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Independent’s demonization of Israel continues: Op-ed accuses state of genocide


As we noted earlier in the week, the Independent doesn’t have a correspondent in the region, but has a stable of Israel ‘critics’ ready on a moment’s notice to launch polemical assaults on the Jewish State.  Last week, they published one op-ed (by Mira Bar-Hillel) which evoked Nazi Germany in vilifying Israeli military actions in Gaza, and another one (by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown) which all but accused Israel of engaging in a plan to exterminate the Palestinians.

This week, Mira Bar-Hillel (a British Jew who has admitted to being antisemitic) returns in a July 17th op-ed erroneously suggesting that the Israeli media has demanded the IDF bomb Gaza “back to the Stone Age” (see here), and accusing the country of believing that “Palestinians aren’t quite human”.  (She also falsely claimed that no Israelis were killed during previous Gaza war in 2012.)

Another July 17th op-ed by Yana Hawari actually endorsed Hamas’s refusal to agree to a ceasefire last week, and finished her diatribe with the following accusation:

It [the war] also allows them to break up the unity between Hamas and Fatah. But most importantly it allows them to continue the strangulation and the genocide of the Palestinian people of Gaza in front of an international audience. 

Of all the hateful, perverse smears against Israel leveled by the hard-left against Israel, the genocide charge is by far the most ludicrous, and the most pernicious. 

As we’ve argued previously, debating the “question” of whether Israel is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians seems at first glance to be as productive as ‘arguing’ whether or not Jews are trying to take over the world. However, unlike the latter charge, which, no matter how bigoted and irrational, is not really quantifiable, the former malicious smear – reflecting the “Israel as the new Nazis“ narrative – can be easily refuted by a few population statistics.

  • The Palestinian population in the West Bank increased from 462,000 in 1949 to more than 2.5 million today.
  • In Gaza, the population increased from 82,000 in 1949 to 1.7 million today.

Additionally, to add further context:

  • The number of Arabs killed (since 1920) in Arab-Israeli wars is far less than the number of Arabs killed by Arabs in Syria alone since 2011.

As a point of reference, the Jewish population of Gaza and Palestinian controlled West Bank is practically zero (save a few pro-Palestinian “journalists” who reside there), while the Jewish population in the entire Arab Middle East has decreased from over 850,000 in 1949 to less than 5,000 today.  (Yet, relatedly, despite the almost complete disappearance of Jewish inhabitants in territories they control, some Palestinian and Arab leaders often incite their citizens to engage in the mass murder of Jews in Israel, and even in the diaspora.)

The broad charge that Jews are ethnically cleansing Arabs (Palestinians or otherwise) in the Middle East, based on the numbers, represents the opposite of the truth.  The only group which has actually been ethnically cleansed in the Middle East since the end of World War 2 has been Jews. (Though, it should be noted that Christians are also in danger of extinction.)

The Independent – which risibly claims to be guided by “enlightened” values and once even strongly denied that it demonizes Israel – should be ashamed of itself for peddling such lies.

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  1. Well, it’s Israel innit? Who are we going to blame? Hamas? They have actual human children. We see them bleed all over the newspapers. They must be in the right. Meanwhile Israelis are all born as IDF soldiers complete with kit and are frighteningly bright.

    (for those of little brain yes I mean more or less the opposite here and there)

  2. Bar-Hillel:

    The Gaza strip, which actually received such a notice on Sunday and again on Tuesday
    Really? One that actually said Israel would “bomb you back to the stone age”? I think not.

    She’s claiming the bit about “we will also cut off your electricity so that your dialysis patients will discover whose blood is redder” is from Moshe Feiglin. Of course no such thing could ever have been on the warning leaflets – but what exactly did he say?

    • http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/17/idf-drops-warning-leaflets-gaza/

      To the residents of Al-atatra, Beit Lahyia and Beit Hanun,

      The IDF does not wish to cause any harm to you or your relatives.

