04/03/2008 03:54:00 PM GMT
04/03/2008 03:54:00 PM GMT
What Israel is doing to these helpless Palestinians in Gaza is a virtual Holocaust or at least a Holocaust in the making.
By Khalid Amayreh
In June, 1942, in reprisal for the assassination of the Nazi commander Reinhard Heydrich, the Germans carried out a murderous rampage of murder and terror throughout Czechoslovakia. The small Czech village of Lidice bore the brunt of the German revenge, with the SS killing all the men, deported all women and children and razed the village to the ground.
Similarly, in March 1944, thirty-three German soldiers were killed when members of an Italian resistance group set off a bomb close to a column of German troops who were marching on via Rasella in Rome. Adolph Hitler got furious and ordered that within 24 hours, ten Italians were to be shot for each German soldier that had been killed. Herbert Kappler, the local German commander, quickly compiled a list of 320 civilians who were to be assassinated as vengeance. On March 24, the victims were transported to the Ardeatine caves where they were summarily executed by the SS.
Numerous other ‘pacification operations’ were carried out by the Nazi armies against civilians throughout Nazi-occupied Europe, in which men, women and children were brutally killed to avenge the death of German occupation soldiers by local resistance fighters.
Now what is the difference between these Nazi atrocities and what Israel, the “only democracy in the Middle East” is doing in the Gaza Strip, where “the most moral army in the world” is slaughtering babies as young as six-months’ old? I know that many Zionists have developed almost instinctive knee- jerk defensive reactions to any comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany. However, the truth must be proclaimed aloud, irrespective of how many Zionists will get angry.
Israel claims that it doesn’t murder innocent civilians deliberately. But this is a big, obscene lie, of which even most Israelis are aware. Mistakes happen a few times, but when the wanton slaughter of children occurs each day and every day of the year, it means it is policy.
In addition, when the number of victims, especially innocent victims, as in Gaza, even intent itself becomes irrelevant.
In the final analysis, murdering knowingly is murdering deliberately, regardless of the prevarication and the verbal juggling.
What Israel is doing to these helpless Palestinians is a virtual Holocaust or at least a Holocaust in the making.
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This is not a war. Wars occur between armies and states.
What is happening in Gaza is actually a merciless and brutal rampage of murder and terror waged by a Wehrmacht-like army against a blockaded, beleaguered and starved people who want to survive and be free, very much like Jews did under the Nazi occupation of Europe.
Indeed, when Israel murders a hundred Palestinian, mostly innocent civilians, for every Israeli killed, there is a name for that, it is massacre.
It is conscionable that honest people around the world, including many conscientious Jews who can’t bear watching the heinous crimes Israel is committing in their collective name, must call the spade a spade. A Holocaust, after all, doesn’t become lesser when perpetrated by Jews.
Once again, human decency is being affronted and insulted by Matan Vilnai, Israel’s deputy defense minister, who has gone as far as threatening the thoroughly tormented Gazans with a Holocaust.
Speaking to the Israeli army radio Friday morning, 29 February, Vilnai said “the more Qassam rockets fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, the Palestinians will bring upon themselves a bigger Holocaust because we will use all our power to defend ourselves.”
Is Vilnai vindicating the Nazi Holocaust?
Today, people around the world, including millions of Jews, are watching the slaughter in Gaza live on their TV screens. And no amount of spin, lie, or hasbara will make the images of mutilated babies look innocuous.
Finally, the people of the world will not be duped by the propagandistic lies about so-called rocket attacks on Israeli towns, which are meant first and foremost to create an artificial equation between the wanton extermination of Gazans and the mainly psychological discomfort experienced by some Israeli citizens as a result of the fall of these nearly innocuous fire-crackers, fired by some desperate Gazans in order to deter Israel from killing more of their children.
This is because Israel knows very well how calm and peace can be restored for both the people of Gaza and Israelis across the border: Lift the criminal siege on Gaza, allow Gazans to access food and to travel, allow them to export and import, and stop these daily massacres. And then not a single Qassam will be fired onto Israel.True, Israel had not introduced gas chambers in Beit Hanun and Khan Younis or Rafah. But we have F-16s raining down bombs and death on sleeping children and women and innocent civilians.
