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US blocks peace in Gaza, supporting Israel’s genocidal war on civilians

The United States vetoed Gaza ceasefire proposals at the UN Security Council, while sending Israel more weapons. UN experts warn Israel is carrying out ethnic cleansing. An Israeli scholar of the Holocaust says Israel is guilty of “genocide” against Palestinians.

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While Israel indiscriminately bombs the Gaza strip, killing thousands of Palestinian civilians, the United States has blocked numerous ceasefire proposals at the United Nations Security Council.

Instead of supporting peace, Washington has sent more weapons and military aid to Israel.

Meanwhile, mainstream Western human rights organizations have clearly stated that Israel is carrying out rampant war crimes, wiping out entire families.

A top UN expert warned “that Palestinians are in grave danger of mass ethnic cleansing”.

An Israeli scholar who is a specialist in genocide and the history of the Nazi holocaust even published an article warning that Israel’s scorched-earth war on Gaza is “a textbook case of genocide”.

Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza – the world’s largest prison camp

Gaza is a small strip of land that is just 40 kilometers (25 miles) long. But with roughly 2.3 million people, it is one of the most densely populated areas on Earth.

Since 2007, Palestinians in Gaza have lived under a suffocating Israeli blockade. In 2011, UN experts emphasized that this blockade flagrantly violates international law. But Israel continued to impose it, controlling everything that goes in and out of Gaza.

Human Rights Watch stated in 2022 that Israel’s 15-year blockade had “devastated the economy in Gaza, contributed to fragmentation of the Palestinian people, and forms part of Israeli authorities’ crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution against millions of Palestinians”.

Israel had “turned Gaza into an open-air prison”, Human Rights Watch wrote.

Even the United Kingdom’s Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged the same back in 2010, insisting, “Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp”.

70% of the Palestinians killed by Israel’s bombing of Gaza are children and women

In response to an attack by Palestinian militants on 7 October, 2023, Israel tightened the blockade even further. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant declared, “I have ordered a complete siege on the Gaza Strip. There will be no electricity, no food, no fuel, everything is closed”.

The top Israeli official described Palestinians as “human animals”.

The UN human rights chief, Volker Turk, publicly stated that this Israeli siege was illegal, and violated restrictions under international law against collective punishment of civilians.

Ignoring the United Nations, Israel launched a devastating war, relentlessly carpet bombing civilian areas in Gaza.

In 13 days of nonstop attacks, Israel had killed 4,137 Palestinians, according to data published on 20 October by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The vast majority, 70 percent, of the Palestinians killed by Israel were children and women.

Another 1,000 people were missing, many trapped under the rubble of their houses.

Israel destroyed or damaged at least 30% of all housing units in Gaza, OCHA reported.

A staggering 1.4 million of the roughly 2.3 million people in Gaza were internally displaced.

UN expert warns of Israeli ethnic cleansing

A week into the Israeli bombing, on 14 October, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published an alarming statement: “A UN human rights expert warned today that Palestinians are in grave danger of mass ethnic cleansing and called on the international community to urgently mediate a ceasefire”.

“Palestinians have no safe zone anywhere in Gaza, with Israel having imposed a ‘complete siege’ on the tiny enclave, with water, food, fuel and electricity unlawfully cut off”, the OHCR stressed.

The UN human rights office quoted the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Francesca Albanese, writing:

There is a grave danger that what we are witnessing may be a repeat of the 1948 Nakba, and the 1967 Naksa, yet on a larger scale. The international community must do everything to stop this from happening again,” the UN expert said. She noted that Israeli public officials have openly advocated for another Nakba, the term for the events of 1947-1949 when over 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes and lands during the hostilities that led to the establishment of the State of Israel. The Naksa, which led to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967, displaced 350,000 Palestinians.

“Israel has already carried out mass ethnic cleansing of Palestinians under the fog of war,” the expert said. “Again, in the name of self-defence, Israel is seeking to justify what would amount to ethnic cleansing.

