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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. The eight million Palestinians living in mandatory Palestine today are already facing an advanced pre-holocaust situation by the Israeli occupation against them

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.

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

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

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

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!

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Gulf of Oman: The New Battleground Between USA and Iran



US military ship

On July 5, 2023, a Wednesday morning, two Iranian Navy ships approached US oil tankers in two separate incidents in the Gulf of Oman. One of the Iranian Navy ships fired its weapons at an oil tanker – escalating tensions in the region. The incident is marking another chapter in a string of incidents that have been occurring since 2019.

The Gulf of Oman Incident

According to commander Tim Hawkins, spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet:

“The Iranian navy did make attempts to seize commercial tankers lawfully transiting international waters.”

At 01:00 AM local time, an Iranian Navy ship came near the oil tanker TRF Moss, which was flagged by the Marshall Islands. However, the Iranian Navy ship left the region when the US Navy destroyer USS McFaul arrived in the area.

Further, three hours later, at 4:00 AM, the US Navy received a distress call from the Bahamas-flagged oil tanker Richmond Voyager. According to the US Navy, the Bahamas-flagged oil tanker was more than 20 miles from the coast of Muscat, Oman, when another Iranian Navy ship came approaching the US oil tanker.

The Iranian Navy ship was signaling the oil tanker to stop when the same US Navy destroyer, USS McFaul, headed towards the oil tanker at full speed. 

US Military ship in the Gulf of Oman

The Iranian Navy fired its weapons before the US Navy destroyer USS McFaul arrived on the scene with a lot of bullets in a short period of time. According to the US Navy, the Iranian Navy fired with both small arms, such as pistols and rifles, and crew-served weapons, such as machine guns and cannons.

The bullets struck the side of the oil tanker near the crew’s living spaces, but no one was injured. However, The US Navy destroyer USS McFaul arrived on the scene, and the Iranian Navy ship left.

The Continual Attacks of Iran in the Gulf of Oman –

Iran has been continuously involved in multiple attacks on oil tankers since 2019 on a major shipping route for oil. According to the US Navy, Iran has either harassed or seized nearly 20 commercial ships that have been flagged by other countries since 2021.

Such attacks on major shipping routes for oil pose a clear threat to the security of shipping in the region and the global economy – according to the US Navy. The recent attack of July 2023 was not the first attempt by Iran; on June 14, 2019, Iran attempted to seize two US oil tankers by blast, which spiked the oil price significantly. However, the explosions raised concerns about a potential military conflict between Iran and the United States.

Earlier this year, Iran took control of two oil tankers in less than a week in the same region of the Strait of Hormuz, near the Gulf of Oman. Hence, knowing the importance and criticality of waterways for the global economy, such seizures prompted the US to send more ships and aircraft to patrol the Strait of Hormuz. The United States is working with individual countries in the region to deter threats to commercial shipping and prevent attacks on commercial ships.

In May 2023, Greece issued a serious notice and warned ship owners to stay away from Iranian waters because there was a risk of being attacked. However, the latest seizure of an oil tanker by Iran is part of a series of attacks on commercial vessels in the Gulf of Oman that have been happening since 2019.

Why is Iran Constantly Attacking US Oil Tankers? 

According to the U.S. Navy, in the past two years, Iran has taken commercial vessels in at least five instances. Additionally, they have recorded more than a dozen instances of Iran bothering commercial vessels during the past two years. And many of the incidents have happened in the Strait of Hormuz or nearby regions, a major shipping route for oil, which accounts for about 20% of all crude oil. 

The constant attack of Iran on US oil tankers in waterways is considered retaliation for withdrawing Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers and restoring crippling sanctions by the US during the reign of President Trump. 

The Trump administration’s decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal and impose new sanctions on Iran has led to increased tensions between Iran and the United States. 

However, after the decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal, Iran has increased its nuclear activities within the country, which could be used to develop nuclear weapons. However, the United States and other countries in the world have worked together to prevent such practices by Iran. 

Nevertheless, Iran has denied such practice and says that its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes, such as generating electricity. Further, Iran is providing Russia with armed drones that can be used in the war against Ukraine. This is further increasing tension among countries and is a serious concern for the international community. 

What will Happen Next?

The ongoing tension between Iran and the US serves as a stark reminder of the delicate balance that should be maintained in international waters. Iran’s repeated attack on the US and other countries’ oil tankers and commercial vessels shows the ever-complex geopolitical landscape in the middle-east region.

However, as countries work together to maintain maritime trade security, diplomatic efforts and international cooperation must be at the forefront of resolving these conflicts. 

