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What if the Children Dying in Gaza Were Jews?

Let’s do a thought experiment and imagine that the Arabs had gotten the better of the Israelis in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War and after years of conflict, all that was left of Israel was the Gaza strip.

Assume for a moment that instead of Palestinians, over 1.8 million Jews were crammed into the 11 mile Gaza strip and the state of Palestine, subsidized and supported by a superpower, was administering the calories to the Jews in Gaza, keeping them to a limit of 2,300 a day.

Imagine that instead of Palestinian children, it was Jewish children living under a Palestinian embargo that denied them toys, books, music and until a few years ago, even pasta. How do you think the world would react? Imagine if it were Palestinian commandos who had assaulted a peaceful cargo ship attempting to break the embargo to bring supplies to Jews in Gaza, killing nine, including one American. Do you think 85 US Senators would have signed a letter supporting the embargo on Gaza and the deadly attack on the cargo ship if that ship had been on a humanatarian mission to help Jews in Gaza?

NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin reported first hand the death of four boys playing on the beach in Gaza. “The attack – and its heartrending aftermath – was witnessed by NBC News. Moments earlier, the boys were playing soccer with journalists on the beach. The four victims were named as Ahed Atef Bakr and Zakaria Ahed Bakr, both 10 years old, Mohamed Ramez Bakr, 11, and Ismael Mohamed Bakr, 9.” Ayman Mohyeldin, who is Egyptian-American, was later ordered by NBC to leave Gaza.

Glenn Greenwald reported that, “numerous NBC employees, including some of the network’s highest-profile stars, were…indignant,” and that Mohyeldin had been removed from Gaza allegedly due to pressure from Neo-con quarters which claimed Mohyeldin had been soft on Hamas.

It’s almost impossible to imagine that Mohyeldin would have been replaced if he had been reporting on the death of four Jewish youngsters at the hands of a Palestinian gunboat. What we see repeatedly in Gaza is how the media values Palestinian lives differently than Israeli ones.

The day after the attack, Samantha Power, US ambassador to the United Nations, began her comments this way:

“The United States is deeply concerned about the rocket attacks by Hamas and the dangerous escalation of hostilities in the region. In particular, we are concerned about the devastating impact of this crisis on both Israeli and Palestinian civilians.”

It’s unimaginable that if a Hamas rocket had landed in a park and killed four Israeli children that Ms. Power would have begun her remarks this way:

“The United States is deeply concerned about the Israeli incursion into Gaza and the dangerous escalation of hostilities in the region…”

Why is this inconceivable? Because Ms. Power and the government she represents support Israeli apartheid and simply do not value the lives of Palestinian children the same way they value the lives of Israeli children.

As reported by MSN, CNN reporter Diana Magnay was removed from Gaza because:

“Magnay was reporting live on the air as a group watched the Israeli bombardment of Gaza around her. After the report was over, she wrote on Twitter: ‘Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong.’ Scum.’ CNN said in a statement Friday that Magnay was referring specifically to those who threatened her. CNN said the network and Magnay are sorry if anyone was offended. The network said Magnay has been reassigned to Moscow.”

If the people on the hill above her had been Arabs cheering on a Palestinian artillery battery hammering Jews, would Ms. Magnay have been reassigned to Moscow for calling those who threatened her ‘scum’? Unlikely.

World renowned Israeli novelist Amos Oz, who supports the war calling it “justified, but excessive”, asked the following questions during an interview to explain why he supports the Israeli offensive:

QUESTION 1: What would you do if your neighbor across the street sits down on the balcony, puts his little boy on his lap, and starts shooting machine-gun fire into your nursery?

QUESTION 2: What would you do if your neighbor across the street digs a tunnel from his nursery to your nursery in order to blow up your home or in order to kidnap your family?

Maybe the question for Mr. Oz should be: What would you do if your entire neighborhood was forced to live in a giant outdoor prison where your children were denied books, toys and forced to live on a bare minimum of calories? Would you fight back? Would your rhetoric become extreme?

Over 400 hundred Palestinian children have been killed during the current fighting in Gaza, children who during their short lives had been denied the basic necessities for having committed the crime of being born in the land of their ancestors. No one had more of a right to live in Palestine than did those children, yet Bob Scheifer of CBS News said the following:

“In the Middle East, the Palestinian people find themselves in the grip of a terrorist group that has embarked on a strategy to get its own children killed in order to build sympathy for its cause – a strategy that might actually be working at least in some quarters.”

Scheifer can only blame the Palestinians for ‘provoking’ the IDF.

Of course in Europe, the coverage is somewhat more balanced, but Roger Cohen of the NY Times let’s us know what’s behind that. He begins by quoting poet James Lasdun, “There is something uncannily adaptive about anti-Semitism: the way it can hide, unsuspected, in the most progressive minds.” Then Cohen continues, “…the war has also suggested how the virulent anti-Israel sentiment now evident among the bien-pensant European left can create a climate that makes violent hatred of Jews permissible once again.” What Mr. Cohen is saying is that if one applies the full measure of moral outrage towards the Israeli slaughter of children, as the Europeans are doing and the Americans refuse to do, then you are toying with anti-Semitism of the National Socialist variety.

