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A Great American Dilemma: Israel-Hamas War – Is It Reverse Holocaust?

By Vishwamithra –

“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

All wars are evil. To paraphrase Leonard Wolf as he wrote in his celebrated novel ‘The Village in the Jungle’, no war has been more evil than the ones that had been fought between Jews and their adversaries, be it Arabs, Palestinians, Hamas or Hezbollah. In that long line of wars between Israel and her adversaries from ancient times until now, on October 7, 2023, the pristine image of Israel’s so-called ‘invincibility’ was shattered beyond recognition. And it happened under the watch of an Israeli warmonger named Benjamin Netanyahu. 

More than a fortnight after Hamas terrorists rained thousands of rockets down on Israel and infiltrated the country by air, sea and land in an unmatched surprise attack, the region has gone beyond the brink of war — with fears of even wider conflict and thousands lay dead on both sides of the Israel-Gaza border.

The conflict was triggered by the aforementioned Oct. 7 surprise attack, which included thousands of armed Hamas fighters rupturing a border security fence and arbitrarily gunning down Israeli civilians and soldiers taken off guard. Other militants stormed beaches in Israel in motorboats and some brought death from the sky. Benjamin Netanyahu, the self-acclaimed strong man of Israel is literally under fire from his own domestic quarters. This ‘strong man’ seems to be the wrong man at the wrong place at the wrong time.

As per reports dated October 30, 2023, more than 1,400 people have been killed in Israel, including children, and more than 4,500 people have been injured, Israeli officials said. At least 32 of those killed in Israel are Americans, according to the U.S. State Department. At least 9000 people have been killed in Gaza and more than 12,000 have been injured, according to the Palestinian Health Authority. The Israel Defense Forces said 203 people have been taken hostage by Hamas and it’s believed they are being held in Gaza. Now the numbers have gone up to 240. Living men, women and children; whether they are Jewish, American, Arabic and Palestinian or of any other origin, they all hail from one human family.

Israel has a long and storied history. From Biblical times, self-proclaimed as the ‘Chosen People’, the history of Jews has been painted as one with a most painstakingly and subliminally crafted tale of victimhood of man’s inhumanity to man. Scholars of Jewish story have penetrated deeply into the dead corridors of global libraries and found many an incredible story after another in order to put on a historic pedestal a very ordinarily born and bred community bonded together by a faith embedded in the Old Testament, the five Books of the Torah.  Moses, the founder of Judaism is supposed to have written the ‘Torah’ given by ‘God’ into five books, namely, Genesis (Bereshit), Exodus (Shemot), Leviticus (Vayikra), Numbers (Bemidbar) and Deuteronomy (Devarim). These books contain all the commandments and ideas central to Judaism and Jewish thought. Jews regard these books as very ‘holy’. 

Nevertheless, it is not my intention to explore the rights and wrongs or ‘credibles’ and the ‘incredibles’ of the contents of the Five Books. I would rather leave it to more erudite scholars. Yet one cannot refrain from exploring the events and post-event occurrences with each explosion of that which is lighting up the darkened skies over the Gaza region today. Adolf Hitler and his murderous Nazi henchmen sent nearly six million European Jews to the gas chambers. He called them sub-human; unspeakable atrocities were committed against the then Jewish men, women and children. Auschwitz, Treblinka, Dachau and Mauthausen were amongst the infamous death camps that were erected and run to military precision by the Nazis. There can be no denial of the gruesome torture and death brought unto an innocent population of the ‘Chosen People’. The attempted elimination of European Jewry was brought to a close and one of the most appalling chapters in human history came to an end. Yet contemplating on this sordid chapter in human history, as someone said, was ‘homage to the dead and a warning to the living’.

The Holocaust, Yad Vashem of Jerusalem, Israel says is thus: ‘The Holocaust was unprecedented genocide, total and systematic, perpetrated by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, with the aim of annihilating the Jewish people. The primary motivation was the Nazis’ anti-Semitic racist ideology. Between 1933 and 1941, Nazi Germany pursued a policy that dispossessed the Jews of their rights and their property, followed by the branding and concentration of the Jewish population. This policy gained broad support in Germany and much of occupied Europe. In 1941, following the invasion of the Soviet Union, the Nazis and their collaborators launched the systematic mass murder of the Jews. By 1945, nearly six million Jews had been murdered’.  

