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Are Palestinians facing a pre-holocaust situation in the West Bank?

If you ask the President of the U.S. Joe Biden if he accepts Putin’s justification of the ongoing  Russian aggression against Ukraine, namely the claim that Russia has the right to defend itself, he is likely to scoff at the question, ignore it altogether or may even harshly rebuke the questioner for having the audacity to ask such a question. However, if you ask him what he thinks about the virtually genocidal attacks frequently carried out by Israel on Palestinians, causing the death and maiming of thousands of innocent people, including many children, he will readily and unhesitatingly invoke the utterly mendacious mantra that Israel has the right to defend itself. 

This is not a Jewish inmate at a Natzi concentration camp; This is a Palestinian inmate at a Jewish concentration camp!

Khalil Awawdeh extricates his freedom after six months of Hunger strike in the Israeli Jails in protest against his open-ended imprisonment without charge and trial.

Brazenly unethical stance 

This brazenly unethical stance has been the official policy of successive American administrations since Lyndon Johnson or even before. Indeed, it has been quite rare for a U.S. official to ascribe the right to self-defence to the Palestinian people who are murdered, savaged and tormented by the Israeli occupation army almost on a daily basis.

And in case an honest but nonconformist remark is made regarding the Palestinian struggle for freedom, even inadvertently or as a slip of the tongue, the official in question is unceremoniously and promptly fired from his job, or asked to immediately submit his resignation.

We all remember what happened to US Ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young,  following his brief meeting in mid-August, 1979,  with  Zuhdi Labib Terzi, the P.L.O. observer at the international organization’s headquarters. Needless to say, embracing Israel’s  Lebensraum, bellicosity and regional hegemony is by no means due to lack of awareness on Washington’s part of pertinent facts.

The real reasons for this enduring evil discourse has everything to do with American collusion and connivance with the manifestly criminal Zionist entity which routinely violates international law while the entire world is looking on helplessly. Predictably, this chronic helplessness is due to America’s immoral embrace of the nefarious apartheid entity.

Russian aggression versus American hypocrisy

Well, perhaps US policies are not as diabolical as those of Russia for a variety of reasons. However, in many aspects, American pornographic hypocrisy, double standards, and brazen mendacity transcend reality. Indeed, in order to support American policies, even toward a just cause like  Ukraine, one would have to have more than just a grain of dishonesty and moral duplicity. 

Read also: Palestine-Vs. Ukraine: Stark Western Hypocrisy  On Palestine And  Ukraine

Yes, I do condemn in the strongest terms the Russian invasion and naked aggression against neighbouring Ukraine. However, for the sake of rectitude and moral consistency, I must condemn, also in the strongest language, Israel’s  recurrent Nazi-like crimes against the helpless and abandoned Palestinians.

U.S. Softness on Israel encourages Israeli criminality

Thanks mainly to America’s warm-dark embrace of Israel’s criminal aggression, genocidal policies and toxic racism against millions of Palestinians, this writer is completely convinced that the eight million Palestinians living in mandatory Palestine today are already facing an advanced pre-holocaust setting by Israel against them. I am not a prophet of doom and gloom. But neither am I a gullible observer, who has eyes that see not, ears that hear not nor does he understand.

We cannot rely on Israel’s Talmudic ethnic democracy to stop the Jewish state’s fast drift toward full-fledged fascism, even a brand of fascism similar to Nazi Germany’s beginnings.

According to an Israel Democracy Institute survey, a number of Jewish voters who described themselves as right-wing spiked to 62% in 2022 compared to 46% in April 2019. The same survey in 1986 showed that only 39% of Jewish Israelis identified as right-wing.

   I am by no means  the first writer or journalist to sound the alarm bell.  The late Israeli historian, Zeev Sternhel, described Israel a few years ago as “akin  to Nazi Germany in its earlier years. Sternhel, a Holocaust survivor,  argued that like every ideology, the Nazi race theory developed over many years. At first, he said, the Nazis deprived Jews of their civil and human rights, very much like Israel is doing to the Palestinians now in both Israel proper (the Nationality Law) and the West Bank, through land-theft, and unrelenting settlement expansion,  in addition to unceasing bloody repression.   The Concentration camps occurred much later and were the “effect” of earlier policies in the 1920s and 1930s. The pre-holocaust signs were conspicuous and numerous, including Hitler’s Mein Kampf the infamous Nuremburg Laws, the Nazi Citizenship Law issued on 15 September, 1935 and the Kristalnacht on 9-10  November 1938.

Unmistakable pre-Holocaust signs

I am not trying to sensationalize the situation in Palestine. However, there are definitive signs that are more than just worrying, which must alert all honest people to the dark clouds hovering over Palestine. 

