The Giver



A Hamas militant displays a mortar shell as he celebrates what the militants say was a victory over Israel, in front of a destroyed house in the Shejaia neighborhood east of Gaza City

Leaders of Hamas repeatedly describe the situation in Gaza as “genocide” and compare Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Hitler. These inflammatory charges ignore both dictionary and legal definitions of “genocide,” which international law describes as brutal acts “with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group as such.”

The rapid, consistent growth of Gaza population, especially during 38 years under Israeli control, shows no evidence of such genocidal intent. The strip boasted 368,000 residents when Israel took over in 1967, and 1.4 million residents when Israel pulled out in 2005. This growth reflected a high birth rate, as well as dramatic improvements in health care and life expectancy. During the Holocaust, Hitler harmed his war effort by devoting military resources to the murder of Jewish civilians, while Israelis have restricted their war efforts by devoting their military resources and tactics to spare Palestinian civilians.

Comments (2)

  1. From: Ken Seabury   On: August 30, 2014

    The Israelis are not in an enviable position. How does a nation’s military react when the enemy stores rockets and other weapons in homes, hospitals, schools, houses of worship, etc.? I suspect that this is why Hamas has such high civilian casualties as a result of going to war with Israel.

    I am grateful for the fact that the Israelis had the foresight to build and deploy the Iron Dome Missile Defense system to minimize Israeli civilian casualties, and would shudder to think about what would have happened had they not gone ahead with this. Like it or not, Israel is here to stay, despite its neighbors repeated attempts to destroy that robust, virile nation since 1948.

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