More voices describe Gaza slaughter as a ‘genocide’

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A growing chorus of voices internationally is describing the Gaza slaughter as a genocide. Here are some of those voices and lastly, a definition of the term from a leading human rights lawyer, who says that genocide entails two things, 1, the intent to destroy a people in whole or part, and 2, acts of genocide, killing members of that group or inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about the physical destruction, in whole or part, of the people you’re trying to destroy.

Historian Ilan Pappe has called it incremental genocide:

“Israel’s present assault on Gaza, alas, indicates that this policy continues unabated. The term [genocide] is important since it appropriately locates Israel’s barbaric action—then and now—within a wider historical context.”

A top Brazilian diplomat agrees:

“For the love of God, what we have here is genocide, a massacre, to the point where top UN officials are starting to talk about war crimes” against Palestinians, Brazil’s Special Adviser for International Relations Marco Aurelio García told reporters.

The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, adjusted the statement, agreeing with the massacre part:

“What’s happening in Gaza is dangerous. I don’t think it’s a genocide, but I think it’s a massacre.”

Film legends Pedro Almodovar, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz signed a letter calling the bombardment “genocide:”

“Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air.

“Palestinians’ homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity [and] free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing.”

Naomi Wolf states:

I mourn genocide in Gaza because I am the granddaughter of a family half wiped out in a holocaust and I know genocide when I see it. 

Turkish Premier Erdogan said that the Israelis were perpetrating a “genocide” that outstripped what the Nazis had done to the Jews– an analogy that rendered his comments offensive in Washington and elsewhere.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini also uses the word: 

“What Israeli authorities are doing (in Gaza) today is a genocide and a big historical disaster.”

International human rights lawyer Michael Ratner explains why he believes that the targeting of schools and hospitals and the overwhelming percentage of civilian deaths constitute a genocide, at the Real News. He also explains the meaning of the term:

I want to emphasize today is these killings are part of a broader set of inhuman acts by Israel constituting international crimes, carried out by Israel over many years, going back to at least 1947 and 1948. They include crimes that aren’t talked about that much in the media or the press, the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and apartheid. These crimes can be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court and are defined there. They include what the well-known Israeli writer Ilan Pappé called incremental genocide. Pappé says he wants to place the barbarity of what Israel is doing in its proper context.

I’m a lawyer. I’ve looked at genocide. Genocide has two elements. One element is the mental element, the intent to destroy the whole or in part a national or ethnical or racial or religious group. Palestinians are clearly a national and ethnic group. And you don’t need to kill them all. You just need to have the mental intent to kill part of them. For example, it would be enough to have the mental intent to kill the leadership of the Palestinians or to kill people in one region. No doubt about that.

Genocide also requires that there be acts of genocide–killing members of the group, causing serious bodily or mental harm, or inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about the physical destruction, in whole or part, of the people you’re trying to destroy. There’s no doubt again here this is “incremental genocide”, as Ilan Pappé says. iIt’s been going on for a long time, the killings, the incredibly awful conditions of life, the expulsions that have gone on for from Lydda in 1947 and ’48, when 700 or more villages in Palestine were destroyed, and in the expulsions that continued from that time until today. It’s correct and important to label it for what it is.

45 Responses

  1. Kay24
    July 30, 2014, 10:50 am

    A genocide aided, abetted, armed, and supported by the United States of America.

    Every time you see an American politician, leader, or pundit, stand in front of the people in this country and spew bull about Israel being the victim of this genocide on the Palestinian people – remember he/she is complicit in this genocide, and trying to insult our intelligence by lying to us.

    • Citizen
      July 30, 2014, 3:36 pm

      What a murderous joke. US complains about Israel bombing kids in hospitals but US Congress is sending Israel more shells and bombs to do more of the same–Israel is getting replacement shells and bombs from USA’s $1 Billion storage arsenal located in Israel. Free of course. Don’t look for any info on your local US TV.
      link to cnn.com

      Meanwhile, Israeli news is full of nasty remarks about Kerry because he tried to be an honest broker and add on end to the occupation as something needed. US gets no cred from Israel unless all it thinks of is Israeli security, as if the Palestinians have no right to nothing.

