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Fascists R Us: Trump/ Pompeo's Denial that Israeli Squatting on Palestinian Land is Illegal

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Israel is in extensive violation of all of these provisions.

Article 49, Fourth Geneva Convention, says, "The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population in the territory it occupies."

So here's the thing. There isn't any difference in this regard between the Israeli government and Mussolini. Just as Mussolini invaded and annexed Nice and Corsica, the Israelis invaded Gaza and the West Bank in 1967, at a time when the civilian Palestinian population was not militarized and not directly involved in the Egyptian-Jordanian-Syrian war with Israel. Israel has annexed large tracts of the Palestinian West Bank.

And it has flooded some 600,000 squatters into Palestine (not to mention all the squatters around Jerusalem on annexed territory), just as Mussolini sent all those Italians into Libya. This is just naked aggression and colonialism.

Israelis like to take the 1947 UN General Assembly partition plan for British Mandate Palestine as their charter of legitimacy, even though the UNGA does not have any legal authority to decide such things. But even so, that plan did not award the West Bank and Gaza to Israel, and that denial was implicit in the 1949 Armistice among the belligerents.

Given that the whole creation of the international-law category of war crimes with the Geneva Conventions was in part intended to ensure that never again could the Jewish people be genocided, it is a supreme and ugly irony that no one has done more to undermine and destroy international law concerning occupied populations than the State of Israel.

So what Pompeo said is that the French who lost their lives fighting Mussolini's invasion were on the wrong side of history, and that the United States now ex post facto regrets George W. Patton's assault on Italy and US backing for Libyan independence.

The official policy of the United States is now that it is all right to annex neighbors' land and to settle it with your own squatters.

Pompeo has become Mussolini, in the same way that Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu long since had.

Ezra Pound began his Pisan Canto LXXIV lamenting the death of "Ben" Mussolini, hung by his heels. The US military wanted to execute him for his active support of Italian Fascism. In turn, it was the aggressive militarism and severe human rights abuses of the fascist Italian state that provoked that animus.

I know what Gen. Patton and Gen. Omar Bradley and Gen. Ike Eisenhower thought of Mussolini. I know what they would think of Pompeo running up the white flag of surrender to Fascist policy.

We have met the Fascists and they are us.

Bonus Video:

The Guardian: "Mike Pompeo announces softer US stance on Israel's Jewish settlements"

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Juan Cole is an American academic and commentator on the modern Middle East and South Asia.  He is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. Since 2002, he has written a weblog, Informed Comment (more...)

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