The mainstreaming of Palestinian genocide

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The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldier and medic Elor Azaria, who was filmed last March (by Imad Abu Shamsiya, a Palestinian B’Tselem volunteer) executing an incapacitated Palestinian man, Fattah al-Sharif, in cold blood has been convicted of manslaughter. He is now the modern Israeli hero, “the child of all of us” as many Israelis refer to him.

Shortly after the verdict was announced a poll showed that a whopping 70% of the Israeli public support Azaria’s pardon. What’s more, key figures of the Israeli government have unified in their call for pardoning Azaria in what can only be interpreted as an expression of cynical political opportunism. Those calling for a pardon include Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev, and of course Israel’s Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, who is currently under investigation for numerous corruptions. Even Shelly Yacimovich of the opposition, to the extent that the use of the word is even valid when referring to the Israeli Knesset, has conveyed her support for pardoning Azaria.

“Today a soldier who killed a terrorist who deserved to die, who tried to slaughter [another] soldier, was placed in shackles and convicted as a criminal”, Bennett declared.

Naftali “shrapnel in the butt” Bennett, the Education Minister who hails from the far-right Habayit HaYehudi party, was in the past quoted bragging about killing Arabs and how he had “no problem with that”. Bennett does not care that each and every one of the arguments for self-defense brought forth by Azaria’s lawyers was completely and utterly debunked by the judges. It makes no difference to him that the act was caught on tape and that the murdered Palestinian was clearly incapacitated and neutralized. It is immaterial that if Azaria thought the Palestinian man had a suicide belt, one of the defense’s arguments, his actions would have made even less sense and endangered more of his surrounding comrades. All this is too complicated for Israeli politicians like Bennett. Who has time for details when political points are to be had? Bennett and others like him have become so adept at riding the waves of incitement to further their personal agendas, it is their second nature.

Avigdor Lieberman, a convicted child beater and Israel’s Defense Minister said:

“this is a harsh verdict. I ask we all respect the court’s ruling and show restraint. What is important – despite the harsh verdict – is that the defense establishment help the family and this soldier. I call on the public not to lambaste the IDF and the defense establishment. We must respect the ruling.”

You know we live in surreal times when Lieberman, who has been charged with numerous corruptions in the past (e.g. see here) and has come out with some of the most vile and racist statements on record, preaches about respecting the rule of law.

Since the announcement of the verdict the judges involved in the case have been threatened on social media to the point where they have been assigned a security detail by the IDF. The few Israeli voices calling to respect the rule of law and come to terms with the severity of Azaria’s deeds, such as Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, have been threatened, ridiculed and called out as “traitors” by significant numbers of Israelis.

It is an especially dark day when a war criminal like Ya’alon, who presided over “Operation Protective Edge” in 2014 with its thousands of Palestinian deaths and injuries, serves as any kind of moral beacon. In 2002 Ya’alon said:

“The Palestinian threat harbors cancer-like attributes that have to be severed. There are all kinds of solutions to cancer. Some say it’s necessary to amputate organs but at the moment I am applying chemotherapy.”

Last May Ya’alon resigned from the Israeli government due to his loss of faith in Netanyahu and the PM’s encouragement of  “extremism, violence and racism in Israeli society that threaten its fortitude,” forces that “are trickling into” the military. Ya’alon knows a thing or two about extremism and about the Israeli macho military culture.

But let’s be clear: this is not the first summary execution of a Palestinian by an IDF soldier nor will it be the last. It was just coincidentally captured on film, and consequently caused an uproar that led to an unavoidable trial. Elor Azaria is not a rotten apple and Israelis are indeed correct in calling him “the child of all of us”. He is a mirror unto mainstream Israel.

The Azaria case was the ultimate trial of Israeli society. A disastrous precedent has now been set: cold-blooded murder of Palestinians has been officially sanctioned by the Israeli mainstream and the political class, and the perceived rule of law severely undermined. No more hiding behind words like “collateral damage” when employing missiles dropped by F-16s or drones. Israeli politicians have declared an open season on Palestinians.