The world is watching closely with the hope of a peaceful resolution – especially in times of current economic and diplomatic uncertainties. 

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Manipur Violence Sparks Debate in Indian Parliament



For the past few days, India’s Parliament is unable to function properly. The opposition has been pushing for a debate on the violence in Manipur under relevant rules of the parliament proceedings. However, the ruling BJP party has been refusing the opposition’s request. As a result, the Indian lawmakers have not been able to carry out much business in the parliament. People have raised questions about the losing credibility of the parliament.

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Manipur Violence

Since May this year, Manipur has been engulfed in ethno-religious violence. The violence erupted on May 3 after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. More than 160 people have been killed in the violence so far. The government has imposed curfew in the state.

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GOI avoiding accountability on Manipur violence

While the law-and-order machinery in the state has broken, the state government has largely avoided accountability for the Manipur violence. Further, people at the helm of affairs in Manipur, including police have played partisan role in the violence. There are reports of police officers of one ethnic community inflicting violence against members of the other community. Reports and videos of sexual violence coming from Manipur this week shocked India except for the ruling party. There had been efforts to suppress the reports and videos of Manipur sexual violence. Despite attempting to delete the video clips from phones and internet ban in the state, the videos somehow went viral on social media.  

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Opposition parties on Manipur violence

Given the gravity of the situation, various opposition parties in India had called for the resignation of the state government. The state government however continues to ignore these calls. Similarly, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has not spoken a word on the issue. During these three months, Modi has attended various rallies and functions and spoken a lot about the achievements of his government, but Manipur does not seem to exist for him.

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Modi not attending parliament on Manipur violence

Modi has also not attended the parliament to talk about Manipur violence. He has been absent from the parliament. The opposition demanded his presence in the parliament to debate and discuss on Manipur. However, the ruling government has rejected the opposition demands. Even though the government agreed to have a short discussion on Manipur, it wanted to do it without the presence of Modi.

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GOI’s whataboutery on Manipur violence

One of the horrible things that was witnessed in parliament recently was the ruling government resorting to whataboutery. When the opposition demanded a discussion on Manipur sexual violence, the members of ruling party, including Minister for Women and Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani resorted to whataboutery. If the opposition wants to discuss Manipur sexual violence, the ruling government wants to discuss sexual violence in opposition-ruled states. However, opposition members argued that while sexual violence against women was happening in other states, the sexual violence in Manipur had a genocidal intent.

Meanwhile, opposition leaders asked the Upper House to suspend all other business and take up the discussion on Manipur. Rajya Sabha chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar did not allow the discussion and rejected the demands for PM’s presence in the House.

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Opposition parties demand discussion on Manipur violence

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Raghav Chadha cited an example from Congress days when the chairman had suspended all other businesses to take up the issue of attacks on migrants from Northeast. Manipur is one of the states located in the Northeast. The people from Northeast are discriminated and attacked in the mainland India. During the Covid-19 pandemic, there were various reports of violence on migrants from Northeast states.

“The images of brutality and monstrosity coming from Manipur have shaken the soul of India to its core. Is this India of 21st century? Is this the New India of which the prime minister sings paens across the world? Did the people of Manipur vote for this?” Chadha said.

“The ministers of BJP tweet if there is a small earthquake anywhere from Pakistan to Kazakhstan. And now when Manipur is burning, these people are not even bothered. The cries of Manipur have reached every corner of the world, but not the corridors of power in Delhi,” he added.

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Indian parliament over Manipur violence

The way the current regime has handled parliament proceedings has made parliament a joke. The opposition is not being heard in the parliament. The only function of parliament for Modi’s party is to pass bills and make laws conveniently with the help of its brute majority. The government does not want any inconvenience. It does not want discussion on anything inconvenient. The opposition can either toe the line or they can shout and stage a walk-out. However, the government will not concede, and it will do what it wants to do. One wonders what the function of the opposition in India’s parliament is today. Currently, it seems it has none.

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LGBT Rights in India: The Long and Difficult Battle to Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage



Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage in India

They might be a minority, but the majority cannot decide the rights of the minority,” utters the Supreme Court advocate during the hearing on same-sex marriage. 

Same-Sex Marriage in India

On January 6, 2023, the Supreme Court of India decided to address the pending petitions for same-sex marriage pending in different high courts.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in India in 2018. But, same-sex marriages are still not accepted by the law.

However, in a discussion during parliament on the same petition, BJP minister Sushil Modi’s position was completely different. According to him, “Same-sex marriages go against Indian culture.” He also added, “Same-sex marriage is neither recognized nor accepted in any uncodified personal law.” 

