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Saturday, 27 December 2008

Genocide in Gaza - Gaza is burning as the Warsaw Ghetto is replayed in miniature

The death of over 200 people, at the time of writing, in Gaza is testimony to the murderous hypocrisy of the Israeli state and the Zionists. This is 30 times more than the numbers of people killed by the ‘rockets’ launched from the Gaza Strip.

The recent ceasefire in Gaza was deliberately broken by the Israeli army, who - while the world's attention was focused on the US election - launched a raid into Gaza on November 4th which killed six Hamas militants and deliberately provoked the rocket fire. The last thing the Israeli war makers wanted was a ceasefire. War is the only thing that Zionism's bloody leaders desire and their main efforts are finding pretexts such as the toy rockets launched from the Gaza Strip in the past 3 years.

Yet the liars of the BBC and world press have consciously presented the Israeli air strikes, not as the murderous and genocidal attacks that they are, but as a ‘retaliation’ and ‘tit for tat’.
After days preventing all supplies, Israel allowed yesterday trucks to bring food and other supplies into Gaza on Friday 26th December, but that was for only 6 hours. Even with that supply, the daily average for December 2008 was less than 5 trucks a day, down from more than 500 a day in December 2005.
The slow genocide of Gaza is gaining speed. Israel can massacre from the air without resistance, as Palestinians have no anti air weapons to defend themselves, not even shelters. For how long the world would be complacent? For how long the UK would be accomplice?
Please urgently demand David Miliband to condemn Israel and suspend ALL military agreements and collaborations, including research and purchase.


John Berger has asked that the statement below be publishe:

"We are now spectators of the latest - and perhaps penultimate - chapter of the 60 year old conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people. About the complexities of this tragic conflict billions of words have been pronounced, defending one side or the other.
Today, in face of the Israeli attacks on Gaza, the essential calculation, which was always covertly there, behind this conflict, has been blatantly revealed. The death of one Israeli victim justifies the killing of a hundred Palestinians. One Israeli life is worth a hundred Palestinian lives.
This is what the Israeli State and the world media more or less - with marginal questioning - mindlessly repeat. And this claim, which has accompanied and justified the longest Occupation of foreign territories in 20th C. European history, is viscerally racist. That the Jewish people should accept this, that the world should concur, that the Palestinians should submit to it - is one of history's ironic jokes. There's no laughter anywhere. We can, however, refute it, more and more vocally.

Let's do so."
John Berger
27 December 2008

Two years ago, John Berger mobilized dozens of prominent artists and writers worldwide to endorse the Palestinian call for an institutional cultural boycott of Israel:


joe90 kane said...

Protests have been organised for tomorrow and Monday, apparantly, outside the Israeli Embassy in London -
Holy Land
Lenin's Tomb
27 Dec 2008

And from Betty Hunter at UK Palestine Solidarity -
“Please circulate this notice as widely as possible.

Gaza massacre - Emergency Protest
Monday 29 December 4.00pm 6.00pm
Opposite Israeli Embassy - Kensington High Street
Nearest tube: High Street Kensington

Please monitor news channels and call BBC and ITV every day to ask for accurate figures of numbers killed and injured. We will not accept Israeli spokespersons - we want Palestinian commentators.

Betty Hunter
General Secretary
Palestine Solidarity Campaign
020 7700 6192

I have already written to my own New Labour MP and a commenteer at Socialist Unity blog has written to the BBC about its disgraceful coverage -
Comment by John Wight — 27 December, 2008 @ 6:21 pm
27 December, 2008

advis3r said...

Point of information. Your site says "Against all racism" does that include the Hamas covenant calling for the death of Jews?

judith said...

Dear Tony, Thanks We'll be at the Israeli E tomorrow, among other protests I protested on Today's website back on re (Edward Stouton's airy intro on friday to the possibility (yes) of an Israeli attack : 'We have got used to Israel's occasional er incursions into the Gaza Strip...' Outrageous. Will put these notices out too JK

Tony Greenstein said...

I don't support Hamas politically. And that includes its Covenant. But Hamas is the chosen representative of the majority of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and their decision should be respected. Instead the Gazan Palestinians have been subject to a blockade for years and now a murderous blitzkrieg.

Is it really suggested that words on a piece of paper are equivalent to the deaths of hundreds of people? We can find many covenants in Israel which are not only racist but have the power of the State behind them. Have a look at that of the Jewish National Fund.

