Palestinian People Victims of Israeli Genocide


President Mahmoud Abbas’s declaration that his Palestinian people are the victims of “genocide” at the hands of the Israeli military has caused a global uproar this week. After the President’s address at the United Nations, furious Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu is already on his way to appear before the U.N. on a mission to defend his people and refute what he says are lies directed at his country.

Such an accusation is not to be taken lightly. Defined as the deliberate murder of large masses of people, especially those of particular nationality or ethnicity, there are many who would argue that genocide is a very appropriate term for the crisis in Palestine, especially in the Gaza Strip.

The most recent conflict in Gaza claimed the lives of over 2,100 Palestinians in just 50 days. Even though Israel’s Operation “Protective Edge” was launched to combat Hamas fighters that were firing rockets across the border from within Gaza, the excessive tally of civilian deaths drew international condemnation.

This is not unusual when it comes to Israel’s history of acting with exceptional aggression against its neighbor. In the Gaza War of 2008-09 over 1,000 civilians were killed. Operation “Pillar of Defense” claimed 167 lives in 2012, more than half of which were civilians. In these conflicts and almost every previous clash between Israel and Palestine, the vast majority of the casualties are Palestinian civilians.

Netanyahu could be forgiven for defending his country against claims of genocide if it was not for the fact that he continues to show a reckless disregard for the lives of the Palestinian people who reside within Gaza, people who often become innocent victims every time Israel launches a new campaign. Over 1.8 million people call Gaza home, a total of over 4,500 for every square kilometer. While it is true that Israel began Operation Protective Edge to combat Hamas, the sheer number of people packed into the Gaza Strip make it seem almost impossible that Netanyahu’s fighter planes would be able to bomb anything without hitting dozens of civilians.

Perhaps most troubling of all is Netanyahu’s dispute of the U.N.’s total of 1,462 civilian casualties who died in Operation Protective Edge. According to the President’s figures his forces killed around 1,000 terrorists, which would suggest that the civilian death toll was much less. Whether he believes this or Netanyahu is simply lying to protect himself, the fact of the matter is that he has shown far more emotion over being labelled “genocidal” than he ever has about the thousands of Palestinian civilians who have died throughout his many years as Israel’s president.

While it is not surprising to learn that Netanyahu does not care about Palestinians, he should at least be expected to pretend he does. Even the United States, which has blundered its way through several wars in the Middle-East, knows when to say sorry for accidentally killing civilians. But not only is the Israeli military apparently free from such constraints, Netanyahu seems quite content to let them bomb Gaza and kill hundreds of civilians every time a new militant extremist group such as Hamas appears. So Abbas cannot be blamed if he suggests that the killing of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip is, in fact, deliberate.

Perhaps the most frightening evidence is the world’s routine and well-rehearsed reaction to the most recent conflict in the Gaza Strip and its unsurprising lack of any real plan to stop the violence. The United States, as usual, called for both sides to exercise restraint. As always, non-profit organizations rallied to the cause and Muslims and Jews around the world took to the internet to voice their opinions. Eventually the violence gave way to a fragile peace and negotiations began again.

But Operation Protective Edge still left 1,462 civilians dead and already the world seems to have forgotten. Compare this to the tragedy of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, which transported the world into a state of shock in just a few hours and helped to create a global war on terrorism that has lasted 13 years. In the hours following the attack, Queen Elizabeth, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope John Paul II all sent personal messages to Former U.S. President George Bush and his American people.

Which suggests that the world has grown used to violence between Israel and Palestine and has become desensitized to large numbers of civilian deaths in Gaza. While this does not officially prove that Israel is committing genocide against its Palestinian neighbor, it does show that innocent people in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank have been dying for so long that the western world is no longer surprised.

It appears that Abbas does not need to look very far to find an overwhelming amount of evidence that his Palestinian people are victims at the hands of an Israeli genocide. And while Netanyahu flies angrily towards New York where he will no doubt deliver a passionate and well-rehearsed account of Israeli morality and Palestinian evil, innocent civilians will continue to die in the Gaza Strip. While the U.N. may yet decide that Abbas is out-of-order and that his accusations must be withdrawn, there is no changing the fact that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will remain the victims of a very real and very obvious war crime.

