Mer om Israels planer för territorierna – nakba2

Jonathan Cooks artikel nedan gav mig anledning att fundera mer över de signaler som kommit från de militärer som nu leder Israel. Matan Vilnai som användet ordet Shoah en 33-årig veteran från IDF och andreman till Barak lurade knappast någon annan är reportar och politiker utanför Israel. I Israel finns det bara en betydelse av ordet.

Detta var vad Israels inrikesmininster hade att säga.


Det var Vilnai som för Barak arbetade ut planen att deklarera Gaza ’ett fientligt’ territorium vilket gav Israel möjlighet att strypa sådant som bränsle och elektricitet. Något som helt bryter mot det ansvar som en ockupationsmakt har för civilbefolkningen. Det var vilnai som sade att “We want to stop supplying electricity to them, stop supplying them with water and medicine, so that it would come from another place”. Något som också skedde med inbrytningen till Egypten.

Att Barak nu arbetar med planer på att deklarera stadsdelar som krigszoner där artilleri och stridflyg ska kunna angripa hela stadsdelar passar in i rapporterna om att Barak även undersöker lagligheten i att flytta delar av Gazas befolking. Om den slutgiltiga Israeliska lösningen på Gaza är att avbefolka delar eller hela remsan handlar det om en en total moralisk kollaps hos den Israeliska staten.

…Vilnai’s remark hints at that solution, as do a series of comments from cabinet ministers over the past few weeks proposing war crimes to stop the rockets. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, for example, has said that Gazans cannot be allowed “to live normal lives”; Internal Security Minister, Avi Dichter, believes Israel should take action “irrespective of the cost to the Palestinians”; and the Interior Minister, Meir Sheetrit, suggests the Israeli army should “decide on a neighborhood in Gaza and level it” after each attack.

This week Barak revealed that his officials were working on the last idea, finding a way to make it lawful for the army to direct artillery fire and air strikes at civilian neighbourhoods of Gaza in response to rocket fire. They are already doing this covertly, of course, but now they want their hands freed by making it official policy, sanctioned by the international community.

At the same time Vilnai proposed a related idea, of declaring areas of Gaza “combat zones” in which the army would have free rein and from which residents would have little choice but to flee. In practice, this would allow Israel to expel civilians from wide areas of the Strip, herding them into ever smaller spaces, as has been happening in the West Bank for some time.

All these measures – from the intensification of the siege to prevent electricity, fuel and medicines from reaching Gaza to the concentration of the population into even more confined spaces, as well as new ways of stepping up the violence inflicted on the Strip – are thinly veiled excuses for targeting and punishing the civilian population. They necessarily preclude negotiation and dialogue with Gaza’s political leaders.

Until now, it had appeared, Israel’s plan was eventually to persuade Egypt to take over the policing of Gaza, a return to its status before the 1967 war. The view was that Cairo would be even more ruthless in cracking down on the Islamic militants than Israel. But increasingly Vilnai and Barak look set on a different course.

Their ultimate goal appears to be related to Vilnai’s “shoah” comment: Gaza’s depopulation, with the Strip squeezed on three sides until the pressure forces Palestinians to break out again into Egypt. This time, it may be assumed, there will be no chance of return.

Jonathan Cook: The Meaning of Gaza’s Shoah

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