Gaza compared to the Nazi Holocaust - by Islamo-Nazis!
For years Hamas has totally randomly rained rockets down on the civilians of Israel and their innocent children while the world's anti-Semitic media and apologists for terror kept quiet.
But, as soon as Israel launched action to take out Hamas' capability to attack, the world erupted in violent demonstrations, official condemnations, and even physical assaults on Jews and synagogues in countries outside Israel - including the United States. Pro-Hamas demonstrations encouraged extremists to take direct action against the nearest communal institutions, synagogues and Jewish passers-by. Their banners and invective degenerated into calls for violence against Jewish citizens, incitement 'to murder Jewish children worldwide' and these also came from Hamas senior officials, disseminated in Arabic and European translations on jihadist websites and Middle East satellite television. Calls for violence resulted in assaults in Metz, Toulon, Auber, the Paris and London suburbs, Brussels and Antwerp, Berlin and Frankfurt, Stockholm, Odense, and on the Volos synagogue in Greece!
In the usual disgusting denial and misappropriation of historical facts - common to Islamic revisionism - their international campaigns tried to compare Israel's attack on Hamas strongholds in Gaza to the Nazi Holocaust. Protestors in such major cities as London, Paris, Sydney and Los Angeles used images of Nazi death camps and swastikas to cast Israelis as Nazis and Gazans as Warsaw Ghetto victims. In attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions around the world a car rammed into a synagogue in France; a Chabad menorah and Jewish-owned shops were sprayed with swastikas in Belgium; a banner at an Australian rally demanded 'clean the earth from dirty Zionists!'; demonstrators in the Netherlands chanted 'Gas the Jews'; and in Florida, protestors demanding Jews 'Go back to the ovens!'
Survivors of the Holocaust say that this 'outrageous comparison exaggerates the truth and desecrates the memory of our loved ones who perished at the hands of the Nazis ... The memory of the Holocaust is being distorted in a deliberate campaign to deny Jews and the State of Israel both their past and their future,' said Rabbis Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Centre, and Abraham Cooper, the Centre's associate dean. 'We are deeply angered by the chants on the streets of our cities, 'Death to the Jews' and 'Jews to the ovens',' they said, adding, 'Those Muslim leaders who express concern over 'Islamophobia' should be the first to denounce the hateful rhetoric.'
Representing the survivors were Renee Firestone and Jack Lewin, who both survived Auschwitz. Firestone asked, 'Do the protesters know what happen to us in the Holocaust? I was 'only' in Auschwitz for 13 months and on many of those days they took 12,000 men women and children to gas chambers and murdered them. How dare they debase us and our loved ones this way!'
Another survivor, Dave Lux, said it is not Israel who is committing war crimes, but Hamas, who put innocent women and children in harm's way. 'I have a question,' said Lux, 'What if Hamas stopped using [Gazans] as human shields? Wouldn't that reduce the killing of civilians?'
'We're not going to allow lies to dictate what is happening in the Middle East,' said Rabbi Hier. 'What Israel is doing is what every single nation would do, including our great country.'
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre urged UN investigation into violations of international humanitarian law during the ongoing conflict - particularly investigation into Hamas' deployment of Human Shields:
'Any UN investigation of the current situation in Gaza must first focus on Hamas' use of human shields and the terrorist group's core strategy of systematically deploying rocket launchers and other military hardware in, under and around schools, mosques, homes and shopping areas,' urged Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a leading Jewish NGO. 'These Hamas tactics mock the foundations and substance of all international humanitarian law and are the main cause of unintended civilian casualties,' he added.
The Wiesenthal Centre's statement came in response to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay call in Geneva for an independent investigation of human rights violations in Gaza: 'As a first step, credible, independent and transparent investigations must be carried out to identify violations and establish responsibilities,' she told a special session of the UN Human Rights Council.
The session was convened at the urging of Egypt, on behalf of the Arab Group and the African Group, Pakistan, on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and Cuba, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement to address 'the grave violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including the recent aggression in the occupied Gaza Strip.'
