The other night
Channel 4's Jon Snow interviewed Israeli Government spokesman Mark
Regev. The interview went on for nearly nine minutes, but I have to
admit I didn't last beyond three. There's just something so
disgusting about the sight and sound of a grown man justifying the
murder of children on a beach, that I just couldn't stomach it any
longer than that.¹
Neither can I bring myself to watch it again, so I can't quote the
aforementioned spokesman accurately, but essentially his claim was
that this incident was of course an accident and Israeli forces never
knowingly target civilians, certainly not children. How one of the
worlds most advanced militaries managed to miss-identify four
children as Hamas militants with enough certainty to open fire on
them is a question I'm sure we'll be waiting a long time to get an
answer for. But the axiom remains, Israel does not fire upon
If this is true then it's certainly an improvement on Israel's
historical practices. Beyond being indifferent to the murder of
children, historically it has been a policy Zionists have actively
pursued as a tactic to rid Palestine of those pesky Palestinians.
Let's turn to Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, with a passage from his
book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. -
“On 9 April 1948, Jewish forces occupied the village of Deir Yassin.
It lay on a hill west of Jerusalem, eight hundred metres above sea
level and close to the Jewish neighbourhood of Givat Shaul. The old
village school serves today as a mental hospital for the western
Jewish neighbourhood that expanded over the destroyed village.
As they burst into the village, the Jewish soldiers sprayed the
houses with machine-gun fire, killing many of the inhabitants. The
remaining villagers were then gathered in one place and murdered in
cold blood, their bodies abused while a number of the women were
raped and then killed.
Fahim Zaydan, who was twelve years old at the time, recalled how he
saw his family murdered in front of his eyes:
'They took us out one after the other; shot an old man and when one
of his daughters cried, she was shot too. Then they called my brother
Muhammad, and shot him in front us, and when my mother yelled,
bending over him — carrying my little sister Hudra in her hands,
still breastfeeding her — they shot her too.'
Zaydan himself was shot, too, while standing in a row of children the
Jewish soldiers had lined up against a wall, which they had then
sprayed with bullets, just for the fun of it', before they left. He
was lucky to survive his wounds.
Recent research has brought down the accepted number of people
massacred at Deir Yassin from 170 to ninety-three. Of course, apart
from the victims of the massacre itself, dozens of others were killed
in the fighting, and hence were not included in the official list of
victims. However, as the Jewish forces regarded any Palestinian
village as an enemy military base, the distinction between massacring
people and killing them 'in battle' was slight. One only has to be
told that thirty babies were among the slaughtered in Deir Yassin to
understand why the whole `quantitative' exercise — which the
Israelis repeated as recently as April 2002 in the massacre in Jenin
— is insignificant. At the time, the Jewish leadership proudly
announced a high number of victims so as to make Deir Yassin the
epicentre of the catastrophe - a warning to all Palestinians that a
similar fate awaited them if they refused to abandon their homes and
Call me cynical but I don't believe
anything has really changed, this current assault on Gaza is just the
continuation of Plan Dalet, the Zionist effort to ethnically cleanse
Palestine. Whilst they tell the outside world that every effort is
made to avoid civilian casualties, it's made abundantly clear to the
people of Gaza that this is not the case. Again, as if they want them
to know their real intentions.
It's a human trait that we tend to impose our own set of inner values
on other people, we tend to assume that others think and feel and
value life the way we do. I know I do, I'm constantly taken in by the
pretences of government spokespeople acting out scenes of compassion.
World events make it abundantly clear that this is not the case,
there are those who place no value on human life and will have no
problem lying to your face to cover this fact. Psychopaths can learn
very well how to imitate emotions they're not actually feeling.
Looking at what they're doing instead of listening to what they're
saying is revealing. Then ask yourself this, could you sit on Channel
4 news and justify the murder of four children playing on a beach?