In order to right that historical wrong, a permanent land for all Jews was founded amidst a vast and abjectly poor Arabs in the Middle-East. The promised land that was promised to Moses by their ‘God’, over the Jordan River, ultimately became the ‘Land of Israel’ providing shelter, prosperity and promise and of course of ‘milk and honey’. Rest of the world by attempting to ensure peace and coexistence between Arabs and Jews gave birth to another phase of chaos, endless enmity and perpetual conflict in the human tale. 

The Jewish Holocaust occurred in the late nineteen thirties and early nineteen forties. With the end of the Second World War, the Jewish question was given an answer that all Jews could be comfortable with; they have their ‘historical land’; a solitary democracy amongst Arab dictatorships and authoritarian rules, Israel became, as some say, the fifty first state of the United States of America. Arabs, in the fifties and the sixties had an almost adolescent flirtation with the then Soviet Union. The cold war contributed to the false superiority of all Arabs. Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Hafez al Assad of Syria and King Hussein of Jordan were hallucinating about Pan Arab hegemony. Defeat in the ‘Six Day War’ in June 1967 put to rest those Arabic delusions.

Ever since the end of the Six Day War, Israel continued to build their reputation as one bordering on invincible. The victimhood image of Israel vanished and she became the perpetrator of many a skirmish and land-grabbing excursion. Palestinians who were occupying the ancient land of Palestine became virtual refugees on their own land. The Soviet Union dissolved itself; the chief spokesman for and on behalf of the Palestinian cause at international fora did not have time nor the resources to sustain a continuing campaign for the cause of the Palestinians. Surrounding Arab states chose to use and abuse the Palestinian cause to their own ends. A grave and fertile soil of hatred, distress, frustration and unsurpassed anger enveloped the Palestinian psyche. Firstly led by Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian freedom movement has disintegrated into a mindless phenomenon; yet crafty political leaders of Palestinian origin formed their own versions of Palestinian State. Hamas and Hezbollah are the direct harvest of this unholy reaping.

Suicide killers, aircraft hijackers and paid and voluntary protesters buttressed the movement which had no all-congruent battle plan. In a chaotic world of power politics, Palestinians became the perennial refugees of uncaring superpowers. Europe, Russia and China kept themselves outside the circle of the Arab cum Palestinian question. Apathy and snail-paced approaches to a burning issue whose roots run into Biblical times have not helped any party to this issue. Not Israel, not Palestine nor the United States of America.

In the midst of the current Israel-Hamas war, the great dilemma that is confronting America today is no knot that is easy to untangle. Two hundred and forty men, women and children have been kidnapped; they may be anywhere in the labyrinth of Gaza’s caves; a constant barrage of missiles and related gunfire from a well-armed and better-trained Israeli Army have left the Gaza strip as a disorderly land of destruction, distress and death. Netanyahu is not agreeing to a ceasefire. The Palestinian Authority maintains administrative control, and Israel maintains security control of Area B in the West Bank. Israel retains full security control of Area C and has designated most Area C land as either closed military zones or settlement zoning areas. Palestinians in Gaza have nowhere to go. In their own State, they have become the stateless! 

There can be no moral equivalence between the Jewish Holocaust and the current plight of Palestinians. Yet how can one ignore the extreme hardships, unspeakable suffering and cruel Israeli apathy be condoned? The Jewish Holocaust was committed by Adolf Hitler, one of the cruelest, if not the cruelest, leaders of history. But that was more than seventy five years ago. The Holocaust that visited the Jewish people in the nineteen forties may have found a new and profane abode in the twenty first century. Palestinians, forsaken by their own leaders and barricaded within unseen barriers of Israel are confronted with an unkind dilemma. Do they listen to their own leaders or would they choose another way outside the proverbial box? In the midst of utter political buffoonery and insatiable arms race, a manifestation of a reverse Holocaust vicariously engineered by merchants of arms and weaponry is not an impossibility.    

