‘We are witnessing an unfolding genocide’ – Israeli historian


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After months of threats and speculation, the Israeli military has officially begun to move into the southern Gazan city of Rafah, sending in tanks and taking control of the border crossing with Egypt.

The UN Secretary-General has warned an assault on Rafah would be a “humanitarian nightmare,” while US President Joe Biden appears unfazed as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu violates what the US president previously called his “red line.”

In response to these escalations, Mehdi Hasan hosted a town hall for Zeteo paid subscribers with Israeli Holocaust scholar Professor Raz Segal and Palestinian lawyer Diana Buttu.

Professor Segal, who has previously called Israel’s war on Gaza a “textbook case of genocide,” said: “If we finally recognised Israel for what it is, which is a white supremacist settler state, then the problem is that it’s not just confined to that.

“We have to recognise the whole system behind it, its support, its allies, including white supremacy and settler colonialism in the US.”

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Zeteo contributing lawyer Diana Buttu reminded viewers that Israel’s latest escalations in Rafah were, unfortunately, “no surprise”, stating that the invasion was what “Netanyahu always wanted”.

“He’s made it clear since the beginning that they were going to continue to push Palestinians further south,” Buttu told Mehdi.

“And the point is very clear, that they want to get rid of Palestinians.”

Buttu also discussed her new Zeteo column, ‘A Diary of a Palestinian Living in Israel,’ in which she describes the “genocide fever” that’s taken over Israel.

Information about subscribing to Zeteo here.

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