When I grew up, people used to say, "How could the world stand by silently when Jews were being killed?"
I gave you the facts regarding the Holocaust comparison. You are simply ignoring them and responding with "bad stuff happened in both places". The Warsaw ghetto was part of a program that was almost uniquely bad. The Palestinians in Gaza are experiencing losing wars and on the scale of what happens to people who start wars with superior powers is rather humane. Both things are bad. But you simply lack any ability to make moral arguments when you sit there and lie about the facts via. making a comparison which is wholly inaccurate for shock value. If you have read about the holocaust you wouldn't be making the comparison.
As for the world, the world didn't stand by silently when the Jews were destroyed. The world protested mildly. The world wasn't going to do much about it but they certainly were willing to tsk-tsk Hitler and the Nazis over it. Which is the same thing that happens other minorities are destroyed.
The world tsk-tsked over Tibet.
The world tsk-tsked over the Guatemalan civil war.
The world tsk-tsks over North Korea.
The world tsk-tsked over East Timor.
and so on again and again and again.
Your little vow to never let it happen again to anyone was a total failure. But of course you don't give a crap about the victims or you would be focusing on things like North Korea. The issue is the perpetrators. It offends your moral sensibility to learn that when Judaism decided to stop being the ghost of Judea and return to being a living breathing nation it went back to farting, having bad breath and sneezing. "Oh it was so much more refined as a ghost". Nations are born in blood. Get over it. Israel will do what any nation does when its existence is threatened. Israel is not going to allow the Palestinians to establish a hostile state.
I've been to Israel. The Palestinians could make great Israelis. But they didn't go down the path of integration and instead have gone down the path of a century long struggle against the Jews losing war after war after war. After 1936-9 they should have just accepted defeat and admitted the new society arising in mandate Palestine was going to be Israel not Palestine and become part of it, the same way my great grandparents became part of America. But instead they keep fighting pointless in the name of their dead society. I don't like that they are destroying themselves by putting their hand and then arm over and over and over again into the blades of a lawnmower believing that somehow they will convince the lawnmower to give up. But I don't blame the lawnmower. The Greeks knew that the elpis (expectation of help from Zeus) was the worst of all tragedy to befall men. The Palestinians unfortunately believe that their situation will change magically rather than accepting that if they want to live in the Palestinian territory they will need to do so as Israelis.
I don't think Gaza declared a state of war,
Electing a party whose primary platform is "armed resistance" and then immediately engaging in it. Again you really need to work on your honesty.
I saw the Israelis brag about the inadequate food they were supplying
This is a lie. Israel restricts dual usage materials. Almost all usage is not dual usage.
After WWII, a movement of international lawyers -- led in large part by Jewish lawyers, motivated by the example of the Nazi crimes -- wrote a body of law to make these activities illegal. Those were codified in the Geneva Conventions and other international laws.
First off by definition a law requires an enforcing power. If a power is unable to enforce it has opinions it doesn’t make law.
Second your history is wrong. International agreements on peace became popular in response to the death toll in the Napoleonic wars. WWII’s death toll certainly shocked people but the 4th Geneva convention is not fundamentally different than the ones that went before it and before WWII in most respect.
Even the Israeli government's own lawyers, such as Theodor Meron, their chief legal counsel in 1967, said then and now that the settlements are illegal. Even the U.S. State Department considers them illegal.
They were illegal under Israeli law in 1967. They became Israeli policy in the early 1970s and thus became legal. The enforcing power changed its mind. The US State department considers them unhelpful not illegal. It has consistently refused to consider them illegal. Again you are making up facts.
What's your excuse for the Israelis? How do you explain it away?
My excuse for the Israelis? I thought you were an advocate for the Geneva convention which holds that people aren’t collectively guilty for the acts of individuals? Interesting so collective guilt should apply to Jews but not to Palestinians.
Of course the Israeli society is collectively oppressing the Palestinians because the Palestinians are collectively engaging in terrorism agains the Jews. My excuse is that Palestinians need to start obeying the laws of the country they live in. The Israelis do lots of bad things. But bad stuff happens to criminals everywhere. It is impossible to separate the Israeli behavior from the context of continuous criminality on the part of the Palestinians.
If the Palestinians want violent oppression to stop, they need to agree to create a context in which violent oppression is not a vital function of the state. And that means they need to genuinely come to terms with existence of Israel. The Palestinians prefer delusion to reality, because the reality that their nation died in 1936-9 is too hard to bear. They aren’t going to come to terms with the fact that they are an Israeli ethnicity and not a nation as long as people like you feed their delusions that the world will step in and resurrect Palestine from the dead. My excuse for the Israelis is that people like you create the violence by feeding Palestinian delusions.