Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
And some, it seems, examine the worst horrors with notepad in hand, keen to work out how they can achieve the same and get away with it.
So we come to the atrocities of the nation of Israel.
If the people of Gaza, imprisoned behind the apartheid wall imposed by Israel, may be likened to the inmates of a concentration camp – and I think they can…
And if their only defence against the Israel Defence Force thugs who murdered them on Monday was slings and stones – and I think it was…
Then it seems clear that Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a little Holocaust, all of his own, against the Palestinian people.
I know – accusing Israel of behaviour similar to that of Nazi Germany is an anti-Semitic trope. We’re all told we must not do it.
But that implies responsibility on the part of that country – not to emulate the Nazis in any way. It is a responsibility that the current Israeli government has scorned.
Netanyahu and his cronies are attacking Palestinian people purely because of who they are, and the fact that they live on land and occupy property he wants to steal.
A statement is not anti-Semitic if it is factually correct. And it is factually correct that Benjamin Netanyahu and the government of Israel are carrying out the racist, Islamophobic extermination of the Palestinian people.
The massacre of nearly 60 unarmed Palestinians – with more than 2,000 injured – is just the latest item on that agenda.
That it should happen on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel as a nation only amplifies the crime. What happened – did Mr Netanyahu wake up and say to himself, “This is a great day – I think I’ll celebrate by murdering some Arabs”? That is, after all, what he did.
And what response does he receive from the international community and the media? Silence – or unrestrained approval.
It seems the threat of being labelled “anti-Semite” hangs heavily on some. To my colleagues in the mainstream media who don’t have the guts to stand up against brutality, I say: Shame on you. You disgrace us all.
Of course, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel is also the 70th anniversary of the day Palestinians were turfed off land that had previously been theirs. They call it the Nakba, which means “catastrophe”:
Today marks the 70th anniversary of "The Nakba" or "Catastrophe". As we saw yesterday, the Palestinian people still live under a brutal and unjust occupation. We won't be silent. We offer them our full solidarity and support in their struggle for freedom, justice and equality. pic.twitter.com/0PP5TCLibv
— EL4C (@EL4JC) May 15, 2018
Self-governing Palestinian territories like Gaza are entirely reliant on Israel for their water, electricity, telecommunications and other utilities – and the Israeli government has been starving Gaza of all of them. The Israeli government has turned Gaza into a ghetto.
We are told that around 40,000 Gazans have gathered at the fence that separates the territory from Israel. Israeli officials are pushing propaganda that states these people may rush on the fence in protest at their enclosure and effective imprisonment, and Israeli news channels are dutifully reporting that Hamas is using these people – rather than using the more likely explanation that these people are airing legitimate grievances.
In any case, if the Israeli government wants to talk about self-defence, we can always remind its representatives of the moment two months ago when video footage emerged of an Israeli Defence Force sniper shooting a Palestinian civilian dead – for fun.
If you want to know more about the attitude of the Israeli government, consider this hideous hag:
If you’re thinking, “Hang on, Mike, she’s really pretty!” think again. This is Ayelet Shaked, a member of the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament). You may find it bitterly ironic that she is currently Israel’s serving Minister of Justice, considering the fact that she broadcasts vile racism on her Facebook page.
For example, in 2014 she wrote: “Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.
“They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists.”
Do you think she’s pretty now?
Notice the dehumanisation of Palestinians as “snakes”. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has a poster on its website detailing the 10 stages of genocide, one of which is “dehumanisation”. “The Nazis referred to Jews as ‘vermin’,” it states. Those who would accuse others of anti-Semitism would be quick to leap on anybody who made such comparisons today. But they remain happy for Israeli politicians to refer to Palestinians as “snakes”.
At the ceremony to mark the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem, this woman accused Hamas, the Islamist party which rules the Strip, of “sacrificing its people as part of a PR effort”. What, is she trying to pretend Hamas killed an injured all those people? Israeli fingers were on the triggers. It seems clear that it is the Israeli government making the PR effort.
