No, this is not exaggeration. This is real. This is happening. People like Joe Biden, Antony Blinken and John Kirby may deny that it’s happening. But it is. Right before our very eyes. Is that what Europe was like in 1938? In denial? Believing that the rhetoric they were hearing could not possibly mean what Hitler said it does. Are we there? Yes, I’m afraid we are.
Israeli columnist, Daniella London Dekel, wrote this in Yediot Achronot (full text):
“Remember what Amalek did to you.”
Outline an agenda and plan of action [for Gaza]. Don’t be satisfied with eliminating terrorists and their entire leadership through widespread destruction; nor be satisfied with destroying the terrorist infrastructure–or with those who advocate renewed Israeli rule over the entire enclave at the war’s end.
But rather erase it in the literal meaning of word. Everything. Including woman and children. Including every last ounce of sperm in the testicles and the wombs that carry them. Including property, provisions, commerce. Including all of Gaza.
Amalek is the disturbing idea of Amichai Eliyahu: an atom bomb. Nazis? What Nazis? Amalek [Hamas] is a thousand times worse than the Nazis (whose descendants stand with Israel more than any other European nation).
NSC’s John Kirby: “Israel isn’t trying to wipe the Palestinian people off the map. Israel isn’t trying to wipe Gaza off the map. Israel is trying to defend itself against a genocidal terrorist threat. So if we’re going to start using that word, Fine. Let’s use it appropriately.” pic.twitter.com/fRjKXJN6Tv
— Shelley Greenspan (@ShelleyGspan) November 20, 2023
When I first started calling the Gaza war a genocide, it wasn’t as accepted an idea as it has become, alas. But while the world has come to understand that it is, those who rule maintain a facade: genocide? What genocide? This is Israel defending itself from terrorist animals. And we will never deny Israel the right to do so.
Case in point: John Kirby, spokesperson for the US National Security Agency. He’s the one who claims that US intelligence has discovered incontrovertible evidence that al-Shifa was actually a Hamas command and control center.
A few days ago, he put on this dog and pony show and specifically addressed the genocide claim:
“Israel isn’t trying to wipe the Palestinian people off the map. Israel isn’t trying to wipe Gaza off the map. Israel is trying to defend itself against a genocidal terrorist threat. So if we’re going to start using that word, Fine. Let’s use it appropriately.”
Guess what, John? Yes, Israel is doing precisely that. Not just “trying.” Doing. Northern Gaza is gone. Nothing remains. No people, no homes, no trees, orchards, farmland, no livestock. Just a barren wasteland. It threatened death to anyone who refused to go south, which Israel claimed was a safe zone. Until it started bombing it. Now it tells those refugees in southern Gaza to evacuate (again) because it will commence military operations there. Where should they go, John? To Egypt? Never to return to their homes in Palestine? So no, John, don’t claim Israel isn’t wiping Gaza off the map. It is doing so. Even as you spoke those clueless words, Israel was doing precisely what you said it wasn’t.
And let’s talk about that what constitutes an “appropriate” use of “genocide.” While killing 1,200 Israelis is horrendous it is not genocide. Genocide requires a pattern of acts and behavior. Neither Hamas nor the Palestinians have come anywhere close.
But note that Kirby calls Hamas’ 10/7 attack a “genocidal terrorist threat.” This is a calculated strategy by the Lobby and Biden administration. Israel’s attack is clearly genocide. But to confuse people, they throw that term back in the faces of Palestine supporters, accusing Hamas of engaging in genocide. How about the slogan: “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free?” Clearly genocidal, right?. That is, if you deliberately ignore the actual meaning of the phrase and the intent of those who embrace it.
This is entirely cynical strategy. One that won’t work ultimately. But they only need it to work for a short time. Just long enough to confuse enough people. They count of people having a short attention span. By then, they expect the world will have moved on.
Regarding the claim of genocide against Hamas, the US General Assembly passed a resolution calling armed resistance against Occupation legitimate. Palestinian resistance is a response to Israeli occupation, killings, land and water theft, etc. A response, even an armed response to Occupation, is not genocide.
What is genocide? Israeli murder of 50,000 Palestinians since 1920. 1948 Nakba, Israeli murder of 15,000 Gazans including 5,000 children in the current war. Forced expulsion of 15 Palestinian villages (1,500 residents) in the West Bank by Judeo-terrorists, under threat of death. Theft of Palestinians lands. Destruction of universities, schools, water and sewage treatment plants. Refusal to provide food to starving refugees. That’s what genocide is.
Opinion polls show opposition to Biden’s approach
If Joe Biden, Tony Blinken, John Kirby and Jake Sullivan want to bury their heads in the sand, be my guest. You can be an apologist for genocide. You can be a tool of the Israel Lobby. But know this: there will be a reckoning. A plurality of the American people do not support what Israel has done in Gaza. While 32% say the US should support Israel. 39% say the US should be a neutral mediator. 68% said Israel should observe an immediate ceasefire. That of course contravenes current US policy. The numbers from that November 15th poll have undoubtedly swung even farther away from supporting Israel over the past 10 days. Separately, Biden’s approval rating slipped by 11% last month, largely because of opposition to his Gaza approach. His approval rating among Arab Americans went from 49% to 17%.
Youth voting rights groups who got out massive numbers of young voters for Biden in 2020 have made clear that his policy is unacceptable. They warned that they will sit out the 2024 election. They’d be right to do so.
Biden’s poll ratings are abysmal. He’s losing to Trump according to every major poll. And not by small margins. He is going to need every vote he can get. Even then he still may come up short. One constituency he’s lost is the progressive Democratic vote. This group wants less Israel and more Palestine. Less cheerleading and more even-handedness.
Biden has made a clear choice: voters or campaign cash. The voters only have their votes. But the pro-Israel donors have the hundreds of millions I’ll need to win. So I’ll stick with the billionaires in the hopes that by the time the election comes voters will forget. I’ve got news: maybe some will forget, but many won’t. And you’ve essentially lost them. I count myself among them. I didn’t vote for Biden in 2020. I definitely won’t vote for him in 2024.
There is a battle for the heart and soul of the Party. Progressives under the banner of the Squad and key members of the House Progressive Caucus are opposed to much of the Lobby’s agenda. The latter responded with $50 million in 2022 to defeat primary candidates deemed hostile to Israel. This coming cycle the number could be closer to $100-million or more.
But members of the Squad like Jamaal Bowman and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez have fought back, launching full frontal attacks on the Lobby for poisoning the American electoral system with boatloads of campaign cash. Not to mention the misogynist, homophobic and Islamophobic nature of targeting women of color, LGBTQ and Muslim American candidates.
The Lobby has recruited primary opponents for all of them. Choosing largely minority candidates in order to mollify minority constituents. But the only agenda the Lobby cares about is Israel. And it tells its candidates what to do, what to say and how to vote when it comes to Israel. Cash gives you access, and access gives you votes.
Consider that an African-American state senator in Michigan was offered $20-million (an offer that may be illegal) by a Lobby donor if he would run against Rep. Rashida Tlaib. Instead of taking the money and running, he turned around and said No. Word leaked and he became a hero overnight. But the Lobby will not forget. They will hound him out of electoral politics if they can.
But Congressional Party leaders have come to the slow realization that if they abandon members of the Squad and progressive primary candidates to Lobby PACs like Aipac PAC, Democratic Majority for Israel and United Democracy Project, it will widen the internal split and cost it majority control in the upcoming election. So Hakeem Jeffries has to weigh how much he money he can raise from Lobby donors vs. how much he could lose if progressive voters stay home. Biden has made his choice. Jeffries will hopefully make a different one.