Review “Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom” By Norman Finkelstein. The Most Politically Correct Genocide Money Can Buy.

Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Its current 1.8 million inhabitants are crowded into a sliver of land 25 miles long and five miles wide….on the present trajectory, “Gaza will be unliveable” in 2020.

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Editor’s Comment: How can we communicate objective facts about a uniquely systematic regime of “de-development” (for the purposes of ethnic cleansing the wrong kind of Semites) when, just FIVE corporations control over 90 percent of what Americans see, read or hear? Especially when there are self-evident Semitic biases at play.

In March 2019, six corporations became the five controllers of what 90% of today’s 331,000,000 Americans see, hear and read.

Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom Book Review

Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom by Norman G. Finkelstein is a thoroughly researched book which describes the hopeless plight of the residents of Gaza. Finkelstein describes Gaza as an “open-air prison” with the Israeli warden in charge.[1] Finkelstein writes in regard to the human rights reportage on Gaza:

      The sheer number of human rights reports could by now fill a medium-size library; they have generally upheld exacting standards of accuracy, and they record a ghastly tale of suffering and misery, on the one hand, and criminal excess and heartlessness, on the other. But they have been largely ignored outside a narrow cadre of specialists, and in the end the human rights community itself succumbed to the Israeli juggernaut. All the same, the reports constitute the essential resource for those who care about truth and for whom truth is precious, while even if mostly underutilized, they are the most potent weapon in the arsenal of those who hope against hope to mobilize public opinion so as to salvage a modicum of justice.[2]

Finkelstein writes that Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Its current 1.8 million inhabitants are crowded into a sliver of land 25 miles long and five miles wide. Since 1967 when the Israeli occupation began, Israel has imposed on Gaza a uniquely exploitive regime of “de-development.” Harvard political economist Sara Roy writes that Israel deprived

“the native population of its most important economic resources—land, water, and labor—as well as the internal capacity and potential for developing those resources.”[3]

Finkelstein focuses on two recent attacks on Gaza: Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009 and Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Israel during Operation Cast Lead did not merely attack Gaza’s civilian population and its humanitarian support system. It also systematically targeted Gaza’s civilian infrastructure, destroying or damaging 58,000 homes, 280 schools and kindergartens, 1,500 factories and workshops, several buildings housing Palestinian and foreign media, electrical, water, and sewage installations, 190 greenhouse complexes, 80% of agricultural crops, and nearly 20% of cultivated land.[4]

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Before and After: Gaza August, 2014

The World Food Program director for the Gaza Strip observed after Cast Lead:

“I fully expected to see serious damage, but I have to say I was really shocked when I saw the extent and precision of the destruction. It was precisely the strategic economic areas that Gaza depends on to relieve its dependency on aid that were wiped out.”[5]

Approximately 1,400 Palestinians were killed during Operation Cast Lead, of whom up to 80% were civilians and 350 children. Israeli casualties amounted to 10 combatants (four killed by friendly fire) and three civilians. The ratio of total Palestinians to Israelis killed was thus more than 100:1. Contrary to repeated Israeli allegations, Amnesty International and other human rights investigations found no evidence that Hamas or other Palestinian fighters directed the movement of civilians to shield military objectives from attacks.[6]

Israel after Cast Lead imposed a blockade on Gaza that constituted a form of collective punishment in flagrant violation of international law. On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos attacked a humanitarian flotilla in international waters carrying 700 passengers en route to Gaza.

The flotilla’s six vessels were delivering badly needed supplies to Gaza’s beleaguered population. Nine passengers aboard the flagship Mavi Marmara were shot to death during the attack. While a UN Panel deemed the deaths caused by the Israeli commandos “unacceptable,” it did not recommend punishment for the crimes Israel committed against these passengers.[7]

By 2017 the poverty rate in Gaza reached 80%: of A boy from the West Bank village of Sinjel, north of Ramallah, drinks from a carafe filled with water from a spring on April 3, 2014. Around 113,000 Palestinians in the West Bank are not connected to the main water supply, thus relying on springs, stored rainwater and water sold from tanker trucks, which is very expensive. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANIABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images

On July 8, 2014, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge against Gaza. Protective Edge was a repeat of Cast Lead but on a vastly greater scale. This operation was the longest and most destructive of Israel’s attacks on Gaza since the beginning of Israel’s occupation in 1967. Since Protective Edge occurred at a time when socioeconomic conditions in Gaza were at their lowest level, this operation had a severely negative impact on Gaza’s economy.[8]