And failing, if there’s any justice in the world. Notice that Ms Shaked’s words fulfil another of the 10 stages of genocide: Denial.
Here’s the reality:
Theresa May needs to summon the Israeli Ambassador. Eight month old baby was killed yesterday due to Israeli tear gas.
This is sufficient for the PM to expel the Israeli ambassador. #GazaMassacre #Gaza
— Nadeem Ahmed (@Muqadaam) May 15, 2018
But, thanks to creeps like Ms Shaked, people feel justified in coming out with rubbish like Joe Stal’s comment below:
Because the people they're killing are terrorist. Perhaps you wouldn't mind people throwing rocks, burning tires and bombs at you, your family members, home and car?
— Joe Stal (@stal_joe) May 15, 2018
He got what he deserved:
Right, because an 8-month-old baby, 14, 16, and 19-year-olds are all terrorists? https://t.co/abqVdPY5BP
— aleesha (@a_leesha1) May 15, 2018
What about Israeli government spokeswoman Michal Maayan, who advocated genocide because, “We can’t put all of these people in jail”?
What the?? #Israeli Government spokesperson "explains" that the use of live fire and the shooting dead of #Palestinian protestors in #Gaza is because they "can't put all these people in jail". This is genocide. (Source – @rtenews) pic.twitter.com/ktjIYJmWbN
— Robbie Doyle (@Doyle1876) May 14, 2018
Thank goodness Jeremy Corbyn is man enough to call an atrocity out for what it is:
The killing of dozens of unarmed protesters and wounding of many more by Israeli forces in Gaza, on the day President Trump moved the US embassy to Jerusalem, is an outrage that demands not just international condemnation, but action.https://t.co/qUDmcDe2xv
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 14, 2018
But then, like myself, Mr Corbyn has already been accused by those who tar their enemies with the brush of anti-Semitism. What does he have to lose?
Notice that Theresa May – whose Conservative government sells arms to countries like Israel, in order to help them commit such vile crimes – remains silent. It seems it is up to Mr Corbyn to lead the call for international law and justice.
Doesn't it make you feel proud to be British? Yemeni children blown apart by our bombs, Palestinian children shot through the head by our rifles. https://t.co/fE3D90ReBa
— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) May 14, 2018
Appallingly, the Jewish Chronicle is reporting that Tory ex-Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb, “chair of the Conservative Friends of Israel group, outlined its support for Israel’s right to defend itself from attempts to breach the Gaza border while accusing Hamas of “manipulating the citizens of Gaza”.
The United States – the country that likes to portray itself as the world’s police service – has blocked a United Nations motion for an investigation into the massacre. Don’t you think that a little suspicious?
BREAKING: White House says responsibility for Gaza deaths 'rests squarely with Hamas,' supports Israel's 'right to defend itself'
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 14, 2018
The cynicism is chilling
The moral abdication is chilling
The fact that so many others who consider themselves decent will say the same is chilling https://t.co/X5EzNhqUfL
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) May 14, 2018
On Tuesday (May 15), MPs gathered outside Parliament to protest against the slaughter:
— PSC (@PSCupdates) May 15, 2018
— Labour Palestine (@lfpme) May 15, 2018
When you consider the total number of MPs in Parliament – and what about the Lords? – it’s a pathetically small number. Presumably the others left their spines at home. One of them was Labour’s Grahame Morris:
Joined fellow @UKLabour🌹and SNP MPs outside Parliament this morning to show #solidarity with the Palestinians protesting for their rights in Gaza #stopthekilling #Nakba70 and Palestinian Right of Return 🗝 https://t.co/wQpayk1DfZ
— Grahame Morris (@grahamemorris) May 15, 2018
Unfortunately these efforts have been totally undermined by the – at best – misguided efforts of Labour Friends of Israel (LFI), an organisation set up to support the government of that country, no matter what it does.