      US main media never mentions that IDF has already taken over 40% of tiny Gaza and implemented a no-go zone there for any Palestinians who wonder where to go when they get a notice shell on their rooftops, giving them less than a minute to flee before being pulverized.

      Meanwhile, nobody I know personally in the USA even cares.

    • ThorsteinVeblen2012
      July 30, 2014, 4:44 pm

      It is not the United States of America but specific people. The people who fund the lobbying groups, the think tanks fund the political parties and campaigns, underwrite the activists, fund the websites and promote their pseudo journalism.

      The lies being spun in Washington and in the media are not the workings of a free and open press or of a vibrant democracy. It is the manipulations of a very few people with a specific agenda.

      The most egregious should be held responsible for crimes against humanity though perhaps little framework exists to prosecute them.

    • Chu
      July 31, 2014, 2:26 pm

      Good point. where’s liberal Bernie Sanders? No where to be heard.

      The silence of the entire congress this time around is creepy.
      No dissent – absolutely. What is this Stalinist Russia?

  2. Bumblebye
    July 30, 2014, 11:10 am

    It is genocide. Israeli intent.
    13 days ago, LtCol Lerner spelled it out on radio, and I commented here:
    link to mondoweiss.net

    ““Distance the terrorists from our borders”.
    Given the warning orders for people to move out of the north of Gaza, and the same for those in the east, it seems clear that they are going to force the people into a much smaller area of the ghetto/enclave, and increase vastly the barren no-go buffer zone. Maybe a couple of miles?”

    And so it is, from this map, 3 kilometers:

    link to reliefweb.int

    Clearing a whole 3k along the Gaza/Israel border as an increased no-go/buffer zone. Total destruction.

    • oldgeezer
      July 30, 2014, 11:29 am

      I remember him saying that and my thoughts at the time were that the buffer was not going to add much to security in terms of the rockets. I still that’s true. I would imagine it will help with tunnels…. And I imagine they will salt the buffer with some sort of anti personnel devices.

      Herd them into smaller and smaller places.

      Depressing.

      • Castellio
        July 30, 2014, 11:08 pm

        Herding into smaller places was one of the precursors to policies of mass extermination. See The Origins of the Final Solution, by Browning, 2004.

    • tree
      July 30, 2014, 12:51 pm

      3k along the border equals a 40% reduction in the size of the Gaza Strip!

  3. eljay
    July 30, 2014, 11:14 am

    >> Bumblebye: link to reliefweb.int

    The page at that link has been moved. This (PDF) appears to be its new location. (Looks like they removed an underscore from the original URL.)

    FWIW, there’s also this page (PDF).

  4. StanleyHeller
    July 30, 2014, 11:57 am

    I’ve always been reluctant to use the word with regard to Palestine. It seemed a wild exaggeration that would discredit us. And then what word do we use when the next Israeli government campaign is even worse? But now when the borders are all closed, shelling is indiscriminate, everything is a target, racist mobs run free to cheer the killing…what other word can describe what the IDF is doing? I think a confusion in my own mind is thinking “genocide” means the intent to kill ALL of a people like the Nazis wanted to do with the Jews. But a simple google search for “genocide definitions” gives: “the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.” A thousand is a large group, ergo…

    • Mooser
      July 30, 2014, 2:24 pm

      “A thousand is a large group, ergo…”

      Stan there’s no worry about using that word. The Zionists are proud of what they are doing. Read their comments here on this site, (and here, they are under a certain amount of constraint, I think.)
      What bothers them is that we won’t respond positively to the genocide, cheer them on, be proud of them.
      Go to Facebook, or Huffington Post, or where ever proud Zionists congregate, and you won’t see them denying the definition of genocide, you will see them glorying in it.
      When they think they are alone among themselves, you should hear them, and the pride they have in their genocide.

      • Shingo
        July 30, 2014, 6:25 pm

        Stan there’s no worry about using that word.

        I agree Mooser, especially with racist mind singing there will be no children left in Gaza.

      • amirflesher
        July 30, 2014, 11:02 pm

        Several problems with the label genocide:

        1) There are about as many Palestinians citizens of Israel as there are Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. They are not being targeted with systematic violence by the state. While they suffer systematic discrimination in employment, development, and especially in access to land, they are obviously, not being killed, or even jailed en mass–or anything like that.

