November 24th, 2009
What is happening in Palestine is nothing short of a planned “Quiet Genocide.” Yes, “Genocide” the taboo word, unable to be uttered by the American Government, the British Government or any of the world’s major Western Players or European heavyweights. Whilst the majority of the world’s governments choose to play word games and run interference for Israel’s crimes, I thought it was time to look at just exactly what a “genocide” is, how to create one, how to make it successful, how to win. And, surprisingly enough, the International Law on Genocide was created after World War 2 at the behest of a Jewish Lawyer called Lemkin. Oddly enough, Lemkin’s work on Genocide, his mapping out of what a genocide is comprised of, how it is done, the various aspects of types of genocides, he unwittingly handed the future State of Israel a blueprint if you will, a “How To List” on committing successful genocide. So what was created in the wake of the holocaust, in turn, is now being used by the former victims of genocide to inflict genocide on others. I wonder what Lemkin would think of Israel’s actions today:
wiki Raphael Lemkin (June 24, 1900 – August 28, 1959) was a Polish lawyer of Jewish descent. After World War2 Lemkin also continued his campaign for international laws defining and forbidding genocide
Under international law
In the wake of the Holocaust, Lemkin successfully campaigned for the universal acceptance of international laws defining and forbidding genocide. The CPPCG was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1948 and came into effect on 12 January 1951 (Resolution 260 (III)). It contains an internationally-recognized definition of genocide which was incorporated into the national criminal legislation of many countries, and was also adopted by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Convention (in article 2) defines genocide:
…any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
– Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Article II
However, Lemkin wanted even more than he got at the UN. He had a much broader definition in mind, one that covered additional aspects of the various parts of what makes genocide successful. It’s not just about the killing or ethnic cleansing. And most of this we see today in how the Israeli aggressors and occupiers treat the people of Palestine. After all, Lemkin recognised that in order to complete a “Quiet Genocide” without using a full on military assault and wiping out the entire population in “one go” so to speak, a successful “quiet” genocide may take time, it’s a process, there are phases.
Lemkin’s broader concerns over genocide, as set out in his “Axis Rule in Occupied Europe”,  also embraced what may be considered as non-physical, namely, psychological acts of genocide which he personally defined as:
“Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be disintegration of the political and social institutions, of culture, language, national feelings, religion, and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups. Genocide is directed against the national group as an entity, and the actions involved are directed against individuals, not in their individual capacity, but as members of the national group.”•
“Genocide has two phases: one, destruction of the national pattern of the oppressed group; the other, the imposition of the national pattern of the oppressor. This imposition, in turn, may be made upon the oppressed population which is allowed to remain or upon the territory alone, after removal of the population and the colonization by the oppressor’s own nationals.”
So let’s look at some very recent numbers from B’Tselem that cover ONLY the last 20 years:
linkThe Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have killed 1,500 Palestinians since the start of 2009. Israel killed 7,398 PALESTINIANS including 1,537 CHILDREN and destroyed around 4,300 HOMES in just the last 20 years
And let’s look at another of the criteria of what constitutes a “Genocide” B and C respectively. (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; And compare it with this example below, which falls under B and C above. E.g. people dying due to lack of medical supplies or treatment because of the illegal siege, part of the Genocide:
link According to a July 2009 report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Jerusalem, Gaza doctors and nurses do not have the medical equipment to respond to the health needs of the 1.5 million people living in the Gaza Strip. Medical equipment is often broken, lacking spare parts, or outdated.
The Israeli Defence Ministry says it is not obliged to allow into Gaza anything other than basic humanitarian supplies necessary for survival
So in the above statement we have an actual admission by the Israel Defence Ministry which falls within the confines of the definition of Genocide. By only allowing a mere smattering of food and “Basic” supplies into Gaza, and withholding medical equipment, spare parts, medicine and not allowing the sick to travel outside for treatment, is all part and parcel of “genocide.” More proof:
“The largest number of deaths due to the siege is among cancer patients,” Gaza deputy health minister Hassan Halifa said. “Radiotherapy for cancer patients is not available due to the lack of equipment, and chemotherapy is generally not available due to the lack of drugs.”
Ismail Ahmed, a 66-year-old from Shujayah, also lies in the cancer unit of As-Shifa, with a catheter for urination flowing into a wastebasket.
“We lack necessary equipment for the patients,” Abdullah Farajullah, a nurse at the unit, said.
Suffering from bladder cancer, Ismail requires blood transfusions.
