The Gaza assault brings out the Jewish extremists - updated

The Gaza assault brings out the Jewish extremists

by Sheila Musaji

In every community, there are some bad apples.  The bad apples in the Muslim community get lots of press.  Those in other communities, not so much — in fact, many see Muslim bad apples as being the only kind of Muslims there are. 

The Jewish community also has bad apples.  We had previously noted some of these in the Jewish community in the article Jewish “Ahavah shel achvah” Brotherly Love is Difficult for Some to Attain, and sadly, a number of them are included in the TAM Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industry.  Individuals like Pamela Geller whose professed “love” for Muslims is expressed as pathological hatred use every opportunity to show their bigotry.  Those known bigots we expect to promote division and hatred (and we have resources to respond to their Islamophobia), some others who have spoken during this crisis are more of a surprise.

In this current Gaza assault, the bad apples in the Jewish community are becoming very vocal.  It seems that there are some individuals in the Jewish community who are more concerned with political expediency than with Judaism.  (Just as there are some in the Muslim community that are more concerned with political expediency than with Islam.)  Instead of saying NEVER AGAIN!, they are saying Never again (after just one more time).  Here are a few shameful examples:

Jeremy Sharon reports:

Rabbi Dov Lior, a national- religious leader and the chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba and Hebron, published a letter on Monday saying that Jewish law permits destroying the entire Gaza Strip to bring peace to the south of the country.

Lior said that he had received questions about whether Jewish law permits harming a civilian population not directly involved with the combatants.

He first cited the opinion of the Maharal of Prague, a renowned 16th-century rabbi, who wrote that a nation under attack can wage a fierce war against the assaulting nation, and that it is not obligated regarding the safety of people who are personally involved in hostilities.

“At a time of war, the nation under attack is allowed to punish the enemy population with measures it finds suitable, such as blocking supplies or electricity, as well as shelling the entire area according to the army minister’s judgment, and not to needlessly endanger soldiers but rather to take crushing deterring steps to exterminate the enemy,” Lior wrote.

Addressing the hostilities with Hamas, the rabbi continued to say that “in the case of Gaza, it would be permitted for the defense minister to even order the destruction of all of Gaza so that the South will no longer suffer and to prevent injury to our people, who have been suffering for so long from the enemies surrounding us.”

“Talk of humanitarianism and consideration are nothing when weighed against saving our brothers in the South and across the country and the restoration of quiet to our land,” he said.

Meretz chairwoman Zehava Gal-On condemned Lior’s comments and called on the attorney- general to open an investigation against him for incitement. ...

Hayes Brown reports Wall Street Journal Columnist Argues That There Are No Palestinian Civilians.  He reports that Thane Rosenbaum a professor at New York University’s School of Law, who recently wrote a book entitled “Payback: The Case for Revenge” wrote:

“The asymmetry is complicated even further by the status of these civilians.Under such maddening circumstances, are the adults, in a legal and moral sense, actual civilians? To qualify as a civilian one has to do more than simply look the part. How you came to find yourself in such a vulnerable state matters. After all, when everyone is wearing casual street clothing, civilian status is shared widely.”

And, further, he said: The people of Gaza overwhelmingly elected Hamas, a terrorist outfit dedicated to the destruction of Israel, as their designated representatives. Almost instantly Hamas began stockpiling weapons and using them against a more powerful foe with a solid track record of retaliation.What did Gazans think was going to happen? Surely they must have understood on election night that their lives would now be suspended in a state of utter chaos. ...

Matt Bruenig reports further on Rosenbaum Osama bin Laden in the Wall Street Journal in which he notes the clear parallel with the justifications previously used by the terrorist, OBL

Jon Snow reports that Gilad Sharon (the son of Ariel Sharon) said “We need to flatten entire neighbourhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too”.  An Israeli talking about use of atomic weapons is a concern, especially since Israel is the only country in the Middle East with atomic weapons. 

