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The Truth About Apartheid Israel in Gaza

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Lauren Booth

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Peace to you. So finally, at the truth about Israel is coming out what millions of people around the world, particularly the Palestinians, and those in the region have known is that from its inception, Israel has been an is an apartheid regime, not my words. Our report today by Amnesty International and having been to Palestine myself, I have seen firsthand the terrible, awful abuses and unimaginable pain that the people's struggles through there. I think it's time now that will lead as they stand up to apartheid. Surely, this report by Amnesty now is going to bring some change and wherever you are in the world, whatever faith you are, whatever you do for a living, whatever your

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background, ask yourself, should I really be going to Tel Aviv? Should I really be flying into Tel Aviv to go on a nice holiday on stolen land, where people are literally being denied basic rights? Again, not my word. This is from the report. Our report reveals the true extent of Israel's apartheid regime says Amnesty International, whether they live in Gaza, East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank, or Israel itself. Palestinians are treated as an inferior racial group and systematically systematically. Deprived of their rights. We found that Israel's cruel policies of segregation, dispossession and exclusion across all territories, under its control, clearly amount

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to apartheid. The international community has an obligation to act Amnesty International Secretary General ask yourself about why this matters. Why it must matter to humanity in the whole world. What kind of world we want to live in? How can we tolerate this and how can we change it? I made the coming video and I really recommend that you watch it and Sharla to know that this is not a new thing. It's not like oh, today there's been a few mistakes and yeah, we'll.

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conquered by the Crusaders in 1100. Gaza was liberated in 1187 by saladan.

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Restored to her original glory, the beautiful coastal enclave became the capital of Palestine under the Mamluks and continue to prosper during Ottoman rule.

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A rich and fertile land, Gaza remained a city of cultural and academic importance for another 400 years, until the decline of the Ottoman Empire in 1900.

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Gaza was conquered in 1918, falling under British Mandate rule until 1948.

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Live with practically normally Gaza was a small town

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30,000 inhabitants

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very beautiful, very sparse, very empty.

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surrounded with orange groves, because of that magical place, and this is where I grew up. In 1948, things started to change when we had the influx of refugees coming from the south of Palestine. And I think as at the time received something like 50 to 60,000, who came mostly from the south, everybody assumed at the time, I think that this is a temporary arrangement,

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and they will go back, but of course, they never went back. May the 14th 1948 marked Israel's Declaration of Independence. In the months that followed, Palestinians fleeing Jewish terrorism, flocked to the Gaza Strip, homeless and hungry, the ethnically dispossessed came largely from the city of Yafa and surrounding areas, and from the bear Shiva region in the Negev.

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Almost a quarter of a million refugees fled to Gaza, whose original inhabitants number just 80,000

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Moshe Dayan of the Jewish militia Haganah later became the Israeli forces Chief of Staff. He told the Haaretz newspaper in 1969 Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages. And I do not blame you. Because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. There is not one single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population from 1940

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g8 Until now, a massive number of my family left Gaza because many of them went abroad to either to study or to earn a living. Half of my cousins died of cancer. A lot of them are buried in Gaza some of them are not. Why is cancer prevalent in Gaza? Do you think why Gaza has one of the highest polluted

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wat atmospheres that you can possibly imagine? A the Israelis have bombarded us with pollutants in our water system in our air in every possible way they can and we also are very close to the Dimona reactor, and so you find that so many people die of cancer and of unknown forms of cancer. I've seen children with three arms and four legs and two heads, I mean, the most abnormal

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results of pollutions that you can imagine. And I know that this is the magic part of it Israelis do.

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toxic and carcinogenic metals able to produce genetic mutations have been found in the body tissues of people wounded in Gaza during Israeli military operations of 2006 and 2009.

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The new weapons Research Group carried out studies showing that experimental weapons whose effects are still to be assessed were being used by Israeli forces.

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The metals found in the wound tissues of those injured points to the possibility of fecal mutations and cancers. Long term environmental effects are also expected.

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In 1956. During the attack on Swiss, the Israeli army actually entered Gaza, and the Egyptian army that was in Gaza

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into Sinai. So my father contacted the UN. And he said, We must go and meet the Israelis because if we don't, we don't know what they will do. And in actual fact, by the time they did that, the Israelis came in and they killed a huge number of Palestinians.

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On November the third 1956, Israeli forces occupy the town of Han Eunice and the adjacent refugee camp.

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Homes in hon Yunus are raided at random amid accusations by Israel of resistance.

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After the troops withdraw under American pressure, a mass grave is on earth in March 1957. The grave contains the bodies of 40 Arabs shot in the back of the head with their hands tied

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and UNRWA investigation into the massacre. Later finds the Israelis have murdered 275 civilians in a single day.

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Jewish settlers in Gaza numbered 8000 in 2005, when they were removed by the Zionist authority, their presence and the checkpoints erected for them caused misery to the 1.5 million Palestinian locals. The settlers had controlled 25% of the territory 40% of the arable land and the larger share of the scarce water resources.

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They are trying to make it into a Jewish land and there is no place for anybody else. Palestine was never country for one religion, it it always had everybody. These are the people who supposedly suffered in the Holocaust. They apply the same methods to us if not.

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Between the 27th of December 2008 and the 18th of January 2009. An estimated million and a half tons of explosives were dropped by Israel onto the Gaza Strip.

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IDF tanks and helicopter gunships launched ruthless attacks on vulnerable targets, such as schools, shelters and hospitals. 14 119 Palestinians were killed 5300 were injured.

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Gaza has been under total or partial blockade since 2005. We are now going through through this is the longest occupation in the 21st century or 20th century. But Hitler the third draft fell, the Soviet Union fell the Roman Empire went American Empire is on its way out

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I

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just think I believe in time.

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Maybe I won't live to see it.

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But there's no doubt in my mind that this thing will change.