Is The Israel Gaza Attack An Example of A Holocaust?

Tariq A Al-Maeena, writing in the Kuwait Times, argues Israel’s bombing of Gaza fits the definition of a “Holocaust” and cites a dictionary definition that claims a Holocaust occurs when “a very large amount of destruction, especially by fire or heat, or the killing of very large numbers of people.” The word “Holocaust” is generally used by historians to describe actions by a government to systematically kill every single member of a particular group regardless of where they are in the world. If we take the definition used by Maeena, then just about any “large” number of people killed could be termed a Holocaust. I have yet to see any Arab newspaper refer to the death of over 3,000,000 in the Congo or the murder of over 200,000 in Darfur or the killing of over 50,000 in Uganda by the Lord’s Resistance Army as examples of a Holocaust.

He argues “Palestinians are being killed like insects not because of Hamas or because of Qassam rockets or hand-thrown rocks. Palestinians burn and bleed because they are non-Jewish natives of that land. There is no other reason.” If Israel seeks to kill Muslims because they are Muslims, then why haven’t the one million Muslims in Israel been hunted down and killed? The GOVERNMENT of Gaza, which was elected by the people of Gaza, sent over 5,000 rockets into Israel. Let me make clear, I believe the Israel attack on Gaza was way out of proportion to the problem. I condemn the bombing of schools and killing of innocent Muslim civilians. However, there is NO Israel government program to kill each and every Muslim. Hogwash.

I agree with Maeena that Israel’s response was disproportionate to the issue of rocket attacks. I agree it has resulted in the death of innocent civilians. But, at no place in his article does Mr. Maeena make reference to the criminal actions of Hamas in placing weapons in schools or firing mortars from areas where there were many civilians.

I beg to differ with Mr. Maeena in his historical analysis of the land of Palestine. There has always been a significant Jewish population in the area. I believe the Ottoman Empire census of Jerusalem in 1896 revealed a majority of its inhabitants were Jewish. The Ottoman Empire encouraged Jews to settle in Palestine in the 1880s– prior to Zionism. Perhaps, he could explain why in 1948, Egypt took over the Sinai and Jordan seized the West Bank area– the Arabs did NOT establish a nation of Palestine.

Arabs would stand on higher moral ground if they would condemn the Arab Muslim slaughter of over 200,000 people in Darfur and the expulsion of over 600,000 from their lands. Why no concern for those people, Mr. Maeena? I do not see any mention of the 750,000 Jews forced to flee for their lives from Arab nations in the 1940s and 1950s.

Let me make clear, there is enough stupidity and disregard for people on both sides. The recent Israel attack is horrific and violates basic Jewish values. But, Arab Muslims who seek the high moral ground have to get around to condemning the slaughter of millions in the Congo and hundreds of thousands in Darfur. Would Mr. Maeena begin by employing the word “Holocaust” in reference to the Muslim Arab nation of Sudan’s policies in Darfur?

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  • 1

    Hey Jew!! Shut UP!!

  • 2

    Can you see The Map of Palestine and Israel from 1947 until 2009. From my point of view the map could explain how Israel with hatred kill Palestinian and banished them away from their own land without the right reasons.

    Thats what I called Holocaust!!! And That’s It. And that’s what I think Hamas was fighting for.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    The original UN partition plan gave Arab nations everything they NOW desire. Arab nations began the 1948 war, not the Jews in Palestine. In 2001, the Clinton mediated compromise gave Arafat 94% of what he asked for. Arafat rejected it. Those are FACTS.
    I suspect too many people will tell me to shut up who don’t have the slightest knowledge of the time period 1947-2009. I guess where ignorance is bliss….

  • single_fighter

    THE DOGS FROM ISRAEHELL

    “Oh, God! I have never seen such a terrible scene,” cried Kayed Abu Aukal.

    The emergency doctor could not believe himself seeing the remains of what was days back Shahd, a full-fleshed 4-year-old Palestinian girl.
    She died when an Israeli shell was fired at the backyard of her home in the Jabalya refugee camp northern Gaza strip, where she was playing.
    When her parents attempted to rush to the rescue of their kid, who fell to the ground amid a pool of her blood, rains of Israeli bullets kept them a distance.

    For the next five days Shahd’s which was left lying in the open left for dogs to tear out.
    “The dogs did leave one single part of the poor baby’s body intact,” said a tearful Abu Aukal.

    “We have seen heart-breaking scenes over the past 18 days. We picked up children whose bodies were torn or burnt, but nothing like this.”

    For five days Shahd’s brother, Matar, and cousin, Mohamed, tried in vain to reach her body. They were fired at by the Israeli occupation forces every time.
    Seeing the body of the little angel torn to piece by the assaulting dogs, the two made one final attempt, and it was their last.
    They were showered by Israeli bullets before they could reach Shahd’s body, joining a long list of more than 920 Palestinians killed by Israel since December 27.

    LORD OF THE DOGS

    Omran Zayda, a young neighbor, said the Israelis knew very well what they were doing.
    “They chased her family and prevented them from reaching to her body, knowing that the dogs would eat it,” he said.
    “They are not just killing our children, they are intentionally doing so in the most heinous and inhuman ways.”
    Zayda said words, and even cameras, can not describe the horrific scene.
    “You can never imagine what the dogs have done to her innocent body,” he said, fighting back his tears.

    Many Palestinians insist Shahd was not the first or only such case.
    In Jabalya, when Abd Rabu’s family was trying to bury three of its dead, the Israeli forces started firing at them, witnesses said.
    They then released their dogs at the bodies, deserted by mourners who sought shelter from the Israeli gunfire, they added.
    “What happened was awful and unthinkable,” Saad Abd Rabu, the deceased uncle, told IOL.
    “Our sons died before our eyes and we were even prevented from burying them,” he cried.
    “The Israelis just released their dogs at their bodies, as even they have not done enough.”

    (Gaza City – http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1231760488574&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout)

    ISRAEHELL GOD’S LOVE PALESTINIAN SO MUCH

    God’s chosen IsraeHell planning the slaughter of Lebanese (2006) and Palestinian again & again (2009).

    “It is permissible for Israel defense force to attack in the course of warfare a civilian population that is ostensibly innocent of wrongdoing. The law of Torah is to have no mercy upon them and save our civillians and our soldiers, and this is the true morality of the Torah of israel…”
    (Rabbi Dov Lior, Chairman of the Council of Rabbis of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, in “Settler Rabbi; Killing Civillians Permitted”, Forward, New York, 28th May 28 2004, p,,5)

    “And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them…” (Deuteronomy 7 : 16)

    “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail”.
    (Israeli Rabbi Yacoov Perrin (Daily News, New York, 28th February 1994, p,6)

    “Killing Palestinian is comand of God, don’t let anyone breathe, although man or woman, old man or children, human or animal, kill them all…!!!”
    (Deuteronomy 20:16-17 | Joshua 6:21 | Joshua : 10:28)

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    I have no doubt I could find similar remarks about killing every Jew in leading Muslim publications.
    There was no such thing as a nation named Palestine in the era you cite.In fact, there is no such thing as a nation of Palestine under the Ottoman empire, it was a province.
    Quoting a rabbi in order to prove the nation of Israel wants to kill all Muslims is ridiculous. What exactly has Hamas been saying for years?
    There is no doubt the Israel Army violated basic international procedures. Hamas also violated international procedures by firing weapons while civilians were all around. Let me make clear, the war crimes of Hamas does NOT excuse the war crimes of the Israel army.