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Israel is so emboldened by Trump that ministers call openly for killing Palestinians

Image of Israeli Agriculture Minister, Uri Ariel [File photo]
Israeli Agriculture Minister, Uri Ariel [File photo]

Israeli Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel wants more injured and dead Palestinians in Gaza. ‚ÄúWhat is this special weapon we have that we fire and see pillars of smoke and fire, but nobody gets hurt?‚ÄĚ he said on local radio. ‚ÄúIt is time for there to be injuries and deaths as well.‚ÄĚ This was reported by Haaretz.

Ariel’s comments come at a time when, bolstered and emboldened by US support over Jerusalem, Israel is seeking to increase ways in which Palestinians are restricted even further in terms of politics, freedom of movement and resistance to its military occupation. The increasingly threatening rhetoric, combined with its often resultant violence, is a clear message that Israel wants Palestinian existence to be determined according to its own colonial needs.

Indeed the minister‚Äôs remarks are indicative of Israel‚Äôs need for violence and conflict to sustain its existence. Framing his penchant for more deaths against the narrative of the purported ‚ÄúPalestinian terrorist‚ÄĚ, he also amalgamated his demands with Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman‚Äôs comments from 2016. At that time, far-right extremist Lieberman recommended the further fragmentation of Palestinians by suggesting that the homes of those involved in resistance should be demolished, and that those who ‚Äúdesire coexistence‚ÄĚ should be rewarded. Lieberman‚Äôs differentiation of Palestinians, particularly the latter group, is a simplistic approach which negates many of the reasons why not all Palestinians are visibly involved in resistance. One obvious reason which Israel has perpetrated is the juxtaposition of survival due to extreme poverty and lack of basic necessities, and the struggle against several forms of state violence. It also refutes the fact that most Palestinians, unlike the leadership of the Palestinian Authority, do not want to live under colonial rule.

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Whether Ariel‚Äôs statement suggests yet another military offensive against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip remains to be seen. However, there is no doubt that demands for state violence against civilians will become more brazen, as Israel basks in the impunity which is sustained on two levels: that generated by its own actions and absence of accountability under the pretext of ‚Äúsecurity concerns‚ÄĚ; and the international community‚Äôs endorsement of this false narrative.

Another ramification of Ariel’s words is the separation of the visible injuries and killings in the occupied West Bank and the silent forms of slow extermination in Gaza as a result of Israeli-imposed deprivation. Clearly, he prefers the macabre spectacle of multitudes of injured and dead Palestinian civilians in Gaza and, what is more, he is allowed to express himself in such a manner without censure of any kind, safe in the knowledge that killing Palestinians has not only become normalised, but also expected.

The dehumanisation of Palestinians in the Israeli minister‚Äôs words is also reflective of how statistics contribute to the absence of Palestinians in terms of collective memory. For Israel, the numbers serve to boost the false claims of self-defence. Conversely, statistics for Palestinians depict the cycles of murder by Israeli institutions. The international community, on the other hand, is partial to the anonymity of numbers, particularly when there is no requirement other than for it to turn a blind eye until Israel decides upon the next phase of Gaza‚Äôs destruction, whereupon the UN will exhort the colonial entity‚Äôs ‚Äúright‚ÄĚ to defend itself against the colonised. In doing so, it will also affirm its contempt for human rights and resolutions by refusing to uphold the Palestinian people‚Äôs right to self-determination and, indeed, their right to resist military occupation by any means available.

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  • Vinegar Hill

    These comments are typical of an apartheid regime.

    Israel has installed an apartheid regime in the West Bank and Gaza and comments such as that made by Ariel are par for the course. It seems as if their days could well be numbered as there is a strong chance that the ICC will follow up its preliminary investigations into war crimes , violations of international law and apartheid , carried out with regularity by the rogue state of Israel.

    • Kaminoyona

      The comments are tame compared to the daily rants from millions of Muslims.

      You could quote thousands of Muslim clerics doing far worse every week.

      I guess you still do not know the actual definition of the word apartheid because the word does not apply to Israel who has Muslim Arab judges and Knesset members.
      You do know the Arabs in Gaza, East jerusalem and the West bank are not Israeli citizens ya?

      BTW Israel just before the end of last year was listed as one of the ten most powerful nations in the world.

      Suck on that jihadi boy!

      • Vinegar Hill

        Israel with it’s control in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is a fine, modern day example, of an apartheid system.

        The Israeli apartheid system can be found in three areas : there is a demarcation of distinct racial groups ; there is territorial fragmentation and racial segregation ; finally Israel’s systematic domination in the OPT with a matrix of security laws and practices.

        • si91

          That is justifiable security policy, not apartheid. If the Palestinians don’t like it, they can stop murdering Israelis.

          • Vinegar Hill

            It is not a “justifiable security policy”. Israeli apartheid policies can be found on a list as long as your arm and they are in flagrant violation of international aw and clearly qualify for multiple violations of the Apartheid Conventition.

            In democratic countries the security forces do not brutalise and murder the indigenous population without penalty. Israel, being a rogue, non-democratic country, denies Palestinians the right to life through state-sanctioned extra-judicial killings of Palestinians opposed to the occupation. Israel carries out the killing and imprisonment of political leaders and militants at times when they were not participating in hostilities. The targeted killings have often resulted in the killing of innocent bystanders. The Israeli Supreme Court has placed restraints on this knowing the ilegality of such acts. The list of Israeli obsenities goes on and on ad infinitum.

          • si91

            Yes it is justifiable security policy. If I were surrounded by jihadist barbarians, I too would do exactly as Israel is doing, as would anyone any civilized, democratic country like Israel. If the Palestinians want Israel to respect their right to life, they ought to stop their own extrajudicial killings of innocent Israelis. They merely reap what they sow. This is not Dachau, where Jews will meekly line up for the slaughter.

          • Vinegar Hill

            What you have written one would find in a schoolyard argument.

            I will paray for your soul si91….RIP

          • si91

            Look, when you babble on about the fiction of “Israeli apartheid” while ignoring the actual apartheid of the Islamic world, you have no business accusing others of being childish.

          • Vinegar Hill

            Once again a schoolyard reply hiding behind the crimes of others to avoid your own guilt.

          • si91

            Guilt? I am guilty of supporting the only sane state in the region – Israel! And I’m proud of it!

  • kirby1

    Don’t start wars, Israel like any other nation will defend itself.

    “If they choose not to surrender, then we will kill them with extreme prejudice…by dropping bombs on them, shooting them in the face, or beating them to death with our entrenching tools.”

    – Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxel

  • KOKOU AZIABA

    When Erdogan ranted at Israel there is no apartheid . When hezbollah and Iran call for annihilation of Jews is not apartheid. Nonsense people chanting accusing others