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LAND OF PALESTINE / The ‘Desaparecidos’ of Palestine: Gantz escalates Israel’s war on the dead
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 23/09/2020
Translations available: Français  Italiano 

The ‘Desaparecidos’ of Palestine: Gantz escalates Israel’s war on the dead

Ramzy Baroud رمزي بارود

 

On September 2, the Israeli government approved a proposal that allows the military to indefinitely withhold the bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli army. The proposal was made by the country’s Defense Minister, Benny Gantz.

Gantz is the main political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also serves the role of the ‘alternate Prime Minister.’ If Netanyahu does not renege on the coalition government agreement he signed with Gantz’s Blue and White Party last April, Gantz will take the helm of Israel’s leadership, starting November 2021.

Since his official induction to the tumultuous world of Israeli politics, Gantz, supposedly a ‘centrist’, has adopted hawkish stances against Palestinians, especially those in Gaza. This way, he hopes to widen his appeal to Israeli voters, the majority of whom have migrated en-masse to the Right.

But Gantz’s latest ‘achievement’, that of denying dead Palestinians a proper burial, is not entirely a novel idea. In fact, in Israel, bargaining with corpses has been the modus operandi for decades.

According to the Defense Minister’s logic, the withholding of bodies will serve as a ‘deterrent against terror attacks.’ However, judging by the fact that the practice has been in use for many years, there is no proof that Palestinians were ever discouraged from resisting Israel’s military occupation due to such strategies.

The new policy, according to Israeli officials, is different from the previous practices. While in the past, Israel has only kept the bodies of alleged ‘Palestinian attackers’ who belonged to ‘terror groups’, the latest decision by the Israeli government would extend the rule to apply to all Palestinians, even those who have no political affiliations.

Aside from Gantz’s attempt at shoring up his hawkish credentials, the military man-turned politician wants to improve his chances in the on and off, indirect negotiations between Israel and Palestinian groups in Gaza. Israel believes that there are four soldiers who are currently being held in Gaza, including the bodies of two soldiers who were killed during the devastating Israeli war on the besieged Strip in July 2014. Hamas has maintained that two of the four soldiers – Hadar Goldin and Shaul Aaron – are, in fact, still alive and in custody.

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Palestinian children hold placards during a demonstration to demand the return of the bodies of relatives who were killed by Israeli forces.





Courtesy of Ramzy Baroud
Source: http://www.ramzybaroud.net/the-desaparecidos-of-palestine-gantz-escalates-israels-war-on-the-dead/
Publication date of original article: 16/09/2020
URL of this page : http://www.tlaxcala-int.org/article.asp?reference=29670

 

Tags: Palestinian DesaparecidosZionist crimesZionist occupationPalestine/Israel
 

 
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