Any continued military operations by Israel have gone well beyond the limits of international law. The international community must stop these egregious violations of international law now, before tragic history is repeated.”

US vetoes UN Security Council resolutions proposing peace in Gaza

Many countries have joined UN officials in calling for a ceasefire to end the violence in Gaza. But the United States has blocked all attempts at bringing about peace.

On 16 October, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) voted on a resolution that called for a humanitarian ceasefire. The measure was proposed by Russia.

The ceasefire resolution was opposed by four former colonial powers on the council: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan.

Five Security Council members supported it: China, Russia, Gabon, Mozambique, and the United Arab Emirates.

The remaining six countries on the 15-member UNSC abstained: Albania, Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, Malta, and Switzerland.

The UN News agency noted that Russia’s representative, Vassily Nebenzia, blamed the “selfish intention of the Western bloc” for sabotaging the ceasefire proposal, stating that the US and its allies had “basically stomped” on the attempt to bring about peace.

Two days later, the UN Security Council held another vote on a Gaza-related resolution. This measure, which was proposed by Brazil, called for “humanitarian pauses”, in order to send aid to besieged civilians.

The United States was the only country on the 15-member council that voted against this resolution. Washington thus killed the proposal, because it is one of the five permanent members, which have veto power.

12 UNSC members voted for the humanitarian pauses: Albania, Brazil, China, Ecuador, France, Gabon, Ghana, Japan, Malta, Mozambique, Switzerland, and the UAE.

The United Kingdom abstained in the vote, along with Russia. But while London abstained as a show of support for Israel, Moscow abstained in protest of how weak the measure was.

UN News reported, “Prior to the vote, two amendments proposed by Russia, calling for an immediate, durable and full ceasefire, and to stop attacks against civilians were rejected by the Security Council”.

The UN News agency added that Russia’s ambassador, Nebenzia, “proposed a call to end indiscriminate attacks on civilians and infrastructure in Gaza and the condemnation of the imposition of the blockade on the enclave; and adding a new point for a call for a humanitarian ceasefire”.

An anonymous senior diplomat from an unnamed G7 member state acknowledged to the Financial Times that the nations of the Global South, which represent the vast majority of the world population, have been enraged by the West’s support for Israel as it massacres Palestinian civilians.

“We have definitely lost the battle in the Global South”, the diplomat lamented. ”Forget about rules, forget about world order. They won’t ever listen to us again”.

US pledges billions in military support as Israel massacres civilians

On 18 October, the day that the United States unilaterally killed the UNSC proposal for a humanitarian pause in Gaza, President Joe Biden arrived in Israel.

There, Biden met with the country’s far-right prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The US president reassured him unflinching support for Israel.

The Biden administration also released a $105 billion national security package, which included $14.3 billion in aid for Israel (along with $61.4 billion for Ukraine).

This funding was in addition to the baseline $3.8 billion in military aid that the United States provides to Israel every year.

Biden’s friendly meeting with Netanyahu came at a moment when Israel was bombing not only Gaza, but also the occupied West Bank, southern Lebanon, and even airports in the Syrian cities of Damascus and Aleppo.

On 19 October, Israel attacked the roughly 1,000-year-old St. Porphyrios Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza, killing at least 17 civilians, including 10 members of a family.

Numerous international Christian churches condemned this Israeli assault on Palestinian civilians. The Catholic Church’s Vatican News agency cited a statement by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, which wrote that “targeting churches and its affiliated institutions, in addition to the shelters they provide to protect innocent citizens, especially children and women who lost their homes as a result of the Israeli bombing of residential areas during the past thirteen days, constitutes a war crime that cannot be ignored”.

The World Council of Churches likewise stated, “We condemn this unconscionable attack on a sacred compound and call upon the world community to enforce protections in Gaza for sanctuaries of refuge”.

Amnesty International then published a bone-chilling report on 20 October titled “Damning evidence of war crimes as Israeli attacks wipe out entire families in Gaza”.

