There will be little sympathy in the West as, yet again, besieged Palestinians are bombed by Israel, the immense suffering justified by the term 'Israeli retaliation'
The current outpouring of sympathy for Israel should make anyone with half a heart retch.
Not because it is not awful that Israeli civilians are dying and suffering in such large numbers. But because Palestinian civilians in Gaza have faced repeated rampages from Israel decade after decade, producing far more suffering, but have never elicited a fraction of the concern currently being expressed by western politicians or publics.
This is the first time Palestinians, caged in the coastal enclave, have managed to inflict a significant strike against Israel vaguely comparable to the savagery Palestinians in Gaza have faced repeatedly since they were entombed in a cage more than 15 years ago, when Israel began its blockade by land, sea and air in 2007.
Western media are calling the jailbreak and attack by Palestinians from Gaza “unprecedented” – and the most dismal intelligence failing by Israel since it was caught off-guard during the Yom Kippur War exactly 50 years ago.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Hamas, which nominally runs the open-air prison of Gaza, of starting “a cruel and evil war”. But the truth is that the Palestinians have “started” nothing. They have managed, after so much struggle, to find a way to hurt their tormentor.
Inevitably for the Palestinians, as Netanyahu also observed, “the price will be heavy” – especially for civilians. Israel will inflict on the prisoners the severest punishment for their impudence.
Watch how little sympathy and concern there will be from the West for the many Palestinian men, women and children who are killed once again by Israel. Their immense suffering will be obscured, and justified, by the term “Israeli retaliation”.
The Real Lessons
All the current analysis focusing on Israel’s intelligence “blunders” distracts from the real lesson of these rapidly evolving events.
No one really cared while Gaza’s Palestinans were subjected to a blockade imposed by Israel that denied them the essentials of life. The few dozen Israelis being held hostage by Hamas fighters pale in comparison with the two million Palestinians held hostage by Israel in an open-air prison for nearly two decades.
No one really cared when it emerged that Gaza’s Palestinians had been put on a “starvation diet” by Israel – only limited food was allowed in, calculated to keep the population barely fed.
No one really cared when Israel bombed the coastal enclave every few years, killing many hundreds of Palestinian civilians each time. Israel simply called it “mowing the lawn”. The destruction of vast areas of Gaza, what Israeli generals boasted of as returning the enclave to the Stone Age, was formalised as a military strategy known as the “Dahiya doctrine“.
No one really cared when Israeli snipers targeted nurses, youngsters and people in wheelchairs who came out to protest against their imprisonment by Israel. Many thousands were left as amputees after those snipers received orders to shoot the protesters indiscriminately in the legs or ankles.
Western concern at the deaths of Israeli civilians at the hands of Palestinian fighters is hard to stomach. Have not many hundreds of Palestinian children died over the past 15 years in Israel’s repeated bombing campaigns on Gaza? Did their lives not count as much as Israeli lives – and if not, why not?
After so much indifference for so long, it is difficult to hear the sudden horror from western governments and media because Palestinians have finally found a way – mirroring Israel’s inhumane, decades-long policy – to fight back effectively.
This moment rips off the mask and lays bare the undisguised racism that masquerades as moral concern in western capitals.
He averred that
“Israel’s right to self-defense is unquestionable”, adding: “The world must stand united and in solidarity so that terror does not attempt to break or subjugate life anywhere and at any moment.”
The inversion of reality is breath-taking. The Palestinians cannot “subjugate life” in Israel. They have no such power, even if a few briefly managed to break out of their cage. It is Israel that has been subjugating Palestinian life for decades.
Not all forms of “terrorism”, it seems, are equal in the eyes of Zelenskiy, or his patrons in western capitals. Certainly, not the state terrorism of Israel that has made Palestinian lives a misery for decades.
How does Israel have an “unquestionable right” to “defend itself” from the Palestinians whose territory it occupies and controls? How does Russia then not have an equal claim to be “defending itself” when it hits Ukrainian cities in “retaliation” for Ukrainian strikes intended to liberate its territory from Russian occupation?
Israel, the much stronger, belligerent party, is now laying waste to Gaza “in retaliation”, as the BBC puts it, for the latest Palestinian attack.
So on what grounds will Zelenskiy or his officials be able to condemn Moscow when it fires missiles “in retaliation” for Ukraine’s strikes on Russian territory? How, if Palestinian resistance to Israel’s occupation of Gaza is terrorism, as Zelenskiy asserts, is Ukrainain resistance to Russian occupation not equally terrorism?
