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One SWIFT Motion and the Occupation Is Over

Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy
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Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy

Imagine that Israel is invading the Gaza Strip once more. The usual killing, destruction and ruin. Tens of thousands of civilians flee for their lives after losing the little they had. Buildings collapse like houses of cards – and Israel continues as is its wont: The pilots bomb, the tanks advance, the media and the population in Israel cheer. Suddenly the international community takes a decision: If Israel does not withdraw immediately it will face sanctions. If the Gaza Strip does not become a no-fly, no-bombing zone at once, all flights to and from Israel will be canceled. Israel tries to thumb its nose as usual, citing the arguments of self-defense, terrorism and the Holocaust – and the world pulls out the new doomsday weapon: It severs Israel from the international banking transfer and communications system. Israel is without SWIFT. What is right and just for the invader of Ukraine is right and just for the invader of the Gaza Strip.

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