      For your own safety you are requested to vacate your residence and head towards Gaza City through-Toam, Al-Falugah, Al-Audah, Al-Sacha, and Salah A-Din.

      The assembling will be in the central Gaza city within the following borders: west of Salah A-din, north of Amer Al-Mahtar road, east of Al-nazzer road and south of Al-Quds road.

      This fighting is temporary, and with its conclusion, everybody will be able to return to their homes.

      Please obey the instructions given by the IDF, which is attempting to avoid causing harm to civilians.

      IDF Headquarters

      _________________________________________________________________________

      To the residents of Hirbat Al- alhazah, Abssan Al-Kabira, Abssan Al-Zaira, Beni Sahila and Al-Kararah.

      The IDF does not wish to cause any harm to you or your relatives. For your own safety you are requested to vacate from your residence and head towards Central Kahn Yunis through Abssan Al-Kabira, Abssan Al-Zaira, Al-Quds, and Haled Ibn Al-Valid.

      The assembling will be in the central Gaza city within the following borders: west of Salah A-Din, north of Amer Al-Mahtar road, east of Al-nazzer road and south of Al-Kuds road.

      This fighting is temporary and with its conclusion, everybody will be able to return to their homes.

      Please obey the instructions given by the IDF, which is attempting to avoid causing harm to civilians.

      IDF Headquarters

      _______________________________________________________________________

      To the residents of Shuja’iyya, Al Trachman and ShuJa’yyia Al-Gadida.

      The IDF does not wish to cause any harm to you or your relatives. For your own safety you are requested to vacate from your residence and head towards central Gaza City.

      The assembling will be in the central Gaza City within the following borders: west of Sa;ah A- Din, north of Amer Al- Mahtar road, east of Al- Nazzaer road and south of Al- Quds road.

      This fighting is temporary, and with its conclusion, everybody will be able to return to their homes.

      Please obey the instructions given by the IDF, which is attempting to avoid causing harm to civilians.

      IDF Headquarters

      ______________________________________________________________________

      To the residents of Tel- Sultan, Shabura and Dahania,

      The IDF does not wish to cause any harm to you or your relatives.

      For your own safety you are requested to vacate from your residence and head towards southern Rafah city trough Abu- Baker Al- Zadik or Zlata.

      This fighting is temporary, and with its conclusion, everybody will be able to return to their homes.

      Please obey the instructions given by the IDF, which is attempting to avoid causing harm to civilians.

      IDF Headquarters

    • As far as the MK, I’m not sure what Feiglin said, but this is possibly what she’s referring to: “MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen (Likud) on Thursday called on the Cabinet to cut off the electricity supply to Gaza after each rocket attack on Israel”.

  3. I’ve said this before, where the Guardian is fiercely anti-Israel, the Independent is demonstrably antisemitic. It gives unlimited space to Jew-haters not just anti-Zionists.

  4. “The Independent – which risibly claims to be guided by “enlightened” values…”
    Cough, splutter. Ahem.

  5. please keep reminding everyone that the 2000-yr old hatred of jews is under their sleeve for too many of Westerners.
    it roots in the West ever since the “founders of Christian movement John & Peter” had to make jews the Killer of christ (& not the Romans), because John & Paul knew that if Romans are told that “Romans had killed the christ (in the 1st century)”, then No Roman would join christianity due to “being scared of hunt-back” & guilt/shame for what their ancestors had done to christ …
    So John & Paul had to blame Jews — — says so “Reza Aslan” in his new research book “Zealot”

    Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
    by Reza Aslan

    • Forgive me for writing this but what a load of bollocks!

      You are basing this on a book written by a man who converted from Islam to Christianity and then turned against Christianity.
      “As Aslan got older, he began his studies in the history of Christianity, and he started to lose faith. He came to the realization that Jesus of Nazareth was quite different from the Messiah he’d been introduced to at church. “I became very angry,” he says. “I became resentful. I turned away from Christianity. I began to really reject the concept of Christ.”

