March 30 is Palestinian Land Day (Yawm al Ard) on which Palestinians and all decent folk around the world mark the ethnic cleansing of 90% of Palestine by rZionist-run Apartheid Israel. Israel responded by shooting Palestinian protestors in the West Bank and Gaza, killing 1 and injuring 300. The Australian ABC (the equivalent of the UK BBC) reported “Medics in the Gaza Strip said the soldiers used live fire to prevent protesters from approaching the border of the coastal enclave. The protests were much quieter than last year, when Israeli forces fired on hundreds of people who scaled the border fence from Syria and Lebanon, killing 11 people” (ABC News, “Palestinian killed in West Bank Land Day rallies”, 31 March 2012).
On 30 March 1976 a mass strike was called by the Palestinian National Committee for the Protection of Palestinian Lands in Israel after Israeli authorities adumbrated the further confiscation of thousands of acres of Palestinian land in Galilee and making them closed military zones i.e. further moves in the “Judaisation” of Galilee. Palestinians protested peacefully but the Israeli authorities sent military and police into striking Palestinian villages. In response to stone throwing by Palestinian villagers the Israelis opened fire on unarmed Palestinian protestors, killing 6 and wounding hundreds. Many were arrested and curfews were imposed on a number of villages and towns. 30 March has been subsequently commemorated as Palestinian Land Day to mark what is now the alienation and ethnic cleansing of about 90% of historical Palestine by the genocidal racist Zionists.
Australians For Palestine (AFP), which ”seeks to dispel the myths and disinformation about Palestine in Australia” has written thus on the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine [detailed maps provided] (2012): “Background. For Palestinians, their land is their identity and this has been taken away from them in ever-increasing amounts since the United Nations decided to partition historic Palestine in 1947. The, the total area of historic Palestine was 6.5 million acres, with only a mere 370,000 acres under Jewish control. The Palestinians , who formed the majority population, owned some 2.25 million acres under various titles with the rest came under the Islamic trust (waqf) and what we would call today “state land”.
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. The UN Partition, which divided the land into 56 per cent for the Jewish State, 43 per cent for the Arab State with Jerusalem designated as an International Zone, never eventuated. Instead, the forcible dispossession of Palestinians began even for Israel was declared a state in 1948. Jewish Zionist leaders knew that Israel’s existence could only be assured by ridding it of the indigenous Palestinian population. Zionist militia groups used physical and psychological terror tactics to force Palestinians to flee their homes in towns and villages and then took control of 5 million acres of land. Some 400 Palestinian villages and towns were ethnically cleansed, but the Palestinians never thought for a moment that they would become “permanent” refugees. To obliterate any evidence of these villages, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) planted hundreds of thousands of non-native trees in their place. In effect, the new State of Israel took a further 22 per cent of Palestinian land, and to this day, has denied the indigenous Palestinians their right if return.
Israel’s illegal land grabs are continuing. Since the 1967 war, when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinians have been victims of a new wave of land expropriations and have witnessed the demolition of their homes and the razing of their farmlands to make way for illegal Israeli settlements, military posts, the Wall and Israeli-only freeways
The Palestinians who remained living in what had become Israel also feel the effects of Israel’s illegal land policies that favor Jewish citizens. For six decades Israel has refused to allow any new towns or villages to accommodate the growth rate of Palestinians. A 1961 law, which states that the JNF exists :for the purpose of settling Jews on such lands and properties”, blatantly discriminates on the basis if ethnicity” (see Australians For Palestine (AFP) and Women For Palestine (Melbourne), “Palestinian Land Day [Yawm al Ard]”, Briefing Paper, 30 March 2012).
However the ethnic cleansing of Palestine goes well beyond the removal of Palestinians from 90% of historical Palestine. Thus the Syrian Golan Heights that has been occupied by Apartheid Israel since 1967 has been almost completely ethnically cleansed of it’s formerly about 150,000 inhabitants. In 1880 there were about 0.5 million Indigenous Palestinians and of the 25,000 Jews in Palestine half were immigrants. Palestinian casualties of war violence total about 80,000 since 1948 and about 100,000 since 1936. However one must also consider avoidable Palestinian deaths from war-, expulsion- and occupation-imposed deprivation that now total about 1.9 million since 1948. Palestinian refugees total about 7 million. This has been a Palestinian Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention.