A good example of Cohen’s logic at work was when Jimmy Carter used the word ‘apartheid’ to describe the situation in Gaza and was branded “dangerous and anti-Semitic” for simply stating the obvious.

While there has been some limited criticism from the United States regarding the Israeli invasion, no one should doubt who is calling the shots in the US/Israeli relationship. During the last conflict in Gaza in 2009, Condolezza Rice was going to vote for a UN resolution calling for a cease fire but Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert would have nothing of it. He explained what happened in a speech:

“When we saw that the secretary of state, for reasons we did not really understand, wanted to vote in favour of the UN resolution … I looked for President Bush and they told me he was in Philadelphia making a speech. I said, ‘I don’t care. I have to talk to him now’. They got him off the podium, brought him to another room and I spoke to him. I told him, ‘You can’t vote in favour of this resolution.’ He said, ‘Listen, I don’t know about it, I didn’t see it, I’m not familiar with the phrasing.’ He gave an order to the secretary of state and she did not vote in favour of it – a resolution she cooked up, phrased, organised and maneuvered for. She was left pretty shamed and abstained on a resolution she arranged.”

Who decides when a child deserves books, toys, and pasta or is better served by an artillery barrage? Mr. Netanyahu and his accomplices in the American government and media have no doubts about who deserves what.


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• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Gaza, Israel/Palestine 
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  1. @Svigor

    Are you still on your anti-black kick? Where you have to turn everyone’s
    blog post into your own little paranoid “Two Minutes of Hate”? You can’t
    even keep your bogus propaganda straight between posts on different sites.
    Was the Taco Bell burned down as you ay here, or had windows smashed?
    Which is it? Don’t you at least try to make your propaganda consistent across
    websites?

  2. Bobbala says:

    Obviously, there would be no hudna.

  3. The real question is who cares if Jews are killing Palestinians in Gaza? Given that Palestinians have cheered the attacks of 9/11, I say “Thank you” to the Jews for killing Palestinians and their children. Turnabout is fair play.

  4. If you vote for a government that campaigns on promises to lead you into a war you can’t win, and to get your children slaughtered for PR purposes, does that make you a war criminal?

  5. @Eliezer Ben Yehuda

    I challenge you to show me an operating Christian church in Gaza in 2014.

    Really quite sad, because the original INDIGENOUS people of Gaza were the Coptic-speaking Christians. They were genocided by a colonialist invasion of Muslim Arabic-speakers from Arabia.

    and that is a simple fact of history.

    And…..?

    Shall we presume your meaning to be “Therefore, based on historical analysis and an absolute requirement that history should and must be replicated wherever possible, the Israelis should commit genocide against Gaza and the West Bank.”

    Right?

    Clear as a bell.

  6. >> the Israelis should commit genocide against Gaza and the West Bank

    na…. it means that nobody except Coptic-speakers have the moral right to maintain an independent national jurisdiction in Gaza.

    I guess you’re just ok with the suppression of self-determination for Copts, Berbers, – and of course…. Hebrews.

    Arabic jurisdiction in Gaza, in Judea and Samaria… is fated to go where Arabic jurisdiction in “Al Andalus” went….. back where it came from: Arabia.

  7. The Z Blog › The Protocols of the Unz Review says:Website

    […] thing you see with the Israel-bashers is an obsession with civilian deaths in the territories. This is a good example Unz published […]

  8. Et si à Gaza les enfants palestiniens étaient Juifs? » Le blog de Chérif Abdedaïm says:Website

    […] *http://www.unz.com/rbonomo/what-if-the-children-dying-in-gaza-were-jews/ […]

  9. I researched your “bare minimum of calories” trope and it turned out to be nonsense. In fact, they’re getting more calories than my doctor recommends I eat.

  10. @Ozymandias

    I researched your “bare minimum of calories” trope and it turned out to be nonsense. In fact, they’re getting more calories than my doctor recommends I eat.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/2-279-calories-per-person-how-israel-made-sure-gaza-didn-t-starve.premium-1.470419

    Yup, 2279 calories per each per day should be enough. Of course, if the official population estimate is not quite the actual population, things might thin out a bit. But, oh yeah, fer sher, how veddy veddy veddy civilized of Israel.

    Jesus H. Christ, you calumnious caltrop, where in the HELL does Israel get to the right to decide how many calories are allotted to ANYBODY, ANYWHERE?

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  12. @John Jeremiah Smith

    “…where in the HELL does Israel get to the right to decide how many calories are allotted to ANYBODY, ANYWHERE?”

    Well I suppose it’s based on the fact that they’re the ones feeding them. The calorie count is to insure that they’re getting enough; precisely the opposite of how said count was presented in the article.