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com    

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    Spare a thought for the Tamils and the Muslims of Sri Lanka. They have also been at the receiving end of holy myths of the innocent Buddha, from whom the world heard of nothing but peace, love and kindness to all living things. He is subverted into a creed that builds exclusivity, seeks possession of the island on the basis of his special blessings and justifies special treatment of a language. Saffron clad priests go around spreading hatred and claiming land on falsehoods supported by the Archaeological Department. Mothers of Missing Persons cry for their lost children and are cheated by the state which holds periodic commissions on the matter, achieving no result. We have problems akin to the Palestinian problem closer home. Vishwamitra is right in all that he says about the plight of the Palestininian people. But, he should perhaps spend some time comparing their plight to that of minorities in Sri Lanka.

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    Please include at least Gotapaya in this. He did the same thing with the advice from the Zionist Jews. Exactly the same things happened in the north and east during the war in the name of fightening the LTTE. At Mullivaikal they starved them, deprived medicine, bombed hospitals and ruthlessly killed those surrendered. In Gaza the jews dont strip their captives naked but in SL they stripped the bodies of both males and females and paraded the bodies for others to see. Even there are allegation some perverts had sex on dead bodies. But we have not heard such things from gaza.

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    Has Biden done a deal with the Republicans to support Israel in order to save his son from the grip of the law? Today it’s not the US that has a say over Israel, it’s Israel that is making the US policy for the Biden administration. Biden and Blinken should be charged for war crimes together with Netanyahu, and his armed forces commanders by the international court.

    Since China and Russia are also permanent UN Security Council members, the Middle Eastern countries should approach them to move their ships to the Mediterranean to monitor the actions of US forces there.

    As we all know the Security Council will never pass war crime charges against Israel, every country that respects human rights should pass laws in their own countries that will have the power to charge any Israel, US, and Hamas leaders under their own war crimes laws.

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    “Ever since the end of the Six Day War, Israel continued to build their reputation as one bordering on invincible. The victimhood image of Israel vanished, and she became the perpetrator of many a skirmish and land-grabbing excursion. Palestinians who were occupying the ancient land of Palestine became virtual refugees on their own land. The Soviet Union dissolved itself; the chief spokesman for and on behalf of the Palestinian cause at international fora did not have time nor the resources to sustain a continuing campaign for the cause of the Palestinians. Surrounding Arab states chose to use and abuse the Palestinian cause to their own ends. A grave and fertile soil of hatred, distress, frustration and unsurpassed anger enveloped the Palestinian psyche. Firstly, led by Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian freedom movement has disintegrated into a mindless phenomenon; yet crafty political leaders of Palestinian origin formed their own versions of Palestinian State. Hamas and Hezbollah are the direct harvest of this unholy reaping. Suicide killers, aircraft hijackers and paid and voluntary protesters buttressed the movement which had no all-congruent battle plan. In a chaotic world of power politics, Palestinians became the perennial refugees of uncaring superpowers. Europe, Russia and China kept themselves outside the circle of the Arab cum Palestinian question. Apathy and snail-paced approaches to a burning issue whose roots run into Biblical times have not helped ………. “

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    ” Sheer Mockery!” Isn’t it?
    The author has a nasty way of creating satirical scripts out of human pains. He is ever against everybody, never with anybody, not with the police nor with the drug peddler, not even the addict. He sees it as silly every opportunity for being a human and thrashing anybody in those occasions as worthless only to invent heroic Knighthood within him. The author badly missed the chance of being one among those who are going through those experiences. Pain is something of suffering endured by a living thing, happens by the circumstances present. How in the world one sees it as a God graced opportunity for them to be indulged and flourish in their sarcasm games? There should not be any advocacy as it could have been avoided by the involved or no secret wishing of “good for them”. That kind of writing is below human deeds. Grammatical English cannot be believed as the only element of writing. It is a kind of unenlightened personality if one believes in his/her language mastery as it should feed the readers’ thirst and hunger.
    Today I read about a dog waiting for 4 months in front of Kerala hospital where its master entered and was moved to a mortuary, but never out back by that door. He/she/it doesn’t know a UN sponsored dominant, modern electronized AI, language.

