False Equivalency

Gaza – 2014

I have been listening to all of the words used by Republicans, Democrats and the MSM to describe Israel’s current assault on Gaza; the worst since 2014. lasting 51 days, killing over 2,200 Palestinians including 551 children.

The words are the lie of false equivalency.

Israel, by employing its military machine against an occupied population that does not have mechanized units, an air force, navy, anti-aircraft missiles, heavy artillery and command-and-control, not to mention a U.S. commitment to provide a $38 billion defense aid package over the next decade, is not exercising “the right to defend itself.” It is carrying out mass murder.

Gaza is the world’s largest open-air prison, where more than 2 million Palestinians exist on the edge of starvation, struggle to find clean water, get perhaps 4 hours a day of electricity  and endure constant Israeli artillery and air strikes.

What are the crimes of the occupation?

Food shortages caused by the Israeli blockade, (calories are measured)  the stifling overcrowding, the contaminated water, the lack of health services, the near-constant electrical outages due to the Israeli targeting of power plants, the crippling poverty, the endemic unemployment, the fear and the despair.

Gaza is a ghetto, surrounded by walls on the Israeli sides and a border with Sinai which is closed by Egypt.  The Gaza shoreline is blockaded by the Israeli navy.  Casualties are usually 25 Palestinians to 1 Israeli.  Lacking a military, air force, navy or anti-aircraft weapons, the only resistance comes from the streets.

If Gaza is not a ghetto, I don’t know what is.

Israel’s indiscriminate use of modern, industrial weapons to kill thousands of innocents, wound thousands more and make tens of thousands of families homeless is not a war: It is state-sponsored terror; in spite of the words coming out of Jerusalem and Washington.

We should all oppose the indiscriminate firing of rockets by Palestinians into Israel and suicide bombings as war crimes, We should also be aware of a huge disparity between the industrial violence carried out by Israel against innocent Palestinians and the minimal acts of violence capable of being waged by groups such as Hamas.

It is the height of false equivalency.

Those who are not Jewish in Israel are either second-class citizens or live under brutal military occupation.  The separation of the Palestinians into separate occupied land looks a lot like South Africa in the days of Bantustans.  Israel has never supported a two state solution.  It clearly wants if all as demonstrated by “settlers” moving  on to “Palestinian” territory on the West Bank.

Is this not colonialism?

Indeed this latest bombardment of Gaza began when settlers insisted on evicting 7 families from their homes in East Jerusalem where they  had lived for 70 years.  Israel doesn’t want any Arabs in Jerusalem.

Israel’s once-vibrant peace movement and political left, which condemned and protested against the Israeli occupation when last I visited Israel is dead.  It died with the murder of Yitzak Rabin by a right wing settler.

And so there isn’t a shred of difference between Nancy Pelosi and Ted Cruz concerning Israel’s “right to defend itself.”  Both parties are bought and paid for by the Israeli lobby in America.

As for Bibi he is still running for his political life.  What better way to get votes than to appear as the strong man.

One would think Israelis would recognize a ghetto when they see one.   If they do, they should hang their collective heads.  If they don’t they really need to get out more.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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9 Responses to False Equivalency

  1. leggypeggy says:

    A most appropriate description—Gaza is the largest open air prison.

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  2. Reblogged this on silverapplequeen and commented:

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  3. beetleypete says:

    Well said, Frank. It seems Israelis learned a lot from their treatment at the hands of the Nazis. Then sought to emulate it. The comparison with South Africa is on point too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. swordmanjr says:

    All the critics against foreign wars present their stories as if they had all the facts that nobody else has. All the whining about Israel’s strikes against high rise buildings and other locations where Hamas and other terrorist groups are hiding behinds the civilian populace to launch rockets into Jerusalem, it’s all fodder for the mindless masses who too easily eat and digest this crap as fact.

    Additionally, calling the islamics living in Gaza “Palestinians,” when in fact, up to 1964, mass media called the Jews living in Israel “Palestinians” before shifting that name over to what has been and still is mostly Egyptians living in Gaza, this whole charade is nothing but an on-going smear campaign against the Israeli’s.

    Nobody on this earth has the whole story filled with all truth. However, putting crap like this out there that does nothing but vomit the usual fare from a hostile mass media conglomeration, it’s just the usual narrative filled with falsehoods and misrepresentations, along with ignoring history.


  5. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Post is so very important in all senses of the word … yet – THIS!! “We should all oppose the indiscriminate firing of rockets by Palestinians into Israel and suicide bombings as war crimes, We should also be aware of a huge disparity between the industrial violence carried out by Israel against innocent Palestinians and the minimal acts of violence capable of being waged by groups such as Hamas.”

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  6. toritto says:

    Well Swordman I guess I won’t get a “like” from you?
    By By the way, just a a matter of interest – how did you find this blog? I’ve never seen you here before. And you don’t seem to have your own blog here on Word Press. Nobody I know just reads Word Press randomly and stumbles across my post.
    So perhaps you spend you time searching for posts critical of Israel so you can leave a comment with your own crap. Don’t comment here again or I will delete you.
    Write you own blog.
    Regards from Florida

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  7. Don Ostertag says:

    And this latest ‘conflict’ was a result of the non Jews living for decades in 7 apartments in East Jerusalem that the Israeli government kicked them out because it doesn’t want their ‘ilk’ living outside of the Gaza ghetto.
    Thatcher once advised Reagan the best way to be reelected was to start a war. Over the years the Israeli leaders have found this advice useful. And at what cost!!!

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