Israel Murdered, Maimed Thousands Of Palestinian Civilians, Knowingly And Deliberately
22 June 2015
By Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank
A report issued Sunday by the Israeli occupation army on last
year's genocidal blitz in the Gaza Strip claimed that Israeli forces didn't
intentionally target Palestinian civilians.
The report, issued belatedly and scandalously fraught with half-truths,
selective data taken out of context and containing a preponderance of sheer
lies, seems to be intended to counter growing international convictions that
Israel did commit real war crimes and crimes against humanity during its 50-day
devastating aggression on Gaza last summer.
However, it seems that Israel's task of exonerating itself of manifestly damning
charges related to war crimes is not going to be easy.
Indeed, the irrefutable facts available to the UN, the Red Cross and other
neutral third parties should be sufficient to condemn and convict Israel as a
There are also thousands of testimonies by on-the-ground eyewitness who have
presented credible and honest narratives of the atrocities which killed and
maimed thousands of civilians including hundreds of children.
It is really hard to believe that thousands of civilians were killed
inadvertently or by mistake or as a result of collateral damage. Believing such
claims would be an insult to human intelligence.
True, Israel is constantly shielded from international condemnation, especially
punishment, by the United States, Israel's ultimate guardian-ally, as well as
the governments of Western Europe.
But in this age of open skies and internet, it is imperative for all honest men
and women around the world, irrespective of their religion or race, to expose
the brutal ugliness of this criminal entity called Israel. This is the very
least humanity should do on behalf of the helpless victims.
This is very crucial because Israel is convinced it is above the laws of man and
God and unbounded by the international norms.
And should the world, God forbid, continue to fail to call the spade a spade,
especially when the proverbial implement is seen in the hands of our
grave-diggers, and I am not speaking metaphorically, it should be a foregone
conclusion that Israel could or probably would eventually embark on the
unthinkable vis-à-vis its helpless victims.
I don't know for sure how the unthinkable would be played out on the ground.
However, 67 years of the Israeli experience should be more than sufficient to
invoke and remember Stalin and his Gulags, Hitler and his concentration camps,
Pol Pot and his genocidal crimes and Bashar El-Assad and his sectarian
Don't tell me Israel is too civilized and wouldn't indulge in the unthinkable.
The truth is that Israel would unhesitatingly embark on the unthinkable should
the humanity go into a brief moment of slumber.
Israel calculates that apart from a brief outburst of half-hearted denunciations
and some vociferous demonstrations in some western capitals, the world powers,
particularly the US, would just "let it pass" and probably content with issuing
indifferent calls on "all sides to exercise self-restraint."
I really don't know if the macabre Israeli calculations are accurate or not.
However, from our bitter experience with the West especially since the Second
World War, Israel seems ostensibly correct in its prognosis of western moral
Indeed, a West that is looking on rather passively as Assad with active support
from the Russians, the Iranians and Hizbullah is slaughtering hundreds of
thousands of Syrian civilians, is decidedly unlikely to experience an awakening
of moral conscience if and when the Israeli death machine gangs up on the
Israel is not Denmark or Sweden or even Britain. There is a definitely genocidal
mindset in Israel which millions of Europeans and North Americans cannot easily
detect due to many years of sustained brain-washing by Zionist-influenced or
Zionist controlled media in the West.
Several years ago, an Israeli settler leader named Daniela Weiss from a colony
in the northern West Bank delivered a hair-raising speech to dozens of fanatical
Gush Emunim settlers in Hebron.
In her brief tirade, the gung ho settler leader told the fanatical multitude
that the best way to deal with the Palestinians was the Joshua's way, an
allusion to Biblical massacres carried out by Biblical Israelites against
indigenous Canaanite tribes.
The speech, met with loud cheers, didn't raise many eyebrows in Israel, neither
in the media nor in the government.
Hence, the claim that Israelis or Jews wouldn't allow the government of Israel
to resort to genocide against the Palestinian is based more on wishful thinking
than on any convincing arguments.
Today, the Palestinian people owe their survival as a people to the good-will of
the international community.
But the continuity of this good-will cannot be taken for granted. This is why
humanity must remain vigilant because the Israeli snake is venomous and
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and current affairs
commentators living in occupied Palestine