'The UN Human Rights chief was quoted as saying that violations of international humanitarian law may constitute war crimes 'for which individual criminal responsibility may be invoked.' 'In our view, Hamas' leadership should be held accountable for targeting thousands of missiles and rockets against Israeli civilian communities and for systematically placing Gaza's civilian population in harm's way by launching such attacks from within civilian homes, schools and religious institutions,' Cooper concluded.
Muppets of the world fall for 'the CNN strategy'
The truth about the 'hundreds of Gaza 'civilians' killed?'
Hamas has even named its methods 'the CNN strategy' because decent people all over the world are naturally sickened by images of dead and injured children and will obviously react emotionally. As Alan Dershowitz reports: 'Rather than asking why these children are dying and who is to blame for putting them in harms way, the average viewer, regardless of their political or ideological perspective, wants to see the killing stopped. They blame those whose weapons directly caused the deaths, rather than those who provoked the violence by deliberately targeting civilians. They forget the usual rules of morality and law. For example, when a murderer takes a hostage and fires from behind his human shield, and a policeman, in an effort to stop the shooting accidentally kills the hostage, the law of every country holds the hostage taker guilty of murder even though the policeman fired the fatal shot. The same is true of the law of war. The use of human shields, in the way Hamas uses the civilian population of Gaza, is a war crime--as is its firing of rockets at Israeli civilians. Every human shield that is killed by Israeli self defense measures is the responsibility of Hamas, but you wouldn't know that from watching the media coverage ... The strategy is as simple as it is cynical: provoke Israel by playing Russian roulette with its children, firing rockets at kindergartens, playgrounds and hospitals; hide behind its own civilians when firing at Israeli civilians; refuse to build bunkers for its own civilians; have the TV cameras ready to transmit every image of dead Palestinians, especially children; exaggerate the number of civilians killed by including as 'children' Hamas fighters who are 16 or 17 years old and as 'women,' female terrorists. The CNN strategy seems to work better, at least in some parts of the world, against Israel that it would against other nations. There are many more protests--and fury--directed against Israel when it inadvertently kills fewer than 100 civilians in a just war of self defense, than against Arab and Muslim nations and groups that deliberately kill far more civilians for no legitimate reason. It isn't the nature of the victims, since more Arabs and Muslim civilians are killed every day in Africa and the Mid East by Arab and Muslim governments and groups with little or no protests. (For example, on the first day of Israel's ground attack, approximately 30 Palestinians, almost all Hamas combatants, were killed. On the same day an Islamic suicide bomber blew herself up in a mosque in Iraq, killing 40 innocent Muslims. No protests. Little media coverage). It isn't the nature of the killings, since Israel goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid killing civilians--if for no other reason than that it hurts their cause--while Hamas does everything in its power to force Israel to kill Palestinian civilians by firing its missiles from densely populated civilian areas and refusing to build shelters for its civilians. It isn't the nature of the conflict, because Israel is fighting a limited war of self defense designed to protect its own civilians from rocket attacks, while most of those killed by Arabs and Muslims are killed in genocidal and tribal warfare with no legitimate aim. The world simply doesn't seem to care when Arabs and Muslims kill large numbers of other Arabs and Muslims, but a qualitatively different standard seems to apply when the Jewish state kills even a relatively small number of Muslims and Arabs in a war of self defense. The international community doesn't even seem to care when Palestinian children are killed by rocket fire--unless it is from Israeli rockets. The day before the recent outbreak, Hamas fired an anti-personnel rocket at Israeli civilians but the rocket fell short of its target and killed two Palestinian girls. Yet there was virtually no coverage and absolutely no protests against these 'collateral' civilian deaths. Hamas refused to allow TV cameras to show these dead Palestinian children, who were killed by their own rockets. Nor have there been protests against the cold blooded murders by Hamas and its supporters of dozens of Palestinian civilians who allegedly 'collaborated' with Israel. Indeed Hamas and Fatah have killed far more Palestinian civilians over the past several years than have the Israeli, but you wouldn't know that from the media, the United Nations or protesters who focus selectively on only those deaths caused by Israeli military actions. The protestors who fill the streets of London, Paris and San Francisco were nowhere to be seen when hundreds of Jewish children were murdered by Palestinian terrorists over the years. Moreover, the number of civilians killed by Israel is almost always exaggerated. First, it widely assumed that if a victim is a 'child' or a 'woman', he or she is necessarily a civilian. Consider the following report in Thursday's NY Times: 'Hospital officials in Gaza said that of the more than 390 people killed by Israeli fighter planes since Saturday, 38 were children and 25 women.' Some of these children and women were certainly civilians but others were equally certainly combatants: Hamas often uses 14, 15, 16 and 17 year olds as well as women as terrorists. Israel is entitled, under international law, to treat these children and women as the combatants they have become. Hamas cannot, out of one side of its mouth, boast that it recruits children and women to become terrorists, and then, out of the other side of its mouth, complain when Israel takes them at their word. The media should look closely and critically at the number of claimed civilian victims before accepting self-serving and self-contradictory exaggerations.
