Sunday, February 01, 2009

Israel declares it will enact a "disproportionate response" to Gaza rocket fire---therefore admitting it will commit a war crime

Because under the Geneva accords disproportionate responses are specifically forbidden. You do not have the right to go in and level houses and massacre civilians because a rocket was fired...and maybe hit a field, maybe hit a place causing major damage, maybe hurting someone, maybe not...oh, it turns out that ten rockets hurt three people. Here's the story: ""We've said that if there is rocket fire against the south of the country, there will be a severe and disproportionate Israeli response," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned at a weekly cabinet meeting."

"Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, infrastructure minister and a member of Israel's powerful security cabinet, said the Islamists had to pay for each rocket fired.

"We have set a price for each rocket fired and now Hamas has to pay," he told army radio."

I'm curious about that price. What's the exchange rate there, for a hundred jews killed in the Holocaust Israel gets to kill one Palestinian? Can they be more specific about how many murders past Jewish suffering allows them to commit?

on edit: some may say that the idea of an exchange rate between people killed in the Holocaust and Palestinian lives is itself anti-semitic because it implies a connection between jews and money, but that's not the way it's being used here. Instead, it's pretty clear that Israel justifies the crimes it commits by reference to the Holocaust, the underlying meaning being that they've suffered and so they have a right to stop people from threatening them. Kill over 1300 Palestinians in Gaza while only losing 13 people on your side, a ration of 100:1? Well, remember how many died in the Holocaust. It's more than time to stop taking this bullshit. And bullshit is what it is. No amount of suffering justifies revenge on third parties who had absolutely nothing to do with the original suffering, beyond some colorful comments made by a high placed Muslim cleric in Palestine during World War II.

If jewish suffering counts this much we should start to ask how many Germans, Romanians, Italians, Hungarians, Slovakians should the Roma people be able to kill now, and how many Turks are Armenians entitled to massacre because of their respective genocides?

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