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The Genocide Libel

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In order to justify killing Jews, Jew-haters throughout history made up libels about the Jews that were so awful that they justified, at least for the Jew-hater, the mass murder of Jews. The charge that the Jews of every age — not just some Jews at one time — killed God Himself was used by medieval Christians to justify mass murdering of Jews.

Then came another grotesque libel — what is known as the blood libel. Also prevalent in the Middle Ages, this charged Jews with kidnapping Christian children, sacrificing them and using their blood to bake matzo (the unleavened Passover bread).

Later libels against the Jews included the forgery known as "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," which purported to prove that Jews plotted to rule the world.

At this very moment, we are living through as enormous a libel — directed not against all Jews, but against the Jewish state: Israel is committing genocide of Palestinians and is, therefore, morally identical to the Nazi regime.

This libel is spread by left-wing radicals and by Muslims, especially in the Middle East.

Some examples:

On a popular radio show in Italy, that country's most famous philosopher, Gianni Vattimo, was asked whether he would like to see more Israelis killed. Vattimo responded: "Of course." He then added that Israel is "a bit worse than the Nazis ... I'd like to shoot those bastard Zionists ... and [Europeans should raise money] to buy Hamas some more rockets."

The prime minister of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, told CNN International, "What Israel does to Palestine and to Gaza right now has surpassed what Hitler did to them. ... We do not accept this genocide by Israel."

The foreign minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif announced: "These [Israeli] actions cannot be considered anything other than genocide and crimes against humanity."

Ilan Pappe, an Israeli leftist who is director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter, wrote an article titled "Israel's incremental genocide in the Gaza ghetto" on the Electronic Intifada website.

On July 9, when a total of 63 Gaza Palestinians had been killed, Al-Arabiya reported that "Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas told a crisis meeting in Ramallah ...

that Israel is committing 'genocide' in Gaza during its military offensive which has so far killed at least 50 Palestinians. 'It's genocide by Israel against our Palestinian people.'"

In a column published by Al-Jazeera, Abukar Arman, former Somali ambassador to the United States, wrote that "Israel has defeated North Korea for the rogue state par excellence award."

Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela, and Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, labeled Israel's invasion of Gaza "genocide" and Maduro added that it was "extermination."

For the record:

Israel attacked Gaza solely in response to hundreds of rockets sent by Hamas to kill as many Israelis as possible.

When Israel gave Gaza over to the Palestinians, it did not embargo essentials such as cement. But none of the millions of tons of cement allowed, or later smuggled, into Gaza were used to building schools or hospitals. They were used to build tunnels to smuggle terrorists into Israel and to hide rockets.

The charter of Hamas calls for the annihilation of Israel.

Israel is the only country in the world targeted for annihilation.

Though Israel is charged with engaged in genocide against Palestinians, in the last 20 years, the number of Palestinians has doubled; and since Israel's founding in 1948, the Palestinian population has grown five-fold. It must surely rank as the least effective genocide in world history.

While not all Muslims or all leftists seek, or support those who seek, Israel's destruction, virtually all those who do are either Muslim or on the left.

One left-wing exception is Bill Maher, who told the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles (full disclosure: I am a columnist for that newspaper): "What I find so ironic is that after World War II, everybody said, 'I don't understand the Jews. How could they have just gone to their slaughter like that?' OK, and then when they fight back: 'I don't understand the Jews. Why can't they just go to their slaughter?' It's like, 'You know what? We did that once. It's not gonna happen again. You're just gonna have to get used to the fact that Jews now defend themselves."

Dennis Prager's latest book, "Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph," was published April 24, 2013 by HarperCollins. He is a nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of PragerUniversity.com.

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“I want to tell you something very clear, don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.”
– Ariel Sharon

“I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction.”
– Benjamin Netanyahu

You say Palestinians build "tunnels" and know you and Netanyahu LIE. They build no tunnels..tunnels already there.

"Ancient cave tunnels in Israel declared Unesco World Heritage Site" "The United Nations cultural agency has designated a network of over 2,000 years old, man-made caves outside of Jerusalem a World Heritage site, the eighth such site in Israel.
Unesco added the caves of Beit Guvrin-Maresha - known as a "city under a city" - to the prestigious list of World Heritage sites during its annual meeting in Qatar on Sunday. The announcement by the World Heritage Committee came only two days after Unesco listed the Palestinian village of Battir as a World Heritage site in danger, raising hopes among its residents that this would protect their community against Israel's West Bank separation barrier.

“The Palestinians use tunnels? So did my heroes, the poorly armed fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto.”

