Tachles with Aviel – Israel and genocide?

The charge of “genocide” is a means for many peoples to accuse and destroy Israel. Anyone who does that is doing Hitler a favor.

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Gaza, Hamas
Demonstrators chant slogans and hold a banner reading "Stop the genocide" during a solidarity demonstration for the Palestinians in Berlin, Germany, on October 18, 2023. Photo: EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN
Demonstrators chant slogans and hold a banner reading "Stop the genocide" during a solidarity demonstration for the Palestinians in Berlin, Germany, on October 18, 2023. Photo: EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN

For 75 years, Arab nations have repeatedly tried to bring Israel to its knees on the battlefield. Once again Israel is at war, and once again the nations are rubbing their hands. They accuse Israel of genocide. Especially in the last few weeks, the voices accusing Israel of genocide have become increasingly louder. With every bomb that hits Gaza, the tone in the media towards Israel becomes more brutal and damaging. Israel has nothing to apologize for because Israel is not committing genocide. Just because Israel-haters scream “genocide” doesn’t mean that’s the reality.

Palestinian leaders are the first to complain. At every opportunity they accuse Israel of genocide in the Gaza Strip. Just two weeks after the barbaric attacks of October 7, the global movement “School Strike for Climate” accused the Israeli government of genocide: “This is not a conflict. This is genocide.” In mid-December, environmental groups awarded the negative “Fossil of the Day” award to Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip at the climate summit in Dubai. “Israel’s behavior is aimed at eliminating the Palestinian people through genocide and ethnic cleansing,” the Climate Action Network charged. According to the group, almost 2,000 organizations in over 130 countries belong to the network. Climate activist Greta Thunberg had previously accused Israel of genocide.

Last Friday, South Africa also accused Israel of genocide against the Palestinians at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. This was previously done by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who incidentally compared Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler. Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib called Netanyahu a “genocidal lunatic” on her Instagram profile.

But there are also Jews who accuse Israel of genocide, such as the American Jewish political candidate (Green Party) Jill Stein. “I grew up with the belief that genocide should never happen again. That means never again for everyone. Free Palestine,” wrote Stein. This is just one appetizer in a long list of nations, organizations and individuals all seeking to wipe out the Chosen People.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, 21,672 dead, 7,000 missing and 56,165 injured Palestinians were reported at the end of December. I don’t know whether these numbers are correct because Hamas is the source. In any case, the number of dead and missing includes terrorists and innocent Palestinians, including children. I feel sorry for the innocent victims, as I have emphasized before. But Israel cannot be held responsible when innocent people are used as human shields by their own co-religionists. I’m getting tired of repeating this over and over again. Of course, those who charge Israel with genocide will never admit that Palestinian Hamas terrorists are holding their own brothers and sisters captive in hospitals, schools and neighborhoods. But that’s exactly what many Palestinians have admitted on camera in recent weeks, and we’ve reported on it often.

“The terrorist organization Hamas, which commits war crimes and crimes against humanity and attempted to commit genocide on October 7, is responsible for the suffering of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by using civilians as human shields and denying them humanitarian assistance,” stated Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Israel is committed to and acts in accordance with international law and directs its military efforts exclusively against the terrorist organization Hamas and other terrorist organizations that work with Hamas.”

The West and the Palestinians are screaming about alleged genocide being carried out by the Israelis in the Gaza Strip, but Arab governments in the Middle East have so far not criticized Israel for it. No Arab government has accused Israel of genocide. People complain about Israel, which is part of the protocol to appear fair to the Palestinians, but the Arab governments know full well that Israel is not committing genocide. And why? They know the brutality of Muslims and of Hamas, and they also know Israel. If Israel truly committed genocide, then Arab governments have committed worse than genocide in the past. What do you call the half-a-million Syrians who have died in the ongoing Syrian civil war? How many deaths do we consider genocide?

The terms genocide and ethnic cleansing were first used during the horrors of the Holocaust in World War II. They refer to an attempt to destroy a specific group of people. Article II of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines genocide as any act “committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.” That is not the case in Israel. Israel is waging a war in the Gaza Strip against Hamas terrorists, who are Palestinians. But Palestinians work in Israel, as doctors and nurses in hospitals, as judges and lawyers in courts, as members of the Knesset in Israel’s halls of power.

The newly-appointed Vice President of the Supreme Court, Arab judge Khaled Kabub (center), at the swearing-in ceremony at the presidential residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2022. Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

The accusation that Israel wants to exterminate the Palestinians is simply nonsensical. If that were the case, then Palestinian doctors, judges, lawyers, parliamentarians, workers and taxi drivers would also disappear in Israel. Genocide is a widespread or systematic assault on an entire people group. But Palestinians are better off in a Jewish state than in Arab countries. It is not easy to admit this, and few Palestinians do.

The nations love suffering Jews, but not Jews who can defend themselves. When they leave Egypt, the children of Israel still have everyone’s sympathy. They leave oppression and slavery behind and move to freedom. Forty years through the desert. But for many Christian readers of the Bible, the problem begins with the seizure of land in Canaan. The children of Israel take the Promised Land that God gave them. To do this, at God’s command, they expel and destroy the peoples who previously lived there. Did God give Israel the order to commit genocide? For many Christians the question arises as to how this fits with the message of God’s love in the New Testament. That is a topic in itself. But there are two ways to untie the knots. Either you neglect the so-called “Old Testament” and concentrate only on the New Testament, thereby forgetting the “old God” and replacing Him with a “new God,” which goes hand-in-hand with Replacement Theology. Or you can study the biblical text and try to understand as much as possible, which is often not easy. Sorry, but the wars didn’t disappear with the New Testament. If Christians see it that way, then that’s their mistake. In any case, Israel is not committing genocide these days, but exterminating Hamas. At least that is Israel’s aim, because as long as the modern Amalekites exist, Israel will have no peace. And my most compelling evidence that Israel is not committing genocide is that I know my children, all of whom are soldiers.

 

Here is a short list of genocides in the last century. Does Israel’s behavior in Gaza fit into this list?

    • 1904 – 1908: Genocide of the Herero and Nama in Namibia. Between 35,000 and 65,000 Herero victims and 10,000 Nama victims.
    • 1915 – 1916: Armenian genocide in what was then the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Between 300,000 and 1,500,000 victims.
    • 1939 – 1945: Holocaust against the Jews. 6,300,000 victims.
    • 1965 und 1972: Tutsi genocide against Hutu in Burundi. Between 100,000 and 250,000 victims.
    • 1994: Genocide in Rwanda. The crime can be seen in the context of a long-standing conflict between the then-Rwandan government and the rebel movement. Around 75% of Rwanda’s Tutsi minority were murdered by members of the Hutu majority during this time. Between 500,000 and 1,000,000 victims.