Opinion by Mathew Channer

Washington Post
National Post

10 Responses to "Palestinian People Victims of Israeli Genocide"

  1. kisswood   September 30, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Its true its genocide, the star of David is the new Swastika.

    You only have read how Israel blockades Gaza no different to the ghettos in Germany before the war. How just recently that Israel is annexing new lands to build on.

    I like to quote
    Netanyahu: quote

    “They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can because somebody said, and I mean, it’s gruesome, but they use telegenically-dead Palestinians for their cause. They want– the more dead the better.”

    No different then using the photos and crimes of the holocaust. I would say.

    Genocide has been on the minds of very one, no one dares to say it, its time to speak up and say it, or the world will pay a price for not doing anything about it just like what happen in beginning of ww2 .

  2. Anon   September 30, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Anonymously corrupted and bias news reporter who probably skipped out on his flight. NO thank you to this article. Genocide is not welcome for the jews nor should it be welcome for the palestinians. Resolve your crisis pleeease.

  3. lifer99   September 29, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I am happy that he Torah supports the concept of justice as measure-for-measure retribution. Also, that forgiveness of your neighbor’s sins against your is a core Jewish belief. Forgiveness and justice.
    Leviticus: You shall neither take revenge from nor bear a grudge against the members of your people; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

    יח. לֹא תִקֹּם וְלֹא תִטֹּר אֶת בְּנֵי עַמֶּךָ וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ אֲנִי יְהוָֹה:

  4. Curatica   September 29, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Jewish big mouths spewing hasbara all over the place.

    But child murderers and their acolytes have no moral standings in a normal world.

  5. Rob   September 28, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    You’re not touching the statistics of who died. There’s a bit of a gender and age gap.Mind you, the Americans do this same trick in reverse, They count civilians as militants in drone attacks. Here, you have most deaths in gaza being predominantly young men of fighting age, being labeled civilians. Am I unaware of some kind of demographic of Gaza having more young men in those 4500 per sq km than women, children, or elderly? Because if you tell me that something like ~50% of people who die in attacks tended to be 20-30 year old men, I’m going to question calling them just civilians.

  6. DThomas   September 28, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Will somebody please explain how it is possible for a population which has been increasing exponentially for half a century and more can also, somehow, be undergoing any form of “genocide”?

  7. Rosanne Smithe   September 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Any time Arabs lose a war of their own making, it’s “genocide”

  8. Your Car Doctor (@thecarshrink)   September 28, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Mr Channer with your twisted logic the Allies should have been charged for aggression against Germany in WW2! The day the PA and Hamas accepts Israels right to exist and stop lobbing thousands of rockets is the day peace starts. Israel is the only country to give up land areas almost as large as its whole country for peace, filled with Gas and Oil I might add! See the 1979 Israel / Egypt peace treaty for this proof of this. So settlements is not the issue.

    It is obvious that the PLO and Hamas has finally won the PR war. The proof is articles like this prove that terrorism works and what is morally right does not matter. “Hitler is a defender of the German people rights, why is England and the US tormenting the German people” that would be your title Mr Matthew Channer!

    Every innocent victim of this past war is due to the Hamas’s decision to not try and make a deal but keep using the deaths of their citizens to their true goal; the destruction of Israel. Bravo sir just keep in mind, when the extremist come for you and your family, you should just talk to them I’m sure they will be open to a rational discussion.

    Israel needs a partner in peace and when there is a true partner they will give up land and do what needs to be done. It has happened in the past and will happen when Hamas and the PA know that the world does not buy their BS. This article proves you bought it, so the bad child is rewarded. It is sad for the innocent people caught in the middle and you are partially to blame for it!

  9. foobar   September 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    191,000 dead in the Syria
    31,000 dead in the Libya
    174,000 to 500,000 deaths in Iraq

    These are the estimates of dead from the various wars in the Middle East. If anything the small number of Palestinians dead shows the great care Israel took to defend itself.

    • Rob   September 28, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      2100 in 2 month of fighting. Iraq war was what, 9 years? 2100×6= 12,600 in one year, and 113,400 in 9 years. So yea. Not care. No different.


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