More than 1,500 Gazan civilians and at least 550 children were killed during Protective Edge. Israel accused Hamas of using civilians as human shields to explain Gaza’s high civilian death toll. However, reputable human rights organizations and journalists found no evidence to sustain Israel’s allegation. The United States did not publicly pressure Israel to stop its attacks. On the contrary, President Barack Obama or his spokespersons dutifully invoked Israel’s right to self-defense, while ignoring Israeli atrocities and Gaza’s suffering.[9]

In response, in 2016 the United States signed a landmark agreement to give Israel $38 billion in military assistance over the next decade, the largest such aid package in U.S. history.

A comprehensive UN report stated concerning Protective Edge:

“The latest military operation has effectively eliminated what was left of the middle class, sending almost all of the population into destitution and dependence on international humanitarian aid.”

The ever-escalating violence and wreckage in Gaza had finally taken its toll. Fully half of Gazans polled after Operation Protective Edge expressed a desire to leave.[10]

Although Protective Edge was the most destructive of Israel’s assaults on Gaza, it elicited a muted response from human rights organizations. Finkelstein writes that it would be only a slight exaggeration to say that they sat it out. In the case of Amnesty International, Amnesty whitewashed Israeli crimes during Protective Edge.[11] Finkelstein writes:

“It cannot be seriously doubted that Amnesty International’s reports on Operation Protective Edge lacked objectivity and professionalism. They betrayed a systematic bias against Hamas and in favor of Israel.”[12]

In addition to betrayal by human rights organizations, former International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has reinvented himself as Israel’s chief counsel. Moreno-Ocampo alleged that as a matter of law, Protective Edge was “highly complicated.”[13] Finkelstein writes:

      It’s unclear exactly where the complication lay: Was it when Israel dropped more than 100 one-ton bombs on Shuja’iya or when it indiscriminately fired 20,000 high-explosive artillery shells in densely populated civilian areas? Was it when Israel methodically razed to the ground thousands of civilian homes or when it fired on civilians carrying white flags? Was it when Israel targeted clearly marked ambulances or when it targeted clearly marked civilian shelters even after explicitly promising not to target them? His Israeli audiences no doubt warmed up to Moreno-Ocampo’s soothing words, whereas the informed reader cannot but shudder in revulsion at these wanton acts of criminal prostitution.[14]

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Editor’s Comment: A perversion of the Haavara Agreement? Influential Rabbis promoting genocide in Historical Palestine where 99% of people in Gaza are Muslim. Meanwhile other Rabbis and their wives promote forced diversity upon European nations using Muslim “refugees” from the lands in and around Historical Palestine. Is this a convenient method to the exile the last Palestinians using Expropriation Without Compensation unlike the Haavara Agreement which decreed full compensation to Jews?
Allies in Christian white Europe, but not in Israel?

CONCLUSION

A 2015 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report stated:

“Three Israeli military operations in the past six years, in addition to eight years of economic blockade, have ravaged the already debilitated infrastructure of Gaza, shattered its productive base, left no time for meaningful reconstruction or economic recovery and impoverished the Palestinian population in Gaza.”

This UNCTAD report forecast that on the present trajectory, “Gaza will be unliveable” in 2020.[15]

The Israeli blockade is the cause of Gaza’s desperate plight. UNCTAD stated in a follow-up report a year later:

“Full recovery of the Gaza Strip is challenging without a lifting of the blockade, which collectively negatively affects the entire 1.8 million population of Gaza and deprives them of their economic, civil, social and cultural rights, as well as the right to development.”

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This Israeli siege constitutes a form of collective punishment, and is a flagrant violation of international law.[16]

Finkelstein discusses the only realistic strategy for Gaza to end the blockade:

      A strategy of mass nonviolent resistance…might yet turn the tide. Gaza’s richest resources are its people, the truth, and public opinion. Time and again, and come what may, the people of Gaza have evinced a granite will, born of a “sheer indomitable dignity”…not to be held in bondage. Protective Edge battered that will but, it appears, did not yet shatter it. Truth is on the side of Gaza. If this book rises to a crescendo of anger and indignation, it’s because the endless lies about Gaza by those who know better cause one’s innards to writhe. Gandhi called his doctrine of nonviolence satyagraha, which he translated as “Hold on to the Truth.” If the people of Gaza, in their multitudes, hold on to the truth, it’s possible—which is not to say probable, let alone certain, just possible, and not without immense personal sacrifice, up to and including death—that Israel can be forced to lift the suffocating blockade.[17]

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 ENDNOTES

[1] Finkelstein, Norman G., Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom, Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2018, p. xi.

