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Israel Invades: Takes lives, Destroys Sustaining Infrastructure

Recently Israel shelled a beach near two of Gaza City’s hotels. Twelve years ago, I dined with Gaza friends in one of those hotels overlooking that same beach. Israel’s shelling killed four Philistine boys instantly, four boys from the same family. Several others were wounded, and the incident was witnessed by two reporters who were staying in one of the hotels. The people killed and injured were guilty of nothing more than having an hour of fun on a hot day on that beach. Israel then publicly pronounced its act as “a tragedy.” This is Israel’s standard way to dismiss its most inhumane abuses of life, then it repeats the acts. The very next day, Israel invaded with tanks through Erez Gate into Gaza. This time there is every reason to believe that Israel’s agenda is to cause death by deprivation of the estimate 1.5 million Gaza gulag inmates, except those who can and will leave. This story is too painful to write, and I pray it will be proved to be wrong. But I am finding others who fear Israel has already started genocide and ethnic cleansing of Gaza.

The day after Israel lamented its deliberate killing of the four brothers, it shelled a Gaza City hospital harboring patients that could not be moved. Israel first warned the hospital staff to get out of the four-story building. The doctors and nurses refused, saying the patients could not be moved. After all, international law protects hospitals, does it not?  Not from Israel…there are no laws of human decency when Israel invades. Tanks started systematically destroying the hospital building with the patients in it, little by little, carefully placing tank shells so as to destroy unoccupied rooms, empty floors, and corners of the old building, with terrified patients and few nurse and doctors inside. The plan is clear, the patients will eventually have to be pushed out in the street by the doctors and nursed before the building falls on them. This is just one example of planned genocide by destroying infrastructure.  Who will care for the sick when the doctors and nurses finally give up and leave because there is no hospital? Could this one hospital be part of a large program to render Gaza unlivable?  I think so.

Israel’s Plan and Intent Exposed

One published plan for genocide from a prominent and upcoming politician with close ties to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is authored by Knesset member Moshe Feiglin: “My Outline for a Solution for Gaza“: by Moshe Feiglin.

Richard Forer, author of Breakthrough, Transferring Fear To Compassion, discovered the Feiglin plan on the Facebook pages of a prominent Israeli.  Forer has this to say about Feiglin and his plan: “Feiglin, who I believe has aspirations to become Israel’s prime minister, is a member of the Likud party and is representative of a significant portion of the Israeli populace. Yesterday, July 16, 2014, he was rewarded for his patriotism by Prime Minister Netanyahu, who appointed him to the prestigious Foreign Affairs and Security committee… Feiglin’s proposal for Gaza is to give Gazans ‘one warning’ that Israel is about to attack. If Gazans want to avoid death they must leave ‘immediately.’ ‘They can go to the Sinai Desert in Egypt: This will be the limit of Israel’s humanitarian efforts’…Beyond that limit, Feiglin’s plan washes its hands of any responsibility for feeding and sheltering the ethnically cleansed. If they happen to die, Feiglin and his government, as it so often has done, will likely blame the Arab world for disregarding the well-being of their own brethren, thereby providing Israel with another in a long list of propaganda coups.”

The full text of  Feiglin’s “My Outline for a Solution for Gaza“: By Moshe Feiglin is linked here. During the Nakba genocide in 1948, Israel did not provide a safe exit for the half million Philistines who were driven out of their homes. Some mothers carried their belongings on their heads with babies in arm. They received no help in finding their way out; it was  leave or die. Many ended up in makeshift refugee camps in Gaza and neighboring Arab countries. They were never compensated, so Feiglin’s suggestion of safe passage and compensation is the usual Israeli conscience bathe to get broader support from the Israeli public.

Even if we did not have  Feiglin’s “Solution” to read, we should be able to recognize Israel’s intent, evidenced by its acts from the air and on the ground in this invasion and others before it. If not the Feiglin “Solution,” some other undisclosed plan very much like it is being followed.

Genocide and ethnic cleansing are now proper subjects to discuss among the majority of Israelis. The idea of genocide as a “solution” has always been on the table in Israel. Before becoming a politician, General Ariel Sharon was one of the Zionists who openly stated that if Israeli politicians would support him, he would eliminate the “Arab problem.” At that time, some 25 years ago, he did not have support for this idea. Today he would have it. Several other Knesset members are speaking out for ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.

Until his death, Former Prime Minster, Ariel Sharon was quieted about genocide while under investigation by the World Court for his leadership role in a 1980s massacre of some 600 Philistines, called the Sabra and Shatila massacre, in southern Lebanon.

Ariel Sharon’s son, Gilad Sharon, has continued to reflect his father’s beliefs about a final solution. He is quoted in the Jerusalem Post two years ago: “There is no middle path here – either the Gazans and their infrastructure are made to pay the price, or we reoccupy the entire Gaza Strip.” and   “We need to flatten all of Gaza. There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing.” [See Footnote (1) for other prominent Israeli’s statements on Gaza]

Israel’s Foreign Minster, Avigdor Lieberman, who has recently made a very quiet visit to Washington as an Israeli diplomat, has repeatedly made such suggestions while in the Knesset, and, even after moving to national office.  Lieberman is obsessed with the idea of ending the Palestinian problem by forced migration and has openly said so many times.  Politicians are willing and able to talk about genocide, sure proof that the Israeli electorate no longer backs away from the subject. (2)

What if major factions in the US Congress wanted to round up and kill every Hispanic who would not make a run for the border?  What would our church leaders do?

