Aiding and Abetting the Israeli Holocaust in Gaza
Tariq A. Al-Maeena
ccun.org, January 11, 2009
reader last week objected to my references of a ‘holocaust’ in this
latest atrocity being carried out by the Israelis against civilians in
Gaza, and specifically targeting children. May I remind the reader
and other skeptics that this word is no longer exclusive to crimes of
Cambridge Dictionary defines holocaust as “a
very large amount of destruction, especially by fire or heat, or the
killing of very large numbers of people” a situation that is currently
in full force against Palestinians in Gaza..
being killed like insects not because of Hamas or because of Qassam
rockets or hand-thrown rocks. Palestinians burn and bleed because they
are the non-Jewish natives of that land. There is no other reason. Just
like Jews in the past were killed for being Jewish. Palestinians today
are killed for being the Muslims and Christians who hold historic, legal
and even genetic title to that land.
What have Palestinians done
to deserve such a fate? To be endlessly hunted and treated like animals?
To have their homes demolished, their ancient history and heritage cast
into forgotten space? To languish in refugee camps and slums, while Jews
from all corners of the earth flock to fill their confiscated homes and
farms? To be tortured, imprisoned, and denied in every inhumane way?
Israel should face charges for War Crimes as bluntly stated by
Professor Marjorie Cohn, President of the National Lawyers Guild and a
professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.
Writing in "Israel's Collective Punishment of Gaza", she
cites four specific violations carried out by the Israelis:
‘Israel’s air and ground attack in Gaza violates Geneva in four
-First, it constitutes collective punishment of the entire
population in Gaza for the acts of a few militants.
targets civilians, as evidenced by the large numbers of civilian
-Third, it is a disproportionate response to the rockets
fired into Israel.
-Fourth, an occupying power has an obligation to
ensure food and medical supplies to the occupied population; Israel’s
blockade has created a humanitarian crisis in Gaza.’
workers discovered four starving children sitting next to their dead
mothers and other corpses in a house in a part of Gaza City bombed by
Israeli forces, as reported by the Red Cross. Scores of other such
horrific circumstances litter the Gaza landscape. How long can the world
and specifically the US pretend that Israel is a civilized nation,
immune from censure for their on-going butchery?
The NY Times
reported that, “International aid groups lashed out at
Israel on Thursday over the war in
Gaza, saying that access to civilians in need is poor, relief
workers are being hurt and killed, and Israel is woefully neglecting its
Palestinians who are trapped, some among rotting corpses in a
nightmarish landscape of deprivation.”
If Americans do wonder
why the rest of the world detests US foreign policy and is accused as an
implicit partner in this holocaust, then they should not look any
further than the recent headlines: ‘US rejects Arab bloc’s
ceasefire proposal.’ The US had objected to the proposal, which demanded
an “immediate and permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip”, the lifting of
Israel’s border blockade and the establishment of an international force
to monitor the truce. Ever wonder the motive?
While the UN
secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, publicly condemned the Israeli attacks
that had caused the deaths of four UNRWA workers, together with shelling
a UN-run school that killed 40 people including many children earlier
last week, and there are mass demonstrations in all parts of the world
including Israel against this mass slaughter, US President Bush okayed
the green light to the Israelis to invade Gaza with tanks and artillery.
In his weekly radio address, Bush held Hamas responsible for
the latest violence, and proclaimed that 'no peace deal would be
acceptable without tougher action to prevent Hamas and other groups from
receiving weapons'. Why? So that they could be sitting ducks?
No mention of the carnage of civilians was brought up. And sure
enough, barely hours after he spoke, on January 3, US supplied Israeli
tanks rolled into the Gaza Strip.
A human being with no remorse
and a perverted demolisher, he must have analyzed the vast wreckage
around him at the end of his presidency strewn with colossal foreign
policy failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and decided to go out in full
fanfare – this time in Gaza.
Several years ago, he lied to the
world about weapons of mass destruction to gather support for his
illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq. A few days ago, Israel
employed a barely more credible excuse, the rockets as justification for
its own barbaric shock and awe in Gaza.
While millions of
Americans face home foreclosures, health care uncertainties, job and
pension losses, none of these crises currently threaten the flow of
their tax dollars to Israel’s war machine. It is their money that buys
F-16 jets made by Lockheed Martin to drop bombs on Palestinians in the
Indeed, the world is wondering where the spirit of
America has evaporated so quickly to, the very spirit that brought the
first black President to the White House recently? Why the silence
and subjugation to a government that falls nothing short of aiding and
abetting a holocaust?
The writer is a Saudi socio/political
commentator. He lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and can be reached
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