        2) There are more Palestinians in the West Bank than in Gaza. While they suffer a much worse fate than the Palestinian citizens of Israel, they are also not being systematically murdered.

        3) This conflict has been going on more ore less since Jews first started coming to Palestine in significant numbers in the 1890s. In over 110 years of conflict, the number of Palestinian civilians killed by Israel is probably certainly not more than 50,00, and is probably much closer to 30,000 or 20,000.

        Pre 1948–not many
        1948 maximum 10,000 (a very high estimate)
        1956 war- 500
        1967 war- probably not more than 1,000, maybe less.
        1982 war–probably in the neighborhood of 5,000
        First Intifadah- close to 1,000 over the course of 6 years, mostly in
        Second Intifiadah-2,000
        Gaza 2004-2008- around 200-400
        Cast Lead– 800-1200
        Pillar of defense- 100
        Current operation- 1,000

        Even assuming the high figure of 50,00 over the course of about seventy years, that amounts to a very small percentage of even the current Palestinian population over which Israel rules (about half of one percent) let alone, the total amount of Palestinians who have lived under Israeli rule during that time.

        Interestingly, after numerous serious civilian massacres were conducted in the 1948 war, the number of civilians killed has gone drastically down, (and very much drastically down when calculating civilians killed as a percentage of the population) even when accounting for the high numbers killed in Cast Lead and the current operation in a relatively short amount of time. Even with these high (and horrific) death tolls, injured, displaced, and so on, the numbers simply do not warrant the moniker genocide–let alone the context, intent etc. This is underscored by the fact that Israel has the technological capability to kill many more–really as many as they wished– in a matter of a few short weeks using relentless air strikes and other means.

        What is the refutation of this line of argumentation?

      • Shingo
        July 31, 2014, 5:50 pm

        1 ) There are about as many Palestinians citizens of Israel as there are Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. They are not being targeted with systematic violence by the state.

        Doesn’t matter. Genocide is defined as the systematic slaughter of a group of a particular ethnicity. Thus whether they are eradicating the Palestinians in Gaza but not the West Bank or not is irrelevant.

        Also, starving population or limiting the basic necessities of life are genocide.

        2) There is ample evidence Palestinians in Gaza are being systematically murdered.

        3) The Bosnian genocide of only 8,000 people, thus 50,000 would be more than sufficient to qualify.

      • SQ Debris
        July 31, 2014, 10:41 pm

        Flesher’s numbers are way off base, for example 2nd Intifada is more in the area 7,300. There was no serious effort to count the Palestinians murdered by Israeli forces during and after the 1982 Lebanon slaughter, or after the Sabra/Chatilla massacre that took place under Israeli control. Be that as it may, body count is not the central issue in defining the zionist program as genocide against the indigenous people of Palestine. The central issue in determining if the term applies to the situation that Palestinians have endured since the early 1930’s lies in the definition of the term in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, 9 December 1948.
        Article 2
        In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or inpart, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
        (a) Killing members of the group;
        (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
        (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in
        part;
        (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
        Expropriation of villages water resources prior to independence fits.
        Driving people off their land on the basis of their ethnicity fits. Twenty years of marshal law in the Palestinian communities that remained fits, in that the structure of that marshal law fragmented the communities from each other the same way the checkpoints and wall fragment the “ethnical” group in the West Bank. A mother had to get a pass from the military commander to go to her daughter if she was in labor in different village inside Israel. No kidding.
        The conditions inflicted on Gaza since 1967, and certainly since 1987 fit the language of the convention.
        The use of gas that resulted in an elevated incidence of spontaneous abortions during the first Intifada fits.
        I’m sure other long time students of the human experience of Palestinians can find more examples of zionist behavior that meet the criteria in Article 2.

        In 1989 I put international law specialist John Quigley on the spot in a public forum, asking him if the situation fit the definition of genocide as expressed in the convention. I had just gotten back from an extended, mayhem filled, production trip in Palestine and had read the convention prior to the event. He poo pooed the very notion. This surprised me as he is an attorney not a linguist. I wonder if he would do the same today.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        July 30, 2014, 6:53 pm

        I don’t think the Zionists are categorically committed to genocide. They just don’t want the Palestinians in Palestine. If they were all to be transported by magic to other parts of the world — or, better still, to another planet — the Zionists would be quite satisfied. The trouble is that this is not going to happen.

