Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu (Picture: Flickr/ World Economic Forum Jolanda Flubacher)

If they can’t exterminate or drive out the people of Gaza, Israel wants to hold them in a permanent concentration camp.

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has finally unveiled Israel’s plans for Gaza. He spurns even the vague hand-wringing from the United States. That is because he knows Joe Biden won’t halt the US money and arms shipments that fuel the Israeli genocide.

The one-page document, released on Friday, makes no mention of any role even for the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank-based administration that acts as Israel’s complicit cops. This is who Biden wants to take over Gaza.

The scheme says, “Israel will have security control over the entire area west of Jordan,” which includes all of the West Bank and Israel, as well as Gaza. The vision amounts, in practice, to the annexation of Gaza and even harsher control over the occupied West Bank.

The plan wants “complete demilitarisation” of Gaza and to close off the territory’s southern border with Egypt,

The document rejects recognition of a Palestinian state. It also foresees a sizeable “security buffer” within Gaza, further reducing the size of the already vastly overcrowded territory.

The idea, peddled by some in the West and most Arab regimes, that Israel would ever accept a two-state solution including a viable Palestinian state is even more of a fraud and a trap than ever.

Dividing Gaza’s future into near, medium and long-term phases, the plan says Israel will continue its 17-year siege and will control local policing and the teachings of schools and mosques.

Implementing such a plan would involve utterly destroying resistance. Israel hopes to do that by a ground offensive on Rafah, timetabled to begin as early as 10 March.

There is a very obvious countdown to imperialist carnage. It’s time for urgent action against Israel and its supporters.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health says Israel killed a total of 104 Palestinians in ten massacres on Friday in Gaza, bringing the documented Palestinian death toll since October 7 to 29,514, with 69,616 others injured.

Sexual assaults and murder by Israeli forces

United Nations (UN) experts say they have evidence of executions of women by Israeli soldiers. And they have seen “credible allegations” that Palestinian women and girls have been subjected to sexual assaults, including rape, while in Israeli detention.

In a report issued last week they say, “Palestinian women and girls have reportedly been arbitrarily executed in Gaza, often together with family members, including their children, according to information received.

“We are shocked by reports of the deliberate targeting and extrajudicial killing of Palestinian women and children in places where they sought refuge, or while fleeing. Some of them were reportedly holding white pieces of cloth when they were killed by the Israeli army or affiliated forces,” the experts said.

The panel said there was evidence of a least two cases of rape, alongside other cases of sexual humiliation and threats of rape. Reem Alsalem, the UN special rapporteur on violence against women and girls, said the true extent of sexual violence could be significantly higher.

“We might not know for a long time what the actual number of victims are,” said Alsalem.

On at least one occasion, Palestinian women detained in Gaza were allegedly kept in a cage in the rain and cold, without food.

“We are particularly distressed by reports that Palestinian women and girls in detention have also been subjected to multiple forms of sexual assault, such as being stripped naked and searched by male Israeli army officers,” the panel members said.

They also noted that photos of female detainees in degrading circumstances were also reportedly taken by the Israeli army and uploaded online.

Alsalem noted that reticence in reporting sexual assault was common because of the fear of reprisals against victims.

She said that in a wave of detentions of Palestinian women and girls after the start of the Israeli assaults following 7 October, there was an increasingly permissive attitude towards sexual assault in Israeli detention centres.

“I would say that, on the whole, violence and dehumanisation of Palestinian women and children and civilians has been normalised throughout this war,” Alsalem said.

From their own mouths this week

“I am personally proud of the ruins of Gaza, and that every baby, even 80 years from now, will tell their grandchildren what the Jews did”

May Golan, Israeli minister of social equality and women’s advancement.

“You will die, your children will die, your grandchildren will die. There won’t be a Palestinian state, there won’t be. There will never be a Palestinian state”

Israeli MP Hanoch Milbitsky, a member of Binyamin Netanyahu’s party, to an Arab MP during a debate on Palestinian statehood.

Five year olds ask to die

“Children who survive this war will not only bear the visible wounds of traumatic injuries but the invisible ones too—those of repeated displacement, constant fear, and witnessing family members literally dismembered before their eyes.

“These psychological injuries have led children as young as five to tell us they would prefer to die.

“The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has left pregnant women without medical care for months. Women in labour cannot reach functional delivery rooms. They are giving birth in plastic tents and public buildings.

“Medical teams have added a new acronym to their vocabulary: WCNSF—wounded child, no surviving family.

“We are appalled by the willingness of the United States to use its powers as a permanent council member to obstruct efforts to adopt the most evident of resolutions—one demanding an immediate and sustained ceasefire.

“the humanitarian response in Gaza today is an illusion—a convenient illusion that perpetuates a narrative that this war is being waged in line with international laws.

“Calls for more humanitarian assistance have echoed across this Chamber. Yet in Gaza we have less and less each day—less space, less medicine, less food, less water, less safety.

Christopher Lockyear, secretary general Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres), to the UN security council 22 February. 

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