STATE OF PALESTINE – Zionists’ Unethical Land Grab of 1948
GAZA STRIP & WEST BANK, Palestine
A FIRST HAND PERSONAL VISIT AND WITNESS TO THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT
The Israel /Palestine conflict is one we all frequently hear in the news. It is a complicated issue that began with the Zionists planning well before World War II and ended after the war when the United States & England, with the assistance of the United Nations, militarily and financially helped to create a new Jewish state that today we know as Israel. It has created chaos, hatred and warfare in that part of the world ever since. But who is right and who is wrong? That depends on your point of view and your timeline.
Inti Raymi Fund decided to visit the Gaza Strip and West Bank because there is an urgent need for humanitarian aid in the area. We had one of the most life changing experiences there as we saw the true consequences of all this discord. Prior to entering Gaza Strip, Inti Raymi Fund had to receive formal written permission from the Israeli Department of Defense and had to be affiliated or recommended by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (“UNRWA”). The Gaza Strip is completely locked down and fenced in with identical conditions of a maximum security prison. No one in or out without a very special cause and the Israeli government’s approval. A 700 km concrete wall that is roughly 30 feet tall separates the Palestinians from Israelis in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. All we can say is that the conditions are inhumane and genocidal.
The Inti Raymi Fund was founded to assist people in need. The goal is not to judge, but to respect the basic human rights of all people. After traveling to over 74 countries, this encampment in Gaza Strip was something we were not prepared to see. This is why we urge you to get better informed and decide for yourself. The Inti Raymi Fund fights for the dignity in all humans, regardless of race, religion or country. Some of the photographs in this particular page are graphic; we apologize if the content might be offensive to some.
THE INTI RAYMI FUND’S INVOLVEMENT
Article 3 of the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UNDRIP”), allows Indigenous Peoples the right to self-determination on all governing and economic affairs. In the spirit of this declaration, we visited with 435 women in five different locations within Gaza belonging to the Sunbula Weavers Group and asked them, “What do you need and how can we help you?” We discussed a myriad of self-help projects to be collectively arranged such as sewing equipment, computers, vehicles for the delivery of goods or raw materials, computers for commerce and learning, etc. After all the options were on the table, and due to the economic embargo imposed and 100% “lock-down” by the Israeli Zionists on the Gaza Strip disallowing all connection to the outside world, the overwhelming response from the women we visited with was “cash in hand”. These women did not have the ability to look one year, one month, or even one week ahead; they needed to feed their children and families with urgency. For us, this was desperate and heart wrenching. Furthering their need was the fact that Ramadan, one of the Muslim’s most holy holidays was only 48 hours away. During this special holiday, faithful Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink during daylight hours; however, upon the Imam (leader) calling off the fast after sunset, families gather each evening and celebrate with food and drink.
The Inti Raymi Fund proceeded to distribute the cash evenly among the 435 community members across five locations for the greater part of the day.
Ironically, these women were insightful and instinctive as that evening was the beginning of the Israeli bombardment of Gaza (The 50 Day Conflict) with 11 of the first missiles and air strikes occurring in Gaza while we were there. For all involved in this project, the desperate hopelessness of these people was just too much to bear.
Sadly, there is no direct way to lend financial support to Palestinian women in Gaza; however, you can help indirectly by supporting the Boycott-Divest-Sanctions Movement (“BDS”) against Israel. Voting with your business direction and your dollars will go far standing for human rights, showing Israel they cannot commit the same atrocities which were committed against them in WWII. You can also help by supporting the Sunbula Weavers Organization which, train women through fair trade businesses and attempts to support their livelihood as much as possible; however, they are not allowed access to the outside world and business markets beyond their 30′ tall cement walled cage imposed by the Zionists of Israel.
CROSSING THE BORDER WAS A REAL TRIP!
The Inti Raymi Fund arrived at the Israeli Border crossing, presented passports and necessary Israeli approval papers then proceeded through the labyrinth of security metal doors, surveillance cameras and electronically locked doors resembling the highest security prison as seen on TV. Upon leaving the Israel checkpoint, I walked roughly one half mile through another maze of tight cattle corridors into the Gaza Side of the checkpoint (demilitarization zone). Here I awaited my UN escorted bullet proof Land Cruiser to drive me through the demilitarization zone to the Gaza Government checkpoint. Upon arrival at the Gaza checkpoint, my belongings were searched for weapons or other disallowed contraband. Quickly, the security officer noticed a large bulge in my vest. Upon questioning, I revealed I had brought cash to help with the Sunbala weavers, as well as two other projects in the Middle East.