Comment: #1
Posted by: steveM
Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:55 PM
In the instance of examining the terror inflicted upon the Palestinians by the State of Israel it is important to note that this terror has been occurring since 1948, and is most definitely driven by a Zionist based ideology for the attainment of economic and political goals as evidenced by the clear land and resource grabs of the State of Israel. The terrorized remaining Palestinians have been rounded up into open air prison camps in Gaza and in restricted areas on the West Bank. The lands that belonged to the State of Palestine prior to 1948, have largely been colonized by Israeli “Settlements.” In fact, the claim that the “Prisoners of War” are committing terror upon the oppressors is patently absurd. Clearly, if they are fighting back, it is simply a fight to exist without being terrorized by their captors.

The UN Human Rights Council has decided that The State of Israel is an apartheid nation state and is now committing genocide of a population of people through their overt aggression upon Gaza. The council voted to investigate the war crimes (violations of the Hague Geneva Conventions for firing upon civilian targets, hospitals and medical personnel, religious institutions, and schools) of Israel on 24 Jul 14. It is important to note that 29 nation states voted for this investigation; 9 EU nations abstained from voting; and only the United States of America voted against this investigation. That is because the United States of America gives the State of Israel exorbitant funds annually, as well as advanced weaponry- with tax payer dollars-for the right to use the State of Israel as an advantageous strategic position in the Middle East with the ultimate objective being economic (oil) and political control. Simply stated, the U.S.A. runs their black-ops in the Middle East in cooperation with Israeli Mossad. Israel and the United States are tighter than congenital twins.

If the State of Israel is judged guilty of committing war crimes against the Palestinians, the US is also guilty by association and this is why the Main Stream Media is being fed the Israeli Talking Points for broadcast within the USA. It is not advantageous for the District of Columbia (resenting the United States) and England (representing the Crown) to let the population of the United States of America know that The State of Israel is a Crown Colony. In the end….only the elite (0.001%) of the population actually profit from any war (such as the “War on Terror”) or conflict.

Consider that when talking about “Tunnels of Terror.”
Comment: #2
Posted by: steveM
Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:56 PM
Israel denies Palestinians the right to govern and protect themselves, while simultaneously invoking the right to self-defense. This is a conundrum and a violation of international law, one that Israel deliberately created to evade accountability.

Israel argues that its occupation of the Gaza Strip ended with the unilateral withdrawal of its settler population in 2005. It then declared the Gaza Strip to be “hostile territory” and declared war against its population. Neither the argument nor the statement is tenable. Despite removing 8,000 settlers and the military infrastructure that protected their illegal presence, Israel maintained effective control of the Gaza Strip and thus remains the occupying power as defined by Article 47 of the Hague Regulations. To date, Israel maintains control of the territory's air space, territorial waters, electromagnetic sphere, population registry and the movement of all goods and people.

Israel argues that the withdrawal from Gaza demonstrates that ending the occupation will not bring peace. Some have gone so far as to say that Palestinians squandered their opportunity to build heaven in order to build a terrorist haven instead. These arguments aim to obfuscate Israel's responsibilities in the Gaza Strip, as well as the West Bank. As Prime Minister Netanyahu once explained, Israel must ensure that it does not “get another Gaza in Judea and Samaria…. I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan.”

Palestinians have yet to experience a day of self-governance. Israel immediately imposed a siege upon the Gaza Strip when Hamas won parliamentary elections in January 2006 and tightened it severely when Hamas routed Fatah in June 2007. The siege has created a “humanitarian catastrophe” in the Gaza Strip. Inhabitants will not be able to access clean water, electricity or tend to even the most urgent medical needs. The World Health Organization explains that the Gaza Strip will be unlivable by 2020. Not only did Israel not end its occupation, it has created a situation in which Palestinians cannot survive in the long-term.

In fact, only Israeli soldiers have systematically used Palestinians as human shields. Since Israel's incursion into the West Bank in 2002, it has used Palestinians as human shields by tying young Palestinians onto the hoods of their cars or forcing them to go into a home where a potential militant may be hiding.

Even assuming that Israel's claims were plausible, humanitarian law obligates Israel to avoid civilian casualties that “would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated.” A belligerent force must verify whether civilian or civilian infrastructure qualifies as a military objective. In the case of doubt, “whether an object which is normally dedicated to civilian purposes, such as a place of worship, a house or other dwelling or a school, is being used to make an effective contribution to military action, it shall be presumed not to be so used.”

