10 thoughts on “There’s Nothing Jewish About Genocide – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Thank you for this! I’m so touched by how well you express my own feelings about what’s taking place in the name of Jewish people. I fear for my grandchildren to wear a Star of David in this world as the meaning of it is changing before our eyes. We are witnessing a nourished inherited extreme of wanting vengeance, taking it, hateful, an obsessive need to exhibit sheer power, and dominance and then to justify it with Never Again written in blood. So outrageously inhumane. After October 7, Israel took us down. I fear no amount of distancing will give solace.

  2. “Arab countries will not participate in any postwar plan that involves sending international troops to secure Gaza, Jordan’s foreign minister said on Saturday, characterizing such an idea as akin to asking others to clean up Israel’s mess.”
    The minister, Ayman Safadi, also argued that agreeing to participate in a post-conflict peacekeeping force would essentially give the Israeli military permission to destroy Gaza.

    “There will be no Arab troops going to Gaza — none,” Mr. Safadi said at a regional security conference in Bahrain. “We are not going to be seen as the enemy.”


  3. The Ghassanid Arabs were, foederati, mercenaries in service to the Roman Empire.
    The Ghassanid Arabs migrated from the Arabian peninsula, arriving in the Levant around 300 AD.

  4. The history of Gaza is interesting and good to review now
    this is differentiated from the history of the strip
    but just this from Wikipedia: Gaza Strip https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_Strip
    section on Israeli Occupation:

    “In June 1967, during the Six-Day War, Israel Defense Forces captured the Gaza Strip. Under the then head of Israel’s Southern Command Ariel Sharon, dozens of Palestinians, suspected of being members of the resistance, were executed without trial. [43]

    According to Tom Segev, moving the Palestinians out of the country had been a persistent element of Zionist thinking from early times.[44] In December 1967, during a meeting at which the Security Cabinet brainstormed about what to do with the Arab population of the newly occupied territories, one of the suggestions Prime Minister Levi Eshkol proffered regarding Gaza was that the people might leave if Israel restricted their access to water supplies.[45][46] A number of measures, including financial incentives, were taken shortly afterwards to begin to encourage Gazans to emigrate elsewhere.[44][47] Following the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, “various international agencies struggled to respond” and American Near East Refugee Aid (Anera), a 501(c)(3), was founded to help the victims of the conflict by providing immediate emergency relief.[48]

    Subsequent to this military victory, Israel created the first Israeli settlement bloc in the Strip, Gush Katif, in the southwest corner near Rafah and the Egyptian border on a spot where a small kibbutz had previously existed for 18 months between 1946 and 1948.[note 1] In total, between 1967 and 2005, Israel established 21 settlements in Gaza, comprising 20% of the total territory.”

    The idea of depriving, Palestinians/Gazans, to make them move elsewhere is not new.
    PS. My ( first) cousin had a horse farm there, grew tomatoes, I heard, employed Arabs. That was until 2005. We never went there. I heard it was “a process” to getting there. In the end, others in the family who partook in the demonstrations against leaving, had to be bussed in.

  5. There is nothing Jewish about you
    You sick sick man
    You’re physically and morally blind
    Calling yourself a Jew? You’re the least Jeswish man I’ve ever seen

    1. You don’t get to decide who a good Jew, nor who’s “sick.”;My morality, which is Jewish, abhors genocide. If you do not, if you support PalestinIan genocide, then it’s you who is morally sick. Which is precisely the point of the blog post. Genocide is not a Jewish value. That makes you and the Israel you support a mockery of Judaism.

  6. Hello Richard, I have been following you for a while and have even post questions, which you have been gracious enough to answer. The events that have occurred since October 7th have been horrific, and my heart goes out to everyone directly and indirectly involved. As we all know, however, this is but the latest of a series of tit for tat that has endured over decades (in modern times), and centuries as well. I have very strong views about what the state of Israel is and has been doing to the Palestinian people since the end of WW1, but I am also a person that likes to be as well informed as possible. It seems to me that one’s position on the issue is dictated on how far back you begin to look. For example, if someone just focussed on October 7th to the present, you could easily view Hamas as the aggressor and sympathize with Israel. As the UN Chief stated (and got lambasted for), however, this event “didn’t happen in a vacuum.” I cannot think of a conflict that is more convoluted and divisive, and when it comes to researching the topic, I find myself not believing anything that is written or published, despite the mountain of information that is available. So, my question is Richard, do you recommend any publications/websites that provides rigorous, balanced account (warts and all) on the conflict, specifically beginning at the end of WW1 and the break-up of the Ottoman Empire to the present day? I am sure you have provided this in numerous posts in the past, but perhaps even providing a link on your website to a list of recommended publications would be beneficial to many of your readers. Appreciated and keep up the good work.

  7. Thank you so much for writing this. I’m an American who struggles daily to keep the keep the brutal savagery of Israel and the IDF separate from the Jewish people. It’s not always easy. I believe Israel and the IDF intends to kill every single Palestinian in Gaza and level the place so anyone who manages to live or escapes has nothing to come back to. I believe they intend to do the same to the West Bank. From the river to the sea, as they say. I am deeply ashamed of my government. I was a lifelong Democrat but after the way Biden and the Democrats in the House and Senate have handled this I’m switch parties to Independent. I will never again vote for a Democrat. I don’t believe there is a way to stop Israel. Our very weak president certainly can’t or won’t do it. We could cut off their funding but that will never happen. I don’t understand why the American government supports this. I wish the Palestinians knew of the rage so many people around the world feel at the vicious genocidal attacks Israel is waging against them. I wish they knew how many of us care. It won’t save their lives but perhaps it would allow them one short moment of comfort, knowing we are watching, are protesting, and are contacting our governments demanding this stop. Of course our governments won’t listen. They do too little too late, but the horrific suffering and deaths of the Palestinians is not going on unnoticed.

  8. Many thanks for your powerful and eloquent commentary, Richard, and for all the work you do as a journalist.

    However, if there are genocidal passages in the Tanakh, as you point out, isn’t it wishful thinking to say, as your headline does, that there’s nothing Jewish about genocide? Perhaps it might be better to acknowledge that Judaism, like other religious and cultural traditions, has oppressive aspects, but that we renounce these and choose to embrace other aspects?

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