No Hiding Place
By indulging Israel in its deceptions, Israel’s allies have allowed it to perpetrate ever more outrageous lies. At the weekend, Netanyahu warned Palestinians in Gaza to “leave now” because Israeli forces were preparing to “act with all force”.
But Netanyahu knows, as do his western enablers, that Gaza’s population has nowhere to flee. There is no hiding place. Palestinians have been sealed into Gaza since Israel besieged it by land, sea and air.
The only Palestinians able to “leave Gaza” are the armed factions who broke out of their Israeli-imposed jail and are being denounced as “terrorists” by western politicians and media.
Western governments so horrified by the Palestinian attack on Israel are also the governments that are remaining silent as Israel turns off the electricity to the prison that is Gaza – again in supposed “retaliation”.
The collective punishment of two million Palestinians in Gaza, dependent on Israel for power because Israel surrounds and controls every aspect of their lives in the enclave, is a war crime.
Strangely, western officials understand it is a war crime when Russia bombs power stations in Ukraine, turning off the lights. They scream for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be dragged to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. So why is it so difficult for them to understand the parallels of what Israel is doing to Gaza?
There are two immediate, and contrasting, lessons to be learnt from what has happened this weekend.
The first is that the human spirit cannot be caged indefinitely. Palestinians in Gaza have been constantly devising new ways to break free from their chains.
They have built a network of tunnels, most of which Israel has located and destroyed. They have fired rockets that are invariably shot down by ever more sophisticated interception systems. They have protested en masse at the heavily fortified fences, topped by guntowers, Israel surrounded them with – only to be shot by snipers.
Now they have staged a daring escape. Israel will batter the enclave back into submission with massive bombardments, but only “in retaliation”, of course. The Palestinians’ craving for freedom and dignity will not be diminished. Another form of resistance, doubtless more brutal still, will emerge.
And the parties most responsible for that brutality will be Israel and the West that supports it so slavishly, because Israel refuses to stop brutalising the Palestinians it forces to live under its rule.
The second lesson is that Israel, endlessly indulged by its western patrons, still has no incentive to internalise the fundamental truth above. The rhetoric of its current government of fascists and Jewish supremacists may be particularly ugly, but there is a broad consensus among Israelis of all political stripes that the Palestinians must continue to be oppressed.
Which is why the so-called opposition will not hesitate to support the military pounding of the long besieged enclave of Gaza, killing yet more Palestinian civilians to “teach them a lesson”, a lesson no one in Israel can articulate beyond asserting that Palestinians must accept their permanent inferiority and imprisonment.
Already, the “good Israelis” – opposition leaders Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz – are in discussions with Neyanyahu to join him in an “emergency unity government”.
What “emergency”? The emergency of Palestinians demanding the right not to live as prisoners in their own homeland.
Israelis and westerners can continue their mental gymnastics to justify the Palestinians’ oppression and refuse them any right to resist. But their hypocrisy and self-deceptions stand exposed for the rest of the world to see.
Jonathan Cook is the author of three books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and a winner of the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His website and blog can be found at www.jonathan-cook.net
Israel-Palestine War: The Blood of Gaza Is on the West’s Hands as Much as Israel’s
Israel is on the rampage again and Gaza’s population is facing a quiet, slow path to erasure. The ones funding and enabling it are the US and its European allies
Yes, Palestinian fighters carried out a brutal attack at the weekend on Israeli settlements on the edge of the Gaza Strip. But this attack did not emerge from nowhere, or without warning. It was not “unprovoked”, as Israel would like us to believe.
In fact, western capitals know exactly how much the Palestinians of Gaza have been provoked, because those same governments have been complicit for decades in supporting Israel as it has ethnically cleansed Palestinians from their homeland and imprisoned the remnants of the population in ghettoes across their homeland.
For the past 16 years, western backing for Israel has not wavered, even as Israel has turned the coastal enclave of Gaza from the world’s largest open-air prison into a gruesome torture chamber, where Palestinians are experimented on.
Their food and power have been rationed, essentials of life denied to them, their access to drinkable water slowly removed, and their hospitals prevented from receiving medical supplies and equipment.
The problem is not ignorance. Western governments have been informed in real-time of the crimes Israel is committing: in confidential cables from their own embassy officials, and in endless reports from human rights groups documenting Israel’s apartheid rule over Palestinians.
And yet western politicians have time and again done nothing to intervene, done nothing to exert meaningful pressure. Worse, they have rewarded Israel with endless military, financial and diplomatic support.