In the over thee weeks of its military operation, Israel has demolished 3,175 homes, at least a dozen with families inside; destroyed five hospitals and six clinics; partially damaged sixty-four mosques and two churches; partially to completely destroyed eight government ministries; injured 4,620; and killed over 700 Palestinians. At plain sight, these numbers indicate Israel's egregious violations of humanitarian law, ones that amount to war crimes.

Beyond the body count and reference to law, which is a product of power, the question to ask is, What is Israel's end goal? What if Hamas and Islamic Jihad dug tunnels beneath the entirety of the Gaza Strip—they clearly did not, but let us assume they did for the sake of argument. According to Israel's logic, all of Gaza's 1.8 million Palestinians are therefore human shields for being born Palestinian in Gaza. The solution is to destroy the 360-kilometer square strip of land and to expect a watching world to accept this catastrophic loss as incidental. This is possible only by framing and accepting the dehumanization of Palestinian life. Despite the absurdity of this proposal, it is precisely what Israeli society is urging its military leadership to do. Israel cannot bomb Palestinians into submission, and it certainly cannot bomb them into peace.
Comment: #3
Posted by: steveM
Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:18 PM
Thursday, July 24...."Decrying "Brutal Operation Taking Place in Our Name," Israeli Military Reservists Refuse to Serve"

"In Tel Aviv, we're joined by Yonatan Shapira, a former Israeli captain and Air Force pilot. He was one of the organizers of a 2003 letter signed by 27 Air Force pilots who refused to participate in Israeli military operations against Palestinians. Shapira has also signed on to the internal Israeli movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, known as BDS....."overall, overall, there is a disease in my country, and the disease is spreading very fast, and it's called fascism and racism. Fascism and racism is now the biggest threat of the Jewish people in the Middle East. And I can just cry and shout and ask everyone that hear us now to join the BDS movement, to join the boycott, divestment and sanction movement, and to try to put enormous pressure on your leaders, wherever they are, that they, in turn, will help us here stop this massacre, stop this ongoing slaughter of innocent people. I have friends in Gaza now that yesterday called and told us that their house in Shejaiya was leveled. Now the only thing they have is the cellphone, and a family of nine people are hiding in the Shifa Hospital. This is a war crime. This is an ongoing slaughter of innocent people. And that's the discussion. That's what we have to talk about, how to stop it."

Comment: #4
Posted by: steveM
Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:25 PM
This..from Amira Hass, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, she has lived through and commented on the contemporary arc of Jewish history. From the Holocaust to the devastating violence of Israel's occupation mark her reporting, along with Gideon Levy and others, as the epitome of Jewish conscience. Hass is giving her all at the end of Jewish ethical history.:

"If victory is measured by the success at causing lifelong trauma to 1.8 million people (and not for the first time) waiting to be executed any moment – then the victory is yours.

These victories add up to our moral implosion, the ethical defeat of a society that now engages in no self-inspection, that wallows in self-pity over postponed airline flights and burnishes itself with the pride of the enlightened. This is a society that mourns, naturally, its more than 40 soldiers who were killed, but at the same time hardens its heart and mind in the face of all the suffering and moral courage and heroism of the people we are attacking. A society that does not understand the extent to which the balance of forces is against it.

“In all the suffering and death,” wrote a friend from Gaza, “there are so many expressions of tenderness and kindness. People are taking care of one another, comforting one another. Especially children who are searching for the best way to support their parents. I saw many children no older than 10 years old who are hugging, comforting their younger siblings, trying to distract them from the horror. So young and already the caretakers of someone else. I did not meet a single child who did not lose someone – a parent, grandmother, friend, aunt or neighbor. And I thought: If Hamas grew out of the generation of the first intifada, when the young people who threw stones were met with bullets, who will grow out of the generation that experienced the repeated massacres of the last seven years?”

Our moral defeat will haunt us for many years to come
Comment: #5
Posted by: steveM
Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:48 PM
"When one thinks that this is what is necessary for Israel to survive, that the Zionist dream is based on the repeated slaughter of innocents on a scale that we're watching these days on television, that is really a profound, profound crisis — and should be a profound crisis in the thinking of all of us who were committed to the establishment of the state and to its success," Siegman says. Responding to Israel's U.S.-backed claim that its assault on Gaza is necessary because no country would tolerate the rocket fire from militants in Gaza, Siegman says: "What undermines this principle is that no country and no people would live the way that Gazans have been made to live. … The question of the morality of Israel's action depends, in the first instance, on the question, couldn't Israel be doing something [to prevent] this disaster that is playing out now, in terms of the destruction of human life? Couldn't they have done something that did not require that cost? And the answer is, sure, they could have ended the occupation."
Rabbi Henry Siegman
Comment: #6
Posted by: steveM
Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:23 AM
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