    • Chu
      July 31, 2014, 2:34 pm

      I think Israel and its gov’t have no real solution to the Gaza Prison camp they’ve created. So they’ve used more trumped up accusations to kill Gazans. 1300 may have died so for, but it’s going to be a tough future for all the misery and destruction that Israel is currently inflicting on their infrastructure.

      And where the Hell is Judge Goldstone? Israelis have already exceeded the death toll of Caste Lead.

      Step one, seems that the US congress has to be broken and reset. They are a worthless lot of money grubbing campaign whores.

  5. just
    July 30, 2014, 12:50 pm

    precisely.

    Murder is murder. A crime.

    Slaughter is slaughter. Crime.

    Massacre is massacre. Crime.

    Genocide should never go unrecognized. Criminal. Why reserve it to one “group”? It’s not ‘special’ or reserved in honor only for ‘some’, it’s abundantly criminal and never more so in my lifetime than for, and toward, the Palestinians.

    • Kay24
      July 30, 2014, 4:48 pm

      It is lopsided, but those who had a history of genocide, is now accused of it.

      It is hard to explain the systematic killing of innocent men, women and children, at regular intervals, in any other way.

  6. lysias
    July 30, 2014, 12:51 pm

    The Genocide Convention defines “genocide” as:

    any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

    (a) Killing members of the group;
    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

    I.e., it’s enough if you intend to destroy a group in part. I would say Israel meets that test.

    • Mooser
      July 30, 2014, 2:27 pm

      “(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;”

      That is what will happen to the 60,000+ refugees fleeing from the Israeli onslaught.
      That is genocide.
      Yes, Zionists, you might remember we used to complain about people doing that to us.

      • lysias
        July 30, 2014, 2:49 pm

        When refugee Polish Jew Raphael Lemkin drafted that definition, he of course had in mind in part what was not yet being called the Holocaust, but he also very much had in mind what the Turks had done to the Armenians. Having the term only apply to the Holocaust would have been the last thing he wanted.

      • Citizen
        July 30, 2014, 3:47 pm

        So, tell me, what’s wrong with people like Nancy Pelosi, McCain, The Five on Fox, Schmuer, Lindsey? How can they ignore what’s going on, and defend it? They can’t be that stupid, nor are they unable to google the facts, and use their intelligence to consider the source of those facts. I hate them all. They do it simply to have nice, expensive life styles. It’s so cheap, the way America works.

      • RoHa
        July 30, 2014, 7:28 pm

        The term “holocaust” for a massacre seems to have been first used by Churchill when he referred to the slaughter of the Armenians as an “administrative holocaust”. (Bit out of character for Churchill to concern himself with the deaths of foreigners.).

        I don’t think we are allowed to say “holocaust” about Armenians, now.

    • Kay24
      July 30, 2014, 4:49 pm

      I agree it is a acceptable definition of what is happening before the entire world.

  7. Justpassingby
    July 30, 2014, 1:09 pm

    Not sure how this cannot be a genocide? israel bomb EVERYTHING,
    meanwhile puppet Abbas dont do anything to stop his work with israel! What a shameful pathetic man!

    • Kay24
      July 30, 2014, 6:39 pm

      The PLO has decided to join the ICC. That is how slow the Palestinian leadership it.
      Yes, they are helpless to a large extent, and they have to work within the confines of their limited choices, but joining the ICC should have been done long time ago when they were eligible.
      Where are the Arab nations in all this? They are still kissing up to the US and Israel, while their own people are being ruthlessly massacred. Shame on these people.
      With all their wealth and clout, they are showing indifference by their silence.

      • RoHa
        July 30, 2014, 7:30 pm

        Why would Omanis or Algerians think of Palestinians as “their own people”?

      • Justpassingby
        July 31, 2014, 2:40 am

        Kay24

        Abbas work with israel now, not only in WB but he want to take power in Gaza. Hes a disgrace to palestinians.

  8. chet
    July 30, 2014, 1:35 pm

    Outrage here; outrage on all pro-Palestinian web sites and news outlets — but we all know for a certainty that any discussion of genocide will not be seen or heard in the MSM.

  9. Citizen
    July 30, 2014, 5:24 pm

    I see nothing on US cable TV news tonight that discusses this subject.