In contrast, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry: “From 1920 through 1999, a total of 2,500 residents of Mandatory Palestine and, since 1948, the State of Israel fell victims to hostile enemy action; in most cases, terrorist attacks” and “1,218 people have been killed by Palestinian violence and terrorism since September 2000”.
The race-based, Zionist-run State of Israel is a democracy by genocide. Of about 12 million Palestinians only the adults of 1.6 million Palestinian Israelis (21% of the Israeli population) can vote for the government ruling all of Palestine plus part of Lebanon and a near-completely ethnically cleansed part of Syria, albeit as third class citizens. 1.6 million Occupied Palestinians are abusively confined to the Gaza Concentration Camp and 2.7 million Occupied Palestinians live under highly abusive military rule in West Bank Bantustans. About 6 million Palestinians are forbidden to even live in Palestine. There are 5.9 million Jewish Israelis and 0.3 million non-Jewish and non-Arab Israelis (Google “Palestinian Genocide”: and see the recent book “The Plight of the Palestinians”).
Each year Israel passively kills about 3,000 Occupied Palestinian infants, passively murders about 5,600 Occupied Palestinians through deprivation and violently kills another circa 600 Occupied Palestinians. Decent anti-racists around the World must Boycott Apartheid Israel and its racist supporters just as it successfully boycotted Apartheid Israel-supported Apartheid South Africa after the Sharpeville Massacre (69 Africans killed) (Google “Boycott Apartheid Israel” ).
The genocidal evil of Zionism extends well beyond Palestine to the Zionist-backed US War on Muslims that has killed 12 million Muslims since 1990 in a swathe of countries from Somalia to Pakistan, the breakdown of post-1990 violent deaths and avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation being 4.6 million (Iraq, 1990-2012), 5.6 million (Afghanistan, 2001-2012), 2.2 million (Somalia, 1992-2012, 0.15 million (Palestine, 1990-2012) and 0.1 million (Libya, 2011-2012).
The above estimates are consonant with under-5 infant deaths totaling 2.0 million (Iraq, 1990-2012), 2.9 million (Afghanistan, 2001-2012), 1.3 million (Somalia, 1992-2012), 0.1 million (Palestine, 1990-2012) and data not yet available (Libya, 2011-2012)(90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes in gross contravention of the Geneva Convention) and refugees totaling 5-6 million (Iraq, 1990-2012), 3-4 million (Afghanistan, 2001-2012), 2 million (Somalia, 1992-2012), 7 million (Palestine, 1990-2012) and 1.3 million (Libya, 2011-2012) (Google "Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide").
The Zionists have also egregiously subverted and perverted the Western democracies (for very detailed account sent to Australia media, MPs and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) (see ."50 Ways Racist Zionists & Israeli State Terrorism threaten Australia & YOUR country too ", Bellaciao, 14 March 2010).
In Australia, the pro-Zionist, slavishly pro-US major parties (*the Liberal-National Party Coalition and Labor, aka the Lib-Labs) support spending billions of dollars on religious schools, including those brainwashing children against the words of outstanding Jewish American scholar Professor Jared Diamond who in his best-selling book "Collapse” (Prologue, p10, Penguin edition) enunciated the "moral principle, namely that it is morally wrong for one people to dispossess, subjugate, or exterminate another people" – an injunction grossly violated by racist Zionist (RZ)-run Apartheid Israel and its racist, genocide-committing and genocide-ignoring US Alliance backers.
Further, in Apartheid Israel-supporting Australia (that treats its Indigenous Australian Aboriginals as badly as Israel treats Indigenous Palestinians), donations to the Jewish National Fund (intimately involved in the Palestinian Genocide) are tax deductible, whereas sending a donation to an orphanage in the Gaza Concentration Camp could attract a punishment of up to life imprisonment under Australia's racially-motivated anti-terrorism laws (see "Anti-Terrorism Act 2005", Wikipedia ).
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