[2] Ibid., pp. xii-xiii.

[3] Ibid., pp. 3-4.

[4] Ibid., pp. 54-55.

[5] Ibid., p. 137.

[6] Ibid., pp. 68-71.

[7] Ibid., pp. 139, 141-142, 196-197.

[8] Ibid., pp. 211, 216.

[9] Ibid., pp. 216-217, 220.

[10] Ibid., pp. 231-232.

[11] Ibid., pp. 238-284.

[12] Ibid., p. 284.

[13] Ibid., pp. 290-291.

[14] Ibid., p. 291.

[15] Ibid., p. 359.

[16] Ibid., p. 360.

[17] Ibid., pp. 363-364.

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11 Responses

  1. larryzb says:

    It does appear that the Israelis inflicted a Morgenthau Plan on to Gaza. Another example of the “perpetual victims”, the long suffering Jews being, in reality, the victimizers. Very sad.

  2. Mike Walsh says:

    “For while the Zionists try to make the rest of the world believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb goyim.
    It doesn’t even enter their heads to build up a Jewish state in Palestine for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central headquarters for their international world swindle, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the intervention of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks.’ ~ Mein Kampf’, Volume I, Chapter 11, pp. 324-325 – HM edition.

    • nonsense says:

      From one shill to the same kind of shill round about 75 years later . disinfo.
      H. never stoped the banks from earning interest, fact. H. inventet the political accepted race p.234, instead of an antrophological one, in the site that you have misquoted.
      Its all a lie. Just because Religion is mind control itself and its unnatural as you can see if you learn how to read. In all probablity its the reason why you hate yourself.

  3. Interesting information and great article as usual, though what does the jew gain by putting out this information? So (((they))) can screw you some other way down the road?…Never trust a jew!, And by the way, hey Finkelstein, your peoples pathetic jewish lie regarding the holocaust is just that, a filthy dirty lie for the goyim.

  4. WakeyWakey says:

    Shocking information. Very important article which should be shared far and wide. Of course things are even worse for the Palestinians (and others) regards their murders for organ harvesting by the Jewish mafia.

    • larryzb says:

      @ Wakey,

      Yes, we saw something a few weeks back about this organ harvesting. Macabre and quite terrible. Bodies of slain Palestinian youths are returned to families after several days with clear indications of surgeries being performed and organs actually missing. This type of atrocity must be condemned by the world community. As others have opined since the atomic bombings in Japan (1945). “man’s inhumanity to man is almost beyond comprehension”.

    • Ton Nuiten says:

      Thank you very much for liking your site I have had reblogged on my (Dutch) site! Now, for a particular time, I am busy to look at possible evidence of a kind of terror attack like 9/11 was in September 2001. Thanks to you and many other sites, we know now what Israel has done (and is still doing) to the Palestinians. One of the results is the dwindling support of Israel; many people are now aware of the fact that Israel as the “only Democracy in the Middle East” is, in fact, a rogue police state!

      There is more; many people are now aware of the role of the Israeli Mossad in the 9/11 attacks; besides the CIA it was mainly the Mossad which was responsible for this great tragedy. Now, I suspect that because of the fast dwindling support for Israel, there could be another kind of “9/11” in the making. One of the reasons (there are also many other reasons for 9/11, of course), for the 9/11 attacks was the dwindling support for Israel and increasing support for the Palestinian cause. After these attack, however, anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian feelings increased with enhanced support for Israel.

      Israel and America are together inseparably linked with each other. And both are, in turn inextricably connected to the (Talmudic-Jewish) New World Order. What I am trying to make clear is this: When support to Israel will continue to decline, this could mean a particular danger for this coming NWO. Because when Israel goes through the drain, the NWO will go with it! Now, could this mean that somewhere in the future another kind of 9/11 attack could be committed to turning this trend? It is my suspicion this could be the case.

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    SAVE THE GENOCIDED ARAB PEOPLE OF PALESTINE FROM OUR ZIONIST OPPRESSORS PROGRAMMED AND ENCLENCHED ERADICATION.SAVE ARAB PALESTINIANS FROM THE BOLSHEVIK JEWS THIS TIME POSITIVE,FOR CONCRETE,HOLOCAUST.HELLO.

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