misery, the suffering, the poverty and the harshness of daily living were conspicuous aspects of our life. Interestingly, to this day, the Israeli government has neither apologized for the crime nor compensated us for our stolen property.
The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: Would zionist jews say “mea culpa”?
Imagine, just imagine, how rabid and vitriolic Jews would be if they were in my shoes. None the less, these self-absorbed and self-worshiping Zionists still have the Chutzpah to accuse their victims of being ” terrorists and anti-Semites.” Isn’t this discourse tantamount to fornicating with truth and history? Well, in the final analysis, shamelessness has always been and will always be the main feature of being a Zionist Jew!
I don’t know when these Jews will say mea culpa to their Palestinian and other victims. Perhaps when kosher pigs fly!!
Well, I do realize that it is too premature, probably naïve, to even evoke such a question. After all, Israel is still murdering Palestinian children nearly on a daily basis.
Many stories to tell!
Of course, our tragedy didn’t stop at losing three men and a number of other relatives murdered and hundreds of sheep stolen by the Israeli government. Much more had been seized from us six years earlier, in 1948, including our farming land in al-Za’ak, in what is now Israel. We were not even allowed to retrieve our belongings, such as bed coverings, household utensils and probably some money that had been left prior to the expulsion at the hands of armed Jewish gangs.
Anybody who might have tried would have been shot on the spot. I heard of several people who had ventured to reach their former homes just across the border, only to be shot dead after having dug their graves.
The take-no-prisoners policy was consistent with the Israeli strategy of ‘cleansing the indigenous Palestinian inhabitants who constituted the vast majority of the population in mandatory Palestine.
To implement this Nazi-like policy, various Israeli gangs, which came later to form the so-called Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), committed numerous wanton massacres against the Palestinians. Some of the most outrageous massacres included Deir Yassin, Dawaymeh, Tantura, Lud and Qastal, but there were many others. The atrocities, carried out knowingly and deliberately by the Jewish leadership, were aimed at terrorizing the Palestinians into leaving. The message was as clear as it was gruesome. “If you want to stay alive, you’ve got to leave.”
Israeli propaganda during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War would tell the world later that the ‘Arab refugees’ left their homes willingly and were not forced into leaving by the Jude-Nazi gangs. I say Judeo-Nazi because when Jews think, behave and act like Nazis they become Nazis.
Interestingly, the Zionists continue to shamelessly generate such big lies to deceive and mislead world public opinion. I strongly believe that Zionist Jews are God’s lying people.
They lie as often as they breathe; dishonesty seems to be a built-in Zionist character. You can not be Zionist and honest at the same time.
Moreover, you can’t support Israel unless you are either completely ignorant or irredeemably unconscionable or both.
Israel itself wouldn’t be able to survive five minutes in an environment ruled by truth, honesty and justice.
Zionist Jews would never admit that Israel and Jews ever did any wrongdoing or committed any crime.
A Zionist would even tell God Almighty “you’re a liar.” Didn’t Jews carry signs in the US reading “Allah is on my ass”? ( I got this quote from Alfred Lilienthal’s famous book The Zionist Connection).
Zionist Jews may not be the most murderous people under the sun. However, they are certainly the most dishonest and mendacious.
Moreover, there is no doubt whatsoever that Zionist Jews are the most racist people under the sun. For these Jews, the life of a single Jew is far more important than the lives of a million non-Jews. For them, non-Jewish life has no sanctity.
The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: Jordanian era
Under Jordanian rule (1951-67), i.e. pre the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the most important concern for the Jordanian authorities was loyalty to King Hussein and his family. The King was nearly ‘a demi god’ and the entire country, including the media, the security forces and the people revolved around his figure. Hence, the claim often made that Jordan was a king with a country, rather than a country with a king, had a substantial degree of veracity.
Connections to the King and his Mukhabarat (intelligence apparatus) and immediate coterie would automatically put one in a preferential position.
Shouting “Ya’ish Jalalat al Malik al-Muaazam” (Long Live The King), would give one an automatic certificate of good conduct. No wonder, it was a despotic regime based on sycophancy, favouritism, and nepotism.
King Hussein never really made genuine efforts to push back recurrent Israeli incursions, forays and raids on Palestinian population centres in the West Bank pre the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, let alone liberate occupied Palestine. Indeed, the Commander-in-Chief of the Jordanian army in the late 1940s, when Israel was created, and up until March 1, 1956, was a British officer by the name of John Baggot Glubb who came to be known among Palestinians and Jordanians as Glubb Pasha, an honorary title. So, who in his right mind would have expected a British officer to fight the Jews on behalf of the Arabs?
As far as Palestinians were concerned, the most immediate priority for the Jordanian regime i.e. King Hussein was to make sure that they and other Jordanians didn’t pose a threat to the survival, security and stability of the Hashemite monarchy. A Palestinian would get a six-month prison term if an empty bullet cartridge was found in his possession.
And as the Israelis would do later, the Jordanians enlisted the ‘Makhatir’ (clan notables) to inform on every gesture of opposition to the Hashemite rule within their respective clans and areas. This in turn created a kind of police-state atmosphere all over the country.
