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How many more Gaza children must die before Israel is taken to war crimes court?

In this interview on Gaza’s al-Kitab TV, Palestinian writer and activist Haidar Eid explains the importance of the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

“Boycott has become a culture of resistance and solidarity that has been established in the international culture that stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people,” Eid says, “exactly as it had been established against the apartheid regime in South Africa.”

But Eid says there is a need to push further: “We want to reach the phase in which Israel is held accountable.”

Eid says that Israel’s ability to “carry out three genocidal wars” on Gaza since 2008 “is due to the absence of accountability.”

Eid is sharply critical of the official Palestinian political leadership’s failure to ratify the Rome Statute which would give Palestinians access to the International Criminal Court.

“I do not understand how many children need to be killed in Shujaiya and Beit Hanoun and Khuzaa for the Palestinian leadership to be convinced of the necessity and importance of submitting these applications,” Eid says.

The clip is in Arabic with English subtitltes.

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One of the typical myths surrounding the creation of Israel that we hear in America, tries to convince us that there were hardly any Arabs or Palestinians there in the first place. A look at history lets us know, “In 1897 (Zionism), led by a European journalist named Theodor Herzl, coalesced in the First Zionist Congress, held in Basle, Switzerland, which established the World Zionist Organization, representing 117 groups the first year; 900 the next.
“While Zionists considered such places as Argentina, Uganda, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, and Texas, they eventually settled on Palestine for the location of their proposed Jewish State, even though Palestine was already inhabited by a population that was 93-96 percent non-Jewish. The best analysis says the population was 96 percent Muslims and Christians, who owned 99 percent of the land.
“After the Zionist Congress, Vienna’s rabbis sent two of their number to explore Palestine as a possible Jewish state. These rabbis recognized the obstacle that Palestinians presented to the plan, writing home: ‘The bride is beautiful, but she is married to another man.’ Still, Zionists ultimately pushed forward. Numerous Zionist diary entries, letters, and other documents show that they decided to push out these non-Jews – financially, if possible; violently if necessary.”
Far before WWII ever started Zionists realized and admitted the native Palestinians that lived there and had for thousands of years posed a significant obstacle to their plans. Far from uninhabited. It doesn't make you a bad person, racist, anti-Semitic or a self-hating Jew to disagree with Israel, just a person with a conscience, good morals and compassion.

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