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    But his mastery of expressing his suffering is beyond Kalidas, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Umar Hayam, Ilango, Kampar, or any other great poet ever appeared on this earth. Yes, he could have stopped this moaning and walked behind somebody; they would have offered him a bone, but he didn’t. Anybody’s fault?
    For what we were waiting for from the mouths of Buddha, Jesus, Gandhi, Lincoln, Nelson……. Isn’t that an answer to the suffering of living things? Did a tree fall in the forest if no one heard it? What is the point of a writing that reduces urgent matters into trifling jokes, by the attitude of the writer, but fails to convince the readers’ attempt to resolve the urgency. Then, why does a human being venture out to find orphans to strip and watch? The Rapist Army’s havoc on the open fields of Mullivaikkal are more hearty actions than some writing produced by narcissistic writers, who believe they are God created for everything in this world. The education to the mind that produces worthless, but grammatical sentences is compared in Tamil with the “Kurankin Kai Poomalai” (The colorful, picturesque garland given in the hands of a monkey)
    Karratanal aya payanenkol valarivan, narraḷ tolaar enin. Learning is not taking place, if the learned cannot be put to work.

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    It’s amazing how frogs in the well can only see their own problems. When a war that is completely devoid of any reference to or geographically far removed from their small village well, these toads start croaking about how bad things were or are, for them. The whole idea of a modern-day holocaust in the Middle East is deliberately sidelined by the cacophony of these parochial toads.

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      LP
      One could not have put it any better.

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      It is absolutely fair for anyone to lament about their own plight here on CT in the backdrop of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

      Lasantha Pethiyagoda ——— Were you being a toad when declaring in one of your CT comments that the experiences of Tamils in Sri Lanka were diminutive compared to that of the Palestinians? Was it even relevant to drop such an unqualified statement while lending your voice to the Palestinians?

      Aren’t you biased hypocrites patting each other’s back the actual unsavoury ones?

      Keep the peace here first. Then advocate for peace elsewhere.

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    Why not send our all knowing Ranil to solve the problems of Middle east !

    He has after all solved all problems concerning Sri Lanka, economy, terrorism, UNP organisation, cricket board, becoming president without the peoples votes, visiting London to have tea with the King and most importantly, selling the canard that he is supremely intelligent and capable ( there is no question of honesty, he has honest genes from both sides of the family)

    Secretary Blinken will be completely overshadowed by president Ranil .

    However he should travel to the Middle-East only after converting the post office in Nuwara Eliya into a 5 star hotel

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    A Great American Dilemma: Israel-Hamas War – Is It Reverse Holocaust?

    China’s considerable power to shape world events, China’s neutral position in replace US for peace maker, There was never a good war or a bad peace.
    China also looks to position itself as the champion of the Global South and present a more attractive and alternative vision leadership to bring peace.
    The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity

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      Not just China, Russia has conducted itself very well in Africa in the recent crises in the Sahel.

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        Surely, North Korea should be given the opportunity to do the same… i.e., Conduct itself very well in the global south!

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          S
          What has North Korea done against any Third World country?
          So it has conducted itself very well.

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            It’s not entirely about what it hasn’t done against us and done for us. It’s equally about what it has and is doing to its own people. Applies to China as well.

            Let the North Koreans and Chinese speak for themselves… freely without retribution.

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              What it has done according to a hostile global media is not what it has done for its people.
              As for the rest, ignorance is bliss. Enjoy yourself.

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                Not surprising that a Pro-China propagandist is engaged in active disinformation.

                China specializes in disinformation endeavours around the globe.

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            Didn’t talk to Siri Ma O?

            At least Anura there; asking what North Korea did for them?

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        Hello again Comrade SJ,
        Maybe this was why Putin assassinated Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin? Not only did he lead an attempted putsch against Putin, but he also got caught doing Putin’s dirty work in the Sahel. Oh maybe that counts as Russia conducting itself very well in Africa?

        https://www.africanews.com/2023/05/13/amnesty-report-concludes-russian-wagner-involvement-in-moura-killings//
        Best Regards

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          Wagner is a private army, in some ways like the CIA. But with less state involvement.
          Russia is benefitting from the cock up by the French in Sahel.
          It has not made enemies of any country in Africa. Not good enough?
          *
          Love or hate Putin, the man is getting somewhere with Africa.