The West is no less responsible now as Israel steps up its barbaric treatment of Gaza. Defence Minister Yoav Gallant decided this week to deepen the siege on Gaza by stopping all food and power – a crime against humanity.
He has referred to the enclave’s caged Palestinian population – men, women and children – as “human animals”.
Dehumanisation, as history has proved time and again, is the prelude to ever-greater outrages and horrors.
How has the West responded?
President Joe Biden has declared – approvingly – that a “long war” is ahead between Israel and Hamas. Washington seems to relish long wars, which always prove a boon to its arms industries and a distraction from domestic troubles.
A US aircraft carrier is on its way. Officials are already preparing to send missiles and bombs that will be used once again to kill Palestinian civilians from the air, as well as ammunition for Israel’s troops to strafe Palestinian communities during the coming ground invasion.
And, of course, there will be plenty of extra funding for Israel – money that can never be found when it is needed by the most vulnerable US citizens.
Those funds will be on top of the nearly $4bn Washington currently sends each year to an Israeli government of self-declared fascists and ethnic supremacists whose express aim is to annex the last remaining fragments of Palestinian territory – as soon as they can get the green light from Washington.
Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak does not want to be outdone, as Israel inflicts collective punishment on Gaza’s Palestinians and begins to slaughter them every bit as indiscriminately as Hamas did Israeli partygoers at the weekend.
A giant, illuminated Israeli flag was emblazoned on the facade of the best-known home in Britain: 10 Downing Street, Sunak’s official residence. The prime minister has offered “military assistance” and “intelligence”, presumably to help Israel bomb Gaza’s caged population.
Suffer in Silence
The truth is that this moment of catastrophe could never have been reached without western powers indulging, subsidising and providing diplomatic cover for Israel’s brutality towards the Palestinian people, decade after decade.
Without such unstinting support, and without a complicit western media refashioning the land thefts by settlers and the oppression by soldiers as some kind of “humanitarian crisis”, Israel could never have gotten away with its crimes.
It would have been forced to reach a proper accommodation with the Palestinians – not the bogus Oslo accords that were intended only to ensnare the “good” Palestinian leadership into colluding in their own people’s subjugation.
Israel would also have been forced to genuinely normalise with its Arab neighbours, not browbeat them into accepting a Pax Americana in the Middle East.
Instead, Israel has been free to pursue a policy of relentless escalation, sold by the western media as “calm” or “quiet” – until Palestinians try to hit back at their tormentors.
Only then is the term “escalation” used. It is always Palestinians “escalating tensions”. The permanent state of oppression inflicted by Israel can then be safely acknowledged and relabelled as “retaliation”.
Palestinians are expected to suffer in silence. Because when they make a noise, it risks reminding western publics of how bogus, how self-serving western leaders’ appeals to the “rules-based order” truly are.
‘Back to the Stone Age’
Where does this endless indulgence from the West ultimately lead?
Already, Israel is emboldened to make much more explicit its policy towards Gaza’s two million inhabitants. There is a word for that policy, one we are not supposed to use to avoid causing offence to those implementing it, as well as those who quietly support its implementation.
Whether by design or outcome, Israel’s starving of civilians, leaving them with no power, depriving them of clean water, and preventing hospitals from treating the sick and wounded – from treating those Israel has bombed – is a genocidal policy.
Western governments know this too. Because Israeli leaders have made no secret of what they are doing.
Fifteen years ago, shortly after Israel instituted its stifling siege on Gaza by land, sea and air, the then deputy defence minister, Matan Vilnai, averred that Israel was ready to carry out a “Shoah” – the Hebrew word for Holocaust – on Gaza. If the Palestinians were to avoid this fate, he said, they must keep quiet at their internment.
Six years later, Ayelet Shaked, who would soon be appointed a senior Israeli minister, declared all Palestinians in Gaza to be “the enemy”, and included “its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure”.
She called on Israel to kill the mothers of Palestinian fighters resisting the occupation so they could not give birth to more “little snakes” – Palestinian children.
During the 2019 general election, Benny Gantz, then leader of the opposition and soon-to-be defence minister, campaigned with a video celebrating his time as head of the Israeli military, when “parts of Gaza were sent back to the Stone Age”.
In 2016, another general, Yair Golan, who at the time was the Israeli military’s second in command, described developments in Israel as echoing the period in Germany leading up to the Holocaust.
When asked to comment on Golan’s remark during an interview this year, retired general Amiram Levin agreed that Israel was becoming more like Nazi Germany. “It hurts, it’s not nice, but that’s the reality.”
