Friday, February 29, 2008

A Palestinian Holocaust?

In the past, if you accused the Israelis of carrying out a holocaust against the Palestinian people you'd likely be accused of hysteria, if not out-right antisemitism. My, how times have changed.

Israeli leaders warned Friday that the army may unleash a “holocaust” on the Gaza Strip if Islamists there do not end their daily barrages of rockets, the Times of London reports.

"The more Qassam fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our might to defend ourselves," Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said

The Hamas rocket attacks are reprehensible, surely self-defeating, terrorize and traumatize Israeli civilians, and have produced numerous casualties among the Israeli population. However, it seems obscene, frankly, for an Israeli official to use the term "holocaust" in describing potential IDF reprisals for actions that, let's face it, have claimed the lives of less than twenty people in all.

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