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            It has not made enemies of any country in Africa. Not good enough? ?

            Can you explain your theory behind that statement? Birds of a feather flock together. don’t they? Hiding the whole USSR’s war crimes Stalin’s crimes against humanity in the plate of rice?
            Putin finding more and more hard to wag his tail in Eastern Europe. Brezhnev learned his lesson in Afghanistan. Ukraine is turning out to be Putin Kindergarten school to learn A, B, C, …. Africa is the least democratized continent in the world. The dictators quashed all rights of the people, though all of them are UN members. Isn’t that why Putin is very friendly & highly active there?
            You went to the UK to study Karl Marx Engineering. But what stopped you to go to practice in Africa? Nobody there to hide behind, while releasing your nincompoop theories? How did the Islam go to Africa?
            Wagner is part of the CIA group. This new CIA went to Ukraine to fight. Putin killed it. Right?
            So, here after, are you going to stop blaming the American government for any wars created by the CIA?
            You are absolutely a shallow soul, dear friend!

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            Hello SJ
            On June 27, 2023, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a remarkable announcement. After years of denying any links between the Wagner Group and the Russian State, Putin stated, “I want to point out and I want everyone to know about it: The maintenance of the entire Wagner Group was fully provided for by the State.” President Putin added that from May 2022 to May 2023, the Russian State paid more than 86 billion rubles to the Wagner Group. That amounts to almost one billion U.S. dollars.
            “less state involvement” I rest my case
            Best Regards

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              The Wagner group still has no formal status in Russia.
              They are mercenaries and the Russian state hired its services. After the recent coup attempt, Russia likes to have greater control.

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      RBH
      There is something to Chinese diplomacy that others are unable to match.
      Not a hum on India’s gain in the Maldives a few years ago.
      They let Indians screw themselves by imposing an uncalled for military presence.
      Over here, India can stop the theft of fish in our waters and recover some lost goodwill in the North. But will it?
      The Chinese are in Jaffna in style with people who welcome them.
      Whom does one blame?
      The TNA’ team that ‘defends’ India against China?.

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    Here is a great human tragedy unfolding with arrogant acts of genocide that have angered people across the world including many Israeli and American Jews.
    Sad to hear the insensitive repetition of ‘What about us?’
    It is such insensitive attitude that has isolated Tamil nationalists from potential supporters for their just grievances.

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      There’s is nothing wrong with folk pointing out the Sri Lankan hypocrisy. This is ‘Colombo Telegraph’ after all.

      Otherwise, no shortage of sympathy for the Palestinian plight here amongst the Lankans of all backgrounds.

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        It is not a question of SL hypocrisy alone. It is the inability of Tamil nationalists to empathise with people in the same boat as them.
        “no shortage of sympathy for the Palestinian plight here amongst the Lankans of all backgrounds.”
        There must be sympathy in stock but not in distribution.

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          Seems you have readily assumed that predominantly there isn’t empathy amongst the ‘Tamil Nationalists’ to the plight of Palestinians. Who are these Tamil nationalists that you accuse of lacking empathy for Palestine?

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            Sugandh, after hearing and seeing enough of Lanka’s PSEUDO patriots, nationalist, comrades, religionists socialist, intellectuals….
            Now we have Pseudo ( global) humanright activists

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              Chiv, the pathetic lot cannot figure out how to foster peace and harmony at home but they preach to the world ad nauseam.

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            One goes by what one sees and hears.
            “Who are these Tamil nationalists?”
            The lot

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              Good cop-out. You have learned to engage in disinformation almost as well as China.

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                The guy is full of it. No credibility or reliability. 1) Tamil nationalist 2) Lankan military killed very few Tamil civilians 3) only a fraction of Muslims support IS. 4) what next ????? What us disinformation they call it “alternate facts”.

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