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Our Wednesday News Analysis | A Textbook Case of Genocide

October 18, 2023

Source: Jewish Currents


By Raz Segal
Published October 13, 2023


Israel has been explicit about what it’s carrying out in Gaza. Why isn’t the world listening?

Our Wednesday News Analysis | A Textbook Case of Genocide

Palestinians look for survivors after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on October 12th, 2023.





Editor’s Note | Neither the Palestinian Arabs nor the Palestinian Jews will ever leave. Both live in the Region the Romans coined Palestinae. The State of Israel came into existence in 1948.


Zionist leaders from David Ben Gurion to Binyamin Netanyahu have, according to world public opinion, taken many wrong turns in their territorial obsessions – their rage and blind ambitions – to expand their lebensraum. Instead of triumphing in peaceful harmony, they have capitulated to criminal misconduct – steal, kill, and destroy (John 10: 10) –perpetrating heinous crimes against humanity. The Israeli extremists still collide against their Judaic conscience.


Zionism – biblically defined as “Return to God” (NOT return to the land) – meant to be the light in the world. But, it has become a prayer without end. Is secular Zionism sustainable: create an exclusive community or Kampf, a state for Jews-only; by deploying brute force without considering the consequences of the other; by unconscionably dispossessing and displacing ‘them’ from the land with no hope to ever return with neither compromise, concession or conciliation; them or us; the end justifies the means?


This perversion and aberration, this depraved, distorted, and deviant ideology, can never have a happy ending. Ask Nazi Germany!


I worry. I want Israel-Palestine to survive. I am of Jewish descent. I, too, have a spiritual connection to the land. The region is my home. Born as a refugee on the outskirts of Israel – Palestine on the Red Sea, a British Ship of Dutch parents. Inside my soul and within all of my being, I am attached to the splendor of its many colors, their tints and hues. I do not know how to explain my love and deep devotion to the land, but I understand intuitively why neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis will ever leave.


Van Kempen, Abraham. Christian Zionism ... Enraptured Around a Golden Calf, 2nd Edition (Kindle Locations 499-507). The 3rd Edition will come out in February 2024.



ON FRIDAY, Israel ordered the besieged population in the northern half of the Gaza Strip to evacuate to the south, warning that it would soon intensify its attack on the Strip’s upper half. The order has left more than a million people, half of whom are children, frantically attempting to flee amid continuing airstrikes, in a walled enclave where no destination is safe. As Palestinian journalist Ruwaida Kamal Amer wrote today from Gaza, “refugees from the north are already arriving in Khan Younis, where the missiles never stop and we’re running out of food, water, and power.” The UN has warned that the flight of people from the northern part of Gaza to the south will create “devastating humanitarian consequences” and will “transform what is already a tragedy into a calamitous situation.” Over the last week, Israel’s violence against Gaza has killed more than 1,800 Palestinians, injured thousands, and displaced more than 400,000 within the strip. And yet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised today that what we have seen is “only the beginning.”


Read more: A Textbook Case of Genocide





Source: Scheerpost


By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost
Published October 15, 2023


Washington and European governments are cheerleading Israel’s genocidal campaign in Gaza. The failure to intervene to halt the carnage threatens to ignite violence throughout the region.


This Way for the Genocide, Ladies and Gentlemen – by Mr. Fish



"Israel, as it has in the past, will block the dissemination of independent reporting and images
once some 360,000 soldiers launch a ground assault.
It cut internet service in Gaza on Saturday.
The brief glimpses of Israeli atrocities that make it out
will be dismissed by Israeli leaders as anomalies or blamed on Hamas.


The West refuses to intervene, as 2.3 million people, including 1 million children, are deprived of food, fuel, electricity and water, see their schools and hospitals bombed and are butchered and rendered homeless by one of the most advanced military machines on the planet.


The U.S., as in the past, ignores the far greater death and destruction, as well as the illegal occupation, meted out by Israel to the Palestinians or the periodic military campaigns — this is the fifth major military assault by Israel on Gaza in 15 years — against civilians.