The mainstream Western human rights organization described Israel’s attack as a “cataclysmic assault on the occupied Gaza Strip”, writing:

Amnesty International has documented unlawful Israeli attacks, including indiscriminate attacks, which caused mass civilian casualties and must be investigated as war crimes.

The organization spoke to survivors and eyewitnesses, analysed satellite imagery, and verified photos and videos to investigate air bombardments carried out by Israeli forces between 7 and 12 October, which caused horrific destruction, and in some cases wiped out entire families.

Here the organization presents an in-depth analysis of its findings in five of these unlawful attacks. In each of these cases, Israeli attacks violated international humanitarian law, including by failing to take feasible precautions to spare civilians, or by carrying out indiscriminate attacks that failed to distinguish between civilians and military objectives, or by carrying out attacks that may have been directed against civilian objects.

“In their stated intent to use all means to destroy Hamas, Israeli forces have shown a shocking disregard for civilian lives. They have pulverized street after street of residential buildings killing civilians on a mass scale and destroying essential infrastructure, while new restrictions mean Gaza is fast running out of water, medicine, fuel and electricity. Testimonies from eyewitness and survivors highlighted, again and again, how Israeli attacks decimated Palestinian families, causing such destruction that surviving relatives have little but rubble to remember their loved ones by,” said Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

The same day that Amnesty released this report on Israeli war crimes, Republicans and Democrats in the US Senate voted unanimously, 97-0, to support Tel Aviv.

Israeli scholars and mainstream media warn of Israel’s genocidal intentions

An Israeli scholar has argued that Tel Aviv is engaged in a campaign of genocide against Palestinians.

The magazine Jewish Currents published an article on 13 October by Raz Segal, an associate professor of Holocaust and genocide studies at Stockton University in the United States.

Segal wrote that “the assault on Gaza can also be understood in other terms: as a textbook case of genocide unfolding in front of our eyes. I say this as a scholar of genocide, who has spent many years writing about Israeli mass violence against Palestinians”.

“Under international law, the crime of genocide is defined by ‘the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such,’ as noted in the December 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide”, Segal explained, adding, “In its murderous attack on Gaza, Israel has loudly proclaimed this intent”.

Even a columnist at the mainstream British newspaper The Guardian, Chris McGreal, warned that the “language being used to describe Palestinians is genocidal”.

He noted that Israel’s president, Isaac Herzog, blamed the Palestinian people as a whole for the 7 October attacks, declaring, “It’s an entire nation out there that is responsible. This rhetoric about civilians not aware, not involved, it’s absolutely not true”.

Similarly, a member of Israel’s parliament from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s far-right Likud party, Ariel Kallner, openly called for the mass ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, proclaiming, “Right now, one goal: Nakba! A Nakba that will overshadow the Nakba of 1948”.

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8 Comments

  1. Eric Arthur Blair

    2023-10-23 at 05:46

    Once upon a time, the self declared “Master Race” used indiscriminate violence and murder to terrorise the “untermensch”, who were forced to flee the homes of their forefathers and were herded into extermination camps, so the Nazis could have more “lebensraum”.
    For the past 75 years, the self declared “Chosen People” have used indiscriminate violence and murder to terrorise the Palestinian “human animals” who were forced to flee the homes of their ancestors in Nakba1. Gaza became a de facto concentration camp, however it is now a de facto extermination camp. Under Nakba2, the Zionists stated plan is to force those Palestinians out of Israel into Egypt and Jordan, so the Zionists can have more lebensraum.

    Putting the Nazi into Ashkenazi!!

    • Galbraith

      2023-10-25 at 06:34

      Yes but Hamas is quite open about its genocidal intentions, too. It has stated unequivocally that it does not believe Israel has a right to exist and that it wants to push the Jews into the sea so that it can erect an Islamic caliphate in the region. They’ve even advertised this fact in this most recent coordinated offensive and the pogrom-esque attacks they staged on Israeli neighborhoods beforehand —and have largely targeted Israeli civilians in the process.