Free-minded Palestinians who insisted on voicing their conscience were persecuted and dumped into the notorious El-Jafr prison in eastern Jordan where they were often tortured savagely, even to death. I know of a person from my town (Dura) who was tortured to death for his affiliation with the Communist Party.
Torture is still practiced in Jordan with the knowledge, blessing and encouragement of the United States and Britain. Some of the so-called ‘terror suspects’ held by the CIA were secretly flown to Jordan in order to be ‘softened up’ by Jordanian interrogators.
In the mid1950s, the Jordanian security forces on several occasions shot and killed demonstrators who were protesting the pro-Western policies of the government and the regime’s failure and inability to stop recurrent Israeli attacks. Some of these demonstrators were affiliated with or instigated by the Ba’ath party and the Communists who openly called for overthrowing the monarchy.
As a counterbalance to the leftists, who were quite active, especially in the West Bank, King Hussein allowed the Muslim Brotherhood to operate relatively freely. So it was a kind of divide-and-rule policy.
The leftists would accuse the Brotherhood of being British agents and the Brotherhood would retort by accentuating the atheism and enmity to Islam of the Communists and Ba’athists. Hussein’s relations with the Brotherhood remained relatively stable until the final years of his life when he introduced the one-man-one-vote law, aimed primarily at reducing to the minimum the number of parliament seats the well-organized Islamists could win.
Notwithstanding, the Muslim Brotherhood, or the Islamic Action Front, remains Jordan’s largest opposition party, despite government harassment and constant persecution.
The Muslim Brothers were not British agents or agents of any power. They only wanted to create an Islamic state in accordance with the Sharia. In other words, their strategy and goals were diametrically incompatible with those of the Communists and the Ba’athists. Hence, the mutual sullen hostility.
However, to be honest, the Jordanian regime, especially with regard to how the state treated its citizens, was not as bad and harsh as other Arab regimes, e. g., Syria, Iraq and Egypt. In non-political and non-security matters, the rule of law was generally observed and applied. In general, an individual’s dignity was upheld as long as he or she didn’t criticize the regime or undermine the ‘security of the kingdom.’
More to the point, King Hussein was truly an astute leader. Far from behaving with vindictiveness and vengefulness toward his political opponents, even those who sought to assassinate him and overthrow his regime. The King nearly always pardoned them, showing magnanimity and gallantry unmatched in modern Arab history.
Despite its authoritarianism and despotism, the Jordanian regime never persecuted us in any way even remotely comparable to what the Nazi-like Israelis have been doing to us since 1967. The Jordanians never demolished a home, bulldozed a farm or arrested people for years without charge or trial as Israel has been doing to us.
Yes, ‘wrongdoers’ were arrested and tried and often tortured, but their families wouldn’t be detained, their homes wouldn’t be bulldozed and their farms, orchards and olive groves wouldn’t be decimated as the Israelis routinely do. Jordan actually granted us full citizenship until the late King Hussein severed legal and administrative ties with the West Bank in 1988.
An outstanding exception occurred in 1970, during the so-called Black September events when the Jordanian army battled with PLO guerrillas who The King claimed were planning to take over Jordan and end the monarchy. Some atrocities were committed during these confrontations and many people, Palestinians and Jordanians, were killed. Nonetheless, the ‘September events’ should be considered a kind of anomaly in The King’s relations with the Palestinians.
In general, one can safely contend that there is no comparison between the Nazi-like Israeli occupation rule and the Jordanian era. The Jordanians were not really occupiers, they never behaved as occupiers. In many ways, The King was our king and the Kingdom was our kingdom. Yes, the regime was authoritarian and generally repressive, but, in all honesty, it cannot be compared to the Israelis whose barbarianism, brutal oppression, racism and savagery transcend reality.
Nonetheless, Jordan was (and still is) a weak and poor kingdom, economically, politically and especially militarily. The Israeli army routinely carried out cross-border incursions into the West Bank prior to 1967, murdering innocent villagers, and the Jordanian army was generally too weak and too unequipped to repulse the Israeli aggressors.
King Hussein must have calculated that maintaining a peaceable or even quasi-friendly modus vivendi with Israel was the best insurance policy for retaining his kingdom and the rule of his Hashemite dynasty. I think he was wrong in thinking this way. His non-hostility towards Israel didn’t prevent the Jewish state from pursuing its aggressive policies, which culminated in the occupation of the West Bank in 1967.
King Hussein did make a lot of contacts with Israel even before the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. For example, on September 24, 1963, the director-general of the Israeli prime minister’s office, Yaacov Herzog, met the King in the London clinic of the King’s Jewish physician, Dr. Emmanuel Herbert.
Another meeting took place in Paris in 1965 and Israel was represented by Golda Meir, who was accompanied by Herzog.
It is also believed that Hussein had lots of contacts with the Israeli state through the alumni offices of Boston University.
Zionist hate march in Arab East-Jerusalem Reminiscent of the Skokie Nazi march- 1978
I am not particularly infatuated with holding comparisons between religious Zionism and Nazi ideology. However, When I see with my eyes and hear with my ears thousands of religious Zionists who claim to be followers of Moses (peace upon him) shout in a hate march “death to Arabs” in the streets of an Arab-Muslim town, then I must call the spade a spade.