  10. ivri
    July 30, 2014, 5:45 pm

    The problem with the use of this term is both quantitative and linguistic. Since if about 1000 killed and scores of thousands fleeing is a genocide then what word would you use in case of hundreds of thousands killed and millions fleeing – as e.g. in the Syria case next door.

    • Shingo
      July 30, 2014, 9:29 pm

      then what word would you use in case of hundreds of thousands killed and millions fleeing – as e.g. in the Syria case next door.

      That would also be genocide, seeing as ISIS and Al Nusra have vowed to destroy all Shiites.

      • amirflesher
        July 30, 2014, 11:15 pm

        Except Israel, notwithstanding the comments of some Israelis, has not vowed to destroy all Palestinians. IF so, when, where?

    • Donald
      July 31, 2014, 12:06 am

      I’d say that both sides in Syria fight the war with massacres of civilians, but the jihadis have greater ambitions in terms of slaughter if they win. Genocidal ones by any definition.

      In the case of Israel I’m like Stanley Heller above–I know that the legal definition allows for the term in cases like this, but in normal usage people usually mean the slaughter of either tens of thousands or more, or if a small population is involved, the killing of a large fraction. Israel hasn’t done that yet. It is engaged in massacres, but there is still a few steps further down into hell it could take. But obviously there are some genocidal intentions being expressed by some Israelis and some of their supporters , like the American rabbi Phil posted about at Monday’s rally.

      And by the way, nobody in the press picked up on that. I suspect that if a fairly prominent (within his or her denomination) Presbyterian minister arguing for BDS had said that anyone voting for the Israeli right deserved to be killed, that might have gotten some attention.

      • oldgeezer
        July 31, 2014, 12:12 am

        ” But obviously there are some genocidal intentions being expressed by some Israelis ”

        Some Israelis are comprised of a significant number of coalition cabinet members. This is not some lunatic fringe threat (well they are lunatics but not fringe).

  11. ivri
    July 30, 2014, 6:11 pm

    “Incremental genocide” as Pappe put is must have as supporting statistical evidence, if the term has nay relevance, a demographic decline. In reality the population there increased 10 folds in the last fifty years.

    • Annie Robbins
      July 30, 2014, 7:09 pm

      In reality the population there increased 10 folds in the last fifty years.

      does it work that way for the holocaust too? if the population increases does the reality go away?

      “…. genocide” …must have as supporting statistical evidence

      hmm, not sure what you mean by “statistical” wrt the crime of genocide. link to en.wikipedia.org

      Article 2 of the Convention defines genocide as
      …any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
      (a) Killing members of the group;
      (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
      (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
      (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
      (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
      — Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Article 2[3]

      sorry, i just realized lysias already posted this

      • amirflesher
        July 30, 2014, 11:13 pm

        What he means is fairly straightforward– Israel has had close to seventy years to wipe out Palestinians, or at the very least to expel them all from the territories they (Israel) controls. IN that time, Israel has committed many atrocities, but has not committed genocide. It has killed, at most 30,000-50,000 civilians over the course of seventy years, with the majority of these being in the midst of armed conflict–and a minority, mostly clustered around 1948, being deliberately targeted and massacred as civilians.

        During this time, Israel has expelled probably around 1,000,000 Palestinians, the vast majority in 1948, and most of the rest in 1967. There are currently about 5.6 or so million Palestinians under Israeli rule. If the intent is to wipe out the Palestinians in whole or in part, why not do it, given that you have the power to do so?

    • aiman
      July 31, 2014, 4:36 am

      ivri, are you aware that your comment reeks of fascist ugliness? That it borders on defence of genocide?

  12. wes
    July 31, 2014, 12:10 am

    Hey annie

    genocide for who ? Arabs or jews

    evidently the war,because it is a war,is not only against hamas but several thousand jihadi fighters who had entered gaza via tunnels and were waiting to attack israel but somehow that stratetgy has backfired.

    • Shingo
      July 31, 2014, 4:57 pm

      evidently the war,because it is a war,is not only against hamas but several thousand jihadi fighters who had entered gaza via tunnels and were waiting to attack israel

      Evudenrly? Whet evidence? An Israeli govt lying spokesman saying so?