A Knesset Leader Calls for Exterminating Gaza Mothers

An even more staggering indictment of the Knesset leadership, and the Israeli public who  support them, is found in the words of 38 year old Ayelet Shaked. She is said to be popular and a rising star in the Knesset. She is one of the most physically beautiful women in politics, but the words from her mouth are foul beyond belief. Occupied Palestine quotes Ayelet Shaked, “a member of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party: ‘Mothers of all Palestinians should also be killed during the ongoing Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip.’ She calls for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to ‘little snakes,’  and goes on, ‘They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists… They are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands. This also applies to the mothers of the dead terrorists.’”

Sadly, there is nothing unusual about Ayelet Shaked’s terrible words in Israel. Palestinians are commonly referred to as “animals,” as I learned by talking to cab drivers and bus riders during a visit to Israel. Mrs. Shaked may well have been educated to hate Philistines in the Israeli Defense Forces, where all men, and most women of her age were compelled to serve. Her mind is fouled with hatred for Philistines and she spews it without apology. This vitriol appears to be acceptable in Israel.

The Feiglin’s “Solution” (or any more “final solution” Mr. Netanyahu is following) must target “enemies” for death.  Feiglin calls all Gazans “enemies,” but logic tells us the Hamas party and its pubic servants are the target for extermination.   Any Hamas identified person, man, woman, mother or child, will eventually have to make a choice, to stay alive and protect their families, or to die fighting tanks. Each must stave off hunger and thirst while praying the next Israeli tank shell is not directed into their home. This was the prayer a 26-year-old English major, Shireen, from Gaza, told me about in the spring of 2002. I do not know if she is still alive or where she is now.  She will be in pain, as I am, for she told me, “we are not afraid of their big guns, but we are afraid they will destroy our dreams.”

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(1) Michael Ben-Ari, Knesset, Knesset member: “There are no innocents in Gaza … mow them (all) down”. And other prominent Israelis: “Five Israeli Quotes on the Gaza Conflict You’ll Wish Were False,” Davide Mastracci, The World Post (A Partnership of the Huffington Post, 11/20/2012:

(2) Avigdor Lieberman: Perhaps the most telling indicator of how radically racist Israel has become is the rise of Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs since reappointed by Benjamin Netanyahu.  Lieberman has had had numerous offices, a member of the Knesset and as Deputy Prime Minister of Israel.

Lieberman: On May 4 he called also for the execution of elected Israeli Arab members of the Knesset for talking to elected members of the Hamas-led Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). Four days later American The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed grave concern over his insightful statements.

When he served as minister of transport in a previous government, Lieberman called for all Palestinian prisoners, now more than ten thousand, held by the Israeli occupation authorities to be drowned in the Dead Sea and offered to provide the buses, Haaretz reported on July 11, 2002.

In 2002, Lieberman declared, “I would not hesitate to send the Israeli army into all of Area A [the area of the West Bank ostensibly under Palestinian Authority control] for 48 hours. Destroy the foundation of all the authority’s military infrastructure … not leave one stone on another. Destroy everything.” He also suggested to the Israeli cabinet that the air force systematically bomb all the commercial centers, gas stations and banks in the occupied territories. He is on record also to call for the ethnic cleansing of 1.2 million Israeli Arabs by stripping them of their citizenship and transferring them to a canonized Palestinian Authority (PA) without consulting their or consent.(The Independent, March 7, 2002)

“Erdogan [Turkish Prime Minister] accuses Israel of attempting a ‘systematic genocide’[of Palestinians in Gaza],” Jerusalem Post, July 18, 2014:

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said “Israel is not only invading Palestine but also he [Lieberman] is saying that Palestinian people need to be evacuated or exiled. If this, or Israel’s air-strikes, which have killed children in Gaza, are not sabotage, then what is?”

“Israeli Terror: The ‘Final Solution’ to the Palestine Question,” Prof. James Petras, Global Research, Nov. 28, 2012:

Links :

“A Decisive conclusion is necessary,” Gilad Sharon, The Jerusalem Post, Nov. 18, 2012:

To contact the reporter on this story: Calev Ben-David in Jerusalem at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at Amy Teibel, Ben Holland

Tragedy and Turning

Why this author uses Arabic term “Philistine”:

“Israel’s incremental Genocide in the Gaza ghetto,” Ilan Pappe, The Electronic Intifada, July 13, 2014:

“Israel firing experimental weapons at Gaza’s civilians, say doctors,” Rania Khalek, Electronic Intifada, July 15, 2014:

“‘Sderot cinema’: Israelis watch bombings,”, 7/16/2014:

“Knesset Members’ Solution for Gaza,” Richard Forer Blog, July 18, 2014:

“Israel steps up bombardment of Gaza; territory’s only power plant struck,” Washington Post, 7/29/2014:

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