Blood of Gaza
Western leaders watched through all this: as Palestinian civilians – half the enclave’s population are children – were kept hungry, were denied drinkable water, were refused electricity, were denied proper medical care, and were repeatedly subjected to horrifying bombardments.
From one side of its mouth, the West pretended to agonise about the legal niceties of “proportionality”. From the other side of its mouth, it cheered Israel on. It spoke of “unbreakable bonds”, of “unquestionable rights”, of “self-defence”.
It echoed figures like Gallant. The Palestinians weren’t humans with agency. They weren’t people striving for their freedom and dignity.
They weren’t a people resisting their occupation and dispossession, as they were fully entitled to do under international law – a right the world celebrates when it comes to Ukrainians.
No, they were either the victims or the supporters of their “terrorist” leaders. As such, they were treated by the West as though they had forfeited any right to be heard, to be valued, to be treated as human.
Western politicians and media expect the Palestinians of Gaza to stay in their torture chamber, bite their lips and suffer in silence so consciences in the West are not disturbed.
It has to be said. Gaza’s population is facing a quiet, slow path to erasure. And the ones funding it, the ones enabling it, are the US and its European allies. Their hands are the ones drenched in the blood of Gaza.
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Netanyahu and the Banality of Evil
The Israeli society of the 21st century (80% of Jews versus 20% of the Arab population), would be a melting pot of races, customs, languages and values that would only have in common their Hebrew origin and in which a silent blow would be produced by an ultra orthodox minority , the “haredim.”
Although they represent only 10% of its population, the ultra-orthodox would be a state within the state, ready to swallow all the sensitive areas of power of the Jewish state (Interior, Housing, Mossad and the IDF commanders or Jewish army) and try to impose the “Halacha” or Jewish law to more than 40% of the population that declares itself secular, segment of European filiation, immersed in Western culture and way of life and that wants to be governed by civil law as in other formal western democracies.
Einstein and Exclusionary Zionism
In 1938, the visionary Einstein warned of the dangers of exclusionary Zionism by stating:
“I would like a reasonable agreement to be reached with the Arabs on the basis of a peaceful life together as I think this would be preferable to the creation of a Jewish state.”
It is impossible to germinate in the twenty-first century given the absence on both sides of valid interlocutors to negotiate a lasting peace that implies the mutual recognition of the States of Israel and Palestine.
Thus, former President Jimmy Carter, who went down in history when he achieved the historic Camp David agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1979 in his book ‘Palestine, Peace not Apartheid’, denounces the “system of apartheid that Israel applies to the Palestinians.”
Likewise, in the aforementioned book he denounces “Israel’s non-compliance with the commitments made in 2003 under the auspices of George W. Bush“, which included demands for a total and permanent freeze on Jewish settler settlements in the West Bank as well as the right of return for the nearly 800,000 Palestinians who were forced to leave Israel following its statehood in 1948 (Nakba).
This roadmap was initially accepted by Israel and subsequently ratified by Olmert and Abbas at the Annapolis Summit (2007) with the requirement of “to put an end to the policy of building settlements in the West Bank and to relax the military controls that constrict the daily life of the Palestinians to a paroxysm”. This dystopian situation led the Jewish Civil Rights activist and Holocaust survivor, Israel Shakak to claim “The Nazis made me fear being Jewish and the Israelis embarrass me to be Jewish”.
Thus, according to the civil rights survey “Association for Civil Rights in Israel Annual Report for 2007” published by the newspaper Haaretz, the number of Jews who express feelings of hatred towards Arabs has tripled and about 60% of Israeli Jews would already oppose the equal rights of their Arab compatriots and in favor of the increase of the apartheid regime in the Palestinian ghettos of West Bank and Gaza.
In these ghettos, the Palestinian population would be subject to the military-juridical regime instead of relying on civilian power like the Israeli one, with which the vast majority of Israeli society would be silent accomplices and necessary collaborators in the implementation of xenophobic sentiment against the Arab-Israeli population.
Netanyahu and the Banality of Evil
The German-Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt in her book “Eichmann in Jerusalem”, subtitled “A report on the banality of evil” coined the expression “banality of evil” to express that “some individuals act within the rules of the system to which they belong without reflecting on their actions”.
Consequently, the use by Israel of systematic torture, the apartheid of the Palestinian people, the surgical removal of Hamas terrorist elements and other evil practices, would not be considered on the basis of its effects or its final result provided that the orders to execute them come from higher echelons, leaving the Israeli government of Netanyahu as the only one responsible to history.