By any objective count, the number of genuinely innocent civilians killed by the Israeli Air Force in Gaza is lower than the collateral deaths caused by any nation in a comparable situation. Hamas does everything in its power to provoke Israel into killing as many Palestinian civilians as possible, in order to generate condemnation against the Jewish state. They have gone so far as firing rockets from Palestinian schoolyards and hiding their terrorists in Palestinian maternity wards. Lest there be any doubt about the willingness of Hamas to expose their families to martyrdom, remember that the Hamas terrorist leader recently killed in an Israeli air attack sent his own son to be a suicide bomber and then refused to allow his family to leave their house even after learning that he and his house had been placed on the list of military targets.
Nor is this double standard - applied to Israel on the one hand, and Arab and Muslim nations and groups on the other hand - limited to the current situation in Gaza. It has provided an excuse for the international community to remain silent in the face of massive human rights violations including genocides perpetrated by Arabs and Muslims around the world for years. Many of those who protest Israeli self-defense actions remain silent in the face of real genocides--such as that in Darfur.
The reality is that the elected and de facto government of Gaza has declared war against Israel. Under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, they have committed an 'armed attack' against the Jewish state. The Hamas charter calls for Israel's total destruction. Under international law, Israel is entitled to take whatever military action is necessary to repel that attack and stop the rockets. It must seek to minimize civilian deaths consistent with the legitimate military goal, and it is doing precisely that, despite Hamas efforts to maximize civilian deaths on both sides.
The best outcome for purposes of producing peace would be the destruction or substantial weakening of Hamas, which rejects the two-state solution. Israel and the Palestinian Authority could then agree on a peace that would end both the Israeli occupation and the rocketing of Israeli civilians.' (Alan Dershowitz is a law professor at Harvard - his latest book is 'The Case Against Israel's Enemies'; Wiley, 2008)
'Mussolini' measures grow under anti-Semitic moves!
While Hamas feeds the media reports of hundreds of Gaza 'civilians' killed the truth is found to be very different. Dr. Reuven Erlich, Director of the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center in Herzlia, states that 412 armed Hamas forces have been among the overall loss of 550 killed, which is 75% of the total who are NOT civilians; in those 10 days 479 projectiles have been fired into Israel from Gaza, consisting of 350 rockets and 129 mortar shells - a reduction of 40%. He also warns of the need to consider Hamas' notoriety for intentionally planting its rocket and mortar launchers in densely populated areas with no regard for civilian life - in Israel or in Gaza. Conversely, Israel is the only nation he knows that alerts civilians before a planned strike in order to give them time to leave a targeted area.
While the international media will deliver any report that paints Israel in a bad light, when the IDF denied firing on a UN aid truck the 'attack' made international headlines. But it proved uncertain that it was an IDF tank shell that hit the aid truck and, in all probability, the aid workers were hit by Hamas gunfire. The original foreign press reports were based on UN sources, who later admitted that they were not sure in which direction the truck was headed when it was hit, and could also not say with certainty that tank shells were responsible. But foreign press reports claimed the dead Palestinian and two others were hit by tank shells while a MDA medic at the scene reported that soldiers in the field said Hamas snipers targeted the aid workers. A Jerusalem Post probe revealed that the two wounded Palestinians were being treated at Barzilai for gunshot wounds.