      Israel has helped radicalize them by isolating Gaza and being disproportionately destructive in its response to Palestinian terrorism, of course. But by the same token a lot of that has to do with the Israeli state and Israelis in general being made paranoid by terrorist attacks they’ve endured ever since the Yom Kippur war concluded. The latter is also a factor in the perpetuation of Zionist ideology, and in the rise of Netanyahu. And obviously Netanyahu has used Hamas as a tool to gain and consolidate power.

      Israeli Zionism and Hamas’ Islamic fundamentalism are very much mirror images of each other in that sense, and each is complicit in perpetuating the other.

      And then there’s the meddling in the region by the West and by Iran and its client states, done entirely for their own narrow interests. They arguably bear the most responsibility, in fact.

      It’s a very morally complex conflict, and that complexity ought to be properly recognized. Reductionism does no one any good, and one genocide doesn’t excuse another.

      • JonnyJames

        2023-11-04 at 11:11

        That’s the usual apology for Israel, But NO, it’s really not complicated: Israel is a settler/colonial project. Israel is the occupying power, not Hamas. Hamas does not speak for Palestine, and you forgot the Occupied West Bank.

        This is not a “war”it is occupation and illegal siege. International law is made a mockery of daily. Occupied peoples have a right to fight back. You seem to support a one-sided view of Israel. Israel can murder journalists, US citizens in broad daylight on video, and nothing is done. WTF?

        The US/UK enable and support Israel via the UNSC and the US shovels billions to Israel in free weapons and money. Please don’t repeat mass media talking points here, the audience is too well-informed.

      • Eric Arthur Blair

        2023-11-07 at 08:07

        Well answered by JonnyJames! The situation is NOT complicated at all! The Zionazis are committing literal GENOCIDE against the Palestinians, egregious despicable crimes against humanity which CANNOT be excused. Norman Finkelstein (whose parents both came from the Warsaw ghetto and barely survived the Nazi concentration camps) is an expert in legal matters regarding war. He refused to condemn Hamas for October 7 and likened it to a revolt by slaves who had known nothing but abuse, oppression and arbitrary murder their entire lives.
        The abusers, oppressors and arbitrary murderers are the Zionazis who were “gifted” Palestinian land by Balfour gangsters who had NO right to give it away. The Zionazis (mostly newcomer AshkeNAZIs who had lived the past several hundred years in Europe ) in 1948 violently evicted Palestinians from lands they had lived in for at least 1000 years, corralling them into concentration camps, the worst of which is Gaza, now a de facto EXTERMINATION camp.
        The TROLL “Galbraith” AKA Kalecki AKA Minsky AKA Maynard Ponzi is at it again, spewing septic shit from some toilet cubicle in Langley, Virginia. As an apologist for the Zionazis, that makes Ponzi a despicable Goebbels type character, a pestilent plague ridden piece of vermin.

  2. Cure E Us

    2023-10-25 at 17:14

    The United States has devolved into nothing more than a colossal holding company, a money laundering/tax avoidance scheme, and a monstrous war profiteer. What did you expect from the dastardly billionaire class: offer a peace proposal, agree to pay reparations and submit a letter of apology for sponsoring psychopathic apartheid regimes?

    The U.S. bully is unwilling to compromise and concede its decline. For instance, United States President Joe Biden recently admitted that the U.S. fools-based-whirled-order is running out of steam – he says we need a new order maneuvered by the USA. I disagree. It is time for the U.S. to cooperate with a world intent on change, free from interference and meddling, and desirous of self-determination.