Arendt helped us to understand the reasons for the renunciation of the individual of his critical capacity (freedom), while alerting us to the need to be always vigilant before the foreseeable repetition of the “banalization of evil” by the rulers of any political system, including sui generis Jewish democracy.
If we extrapolate Arendt’s reflection on Adolf Eichmann to the current situation in the Gaza Strip,
“the military commanders of the Tzahal would not present the traits of murderous psychopaths, but would be mere bureaucrats who would carry out orders without thinking about their consequences and without discerning the good or evil of their actions”.
However, according to Maximilian Korstanje “fear and not the banality of evil, makes man renounce his critical will, but it is important not to lose sight that in that act the subject remains ethically responsible for his resignation” and Israeli commanders and soldiers would be complicit in human rights violations committed in the Gaza Strip under Netanyahu.
Netanyahu would be cornered by the international community’s revulsion at the violation of human rights in Gaza and by the growing disaffection towards his government of Israeli society that cannot forgive the security flaws in the Israeli defense that would have led to the murder of about 1500 Israelis and the kidnapping of 200 people by Hamas.
According to a survey by The Jerusalem Post, 80% of those polled say that “the Government is primarily responsible for the infiltration of Palestinian militias” and 56% think that “Netanyahu should resign at the end of the current war”.
In the event that Israeli society does not react against the barbarity of Netanyahu and demands his resignation and the initiation of a criminal trial for his negligent management, we will see the strengthening of the political figure of Netanyahu which would be the prelude to a subsequent totalitarian drift.
This involution could culminate in the establishment of a theocratic regime in the Israeli State in the next five years, which will mean that large sectors of lay and urban Israeli youth will have to choose to join the list of remote-controlled settlers by the Haredim or emigrate to the West to escape the theocratic-military dystopia.
From Auschwitz to Gaza: The History of Mass Murder and Genocide
As I am writing, a massive genocidal assault is underway on the stateless people of Gaza. Most of the 2.3 million people in Gaza were born into this open air prison where Israel is using its absolute control over what can be brought in and carried out to deny the inhabitants food, water supplies, electricity, and fuel.
The inmates of this tightly packed urban space are being bombed, killing tens of thousands with the promise of a ground invasion to eliminate those trapped inside the densely packed and foul urban strip of Mediterranean coast line.
The US Armed Forces are backing up the many violations of international law that are underway in an unfolding abomination that clearly belongs in the very Big Leagues of terrible war crimes. The attack is being pushed forward on the basis of what is clearly described below as a “pretext” for genocide.
Prof. Michel Chossudovsky cites numerous sources to explain that the government of Israel has conspired with Hamas, a Muslim entity created and funded by Israel to advance an imperial strategy of divide-and-conquer among the Palestinians.
That strategy is meant to divide the government of Palestinians in Gaza from the Palestinians in the area of the West Bank sometimes described as the Occupied Territories.
Chossudovsky sees the complicity between Hamas and the Netanyahu government as the basis of the engineered murder and torture of Israeli soldiers and civilians.
The aim of this diabolical scheme is to realize the agenda of clearing out the inhabitants of Gaza as well as bringing about a US war with Iran.
The creation of the basis for such a war has for decades been a primary geopolitical objective of Netanyahu.
Part of the provocation causing Hamas fighters to break through the Gaza Walls— a permitted piercing of what is perhaps the most closely monitored barrier in the world— was the purposeful defilement by Israeli settlers of the al Aqsa Mosque in the days leading up to October 7.
A subject of much speculation is what happened during the period of many hours when Israeli security forces were held back from protecting Israeli lives. Much remains unknown about who did what to whom, and why.
The purpose of false flags, which will be discussed below, is to create the basis for mistaken perceptions about what is real and what is contrived.
About half of the inhabitants of Gaza are children. Christian and Muslim families in Gaza have large numbers of children to compensate for their propensity to have short life spans. In a society of huge unemployment, few options are available to young people seeking a way forward.
When the activities of the local Hamas government are one of the only work options available in Gaza, it is hardly surprising that this organization attracts many who might picture themselves as freedom fighters. Such fighters might well lack a sense of fair play when confronting those that have jailed them and assailed them since their birth.
As I think about the media fabrications concerning 40 beheaded Israeli babies that never were, I can’t help imagining a huge bombed out area with dead bodies of hundreds of thousands of Gaza babies and children. For some reason I imagine these exterminated children nailed up on row after row of crucifixes.
