The Hamas terrorist organization (classified as such by the United States, the European Union, Canada, and Japan) and its supporters continue to refer to the horrific deaths in Gaza Strip as genocide. Genocide means “the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.” If true, Israel would not, as it has, continue to provide advance notice of the locations of specific bombings. If true, Israel would have carpet-bombed Palestine years ago. How simple a one-and-done solution would be.
Throwing the G-word around is dangerous. Like calling someone a Nazi just because it feels satisfying. It is very easy to type the word out on a keyboard, especially in this time of instant publishing and run-of-the-mill flaming. Words do not just have definitions, they have meaning and, as such, require respect. If not, they lose their meaning. On the other hand, in today’s politically correct environment, when its use is appropriate, one also needs the courage to use it.
The people of Rwanda know about genocide: The Hutu majority slaughtered 800,000 to one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus over the span of 100 days during 1994. That’s 8,000 to 10,000 human beings snuffed out every day. Hutus slaughtered up to 75 percent of the Tutsi population. Just because they could.
The Armenians of Turkey know about genocide: The systematic extermination of 1 million to 1.5 million human beings occurred at the hand of Turkey’s Ottoman government during World War I. The wholesale killings massacred Armenian men, women, children, seniors, and the sick, all of which were pushed into forced death marches in the Syrian desert. Deprived of food and water, the walking dead were then subjected to robbery, rape, and brutal forms of murder. That is genocide.
Speaking in June at the 11th National Conference of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, Jacqueline Murekatete recounted the slaughter of her family by the Hutu, her harrowing escape, and President Clinton’s decision to keep the United States away. Not a few hours later, the Obama administration refused to make 100 historic White House cables public – communiques which chronicle the discussions of policymakers from that time. At least one of those people are now senior with the Obama administration, National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
There is a great desire in the world community to see the militant Palestinians of the Gaza Strip become “moderate” so, facts be damned, it has become sort of politically incorrect to speak about such terrorists as “extreme.” Nevertheless, genocide is precisely what they have been openly wanting to do since early in the last century. This statement goes against what the State Department, the U.N., and cognoscenti try to convince us of — that various groups within the Gaza Strip have somehow become more moderate over the years, that “violence goes both ways,” and if Israel would only give over more concessions, then peace will finally prevail.
The question of why and motive is critical. If the motive of Palestinians has been to secure territory—and then exist peacefully as a neighbor to Israel—then some justification for this ongoing stream of violence might be rationalized and understood. However, if the motive for such murders is nothing more than to kill Jews, these are indeed the actions of genocide. There is no justification for intentional annihilation and the surrender of more territory will not end such hatred.
After more than a century of such killings, people other than Jews have inevitably been killed along the way. They died because they were in the wrong bus or the wrong night club at the wrong time. But the target is clear, if only because no Palestinian terrorist over all these years has tried to murder Israeli Arabs. (Israeli citizens who are not Jewish represent approximately 25 percent of that country’s population and 20 percent of the population of Israel are Arabs.)
Consider: Those 20 percent of Israelis who are Arabs are also members of Israel’s plebiscite – actual, voting citizens in the democracy that is the State of Israel. If militant Palestinians have a beef with Israelis then logic fails to offer a clue as to why 20 percent of that country’s people not targeted. If indeed it is the policies of Israel that Palestinians are so furious about, it stands to reason that the full spectrum of Israel’s voting and participatory citizens should be targeted. However, that is not the case.
If Palestinians are truly in conflict with Israelis, the various media of the Palestinian Authority would not be running cartoons of Israelis solely with side curls, beards, enormous noses, and yarmulkes. Terrorists of the Palestinian persuasion do not spray bullets at buses in Israeli-Arab towns. They do not trigger bombs in Israeli-Arab grocery stores nor do they abduct and then murder Israeli-Arab teenagers from hitchhiking posts.
Their goal is clear: Death to Jews. It is not about territory beyond the Gaza Strip, policies, or politics. It is about genocide.
Opinion By Gregory Baskin