“Why do you continue to kill people?”
The question of my headline was asked by an exasperated and quietly angry Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the UN during his diplomatic effort in the Middle East.
Because Israel is doing virtually all of the killing I think it is more than reasonable to assume that the SG’s rhetorical question was addressed primarily to Israel’s leaders. The answer to it can be very simply stated.
Because it is committed to retaining the maximum amount of Palestinian land with the minimum number of Palestinians on it and therefore has no interest in peace on terms the Palestinians could accept, Zionism knows no other way of behaving. Killing Palestinians comes natural to it.
Another part of the whole terrible truth as noted by Gideon Levy is that most of the brainwashed public in Israel is not remotely concerned by the death and destruction its war machine is inflicting on the Palestinian inhabitants of the Gaza Strip prison camp.
One of Gideon’s most recent articles for Ha’aretz included the following revealing and chilling paragraph.
QUOTE The website “Walla!” published talkback comments on an article about the four children killed on the Gaza beach. Shani Moyal: “I couldn’t care less that Arab children were killed, too bad it wasn’t more. Well done to the IDF.” Stav Sabah: “Really, these are great pictures. They make me so happy, I want to look at them again and again.” Sharon Avishi: “Only four? Too bad. We hoped for more.” Daniela Turgeman: “Great. We need to kill all the children.” Chaya Hatnovich: “There isn’t a more beautiful picture than those of dead Arab children.” Orna Peretz: “Why only four?” Rachel Cohen: “I’m not for children dying in Gaza. I’m for everyone burning.” Tami Mashan: “As many children as possible should die.” UNQUOTE
If that’s not proof of how much many Israelis have been dehumanized by occupation and the propaganda of their leaders I don’t know what is.
According to a report in the Times of Israel, Yasser Abbas, the son of President Abbas, has said that “Israel is behaving like the Nazis and the IDF is a Nazi army.”
One of my very dear Jewish friends has been of that opinion for some time. Who? The anti-Zionist Dr. Hajo Meyer, the author of The End of Judaism: An Ethical Tradition Betrayed (by Zionism). He writes and speaks from the experience of having survived the Nazi holocaust in Auschwitz.
If the situation today was not so tragic the efforts of U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and his European counterparts to bring about a ceasefire would be hysterically funny. They know what they should do – draft a binding UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate end to the fighting and stating that rejection of the resolution would be punished with sanctions.
But they also know that in line with America’s policy of preventing the Zionist state from being called and held to account for its crimes, President Obama would order such a resolution to be vetoed.
In my opinion there is one thing Kerry could do to shake up and possibly change the dynamics of what is happening. He could resign and say in his resignation statement that it was impossible to pursue a foreign policy that served the best interests of all concerned, American interests especially, because of the stranglehold the Zionist lobby and its mad, so-called Christian fundamentalist allies have on Congress.
I think it is not impossible that such a thought has crossed Kerry’s mind but, of course, he won’t resign.
From the incredibly self-righteous statements made by Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor after the Security Council’s pathetic call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire we know what Israel really wants. Prosor said Israel was “tired of the vilification of the only democracy in the Middle East” and that it was really very simple. “If there’s quiet in Israel there will be quiet in Gaza,” he added. In other words, Israel wants a “quiet” occupation. No resistance from the occupied and oppressed Palestinians. They must surrender, peacefully, to Zionism’s will. And if they don’t they will be killed.
When those who defend Israel’s actions with the statement that “We withdrew from Gaza years ago and look what happened,” the best response is, I think, something like the following. “Cut the bullshit. The siege of the Gaza Strip is occupation by remote control.”