    When the Israelis left Gaza, the Palestinians dismantled the food production facilities left behind. Nose, spite, face.

  13. @Yitzhak Yergacheff

    When organized Jewry in the West begins to defend the US and Europe against non-White immigration/invasions, I’ll believe you and give a damn about Israel. Until then, not so much.

    Do you really think we’re that stupid?

  14. Linda says:

    If they were Jewish children?

    It wouldn’t be Jewish children because they have parents who are smart enough to take their children to shelter after reading “WE WILL BOMB HERE” flyers dropped prior to bombs falling.

  15. Slam dunk by the author. What if, indeed! But look at all the Mossad-funded Hillel students spamming this blog with their oh-poor wittle Is-rye-ell nonsense.

  16. R Daneel says:

    The strawmen are thick in this “article”. More anti-Semitism defined.

    The real question is what would happen to Gaza should they stop firing rockets into Israel? Lay down their arms? Would Israel continue the offensive? Or would it be like before the 1st Intifada with Palestinians working everyday in Israel and an open border?

    Hmm? Try that gedanken work.

  17. The Israeli soldier is aiming his rifle neither at the mother nor at the children in that photo. The gun is clearly pointed past both. The only reason the gun is up at all is because the soldier is wary that the mother might be a bomb-mom a la the Tsarnaev gals. How stupid do you think your readers are that they can’t tell where a gun is pointing in a photo?

    The fact that children have gotten killed in Gaza is almost entirely due to their cynical use by Hamas as propaganda especially appealing to the sentimental Western left in general and the anti-Semitic paleocons in America (left meets right!).

    Let’s talk about stolen land. Palestine was a part of the Byzantine Empire and was nearly wholly Christian (except for a significant Jewish population in Galilee and elsewhere) until the Muslim Arabs swept through during the early seventh century. The immediate and continuing aim of the series of Islamic regimes was to destroy Christian civilization in the Holy Land (the deliberate destruction of all Christian monuments) and to drive Christians either into extinction or assimilation via conversion encouraged by confiscatory taxes and other forms of discrimination. The Islamic drive to exterminate the remaining Christian cultures in the Holy Land continues to this day.

    The Israelis are standing up against history’s only successful totalitarian culture: Islam. Wherever Muslims rule, there has been the complete obliteration of the civilizations that went before. Where, today, are Babylon, Ctesiphon, Carthage, Constantinople, and even Alexandria? It’s disgusting that paleocons, who claim to honor tradition, actually support tradition’s annihilation.

  18. TR says:Website

    @Rolf

    Israel is deliberately slaughtering children in Gaza and trying, and failing, to blame it on Hamas firing totally ineffective rockets “toward” Israel and “at” Israel, none of which have caused any damage or death in Israel. The only jews killed by Hamas rockets and mortars were three jews camped out illegally on Palestinian land, a fate they deserved for attempting to steal land that belongs to the Palestinians. This criminal assault by Israel is not a war, it is instead the intentional murder of unarmed and helpless civilians trapped in Gaza by the Israeli blockade. Israel and it’s murderous leaders like Nastyahu need to be hauled kicking and screaming before the ICC and charged with genocide, ethnic cleansing and war crimes. I have DEMANDED that my representative in congress end all financial and military assistance to Israel or face removal from office. My extended family, friends and associates all agree that America should cut all ties with Israel and join the international community of civilized nations in condemning Israel, imposing an arms embargo on Israel, demand that Israel surrender it’s nuclear arsenal, seize Israeli assets worldwide to compensate the Palestinians and immediately arrest Nastyahu the moment he steps outside of Israel. As an apartheid state, Israel should be dissolved and all the jews in Israel shipped back to where they came from in Europe. Unfortunately, Europe would not want these jews, nor would any other nation on the planet, so let them wander around on leaky boats in the middle of the ocean until they starve or resort to cannibalizing each other, a fate they deserve.

  19. Peregrin says:

    @John Jeremiah Smith

    Probably the same place Michele Obama gets the right to tell our children how many calories they may consume at lunch. A 6’4″ teenage boy is given the same number of calories as a petite 4’11″ girl.

  20. “What if the children dying in Gaza were Jews” is a good question. But I’d also ask, what if Jews hijacked airliners (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawson's_Field_hijackings)? What if Jews lost a war and continued fighting, out of uniform, taking aim at civilians in restaurants, buses, stores, airports? What if Jews took over southern Lebanon, terrorizing the local population, to use it a springboard for further attacks? What if Jews had been on the United Nations’ dole for the last 66 years and still not gotten their act together? What if the Jews had 20 independent countries to themselves, but insisted on destroying the world’s one Arab country? What if…?

  21. What if the children dying in Gaza had parents who weren’t willing to sacrifice them to Hamas’s PR campaign? Now wouldn’t that be something.

  22. I’m loving @TR’s hilarious parody of Unz Review anti-Semitism.

    But he forgot the part about using the blood of dead Gazan children to make matzoh.

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