Posted by: r.m. | December 28, 2008

retaliation?

From the Jewish Voice for Peace‘s statement

“…Over the years, these poorly made rockets [from Hamas] have been responsible for the deaths of 15 Israelis since 2004. … massive Israeli air strikes have proven an indiscriminate and brutal weapon. In just two days, the known death toll is close to 300, and the attacks are continuing. By targeting the infrastructure of a poor and densely populated area, Israel has ensured widespread civilian casualties among this already suffering and vulnerable population.”

15 killed in 4 years versus 300 killed in 2 days.

The death toll of the Israeli offensive stands now at 303 and more than 1200 residents injured, 180 seriously.

Even decontextualized, for any press agency to accept Israel’s logic that Israel is “retaliating” is beyond absurd. It is racist. (One organization that claims to condemn racism – but actually works to foment it – the ADL – calls any condemnation of Israel absurd.)

When we actually contextualize it — recognize that many of the killed are refugees, forced out of their homes in 1948, and all are besiged in a large prison (Gaza) and all have been enduring regular attacks and deprivation of all their basic human and civil rights, then – to call what Israel is doing as “retaliatory” becomes more than racist.


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  1. the nazis thought they had good reason to slaughter the jews back in 1944-45. just as much, the israelis think they have a reason to justify their barbary. if they think that killing can be justified, or even deserves rationalisation, then maybe what the nazis did was justifiable and rational; and not so horrible after all.


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