Media outlets, while distinguishing between Israeli civilian and military casualties, have failed to do the same on the Palestinian side and all Palestinian casualties are lumped together, irrespective of whether they are civilians or Hamas operatives. Coupled with Hamas' cynical ploy of fighting out of uniform disguised as innocent civilians deserving of protection (until they pull out guns or rush at IDF soldiers with suicide-bomber belts) the casualties are difficult to determine with total accuracy.
Video recording of Hamas firing rockets from a schoolyard during a three-hour humanitarian pause was repeated during another pause when they were recorded hitting a wall surrounding a kindergarten in Ashdod. This is consistent with their overall strategy of disguising themselves as civilians so that, even when taken out by IDF action, they will be added to the 'innocent civilian' list of casualties.
Israel's has shown incredible restraint as Hamas targeted civilian populations by firing nearly 9,000 rockets into Israel's cities and communities. When Israel left Gaza in 2005 as a goodwill gesture for peace, Hamas promptly and predictably proved their utter contempt for any peace process by responding with expanded terrorism. There is therefore no good reason for Israel to listen to the hypocrites of the world and their laughable appeals to Israel for 'proportionality,' 'restraint,' or a 'cease fire,' all of which will clearly only prolong Hamas-sponsored terrorism.
These rockets have rained down mainly on poor Jewish refugees living in southern Israel - more than 40 percent are Russian Jews who arrived in Israel over the last 15 years and have done absolutely nothing to deserve this hell. Where are the pleas of the West for these refugees?
The world-wide protests have little to do with the so-called 'disproportionality' of the Israeli response to Hamas rockets, or the resulting civilian casualties, but come from protesters who, even after the Holocaust, just can't bear the Jewish state having the same rights they so readily grant to other nations. These vile creatures insist Israel must take risks they would never dare ask of any other nation-state - risks that threaten its very survival - because they don't believe Israel should exist in the first place. How else can anyone explain the double-standard that is applied to the Gaza conflict, if not for a more insidious bias against the Jewish state?
In a letter to the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at the fascist call by Giancarlo Desiderati, head of Flaica-Uniti-Club Union (which apparently represents 8,000 Roman shop assistants) for a campaign 'to identify and boycott' Jewish-owned stores in Rome, as a response to the Israeli operation in Gaza. Samuels defined this campaign as 'a clear repetition of Benito Mussolini's measures under the anti-Semitic laws pronounced in Italy almost exactly seventy years ago.' The letter noted that 'Desiderati has already called for boycotts of Israel; now he declares a boycott of Italian Jewish-owned or managed shops as 'the logical next step'. He has added that a list of Jewish shops was being compiled, and 'a list of streets in which a majority of the shops were Jewish would serve people to avoid these streets when shopping'. He reportedly continued that, 'for 50 years, we have been concerned for the Jews because of what they suffered in the Holocaust, but now it is time to be concerned for the Palestinians who are the Jews of today.' What incredible ignorance!
The Centre called for 'the strongest condemnation by the Italian authorities and the prosecution of Desiderati - and the fascist Union that elected him - on grounds of incitement to racism, intimidation, threats to public order and justification of the Holocaust.' Samuels continued: 'We commend the gesture by the Mayor of Rome to visit the Jewish stores targeted by this 'Aryanization' campaign', while considering 'this initiative as an insufficient response'. The Centre also urged the Prime Minister 'to turn this scandal into a lesson on a dark chapter in Italy's history that must never recur ... The listing of Italian Jewish citizens for direct discrimination is the most chilling symptom of the transposition of the Hamas anti-Semitic terrorism agenda from Gaza to the soil of Europe. It must be expunged forcefully and immediately.'