The precedent set by this case will further solidify the complete dehumanization of Palestinians and pave the way for further ethnic cleansing and genocide in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Those hoping for some sort of American intervention that will avoid this catastrophe are delusional- the incoming Trump administration will certainly not stand in Israel’s way and will likely even support it with arms sales and diplomatic immunity.

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  1. Citizen
    January 6, 2017, 4:46 pm

    All true, including the conclusion about the Trump Regime. What will be interesting to watch is how Trump juggles his distaste for the lying Neocon “regime change” agenda, and its wasteful war spending, and one-sided deals, with US getting snookered, with his Love of huge aid to Israel, every lop-sided transaction with Israel making US the freier, and its lebensraum policy. An aspect of “dark state” politics.

    • Misterioso
      January 7, 2017, 1:32 pm

      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.763443
       
      “Opinion: Increasingly, Supporting Israel No Longer Serves America’s Interests”

      “Obama’s UN abstention was only the most recent manifestation of ongoing strategic changes that Trump too won’t want or be able to reverse.”
      Professor Brent Sasley , Jan 07, 2017 – Haaretz.

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      January 7, 2017, 2:00 pm

      Lets leave Trump out of this and look at a degenerate society with fascists at the helm. Zionist Israel is riding on the delusion that genocide is acceptable for themselves as “Victims.” They cannot fathom that since 1948 the Zionist dream of a Jewish State died in a twisted ideology of perverse racism and hate. SILENCE IN THE FACE OF GENOCIDE IS UNBEARABLE.

      • Mooser
        January 7, 2017, 4:19 pm

        More and more Jewish people are turning away from Zionism. Israel has no way of compelling them to support the Zionist project. So for better or worse, the response may be silence- when support is demanded, and needed.

      • echinococcus
        January 8, 2017, 5:34 am

        Ms Rosengarten,

        How can you leave Trump, Obama, the Clintons or any US politician at all out of this?
        The US is not separate from this “degenerate society with fascists at the helm”. The US directly provides money, arms, diplomatic support and thousands of soldiers. It is not an accomplice but a principal. Also, fascists here are not a minority at the helm.

        since 1948 the Zionist dream of a Jewish State died in a twisted ideology of perverse racism and hate

        The Zionist dream of a Jewish State is a twisted ideology of perverse racism and hate, from way before 1948.

  2. Citizen
    January 6, 2017, 5:06 pm

    Also know as “deep state” government.

    • Mooser
      January 6, 2017, 7:02 pm

      “Also know as “deep state” government.”

      And you don’t think Trump, will be easy meat for them? Trump will be nothing but a yes-sir to the deep state.

  3. eljay
    January 6, 2017, 9:58 pm

    … “Today a soldier who killed a terrorist who deserved to die, who tried to slaughter [another] soldier, was placed in shackles and convicted as a criminal”, Bennett declared. …

    The Jewish Israeli soldier who deliberately and efficiently murdered a wounded and incapacitated non-Jewish non-Israeli man in not-Israel got his day in court and was tried and convicted. He chose to deny justice to his victim and instead faced it himself. And Mr. Bennett – a Zionist hypocrite – weeps not for the murdered but for the cold-blooded murderer.

    • oldgeezer
      January 6, 2017, 10:27 pm

      @eljay

      Israel should be denied any association with the ICRC. Both for it’s flagrant violations and fot it’s governments policy of accepting medics as executioners. Israel is a disgrace to humanity. No a single moral fiber left to be found the colkective society. Brigands thieves and murderers.

      • Egbert
        January 7, 2017, 6:00 am

        Two more things – i) the charge was reduced to manslaughter in order to even get to the courts and ii) the officer who gave the order was not charged or seen as equally responsible.

  4. Maghlawatan
    January 7, 2017, 3:25 am

    Israelis are educated to see Palestinians as vermin so Bennett has an audience. This all goes on in Hebrew while Zionists insist in English that Israel is a normal country.

