[News] Ethnic Cleansing - Israel pushing Palestinians to leave Gaza
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Israel pushing Palestinians to leave Gaza
Maureen Clare Murphy
<https://electronicintifada.net/people/maureen-clare-murphy> - 19 August
Israel is actively encouraging and ready to facilitate mass emigration
of Palestinians from Gaza, according to a senior government official.
“Israel is ready to carry the costs of helping Gazans emigrate,” and
would potentially use air force bases in Israel for that purpose, /The
Times of Israel/ reported
The unnamed official, in Kyiv as part of Benjamin Netanyahu’s delegation
to Ukraine, added that more than 35,000 Palestinians left the coastal
enclave last year.
Two million Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip, which has been
subjected to a punishing Israeli economic blockade for 12 years and
repeated military offensives.
Residents of the territory have been plunged into poverty and cut off
from the rest of Palestine and the wider world.
Every two in three Palestinians in Gaza is a refugee from lands inside
what is now Israel. That government forbids them from exercising their
right to return as enshrined in international law because they are not Jews.
The senior Israeli official was reported by /The Times of Israel/ as
saying that his government is asking countries to absorb Palestinians
emigrating from Gaza.
“The official said the National Security Council had been spearheading
the effort, with Netanyahu’s blessing, for about a year,” /The Times of
Israel/ added. It has also been “discussed in the security cabinet
No European or Middle Eastern country has agreed to participate in the
scheme, according to the publication. The official did not say whether
any other governments are cooperating.
The revelation is an example of how ideas that supposedly exist only at
the extreme fringes of Israeli politics are often not far from
During Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza, Moshe Feiglin, then deputy speaker
of Israel’s parliament, proposed a plan
to “concentrate” Palestinians in Gaza in border camps and “exterminate”
any who resisted, while destroying all civilian housing and infrastructure.
Feiglin, who represented Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, suggested that
“Israel will start searching for emigration destinations and quotas for
the refugees from Gaza.”
Increased emigration from Gaza
Emigration from Gaza – including among recent university graduates, who
face the highest unemployment rates in the world – has been on the rise
It is no secret that Israeli leaders have maximalist designs on all of
historic Palestine. Making life unbearable to coerce Palestinians to
leave their land is the primary motivation of many of Israel’s policies
in the West Bank and Gaza.
But Israeli officials generally don’t admit to it or tell media that
government offices are executing such plans.
Human rights groups have long stated that the economic blockade on Gaza
is an act of collective punishment, imposed after Hamas took control of
internal affairs in the territory in 2007. Israel says it is a security
The International Committee of the Red Cross has affirmed
that Israel’s siege is an illegal act of collective punishment.
Critics of the blockade contend that Israel’s siege and repeated
military assaults on Gaza are aimed at breaking resistance to the
Since early 2018, more than 200 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed
during Great March of Return
calling for an end to Israel’s siege. Those demonstrations have also
demanded that Palestinian refugees be allowed to exercise their right to
Israeli occupation forces have killed more than 100 Palestinians in Gaza
outside the context of protests during that same period.
Eight Palestinians killed in Gaza
On Saturday, three Palestinians were killed by Israeli helicopter and
tank fire along the northern Gaza-Israel boundary.
that the slain men – identified
<https://twitter.com/press221/status/1162958718092357632> by Gaza’s
health ministry as Mahmoud Adel al-Walayda, 24, Muhammad Farid Abu
Namous, 27 and Muhammad Samir al-Taramsi, 26 – were armed.
Israeli media reported that the deadly strike on Gaza followed the
launch of three rockets from the territory, causing no injuries. A
rocket was also reportedly fired from Gaza on Friday and intercepted
before it landed in Israel.
The killing of the three men brings to eight the number of Palestinians
from Gaza slain by Israel in a single week.
Occupation forces killed
four armed Palestinians as they allegedly attempted to breach the
Gaza-Israel boundary on 10 August.
The following day, Israeli forces killed another Palestinian
who shot at soldiers while he attempted to cross the boundary.
On Monday, factions in Gaza warned
Israel that the Strip is “a volcano about to erupt.”
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