Israel - Canada
This will be my last and possibly most controversial posting on Israel's Gaza misadventure. I have tried to be fair while presenting a different perspective on the conflict.
Israeli Deaths 67 - Palestinians 2,192 (children 519)
I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The Jews will fight with you, and you will be given victory over them so that a stone will say, 'O Muslim! There is a Jew behind me; kill him!'"
Since the beginning of Israel's Gaza misadventure anti-Semitism has increased dramatically, even in Western Europe where demonstrators in Britain and France openly called for “Death to the Jews” and carried placards which read "Hitler you were right!”
I am surprise that the leader of ISIS and of the new Caliphate who has called on all Muslims to rise up against the infidels until all the world is that of Allah has not used this opportunity to remind the believers of their sacred duty to kill Jews wherever they find them, with perhaps a rallying cry of "Remember the children of Gaza."
Many Jews were saved during the last Holocaust because people believed they were innocent of the crimes they were accused of by the NAZIs. The crimes against humanity the world has witnessed in Gaza may well result in not only the rocks of Islamic scriptures refusing to shelter Jews in peril when the Call comes to fulfill the Prophet's prophecy.
The Canadian Jewish Congress and leaders of all three of Canada's main political parties, with Harper and his Foreign Minister being the most vocal, have, in effect, denied that it is a crime for the Israelis to kill bystanders, including children out of fear that the other will commit an even greater transgression against humanity.
Ordinary, decent people know better, and it is ordinary people who will decide the fate of the cripplingly outnumbered Jews. Ordinary, decent people who are not consumed by a religious hatred of the other will forgive, but Israel has to make amends and soon, not only to save itself, but Jews everywhere.
Aug 4 - Israeli Deaths 67 - Palestinians 1,775 (children 320)
Ten dead in strike on school in new Gaza fighting, Reuters, Aug 3
Another school, more dead kids. This is not Israel killing its enemies, it is Israel committing suicide.
Aug 3 - Israeli Deaths 66 - Palestinians 1,650
Early in the conflict, when dead Palestinians numbered only 208, I wrote about women being instrumental in bringing Hamas to power. Now, except for mostly grand-mothers (it would seem) and the odd furtive figure in a tent-like full-body covering, young women and women in their prime, in pictures from the Gaza conflict, are seldom seen, not even at funerals or helping out as nurses in hospitals.
In electing Hamas, some women got more than they bargained for, a prison within the prison that is Gaza.
The hope for the people Gaza and Israel may now depend on women not seeing being confined to the home of their husband as Allah providing them with a sanctuary, but something else altogether* and breaking out of their private prison and demanding a State and freedom for all Palestinians.
* 24:31 And tell the believing women to cast down their eyes and guard their private parts and not show their finery, except the outward part of it. And let them drape their bosoms with their veils and not show their finery, except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, the sons of their husbands, their brothers, the sons of their brothers, the sons of their sisters, their women, their maid-servants, the men-followers who have no sexual desire, or infants who have no knowledge of women’s sexual parts yet. Let them, also, not stamp their feet, so that what they have concealed of their finery might be known. Repent to Allah, all of you, O believers, that perchance you may prosper.
July 31 - Israeli Deaths 59 - Palestinians 1,410
The Jews and the Muslims worship slightly different manifestation of the same God. The Jewish variation has no qualms about killing other people's children to get His way e.g. the Egyptian first-born in Exodus; the Islamic variation, its own and other people's e.g. Khidr and all the towns Allah obliterates in His Koran without any consideration for women and children.
Religion, to paraphrase Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg, can make good people do bad things. Of all the bad things religion makes good men do, killing children has to be the worst.
Both Netanyahu and the leadership of Hamas want the best for their constituency and both don't seem to care how many children have to die to achieve it, although Israel says it tries to avoid killing children with their bombs and shells, while Hamas, with its missiles, shows no such reticent about killing other people's children while inviting retaliation it knows will kill their own.
Victory in war tends to go to the most ruthless, or the one with the most cannon fodder. Hitler was the most ruthless, but cannon fodder eventually did him in
It does not look good for Israel and for Western Civilisation in the long run – and the long run is all that matters – if a majority of humanity cannot be convinced to stop emulating their gods and to re-discover their innate godless morality where killing or harming children, for whatever reason, is what evil people do.
See also: The Fragile Exception
July 30 - Israeli Deaths 59 - Palestinians 1,300+ (Children 200+)
Israeli strikes hit Gaza school, market killing at least 32 Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a U.N.-run school and another 17 near a street market on Wednesday
Associated Press, July 30
Twenty hostages from the forty “Jews and Communists” seized this week by German military authorities in Paris, will be shot in reprisal for the killing of a Nazi sentry on Sunday by an unidentified assailant.
