"Ceasefire now! Stop the genocide in Gaza!"
Yes. That is the anguished humanitarian cry of many of my progressive acquaintances.
But no. This slogan is in fact a dangerous lie. An invention by radical Hamas terrorists to cover their tracks and continue the REAL genocide. The genocide the Arab world has been committing against the Jewish people all over the middle east for generations. One which Adolf Hitler began in the middle east during World War II with the help of Muslims in Jerusalem itself.(See link below.)
And which continued in its fullest expression in the GENOCIDAL assaults of Oct. 7 by Hamas against unarmed men, women, and children.
But what Israel is now doing in Gaza ... while it is certainly tragic and maybe even excessive ... is NOT genocide. And it is both dangerous and foolish to label it so.
To understand this requires us to examine the origins of the concept of GENOCIDE. The word originated in the wake of the extermination camps of World War II. To bring true justice against the perpetrators of war crimes the word "genocide" was defined as state organized deliberate destruction of an entire culture or race.
Nazi officials were convicted of these specific crimes. And we were all asked to hold these crimes ... and their evil nature ... in our hearts forever. Not just to protect Jews. But because the DELIBERATE murder of a people is a uniquely evil offense. Thus GENOCIDE was a unique term for an unspeakable evil.
In contrast the western allies who fought to free Germany and all of Europe were never accused of genocide against Germans, even though they chose as a military expedient to carpet bomb ... completely destroy ... dozens of German cities. It is estimated that millions of German civilians were killed, injured, and made homeless by these attacks. And the allies were certainly criticized for excessive force!
But no one called it genocide. It wasn't. These terrible bombings were considered then AND now by historians as the cruel necessities of a purely defensive modern war to save the world from an unspeakable tyrant. And from an entire nation, Germany, that one man had weaponized into a massive murder and enslavement machine. Yes. Plenty of innocent civilians died in the smoking ruins of Berlin and a hundred other cities. Most were the same innocent civilians who had happily joined the war in 1940 eager for vengeance and victory. Many were fresh from sending their sons off to the fight ....and reporting their Jewish neighbors to the gestapo.
And many were also fierce enemies of Hitler.
Those deaths were a tragedy.
But no one called these deaths... then or now ... a genocide. It was instead judged correctly as the ugly necessity of fighting a modern industrial war against an enemy determined to murder and enslave an entire continent.
This is the fight the Israeli army is doing now.
Still confused? Let me spell it out for you.
Hamas is the official government of Gaza. Its very constitution describes the purpose of its existence:
The destruction of Israel and death of all Jews.
Their goal ... like that of the Nazis ... is clear.
And Hamas has told us all Repeatedly:
Give them a ceasefire now and they will go back to murdering Jews. Like Adolf Hitler told them to. Like they have been doing for nearly 20 years.
Murdering Jews. Committing Genocide.
They will NEVER stop. Unless they are dead.
So I say to my former progressive acquaintances:
I will stand with the people of Israel. And I will stand with my dear new friends in Gaza. I will cry their tears. I will take their dear little children into my arms.
Palestinian. Jew. Arab. Syrian. Yemeni. Tigrayan. Somalian. Millions of the dying all over the Islamic world. Indeed I do every day. I will take them in my arms. Millions of dark skinned Muslims no one has ever bothered to care about on your radical campuses America.
And with them I will hold my adorable children of Gaza.
But one thing I will NOT do is confuse who are the perpetrators of GENOCIDE in the middle east.
When Muslim armies killed
200 000 innocent Muslims in Yemen
500 000 innocent Muslims in Syria.
Tens of thousands of Muslims in Iraq
Thousands in Iran.
And hundreds of thousands throughout the Sahel.
No one screamed "Genocide" and no one marched in the streets to protest the loss of SO MANY CITIES full of innocents in 2013 til now!
That's because the Hamas propaganda machine wasn't enrolled full time in calling the appropriate Israeli defense against this highly organized attempted genocide of the Jewish people a "GENOCIDE" in Gaza.
I say to my progressive acquaintances: feel free to protest the terrible death toll in Gaza. Even though ...unlike me ... you have been silent for the murder of millions and millions of Muslims. Feel free to call for a peaceful solution in Palestine. But don't become a mouthpiece for Nazi evil By calling this tragedy in Gaza a GENOCIDE.
If you really want to stand against the genocide in the middle east right now ...
Stand with me. And the peoples of Israel and Palestine. Stand with us against HAMAS and its genocidal evil. Stand with us against the Islamic tyrannies that murder millions.
Stand with Zion.
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