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Zionist Thieves Building New Settlements Amongst the Ashes of Gaza

26/03/24

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has escalated to devastating proportions, making this the most severe crisis in Gaza’s history. According to the latest figures from the territory’s health ministry, the death toll has soared to over 32,300. This staggering loss of Palestinian lives highlights the brutal of a war that shows no signs of abating, as both sides remain entrenched in a bitter and seemingly intractable struggle. The conflict, rooted in deep historical, territorial, and political disputes, continues to inflict unparalleled suffering on the civilian population of Gaza, laying bare the urgent need for a resolution to avert an even greater humanitarian catastrophe.

In the midst of ongoing turmoil and a humanitarian crisis that many are calling a genocide, recent developments along the Gaza Strip have cast a stark light on the continuing struggle over Palestinian lands. Central to this struggle is the resurgence of Jewish settler movements, marked by a brazen attempt to reclaim settlements evacuated in 2005, against a backdrop of a broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict deeply rooted in issues of land, identity, and sovereignty.

At the forefront of this renewed settler initiative is Daniella Weiss, a figure synonymous with the settler movement, who has been vocal about her intentions to repopulate Gaza with Jewish families. Weiss’s candid declaration, “I have friends in Tel Aviv, so they say, ‘Don’t forget to keep for me a plot near the coast in Gaza,’ because it’s a beautiful, beautiful coast, beautiful golden sand,” belies the gravity of such ambitions on a land soaked in blood and tears. Her statement, “Gaza Arabs will not stay in the Gaza Strip. Who will stay? Jews,” starkly frames the situation as a zero-sum game, with the implications of ethnic cleansing looming ominously over the Palestinian population currently living under dire conditions.[1]

This narrative of return is not just a dream but has been acted upon, as evidenced by over 100 Israelis forcefully making their way into the Erez Crossing at Gaza’s northern tip. This bold step, the most significant of its kind since the onset of the war, saw settlers establishing an “outpost” reminiscent of those in the West Bank, signaling a clear intent to encroach upon Palestinian territories. Such actions, conducted with the apparent acquiescence of Israeli military forces, underscore a sinister undercurrent of settler activity aimed at seizing Palestinian land.

This settler push into Gaza is framed by a wider call among right-wing Israeli factions and politicians for the expulsion of Gaza’s Palestinian residents, a narrative chillingly echoed in the construction of these outposts and the unsettling indifference of Israeli forces to such provocations. The declaration by settlers Amiel Pozen and David Remer, who boldly crossed into Gaza, reflects a disturbing disregard for Palestinian rights and existence: “The Holy One is with us and the IDF is here helping us… It is ours. The Holy One, blessed be He, said it is ours.”

These events unfold against the grievous toll of the conflict on Gaza’s Palestinian population. The region, described as the “greatest open-air graveyard” by the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, bears witness to the devastating loss of over 32,000 lives, predominantly women and children, amidst almost six months of relentless bombardment. The stark contrast between the settlers’ claims to the land and the current reality of Gaza’s inhabitants highlights a deep ethical and moral chasm.

Furthermore, the active participation of settler youth in blocking humanitarian aid to Gaza, under the guise of preventing support to what they perceive as a “hornet’s nest” of terrorism, reveals a callous strategy aimed at exacerbating the suffering of Palestinians. The overt declaration by right-wing activist Mechi Fendel, “We came here to declare that the day after this war is over, we must settle, we must spread Jewish towns all over the Gaza Strip,” encapsulates the aggressive settler stance, blind to the humanitarian disaster unfolding and the historic rights of the Palestinian people to their land.[2]

The actions and rhetoric of settlers and their political allies not only threaten the prospect of peace but also echo dark periods of history where the displacement of people was justified under sweeping claims of divine and nationalistic entitlement. In the shadow of an active genocide, the international community must confront the reality of these incursions and the narrative of ethnic cleansing, not as isolated incidents but as part of a broader, systematic attempt to erase the Palestinian presence from Gaza.

As discussions around the resettlement of Jewish families in Gaza gain traction among Israel’s most extreme factions, the plight of Gaza’s Palestinians—trapped between the anvil of military bombardment and the hammer of settler ambitions—highlights an urgent need for a reevaluation of international responses to what many see as an unfolding tragedy. The aspirations of a few to reclaim a perceived homeland should not eclipse the rights, lives, and dignity of millions.

 

[1] Jewish settlers set their sights on Gaza beachfront. (2024). BBC News. [online] 24 Mar. Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-68650815.

[2] Reiff, B. (2024). Israeli settlers cross into Gaza, build ‘symbolic’ outpost. [online] +972 Magazine. Available at: https://www.972mag.com/israeli-settlers-gaza-outpost-erez-crossing/.

Tariq Kurd was born and grew up in Hertfordshire. His family is originally from Halabja, Kurdistan but due to periodic migration currently reside across the Baluchistan region.
He has a BA Hons. in History from the Open University. Besides English, Tariq can speak Baluchi and Brahvi, he is also conversant in Persian and Pashto.
His has an eclectic range of interests including military and tribal history. Tariq lives in London and is currently studying Islamic apologetics through the Sapience Institute.