I keep seeing photos protesting the Israeli/Gaza war in which a swastika is imposed on the Israeli flag.   A few days ago a Facebook “friend” used the word genocide when referring to the Israeli attacks in Gaza.

And I got to thinking about that.

Let’s say that it’s true; that Israel is attempting to carry out Nazi-like genocide against the Palestinian people.

If that is the case, they really suck at it.

What country whose aim is genocide agrees to pull out of Gaza leaving a billion dollar horticultural business behind with plans to train the Palestinians how to run it?  (Hamas destroyed it after Israel left, but that is another story.)  What country bent on genocide forcibly removes around 1700 Jewish settler families from Gaza in advance of the aforementioned 2005/06 pullout?

If Israel wants to wipe out all the Palestinians, maybe they should stop sending those text messages and making those phone calls to warn civilians about imminent shelling.  (We can debate the effectiveness of such measures, but there is no doubt they are taken.)  Maybe they should stop sending in trucks with food and water and medical supplies.  Maybe they should not have set up a border hospital to attempt to help Palestinian civilians injured in the shelling.  ( Hamas often keeps the civilians from reaching that hospital… – another story.)   Are these measure inadequate?  Again, we can debate, but they are most certainly not the moves of a genocidal campaign.

In fact, if Israel’s intent is genocide, maybe they should pay closer attention to the methods of Syria’s Assad against the Sunni Muslim population who oppose him.   Assad’s reprisals against those who want to overthrow him have meant the deaths of over 51,000 civilians in the last three years, and over 150,000 total deaths.   But wait, no one (at least not recently) has talked much about that in terms of an attempt at genocide; had an article in April of 2013, but nothing since.

I guess when it’s Muslim against Muslim, genocide doesn’t count.   Or nobody really cares.

The world would be such a better place if we could all just get along.   There is no such thing as a good war, or acceptable numbers for civilian deaths.   There is, however, a difference between inevitable casualties of war (or that awful phrase “collateral damage”), and genocide.


Some of you have expressed privately that you’d rather I stick to the lighter subjects here, and I will get back to them –  photography and travel and such – but as Joshua’s entire family lives in Israel I feel compelled to respond to continual inaccurate and biased comments.   Thanks for hanging in there with me!

About Amy

Amy Milstein was born and raised on a farm in Indiana, but after 20+ years considers herself a full-fledged New Yorker. She is married with two kids, who do not go to school but are instead life learners. This means they learn by living in the world (real life ) instead of hearing about it and simulating it in a classroom. With her family, Amy loves to travel, read, watch movies, write, sew, knit - the list is endless.
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One Response to Genocide?

  1. M says:

    Excellent post.