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Mandela statue in Palestine
By:Hussein Lumumba Amin, Uganda
Date: Monday, 9 April 2018, 1:44 pm

Picture: Nelson Mandela statue in Palestine, jointly donated to the people of Palestine by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johanesbourg, and the government of South Africa.

No matter how many Entebbe Israeli commando movies they make, that cannot whitewash the Israeli injustice against the Palestinian people and their right to struggle to free their own people from Israeli Apartheid. And no amount of Entebbe movie sequels can sanitize a despicable plot to commit genocide against a people.
A plot that is founded on fascist excuses that Jews are more special than other human-beings on this earth.
As we remind ourselves that poor African asylum seekers are being wantonly detained in Israeli desert concentration camps, threatened with summary expulsion mbu "back to their jungle in Africa", and branded "infiltrators" by the known corrupt Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu himself, increasing Israeli calls for outright genocide continue to loom over the heads of the defenseless Palestinian people. This while Israel sends a new breed of greedy, corrupt, state-sponsored business mafia's flying in secret El Al flights across Africa on what I would call 'Operation Plunderbolt' (where they come to plunder Africa's mineral resources and precious stones and exploit beyond measure the poor Congolese children in uranium and coltan mines for a pittance of between next to nothing and less than half a dollar a day for the world's smartphones, tablets and electric vehicles to function blissfully).
Going back to the events of October 2016 in Tel-Aviv, Human rights activist Whitney Webb recently retraced how Israeli's organized a public rally to support an Israeli murderer who had killed in cold blood an already wounded Palestinian by shooting him dead with a bullet to the head, at point blank, while the victim was already arrested, unarmed, handcuffed and laying on his back. As if the heinous act of brutally murdering the young man was not bad enough, this heartless rally of tens of thousands of Israeli's is particularly remembered for the unfathomable chants and banners shamelessly "calling for the mass murder of all Palestinians", she said.
"The danger of massive rallies and social media campaigns calling for genocide against the Palestinian people are somehow meticulously ignored by Western mainstream media" despite concerns by international human rights organisations. In the past, the Israeli government has persistently attempted to isolate Iran for calling for the extinction of Israel. Prime minister Netanyahu also accuses the Palestinian people of “inciting violence” against Israelis and has thereby arrested 145 Palestinians on what they call “pre-crime” grounds. This system has led to a collaboration between social media company Facebook and the Israeli government, whose joint effort to curb so-called "social media incitement” has led to the banning of several social media accounts of Palestinian journalists and news agencies against all universal rights to freedom of speech and the critical necessity to avail independent news and information from all sides to the general global public. However world leaders seemingly fear to apply the same standards set against Iran. What is required is condemnation in no uncertain terms of the Israeli incitement of what some scholars are now calling "incremental genocide and ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people". Both are meticulously ongoing, surprisingly public, yet they receive little or no total international condemnation. According to US based Jewish journalist Howard Koplowitz, "these anti-Palestinian posts, pictures, and rallies are rife with outright calls for genocide, with cries of “Death to the whole Arab nation” and “Kill them all”".
It is worth noting that Israel is a nuclear country. The only nuclear nation in the region capable of causing a nuclear holocaust in the region and beyond. Therefore these seeminly maligned calls for mass murder of a single race, a particular ethnic group, by the state of Israel must be taken extremely seriously by all peace loving people who once said "Never Again" after World War II, but then said it again after Rwanda in 1994, and then again after Bosnia in 1998.
In 2014, the Times of Israel was emboldened enough by the worlds silence on Israel's excesses that they actually published an op-ed article entitled “When Genocide is Permissible”. This article discussed what Israel should do to Palestinians. Its vile content was a clear indication of the all-too-common and increasingly dangerous Israeli mentality of publicly calling for genocide of an entire people against all international norms and values.
World institutions and the international community should therefore not be hoodwinked into conveniently ignoring Israeli fascism and all the serious, alarming signals of unfathomable hatred that history shows have always preceded outbreaks of open genocidal violence wherever it occurred. That is what should be closely monitored in these evil Israeli calls for the extermination of all Palestinians.
Others have inalienable rights just as equally as any Jewish person, and the Holy scriptures should not be used as a justification to infringe on peoples freedoms and individual rights, their property, their lives and their land.
In her typical fearless character, the late South African anti-apartheid activist Mama Winnie Mandela once declared: "Apartheid Israel can be defeated, just as apartheid in South Africa was defeated".
First I don't see any leader on this planet today brave enough to come out publicly and say the truth of those words as she did where there is no ambiguity as to who is the criminal here. Secondly, she was basically saying that there was little difference between the segregation and oppression taking place in Palestine, and the stupidity that had taken place under Apartheid South Africa. The world should therefore see to it that Israeli's change their current nefariius behaviour for the better. Her late husband the great Nelson Mandela, a reknown and recognized global peacemaker, respected Jews and their right to statehood, but Mandela was also troubled by Israel’s support to South Africa's apartheid system and the racist regime behind it. Mandela was pained by the unjust suffering of the Palestinian people at the hands of a despicably brutal Israel because he had endured apmost the same predicament of unfair and inhumane discrimination that saw countless children killed indiscriminately. So did many leaders in Africa and around the world share his opinion on Israel. And today the Nelson Mandela foundation has ensured that Madiba's statue stands proud in the center of the Palestinian city of Ramallah with his trade mark Black Panther sign of the right fist raised in the air in defiance of any submission to the monstruous barbarity of an evil oppressor who now openly seeks the total extermination of the Palestinian people so as to form the single, much cherished "Greater Israel" yet pretending to seek the two-state solution as first prescribed by a resolution of the United Nations back in 1967.

By Hussein Lumumba Amin
Kampala, Uganda.