On this historic day of the International Court of Justice hearing of South Africa v Israel, Israelis Against Apartheid would like to express our gratitude and support for South Africa’s appeal to stop the genocide in Gaza.
In recent months, we have witnessed and alerted about the genocidal intent and genocidal actions of our government.
We have in the past and recently called for international intervention in defence of the Palestinian population, and we are hopeful this is a first step to achieve that.
We are also greatly concerned about other ongoing war crimes that are being carried out against the Palestinian population, not only in Gaza but also in the West Bank.
Israel, like perpetrators of other historic genocides, has developed a culture of a dehumanising discourse to rationalise and justify its genocidal actions alongside calls to ethnically cleanse and recolonise Gaza.
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Furthermore, Israeli citizens who are opposing the current genocidal war on Gaza are suffering unprecedented political persecution, such as severe limitations to their right to protest, violent arrests, loss of jobs and death threats from right-wing militants.
The situation is critical. The Israeli apartheid state is transforming to a full-scale fascist regime. Soldiers and armed citizens are roaming the country, with an understanding that there is no limit to what they are permitted to do in defence of Jewish supremacy and Jewish rule.
The massive use of “dumb bombs” targeting everyone in Gaza, the displacement of the Gazan population, the refusal to stop the war, no matter the price, and military practices that endanger the remaining captives, show that the two declared aims of the war – dismantling Hamas and bringing the abducted back home – are not the cabinet’s goals. It is convinced that the Israeli political and military objective is to cleanse Gaza of its Palestinian population through death and expulsion.
An immediate halt of Israel’s genocidal assault is imperative. It is also the only hope of freeing the surviving Israeli hostages held in Gaza. Palestinian hostages, political prisoners – including child prisoners and hundreds of prisoners held without charges by Israel – must also be unconditionally freed.
As Israelis of Jewish origin, we insist: Never again, for anyone!
It is essential to prevent Israel from carrying out its declared plan to complete the Nakba that it began in 1948.
Only then can we begin to dismantle Israeli apartheid, restore the rights of the Palestinian indigenous population – including the implementation of the right of return, recognised in UN resolution 194 – and begin to co-create a decolonised Palestine, where all citizens will have equal rights regardless of their faith, their ethnic group or their national identity. – Israelis Against Apartheid