When confused Israeli blogger Yochanan Gordon yesterday maundered about a “permissible genocide” in Gaza and The Times of Israel posted this lunacy (but fortunately retracted it afterwards), it came to my mind that abused children likely abuse when adults and in power. This does not necessarily apply solely to sexual abuse. Questionable social behavior, to a large extent due to childhood abuse, is passed down over generations.
After former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ranted about Israel to be
wiped eliminated off the map from the pages of history, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to succeed in wiping Palestine off map. When Arabs and, in particular, Hamas have long called to drive Israel into the sea, recent moves by the IDF in Operation Protective Edge seem to effectively round up the surviving Gazans. While besieged Gaza has long been called “an open air prison”, and has inappropriately even been compared with the Warsaw ghetto, the whole disproportionate IDF operation with its apparent targeting cvilians, mainly children and women, has undeniable similarities with what had happened 71 years ago in then Nazi occupied Poland.
And now Yochanan Gordon. Two years ago, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the infamous Wannsee Conference, Netanyahu had stressed that “Israel has the right, duty and capability to prevent the elimination of the Jewish people and the Jewish State.” But this way?2 August 2014 @ 4:25 pm.
Update August 10, 2014.
A blogger has notified me that Yonachan Gordan is not an Israeli blogger but rather a U.S. citizen. Does it matter? Well, I suppose, no. Neither in Israel nor in the U.S. he would face prosecution for “hate speech” or public incitement, which is more or less protected in the latter by its First Amendment,
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
This did not apply, by the way, to American citizen and Muslim hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki who had unconstitutionally been killed in a drone strike ordered by President Obama in 2011 in Yemen. Yonachan Gordon is not expected to undergo such a cruelty in any case. And in Israel? Well, some people there believe that the destruction of entire Gaza is permitted by Israeli law. Apparently among them is prime minister Netanjahu.
The UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Resolution 260 (III) of 9 December 1948, see [pdf], is far more explicit here.