    • Maghlawatan
      January 7, 2017, 3:56 am

      For example

      “The Anti-Defamation League issued a sharp condemnation on Friday of the incitement directed at the country’s chief of staff and its military judges following the conviction of a soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian attacker. “We harshly condemn the recent incitement against Israeli authorities, specifically the IDF, after the trial of Sgt. Elor Azaria,” the ADL said in a statement.” “Proper procedure was followed in this case and it was rightly before the court. We are troubled by the incendiary discourse since the announcement of the verdict, characterized by anti-democratic language and threats. Israel’s democracy and its judicial system are forces of morality and stability for the state and shouldn’t be jeopardized or undermined.”
      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.763394

      the only way to have a Jewish State in the Middle east is via a brainwashed populace who take orders without question and accept the need for apartheid to sustain their standard of living.
      The ADL can’t understand that

    • lysias
      January 7, 2017, 6:24 pm

      Which is exactly how Germans were educated to see Jews by the Nazis. Ungeziefer.

      • inbound39
        January 7, 2017, 10:54 pm

        There are a growing amount of similarities between Israel and WW2 Germany….so many that US Government and UK Government alarm bells should have been ringing long ago. Instead they act blind,deaf and dumb.

    • Jasonius Maximus
      January 9, 2017, 10:45 am

      You raise an interesting point that gets a free pass in US media regarding the learning of hate in Israel/Palestine.

      Every single pro-Israel US Congressman, spokes person and Israel official that is interviewed in US media has said that Palestinian children are taught hate for Jews at school where they learn how to make bombs and slit throats with knives, yet not one single interviewer or reporter has asked for proof or has countered the validity of that argument. Nor have they EVER pointed out the very inconvenient truth that EVERY SINGLE Jewish teenaged boy and girl that leaves school has to do civil service where the state officially educates them and teaches the vast majority of them what exactly? How to oppress, torture and kill Arabs en masse with combat knives, assault rifles, sniper rifles, depleted uranium munitions, improvised bombs, tanks, heavy artillery, hellfire missiles, 1000-pound bombs, white phosphorus, helicopters, fighter jets, war ships, submarines and few hundred undeclared nuclear weapons!

      Couple this expert and compulsory 2-3 year military education with about 13 years of traditional segregated and state imposed education where a false historical narrative, ever-imminent threat of destruction, and an ethno-religious and supremacist entitlement to the region is instilled and you have an official state-sanctioned and imposed brainwashing, incitement and militantly nationalistic model that Israel’s worst enemies couldn’t even dream of!

      The question becomes, who exactly is doing the real mass brainwashing, the real mass teaching of hate and how to really kill people en masse?

  5. Ossinev
    January 7, 2017, 12:40 pm

    Hadn`t seen the presumably loving Jewish mother`s photo before. I seem to recall that the sentiment and mantra was espoused by a certain HH and his acolytes back in the 1930`s.
    As for the Yahoo and Bennett. The latter is a clearly a psychopath looney tune who is quite probably in favour of some sort of rounding up and hermetic sealing of the Arab population throughout Israel and Palestine. My impression is that apart from clear ambition to boot aside the Yahoo and take over as PM of ZioLand he gets pleasure from yanking the Yahoo`s chain. Every time he claims the extreme right “moral ground” in this case by praising the poor heroic Azaria the Yahoo has to play catch up ergo state that he is in favour of a pardon.

    IMO a ridiculously light sentence for the “manslaughter” and or a pardon will dig Israel further into to the cesspit it now occupies. Ya`alon I believe recognises this and is therefore distancing himself in advance from the fall out.

    As for the prospect of “further ethnic cleansing and further genocide” I don`t believe that the Israelis have the luxury to do this piecemeal any longer though by default it will continue in the very short term. The situation in Israel/Palestine has been illuminated for all in the US and Europe to see in a way that was unthinkable even a few years ago. BDS is on the rise and will gain significantly in support as a result of the UNSC resolution and the moves to “outlaw” BDS have become damp squibs. The upcoming UN conference will I hope further shine the light on Israel (Zionist are uncomfortable with bright lights ) and there will be I hope a clear statement from the conference on the yes pre conditions which Israel has to face up to. Above all the Quisling Abbas and his corrupt PA cabal have definitely reached their use by date and will very soon be history.

    As for the poor victimised Israelis they have this huge problem = how do we “disappear” over 6 million people within a COUNTRY THE SIZE OF WALES (sic).

    • Mooser
      January 7, 2017, 3:06 pm

      “As for the poor victimised Israelis they have this huge problem = how do we “disappear” over 6 million people within a COUNTRY THE SIZE OF WALES (sic)

      Give it at least a little time. As the facts start sinking in for more Israelis, and those outside Israel, a surprising number of Israelis will disappear.

  6. oldgeezer
    January 7, 2017, 2:28 pm

    So lieberman thinks the idf should help the family. The family of a murderer.

    I hope they do.

    That will put to rest any risible morality ot zionist complaints that the pa helps the families of terrorists.

    A beacon of light… my ass

    • Misterioso
      January 7, 2017, 3:08 pm

      The good news:

      Israel is digging its grave. Given the racist nature of Zionism, it could only be thus.

      • RoHa
        January 7, 2017, 4:23 pm

        “The good news:

        Israel is digging its grave. ”

        The bad news. It seems determined to fill the grave with Palestinians.

  7. Ossinev
    January 7, 2017, 5:36 pm

    @Mooser
    “Give it at least a little time. As the facts start sinking in for more Israelis, and those outside Israel, a surprising number of Israelis will disappear”

    Touché !

    • Mooser
      January 8, 2017, 4:03 pm

      “Touché !”

      I am against any interference with Israel’s right to be it’s natural size or population. It may take a little time, but it’ll get there.

  8. Elizabeth Block
    January 7, 2017, 8:35 pm

    I was there in March, with Christian Peacemaker Teams. (You don’t have to be a Christian – I’m Jewish. Who knew?) One of the people we heard from was a member of ICAHD (Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions) who said she doesn’t use the word “genocide” to describe what’s happening now. Why? She’s waiting until it actually starts.

  9. Elizabeth Block
    January 7, 2017, 8:37 pm

    As for a lot of Israelis disappearing, it’s happening. They’re leaving, going to the US, Canada, Europe including Germany.
    I think it was thirty years ago that I read a comment by, I think, Bernard Avishai, saying that it was impossible to live a “decent Jewish life” in Israel. Plenty of people agree with that sentiment, and are acting on it.

    • Misterioso
      January 11, 2017, 10:49 pm

      Holocaust survivors have also been emigrating to Germany for some time:

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3388445,00.html

      “Shoah survivors forced back to Germany due to Israel’s lack of restitution laws”

      Ines Ehrlich Published: 04.16.07, 11:32 / Israel News

      EXCERPT:
      “Documentary shows Israel the worst place for Holocaust survivors to live throughout Western world. Hundreds protest outside Knesset, demand government help survivors with financial difficulties

      “Holocaust survivors have left Israel to live out the rest of their days in Germany due to the better conditions they receive there, according to a documentary program broadcast Tuesday night by Israel’s Channel 2 television.

      “The documentary, Musar Shilumin (The Morals of Restitution) opened with an elderly woman speaking from her comfortable home in Berlin to two of Israel’s best known docu-activists – Orly Vilnai Federbush and Guy Meroz. The woman’s fluent Hebrew was spoken with an unmistakable German accent.

      “Minister Isaac Herzog says thousands of survivors live in deplorable conditions: ‘Too many organizations thought the responsibility should fall on a different organization’

      “This Holocaust survivor had left Israel to return to Germany to receive the free medication and monthly allowance provided to survivors by the German government.

      “Contrary to Israel, the German government has stipulated that Holocaust survivors in need of housing and medicine are entitled to receive them free of charge. When asked what she thought of the Israeli government’s attitude towards Holocaust survivors, she said: ‘I would not want what I think to appear in print.’ “

  10. Bumblebye
    January 7, 2017, 9:21 pm

    O/T, but israeli wrong doing.

    we have a brewing storm in a diplomatic tea-cup here in the uk – the israeli liaison *to* westminster and mp’s has been caught on camera talking about taking down some *of* our mp’s!

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jan/07/israeli-diplomat-shai-masot-caught-on-camera-plotting-to-take-down-uk-mps

    what fun for regev! i’m sure it’ll eat up a fair bit of airtime tomorrow!

    • Annie Robbins
      January 7, 2017, 10:18 pm

      bunblebye, i read about this in al jazeera. they are running a four part series next week!:

      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/israels-parliamentary-plot-uk-politicians-170107220710691.html

    • Kay24
      January 7, 2017, 10:23 pm

      Bumblebye, I just heard this on BBC world, and if this will not open the eyes of the British leaders and people, then nothing will. This man was supposed to have apologized and said that they were his own words, and not of Israel, but we know that this dirty arrogant attitude is typical of these zionists, and that Israel has a bad habit of attacking those who stand up to them, or openly criticize their on going crimes. I don’t know why nations Israel are openly trying to control, or interfere with, so that they can use them as puppets, don’t look at the US as the perfect example of a totally controlled by, and subservient nation to, Israel. If they do not want to have that poisonous effect on their nation, they better do something now.

    • RoHa
      January 7, 2017, 10:34 pm

      Since American politicians are so outraged at alleged Russian interference in US elections, I’m sure we’ll see them venting similar outrage at these plans for Israeli interference in the election of MPs in America’s second best ally.

    • just
      January 8, 2017, 12:51 am

      Wow.

      ‘Take down’, ‘neutralise’ on the record! ‘The Lobby’, in all of its glory.

      “what fun for regev! i’m sure it’ll eat up a fair bit of airtime tomorrow! ”

      This is not an anomaly, of course. It’s another Azarian incident, exposed on camera. ‘Let us be clea-uh’, Regev may have to resort to mumbling in Hebrew…..

      Hello?

      I am trying to reach Capitol Hill and the White House.

      Yes, I’ll wait.

      Who hacked the DNC? Please connect me to DWS. Yes, I’ll wait…

      • Bumblebye
        January 8, 2017, 8:15 am

        Since this conversation took place at a political ‘Friends of Israel’ gathering, where Masot clearly felt free to speak as he did, I hope the hue and cry that follows prompts a parliamentary investigation into these groups and their shady dealings. They don’t like sunlight!

      • MHughes976
        January 8, 2017, 1:25 pm

        The Labour Party has called for further enquiries. We’ll see. It will be interesting to see if Sir Alan Duncan, the man to be taken down – in this matter at least a most honourable man – takes the matter up. He has declined so far, but he’s obviously the most effective critic of Israel in the UK political sphere and this is the time to renew his critique.
        The gathering seems to have been a very expensive lunch. I don’t think that embassies fund expensive lunches for a mere chat among friends with no serious purpose, as is being claimed by the woman who was discussing plans with the Israeli intelligence operative.

      • RoHa
        January 8, 2017, 5:30 pm

        “I don’t think that embassies fund expensive lunches for a mere chat among friends with no serious purpose, ”

        I thought that was exactly what embassies were for.

  11. Talkback
    January 8, 2017, 7:10 am

    “Today a soldier who killed a terrorist who deserved to die, who tried to slaughter [another] soldier, was placed in shackles and convicted as a criminal”, Bennett declared.”

    According to Bennet’s reasoning every Israeli soldier who only tries to kill a Palestinian deserves to die.

  12. Leopold Bloom
    January 8, 2017, 12:10 pm

    If this is “genocide,” wouldn’t the most prudent course of action be for Palestinians to emigrate? If a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz had a chance to escape, would you advise him to wait until conditions improved?

    Unless, of course, it isn’t really “genocide” and you’re only using that word for its emotional effect.

    • just
      January 8, 2017, 12:51 pm

      It’s obvious that you’ve not been paying attention. I know, reality stinks!

      Are you are a fan of ethnic cleansing? Do you support Israel’s illegal settlements and the grinding and violent Occupation of the indigenous Palestinians in all of Palestine?

    • Mooser
      January 8, 2017, 1:03 pm

      ?” If a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz had a chance to escape, would you advise him to wait until conditions improved?”

      So you figure a Palestinian has about the same chance as a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz?

    • eljay
      January 8, 2017, 1:17 pm

      || Leopold Bloom: If this is “genocide,” wouldn’t the most prudent course of action be for Palestinians to emigrate? If a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz had a chance to escape, would you advise him to wait until conditions improved?