These signs of pre-Holocaust setting are also numerous and conspicuous and are already constituting a way of life for the bulk of the Israeli Jewish society. For the sake of brevity, I will summarize some of the most important portents in several points:

1-The overwhelming toxic hatred of Palestinians has already  become the mainstream discourse in Israel. Venomous fascism is the fashion of the day, and non-conformists are marginalized, ostracized, and demonized. Even the Arabic Language is being suppressed as if the language of Zuheir and al-Mutannabi posed a threat to the Zionist scheme.

2- An ultra-racist political discourse, which was a taboo only a few decades ago, has now gained widespread acceptance and respect within government circles and society. For example, former Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu,  who is planning to become Israel’s next Premier, is shamelessly courting openly racist parties, advocating a genocidal expulsion of Palestinians or the enslavement of Israel’s non-Jewish citizens as “water carriers” and “wood cutters.”

3-The genocidal ideology of the Jewish settlement movement, which was somewhat marginal in the 1970s and 1980s. has become the mainstream ideology among Israeli Jews. Hence, calls for expelling Palestinians or at least stripping them of their civil and human rights, no longer raise anyone’s eyebrows, neither in government nor in society or even among most Jewish intellectuals. 

4-  The Israeli Justice system has fallen, nearly completely,  into the hands of extreme Talmudic  Jewish supremacists who are indoctrinated in the ideology  Jewish supremacy which teaches that only Jews are real human beings and that non-Jews are effectively sub-humans. Thus, Israeli courts have virtually stopped prosecuting settlers who murder innocent Palestinian civilians. For example, a Jewish settler who murdered a Palestinian farmer named Ali Hasan Harb from the village of Skaka near Salfit in the central West Bank a few weeks ago,  was neither arrested nor interrogated.

Nazification of the Israeli law in the West Bank

Moreover, the  Nazification or “settlerization”  of the Israeli law vis-à-vis Palestinians also found expression on 27 July, 2002, in the Israeli High Court ruling allowing Jewish settlers to retain an illegally seized private Palestinian land at the Mitzpe Kramin outpost near Ramallah. The ruling, which reversed a decision made by the same court two years ago, is raising concerns among rights groups that it might be used as a green light by the settler movement to embark on a fresh wave of mass land-grab in the West Bank. Interestingly, not a word was uttered from Washington to protest this scandalous whitewashing  of land theft by the “only true democracy in the Middle East.”

 Of course, I can cite hundreds if not thousands of examples corroborating my view that a pre-holocaust setting is now firmly in place in Palestine, at the hands of the grandchildren and great-grand-children of the Holocaust survivors.

Murdering Palestinians and denying responsibility

  As I write this piece, I have just received news that trigger-happy  Israeli occupation troops marauding throughout Palestinian population centers in the West Bank have killed two Palestinian youngsters: Samer Khalid from the Alein refugee camp near Nablus and Yazan Afana from the Qalandia refugee camp north of Jerusalem. Samer Khalid reportedly was killed while driving his car, while Afana was hit by a random bullet as he was walking in the center of al-Breh, Ramallah’s twin city. Isn’t that a pre-holocaust setting that is now firmly in place in Palestine?

Both men were totally innocent, and the Israeli army denied responsibility for the murder of the two Palestinians as if Martians, not Israeli occupation soldiers, did the shooting.  This means that their death will go into oblivion just as was the case with thousands of other Palestinian victims of the 70-year-old slow -motion  Zionist-Jewish pre-holocaust against the Palestinian people.

Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in two separate raids in the occupied West Bank on Thursday. Samer Khaled, 25, was killed during a raid on the Balata refugee camp near Nablus, while Yazan Afana, 26, was shot in al-Bireh


Well! A final word to the peoples and governments of the world. When the fast-track Jewish holocaust against our people takes place, just don’t say we didn’t know!

Khaled Amayreh
Khalid Amayreh (Arabic: خالد عمايرة‎‎, b. 1957 Hebron) is a Palestinian journalist based in Dura, near Hebron, West Bank. He is an award-winning reporter who has contributed hundreds of articles to the Al-Jazeera English website from the Occupied West Bank. His field includes, inter alia, strategic studies with emphasis on the Arab world, Iran after the Shah, the Arab-Israeli conflict, contemporary Islamic movements, religious Zionism, comparative religion. Shiite Islam and failure of democratization in the Arab world. He received most of his formal education in the US where he obtained two degrees in journalism, a BA from the University of Oklahoma and a Master's degree in the same field from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has published numerous studies and articles on a variety of subjects in both English and Arabic. He has also written five books. The title of his MA thesis in the US was “the religious Press in America and the Palestinian question from 1967-1983. Amayreh has worked for the following media: Middle East International, London, al-Jazeera English, Ahram Weekly (Cairo), UAE TV, and several other Arabic publications. Amayreh's sole agenda is to spread and disseminate the truth about the enduring Palestinian/Israeli conflict which seems to defy all peace efforts. Honesty are rectitude are paramount for him. Per him, unfortunately, this conflict is unlikely to be resolved in the foreseeable future or even during our lifetime.

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