The Hamas attack on Israel earlier this month was condemned by Western countries, but many others saw the invasion as an act of revenge after many years of mistreatment and abuse by Israel.
“Righteous fighters, this is your day to bury this criminal enemy,” Muhammad Deif, the Hamas commander said, according to The New York Times. “Its time has finished. Kill them wherever you find them. Remove this filth from your land and your sacred places. Fight and the angels fight with you.”
Immediately after the Hamas attack, Deif called on Arabs to join in the fight, saying the people are “bringing back the revolution and reviving the March of Return.”
While some tried to depict the Hamas attack as nothing more than a terror raid, The Times noted that “mounting grievances” fueled the attack, and it was “shaped by a deep thirst for revenge built up over a decade of conflict—a desire to see Israel bleed.”
As of Sunday night, at least 2,450 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed, including 724 children and 458 women. AntiWar.com noted that Israeli President Isaac Herzog said there are no innocent civilians in Gaza.
“It is an entire nation out there that is responsible,” he said. “It is not true this rhetoric about civilians not being aware, not involved. It’s absolutely not true.”
TRENDPOST: It is worth noting that George Soros, the billionaire investor, once urged the George W. Bush administration to work with Hamas in 2007 instead of rejecting its authority in a legitimate election.
Sen. Hillary Clinton, who would later become the secretary of state, told reporters after the Hamas victory that she did not think the U.S. should have pushed for the election at the time.
“And if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win,” she said.
Eli Chomsky, an editor and staff writer for the Jewish Press, said he was taken aback that “anyone could support the idea—offered by a national political leader, no less—that the U.S. should be in the business of fixing foreign elections,” according to The Observer.
“Israel, with strong US backing, refused to recognize the democratically elected Hamas government and withheld payment of the millions in taxes collected by the Israelis on its behalf,” Soros wrote in The Financial Times. “If Israel had accepted the results of the election, that might have strengthened the more moderate political wing. Unfortunately, the ideology of the ‘war on terror’ does not permit such subtle distinctions.”
Israel has conducted four major military assaults on Gaza, in 2008, 2012, 2014, and 2021. About 4,000 Palestinians were killed in these clashes, about half of whom were civilians, Maha Nassar, an associate professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Arizona, wrote in Consortium News. These attacks resulted in about $5 billion worth of damage.
TREND FORECAST: As we have been detailing week after week, month after month, year after year, Israel continues to steal Palestinian land under the name of “settlements,” and frequently attacks Gaza killing Palestinians in the West Bank… a trend that has escalated since Netanyahu and his extreme right-wing government came into power last December.
And while the Palestinians are Muslims and the Jews are Jewish, they, and we, are told by Israeli President Isaac Herzog that God gave Israel the land that was occupied by Palestinians. Thus, the only God to believe in is Herzog’s God.
Demeaning the Palestinian people who are being slaughtered by the Israeli military as they bomb Gaza to ruin, Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said he had ordered a full siege on the Gaza Strip and that
“There will be no electricity, no food, no fuel. Everything is closed,” he said. “We are fighting human animals and we act accordingly.”
As a result of the Israeli slaughter, there will be growing anti-Semitism as innocent Jews will be blamed for the murderous acts of Israeli Jews who are in charge of the nation.
Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine director, Omar Shakir, called Gallant’s remarks “abhorrent,” and “Depriving the population in an occupied territory of food and electricity is collective punishment, which is a war crime, as is using starvation as a weapon of war. The International Criminal Court should take note of this call to commit a war crime.”