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It's the Occupation, Stupid

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They're unfairly called culturally inferior, dirty, lecherous, untrustworthy, religiously fanatical, violent, gun-toting terrorists. They're targeted for wanting to live free. Innocent men, women and children are punished.

Punitive taxes harm them. Vital services are withheld. Wages are too low to live on. Land belonging to them is stolen. Homes and other property are destroyed. Refugees are prohibited from returning. Their rightful capital is called Israel's alone. Peace roadmaps go nowhere.

Fear traumatizes children. Closed borders, checkpoints, roadblocks, electric fences, enclosed population centers, Jew's only roads, and Israel's Annexation Wall prevent free movement. Regular curfews are imposed.

Heroic freedom fighters fill Israel's gulag. Collective punishment is policy. So are daily incursions, home invasions, lawless arrests, torture, targeted assassinations, and denial of fundamental human and civil rights.

Crimes of war, against humanity, and genocide are committed with impunity. Rule of law principles don't protect them. A repressive foreign army occupies their land. Lives are lived in limbo.

Besides other notable areas, hell on earth resides in Palestine. Gaza is its epicenter. It's been that way for 45 years and counting.

Occupied Palestine isn't occupied said former Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy. During his judicial tenure, he supported this view in a 2005 case. Other High Court justices rejected it.

Militarized occupation controls Palestine. Israel admits it. Permanency defines it. Anything Israel does is OK because what it says goes. Who'll challenge policy no matter how lawless, ill-conceived, unjustifiable, and against even the most fancifully stretched normative standards.

Yes, we can, no, you can't is policy. That's what occupation is all about. Tyranny defines it. Author Sandy Tolan calls it the "show that time and the world forgot."

It covers land the size of Delaware. It's out of sight and mind to most people. Headlines don't explain. Anything Israel does is OK no matter how lawless, disturbing, and harmful. Palestinian resistance is called terrorism.

Symbols matter. Lies become truths. Israel's winning the battle for control over every square dunum it wants. Palestinians are marginalized and denied. Who cares about unwanted people? They're forgotten out of sight and mind.

Palestinians thought Oslo granted them 22% of historic Palestine. Instead they got a 10% no-state solution at best. Once Israel steals all parts of Judea and Sumaria it wants, they'll have canonized rump state isolation without sovereignty on worthless scrubland.

Control over their own land, air, resources, or borders is denied. Drilling for fresh water is verboten. Challenging Israeli authority risks injury, imprisonment or death. 

It's the occupation, stupid. Israeli intransigency perpetuates it. Freedom remains an unfulfilled hope. It springs eternal. Maybe next time.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed

His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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