Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 24 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 6/8/20

America and Israel: partners in colonial genocide

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages) (View How Many People Read This)   3 comments
Author 510691
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Rainer Shea
Become a Fan
  (10 fans)


(Image by Rainer Shea)   Details   DMCA

The reactionary class of white settlers in the United States has responded to Black Lives Matter with the same defensiveness that Israeli settlers have responded to the Palestinian liberation movement. They've demonized Black Lives Matter as a hateful cult, they've supported the efforts from their country's police and military to suppress the movement, they've characterized the efforts from the colonized group to gain more power as an attack on white people (like how right-wing Zionists characterize all opposition to their ideology as anti-Semitism). It's part of the effort to justify the ongoing genocide and oppression that both of these settler-colonial states are built upon.

"Even the blind can see these people did wrong," the Native rapper Ant Loc says in a song about what the settlers have done to the continent's colonized peoples. Through deliberately spreading disease and slaughtering indigenous communities, European colonizers killed around 90% of the indigenous population, or 56 million Natives. The forced relocation, enslavement, and persecution of the people of Africa also consisted of genocide, as the 1951 petition We Charge Genocide explained:

It is sometimes incorrectly thought that genocide means the complete and definitive destruction of a race or people. The Genocide Convention, however, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 9, 1948, defines genocide as any killings on the basis of race, or, in it specific words, as "killing members of the group"-- We maintain, therefore, that the oppressed Negro citizens of the United States, segregated, discriminated against and long the target of violence, suffer from genocide as the result of the consistent, conscious, unified policies of every branch of government.

Settlers in both America and Israel prefer not to think that the term "genocide" applies to what's been done by the system they benefit from. A cultural myth surrounds the processes with which the indigenous First Nations and Palestine were colonized; the colonization of the First Nations is portrayed as a necessary part of "manifest destiny" and the creation of the "greatest country on earth," while the colonization of Palestine is portrayed as necessary for letting "God's chosen people" return to their rightful homeland. To preserve this mythology of settler-colonialism, they try to erase the colonial atrocities that continue to be committed every day.

What's being done to the Palestinians is equivalent to the genocide against the Africans and the First Nations people. After being forcibly transferred from the lands Israel has gained in the last century, the Palestinians in Gaza are experiencing deliberate deprivations of resources and discriminatory violence from the Israeli military, all while Israel enforces dozens of apartheid laws for Palestinians within its borders. Israel's government covers up this reality by systematically lying about abuses from its armed forces, by falsely painting killed Palestinians as "human shields" for Hamas (or more broadly by painting the resisting Palestinians as tools for Islamic extremism), and by propagating the narrative that Israel is the "only democracy in the Middle East."

When Zionism has established this narrative about terrorists trying to destroy a crucial haven for the Jews, it's easy for the settlers to ignore or rationalize any evidence that Israel is doing wrong to the Palestinians. It's the colonizer's fear of the colonized that motivates everyday Israelis to intuitively advocate for genocide against Palestinians, as demonstrated by Abby Martin's interviews that show Israeli settlers expressing desire for mass slaughter against the people on the other side of the Gaza barrier. Ethnic cleansing is seen as the solution to the indigenous backlash.

In this moment of crisis, the American settler is gaining the same intensely warlike mentality that the Israeli settler has long had. Encouraged by the endorsements of violence against protesters from Fox News and President Trump, white supremacist groups are shooting at Black Lives Matter protesters and infiltrating protests to act as agent provocateurs. The U.S. police and the army, which have largely been infiltrated by far-groups, are killing and maiming people at the protests often indiscriminately. All future violence against the movement will be tacitly endorsed by the country's reactionary figures, because they don't see George Floyd's murder as an injustice. They see it as just another instance of the police doing their job.

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Rainer Shea Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Rainer Shea is writing articles that counter the propaganda of the capitalist/imperialist power establishment, and that help move us towards a socialist revolution. Donate to me on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=11988744

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

China is Saving the Uighurs From Jihadist Indoctrination

Do Americans Know How Close They Are To Dictatorship?

The coming U.S. regime change attempt in Bolivia

Counting down to civilization's collapse

As the American Empire Collapses, It Could Launch WW 3

The fall of the U.S. empire and the coming economic crash

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: