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Israeli government minister justifies Gaza massacre by calling Palestinians ‘Nazis’

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Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister of Strategic Affairs and Hasbara, referred to Gazans as “Nazis” twice within five minutes today.

“Despite the number of dead, we need to remember and remind: We’re not speaking about demonstrations. We’re talking about terrorists of a terrorist organization who endanger Israeli residents. All responsibility for the bloodshed lies with the leaders of Hamas, who, with Nazi anger, endlessly shed blood to erase from people’s memories their own failures in the management of the Gaza Strip. Here it is, the truth”

he tweeted this afternoon, in response to the massacre of dozens of Gazan protesters.

And then 5 minutes later:

“Israel does not wish to escalate and doesn’t want the death of residents of the Gaza Strip. Those who want this are solely the leadership of the Hamas terrorist organization, which uses a cynical and malicious use of bloodshed. The number of killed doesn’t indicate anything – just as the number of Nazis who died in the world war doesn’t make Nazism something you can explain or understand.”

At the time of writing, the death count is 52, including 5 minors and 1 paramedic. 2,410 injured – including 200 minors, 11 journalists. 28 in critical condition and 116 in serious condition. 1,204 shot by Israeli soldiers using live Israeli ammunition.

But all that “doesn’t indicate anything” according to Erdan – because essentially, they’re just Nazis.

And why should we not believe it, if it’s the very Minister of Propaganda saying so?

H/t Pabi Shrestha Arihant

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  1. eljay
    May 14, 2018, 3:29 pm

    Mr. Erdan has determined that Gaza protesters are Nazis and terrorists.

    Nazis and terrorists are not-innocent people.

    According to jon s – and, it seems, Mr. Erdan – that means they can be massacred.

    And, so, Israel massacres them.

    • gamal
      May 14, 2018, 4:51 pm

      “According to jon s…that means they can be massacred”

      JonS ….

      ah Jonshua….i didn’t altar a thing

    • Misterioso
      May 15, 2018, 11:11 am

      Speaking of “Nazis.”

      https://www.haaretz.com/opi
      Jan 19, 2018 – Haaretz

      Opinion: “In Israel, Growing Fascism and a Racism Akin to Early Nazism” by Zeev Sternhell.**
      EXCERPT:

      “I frequently ask myself how a historian in 50 or 100 years will interpret our period. When, he will ask, did people in Israel start to realize that the state that was established in the War of Independence, on the ruins of European Jewry and at the cost of the blood of combatants some of whom were Holocaust survivors, had devolved into a true monstrosity for its non-Jewish inhabitants. When did some Israelis understand that their cruelty and ability to bully others, Palestinians or Africans, began eroding the moral legitimacy of their existence as a sovereign entity?”

      Also:
      https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-gaza-border-killings-expose-israel-s-true-mentality-1.6032716
      Opinion: “Gaza Border Killings Expose Israel’s True Mentality
      And Bezalel Smotrich, like the cynical face of Avigdor Lieberman, reflects our own face, the face of Netanyahu’s advance guard for the West.”
      Zeev Sternhell Apr 27, 2018 – Haaretz

      ** Zeev Sternhell is a Polish-born Israeli historian, political scientist, commentator on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and writer. He is one of the world’s leading experts on fascism. Sternhell headed the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  2. pabelmont
    May 14, 2018, 6:04 pm

    They can be massacred because the other nations will not act. Pure and simple. Like the guy who murdered a girl in a NYC street years ago, with many people watching, and no-one called the police, no-one interfered,

    I think Israel performs atrocities in full daylight on purpose, that purpose being to test the nations, to see what they can get away with. And the impunity just keeps growing, and the nations — having let Israel get away with so much — are embarrassed and cannot find strength to complain now, or next time, or the time after that.

    • Keith
      May 14, 2018, 7:01 pm

      PABELMONT- “I think Israel performs atrocities in full daylight on purpose, that purpose being to test the nations, to see what they can get away with.”

      Perhaps it is less to see what they can get away with than to flaunt their power to act with impunity. And with all of the new Euro laws equating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, who would dare raise an objection?

      “If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely, and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy but just wage a total war, our children will sing great songs about us years from now.” (Richard Perle) https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/richard_perle_183952i

  3. DaBakr
    May 14, 2018, 10:06 pm

    Get over yourselves. There are 1000s of references to zionists being nazis on MW. nazis are the current equal opportunity insult. Left zionists are even calling right zionists nazis.
    Technically, the gypsies Jews and other assorted targeted racial victims of the Nazis should be the ones allowed to determine the usage but the world doesn’t work that way. MW commenters are as free to use the nazi epithet as anybody else. And anybody else is free to call you out on it.

    Calling nazi has become a worthless joke. You want to see nazi shit…. Go visit the newly curated photos of the just liberated bergen belson death camp. check out the ss guards forced to sling starved, emaciated and naked dead bodies over their shoulders and dump them into trash pits. That’s nazi shit

    • CigarGod
      May 15, 2018, 12:03 am

      That’s right DaBakr,
      No one can ever be as dead as a holocaust Jew.
      A dead Palestinian just isn’t dead enough to make the grade.

    • JosephA
      May 15, 2018, 1:05 am

      Can the kettle call the pot black? Can the pot call the kettle black?

    • Jonathan Ofir
      May 15, 2018, 2:46 am

      DaBakr, the term ‘Nazi’ in and of its own is nothing.
      It’s about what it’s used for.
      When the late professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz called a Supreme Court judge “Judeo-Nazi”, it was to raise awareness to the act of having factually legalised torture.
      Erdan is not saying ‘Nazis’ in order to awaken moral attention to fascist tendencies. He is using the term to silence it, and justify a massacre.

      There’s a difference.

    • eljay
      May 15, 2018, 9:11 am

      || @Daak: … You want to see nazi shit…. Go visit the newly curated photos of the just liberated bergen belson death camp. check out the ss guards forced to sling starved, emaciated and naked dead bodies over their shoulders and dump them into trash pits. That’s nazi shit ||

      Nazi shit didn’t start with death camps. Murderous occupation and colonialism aren’t the end of “Jewish State” shit. Hold your nose and have a little faith in your fellow Zionists.

    • Misterioso
      May 15, 2018, 11:25 am

      @DaBakr

      Nazis were fascists. As Israel’s current slaughter of defenseless Palestinians, including children, who are demonstrating for implementation of their human rights per international law and have been living in an Israeli imposed outdoor prison since 2005 further attests, the entity known as Israel is the very definition of fascistic.

      If the six million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis could rise from the dead and witness the horrors that have been perpetrated against Palestine’s indigenous Arab inhabitants during the past 70 years by Jews of foreign origin, I have no doubt they would be among the first to condemn Zionism and its spawn, the undeniable racist, fascistic entity known as “Israel.” Zionism is a betrayal of the Holocaust’s victims and for today’s Jews, another “golden calf.” SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR ILK!!!

  4. jake42
    May 14, 2018, 11:52 pm

    DB, does your comment mean that you’re criticizing the propaganda minister for calling the unarmed protesters being shot by snipers ‘Nazis’ ?

    Is Israel’s murder of 1400 civilians, including 500 children, in Gaza “Nazi shit’ ? Should the IDF murderers be forced to carry those childrens’ bodies to their graves?

  5. Sulphurdunn
    May 15, 2018, 8:26 am

    Don’t know who’s a Nazi, but from Mr. Erdan’s photo, it’s easy to see who looks like one.

  6. Vera Gottlieb
    May 15, 2018, 9:11 am

    The ones applying NAZI tactics are the persecutors…once the persecuted.

  7. WebSkipper
    May 15, 2018, 3:29 pm

    Now THAT is what I call chutzpah!!

  8. Misterioso
    May 15, 2018, 3:50 pm

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-canadian-doctor-shot-by-israeli-sniper-near-gaza-border/

    “Canadian doctor shot by Israeli sniper near Gaza border”
    Canada’s Globe and Mail, May 15/18

    EXCERPT:
    “A Canadian-Palestinian doctor was shot in the legs by an Israeli sniper and one of his paramedics was killed on the Gaza border Monday as clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli Defence Forces left dozens dead and more than 1,000 wounded.

    “Dr. Tarek Loubani, an emergency physician from London, Ont., who is also an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario medical school, joined medical teams on the Gaza border Monday to care for Palestinians who might be injured in demonstrations against the inauguration of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

    “Dr. Loubani, who has served as an emergency field doctor in Tanzania and conflict zones such as Iraq and southern Lebanon, said he was wearing a green surgeon’s outfit and standing with several orange-vested paramedics about 25 metres from the protests at the border when he was hit.

    “‘I am very seasoned about not being shot at. I know where to stand. I know where to be. I know how not to get shot,’ he told The Globe and Mail in a telephone interview from Gaza where he recuperating. ‘Snipers don’t reach me because of mistakes. I did everything right. We were all huddled. We were high visibility. It was quiet at the exact moment I got shot. The bullet went through my left leg, through my right leg out and hit the ground.’

    “Had he been closer to the border area, Dr. Loubani, 37, said he believes it would have ‘cost me my legs.’ The leg wounds will require months of rehabilitation but he said he feels ‘incredibly lucky.’”

  9. MHughes976
    May 15, 2018, 4:47 pm

    ‘Nazi’ casualty rates, if they can be identified, may be evidence used, balance against other evidence, in the interpretation of the events of 1918-45. How could anyone think otherwise? Gaza casualty rates are the same. Taken on balance with other evidence it is an indication of intense injustice and considerable determination and courage. I hope that the Israelis do not will absolutely the deaths of Palestinians, though it’s clear enough that they will their deaths conditionally on those deaths being necessary for the enforcement of Israel’s policies and choices.

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