“There are not enough IV [intravenous] bags. The nurses put blood into plastic water bottles to transfer into my IV bag,” Ismail said.
Due to a lack of equipment, he has been on a waiting list for over a month to have a CT (computed tomography) scan, and requires an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) – although Gaza lacks a single working MRI scanner, according to WHO. As-Shifa lacks equipment for basic blood tests. Patients rely on family members to take their blood to certain clinics for testing.
Lastly, here is the “Genocide Checklist” created by Lemkin. Let us see how many Israel has completed: Lemkin also outlined his various observed “techniques”  on achieving genocide which ranged from:
• Political =DONE, Israel refuses to recognize the elected government of Palestinians. Prior to this they jailed the Palestinain leader in his own compound, on his own land, in his own country, until he “mysteriously” died.
• Social =DONE society broken down due to occupation, ethnic cleansing and no soveriegnty.
• Cultural   =IN PROGRESS removing Palestinains culture and ethnicity from occupied areas of Palestine such as East Jerusalem.
• Economic =IN PROGRESS Israel controls al most all aspects of the Palestinain economy, via controlling FATAH in the West Bank, or via an Illegal Siege in Gaza.
• Biological =IN PROGRESS Israel controls the clean water sources and leaves Gaza with infected filthy water. Israel refuses to allow medical equipment or parts into Gaza.
• Physical: IN PROGRESS Israel murders Palesitnians on a monthly basis, either via the IDF raids into Palestine, also by beatings and arrests, internment, or allowing illegal Zionist land squatters to kill and murder unpunished. It’s all part of the overall plan.
• Endangering Health =IN PROGRESS White phosphorous, DIME missiles in December/January 2009, now refusal to allow treatment to dying and sick Palestinains. House demolitions, house bombings and other acts of de-homing people, forcing them to live outside in the elements, with no protection from extreme temperatures, thus lowering life expectancies of millions.
• Religious IN PROGRESS the fight to take over and destroy the most holy site of Muslims in East Jerusalem, Al Aqsa Mosque. The creation of a “Jewish Only” apartheid state, where all others are lesser people with less rights and equality. No such thing as equality for all.
• Moral=DONE Israel has lost all aspects of morality. The entire population save for a tiny small percentage focus only on expanding the newly created “Zionist Dream” of taking over all the land and subjugating any remaining Palestinians to life under Israeli domination in a sub division of Israel called “Palestine”
• Mass Killing IN PROGRESS see Gaza Genocide for most recent actions or these former atrocities:
During 1948 alone – 5000+ Palestinians killed.
War of Attrition – 2500 Palestinians killed.
Yom Kippur War – 1000 Palestinians killed.
Lebanese Civil War – 75 000 Palestinians killed by Israel + Lebanese people.
2000-2005 – 5 000 Palestinians killed.
Gaza War – 1500 Palestinians killed.
The First Intifida – 3 000 Palestinians killed.
Hebron Massacre 1994 – 60 Palestinians dead in Mosque.
Church of Nativity – 20 Christians killed by Israeli fire, including 2 Priests and 3 Deacons.
Al-Aqsa massacre 2000 – 35 Palestinians killed
Jenin 2002 – 53 Palestinians killed.
1982 invasion : 20,000 casualty and 8,000 in Saabra and Shatila, Deir Yassin, Jeneen massacre is more than 600 ICRC
Of course, blockades had happened in the past causing more deaths, additionally add to this list all the Jerusalemites that died, 3 former Gaza massacres (hundreds more), also Jenin and Nablus (hundreds). The deaths of Palestinian protesters, and Palestinians that died in Israeli jails or custody,(hundreds more) those murdered by illegal settlers over the years (hundreds)and of course you also have those forced to work in tunnels smuggling in food, cattle and other basic needs due to the illegal siege, (hundreds over the years) and let’s not forgot the GREAT many illegal assassinations committed by Israel on Palestinians over the last 30-60 years. Even with all this I’m sure I’ve left hundreds more deaths out of this list.
So, why is it that 200,000-300,000 dead Palestinians, in a prolonged “Quiet Genocide” by Israel, not constitute outrage? Why is it that Lemkin, a Jew, who worked to help stop future genocides by creating a profile that would make them recognizable to the world, or another Jew, Richard Goldstone who also fought to uphold International Law like Lemkin; why are they ignored by the world’s governments who only listen to those Jews who are currently in the process of committing the “Quiet Genocide?” That is what we should all be asking our Governments AND the United Nations….
Source: Irish For Palestine Blog