What is more outrageous is that the Israeli political establishment tolerates and tacitly encourages this hatred which reminds us of Kristallnacht.
I know such comparisons are annoying for many Jews. But is this my fault? Should I compare this repulsive racism and hateful incitement to Mother Teresa’s charitable work in India?
In July 1978, the American Social Nationalist party (the Nazi party) announced it would organize a march of several hundred members to the small predominantly Jewish town of Skokie in the suburbs of Chicago.
The planned march was widely seen as a brazen provocation. Not the least by Skokie’s Jewish inhabitants, many of them are Holocaust survivors.
Many non-Jewish people from all over the United States voiced their solidarity with the town. Their solidarity came as vociferous demonstrations were held in Chicago and other places in protest against the despicable Nazi feat.
Despite the negative publicity and widespread opposition to the planned march, a Federal District judge allowed the march to proceed if certain conditions and restrictions were met. Moreover, the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) voiced its strong support for the march on the basis of the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US constitution.
Eventually, the US Supreme Court declined to stay the order of Federal District Judge George N. Leighton, allowing the Nazis to demonstrate at Skokie. This, coupled with other factors. The factors including imposing a hefty fee on the organizers led to the cancellation of the march in Skokie.
This really brought a sigh of relief to anti-fascism forces, not only in the US but all over the world.
Hate March in Jerusalem: “death to Arabs“
I was still a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma when the Skokie story dominated Prime-time newscasts on the three major American TV networks namely ABC, CBS and NBC.
In class discussion, I remember I expressed my complete solidarity with the people of Skokie, especially its estimated 700 Holocaust survivors. After all, the Nazis were behaving beyond Chutzpah and adding insult to injury towards these people, who had survived despite history.
“Death to Arabs” means “death to Arabs,” not “death to Martians.”
Today, we are once again being affronted by another Skokie-style hate march. Last week, an Israeli court allowed extremist Jewish fanatics to hold a provocative rally in Arab-East Jerusalem, still under the Israel military occupation since 1967.
Last year, participants in the annual so-called “Jerusalem Day,”/a hate march marking the annual anniversary of the occupation of the Arab-Islamic holy city, cursed the Prophet of Islam (may peace be upon him), shouted “mavet le Arabim” or death to the Arabs, and called for the expulsion of Muslims and Christians from Palestine.
God knows that using epithets like fanatics and extremists to describe these haters is a serious understatement and a scandalous trivialization of reality.
However, we all must understand that there are limits to the use of euphemisms to communicate an otherwise ugly reality.
The world didn’t lecture Jews on how to relate to their tormenters and grave-diggers. Likewise, we will not allow anyone to dictate to us how we should relate to our own tormentors and grave-diggers. After all, death to the Arabs means death to the Arabs, not death to Martians.
Government of settlers, for settlers, and by settlers
The Israeli government thinks twice before upsetting these fanatics/religious Zionists who adopt a decidedly toxic ideology, based on a venomous combination of racism, bigotry, hatred, violence, vindictiveness, and ethno-religious superiority against Arabs.
Many of them are graduates of Talmudic schools known as “Yeshivot” which indoctrinates them in the genocidal, racist ideology of religious Zionism.
Interestingly, these extremists/ religious-Zionist constitute the main electoral base for right-wing Israeli parties, including Yamina, the party of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet.
Hence, Bennet is very careful not to alienate them.
The ideology of Religious Zionism (RZ), the official ideology of Prime Minister Naftali Bennet, has been dominant in Israel ever since the Likud reached power for the first time in 1977. It is much more than just racist against non-Jews. It is actually more or less genocidal. I wouldn’t go that far if I didn’t know what I was talking about.
In May 2007, Mordechai Elyahu, a former Chief Rabbi of Israel, issued an edict that would permit the Israeli army to murder hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Arabs.
“If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand. And if they don’t stop after 1,000, then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100,000. Even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop.”
Humane Jewish traditions
I don’t believe that this repulsive extremism represents true Judaism, the Judaism that is based on the Ten Commandments.
Jewish traditions relate the story of a heathen who came to Shammai with the request to be accepted as a convert on the condition that he was taught the whole Torah while he stood on one foot. Shammai drove him away with the yard-stick he was holding. Then the man went to Hillel with the same request. Hillel told the man “what is hateful to yourself don’t do to your fellow human being. That is the whole of the Torah and the rest is commentary.”
Unfortunately, the rabbis of religious Zionism, including the so-called Chabadim who have effectively replaced the Torah with a notoriously racist manual called “Hatanya,” pay no attention to such traditions. And when they are reminded of them, they arrogantly claim that words such as “man” or “human being” refer solely and exclusively to the “Jew.”
Earlier this week, the Bennet government refused an American request to reconsider the route of the planned March. One Palestinian official commented on this matter, saying “If Israel could say “No” to its guardian-ally, on such a small and trivial matter, and with the utmost contempt, it should be absolutely futile to expect the US to pressure Israel to end the occupation and allow for the establishment of a sovereign and independent Palestinian state.
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