Friday, November 10, 2006

Kristallnacht In Gaza

Grief turns to rage as Beit Hanoun buries its dead

The Israeli Imperialist State has waged war on the civilian population of Gaza for the past week, bombing, straffing, bulldozing, using tanks, aircraft and rockets. The world's silence over these war crimes is again deafening.

This must be another example of what the New Government of Canada calls a 'measured response'. Response to what one must ask. A response to the Palestinians voting for the wrong party.

While jack booted brown shirts are not marching in the streets of Beit Hanoun smashing windows and burning out Palestinians, the effect is the same. The brown shirts are the IDF and they are using their overwheming military might to terrorize the Palestinian population whom they have imprisoned in the occupied territories. Israel is a not only a terrorist state but a Fascist state. No matter what excuses they make over this particular assault in Gaza.
For a Gaza family, the strife hits home

Israel's rabid nationalism is actually a form of virulent anti-semitism, since the Palestinians are also Semites. The irony is of course obvious. The Israeli state defends only some semitic peoples at the expense of the other semitic peoples in the region whom they continue to oppress. And like their fascist forebearers the Israeli state blames the victims.

This past week was a Gaza's Kristallnacht.

On the nights of November 9 and 10, gangs of Nazi youth roamed through Jewish neighborhoods breaking windows of Jewish businesses and homes, burning synagogues and looting. In all 101 synagogues were destroyed and almost 7,500 Jewish businesses were destroyed. 26,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps, Jews were physically attacked and beaten and 91 died (Snyder, Louis L. Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. New York: Paragon House, 1989:201).

Three days later, on November 12, Goering called a meeting of the top Nazi leadership to assess the damage done during the night and place responsibility for it.

It was decided at the meeting that, since Jews were to blame for these events, they be held legally and financially responsible for the damages incurred by the pogrom. Accordingly, a "fine of 1 billion marks was levied for the slaying of Vom Rath, and 6 million marks paid by insurance companies for broken windows was to be given to the state coffers. (Snyder, Louis L. Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. New York: Paragon House, 1989:201).


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