And since the Israeli state consciously helped create Hamas as a counterweight to secular Palestinian nationalism, Zionists are the last people to blame for the fact that some of the people they favoured are influenced by anti-Semitism.

a very public sociologist said...

Disgraceful stuff. What a surprise to see equivocation from the govt. on this.

Btw, some excellent material on Lenin's Tomb on this.

Anonymous said...

The Warsaw Ghetto in miniature? "In miniature" you say?The population of Gaza is three times that of the the Warsaw Ghetto...why do you find it necessary to miniaturize the crimes of the Zionist entity?

Tony Greenstein said...

Well I guess what I meant by Warsaw Ghetto in miniature is this.

There are clear comparisons, the starvation siege, murderous attacks on civilians, sealing off of the population BUT there are also differences. Yes the Warsaw Ghetto was 1/3 of the population of the Gaza Strip, but during its 2- 2.5 year existence some 80,000 died from starvation and related diseases. Nearly all the remainder were transported to nearby Treblinka where virtually everyone was exterminated in the gas chambers (unlike Auschwitz Treblinka was only an extermination camp).

Clearly this isn't happening in the Gaza Strip so we have to be careful about the comparisons. They are there but the situations aren't the same, nor is the situation in Gaza worse. But the mere fact that Israel seeks the weapon of food and hunger and attacks the population in airplanes (no mention in the media about the cowardice of dropping bombs and rockets on those unable to fight back) is comparable.

anonymous said...

oh yes, we must be v-e-r-y careful, extremely careful indeed.....there is no comparison at all to the most exceptional crime in history, not now, not historically, not even occurring in the future, none whatsoever, full stop. Because there is no equivalency ever possible in any time period, we should be very careful, so careful and in fact it would be better just to shut up.

Tony Greenstein said...

Sarcasm apart, there is of course a comparison with the Nazi holocaust. The question is what type of comparison? To simply pretend that they are equivalent, that there are no differences, merely invites ridicule.

Whilst it is true that the Warsaw Ghetto had about 1/3 of the population of the Gaza Strip how many actually survived until after the War? One thousand, two thousand? I don't know but the overwhelming majority of those deported to Treblinka, literally all except about 9 of those deported, were exterminated. To therefore make a comparison on this level simply doesn't stand up.

But, and I know this is complicated for someone who can't use his own name, i.e. have some form of accountability for his opinions, you can compare methodology (siege, starvation etc.) even if the intended results are not the same. There are similarities but it would be foolish to say that they are exact.

The obvious point to make is that the mentality behind the attacks on Gaza are Nazi, the idea that the lives of some human beings aren't equivalent to that of the master race, be it Aryan or Israeli Jewish.

joe90 kane said...

Here is some news
about the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign boycotters being put on trial -
SPSC - Boycotters Go On Trial
31 Dec 2008

The timimg of their appearance in court, I'm sure TBG-ers will agree, is exquisite!

Here is the SPSC homepage-
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign

תמר said...

who the hell you think you are???!
how can you j Israel action without spending a day in the bombed area in south Israel?
all you hypocrites
why i didn't saw a critic post about the terror actions that the Palestinians doing for the last 15 years?
why you don't criticize the way the hamas fights, shooting his rockets behind their families?
they are barbaric and this is the way to deal with them.
you better go and protest about the death in Congo...

Tony Greenstein said...

תמר asks how we can condemn Israeli terror bombing ala the finest of fascist bombing campaigns in WW2 without being there. Well I can see enough on the TV screen and by speaking to comrades.

Southern Israel isn't occupied territory. Gaza is. The numbers killed in one day are 20 times as high as in the whole of the past 8 years (20 approx.).

I think it was the Nazis who took 100 civilian reprisals for every soldier killed so I guess תמר is right in his own way.

Being particularly stupid, like most Zionists, תמר doesn't understand that throughout its miserable history the Israeli state has always looked for enemies to justify its 'existence'. For most of the time the Palestinians, the original victims, not least those in gaza fitted the bill. As Robert Fisk noted yesterday in the Independent, the irony is that Ashkelon, the target of some of the rockets from Gaza (not all Hamas incidentally but such subtleties elude the Zionists for whom stupidity is a congenital condition) was where the people of Gaza mostly lived before the expulsions of 1948 and subsequently.

I think I have made it clear on the blog that we support and identify with those like the Shministim, those brave Israeli high school students who refuse to serve in an army of occupation.