I picture this obscenity with the knowledge that there happens to be huge reserves of natural gas off the shores of Gaza. To eliminate the people of Gaza would be to eliminate a competing claim to the huge treasure trove of potential energy.
Without Auschwitz, Gaza Would Not Exist in Its Present Form
We are living through such a tumultuous time in history that it is hard to find comparisons and metaphors that do justice to what is unfolding at this very moment. As fraught with global danger as is the Russia-NATO confrontation in Ukraine, the opening up on 7 October of a new frontiers of conflict in the Middle East, has immensely upped the ante.
The ruthless Israeli assault on the 2.3 million prison inmates of the GAZA concentration camp, along with the sudden expansion of potential theatres of global conflict, are putting the future prospects of all life on earth on the edge of an abyss.
There is no precedent for the kind of global catastrophe facing all of humanity right now. At this moment, however, the global ground zero of the catastrophe is GAZA.
What can we learn by comparing Auschwitz and GAZA?
I’ll start with a focus on the Auschwitz concentration camp in working my way towards what is going in GAZA. Many will be well aware that Auschwitz has been widely memorialized as the site of the most notorious system of mechanized mass murder ever mounted.
IG Auschwitz began in Poland as a wartime business enterprise bringing together slave labour with the commercial exploitation of cutting-edge edge technologies under the auspices of the National Socialist government led by Adolf Hitler. The aim of the enterprise was to transform coal into aviation fuel as well as into synthetic rubber.
IG Auschwitz was spawned by the corporate leviathan, IG Farben, a giant in the research and development of chemical and pharmaceutical products. This conglomerate, with extensions throughout much of the world, is often referred to as the corporate foundation supporting the political economy animating the Hitlerian Third Reich.
One of the main investors in both IG Farben and IG Auschwitz was Standard Oil of New Jersey, the core corporate asset of the Rockefeller family. The role of the Rockefeller conglomerate in the German oil and gas industry as well as in the pharmaceutical industry, was one part of a wide spectrum of collaboration between Germany and Wall Street.
For Wall Street brokers, one of the most lucrative stock plays they could recommend to their clients, was to invest in the build up of Germany’s military-industrial complex. The US investments in Germany involved companies like Ford, GM, IBM, ITT, Alcoa, Kodak and Coca-Cola. This list provides just a small sample of the extent of the collaboration.
The Gaza concentration camp can be seen as an outgrowth of the way the history of Auschwitz and related Hitlerian operations have been depicted, misrepresented, and covered up. At the end of WWII, Auschwitz became a symbol, central to establishing the basis for the creation of Israel.
The symbolism associated with Auschwitz, of course, strategically excluded in most cases, the important role of the Rockefeller financial empire in the genesis of the concentration camp.
As described in the Jewish Virtual Encyclopedia, Auschwitz was just the tip of the iceberg.
The article on concentration camps in the Encyclopedia seemingly inflates astronomically the number of German camps incarcerating many categories of people considered unfit or deviant.
With Auschwitz along with its related operations placed in the forefront of publicity, a significant portion of public opinion was made to line up behind the position that Jews have been subjected to such horrors during the European reign of Hitlerian Germany, that a great act of atonement was called for.
The case was made that Jews the world over required a permanent place of sovereign refuge in a dangerous and unpredictable world. As this discourse developed, apparently no one thought to consult with the indigenous Arabs of Palestine to see what they thought of the proposition that they should be made to pay a very heavy price for the bad things said to have transpired in Europe.
The Zionist project of creating a Jewish State was advanced by the British imperial government in 1917. Foreign Affairs Minister Lord Balfour expressed in a declaration to Lionel Walter Rothschild his government’s favourable view of a “national home” for the Jewish people in Palestine.
In the secret Sykes-Pico Agreement between France and Great Britain in 1916, it was agreed that Britain would acquire control of Palestine. This arrangement was confirmed by the League of Nations when it was created in 1920.
Britain’s commitment to the Zionist Jews became lukewarm in the decades which followed as the demands and complexities of the Arab world grew. In 1947 both the United States and the Soviet Union got behind Resolution 181 of the General Assembly in the nascent United Nations. The aim of the Resolution was to create two new countries, one a Jewish state and the other, an Arab state.
The Arab state in Palestine has not been created until this day. Instead, the land for this polity has been illegally taken through military conquest and other means that have contributed to the hideous spectacle presently unfolding in Gaza.