The statement from the BJP MP manifested a completely different outlook and belief for the Indian government regarding same-sex marriages. Marriage laws in India are governed by personal laws, which vary based on an individual’s religion.

Currently, Indian law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Hence, the concept of same-sex marriage is a hard pill to swallow for Indian culture and society. 

Legalizing Same-Sex Marriges – Fighting for Equality

The current situation of the LGBTQ+ community in India is not yet entitled to the same legal recognition as other communities. The LGBTQ+ members often live in shadows, rejected by their families or society at large.

Their efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in India are still ongoing, with various advocacy groups and individuals working towards achieving marriage equality with little hope in sight.

In 2018, the Supreme Court of India decriminalized homosexuality. According to the law, same-sex couples can live together legally in India.

Then a question might arise – what could be the reason behind not legalizing same-sex marriage?

Understanding What is the LGBTQ+ Community-Fighting? 

Here, the battle is to legalize same-sex marriage and get the same legal rights and protections that heterosexual couples enjoy or gain in India.

According to the law, a same-sex couple cannot adopt a child. The law also allows a single woman to adopt a child of any gender. But a single man is eligible to adopt only a male child.  

Thus, LGBTQ+ individuals can apply for the adoption of a child as a single parent. But their partner will not have legal rights to the adopted child. Thus, supporters of LGBTQ+ rights emphasize how such laws give rise to prejudice in society. 

In India, there are many family laws that regulate matters of adoption, surrogacy, inheritance, etc. However, in all such laws, “Marriage” plays a crucial part. As LGBTQ+ couples cannot legally marry, they are deprived of rights afforded by these laws. 

Moreover, the LGBTQ+ couple is not eligible to get life insurance for their partner. They cannot buy a joint home loan as there is no legal recognition of their marriage, and they experience a lack of safety and security from society and the government. Further, there is no law specifying who inherits the property in case of the absence of a will. Thus, the LGBTQ+ community wants to legalize same-sex marriage in India.  

The On-going Arguments by LGBTQ+ supporters 

The LGBTQ+ supporters argue that the Supreme Court of India has intervened in many inter-caste and inter-religious marriages in the past. Then, why can’t the Supreme Court support same-sex marriages? Many legal experts have pointed if we legalize same-sex marriage, we do not necessarily involve in changing the articles of the Constitution. 

All it requires are a few amendments to the Special Marriage Acts. Legal experts claim that the act should be made gender-neutral. That is if a man’s marriage to a woman is a legal procedure, then same-sex marriage should be legally recognized under the Act. 

Changing the Law

The second argument that LGBTQ+ supporters proposed is that by changing the law. They argue that by changing the law, the people’s opinions towards them will also change.

According to the reports, after the decriminalization of homosexuality, there has been an increase in societal acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Existence of Same-Sex Relationships in the History

The third argument that LGBTQ+ supporters proposed is that same-sex relationships in India date back to the past. According to Harbans Mukhia, a well-known historian, homosexuality in India was criminalized by the British government under Indian Penal Code 377 in the 19th century due to their Christian belief system.  

But both Hindu and Muslim histories show multiple mentions of homosexual relationships in India. For example, the Khajuraho temple in Madhya Pradesh has an ancient sculpture chronicling four women having homosexual or the Hindu text Kamasutra.

Moreover, Devdut Patnayak, the famous Indian author, shared that in the Rigveda, Mitra, and Varuna, both male gods, are said to have a child. In the Mahabharata, the story of Shikandi, who was responsible for the death of Bhisma. She was born as a daughter but raised as a man. 

In Muslim history, Shah Hussain, the Sufi poet, is believed to have fallen in love with a Hindu boy, Madho Lal. Even a Mughal Emperor had a similar experience. In his Memoir, Baburnama, Babur enunciates his attraction towards a boy named Baburi in Kabul. 

However, the counterargument is: Indian history may have seen same-sex relationships, but there is no evidence of same-sex marriages. 

India Is Not Ready for Same-Sex Marriage

The people who oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage in India argue that same-sex marriage violates the fundamental unit of our society—the family. Many also argue that legalizing same-sex marriages is an acceptance of Western culture and a violation of Indian values.

Moreover, Indian society also believes that marriage is not just an instrument of enjoyment but it is procreation. As same-sex couples can’t procreate, what’s the use of their marital union? 

However, India’s society and culture are designed on the basis of exceptions, which makes India not ready. Moreover, to make Indian society accept such a community, the first thing it needs is a change in their perspective of thinking and adoption of what is truthful and natural. 

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