The Israeli Holocaust Against the Arabs
A Warrant for Genocide
Too Many Palestinians: "Gaza's high birth rate has made the political
problem more intractable...breeding... ." Source: Walter Laqueur, Center for
Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C. writing in "This Isn't
the Time for Peace," Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2002
In 1923, radical Zionist Ze'ev Jabotinsky-- spiritual father of not only of
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin but of Brooklyn Rabbi Meir Kahane--
wrote that the "sole way" for Jews to deal with Arabs in Palestine was
through "total avoidance of all attempts to arrive at a settlement"-which
Jabotinsky euphemistically termed the "iron wall" approach. Not
coincidentally, a picture of Jabotinsky graces Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's
desk. Source: The Village Voice, "Death Wish in the Holy Land," Dec. 12, 2001
Wall Sreet Journal Columnist Calls for Bombings, Kidnappings and Torture of
In an editorial in the august Wall Street Journal, the flagship publication
of America's corporate elite, Israeli columnist Hillel Halkin called for
bombing, kidnapping and torturing Palestinians:
"I can make careful use of the intelligence at Israel's disposal to identify,
locate and kill...with minimal loss of innocent life, by such means as
booby-trapping their telephones, rocketing their cars and offices, etc. In a
word, assassinate them. Sounds good to me.
"...hold a trial with the help of witnesses similary abducted from the
Palestinian territories. If necessary it (Israel) should apply physical
pressure (a euphemism for torture) to these witnesses..." The Wall Street
Journal, August 28, 2001, p. A14.
Rabbi Calls for Genocide of Arabs
During a sermon preceding the 2001 Passover holiday, the influential Israeli
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef exclaimed: "May the Holy Name visit retribution on the
Arab heads, and cause their seed to be lost, and annihilate them." He added:
"It is forbidden to have pity on them. We must give them missiles with
relish, annihilate them. Evil ones, damnable ones." Source: Ha'aretz April
Israeli Minister in Sharon's Cabinet Wants All Palestinians Expelled
Israeli Minister Rechavam Ze'evi, who took his place in Ariel Sharon's
cabinet March 7, 2001, a former Israeli army major-general, wants the 3
million Palestinians expelled from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Ze'evi is
the founder of the Moledet party.
Joining him in Sharon's cabinet is the Russian-Jewish immigrant Avigdor
Lieberman, the new infrastructure minister. The leader of a political party,
Mr Lieberman has called for Israel to bomb Egypt's Aswan dam.
Ze'evi will push for the invasion of Palestinian-ruled towns to end the
resistance. He "wants to cleanse the West Bank of Palestinians. The Arabs
living in the West Bank and Gaza have to be transferred..." He has been
drawing up battle scenarios for Sharon, and has joined Lieberman in demanding
assurances that Mr Sharon will invade the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He also
wants the army to unleash attack dogs on Palestinian demonstrators.
Source: Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian (London). March 7, 2001
Statements by the Founders of Zionism and the Israeli State
"We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one
centimeter of Eretz Israel...Force is all they do or ever will understand. We
shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on
all fours."-Rafael Eitan, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, quoted
in Yediot Ahronot, April 13, 1983, and The New York Times, April 14, 1983.
"[The Palestinians] are beasts walking on two legs."-Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, "Begin and
the 'Beasts,"' New Statesman, June 25,1982.
"We must do everything to ensure they [the Palestinian refugees] never do
return."-David Ben-Gurion, in his diary, July 18, 1948, quoted in Michael Bar
Zohar's "Ben-Gurion: the Armed Prophet," Prentice-Hall, 1967, p. 157.
"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the
cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab
population."-Israel Koenig, "The Koenig Memorandum."
"We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and
waiters."-Uri Lubrani, Israeli Prime Minister Ben-Gurion's special adviser on
Arab Affairs. Source: "The Arabs in Israel" by Sabri Jiryas.
"...the need to sustain the character of the state which will henceforth be
Jewish...with a non-Jewish minority limited to 15 percent. I had already
reached this fundamental position as early as 1940 [and] it is entered in my
diary."-Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency's Colonization Department.
From "Israel: an Apartheid State" by Uri Davis, p. 5.
"Everybody has to move, run and grab as many (Palestinian) hilltops as they
can to enlarge the (Jewish) settlements because everything we take now will
stay ours...Everything we don't grab will go to them."-Ariel Sharon, Israeli
Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of the Tsomet Party, Agence France
Presse, Nov. 15, 1998.
"Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it
employment... Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor
must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly."-Theodore Herzl, founder of
the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine, "Complete
Diaries," June 12, 1895 entry.
Jewish Racism and Terorrism According to Rabbi Ginsburg
Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, head of the Kever Yossev Yeshiva (school of Talmud)
in Nablus stated, "The blood of the Jewish people is loved by the Lord; it is
therefore redder and their life is preferable."
The killing by a Jew of a non-Jew, i.e. a Palestinian, is considered
essentially a good deed, and Jews should therefore have no compunction about
it. Source: Yitzhak Ginsburg, "Five General Religious Duties Which Lie Behind
the Act of the Saintly, Late Rabbi Baruch Goldstein, May his Blood be Avenged"
Rabbis Place Curse in a Midnight Ceremony in an Israeli Cemetery
ACRE, OCCUPIED PALESTINE - Ultra-orthodox Lubavitch activist Meir Baranes
placed a Kabbalistic curse on Pope John Paul II. Three Jewish ultra-orthodox
"haredim" took part in the pulsa de nura ("lashes of fire") ceremony in a
cemetery. Footage from the rite was broadcast on Israeli Channel 2 television
on Monday, March 20. Observers suspect that the ceremony was staged in
cooperation with Channel 2, which denied the charge.
Baranes, 32, was alleged to have initiated the ceremony. He is suspected of
belonging to a Jewish terrorist organization. Baranes said he and the others
were followers of the late Lubavitcher Rabbi, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a
favorite of former Pres. Ronald Reagan. Reagan made the Lubavitch rabbi's
birthday "Education Day USA" by public law. The Lubavitch are highly praised
by the US media, including NY Times religion editor Peter Steinfels. The
Lubavitch operate hundreds of hate sites on the world wide web. On some of
these Jesus Christ is defamed and insulted. The Hasidic Lubavitch sect was
founded in the 18th century by Rabbi Shneur Zalman whose book, "Tanya"
decrees that all non-Jews are "supernal refuse."
"It is a shame for the Jewish people to go crawling to the gentile pope,"
Baranes said. Baranes's has published leaflets saying that the late
Schneerson is God (the Lubavitch believe Schneerson was the Messiah). He has
conducted numerous cursing ceremonies.
The midnight rite, which Israeli TV Channel 2 said was enacted last Thursday,
March 16 in a cemetery in Safed, recalled rabbinical curses cast on prime
minister Yitzhak Rabin prior to his 1995 assassination by Yigal Amir.
Participants in the cemetery sounded ritual calls on ceremonial ram's horns.
They also singled out Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat and Syrian
President Hafez Assad for curses. Source: Jerusalem Post March 23, 2000 and
We will take a child for a child, Israelis say
Tension rose anew after an outburst by Israeli Foreign Minister, David Levy,
in which he threatened to kill "child for child" if guerrillas rocketed
Israeli border towns.
The Lebanese leader Selim al-Hoss, described the Israeli official as "evil"
and "afflicted by racism and arrogance." Mr Levy, looking flushed and angry,
told the Israeli Knesset that the Jewish nation would retaliate "blood for
blood, soul for soul, child for child" if Hizbollah guerrillas in south
Lebanon fired on Israel's northern border towns.
It was not the minister's first outburst in recent days. Earlier in February
he threatened to make the soil of Lebanon "burn" in the event of a Hizbollah
attack. Levy's behaviour added to indignation generated by the Israeli
assault on Lebanon on 8 February, when Israeli jets bombed three power
stations, injuring at least 15 civilians.
Lebanon's Selim al-Hoss replied: "The children of Lebanon whom Levy is
threatening to kill will remain the torch of the resistance that cannot be
extinguished by hate or terrorised by aggression. Their innocence will remain
the light which eliminates the darkness of the sick spirits and exposes their
bad intentions." Source: The Independent Feb. 25 2000
"Saint Goldstein": Jewish Holy Book Praises Mass Murderer of Palestinian
JERUSALEM - Four former members of the Rabbi Meir Kahane's Kach Party
distributed a book in praise of Jewish mass murderer Baruch Goldstein.