In the immediate aftermath of Monday’s massacre, LFI released a statement on Twitter that attempted to put the blame for Palestinians being shot by Israelis entirely on Hamas:
The tweet, blaming the Gazans for their own deaths, has been roundly condemned and has since been deleted – without comment. But the damage to LFI has been done and the Labour Party is being urged to reject the organisation. This may present a problem for MPs and other Labour representatives who are members:
Every member of Labour Friends of Israel should examine their conscience and consider whether they want to be associated with an organisation that can't bring itself to criticise the Israeli government for killing unarmed Palestinian protesters in yesterday's #GazaMassacre. pic.twitter.com/QDL6HOjbjY
— Pablo Miller's Vest (@WarmongerHodges) May 15, 2018
The LFI’s director tweeted similar propaganda – and took it down with similar haste:
There was this one as well which has also been disappeared pic.twitter.com/kb82ptzQyA
— Alice (@Olderrebel) May 15, 2018
I would like to know the opinion of ordinary Israeli citizens about the massacre – and that of Jews around the world.
Are they not as horrified as the rest of us by this outrage committed by the Israeli government?
That is what many of us want to see:
With the possibility of the violence worsening, please don't speak of British-Jews as some kind of alien force that can't be trusted as they're loyal to Netanyahu. British Jews are as British as anybody else and don't deserve to suffer due to the actions of the Israel government
— Shlomo (@hapoelpolitics) May 14, 2018
Agreed. I would like to see vocal condemnation of the murderous actions of the Israeli Government from various groups who represent various British-Jews.
I'm not demanding it; I'm just hoping they aren't silent. https://t.co/RCFL1rlcLe
— John Clarke (@JohnClarke1960) May 15, 2018
Here’s one Jew who thoroughly disapproves:
When you celebrate your 70th birthday by killing dozens of people, surely you have to suspect you’ve gone wrong…https://t.co/3S7RSnyA3M
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) May 14, 2018
And he has found evidence that Israelis are indeed appalled by the actions of their government:
NOW: Israelis protesting Gaza massacre in front of PM residence in Jerusalem pic.twitter.com/6oot5ayliN
— Mairav Zonszein (@MairavZ) May 14, 2018
A reminder that many Israelis oppose the brutality of their government.https://t.co/G0otCQ2oap
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) May 14, 2018
This is a horrifying day to be a Jew.
We dishonor our ancestors who yearned to be free for generations when our freedom comes at the expense of another people. If we are to be free, the Palestinian people must be free as well.
Those who deny their freedom deny ours as well.
— Max Berger (@maxberger) May 14, 2018
As for the rest of us – well, see for yourself:
Israeli's killed = 0.
Israeli's injured = 0.
Palestinians killed = 52.
Palestinians injured – unknown hundreds.
That sound awfully like a massacre to this ex professional soldier.
— Kanjin Tor ™ (@xugla) May 14, 2018
Israel’s massacre of unarmed Palestinian protestors is horrific. The international community cannot continue to tolerate these crimes. Solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom.
— Andy McDonald MP (@AndyMcDonaldMP) May 14, 2018
I think it's time we start to seriously talk about a boycott against Israel until they stop murdering unarmed protesters. #gaza
— Harry Leslie Smith (@Harryslaststand) May 14, 2018
Gaza violence: Fresh protests against Israel follow deadly clashes https://t.co/hcKgEgQvxK
— Victoria Derbyshire (@vicderbyshire) May 15, 2018
That’s a truly Orwellian way of describing Israeli snipers massacring Palestinian civilians. https://t.co/IEAlc4gtFq
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza (@TheMendozaWoman) May 15, 2018
I could go on and on but I think the point is made.
I await another wave of fake-outraged claims of anti-Semitism against me. Members of the Campaign Against Antisemitism are probably salivating as they type their latest screed.
But, as I said at the start, it isn’t anti-Semitic to point out a blindingly obvious fact.
In fact, let’s see a few more people highlighting the Netanyahu government’s racism, Islamophobia and genocide – starting with the UK government, the ‘Friends of Israel’ movements, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and everybody else who claims to speak for Judaism around the world.
And while we’re about it – what’s holding the tongues of all the reporters at the BBC?
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