  13. RoHa
    July 31, 2014, 2:09 am

    Astonishingly, the latest slaughter of innocents is too much even for some of the drunks, half-wits, and unemployables who constitute our State and Federal Parliaments.

    link to abc.net.au

    And Bolivia has declared Israel a terrorist state.

    link to rt.com

  14. kalithea
    July 31, 2014, 8:21 am

    Please, pls post this edited version that got lost in transmission:

    Today, we all have something in common with Israel – we are all anti-Semites.

    Indeed, didn’t Penelope and Javier ask themselves why Israel, widely assumed to possess stockpiles of thermonuclear warheads, didn’t just decide to nuke Gaza if they want a genocide?

    link to jpost.com

    Indeed! Here’s a simple answer to a dumb question.: It appears Israel is not yet ready for the Samson option. Try dumping thermonuclear warheads on Gaza without nuking a part of Israel as well and sending a cloud of death for miles.

    On the subject of hypocrisies; it’s nice to see a Zionist mentioning genocides other than the Holocaust, now if only Zionists would remember every year who else besides Jews were murdered as an ethnic, gender, disabled or national group in the Holocaust and I’m talking in all the media and everywhere else.

    Someone should tell the Love Rabbi that there’s such a thing as genocidal intent whereby you create a series of deadly and harmful circumstances and conditions that degrade life and eventually kill it and as far as crimes against humanity go – it’s no small potatoes.

    But here’s what makes what Zionists are doing to Palestinians worse than some of those other genocides without diminishing the depth of human suffering of any of them in any way.: THE COVER UP, i.e. the monumental deception designed to keep carrying on crimes against humanity.

    I don’t doubt that, any human being outraged by what’s happening in Gaza and to the Palestinians in general probably has a heart that has at some point been deeply moved by those other genocides, the Holocaust included, but what’s different about this crime against Palestinians is that here we have what are supposedly the most moral countries in the world who consider themselves the beacons of liberty, human rights and morality (excuse me a moment while I gag as I write): the U.S. and EU and some of their allies silent as people are slaughtered repeatedly in Gaza (and in the West Bank albeit more recently in smaller numbers) over the years by Israel and subjected to inhumane conditions while imprisoned on a small strip of land, a concentration camp where they scratch, claw and dig tunnels to survive and resist and then lay down in their homes or shelters once again knowing they may never wake up again because their head and limbs might be scattered all over the place under the rubble the next day after Israel indiscriminately crushes their home with a 1000 pound bomb dropped as part of yet another bombing raid or military Operation on Gaza.

    Here’s the thing, it’s been a long time since anyone’s deceived the world for so long regarding this much injustice. I cried during The Killing Fields and Shoah and couldn’t believe the most moral countries in the world did nothing to stop the Rwanda genocide. I cursed Milosovic and his war criminal henchmen every day. But here’s the thing: no one who mattered ever said, Nazi Germany was a beacon to that part of the world and had the most moral army and ditto for Serbia and the others. No, these genocides were condemned, the nations who perpetrated them were condemned by all Western countries and others, their leaders were condemned in most cases and in some prosecuted and in the case of the Holocaust some put to death, and the world expressed empathy for the victims in many different ways, through memorials, prayer, art, media etc..

    But in Palestine and presently Gaza’s case – we have been relegated to the web to speak out, cry out the truth because our leaders grovel before the war criminals in Israel and our media is complicit in covering up their crimes! And those of us who do this are labelled anti-Semites, hypocrites, siding with terrorists and so on.

    The Rabbi should know that you don’t have to write a book, make a film, make your empathy a public spectacle or attend a formal memorial to honor the victims of genocide, some of us remember with a moment of silence in privacy, others light a candle and say a prayer. Some of us watch a film or read the book others wrote to remember while others still rage against God for allowing such a terrible thing to happen; but the best way OF ALL to honor the victims of all those terrible genocides is to STOP another genocide from happening, stop the deception that fuels it and make the world a better place!

    And when I see those sheets rain down out of the sky to warn Gaza’s civilians of an imminent bombardment; I don’t think it’s meant to save lives; I wasn’t born yesterday. I think to myself, Israel is covering its ass.

  15. Pixel
    July 31, 2014, 2:20 pm

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    holocaust vs. Holocaust®

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