Newsletter 09/14 - Apologies and reparations to Palestine
The last military campaign of Israel against Palestine was fought from July 8 to August 26, 2014 , with the loss of about 65 soldiers and 5 Israeli civilians and about 700 soldiers and 1,400 Palestinian civilians.
The current situation, as Colonialism Reparation stated in a press release published on January 8, 2013, is clearly the result of colonial mentality, which gradually arised with the Balfour Declaration of 1917, during the British Mandate of Palestine from 1920 to 1948, with the Partition Plan for Palestine in 1947 and with the support of the United States starting from the Suez crisis of 1956.
As the president of CRAN (Conseil Représentatif des Associations Noires) Louis-Georges Tin said in an interview published on July 25, 2014, the current situation, is clearly, "a question of reparations. [...] The question of reparations related to the Shoah has been solved, but the Arabs, that had nothing to do with this genocide, bore a part of the burden. Europe and the United States did the right thing to put in place some post-genocidal reparations, but they realised it in a colonial manner, to the detriment of the 'indigenous' Palestinians, who have never received neither reparation nor compensation. The current colonial contempt (that of Israel, that does not cease to occupy every day new Palestinian territories) adds to the past colonial comtempt (that of Europe and the United States) ."
Colonialism Reparation calls on Israel, along with the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the other colonial powers of the time, to apologize and pay reparations to Palestine for the current and past colonization by finally recognizing the wrongs done to the Palestinian people, by reconciling with its own history of victim and executioner at the same time, by returning to Palestine the occupied colonies and by paying reparations for decades of violence.