In similar fashion, a diplomatic row erupted between Israel and the Vatican after Cardinal Renato Martino, the head of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace and a former 'Holy See' envoy to the United Nations, who said that Gazans were living in a 'big concentration camp' and criticised Israel for killing civilians who had taken shelter at a UN run school in Gaza [naturally he didn't mention the film which is available on the internet and shows terrorist rocket attacks from UN schools in the past!]
Following the story that Israel supposedly targeted a UN school in its battle against Hamas, journalist Joel Mowbray uncovered the disturbing fact that a UN agency responsible for schools operating in Gaza has a history of employing members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad! The United Nations then claimed to have instituted a screening process to control this problem, but Mowbray demonstrated that asking terrorists if they are terrorists is not an effective way of exposing terrorists. Mowbray concluded that, in all likelihood, Islamic terrorists are still on the United Nations payroll in Gaza and his investigative reporting adds credence to the contention that Islamic terrorists are using school facilities as military outposts.
In his remarks to the Italian website Il Sussidario, Cardinal Martino, one of the Pope's closest aides, said: 'Defenceless populations are always the ones who pay. Look at the conditions in Gaza: more and more, it resembles a big concentration camp.' He condemned Hamas's rocket attacks on Israel, saying they were 'not confetti' and that Israel 'certainly has the right to defend itself'. But he added: 'We need willingness from both parties because both are guilty. No one sees the interests of the other, only their own benefit. The consequences of this egoism is hatred for others, poverty and injustice. Those who pay are always the local people - just look at the conditions in Gaza.' He responded to Israeli protests by saying: 'They can say what they want. I say look at the conditions in which people live; conditions that run contrary to human dignity. What is happening in these days causes horror.'
It is also clear that Martino is entirely ignorant of:
1. the fact that international law is entirely on the side of Israel;
2. the artificial means by which the surrounding Muslim nations have maintained the conditions of the 'Palestinians' in order to foster the 'sympathy' of the world and dupe them into supporting their false cause;
3. the great compassion - and not 'hatred ... poverty and injustice' - that the majority of Israelis show towards the terrorists who seek to destroy them!
Israeli officials said that they were 'deeply shocked that a man of religion is using the vocabulary of Hamas propaganda'. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which monitors anti-Semitism and hunts down Nazi war criminals, said that Cardinal Martino had used the language of a 'Holocaust denier'.
In his annual speech to diplomats in the Vatican the Pope attempted to soften the dispute but, as usual, produced an unbalanced and hypocritical statement, claiming the war was 'provoking immense damage and suffering for the civilian populations [of Gaza and Israel]' and urging 'the rejection of hatred, acts of provocation and the use of arms [adding] ... violence, wherever it comes from and whatever form it takes, must be firmly condemned ... military solution is never an option.' Apparently he is also wilfully ignorant of the long use of armed force to gain the papacy by 'Popes' of earlier centuries!
The row has brought to the surface festering tensions over a range of issues, including plans by the Pope to beatify Pope Pius XII, the wartime pontiff accused by critics of failing to speak out in defence of Jews during the Nazi Holocaust. The Vatican insists that Pius XII helped Jews while avoiding public statements that would have made matters worse, and has demanded the removal of a plaque attacking Pius XII at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. Benedict has more chance of being awarded the 'Iron Cross' for his Hitler Youth career than seeing Israel forget the evil anti-Semitism of Rome!
Vatican officials also charge Israel with failing to keep promises to ease travel restrictions on Arab-Catholic clergy and remove taxes on Church-owned property in the Holy Land. Diplomats said that, although plans for Pope Benedict's trip to Israel, Jordan and the West Bank in May were well advanced, they had now been put on hold. He had hoped to follow in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II, who in 2000 prayed at the Wailing Wall.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, the Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, said that Cardinal Martino's remarks were 'untrue, distort the memory of the Holocaust and are only used against Israel by terrorist organisations and Holocaust deniers ... the cardinal should know that however difficult conditions may be in Gaza, the one thing it surely is not is a concentration camp where Jews were brought to die by slave labour, starvation, or in most cases, burnt in the crematorium.'