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Times of Israel Blogger Calls for “Genocide” In Palestine

When Genocide Is Permissible

One of Israel’s largest newspapers has published a pair of shocking op-ed pieces, one of them by a blogger who explicitly endorses genocide against the Palestinian people.

On Friday, the Times of Israel published — then retracted — a blog by Yochanan Gordon titled “When Genocide Is Permissible.”

“We are at war with an enemy whose charter calls for the annihilation of our people,” Gordon writes, referring to the militant Islamist resistance group Hamas, which has fired thousands of rockets into Israel from Gaza.

“Nothing, then, can be considered disproportionate when we are fighting for our very right to live,” the author states.

“Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life,” adds Gordon. “What other way, then, is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?”

Gordon asserts there is no such thing as an innocent civilian in Gaza:

“Anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian,” he writes.

“Everyone agrees that Israel has the right to defend itself as well as the right to exercise that right,” says Gordon, who concludes his piece with this chilling question:

“We have already established that it is the responsibility of every government to ensure the safety and security of its people. If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide, is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?”

Although the Times of Israel has deleted Gordon’s call to genocide from its website, a similar op-ed by Irwin E. Blank remains online.

In it, Irwin argues that the Abrahamic deity figure “God” has commanded Jews to “utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are exterminated.”

A nation which disobeys “God’s” brutal command to exterminate these enemies is cannot endure, argues Irwin, who makes it clear that in his view, “Hamas and its savage partners” are the modern-day Amalekites.

“God has demanded that Saul, or the prime minister, enter into battle with the Amelekites — Hamas and its savage partners — and destroy them utterly even if that means to the last child, cow and goat,” writes Blank.

“As cruel as this appears, it is a lesson that teaches a nation in terrible danger that is has a legitimate obligation to put a definite end to a substantial threat. The end of such a conflict must make it impossible for that enemy to rebuild and continue to vex one’s nation forever.”

Blank argues that targeting Hamas rockets and tunnels isn’t enough.

“There must be no quarter given, no ‘humanitarian’ ceasefires, but a resolute combat without the words and demands of a hateful, hypocritical cabal barking like angry dogs at our heels,” he writes.

“We find ourselves in battle with 21st century Amalekites because we have failed to listen to the Lord, we have failed… to ‘utterly destroy’ the foe as the Lord demanded,” argues Blank.

Finally, Blank concludes that:

“To destroy Hamas utterly, we cannot stop this war until they unconditionally surrender, even if it means making the war more horrific for the people of Gaza, who are the victims of their own leadership.”

Reader reaction to Blank’s op-ed was overwhelmingly critical.

“You do realize you sound exactly like Hitler,” asked Ali Syed.

“Your Judaism has nothing to do with me,” wrote American Joel Finkel, who then cites scripture to make his point to Israelis:

“‘Justice, justice shall you seek if you are to inherit the land I have promised you.’ This is the heart of the Covenant. And you no longer carry it.”

The Times op-eds are not the first Israeli calls for genocide during the current fighting.

Early in the conflict, far-right Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked posted a call to genocide on her Facebook page and received more than 5,000 ‘likes.’

Last week, Deputy Knesset (Parliament) Speaker Moshe Feiglin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right Likud party, called for total war on Gaza with “no consideration” for innocent life.

To date, more than 1,500 Palestinians, most of them civilians —including at least 330 children — have been killed, and another 9,000 wounded, by Israeli air, land and sea forces relentlessly bombarding Gaza. United Nations sheltershomes, schools, hospitalsclinics, mosques, playgrounds and Gaza’s only power plant have been attacked.

In the wake of Israel’s latest attack on a UNRWA school housing thousands of Palestinian terrified refugees, the usually mild-mannered UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon blasted the attack, which killed 20 civilians.

“Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children,” said Ban.

Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted 29-1 to investigate possible Israeli war crimes. The United States cast the lone dissenting vote.

Israel has dismissed international outrage over its 3-week war in Gaza, arguing that Hamas and other militants, who continue to launch rockets into Israel and use tunnels to transport fighters into the Jewish state, operate in densely populated areas and are therefore to blame for any civilian deaths.

UPDATE: The Times of Israel has condemned Gordon’s op-ed as “damnable and ignorant” and discontinued his blog on the paper’s website.

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