      Unless, of course, it isn’t really “genocide” and you’re only using that word for its emotional effect. ||

      You’re right: Palestinians should emigrate and allow the West to wage all-out war against Israel, bomb it into submission and force it to pay reparations to Palestinians and their descendants for decades to come.

      Unless, of course, you’re only dredging up the Holocaust for emotional effect.

    • Maghlawatan
      January 8, 2017, 1:58 pm

      If the Palestinians are forced off their land it will be a form of genocide.

    • echinococcus
      January 8, 2017, 2:17 pm

      Read the definition on the International Convention on Genocide.
      Written by Raphael Lemkin himself.
      Also, show me what chance of escape there is.

    • oldgeezer
      January 8, 2017, 3:04 pm

      @Leopold

      Emigrate to where?

      How condescending of you. No doubt your primary thoughts are protecting the perps.

      You sound no dofferent than a white supremacist or neo nazi who might question why more Jews didn’t fight back or escape during the holocaust period.

      But then that’s not surprising as zionists share the same racist roots.

      • Mooser
        January 8, 2017, 3:55 pm

        “But then that’s not surprising as zionists share the same racist roots.”

        Yeah, but there was only about 90 million people in 1941 Germany.

      • oldgeezer
        January 8, 2017, 5:49 pm

        @Mooser

        Oh my! That makes it all fine then. Silly me. And Germany had nukes too.

    • talknic
      January 8, 2017, 7:10 pm

      @ Leopold Bloom January 8, 2017, 12:10 pm

      “If this is “genocide,” wouldn’t the most prudent course of action be for Palestinians to emigrate? “

      “If”? Uh? Israel is a UN Member State. All UN Member States are bound to adhere to the UN definition of genocide according to which, Israel IS committing genocide

      The most prudent action would be for Israel to stop colonizing non-Israeli territory. Withdraw, relocate all its illegal settlers back into Israeli territory, pay reparations dating back to 00:01:01 May 15th 1948 (ME time). Israel however, simply can’t afford to adhere to the law. It would be sent bankrupt. A failed state

      “If a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz had a chance to escape, would you advise him to wait until conditions improved?”

      Only a sick mind uses the Holocaust to justify why people should abandon their homes, land, territory and rights so their oppressor can achieve its vile aims

  13. hophmi
    January 9, 2017, 11:21 am

    How many times has the United States of America conducted a public prosecution of a soldier accused of something like this? I’d say the number is 0 or close to it, and we all know that this stuff happens, and that if the United States ever did prosecute someone for something like this, 70 percent of the country, if not a higher number, would criticize a guilty verdict.

    • Annie Robbins
      January 9, 2017, 12:25 pm

      i remember one such trial, after a soldier (i think his name was green) slaughtered a bunch of people in afghanistan. clearly there were others who partook in this slaughter but he was the one who was convicted. i don’t recall a lot of fuss about it in the press and i don’t recall anyone protesting his conviction. then there was the murderer of abeer in iraq. i don’t think he got off either. it’s a drop in the bucket tho, so many more have committed heinous crimes.

    • eljay
      January 9, 2017, 12:49 pm

      || hophmi: How many times has the United States of America conducted a public prosecution of a soldier accused of something like this? I’d say the number is 0 or close to it, and we all know that this stuff happens, and that if the United States ever did prosecute someone for something like this, 70 percent of the country, if not a higher number, would criticize a guilty verdict. ||

      Yup, it’s shameful. The U.S. and the “Jewish State” certainly do have “shared common values”, none of which is the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality.

      But, hey, if the “Jewish State” nukes one city you can always defend its actions by pointing out that the U.S. nuked two.

    • just
      January 9, 2017, 1:07 pm

      Not surprisingly, you are wrong~ dead wrong, Hophmi. There have been plenty of trials, convictions, and sentences that have been meted out. Perhaps not enough, but plenty. Not everyone on this planet celebrates murder. Nor do they consider the murderer anything akin to ‘their child’.

      Perhaps you are thinking of SSG Bales, Annie. He massacred 16 innocents (including 9 children, 4 women and 3 men) in Kandahar.

