Marjorie Cohn's article, Israel Creates Humanitarian Crisis. in Counterpunch on July 4, 2006 has perpetuated, along with a myriad of other pundits, the fiction promoted by the Jewish Israelis that the recent attack on Gaza in Palestine is a "collective punishment". Cohn further enhances the fiction with erudite references to all the violations of International Law that such an action comprise.
Jewish Nationalists led by the Zionists have occupied Palestine in an ongoing and continuing drive to absorb the whole of Palestine and portions of the lands of a number of their other neighbors including Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.
According to Prime Minister Ehud Ohmert of Israel in his address before the joint meeting of the United States Congress on May 24 of 2006 Address to Congress
"For thousands of years, we Jews have been nourished and sustained by a yearning for our historic land. I, like many others, was raised with a deep conviction that the day would never come when we would have to relinquish parts of the land of our forefathers. I believed, and to this day still believe in our people's eternal and historic right to this entire land."
In the parlance of Israeli Jews the "entire land" is Eretz Israel which they claim is defined in that book of short stories that has become known as the bible. According to the Jewish Nationalists, the boundaries of Eretz Israel are defined in Ezekiel's short story 47:13, a definition of borders that includes the whole of Palestine, and parts of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt.
What is not often mentioned is the fact that this biblically defined land that the modern day Jews claim as their "entire land" was acquired, according to the short story accounts, by the genocidal slaughter of the peoples of seven other nations that occupied the land that these modern Jews now claim by "historic right".
According to the short stories that were written by those that Prime Minister Ehud Ohmert claims are the "forefathers" of modern Jews,
In Deuteronomy 7:1-36, ".the Lord thy God shall have destroyed many nations before thee, the Hethite, and the Gergezite, and the Amorrite, and the Chanaanite, and the Pherezite, and Hevite, and the Jebusite, seven nations much more numerous than thou art,.thou shalt utterly destroy them. Thou shalt make no league with them, nor show mercy to them: and shall slay them until they are utterly destroyed.and thou shalt destroy their names under heaven: no man shall be able to resist thee, until thou destroy them."
In I Samuel 15:3, "Now therefore go, and smite Amalec, and utterly destroy all that he hath; spare him not, nor covet any thing that is his; but slay both man and woman, child and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass."
In Numbers 31:1-35, ".the Lord spoke to Moses saying: Revenge first the children of Israel on the Madianites.when they fought against the Madianites and had overcome them, they slew all the men.Therefore kill all that are of the male sex, even of the children: and put to death the women that have carnally known men.But the girls, and all the women that are virgins save for yourselves.and the spoils which the army had taken, was.thirty two thousand persons of the female sex that had not known men."
In Numbers 33:50-52, ".the Lord said to Moses: Command the children of Israel.When you shall have passed over to Jordan, entering into the land of Chanaan, Destroy all the inhabitants of that land: beat down their pillars and break in pieces their statues, and waste all their high places."
In I Samuel 27:8-9, "And David and his men went up, and pillaged Gessuri, and Gerzi, and the Amalecites; for these were of old the inhabitants of the countries.David wasted all the land, and left neither man nor woman live."
In Isaiah 13:15-18, "Every one that shall be found shall be slain; and every one that shall come to their aid, shall fall by the sword. Their infants shall be dashed in pieces before their eyes: their houses shall be pillaged, and their wives ravaged.with their arrows they shall kill the children, and shall have no pity upon the sucklings of the womb, and their eye shall not spare their sons."
These passages from the book of short stories written by the Israelites that modern Jews, according to the Prime Minister of Israel, claim as their "forefathers" are passages that define the worst GENOCIDE ever recorded.They are the ICON of GENOCIDE.
There is no other written description of genocide from the victims or the perpetrators of subsequent genocides, including those of the Tasmanians and the Native Americans and of the African slave trade or of Europe's Jews, that are so thoroughly and completely definitive.
Now it is quite true that the German Nazis in the process of a war that produced 45,000,000 victims attempted a similar genocide of European Jews. As an act of conscience, the nations of the world, in response to that genocidal attempt, joined together in 1947-48 to partition historic Palestine to create a homeland for Jews.
Yet Jewish Nationalists, led by Zionists driven by an unconscionable zealotry, are in the process of recreating, in the manner typical of settler regimes, the genocide perpetuated by those that Prime Minister Ehud Ohmart claims are the "forefathers" of modern Jews.
The definitive description of the process with which the Zionist zealots are proceeding was written by Vladimir Jabotinsky in his essay published in the 1920's entitled THE IRON WALL
It reads, in the current actions of the Zionist led Israeli Jews, like a description of the modern events and its conclusion mirrors precisely the current Zionist actions,
"Thus we conclude that we cannot promise anything to the Arabs of the Land of Israel or the Arab countries. Their voluntary agreement is out of the question. Hence those who hold that an agreement with the natives is an essential condition for Zionism can now say “no” and depart from Zionism. Zionist colonization, even the most restricted, must either be terminated or carried out in defiance of the will of the native population. This colonization can, therefore, continue and develop only under the protection of a force independent of the local population – an iron wall which the native population cannot break through. This is, in toto, our policy towards the Arabs. To formulate it any other way would only be hypocrisy."
Any attempt that ascribes motives to the actions of the Israeli Jews led by Zionist zealots to such transitory motives as "collective punishment" outside of the context of the zealot's continuing drive to recreate an Eretz Israel of biblical proportions smothers the genocidal activities of this deplorable and despicable settler regime in a fog of nonsensical verbiage.