David Norris, an openly gay Irish senator and human rights activist, spoke out against the direction Israel has taken in recent years with regard to butchering the Palestinian people. Norris made it very clear that it is possible to support Israel as a state and still condemn their increasingly violent and hateful actions.
Recently, Moshe Feiglin, deputy speaker of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, called for concentration camps and the extermination of the Palestinian people. In an August 1 Facebook post, he outlined a plan he called for the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters.”
“This is our country – our country exclusively,” he wrote, “including Gaza.” He urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to “turn Gaza into Jaffa,” a city that was ethnically cleaned by Israeli militias in 1948.
Feiglin wrote that the Israeli army must “designate certain open areas on the Sinai border, adjacent to the sea, in which the civilian population will be concentrated, far from the built-up areas that are used for launches and tunneling. In these areas, tent encampments will be established, until relevant emigration destinations are determined.” He added that the supply of water and electricity to “formerly populated” areas should be disconnected and for those areas to be “shelled with maximum fire power. The entire civilian and military infrastructure of Hamas, its means of communication and of logistics, will be destroyed entirely, down to their foundations.”
At this point, the Israeli army would “exterminate nests of resistance, in the event that any should remain,” according to Feiglin’s plan.
“Israel will start searching for emigration destinations and quotas for the refugees from Gaza,” Feiglin wrote, but “those who insist on staying, if they can be proven to have no affiliation with Hamas, will be required to publicly sign a declaration of loyalty to Israel, and receive a blue ID card similar to that of the Arabs of East Jerusalem.”
All of the deputy speaker’s suggestions are crimes, according to the Genocide Convention, which defines genocide as acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such.” This includes killing members of a group, causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of a group, and numerous other infractions.
These sentiments were recently echoed by an Israeli newspaper, and picked up by numerous other publications and have been shared by numerous others–most recently, the living fossil known as Joan Rivers.
Norris, like many others (including AATTP) supports Israel’s right to exist as a state. However, he sees that the state of Israel has somehow become that which they hate: an extremist, right-wing state that considers genocide to be an option.
“I am not anti-Israeli, I am not anti-Semitic. I supported the state of Israel. In the forty years I have known the state of Israel and sometimes had a home there I’ve seen it completely changed,” he said.
“It changed from a left-wing socially directed country, to an extreme right-wing regime, that is behaving in the most criminal fashion and defying the world. Using — unscrupulously using — the Holocaust to justify what they are doing and it is time that rag was torn away from them,” Norris added.
“I am with human rights whether they are, Israeli, gay, women, black, whatever they are. I am not changing my position. I am not anti-Israel I am not anti-Semitic but I am pro human rights for every human,” he concluded.
Everyone should hear the words spoken by this brave man: