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Kristallnacht in Palestine

Carlos Weber | 17.12.2011 23:43 | Flotilla to Gaza | Palestine | Repression | Social Struggles | Cambridge

Virtually daily, Israeli security forces attack, kill, or injure Palestinian civilians with impunity. They also destroy their property by bombing, shelling, bulldozing and uprooting it. At the same time, Israeli authorities wink and nod, occasionally decry, yet do nothing to deter extremist settler crimes against Palestinian civilians. Most often, they're given license to terrorize, vandalize and commit physical violence with impunity. Rarely ever is anyone held accountable. The same holds for its own security forces, no matter how outrageous their crimes.

So imagine Defense Minister Ehud Barak's hypocrisy. In response to days of settler attacks against Palestinian property, he shamelessly called them "Jewish terrorists."

B'Tselem responded, saying "this is an illegitimate way to deal with the phenomenon of violence by Israeli citizens in the Occupied Territories. Instead, this phenomenon must be dealt with through the criminal justice system."

Netanyahu disagreed, stopping well short of condemning settler attacks and ordering arrests. Instead, he described them as a "small group that does not represent the public that lives in Judea and Samaria."

For years, radical settlers terrorized Palestinians with impunity. In the past two years alone, six mosques in Palestine and Israel (belonging to peace and other activist groups) were burned or otherwise vandalized.

More recently in early October, settlers torched a Galilee mosque in Toba Zanghriyya village, then wrote "Price Tag" and "Revenge" on its walls. Despite efforts by residents to extinguish the blaze, destruction was extensive, including holy books consumed.

Northern Branch on the Islamic Movement deputy head, Sheikh Kamal Khatib, said "racism is controlling the Jewish sector in Israel." He also held Netanyahu's government responsible for "encourag(ing) hatred toward Muslims." ......... M O R E: Kristallnacht in Palestine - by Stephen Lendman ... ......... In most German cities and towns, enterprises and Jewish homes were looted. Over 200 synagogues and 7,500 Jewish enterprises were attacked, burned and destroyed, and, when it ended, 680 Jews were dead and nearly 30,000 interned in concentration camps.

In addition, the ministerial bureaucracy and Gestapo intensified enforcement of Jewish emigration and keeping Jews and Aryans apart. German law exempted violent anti-Jewish acts.

Many occurred, including murders, rapes, other sexual assaults, organized pogroms, public humiliations, vandalism, anti-semitic graffiti, boycotts, confiscations, looting and other forms of theft. Virtually anything was permitted to vilify and remove German Jewry.

On WW II's eve, German society was accustomed to anti-semitic violence. It was the genesis of the 1941-45 holocaust, facilitated by the 1935 "Nuremberg Laws" that:"

• protected "German Blood and German Honour";

• prevented marriage or sexual relations between Jews and Aryans;

• declared persons with any Jewish blood no longer citizens and denied all rights;

• banned Jews from holding professional jobs to exclude them from education, politics and industry;

• segregated Jews from Aryans;

• punished them financially, effectively bankrupting Jewish enterprises;

• prohibited Aryan doctors from treating them;

• prevented Jews from becoming doctors;

• excluded Jewish children from state-run schools; and

• effectively denied Jews all rights afforded Aryans.

Nazi genocide followed. For decades, Palestinians have endured similar abuses from racist laws, persecution, land theft, lost homes, dispossessions, exclusion, isolation, mass imprisonments, torture, targeted assassinations, violence, wartime slaughter, and Gazans suffocating under siege.

Nazi Germany's historic analog shows how extreme racist persecution can become. Unless checked, genocide may annihilate a population entirely.

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Go to Palestine and see for yourselves

18.12.2011 10:12

Syria is in a right old mess, but the Assad regime is weak financially and in terms of its capabilities. Hopefully that regime will be overthrown by the people (not by mossad) and things will improve there.
Sadly the situation in Palestine is much more bleak, with the oppressors, Israel, well funded by blank cheques from America, and truly terrifying weaponry such as phosphorous weapons which were used against civilians during the attack on gaza 2008-2009, and their highly provocative nuclear arsenal, not to mention state of the art US fighter jets.
These weapons of mass destruction are used regularly against civilians in the palestinian territories. Meanwhile laws are being put into place to discriminate non-jewish israelis, much in the same way that laws were used in nazi germany to persecute the jews, gypsys etc.
Around 10000 palestinians including women and children are kept buried alive by israel with regular reports of torture and little or no hope of any sort of legal process. A great deal of these people are guilty of no crime, and even those that are were acting out of desperation as part of a resistance movement against terrorist oppression.
It is a sorry state of affairs when the zionist trolls use the example of something shit happening somewhere else to try to distract from their own sophisticated genocide.


Another point of veiw

19.12.2011 16:22

Yeah I agree with the sentiment of this post, but i do think it's time (long over-due) to stop equating Germany with the worst of the worst. Christ, imagine a young German growing up getting all this guilt laid on them. Have the courage and refer to israel as what it is - a jewish state. This is difficult, believe me i know. It's worth reading Gilad Atzmons book ''The Wandering Who'' to help with the transition. Good luck.

Tony Grosser