      That is he rejected the concept of Christ except when he can make a few bob out of it by writing trashy books.

  6. The Indy has silenced any ‘voices’ that wish to take issue with the lies and distortions published by their Jew-hating ‘journalists’. The ‘Voices’ section of the paper is open to comment on any topic, except Israel’s defense of its civilians against terrorist attacks.
    As regards the Mira Bar-Hillel article a few days ago, comments were opened for around 15 minutes, then promptly closed. The 3 comments posted before the embargo included mine: Here it is…..
    ‘We had Lord Haw-Haw when Britain was locked in a death struggle with Nazi fascism during WW2. Today, Israel has Mira Bar Hillel.
    Like we were, Israel is today locked in a death struggle with Islamic fascism. Hamas’ Charter calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of every Jew. Hamas’ Charter does not call for a peaceful solution – only a ‘final solution’.
    However, among the propaganda and distortions in this article, there was something that made me smile. Israel’s Lord Haw-Haw wrote: ‘…we lived in close proximity to “The Arabs” (the word Palestinians didn’t come into the vocabulary until after the 1967 war)…’
    And why did the word ‘Palestinians’only come into use in 1967? Because this ‘ancient people’ was invented then as a stick to beat the Israelis with. This was a slip from Israel’s Lord Haw-Haw who knows in her heart of hearts that what she writes is simply propaganda, not the truth.’

    I’m glad to get my response seen somewhere.

    • No Molly, Katherine, whatever this is the magic what you support.Obviously you are a supporter of Hamas.
      Tell me Adam, where are your family from?
      I have no idea about Adam, but yours must be coming from a cholera infested shit hole and now living in a trash bin of a fish-restaurant what the city workers forgot to empty in the last ten days.

      • Truth is, the state of Israel will be gone in 50 years. If it continues in it’s current form, that will be no great loss either. Jews are not special, and they don’t need ‘a state’ to be Jews.

        Both demographically and geographically, it’s time limited. Arabs will outnumber Jews in less than 20 years, and from then on in it’s going to be one hell of a mess…

        Do you think once Iran gets the bomb it will be ‘same as normal’ for Israel? You’re treading water at best, but making no friends along the way.

        Surely Israel needs friends in the area in the long term, right?

        • Hi Molly. For you the best way to achieve some sexual satisfaction is dreaming about the mass murder of the Jews. I completely understand your problem, anything else considered normal in modern societies is forbidden in your culture.
          Do you think once Iran gets the bomb it will be ‘same as normal’ for Israel?
          Do you think Iran will get the bomb? Short memories Molly. Remember the huge success of Osirak…but only after your very bitter awakening from an other wet dream of yours.

        • ‘Molly F’ after reading your post and removing the patchwork quilt of hackneyed phrases and contradictions the only word left is the initial word ‘Truth’
          On the basis of your current and past posts, including those written under the guise of your various ‘monikers’, what is self-evident is that you do not know what the truth is, or if you do know what the truth is you try to ignore it or distort it as it does not fit in with your pre-set agenda.

          • truth 600 men women children dead versus 30 dead soldiers what had the 600 done wrong please tell me and how is this war

            • noamy cry-baby please don’t embarrass yourself by using words that you don’t understand.
              For example the word ‘truth’.

              • noamy cry-baby
                “it is true bullshit”
                Everything you write is, to use your badly mangled version of the English language, ‘true bullshit’.

  7. Accusing Israel of genocide is the work of some truly diseased minds. Newspapers used to hire journalists who would rail against such cranks. Now they hire the cranks. They should start investing now in some rugs and brooms, they’re going to need them.

  8. Truth is, there are those who, if they did not have hatred in their, heart they would have nothing, nothing at all. These same people are the ones who cause the pain and suffering in their world. Wonder why so many happen to live in England. Of course, I know there are haters all over the world. These folks are empty, possessed by their hate.