It reminds a lot of Jews, including me, of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Between 1940 when it was established and mid-1942 when the uprising started the 1,125 calories a day allocation caused over 1/5th of the population of the Warsaw Ghetto to starve to death. When the first uprising happened the Germans killed another 10% of the population within 3 months are exported the remaining population to death camps.
In Gaza the death toll from multiple uprisings is around 1/4%. The starvation is not remotely similar. It is an obscenity to compare the Warsaw Ghetto to If you are a Jew, you ought to be ashamed of yourself for saying something like that.
I read Emanuel Ringelblum's Warsaw Ghetto diaries, and I read the Amnesty International reports of Israeli human rights abuses. I read the accounts of how ambulances took pregnant Palestinian women to the border crossings, where the Israeli border guards forced them to get out and wait, until they delivered their babies at the crossing, where many of the children (and some of the mothers) died. I read a story of how a 50-year-old Palestinian man with a heart attack arrived at the border crossing, trying to get to an Israeli hospital, and the border guards wouldn't let him through, and he died. My father had a heart attack at the same age, he went to the hospital, and he lived another 20 years. I used to call the Israeli public relations office to verify these stories, and they simply lied. I saw many uncomfortable similarities between what I read in Ringelblum's diaries and what I read (and verified) in the Amnesty International report.
When I grew up, people used to say, "How could the world stand by silently when Jews were being killed?" Well, now you know. Palestinians are being killed, just as the world, including you, are standing by silently. I made a vow that if it ever happened again, I wouldn't stand by silently. That's why so many Jews led the opposition to the Vietnam war (and to every war).
If you are a Jew, or even if you're not, you should be ashamed to stand by silently while Palestinians are being killed.
Gaza is surrounded on all sides by a blockade which doesn't allow them to import or export any significant goods, or leave and come back to a university, for example.
Gaza has declared a state of war. The parent asserted that the Palestinians were interested in peace but the settlement enterprise prevented it. Gaza has no settlement enterprise.
I don't think Gaza declared a state of war, but I do know that immediately after -- at American and Israeli urging -- they had their elections, and Hamas won, the Israelis blockaded most of Gaza's imports and exports. There was no provocation. According to the Israelis themselves, they're deliberately keeping the Gazans in a state of "starvation." The doctors on the ground say that they're not getting enough food, medical supplies and other necessities. I remember Ringelblum saying that when the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto complained that they weren't allowed enough food, one of the arrogant Nazi officers said, "You Jews are very clever, you can smuggle in all the food you need." (The penalty for smuggling was death.) I saw the Israelis brag about the inadequate food they were supplying, and that's when the similarity to the Warsaw Ghetto became stark.
If that's true, then logically, the Israeli government is responsible for the illegal land grabs and killings by the settlers [in the West Bank], for example
I don't know how something that the operating government permits can be "illegal"
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. 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.
but of course the Israeli government is responsible for the settlement enterprise. The population of Israel are the ones doing it. Israeli infrastructure connects to it. Israel subsidies it. The Israeli army protects it. Who should be responsible the Martians?
Israel would also be responsible for the illegal killings of civilians during the Gaza wars, including the "white flag" incidents where Israeli soldiers killed Palestinians, including children, who came out carrying a white flag as ordered (documented in the Goldstone report)
Assuming this happened, which soldiers did it? To prosecute someone you need to prove their guilt. Some people tossed rocks and molotov cocktails at police during the St. Louis riots most weren't prosecuted because we don't know who did it.
I read the human rights groups' reports, and I call the Israeli government to find out their response. They have no response. They lie. There are videos of settlers attacking Palestinian farmers, with the Israeli soldiers standing by doing nothing, or chasing away the photographers, with identifiable faces, and the government refuses to prosecute the settlers. According to Amria Haas, a reporter for Haaretz, the IDF has global positioning satellite information on all their military operations. They know where every tank, and every soldier, was deployed. They claim that they talked to the soldiers, who denied they did anything wrong. So they know who the soldiers are.
Here's one of the best-documented cases. It was investigated and reported by B'Tselem, Amnesty International, the BBC, New York Times, and other media outlets. Samar was on television, in a hospital bed. This account is from the Goldstone report, which documents hundreds of such crimes. You can look it up yourself. I asked the Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer, about this case. He said the Palestinians were lying, they made it up.
773. At about 12.50 p.m., Khalid Abd Rabbo, his wife Kawthar, their three daughters, Souad (aged 9), Samar (aged 5) and Amal (aged 3), and his mother, Hajja Souad Abd Rabbo, stepped out of the house, all of them carrying white flags. Less than 10 metres from the door was a tank, turned towards their house. Two soldiers were sitting on top of it having a snack (one was eating chips, the other chocolate, according to one of the witnesses). The family stood still, waiting for orders from the soldiers as to what they should do, but none was given. Without warning, a third soldier emerged from inside the tank and started shooting at the three girls and then also at their grandmother. Several bullets hit Souad in the chest, Amal in the stomach and Samar in the back. Hajja Souad was hit in the lower back and in the left arm.
[The IDF refused to let an ambulance bring them to the hospital, so they walked. Amal and Souad died. Samar had a spinal injury and was left paraplegic for life. The Israeli government never investigated this event or prosecuted the soldier responsible.]
What's your excuse for the Israelis? How do you explain it away?
What's your excuse for standing by silently while the Israelis are killing 3- and 9-year-old girls?