      I remember Calley, too. Nixon pardoned him for his massacre of 22 unarmed Vietnamese innocents in My Lai. Unfortunately, the MSM doesn’t carry the proceedings anymore, nor do they tell the whole truth.

    • John O
      January 9, 2017, 1:17 pm

      You’ve never heard of My Lai?

      You’re right about one thing, though – soldiers who do this sort of thing often have huge public support in their own country. Here in the UK marine Alexander Blackman killed a wounded Afghan in circumstances similar to the Azaria case. He was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence. There is a current campaign for an appeal hearing, led by (surprise, surprise) the Daily Mail.

      • gamal
        January 9, 2017, 2:19 pm

        “You’ve never heard of My Lai?” the whole Phoenix program was a massive crime, Empire is such a messy business.

        Air Commander Lionel Charlton resigned his commission in 1923 because of the British policy of “intimidation by bomb” as used in Mesopotamia, Palestine, Somalia, Egypt and India later extended to Aden. A few Pilots were indeed prosecuted for atrocities which were indistinguishable from scores of other celebrated actions as in below…

        “Once deployed in Iraq the RAF proceeded to bomb civilians and tribal insurgents alike. A Kurdish survivor of these attacks later recalled, “They were bombing here in the Kaniya Khoran … Sometimes they raided three times a day.”[6] Wing Commander Lewis, of the 30th RAF Squadron remembered: “one would get a signal that a certain Kurdish village had to be bombed.”

        Arthur Harris, the man who would later oversee the destruction of German cities during WW II, also saw action in Iraq and participated in the bombing of civilians as a wing commander. He wrote of this experience, “The Arab and Kurd now know what real bombing means in casualties and damage. Within forty-five minutes a full-size village can be practically wiped out and a third of its inhabitants killed or injured.”[7] Similarly, J.A. Chamier, another British wing commander, wrote, “The attack with bombs and machine guns must be relentless and unremitting and carried on continuously by day and night, on houses, inhabitants, crops and cattle.”[8] By March 1922 the Air Ministry had proven its tactics so effective that it was given control over security in Mesopotamia. For the next decade RAF planes would bomb numerous tribes that continued to defy British rule.

        Britain Wrecks International Arms Control Negotiations to Ban Bombing of Civilians
        Due to Its Desire to Use Bombing against Its Imperial Subjects

        Serous efforts were made in international arms control negotiations to ban the bombing of cities and civilians. However, Great Britain rebuffed any attempt to restrict its use of bombers against civilians in territories under its control. For example, during disarmament talks in March 1933, Great Britain had submitted the so-called MacDonald Plan, Article 34 of which agreed in principle to a limitation on aerial bombardment “with the exception of police actions in certain distant locations.” Two years later, in May 1935, Lord Londonderry then defended Britain’s refusal to agree to a prohibition on using aerial bombardment against civilians that had been proposed at the Geneva Disarmament Conference:

        “I hammered home to my colleagues and also to the entire nation the vital position that the Royal Air Force occupies in our defensive plans. At this time of general outcry for disarmament I had the greatest difficulty even maintaining the need for bombers on the frontiers of the Middle East and in India, where it was only thanks to the air force that we were able to keep these areas in check.”

        Trenchard’s concept of “Air Control” had thus become entrenched as formal government policy and Britain would never give up its right to use aerial bombardment against peoples within its empire.”

        http://www.worldfuturefund.org/wffmaster/Reading/war.crimes/World.war.2/Air.Control.htm

      • RoHa
        January 9, 2017, 6:55 pm

        “You’ve never heard of My Lai?”

        If no Jews were involved, why would hophmi pay any attention to My Lai?

  14. shaun patrick
    January 11, 2017, 11:48 pm

    When seeing the look of confusion on Azaria’s face he doesn’t seem to have any idea that murdering a human being was wrong. One of the legacies Netanyhu will leave behind is he has fostered hate, dehumanized the Palestinians and desensitized a significant portion of main stream Israeli’s. He has taught the Israel public and IDF that by labeling human beings as terrorists it excuses all crimes against them including murder. A population who has lost its moral compass has lost its soul and Azaria’s act was soulless.

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