Gaza Strip Called a ‘Slaughter of Innocents’

Gaza Strip

Gaza Strip casualties were called a ‘Slaughter of Innocents,’ by Henry Siegman, president of the U.S./Middle East Project. Siegman’s father was a leader in the European Zionist movement that brought on the re-establishment of Israel.  In a Democracy Now interview, Siegman discusses in-depth  Zionists pursuing their goals for Israel and its effect on Palestinians.

Originally Palestine was a sovereign state, until the Zionist movement forced them off of their lands. In the years since the Six-Day War in 1967, Palestine and Israel have had many conflicts over Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.

Before 1948, Palestine was 10,000 square miles in area, and was home to Christians, Arabs and Jews. It was bordered by the Jordan River, Egypt, the Mediterranean Sea, Lebanon and Syria. European Zionists pushed for a Jewish State, claiming the land originally was promised to them by God and they wanted to take it back. They succeeded and in 1967 they officially occupied Gaza, displacing 700,000 Palestinians. In 2005 Israeli troops and settlements withdrew from the area, yet Gaza is still controlled by Israel.

Gaza and the West Bank are completely surrounded by Israel. Siegman feels that Palestinians have a right to want more land, and to control their own affairs without interference from Israel.  He said Israel feels they have the right to control the Palestinians and that they are indignant at Palestine’s desire to resist and revolt against them.  Henry Siegman considers Hamas a legitimate political party and says he understands them being angry at what he called a ‘slaughter of innocents’ in the Gaza Strip. The  American government’s official stance classifies Hamas as a terrorist group.

In the past few weeks, 120,000 Palestinians have become refugees. Israel, with the support of the U.S government, is still bombing Gaza, and several attempts at a cease-fire have fallen apart. Siegman spoke of the political implications of this conflict, calling it “disastrous.” When asked what Israel’s objectives of the current assault on Gaza were, he spoke of the sentiment that Israel feels threatened by surrounding countries and has to defend itself. Siegman described Israel’s current attacks on the Gaza Strip as a humanitarian crisis. He feels that even though Gazans may live on what Israel considers its land Gazans have a right to safe living conditions.

Siegman spoke of living in Nazi Germany, and the series of events that got him and his family out of the country. He discussed his opinion of how the citizens of Germany, though they were not evil themselves allowed the ‘evil’ that was happening to Jews at that time. He compared it to the Israeli public looking on at the bombing of Gaza and feels they turn a blind eye and elect officials who support IsraeI’s bombing of  Palestine.

Siegman is actively involved with Palestine, and has stressed that Palestine organize nonviolent protests that assert their right to a two state solution. He feels that Israelis would look at Palestinians in a different light if Palestine took that approach. There is a growing movement of Palestinians who support this idea.

Henry Siegman condemned what he called a ‘slaughter of innocents’ in the Gaza Strip. He said that if Palestine organized a movement and implemented policies of non-violent protest, then Israelis would see that there can be peace, and perhaps the fighting would end.

By Adrianne Hill

Sources:
Al Jazeerah.info
Democracy Now
Democracy Now-2nd Interview
Ebscohost

8 Responses to "Gaza Strip Called a ‘Slaughter of Innocents’"

  1. Emil   August 5, 2014 at 9:28 am

    To say “Originally Palestine was a sovereign state, until the Zionist movement forced them off of their lands.” is totally not true. Palestine has never been a state, let alone sovereign. It is a geographical name like Asia or Europe. Please learn history before writing a misleading article.

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  2. Joshie   August 5, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I would agree that Hamas has almost total disregard for the people of Gaza, and by shooting rockets at Israel, in pursuit of their own goals, and disregarding the consequences of commencing a war, are almost entirely responsible for “slaughtering their own innocent” people. The whole thing is tragic, and a horrific abuse of responsible leadership.

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    • dasan   August 5, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      how can you see it this way? its like some idiot school shooter would shoot at the police from the shelter of babies and swat would just send an airstrike to kill them all?
      sounds like nazi…

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  3. Joshie   August 5, 2014 at 7:50 am

    And once upon a time, Texas belonged to Mexico (until the US annexed it). Should we give Texas back to Mexico? Make the illegal US occupiers leave, you say? I suppose most of France used to belong to England too … maybe we should ask the French should leave? lol – author should study history.

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    • dasan   August 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      you should study history too my friend, as even ther “book” says they took it from someone… and US belongs to natives.. but the fact is – earth belongs to us and these are our kids that are being burned to death not “their”.. and israel only appeared after ww2 and occupied more n more..

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  4. herbert a. martello   August 5, 2014 at 6:22 am

    PEACE AT LAST Israel’s strategy is basically defensive and playing ping pong with their adversaries will never achieve a lasting durable peace. Despite the honorable intentions of Israel’s moral army, the overwhelming firepower of the Israeli military will result in much collateral damage whereby many innocent non-combatants become casualties. In all this carnage will be bred an army of leaders and jihadists sworn to destroy Israel. In 1521 Machiavelli advised the PRINCE in his book THE ART OF WARFARE that if war became necessary the goal to be achieved would be victory. Once victorious he advised to take whatever steps necessary whereby the enemy at some later date could not seek vengeance. If this outcome cannot be achieved then Israel can never be secure. And will face recurring confrontations with an ever determined enemy possessing increasingly devastating weapons. Ultimately one side or both sides will be destroyed and finally a durable peace will prevail in the Middle East. In the most recent confrontation Israel is reluctant to subdue the enemy in a meaningful way electing to play push button warfare.

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  5. jose d. martinez   August 4, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    just think, if not for the iron dome,over 3,500 rockets would have killed innocent Israeli’s.but that is not the case.hamas makes out like they are some kind of hero’s.but the blood this man talks about is on their hands.hey henry,you really spout off some big noise,try your luck with hamas,it seems you like them and their rockets.

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    • AnthonyNotDumb   August 5, 2014 at 7:05 am

      You are incredibly misinformed, Jose D. Martinez. Believe it or not, Israel greatly inflates the effectiveness and utility of the iron dome. The studies and reports have already been published you’re just too ignorant to have checked. The iron dome shoots down minimal rockets and is not even totally effective at shooting down the rockets it does chase. Missile defense systems are bogus if thought to be 100% effective – see Reagan’s failed “Star Wars” project. THE FACT of the matter is that the rockets are incredibly ineffective weapons and for the most part land in uninhabited areas and do not harm Israelis. You’re a victim of propaganda and have much to learn regarding international security and foreign affairs. Hopefully you’ll have a chance to attend a proper university to rectify these short comings.

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