Another twenty hostages will be executed if the persons who attacked the sentry are not captured before March 16, the Nazi officials stated.
VICHY March 3, 1942
The highest number of people executed by the NAZIs after one of their own was killed by the resistance is 5,000. Hitler wanted more people chosen at random to collectively pay with their lives for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Deputy Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, but cooler heads prevailed.
If you exclude the dead children and the method of execution, can Israel's collective punishment of Palestinian civilians be compared to that of the NAZIs?
The NAZI comparison is also applicable to Hamas whose rocket launches against civilian targets are reminiscent of Hitler's V-1 and V-2 attacks on European cites. What if one of Hamas' rockets hits a crowded movie theater in Israel or another crowded venue, as a V-2 did after the liberation of the Belgium city of Antwerp.
… a searing white light flashed across the auditorium as a V-2 blew through the roof. The warhead detonated in the mezzanine with a roar audible on the Scheldt, "spewing up the inside", as a witness reported. In an instant the huge screen pitched forward, and the balcony and the ceiling plummeted onto the patrons seated on the main floor.
Two hundred rescuers toiled for a week with cranes, bulldozers and acetylene torches. One crew freed a GI who had been trapped for hours, Yank reported: "When he stumbled out, he held two dead children in his arms. A Red Cross worker tried to take them away from him, but he savagely refused … he had been sitting next to their mother whose head had been blown off."
Recovery teams ultimately retrieved 567 bodies.
Rick Atkinson, The Guns at Last Light - The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 [Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2013]
July 29 - Israeli Deaths 55 - Palestinians 1,110
It's a trifecta for the Canadian Jewish Congress. Yesterday, the NDP's Foreign Affairs' critic Paul Dewar declared that her Majesty's Loyal Opposition also supports what Israel is doing in Gaza i.e. defending itself.
With Harper, Trudeau and now Mulcair expressing their support of Israel's assault on Gaza, who will speak for the 60 percent of Canadians who, in a poll conducted by the BBC World Attitudes Survey disagree, and that was before the devastation and the death and maiming of so many children.
July 27 - Israeli Deaths 44 - Palestinians 1,000+
Unless Israel, the country, is peacefully dismantled as advocated by Jews United Against Zionism, the next war could be the war of annihilation to secure the Promised Land whose borders include Gaza and the West Bank that Stephen Harper and like-minded Evangelicals have been longing for.
The Bible predicts a win for Israel. It will be a short-lived triumph, for the Almighty, according to the Book of Revelation, will use this victory to start the countdown that will bring an end to His Creation.
The Koran says that it will be a Muslim victory over the Jews which will start the clock ticking towards Judgement Day.
If either of these rapidly self-fulfilling damning sacrosanct prophecies is correct, genocide in that unholiest of holy lands is not that far off.
The Jews don't have the numbers, or, I believe the heart – what Israel is doing in Gaza today notwithstanding – to commit genocide on the scale demanded by their God before the Promised Land is theirs, and theirs alone.
The Muslims, on the other hand, have the overwhelming numbers, the example of their warrior Prophet, and after this latest debacle in Gaza with so many dead and mutilated children, I believe they will be more than ready to do their God's dirty work.
July 26 - Israeli Deaths 40 - Palestinians 985
The full devastation of the assault on Gaza came into focus on Saturday morning as a 12-hour humanitarian truce between Israel and Hamas allowed for the discovery of the bodies of at least 85 Palestinians bodies beneath the war-torn coastal enclave's rubble.
The Telegraph, July 26.
Israel may cannot recover from the death and destruction it has caused this time around. It's over.
July 25 - Israeli Deaths 32 - Palestinians 800+ (children 180+)
Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800, Reuters, July 25
A simple UN resolution calling for both sides to refrain from exposing children to death from exploding shells, bombs and missiles might have a better chance of saving lives now and in the long term. Might even be a resolution that Hamas and Israel could agree too and the Harper government could support.
July 24 - Israeli Deaths 32 - Palestinians 736* (children 165+)
* Does not include an Associated Press report that a United Nations Refugee Agency school has been hit by Israeli tank shells killing at least 15 people.
Sohrab spent time in a prison where every morning he was woken up by the shrieking sound of a child in pain. He would learn later that the child in pain was the warden's own. Every morning the warden's wife would bring him their baby boy which he would unmercifully pinch then bring the wailing child next to the microphone in his office for all to hear over the prison's loudspeakers. He did this, Sohrab told me, to toughen his child against adversities to come.
Israel should be wary of the traumatized children who survive their brutality for, when they grow up, they will be both fearless and merciless.
