There is a reason I have taken to labeling Israel ‘the Nazi Germany of the Near East.’ This is my choice, mind you, not that of the author I shall cite and quote. In this, his latest blog post, Sami Kishawi enumerates several ways that Israel demonstrates the exterminationist goals of Zionism upon the highly concentrated, captive population of Gaza. I call your attention to number 6:
6. Israel contends that Hamas forcibly puts Palestinian civilians in the line of fire, specifically by keeping them in buildings from which Hamas fighters operate. Although this has never once been supported with conclusive evidence, the Israeli government touts it as the primary reason for the high civilian death toll. But Palestinians rarely have any place to flee, especially when more than a third of the Gaza Strip falls under a military buffer that Israel strikes regularly and without warning. United Nations shelters are at maximum capacity and Israel has no qualms about attacking these buildings either, which is what happened on Thursday, July 24, killing at least 16 and injuring more than 200 in a United Nations school in Beit Hanoun. Palestinians who refuse to leave their homes or surrounding areas do not automatically become legitimate targets. As Mohammed Suliman said under intense shelling in Gaza City, “I look forward to surviving. If I don’t, remember that I wasn’t Hamas or a militant, nor was I used as a human shield. I was at home.”
Israel is very good at crafting its self-image of a moral state besieged by savages, a state which must take unfortunately harsh measures in order to defend itself against the ceaseless existential threat that surrounds it. Israel also benefits from the near-unanimous complicity of Western governments and their imperialistic corporate media organs. It’s a little depressing– or it would be depressing if not so expected– that a majority of Western citizens seems to have no problem buying this bullshit, perhaps because they are okay with the murderous status quo.
UPDATE: Go now and read Chris Floyd’s latest, where he properly excoriates our Liar-in-Chief for his bloodthirsty complicity in Israel’s continuing atrocities:
The narrative that dominates the Washington media and political discourse — “plucky Israel attacked without motive by demonic foes” — is, again, an obvious lie. But that has not stopped it from being repeated endlessly, all across the political spectrum and in every form of media, day after day after day.
It is impossible that Barack Obama does not know these undisputed facts. Standing at the apex of history’s most all-pervasive intelligence system — and receiving daily digests of news reports on volatile areas like the Middle East — he of all people knows that the Hamas rocket fire was a response to an Israeli military action, an Israeli violation of a long ceasefire.