Israel and Palestine After 1948
Portions of the Semitic Arab population of Palestine attempted through military resistance in 1948 to prevent the apprehension of their lands by the military forces of the nascent Jewish state. The Israeli Defence Force was composed initially from the Jewish militias that had fought against the British in exercising their Mandate to govern Palestine.
This Jewish fighting contingent overpowered their Arab opponents causing sufficient horror to motivate about 800,000 Palestinians to flee their homes. This episode in Palestinian history is remember as the “Nakba.” Nakba means “the catastrophe” in Arabic.
The Nakba carries a meaning much like the term, “Shoah,” in Hebrew. The Shoah is the term used to describe the experience of European Jews during the period of Hitlerian rule in Europe.
The origins of GAZA in its present form go back to the Nakba of 1948. Moreover, the origins of the human-rights abomination presently underway go back to the creation and expansion of the Jewish state of Israel without the Arab state meant to accompany it as outlined in Resolution 181.
The creation of Israel as a land open to Jews from throughout the world have transformed a large part of the Palestinian population into stateless people. They have become trapped in this non-identity identity, with all the impediments to the exercise of civil liberties that this negative category of non-personhood creates.
After 1948 some Palestinian people were able to hold their their ground inside Israel. By and large they were extended the status of Israeli citizens. Their descendants make up about 20% of Israel’s population.
Many of those that underwent this transition were initially subjected to military oversight and various forms of discrimination. This discrimination involving, for instance, certain kinds of land transaction continues to this day.
Those who ended up in GAZA circa 1948 go back to those uprooted from their homes in the course of the Nakba. Those who ended up in the GAZA reserve could not or would not leave the region.
Between 1948 and 1967 the stateless inhabitants of Gaza were passed from the military governance of Egypt and the Arab League. This League created something called the All-Palestine Government.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Middle East also asserted jurisdiction, not only over Palestinians in GAZA but over Palestinians in refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and the West Bank.
The agency has tended to reinforce the stateless condition of millions of Palestinian refugees rather than ease people out of this category. For instance by creating a kind of passport for the travels of stateless people, their stateless status is, in a way, reinforced. Over seventy years after the Nakba, stateless status has now been passed along to three distinct generations of Palestinian people.
In 1967 in the Six Days War, the Israel Defence Force made military gains throughout the region that United Nations Resolution 181 had set aside for the Arab Nation including the Gaza strip.
Resolution 181 also stipulated that Jerusalem was to be an international zone where the UN would assure equality of treatment for Muslims, Jews, and Christians. That principle is presently being severely violated in the regular Jewish defilement of the al Aqsa mosque.
The Israeli takeover in 1967 of the territories to be relegated for the creation of a new Arab country, spelt trouble. This illegal military conquest was embraced by successive Israeli governments to fend off any sincere attempt to create a two-state solution.
The issue of the uprooted Palestinians and the growth of the Jewish settler state gathered much attention in the era of Yasser Arafat’s leadership of the Fatah and then of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Arafat’s approach was nationalist and secular.
On this basis, the PLO gathered international interest and political momentum especially in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Some of this attention was gained through spectacles of terror like the hijacking in 1969 by Leila Khalid of TWA Flight 840.
In 1987 a series of Intifadas beginning with the actions of disenfranchised Palestinians, often with nothing but stones for weapons, added spectacle to the drama culminating in the negotiation of the first Oslo accord in 1993.
This Oslo peace process was the closest that Israel-Palestinian conflict ever got to a two state solution. The effort was not successful. It was not grounded on a solid basis of realistic political and logistical compromise.
The deal led to the assassination in 1995 of Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin. He was murdered by a strident opponent of any kind of peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Since Rabin’s assassination, the spectrum of Israeli political culture has moved away from the realm of collectivist Kibbutzes and Labour Party dominance in the Israeli Knesset.
The twenty-first century has seen, instead, the politics of well armed Jewish settlers and settlements in the West Bank to the point that any territorial basis has been eliminated for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.
In Gaza, the Israeli government asserted in 2007 absolute control of the movements of goods and people into and out of the concentration camp. Almost no exports can get out so the open air prison lacks the basis of a viable economy.
The Israeli government played a big role in founding and funding Hamas to steer Palestinians away from the secular politics of Yasser Arafat and away from solidarity with the Palestinian Authority.
Periodically Gaza was bombed in a process that came to be known within Israel as mowing the grass. Such an operation took place in 2008. It was entitled Cast Lead. In 2014, Operation Protective Edge was the means of mowing (diminishing) the human population of Gaza.
