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Kill them all

All Palestinians are guilty of Qassam rockets being fired into Israel, therefore they all deserve to die. At least, that’s what former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu thinks.

According to Jewish war ethics, wrote Eliyahu, an entire city holds collective responsibility for the immoral behavior of individuals. In Gaza, the entire populace is responsible because they do nothing to stop the firing of Kassam rockets.

If you think this madman is alone, you would be mistaken.

“Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Eli Yishai of Shas proposed that Israel use air strikes to destroy Palestinian towns and villages in response to the rocket fire, after giving local residents advance notice allowing them to evacuate their homes.””Shas MK Yitzhak Cohen proposed cutting off the supply of electricity, water and fuel to the Strip, and justify the move by saying that Qassam rockets had destroyed Israel’s infrastructure and that it will take a long time to repair the facilities with which to supply the Palestinians with basic resources. Shin Bet security service director Yuval Diskin suggested that Cohen’s idea is worth examining.”

This is the state that is supposed to be the conscience of the world following the Nazi holocaust? Which other government could openly hold such discussions to such overwhelming silence from the so-called “international community”?

Indeed, is there another government that could speak of pulling such a stunt and not be subject to international condemnation for boasting about it?

 

10 comments ↪
  • Carrie Lewis

    How many governments would put up with the daily firing of rockets into civilian centres. These rockets kill.

    You have nothing to say about them do you?

  • Marilyn

    Carrie Lewis, you disgust me do you know that? Iraq is continually bombed by us and we expect them to not fight back, same in Afhganistan.

    The Palestinians have no army, no airforce, no navy, bugger all cash and a few little penny crackers – for every Israeli killed the IDF slaughter 50 Palestiinians, bulldoze dozens of homes, destroy whole villages and so on.

    Grow up.

  • Carrie Lewis

    Not as much as you disgust me Marilyn because your philosophy is exactly what the Palestinian people don't need and it's exactly what sees them in their current situation (FWIW I don't think you care about that at all).

    How many Palestinians do you think would die today if they weren't attacking Israel with their suicide bombers, snipers and kassams?

    The answer is there would still be a lot but not through anything Israel does; rather because they're killing each other at the moment at about five times the rate with their own internal fighting.

    What was that which the Palestine Authorities promised when they signed onto the Road Map in 2003? As part of step one on the road map to peace it was to stop the incitement against Jews (you love that don't you), disarm the terrorists and arrest them. This was a promise made "without reservation" and yet it was repudiated within weeks by the Palestinian leadership without any effort to meet even the primary requirements.

    Palestinians don't need urgers like you telling them that violence is justified in lieu of honouring their written agreements. That's the problem with extremists on both sides.

  • BenZ

    Sorrry Carrie, shagging inmates at Baxter has given Marilyn some rather distorted opinions, to match her obvious anger management issues.

    is there another government that could speak of pulling such a stunt

    Well, Andre, you've had little to say about the currrent Lebanese flattening of Palestinian villages, but then, they aren't Jews are they?

    Would that the Hamas would drop the Israelis a memo before dropping rockets into their towns.

    But then, that would be civilised.

  • Andre

    Well, Andre, you’ve had little to say about the currrent Lebanese flattening of Palestinian villages, but then, they aren’t Jews are they?

    It's a pitty you have such trouble reading BenZ,

    I have written two of three threads on the subject. Here and here but seeing a you're scanning for Israel and Jews, it's no surprise that you missed the.

    Would that the Hamas would drop the Israelis a memo before dropping rockets into their towns.

    Would that make it legal? Oh yes, but at least it's civilized right? So if Hamas sent memos to Isralei citizens that they were going to lucnh Qassam rockets, that woudl make it civilised I take it?

    Ir reminds me of the deranged argument made by Dershowitz during the bombing of Lebanon last year.

    So, you can leave, but you can't pack a truck with your family and posessions–and everything that remains will surely be looted, even if you ever return to it. Where are you going to go? What are you going to eat when you get there? How will and where will you purchase the gasoline (that you can no longer pack–see the truck thing) you need to reach the destination?

    The "point" that people like you don't get is that there are people who can't leave – the elderly, children, the sick, crippled, those who have no car or radio and can't hear or heed the warnings. Those people have been stuck in a refugee camp for a reason, not because they like it there, and yes, they are there becasue of Israel.

  • BenZ

    It’s a pitty you have such trouble reading BenZ,

    It's a pitty (sic) you can't spell.
    Didn't you accuse me of "chutzpah" for calling you sub-literate, when any third-grader would reach the same conclusion?

    I have written two of three threads on the subject.

    No you haven't at recent count. Regardless, it is at best a token effort. I assume you wrote them only to ward off obvious criticism such as mine. They are crappy articles anyway.

    Then again, you are at least two up on Loewenstein who has had as as little to say about it as his book sales figures.

  • Andre

    Benz,

    Not only can you not read. but you demonstrate the mental faculties of a 5 year old. You sound completely deranged dude and evidently suffering from a sense of self importance that is far from justified.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but you are kidding yourself if you think I write any articles for this blog to placate you.

    No you haven’t at recent count. Regardless, it is at best a token effort. I assume you wrote them only to ward off obvious criticism such as mine. They are crappy articles anyway.

    This is priceless even by your standards BenZ. I never realised you were a member of the flat earth society, but I guess you learn something every day. First you deny I wrote the two articles (what part of Here and here do you no understand?), then you say they were crappy anyway. So which is it? Get back to me when you make up your mind and after you've started taking the right medication.

    Secondly. if you had bothered to read those links, you would have realized that that there is far more to the Lebanon situation than what is being reported in the MSM. For a start, Fatah al-Islam were not only backed by the Saudis, but were invited into Lebanon by the Lebanese government to attack Hezbollah.

    It was unclear for a while why things went pear shapes, but some theories have surfaced as to why the Lebanese government and Fatah al-Islam are now on opposing teams.

    As usual, when you look for “allusions”, you end up saying more about yourself than the object of analysis. Paranoid Zionists see anti-Semites in every shadow. It must be a terrible affliction.

  • viva peace

    Who knows how the Palestinians manage to do it. People are trying to vapourise them all over the ME.

    1. The Iraqi Sunnis are trying to kill them, because the Pals were the privileged pets of Saddam.

    2. The Kuwaitis massacred them in the thousands because they helped Saddam invade Kuwait.

    3. The Iraqi Shia are trying to kill them because they are are Sunnis.

    4. The Lebanese are trying to kill them because the Pals have been the source of all Lebanon's civil wars.

    5. In Gaza, they are trying to effect genocide by killing each other.

    Lovely people, aren't they?

  • BenZ

    Paranoid Zionists see anti-Semites in every shadow. It must be a terrible affliction.

    Have I called you an antisemite?

    Sub-literate moron sure, but antisemite? Quote please…

    It seems, based on the constant (and dishonest) accusation that Jews accuse everyone who criticises Israel of being an antisemite, that in fact Loewenstein's allies are "paranoid" – about being called antisemites. Now why might that be anyway, Andre?

    there is far more to the Lebanon situation than what is being reported in the MSM

    Agreed. The MSM, like this blog has practically nothing to say at all about Muslim-on-Muslim violence. This is a longstanding tradition.

    Israel wakes up a Palestinian in the middle of the night? Outrage. Letters to the editors. Op-eds, and of course, Loewenstein-mania.

    Muslims kill 100 times as many Muslims? Crickets chirping…

  • Andre

    Muslims kill 100 times as many Muslims? Crickets chirping

    So that means it's perfectly OK for Israel to do it.

    BTW, Where did you get the 100 times figure from?