Spreading the virus of occupation: Spitting as a weapon in the hand of colonial Israel

 

Israeli police check vehicles at a checkpoint in the ultra Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, on 3 April, 2020 during the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli police check vehicles at a checkpoint in the ultra Orthodox near Tel Aviv, on 3 April, 2020 during the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. (photo: Jack Guez / AFP via Getty Images)
Efforts to contain the coronavirus are complicated by deliberate attempts to infect Palestinians.

By Ramzy Baroud | Middle East Monitor | Apr 14, 2020

…the deliberate attempt at infecting occupied Palestinians with the coronavirus is beneath contempt, even for a settler-colonial regime.

Spitting at someone is a universal insult. In Israel, however, spitting at Palestinians is an entirely different story.

Now that we know that the deadly coronavirus can be transmitted through saliva droplets, Israeli soldiers and illegal Jewish settlers are working extra hard to spit at as many Palestinians, their cars, doorknobs, and so on, as possible.

If this sounds to you too surreal and repugnant, then you might not be as familiar with the particular breed of Israeli colonialism as you may think you are.

In all fairness, Israelis have been spitting at Palestinians well before the World Health Organization (WHO) lectured us on the elusive nature of the COVID-19 disease and on the critical need to apply ‘social distancing’.

Indeed, if you Google the phrase ‘Israeli spitting’, you will be inundated with many interesting search results, the like of “Jerusalem Judge to Jews: Don’t Spit On Christians“, “Christians in Jerusalem want Jews to Stop Spitting on Them“, and the more recent, “Israel Settlers Spitting on Palestinian Cars Raises Concern over Attempt to Spread Coronavirus”.

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