Yesterday Israel began its latest mass slaughter of Gazans, wreaking yet more death and mutilation on an impoverished people with an already devastated hospital system.
It is pure sadism.
Ali Abunimah reports in the Electronic Intifada (emphases added):
"US-supplied Israeli F-16 warplanes and Apache helicopters dropped over 100 bombs on dozens of locations in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip killing at least 195 persons and injuring hundreds more. Many of these locations were police stations located, like police stations the world over, in the middle of civilian areas. The US government was one of the first to offer its support for Israel’s attacks, and others will follow.
"…joy has been echoed by Israelis and their supporters around the world; their violence is righteous violence. It is "self-defense" against "terrorists" and therefore justified. Israeli bombing — like American and NATO bombing in Iraq and Afghanistan — is bombing for freedom, peace and democracy.
"The rationalization for Israel’s massacres, already being faithfully transmitted by the English-language media, is that Israel is acting in 'retaliation’ for Palestinian rockets fired with increasing intensity ever since the six-month truce expired on 19 December (until today, no Israeli had been killed or injured by these recent rocket attacks).
"But today’s horrific attacks mark only a change in Israel’s method of killing Palestinians recently. In recent months they died mostly silent deaths, the elderly and sick especially, deprived of food and necessary medicine by the two year-old Israeli blockade calculated and intended to cause suffering and deprivation to 1.5 million Palestinians, the vast majority refugees and children, caged into the Gaza Strip. In Gaza, Palestinians died silently, for want of basic medications: insulin, cancer treatment, products for dialysis prohibited from reaching them by Israel.
"What the media never question is Israel’s idea of a truce. It is very simple. Under an Israeli-style truce, Palestinians have the right to remain silent while Israel starves them, kills them and continues to violently colonize their land. Israel has not only banned food and medicine to sustain Palestinian bodies in Gaza but it is also intent on starving minds: due to the blockade, there is not even ink, paper and glue to print textbooks for schoolchildren.
"As John Ging, the head of operations of the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), told The Electronic Intifada in November: "there was five months of a ceasefire in the last couple of months, where the people of Gaza did not benefit; they did not have any restoration of a dignified existence. We in fact at the UN, our supplies were also restricted during the period of the ceasefire, to the point where we were left in a very vulnerable and precarious position and with a few days of closure we ran out of food."
"That is an Israeli truce…"
Here’s a quote from a quarter century ago:
"When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle." — Raphael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces,, April 14, 1983, New York Times.
Eitan’s ghastly vision seems to be coming to fruition. Comparisons between Apartheid South Africa and Israel, once considered shocking, are not really appropriate. The systematic, planned brutality of Zionism goes beyond the South African experience.
As the editor-in-chief of the Sunday Times of South Africa, Mondli Makhanya, commented several years ago (emphases added)
"When you observe from afar you know that things are bad, but you do not know how bad. Nothing can prepare you for the evil we have seen here. In a certain sense, it is worse, worse, worse than everything we endured. The level of the apartheid, the racism and the brutality are worse than the worst period of apartheid.
"The apartheid regime viewed the blacks as inferior; I do not think the Israelis see the Palestinians as human beings at all."
Israel is not part of the civilized world. It behaves like a psychopathic State and should be treated accordingly. But it’s also time to hold to account the people most directly responsible for its long-standing villainy.
When Lord Walter Rothschild extracted the Balfour Declaration from the British Government in 1917, the statement contained a significant clause:
"…it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine"
The Zionist movement cynically violated this part of the declaration from the outset. Is that how Rothschilds 'honour’ agreements?
Baron Edmond James de Rothschild began the first Jewish settlement program in Palestine back in the 1880s, before the Zionist movement was publicly launched. Construction of Israel’s Knesset was a gift from James A. de Rothschild. Israel’s Supreme Court was a gift from his wife.
More than any other nation on earth with pretensions to democracy, the State of Israel is a family fiefdom.
In 1934, Edmond de Rothschild wrote to the League of Nations:
"the struggle to put an end to the Wandering Jew, could not have as its result, the creation of the Wandering Arab."
Once again, a Rothschild’s fine-sounding words were quickly belied by the actions of the Zionist leadership on the ground. Once Israel gained Statehood in 1948, the emptiness of Baron Rothchild’s assurance became fully evident.
At least the rough-tongued Eitan, who gloated about treating Palestinians like cockroaches, was an honest psychopath. Rothschilds could probably take lessons in integrity from a man like that.
A phone call from Klosters to Tel Aviv, right now, would probably suffice to halt this round of Israeli savagery.
But the latest in this long line of warmongers is probably off skiing with the sycophantic British Business Secretary. Perhaps Nat and Mandy chat about weapons sales on the ski lift? Perhaps they’re cutting new deals with Russian plutocrats? God knows what these devotees of Mammon get up to on holiday.
There’s plentiful evidence that the Rothschild family - and their proxies - have profited from war for at least two centuries.
The prototype for dual-loyalty neocons, they are the original megacons of modern times. One could make a case that the polity, economy and culture of the world’s wealthiest societies has been systematically subverted and parasitized throughout the entire industrial era, sapping our collective optimism and periodically transforming parts of this beautiful planet into a chamber of horrors. Humanity as a whole has paid a heavy price for the quasi-religious power-trip of these megalomaniacs.
Although no amount of cash reparations could adequately compensate for humanity’s loss, the Court case Humanity v Rothschilds would be an educative exercise. It might get some very interesting information into the public domain where it belongs.
In South Africa, an enlightened Truth and Reconciliation process healed longstanding historical wounds. But such a process works only if all parties understand the meaning of the terms.
There’s scant evidence of that in the case of the Rothschilds, as demonstrated by the murderous degeneracy of their demented pet project: the Zionist State.
If any of the contemporary clan think otherwise, they should do something about it and fast.
Swanning around the polar regions like a latter-day Scott may impress debutantes.
Note: All photos on this web page of the Gaza bombings and their human impact are from this Palestinian source, reproduced with thanks.