July 23 - Israeli Deaths 29 - Palestinians 600+
Israeli strikes have killed at least 13 women and children in Gaza, bringing the death toll to over 600, medics said, as the Israeli army announced the deaths of two more soldiers in the two-week conflict. RTE News, July 22
Yesterday, in Ottawa, people marched in protest against Israel's "military actions in Gaza". They were joined by a group of Jews known as Jews United against Zionism who called for the peaceful dismantling of Israel as a political state.
"For 66 years this illegitimate state has brought death and suffering to Arab and Jew alike," said Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss of New York. "We must rally together and condemn this current attack against the Palestinian nation." Huff Post, July 23
The solution to preventing another holocaust may be a third Diaspora. It is, I admit a drastic solution, but a State which to survive, to paraphrase the late Golda Meir, must kill another nations' children, is inviting retaliation on a Biblical scale, not unlike what Joshua did to the Amorites.
I stopped caring for Israel when it decided that, if children had to die to prolong its survival, so be it. But that does not mean I have stopped loving the Jews. I do, and it's not because we owe them so much that has nothing to do with religion. To paraphrase Churchill, "Never in the field of human
In joining with Jews United against Zionism in calling for the peaceful dismantling of Israel as a political state, I do it to save a people I love.
July 21 - Israeli Deaths 25 - Palestinians 565
Stephen Harper is accused of being shallow on foreign issues, especially with his single-minded support of Israel. But on the crisis in Gaza ... the fact have shown that he and John Baird were correct. Tandt, the Ottawa Citizen, July 21
It was said of Arafat, that he never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity, and those opportunities were to make peace. The same can now be said of Netanyahu.
The so-called Hebron clan, whose actions the Hamas leadership could not foresee, let alone control, any more than Netanyahu could stop the burning alive of a Palestinian youth by a cabal of ultra-orthodox Jews in retaliation for the murder, by the clan, of three of their own young co-religionists gave the Jewish Prime Minister his opportunity.
It the spirit of Arafat, who did not care for peace with Israel while pretending otherwise, Netanyahu used the unfortunate deaths to disrupt a peace process which, if successful, would have put an end to an expansionist Jewish state, its most visible manifestation being the illegal settlements.
The Hamas leadership wanted a change in the status quo for which it was ready to make significant concessions, agreeing, before the exchange of missiles and bombs "to the three conditions the international community had set for engagement with Hamas: recognition of Israel, abidance by previous diplomatic agreements, and renunciation of violence (What drove Hamas to take on Israel? BBC July 18)".
What it got, was an invasion with a massive loss of life among Palestinians and, as reported by the BBC, an increase in the number of Palestinians who would rather die fighting their oppressor than continue living under the brutal conditions imposed by Israel. This ill-considered military offensive against a trapped population could signal the beginning of the end of a Jewish presence in Palestine, and that would be more than unfortunate.
July 20 - Israeli Deaths 5 - Palestinians 400
Fighting intensified and casualties mounted Sunday … The fiercest shelling struck the eastern neighborhoods of Gaza City, where 50 civilians were killed … local reports described the scene as a massacre Los Angeles Time, July 20
On Saturday, Prime Minister Harper had another chat with Netanyahu during which he again assured his counterpart that Canada stood "steadfastly in support" of what Israel is doing in Gaza i.e. defending itself.
The Prime Minister's Office also said “the leaders discussed the need to make every effort to minimize civilian casualties.” Perhaps, but the PMO did not offer a single quote from the Prime Minister's conversation about his caring for the loss of civilian lives, including a reported 70 children so far.
July 19 - Israeli Deaths 2 - Palestinians 332
As mentioned earlier, it is only a matter of time before ISIS shows up with its own brand of collective punishment. It will not be a good day for Israel if the response from alienated supporters of its right to exist is "they had it coming".
Restraint in dealing with a weakened Hamas because of the collateral damage of its moral right to exist was what was called for, not a military campaign defined by a callous disregard for the loss of innocent lives.
July 18 - Israeli Deaths 2 - Palestinians 265
Hamas is a relatively benign foe as it has demonstrated with its inability to inflict serious damage on Israel. ISIS is not, and it's coming; only the West Bank Palestinians and Jordan stand in their way. Israel may soon rue the day it became obsessed with Hamas instead of seeking a compromise with the Palestinians after Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas found common ground in the face of the greater danger. People will remember what they did in Gaza when ISIS comes calling with real missiles, and then what will they do.
July 17 - Israeli Deaths 1 - Palestinians 220
John Baird, Marc Garneau to attend Israel support rally in Ottawa 'Their presence and their support are appreciated by the Jewish community,' says local organizer.
CBC News, Jul 16
Four Palestinian children ranging in age from 9 to 11 were killed by a shell fired from an Israeli warship. Israel again blames Hamas for causing their death, claiming they were human shields.