Israel says it recovered 1,500 bodies of Hamas fighters after the incursion. This is a number greater than the 1,300 Israeli victims. Nearly all the dead Hamas fighters, I suspect, were young men born inside the Gaza concentration camp who had never seen the outside of the open-air prison until they burst through the security barriers erected by Israel.


If Hamas fighters possessed Israel’s technological arsenal of death,
they would be able to do their killing more efficiently. But they do not.
Their tactics are cruder versions of those Israel has used against them for decades."



I have been in urban warfare in El Salvador, Iraq, Gaza, Bosnia and Kosovo. Once you fight street by street, apartment block by apartment block, there is only one rule — kill anything that moves. The talk of safe zones, the reassurances of protecting civilians, the promises of “surgical” and “targeted” air strikes, the establishment of “safe” evacuation routes, the fatuous explanation that civilian dead were “caught in the crossfire,” the claim that the homes and apartment buildings bombed into rubble were the abode of terrorists or that errant Hamas rockets were responsible for the destruction of schools and medical clinics, is part of the rhetorical cover to carry out indiscriminate slaughter.


Read more: Chris Hedges: This Way for the Genocide, Ladies and Gentlemen




For American Evangelicals Who Back Israel, ‘Neutrality Isn’t an Option’

Source: The New York Times


By Ruth Graham and Anna Betts
Ruth Graham reported from Arlington, Texas. Anna Betts reported from New York.
Published October 15, 2023


Conservative Christians’ strong connection to Israel forms the backbone of Republican support, and is tied to beliefs about biblical promises and prophecy.


Jared Wellman, a pastor at Tate Springs Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, spoke in support of Israel on Sunday. He described the attacks against Israeli civilians as “conceived in the darkest pits of hell.”Credit...Jake Dockins for The New York Times





Editor’s Note | Zion is Heaven On Earth not Hell on Earth


Many have called the Region Palestine. Just as many have called the same region Israel. And Zion, the City of God, the heart of human consciousness, stands central. Zion has always meant to be the place where people can become the Light Among Nations. Zionism has always meant to be a Heaven on Earth in reverence to the God of Abraham, the God of ALL Muslims, ALL Christians, ALL Israelites; the God of Adam and Eve, the God of ALL humanity, the God of all believers and, especially, unbelievers; the God of ALL who are lost in their ways. The region has always meant to be the Promised Land for EVERYONE 8, for ALL the descendants of the biblical Abraham, the “Father of a Multitude of Nations” (Genesis 17: 1-6, 20; Matthew 21: 43; 25: 32; Romans 11: 17; Galatians 3: 29; 6: 14-16 GNT), not just one nation. Time for Real Zionism 9 … “Creating a Heaven on Earth”


Nothing is more anti-Semitic than radical ultra-nationalism or Pagan ‘Zionism.”


Pagan Zionists have bastardized a most beautiful, God-given word to veil their crimes and ingratiate themselves on the world stage to justify their atrocities against a defenseless people under the banner of Holy Goodness. It is worse than FAKE. It is FALSE. They have grimly misrepresented and gravely misconstrued true Zionism as depicted in the Sacred Texts.


Fake Zionism has been a rupture and a rebellion against Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The ‘return to a homeland’ with a modus operandi of ‘taking – attacking, invading, dispossessing, displacing and imprisoning the indigenous people of Palestine – rather than humbly giving as exemplified by the biblical Abraham,’ defiles all that is good and Holy in our Abrahamic Faiths.


When it emerged in the late 19th century, most religious Jews rejected this false doctrine, Fascism veiled as Zionism. Pagan-Zionists reflect their former oppressors by perpetrating an ideology of ethnic cleansing and external expansion and abandoning democratic norms in pursuit of redemptive violence against anyone who stands in their way without ethical or legal restraints, equipped with lethal modern warfare, under the pretense of defense. Their godless faith is in canons of deception, destruction, and decadence.


They sing the praises of greed and self-indulgence. Pagan-Zionism, hell on earth, is not the same as Biblical-Zionism, heaven on earth.




Pastor Jared Wellman took the stage Sunday morning at Tate Springs Baptist Church, 7,000 miles west of Jerusalem, to talk to his congregation about Israel...


Read more: For American Evangelicals Who Back Israel, ‘Neutrality Isn’t an Option’


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