For those who followed my posts about Martin Kramer’s extraordinary talk (watch video) at the Herzliya conference, in which he claimed that overpopulation fueled Islamic radicalism and that the way to control Palestinian terror was through putting Gaza on a “diet” that discouraged having children–I’ve shied away until now from calling this statement genocide (though Ali Abunimah and M.J. Rosenberg have done so).
Here is what Kramer said in part:
Aging populations reject radical agendas, and the Middle East is no different. Now eventually, this will happen among the Palestinians too, but it will happen faster if the West stops providing pro-natal subsidies for Palestinians with refugee status. Those subsidies are one reason why, in the ten years from 1997 to 2007, Gaza’s population grew by an astonishing 40 percent. At that rate, Gaza’s population will double by 2030, to three million. Israel’s present sanctions on Gaza have a political aim undermine the Hamas regime but if they also break Gaza’s runaway population growth and there is some evidence that they have that might begin to crack the culture of martyrdom which demands a constant supply of superfluous young men. That is rising to the real challenge of radical indoctrination, and treating it at its root.
But I was entirely convinced by this definition of the term offered by M.J. in the Geneva Convention:
The Convention on Genocide bans “bans killing of members of any racial, ethnic, national or religious group because of their membership in that group, causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group, inflicting on members of the group conditions of life intended to destroy them, imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group, and taking group members’ children away from them and giving them to members of another group.”
And it is that – withholding aid to prevent births within the group – that Kramer advocates. He even calls the birth of Palestinian babies “extreme demographic armament.”
Cutting off food (Kramer uses the disguised term “pro-natal subsidy”) and other essential humanitarian aid from Gaza in order to lower the brith rate, fits this definition. So Kramer is without doubt a genocidaire. Congratulations, Harvard, you’ve got a genuine advocate of ethnic genocide on your faculty.