By Ahmed Abu Artema
In a news report that has become almost commonplace, Israeli occupation forces committed yet another massacre on July 3, 2023, in the Jenin refugee camp for Palestinians.
As of the time of writing this article, there have been ten fatalities and approximately fifty Palestinians injured, with the number expected to rise.
The colonial state of Israel, under the leadership of its most extremist government, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, Ben Gvir, and Smotrich, believes that shedding Palestinian blood is the easiest way to preserve their coalition government from disintegration.
Netanyahu, through the killing of more Palestinians, attempts to appease his government partners, who in turn seek to satisfy their racist constituents.
A few days before the latest massacre, precisely on June 23, Minister Ben Gvir stated:
“We need to have a full and whole settlement here. Not only here, but in all of the hills here around us. We need to settle the land of Israel . In addition to settling the land. We need a military operation: Taking down the buildings, and telling terrorists. Not one or two, but dozens and hundreds , and if need be thousands! because this is the only way to strengthen control.”
Ben Gvir’s statements were made during his visit to the settlement outpost of “Evitar” on Mount Sabih in the town of Beitah, south of Nablus in the northern West Bank.
Ben Gvir’s statements do not represent a minority of extremists in Israel; rather, they epitomize the essence of the settlement project, which entails the seizure of all lands.
By “Israeli land,” they mean the territories where Palestinians reside in the West Bank, and they also mean killing Palestinians and demolishing their homes over their heads.
When Ben Gvir, who holds an official position within the colonial government, calls for the killing of thousands of Palestinians whom he labels as terrorists, he effectively means the extermination of all Palestinians.
This is an explicit call for genocide and ethnic cleansing that ought to be brought to trial before international courts.
Statistics from human rights organizations indicate that the number of Palestinians killed by Israel since the beginning of this year, 2023, has exceeded 190.
Ben Gvir’s statements constitute a clear call for further bloodshed, while Netanyahu’s attempt to appease his coalition partners by killing Palestinians indicates the sense of impunity felt by these criminal leaders.
The Zionist colonial massacre against the Palestinian people has persisted for more than 76 years.
With each new Zionist crime, more children lose their fathers, more mothers mourn their sons, and an unending array of tragic stories unfolds within Palestinian households.
However, faced with this overt ethnic cleansing, Palestinians possess only one choice: to remain deeply rooted in their land and confront colonial attempts to uproot them.
They face the Israeli death machine, supported by Western governments, armed with their modest resistance tools, and filled with unwavering faith that their rendezvous with freedom awaits.