  3. Eric Arthur Blair

    2023-10-25 at 18:54

    HOW TO PREVENT NEAR TERM HUMAN EXTINCTION

    The insane US CAWPs* are railroading all of humanity towards global thermonuclear war with their unconditional support for the racist, apartheid, genocidal Zionazis. This will end human civilisation immediately and likely cause near term human extinction.
    Israel sending ground troops into Gaza will trigger a response from Hezbollah, opening a second front on the northern Israeli border. This could incentivise the US aircraft carriers to bomb Hezbollah’s ally Iran, which the Neoconartists have long been screaming to do (looking for the slightest excuse). Iran will then bomb Israel and the US ships in the Med and Persian Gulf, and likely close the Strait of Hormuz, blocking all ME oil exports, causing global economic collapse. Russia has threatened to fire Khinzals from their MIG 31s (from the Black Sea), which will sink the US aircraft carriers. China has 3 warships in the region that will inevitably support their allies of Russia, Iran and Syria (the latter continue to be bombed and occupied by the AmeroZionists). Next step: Global thermonuclear war.
    How can we prevent or avoid all of this? How can we force Israel to stop their genocide of Gazan Palestinians, the proximate cause of all this dangerous escalation?
    China and Russia may write as many peace proposals to the toothless UN as they like, which will simply be vetoed by the AmeroZionists. That is a waste of time.
    Now is the time for the Global Majority (the Belt and Road participants or the G77 + China + Russia – who are actually 135 countries) to act. They must deliver this ultimatum to Israel: Israel must cease their campaign of genocide and allow unlimited humanitarian aid into Gaza by a particular deadline. Failing that, the Global Majority must immediately impose blanket BDS (boycott, divestment, sanction) on Israel INDEFINITELY.
    No doubt the collapsing economies of the US/Europe will try to prop up Israel, but that is a losing proposition. The majority of manufactured goods, grain, fertiliser and most importantly OIL is produced by the Global 135, so the US gangster hegemon and quisling sidekicks will inevitably fail. The US has nothing to offer Israel except electronic fiat currency, which will be useless in the face of BDS by the Global Majority.

    *Chickenshit Armchair Warmongering Psychopaths:
    the principal CAWPS are the ventriloquist dummy Biden and the controlling hands up his arse, who are: Stinkin’ Blinken, Droolin’ Nuland, Jake the Snake and Smellin’ Yellen

  4. Cure E Us

    2023-10-26 at 00:32

    Millions of people around the world, including in western governments, protest in support of the Palistinans; but most, or all of the western ruling classes promote Israel’s narrative, and generally ignore the western public’s objections to the war, and Israel’s responsibility and culpability. If the working class, or American public, could positively affect the Palestinian calamity, an argument for democracy might be justified; however, the west seems little more than a fascist kleptocracy. Should the Palestinians be expunged, who might be next: the Lebanese, Jordanians, Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Egyptians, LGBTQIA, Gypsies, you…? Israel’s so-called (911) was planned well in advance – it looks too much like a false-flag incident, deliberately designed to ameliorate political enmeshments and expropriate resources (land, gas, oil, water, etc.)

    The U.S. has nothing to offer the world, other than bribery, subterfuge, oppression and chaos. (It) doesn’t want peace because its pseudo-economy is based on belligerence, destruction, plundering and death. For most humans, it takes an awful lot for them to kill another human being. The only way to do it is to justify the killing, to make the enemy appear to be as evil as possible (such as Israel’s dehumanization of the Palestinians as “Human Animals”). The United States, and its vassal, Israel, have lost their way.

  5. JonnyJames

    2023-10-30 at 10:28

    If we include the DoD budget, military aid to Ukraine/Israel etc., additional military/weapons appropriations, we are talking way over a TRILLION a year! The kleptocrats in DC say we’re broke, but they’ll spend trillions on the Suicide-Death Cult. (MIC)

    Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin etc. are making a killing, BigOil is making a killing, BigFinance is making a killing. Even today’s Guardian has a piece about Morgan Stanley and other Wall St. klepto-corps making a killing from genocide. Nice “democracy” eh?

    Once again: huge profits for the 1%, crimes against humanity for victims and declining health outcomes, declining life-expectancy, crumbling infrastructure and increasing violence for the US domestic population.

    Expect more “budget crises” more austerity, cuts to SS/Medicare…more dystopian nightmares on the way, and that’s if there is no massive nuclear war, which seems more likely by the week.

    What’s the Doomsday Clock say today?

    Not to be “doom and gloom” or anything, but the facts don’t line up well.

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