Louay Kuhail and Amir Al-Nimra were taking a selfie on the roof of a building in Gaza City when they were bombed to death, without warning, in an Israeli airstrike
'A recent investigation by a group of experts showed conclusive evidence that Israel doctored one of its propaganda videos from Gaza. Two Palestinian teenagers were minding their own business in July 2018, taking a selfie on a roof in Gaza City, when they were bombed to death by Israel.
Israel’s online propaganda accounts then promoted a video that it is now clear was actively fabricated and doctored. This was by no means the first time Israel has fabricated “evidence” of its supposed benevolence. In many ways, the state of Israel itself is founded on fabrication.
The first fabrication was the idea that Palestine was empty of any population, a “desert” which should be handed over to the Zionist movement for colonisation. The slogan – first adopted by Christian Zionists and later by Jewish Zionists – was “a land without a people, for a people without a land,” meaning Palestine is empty so should be handed over to the Jews, who had no land of their own anyway.
This idea was based on two-fold racism. Firstly, racism against the indigenous Palestinian inhabitants, who were in fact very much present. Mythology aside, the land of Palestine was never empty. This was a type of racism quite typical of colonialism’s arrogant and violent attitude towards native peoples.
Secondly, it was an idea based on racism against Jewish communities: anti-Semitism. The slogan reflects the racist idea that the Jews of England, France and America did not really “belong” to their countries of birth and instead should be deported to “the Orient” where, mythology had it, they “really” came from anyway.
These violent and racist mythologies should be utterly rejected by anyone of good will with a modicum of human decency. Palestine was never “a land without a people” and Jewish people are no aliens to Europe who need to leave to some mythical “homeland”.
As false as the very basis of this slogan has always been, it nevertheless was the foundation of the Zionist movement from its very start in the late nineteenth century. Imposing erasure on the native Palestinian population, as it did all along, was an inevitable formula for the onset of Palestinian resistance to Zionism, by any means necessary.'
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