Jonathan Cook reported Calls for genocide enter Israeli mainstream in which he notes that Ayelet Shaked, of economics minister Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party said:

“They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists. They are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands. This also applies to the mothers of the dead terrorists. …  [The terrorists] are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”

Mordechai Kedar, a lecturer on Arabic literature at Bar Ilan University said:

“A terrorist, like those who kidnapped the boys [in the West Bank on June 12] and killed them, the only thing that will deter them, is if they know that either their sister or mother will be raped if they are caught. What can we do? This is the culture that we live in. “

  [Note: this is the same Mordechai Kedar who with David Yerushalmi published the infamous Shari’a and Violence in American Mosques report.  Read about it at Mapping Sharia Project Goes Beyond Islamophobia to Raving, Paranoid, In(SANE)ity!]

Moshe Feiglin, a deputy speaker of the Israeli parliament and a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party said:

“[Netanyahu] announces that Israel is about to attack military targets in their area and urges those who are not involved and do not wish to be harmed to leave immediately. Sinai is not far from Gaza and they can leave. This will be the limit of Israel’s humanitarian efforts. … All the military and infrastructural targets will be attacked with no consideration for ‘human shields’ or ‘environmental damage’. …  The IDF will conquer the entire Gaza, using all the means necessary to minimize any harm to our soldiers, with no other considerations. … The enemy population that is innocent of wrong-doing and separated itself from the armed terrorists will be treated in accordance with international law and will be allowed to leave. Israel will generously aid those who wish to leave.”

The Times of Israel reported that Feiglin also said:

“Attack the entire ‘target bank’ throughout Gaza with the IDF’s maximum force (and not a tiny fraction of it) with all the conventional means at its disposal. All the military and infrastructural targets will be attacked with no consideration for ‘human shields’ or ‘environmental damage’…. Subsequent to the elimination of terror from Gaza, it will become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews.”

The Times of Israel reported that Benjamin Netanyahu said:

“I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan.”

As Omid Safi noted about Netanyahu’s statement in the article Some truths you are not going to hear on American corporate media on #Gaza“West of River Jordan. That includes the West Bank [in addition to Gaza and the rest of historical Palestine/ “proper Israel”]. Yes, the same West Bank that is supposedly to be the heart of the future Palestinian state in the reported two-state solution. The same future Palestinian state that currently sits dotted with Jews-only settlements connected by Israeli only roads. The same site of the alleged future Palestinian state that in the years that the Israelis have dragged on the sham of the so-called peace process, they have more than doubled the number of illegal Jewish settlers in the Jews-only settlements on the West Bank.  Netanyahu is conveying his stance that they will never relinquish the land. - No Palestinian state. - No two-state solution.”

The Times of Israel reported that Ambassador Ron Dermer told a Christians United for Israel (CUNI) group that the “Israel Defense Force deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for showing unimaginable restraint.” and “Israeli soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live.”

This is the same Dermer who used the White House Iftar to send out an offensive tweet, and who then set up an #AskDermer hashtag to make himself available for a Q&A on the Gaza assault.  As I wrote #askDermer was a colossal social media #Hasbarafail.

Key points in these hateful statements — exterminate the enemy, destroy entire Gaza Strip, no civilians in Gaza, kill families and mothers of the enemy, rape the enemies sisters and mothers, Gaza will become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews, everything west of the River Jordan belongs to Israel — ought to shock all civilized people.  This is extremism and hate speech.

The Islamophobia of these folks is very real, it is also strikingly similar to a previous generations’ anti-Semitism, and it has predictable consequences

Muslim scholars have spoken out against holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.  Muslims, Christians, and Jews all need to remain aware and counter the arguments of those who promote anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Arabophobia, or any other such hatred.  We all need to speak out and tell individuals or groups promoting such hatred that they do not speak in our name.  We must find a way to coexist or we won’t exist.

UPDATE 8/1/2014

See my article Jewish Newspaper Articles Call for Murder/Genocide of Muslims/Arabs for full details of the saga of the Yochanan Gordon article “When Genocide is Permissible” in The Times of Israel and the Five Towns Jewish Times.  The article also discusses another article in the Times of Israel by Irwin E. Blank discussing and titled 1 Samuel 15:18  which is even more hateful and genocidal that the Gordon article.  He contends that Hamas is equivalent to the Amalekites of the Bible and that modern Israel should follow the example given in the Torah to destroy the Amalekites.