Even if you believe that the children were invited by Hamas to play next to a rocket launcher in plain view on a beach – a rocket launcher which they obviously could not have operated – the fact that there was no adult casualties implies that they were killed for the sake of destroying an alleged rocket launcher for a rocket that had a near zero chance of hitting a target in Israel.
You now have to consider that the Israelis deliberately targeted the children to make Hamas look like the villain here, that they have no regards for civilian casualties, even children. This has been the official line since the beginning of the Israel offensive (and in passing, of the Canadian government which has gone out of its way to encourage Israel in its murderous enterprise). This killing, in particular, raises serious doubts about other Israeli claims of Hamas using women and children as human shields.
Golda Meir said that she hated the Palestinians not because they were Palestinians but because they forced her to kill their children. No one forced whoever gave the order to fire on children playing on a Gaza beach. If it's any consolation for the parents, their death from a well-aimed shell must have been instantaneous.
July 16 - Israeli Deaths 1 - Palestinians 208
Israel pounds Gaza with air strikes, hits homes of Hamas leaders ... Israel told tens of thousands of residents of the northern town of Beit Lahiya and the Zeitoun and Shijaiyah neighbourhoods of Gaza City, all near the border with Israel, to evacuate their homes by 8 a.m. Wednesday … On Wednesday morning, hundreds of residents of Zeitoun and Shijaiyah were seen walking in the streets, carrying small bags with belongings. Older children carried smaller ones, in their arms or on their backs. Some of the women and children cried, looking terrified.
Associated Press, July 16, 2014
Olivia Ward in Why women put their faith in Hamas, in the July 2006 issue of Chatelaine, wrote about how Palestinian women were instrumental in voting Hamas into power in an effort to rid themselves of a corrupt PLO, which Israel was instrumental in making overlord of Gaza when it granted Arafat safe passage.
It is sad to see that it is women and children who are now bearing the brunt of an occupying force's assault on their home, when all they wanted was a better future for their families.
July 15 - Israeli Deaths 0 - Palestinians 185
Today, Baird's office repeated Canada’s view that the Hamas attacks are unacceptable, and called on them to stop. Quoting Canada's bombastic Minister of Foreign Affairs: “Canada believes that Israel has every right to defend itself, by itself, from such belligerent acts of terrorism.”
The Israeli bombing of civilians is a repeat of an old crime, possibly the first act of terrorism in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
On April 8  soldiers of the Irgun and the Stern Gang seized Deir Yassin despite Haganah's advice that the place had little strategic value. After overcoming the resistance of a band of Arab soldiers, the Jewish terrorists entered the town and carried a savage massacre; a Red Cross representative who visited Deir Yassin on April 10 found and found 254 civilians, men, women and children dead … the damage was done, and the Jewish moral position irreparably stained by the crime.
Robert Silverberg, If I Forget Thee O Jerusalem, Pyramid Books, 1972
Israel needs to recapture the moral high ground if it is to survive. Blowing civilians to bits, the strategy championed by the Canadian Prime Minister and his foreign minister, is not the way to do this.
July 13 - Israeli Deaths 0 - Palestinians 165
Harper accuses Hamas of using human shields ... calls on all nations to support Israel
Canadian Press, July 13
The following dialogue, where the character Worf is harshly reprimanded by captain Sisko for putting children at risk, will be familiar with fans of Deep Space 9:
Sisko: You fired at something you hadn't identified. You made a military decision to protect your ship and crew, but you're a Starfleet officer, Worf. We don't put civilians at risk or even potentially at risk to save ourselves. Sometimes that means we lose the battle and sometimes our lives. But if you can't make that choice, then you can't wear that uniform.
Worf: Yes, sir.
Sisko: At ease, Commander. Now, all that being true, the reality is no harm has been done. There are no dead children on your conscience. You got lucky.
Harper and Netanyahu would never have made it as Starfleet officers, and as human beings, leave a lot to be desired.
July 12 - Israeli Deaths 0 - Palestinians 120
Israeli airstrikes hit mosque Gaza death toll rises to 120
CBC News, July 12
Baird attacks UN for Israeli criticism... Baird says there can't be any "moral equivalence" between a democratic state like Israel and Hamas, which he calls a listed terrorist organization with a blatant disregard for human life.
Brampton Guardian, July 12
July 10 - A moral right to exist in jeopardy.
Palestinian death toll 74, officials say as Israel's rocket shield holds ... Eight Palestinian family members, including five children, were killed in an early morning air strike.
Reuters, July 10
According to the BBC World Attitudes Survey, about 60% of Canadians have a negative view of Israel, which is very much in keeping with the international consensus.
Globe and Mail reader's comment
A legal right to exist is no protection for a country in Israel's position, if it loses the support of enough fair-minded people of the moral right to exist.