Genocide in Gaza: Physical destruction and beyond

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2020-07-05
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Nijim, Mohammed
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After the ascendancy of Hamas to power in 2006, Israel imposed a strangling siege on the Gaza Strip. The blockade through the air, water, and ground marks a new episode of Palestinian suffering as it dictates the day-to-day reality for Gaza where Israel is in control of everything. Recently, the United Nations has warned of the implications of the Israeli siege and emphasized that Gaza could soon be unlivable. Using data collected through semi-structured interviews with six Palestinian students from Gaza who are currently studying in the US, the present study adopts a sociological perspective to examine whether Israel is committing a slow-motion genocide in Gaza. The findings indicate that Israel uses direct but more often indirect methods to inflict the utmost destruction upon Gazans as a social group. The findings reveal that all Gazans are entrapped in a vicious circle of violence that starts from childhood and continues until it either causes physical or mental destruction or leads them to emigrate. The findings also reveal that the Israeli punitive measures caused the rise of many social problems that led to weaker relations among individuals and declining social vitality.
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Palestine, Israel, Gaza, Destruction, Slow-motion Genocide, Nakba
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