Gaza Massacre: What’s missing?
by Michael Hoffman
Monday, January 12, 2009
This writer has the sorrowful distinction of having observed and reported more than twenty-six years’ worth of Israeli massacres of Arabs, beginning with Beirut in the summer of 1982, when Ariel Sharon’s military terror-bombed schools, hospitals, apartment blocs and nursing homes in an incredible orgy of violence. There were many more Israeli atrocities to follow: in Qana, Jenin, Gaza 2006, and of course carpet-bombing throughout Lebanon in 2007.
Then as now, an impotent Arab “street” along with leftist intellectuals and protesters in Europe, issued demands and furiously paraded with “smash Zionism” placards. The UN met in special session and “deplored” Israeli actions. Investigations were called for, and in Jenin, “war crimes investigations” were demanded, which, in the case of Jenin, were rebuffed by Shimon Peres, who defiantly declared, “No one judges Israel!”
As usual the Israelis in Gaza are taking a crap on an entire people, along with the infrastructure of Gaza’s government, housing, educational system and their fire-fighting and medical facilities. This is not just an attack on Hamas, but as we saw in Jenin, on the Palestinian people’s ability to govern, educate, house and protect themselves.
As always happens when these Talmudic war crimes transpire, Israeli hasbara (propaganda) operations go into high gear, and we are seeing the pattern repeat in Gaza now. Every single atrocity is explained away as either collateral damage or “terrorists using the civilian population as a shield.” By that standard the US government was “shielding itself” in the Twin Towers in New York City in September, 2001.