The Palestinian Genocide Continues 186

Strangely, even the sight on television of the body of a small boy, the same age as Cameron, being dug by hand from the bomb rubble, is not what has stayed with me strongest from the latest attack on the Palestinians. Instead, I recall most vividly a radio broadcast on the BBC World Service two days before the attack on Gaza began.

It was a banal, everyday story of Palestinian villagers being evicted from their land in the occupied West Bank, to make way for an Israeli “military zone”. These pastoralists had lost a thousand hectares to the Israelis in the last few years, and now these ancient villages were being finally, forcibly, evacuated in a vicious act of ethnic cleansing. The shepherds claimed that what this was really about, was the precious springs that watered their livestock. Work was already starting to divert their water to nearby, and illegal, burgeoning Israeli settlements.

The BBC World Service TV has this minute, at 9.00am GMT, started its news broadcast as usual from Ashkelon in Israel, highlighting rocket attacks on Israel. There is no mention on the BBC – there has never been any mention on the BBC, or anywhere in the Western mainstream media – that for at least 4,000 years Ashkelon was an Arab town, until in 1948 the entire, Arab population of 12,000 was driven out by armed force, many being massacred. Doubtless some older inhabitants of Gaza are refugees whose home is Ashkelon.

Israel is exercising its right of self-defence in precisely the same sense that Hitler was exercising the right of self-defence in Normandy in 1944 – ie not at all. Why the world puts up with this blatant ethnic cleansing and prolonged, agonizing genocide of the Palestinain people, I have no idea. It is not just about bombs and rockets and deaths now. It is about the shepherds being pushed out of their village in 2012 as part of the same process of the massacre of Ashkelon in 1948, all a process of genocide of the Palestinians in which Obama, Clinton, Cameron and Hague, as two wholw generations of western politicians before them, are actively complicit.

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  • Jon

    David Pollard,

    Just deleted an item from you re the world being “controlled by Jewish bankers” – we don’t permit that sort of thing here. In any case, it should be quite clear that the Middle East crisis is a great deal more complicated than that.

  • Heretic

    Just deleted an item from you re the world being “controlled by Jewish bankers” we don’t permit that sort of thing here.

    Gideon Osborne could not find an Englishman good enough to run the Bank of England (despite the incredibly low bar set by Mervyn King) so UK must accept a known financial gangster and senior Goldman Sachs cuckoo from Canada. The press appear not to want to make a big deal about such an unprecedented and frankly bizarre choice.

    Everyone knows who the top Tory party donator is, everyone knows who he worked for as a director and is still a major shareholder of. It’s a disgrace that a foreigner with such connections and history has been shoe-horned into the job – it can only be bad for the UK.

  • Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    The 52 signatories, including renowned US academic Noam Chomsky, and Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire, also accused the United States and the European Union of “complicity” by selling weapons to Israel.

    “While the United States has been the largest sponsor of Israel, supplying billions of dollars of advanced military hardware every year, the role of the European Union must not go unnoticed, in particular its hefty subsidies to Israel’s military complex through its research programmes,” the letter said.

  • karel

    why should we not desire to be “controlled by Jewish bankers”? I do not quite understand it. I just love to be controlled by them, knowing that my money is safe in their hands.

  • Mary

    The full interview of Julian Assange by Ms Bawadi.

    1 December 2012 Last updated at 04:17 Help Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has spoken about his battle against extradition to Sweden in a rare and defiant interview with the BBC from the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

    Mr Assange sought refuge at the embassy in June, to avoid extradition for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual assault, which he denies. He has remained there since and was granted asylum by Ecuador in August.

    He spoke to the BBC’s Zeinab Badawi about the claims, as well as the case of Private Bradley Manning – currently facing a US Army trial for allegedly giving secret files to Wikileaks – and about freedom of speech.

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