CNN: Palestinians Want to Die

In this latest assault on Gaza, Israel had by Thursday already killed 69 Palestinians including 22 children and 13 women, plus 469 wounded including 166 children and 85 women, and 70 houses destroyed. These numbers have since increased significantly.

In this video from Thursday on CNN, Jake Tapper interviews Diana Buttu, a former advisor to the PLO.  After failing to persuade her of Israel’s complete innocence, he tells her that Hamas is instructing women and children to remain in their homes to die as Israel bombs them. She responds by expressing doubt that people want to die.  Oh no, says Tapper, Palestinians live in a culture of martyrdom; they want to die.

William Westmoreland once remarked on Vietnam, where the United States killed 4 million men, women, children, and infants: “The Oriental doesn’t put the same high price on life as does a Westerner. Life is plentiful. Life is cheap in the Orient.”

Banastre Tarleton stood up in Parliament and defended the slave trade on the grounds that Africans did not object to being slaves.

President William McKinley said little brown Filipinos appreciated being conquered and dominated.

The view that the people you are abusing don’t mind it has a long history of being employed to distract from the evil being done.

Just as powerful, if not more so, is the view that no evil is being done at all.

ABC News’ Diane Sawyer told her viewers that scenes of destruction in Gaza were actually in Israel, and was later forced to apologize, but did not note that scenes like those she’d shown do not exist in Israel, rather leaving the impression that a simple mistake had swapped out similar scenes from one country for the other.

Polls have found that people in the United States believe Iraq benefitted from the war that destroyed it and that Iraqis are grateful, while the United States itself suffered.

If people cannot be depicted as evil, because we see images of them, and they are 3 years old and have their limbs ripped off, and if our cruelty cannot be depicted as for their own good, then the cruelty must itself be denied.  We must completely avert our eyes or invert the facts.  Or we must blame someone else for it.  Blame Israel for getting a bit carried away after so many years of innocent suffering.

But it is with billions of dollars of weaponry provided free of cost courtesy of U.S. taxpayers that the Israeli military is bombing civilian neighborhoods in occupied Gaza. The ongoing occupation is at the root of the crisis, but this new turn to large-scale violence was produced by fraud. The Israeli government learned that three Israelis had been killed, falsely blamed Hamas, and falsely claimed to believe the young men might still be alive. This fraud was used to justify a search-and-rescue operation that left numerous dead and hundreds under arrest.

Small-scale violence by Palestinians is not justified by Israel’s ongoing brutality. It is deeply immoral as well as absurdly counterproductive.  But if individual murders justified the mass killing of war, the United States would have to launch a full-scale war on itself every day of the year. And it is the United States’ weaponry, provided under the euphemism of “aid,” that is pounding the homes of the people of Gaza.

Jewish Voice for Peace says, in an open letter that you too can sign:

“In this time of tremendous suffering and fear, from Jerusalem to Gaza, and from Hebron to Be’er Sheva, we reaffirm that all Israelis and Palestinians deserve security, justice, and equality, and we mourn all those who have died.

“Our unshakeable commitment to freedom and justice for all compels us to acknowledge that this violence has fallen overwhelmingly on Palestinians. And it compels us to affirm that this violence has a root cause: Israel’s illegal occupation.

“We are united in our belief that:

“The denial of Palestinian human rights must end.
Illegal settlements must end.
Bombing civilians must end.
Killing children must end.
Valuing Jewish lives at the expense of others must end.

“Only by embracing equality for all peoples can this terrible bloodshed end.”

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  • Carl_Herman

    Outstanding, David; thank you.

  • I say this time after time, year after year…these “rockets from gaza” stories don’t pass the smell test for me. Palestinians can’t even smuggle in FOOD, let alone rockets. Gaza is under total surveillance. Are you telling me somehow they’re smuggling in ROCKETS under these conditions? They pull out “rockets from Gaza” stories, it seems, in a very timely fashion all the time, too.

    Is it EVER proven WHO does these “rockets from Gaza”? For all those stories over the years, have they ever caught these guys shooting off the rockets?

    All the times “rockets from Gaza” stories were in the “news”, did they EVER have a follow-up story about catching them even ONE time?

    Instead of saying the rockets aren’t harming anything, let’s take a step back from that and ask WHO is firing these rockets? Is anyone actually firing rockets? What proof is there of who is shooting them? Is there EVER ANY proof who is shooting them, or even proof there’s rockets being shot from Gaza?
    I find it hard to believe, in this day and age of NSA spying, satellites, etc…and the mother of all spy countries to boot – Israel – somehow Palestinians are smuggling in rockets into Gaza and shooting them off all the time.

    I am just not buying that, and I never have. FALSE FLAG possibility.

    Has anyone seen this story btw:

    ABC’s Diane Sawyer Identifies Palestinian Family as Israeli

    “Sawyer’s bald misreporting reflects either a deliberate lie by ABC News or willful ignorance so severe that Palestinian death and misery is invisible even when it’s staring ABC producers right in the face,” writes Rania Khalek, a reporter with Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian news website.

    “I’d be hard pressed to remember a media fail as large as this,” adds Adam Horowitz on Mondoweiss.

    A petition was quickly launched demanding ABC World News apologize “for lying about devastation in Gaza,” gaining 3,345 signatures as of Thursday morning.

    Twitter users were equally unforgiving.

    • nomadfiles

      Oh, man. I don’t much watch the network news anymore but happened to catch Sawyer yesterday explaining how precise the Israelis can be when bombing the houses of terrorists, showing a destroyed residence tightly squeezed between two still standing. Explaining also that families of said terrorists are (somehow) warned in time enough to get out. !!! Since when did US MSN become apologists for the Israeli military? But, on the other hand she also talked to one resident who claimed that a murdered family wasn’t given enough time to flee the premises. So I guess, if you’ve got two right hands, that’s even handed reporting.

    • Rudy Campilii

      Isn’t ABC and almost all media owned and controlled by Jews?

  • Roymondw

    American mainstream media narrative is controlled from Tel Aviv.

  • Tarquin Mandrake

    hamas has been instructing people to act as human shields, that’s probably what the journalist is referring to.
    big dan, google image search ‘rockets from gaza’ and maybe get out of the bunker and stretch your legs now and then.

  • Shimon Wincelberg

    yuck yuck like all Jews are Victims?!?! Quit making up stories, CNN

  • exile all jews

    there is no such thing as a jewish voice for peace. to be a jewish voice for peace is to ignore their ‘gods’ commandments. It is the perverted jewish religion that commands the sins they carry out. Nothing more.

  • Rudy Campilii

    Didn’t the Jews give us communism? Marx,Lenin… Didn’t the Jews give us the Rothschilds and central bankers? God’s people, my foot.