Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Israeli Minister Threatens Palestinians with a 'Bigger Shoah' (Holocaust) in Gaza

Israeli Minister Warns of Palestinian 'Holocaust'
Guardian (February 29, 2008)

An Israeli minister today warned of increasingly bitter conflict in the Gaza Strip, saying the Palestinians could bring on themselves what he called a "holocaust"
"The more Qassam [rocket] fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they will bring upon themselves a bigger shoah because we will use all our might to defend ourselves," Matan Vilnai, Israel's deputy defence minister, told army radio. Shoah is the Hebrew word normally reserved to refer to the Jewish Holocaust. It is rarely used in Israel outside discussions of the Nazi extermination of Jews during the second world war, and many Israelis are loath to countenance its use to describe other events.
The minister's statement came after two days of tit-for-tat missile raids between Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli army. At least 32 Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed since the surge in violence on Wednesday. [Read More....]
Note: Not suprisingly, this story was not carried by U.S. news outlets. Some British, Arab, and other international news outlets did carry the story.
The Israeli government today said that it would not issue a visa to Richard Falk, an American Jewish emeritus professor at Princeton and an expert in international law, who is scheduled to be seated on the United Nations Human Rights Council next month. The Israeli government was angered by a June 2007 article of Falk's written for The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research in which he compares the Israeli government's policies of "collective atrocity" toward Palestinians to similar collective atrocities committed by Nazi Germany. Interestingly, the Israeli government has remained mum on the threat to unleash a "bigger shoah" on Palestinians in Gaza.....Surprised?

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