In 2018 attempts were made to conduct peaceful demonstrations aimed at dramatizing the demand by the people of Gaza to return to their homes inside Israel. This attempt to express peaceful opposition to Israeli policies was met with violent recriminations by the IDF.
Israel’s move rightward was amplified by the false flag event that took place on September 11 of 2001. In two previous Substack posts I introduced a large body of scholarship pointing to what really happened in Manhattan and the Pentagon on the fateful day.
The weight of evidence points to the fact that Israel First partisans, many of them deeply involved in the power dynamics of both the Jewish state and of the United States of America, were the primary planners, implementers and cover up agents of the 9/11 debacle.
Benjamin Netanyahu, who grew up largely in the United States, is a telling embodiment of Zio-American character of 9/11 false flag. In acting on the misrepresentation of this event, the US Armed Forces went to war with several Muslim-majority countries.
Zionist pre-eminence in the political culture of the United States was thus demonstrated, consolidated and extended to the outlandish extremes presently on display as the protagonists go in for the kill in Gaza.
Phillip Giraldi, a retired CIA official who describes himself as a “a former on-the-ground intelligence officer” has come to a startling conclusion. He alleges the current massacre of the stateless habitants of Gaza was mounted on the basis of fraud.
He sees the incursions of the Hamas fighters throughout Israel as being based on “something more like a false flag operation rather than a case of institutional failure on the part of the Israelis.”
Prof. Michel Michel Chossudovsky agrees with Giraldi. Chossudovsky argues that the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu not only let Hamas attack Israeli soldiers and civilians. He alleges that the Netanyahu government actually conspired to make the violence spree happen with the object of creating the pretext for a well-prepared genocidal assault to eliminate the Palestinian inhabitants of Gaza.
Prof. Chossudovsky cited the following to illustrate Netanyahu’s complicity with Hamas. Netanyahu told the Likud Party Knesset members in 2019,
“Anyone who wants to thwart the establishment of a Palestinian state has to support bolstering Hamas and transferring money to Hamas…..This is part of our strategy – to isolate the Palestinians in Gaza from the Palestinians in the West Bank.”
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Dr. Anthony Hall is currently Professor of Globalization Studies at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta Canada. He has been a teacher in the Canadian university system since 1982. Dr. Hall, has recently finished a big two-volume publishing project at McGill-Queen’s University Press entitled “The Bowl with One Spoon”.
He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG).
 This article from the Jewish Virtual Encyclopedia is in my view a good example of the kind of fabricated and exaggerated nonsense produced by the Israel Lobbies. The effect is to undermine and disable serious discourse about what really happened in World War II. Tony Hall
“Most people are familiar with the names of the major concentration camps – Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau, and Treblinka, for example – but few realize that these were not the only places where Jews and other prisoners were held by the Nazis. Each of the 23 main camps had subcamps, nearly 900 of them in total. These included camps with euphemistic names, such as “care facilities for foreign children,” where pregnant prisoners were sent for forced abortions.
The Nazis established about 110 camps starting in 1933 to imprison political opponents and other undesirables. The number expanded as the Third Reich expanded and the Germans began occupying parts of Europe. When the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum first began to document all of the camps, the belief was that the list would total approximately 7,000. However, researchers found that the Nazis actually established about 42,500 camps and ghettoes between 1933 and 1945. This figure includes 30,000 slave labor camps; 1,150 Jewish ghettoes, 980 concentration camps; 1,000 POW camps; 500 brothels filled with sex slaves; and thousands of other camps used for euthanizing the elderly and infirm; Germanizing prisoners or transporting victims to killing centers. Berlin alone had nearly 3,000 camps.
These camps were used for a range of purposes including: forced-labor camps, transit camps which served as temporary way stations, and extermination camps, built primarily or exclusively for mass murder. From its rise to power in 1933, the Nazi regime built a series of detention facilities to imprison and eliminate so-called “enemies of the state.” Most prisoners in the early concentration camps were German Communists, Socialists, Social Democrats, Roma (Gypsies), Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, and persons accused of “asocial” or socially deviant behavior. These facilities were called “concentration camps” because those imprisoned there were physically “concentrated” in one location.
Millions of people were imprisoned, abused and systematically murdered in the various types of Nazi camps. Under SS management, the Germans and their collaborators murdered more than three million Jews in the killing centers alone. Only a small fraction of those imprisoned in Nazi camps survived. As many as 15-20 million people may have died in the various camps and ghettoes.”
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