Israeli Attitude Towards Gaza: Israel Is a Colonial Power that “Never Really Thought It Had Any Duty To Protect the People Under Its Rule or To Improve the Quality of their Lives”

Israeli Attitude Towards Gaza = French Attitude Towards Algerians, and American American Attitude Towards Vietnamese

Remi Brulin – Research fellow at NYU and Shapiro fellow at George Washington University – tweets:

Most of what Israel says re: Gaza, France said in Algeria in 50s. The discourse is, at its roots, colonial pic.twitter.com/XMeIMFtBWA

If you missed the translation, it says:

You have welcomed the rebels.
You have given them money and food.
You have helped them with your silence.
You have become their accomplices in crime and have been punished accordingly.

You must choose:
Either peace and the protection of FRANCE OR crime and PUNISHMENT.

Brulin also quotes Lyndon Johnson’s statement towards the Vietcong:

Lyndon B. Johnson, Address on U.S. Policy in Vietnam Delivered Before a Joint Session of the Tennessee State Legislature. March 15, 1967

Now as to bombing civilians, I would simply say that we are making an effort that is unprecedented in the history of warfare to be sure that we do not. It is our policy to bomb military targets only.
We have never deliberately bombed cities, nor attacked any target with the purpose of inflicting civilian casualties.

We hasten to add, however, that we recognize, and we regret, that some people, even after warning, are living and working in the vicinity of military targets and they have suffered.

We are also too aware that men and machines are not infallible and that some mistakes do occur. But our record on this account is, in my opinion, highly defensible.

Look for a moment at the record of the other side.

Any civilian casualties that result from our operations are inadvertent, in stark contrast to the calculated Vietcong policy of systematic terror.

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Yet, the deeds of the Vietcong go largely unnoted in the public debate. It is this moral double bookkeeping which makes us get sometimes very weary of our critics.

Link: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=28135&st=terror&st1=civilians

The New Republic notes:

Israel is one of the world’s last colonial powers, and the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are its unruly subjects. Like many past anti-colonial movements, Hamas and Fatah are deeply flawed and have sometimes poorly represented their peoples, and sometimes unnecessarily provoked the Israelis and used tactics that violate the rules of war. But the Israeli government has continued to expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and to rule harshly over its subjects, while maintaining a ruinous blockade on Gaza. That’s the historical backdrop to the events now taking place.

And British/Israeli historian Avi Shlaim – emeritus professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and a fellow of the British Academy – writes:

Israel claims that its assault is an act of self-defence to put an end to the Hamas rocket attacks against its civilians. Hamas claims it is engaged in legitimate resistance to Israel’s military occupation. The chain of action and reaction is endless. But the underlying cause of the violence is Israeli colonialism.

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The occupation turned Israel into a colonial power and colonialism has the habit of brutalising not only the occupied but the occupier as well. Some colonial powers, such as the British in India and the French in the Levant, learned the value of building schools and providing other amenities for the colonised. Israel, by contrast, never really thought it had any duty to protect the people under its rule or to improve the quality of their lives.

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  • Undecider

    Israel will never face up to her crimes unless forced to.

    • par4

      Same with the U.S.

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  • If you care about Israel and Gaza, watch this emotional Jon Snow video by Matthew Champion Jul 27, 2014

    Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow has made an emotional appeal for people to consider the children of Gaza, after returning from the area. In the below clip he describes the scene he witnessed in Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital, where doctors were overwhelmed by victims of the Israeli military operation. More than 1,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, 45 Israelis – 43 of them soldiers – and one Thai national in Israel have died since the offensive began.

    http://www.channel4.com/news/the-children-of-gaza-jon-snow-video

  • Me Who

    While accepting support of American Christians, Israel never mentions there are 12,000 Christians IN GAZA. Destroying electric, water, and sanitation is also not defensible under the guise of targeting “terrorism “. US must cease financial assistance to Isreal immediately, lest the government is implicated in human rights violations. When did Americans agree to give billions of their tax dollars to Isreal? More importantly all the soldiers lives we’ve lost to their causes?

  • LG_Knight

    If the residents of Ward XYZ in Washington elected leaders committed to the complete destruction of Washington D.C. civilization and its people, and was then supported in its efforts by all lands surrounding Wasington (including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Massachusetts and Delaware) by smuggling in 100,000 rockets, training and arming the ward, and contributing hundreds of millions toward tunnels penetrating outside the ward, and then you had to experience weekly suicide bombers in your cafés, kidnappings of your children, and daily rocket attacks directly into your neighborhood…

    Would you truly stand idly by and allow it to happen? Would you not build walls? Would you allow an airport for direct arms resupply? Open a seaport? Would you allow full freedom of travel? Would you voluntarily surrender your homes?

    How dare I propose this hypothetical? I must be a racist and a bigot and all sorts of nasty names. Certainly a criminal to humanity.