As you can see, sanctions do not allow any trade to pass through these gates, thus choking all economic activity and life itself. It didn’t take long for about twelve military personnel, some in civilian clothing, to approach the search table trying to figure out who I was and what I was doing with a large amount of cash entering Gaza. Long story short, after about one hour of discussions, the twelve men and I ended up in their back living room having a pleasant conversation over Arabic coffee. Once they realized I was neither a Israeli spy, nor an enemy to the State of Palestine, I was free to go pursue our project with Gods Blessing “Insha Allah”, and was given all of the cash back. Later that evening, I was informed that this particular checkpoint was controlled by the organization called Hamas. Through additional research and conversations on the inside of the Palestinian area of Gaza, I found out that Hamas is regarded very differently inside the gates. As a westerner, after seeing the people within, this experience taught me to look closer and not always believe the news from America or other western outlets and to question the ownership of these media outlets and their editing control over materials released.
In an effort to better understand the world we live in, we must gather a variety of points of view, from various perspectives; here are links with alternative viewpoints other than the usual Israeli side of the Middle East Conflict, that are not necessarily shared by the Inti Raymi Fund:
If you are unable or unwilling to visit the Gaza and the West Bank to do make your own conclusions, may we please suggest Alison Weir’s Book or her visit her web site called IF AMERICANS KNEW, which lays out all of the evidence and support for the Palestinian’s Position, all you have to do is read for yourself with an open mind.
GENOCIDE DEFINED BELOW:
The crime of genocide is defined in international law in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide.
“Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
Article III: The following acts shall be punishable:
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide.
The Genocide Convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948. The Convention entered into force on 12 January 1951. More than 130 nations have ratified the Genocide Convention and over 70 nations have made provisions for the punishment of genocide in domestic criminal law. The text of Article II of the Genocide Convention was included as a crime in Article 6 of the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
The following are genocidal acts when committed as part of a policy to destroy a group’s existence:
Killing members of the group includes direct killing and actions causing death.
Causing serious bodily or mental harm includes inflicting trauma on members of the group through widespread torture, rape, sexual violence, forced or coerced use of drugs, and mutilation.
Deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to destroy a group includes the deliberate deprivation of resources needed for the group’s physical survival, such as clean water, food, clothing, shelter or medical services. Deprivation of the means to sustain life can be imposed through confiscation of harvests, blockade of foodstuffs, detention in camps, forcible relocation or expulsion into deserts.
Prevention of births includes involuntary sterilization, forced abortion, prohibition of marriage, and long-term separation of men and women intended to prevent procreation.
Forcible transfer of children may be imposed by direct force or by through fear of violence, duress, detention, psychological oppression or other methods of coercion. The Convention on the Rights of the Child defines children as persons under the age of 14 years.
Genocidal acts need not kill or cause the death of members of a group. Causing serious bodily or mental harm, prevention of births and transfer of children are acts of genocide when committed as part of a policy to destroy a group’s existence:
It is a crime to plan or incite genocide, even before killing starts, and to aid or abet genocide: Criminal acts include conspiracy, direct and public incitement, attempts to commit genocide, and complicity in genocide.
The crime of genocide has two elements: intent and action. “Intentional” means purposeful. Intent can be proven directly from statements or orders. But more often, it must be inferred from a systematic pattern of coordinated acts.
Intent is different from motive. Whatever may be the motive for the crime (land expropriation, national security, territorial integrity, etc.,) if the perpetrators commit acts intended to destroy a group, even part of a group, it is genocide.
The phrase “in whole or in part” is important. Perpetrators need not intend to destroy the entire group. Destruction of only part of a group (such as its educated members, or members living in one region) is also genocide. Most authorities require intent to destroy a substantial number of group members — mass murder. But an individual criminal may be guilty of genocide even if he kills only one person, so long as he knew he was participating in a larger plan to destroy the group.
The law protects four groups – national, ethnical, racial or religious groups.
A national group means a set of individuals whose identity is defined by a common country of nationality or national origin.
An ethnical group is a set of individuals whose identity is defined by common cultural traditions, language or heritage.
A racial group means a set of individuals whose identity is defined by physical characteristics.
A religious group is a set of individuals whose identity is defined by common religious creeds, beliefs, doctrines, practices, or rituals.
Copyright 2002 Genocide Watch.
Please watch this recent (march 2016) secretly recorded footage of Israeli Troops doing what they call “Confirming the Kill” on an incapacitated Palestinian already unconscious in the street. Notice the supreme care of the Israeli soldier being loaded into the ambulance with only a minor flesh wound, compared with the atrocious barbaric indifference towards the severely wounded Palestinian laying on the ground, then the continued indifference after his blatant assassination & murder.
Israel, the Democracy which the United States financial and militarily supports is barbaric and far from a Democratic State. Shame on you Israel, I’ve been to your country and seen your Apartheid and Genocide.
The Inti Raymi Fund had been following the news from Aljazeera like the attached article which inspired us to visit and support the community.
BDS Organization of Palestine (shown below) mirrors the successes of South Africa’s Boycott-Divest-Sanctions Movement which isolated the United Kingdom, leading to the eventual release of control of South Africa as a colony by the UK allowing independence.
Start Date: June, 2014
Completion Date: June, 2014
Funded so far: $25,000 USD
Total Project: $25,000 USD
Lives Affected: 445