The mass slaughter of any group of people is despicable.
Mankinds propensity to methodically slaughter each other in huge numbers is nothing new. The English policies pertaining to the Irish potato famine were a primary cause of the catastrophe and then, to add insult to injury, the ‘gentry’ took advantage of the situation. There was more recently Rwanda. I could go on and on. There seems no limits to what we can do to each other using tribal, religious, ethnic grievances or simply just for conquest. Equating victim numbers to measure the severity of a murderous crime is impossible. Whether it is from persecution, starvation, brutality or ethnically cleansing a region, we don’t have a league table of senseless mass murder.
The ongoing and daily killings of Palestinians, the deprivation of basic human rights and the slow but significant ethnic cleansing is no less a crime than we’ve seen over thousands of years of human history. The difference in the crimes committed on the Palestinians is that they are being done in supposed enlightened times and even more importantly, in full view of the world. Netanyahu calls them terrorists, just as the resistance to the Nazi regime during the second world war were described.
Mr Netanyahu needs to consult International law. Resistance is permitted to an ongoing occupation (West Bank) and any reasonable person would agree, that to completely cut off a region from the rest of the world creates a situation whereby those imprisoned in this contained area should be allowed to free themselves by any means possible (Gaza). Does Netanyahu condone the Warsaw ghetto? Does he not see the similarities between Gaza and Nazi concentration camps?
This multi pronged attack on the Palestinians hasn’t been going on for five or ten years. It’s been happening for decades. Over that time, millions of refugees have been produced. Countless lives destroyed. Ethnic cleansing on a scale never before witnessed, not even by barbaric humans.
Victim numbers are irrelevant. The family of every victim suffers unbearable misery. The refugee suffers indescribable pain. Upheaval beyond our imagination.
Dozens of memorials, research centres and museums in at least 34 different countries doesn’t make a particular slaughter or a chain of events any more significant or more important than any other heinous crime.
Just because they believe they suffered more than any other doesn’t mean they are entitled to imprison over 500 children, many without any sort of judicial oversight. Because they were treated like shit doesn’t mean they can treat others like shit.
To consider a person from a different background, religion or ethnicity to be inferior is the kind of ideology that a very few high ranking Nazis may have had. For it to be prevalent amongst (certainly) the so called settlements and even amongst ordinary, every day Israeli Jews is a sobering thought. If we are to believe Abby Martins most recent report from Israel, it confirms a serious problem that is endemic in their society.
Chloe from the Israel Advocacy Movement tries to counter the report by Martin but fails miserably. Chloe is not impartial. Abby Martin has been genuinely shocked at what she saw in the West Bank.
I’m tired of exceptionalism. I don’t think I’m better than anyone else. I don’t believe ‘my people’ have suffered more than any other people and the only primary holocaust is the one the one that can be stopped right now.