The four - Michael Ben-Chorin, Netanel Uzari, Yoel Lerner, and Yosef Dayan -
issued the book in honor of Goldstein who slaughtered 40 Palestinian men and
boys while they knelt in prayer in the Ibrahimi Mosque at Hebron's Machpela
Cave, on Purim 1994. (Purim is the Jewish commemoration of vengeance against
The book, Baruch Hagever ("The Blessed Man"), has sold thousands of copies
among Jews, and includes an article written by Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, the
head of an Israeli yeshiva (religious school). Ginsburg's article "sings the
praises" of the killer and calls Goldstein, a 'saint.' "The entire book is
indeed full of his praises. It should be noted that no Israeli rabbi
(including the 'moderates' among them) has said a word against the contents
of the book."
Ginsburg declares in Baruch Hagever that what Goldstein did in murdering the
unarmed Palestinian civilians at their house of worship, constitutes, "a
fulfillment of a number of commands of Jewish religious law...Among his
(Goldstein's) good deeds, as enumerated, are...taking revenge on non-Jews,
extermination of the non-Jews who are from the seed of Amalek...and the
sanctification of the Holy Name.
"The murders have led, in the rabbi's opinion, to...clear knowledge among the
Jews that 'the life of a Jew is preferable to the life of a non-Jew'...
"Goldstein is indeed being worshipped as a saint in (the Jewish settlement )
Kiryat Arba. His intercession before God is asked by pilgrims and it is
reported that he cures the ill and generally helps those Jews who ask his
Sources: Ma'ariv, October 11, 1996; Jerusalem Post, November 12, 1996;
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, January, 1997.
Rabbi Sanctions Killing to Keep Jewish Race Pure
The Israeli Chief Rabbi of the Sephardim, Eliahu Bakshi Doron, in a radio
broadcast on Tuesday, July 9, 1996, praised the Biblical figure Phinehas for
having killed the Israelite Zimri, because Zimri had sex with a Midianite
woman. Rabbi Doron said that Phinehas had committed a "pure" act. He then
referred to Zimri as "the first reform Jew."
Reform Jews allow inter-marriage between Jewish persons and those of
non-Jewish extraction, a form of integration long condemned by Orthodox Jews.
A leader of the Reform Jews, Uri Regev, called for a criminal investigation
of the chief rabbi, saying that Rabbi Doron's sanction of the murder of
Reform Jews should be prosecuted.
The Israeli Who Allegedly Scalded Moshe Dayan's Daughter was Previously
Convicted of Murdering a Palestinian
Yisrael Lederman, who was sentenced by a military court to 20 years in prison
for killing a Palestinian, is suspected of throwing boiling water on Member
of the Knesset Yael Dayan, while she was touring Hebron on Oct. 22, 1996.
Yediot Aharonot reports that Lederman had only served two years of his murder
sentence when then Israeli Chief of Staff Rafael Eitan, who once compared
Palestinians to "cockroaches scurrying in a bottle," pardoned and released
him. Two years later, Lederman snatched a baby out of the arms of a
Palestinian mother .
Rabbi Hecht, President of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, Praises Mass
Murderer and Orders Assassination
Rabbi Avraham Hecht, chief rabbi of the Congregation Sha'are Zion in
Flatbush, New York and until recently the president of the Rabbinical
Alliance of America, a national organization of 540 Orthodox rabbis, called
for the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and praised Baruch Goldstein, who
slaughtered forty Palestinian civilians while they knelt in prayer at a
Of Goldstein, Rabbi Hecht said, "I think Goldstein is a great man, a holy
man," Hecht says. "If I ever visit [Hebron], I'm going to visit his grave."
Rabbi Hecht's assassination decree was issued on June 19, 1995 in the
basement of a Manhattan synagogue, during a meeting of the International
Rabbinical Coalition (IRC) , a 3,000-member international organization
founded in 1993 to encourage the mass expulsion of the Palestinian people
from their land.
Hecht, a member of the IRC's eight-person American rabbinic steering
committee, declared that returning any part of Israeli territory seized from
the Palestinians is a violation of Jewish religious law. Hence, assassinating
Rabin--"and all who assist him"--is not only permissible, but necessary.
In his own defense, Rabbi Hecht stated, "All I said was that according to
Jewish law, any one person--you can apply it to whoever you want--any one
person who willfully, consciously, intentionally hands over human bodies or
human property or the human wealth of the Jewish people to an alien people is
guilty of the sin for which the penalty is death.
"And, according to Maimonides--you can quote me--it says very clearly, if a
man kills him, he has done a good deed."
Cf. Robert Friedman, New York, "The Rabbi Who Sentenced Yitzhak Rabin to
Death," October 9, 1995.
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