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August 25, 2014

"Holocaust in Gaza" Hyperbole

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According to Yahoo News, "The political chief of Hamas has called on President Barack Obama to intervene with the Israeli government ... to stop a 'holocaust' against the Palestinians."

Meshal's alarming statement might go unrecognized as the moral perversion that it is if one only read the The New York Times, with its flow of news dispatches and Op-Eds devoted to the situation in Gaza. Even the slaughter in Iraq and Syria and numerous seething conflicts from Ukraine to Africa do not slow the deluge of articles and opinion pieces conveying the message that Israel is guilty of reckless destruction and probably war crimes in its response to Hamas's rocket fire.

In such an environment emerged the outrageous paid advertisement appearing in The New York Times National edition on Aug. 23, 2014, bearing the signatures of some 300 individuals wrapping themselves in the mantle of "Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors of the Nazi genocide" and accusing Israel of committing a "massacre" and of ongoing "occupation" and "colonization of historic Palestine."

Leave aside for the time being this grotesque abuse of the historical consciousness of the genocide of the Jewish people in order to promote a new campaign to isolate and demonize Jews and set the stage for a repeat of past horrors. It is also instructive to look at the raw numbers of real campaigns of massacre and genocide and contrast them to the situation in Gaza (and the West Bank) in order to comprehend the deceit, the anti-historical mendacity of those who would use the language of mass murder and victimization to promote a new blood libel against the Jewish state and people.

Here are some numbers to digest:
From June 22, 1941 until May 8, 1945, about five and a half million Jews perished as a result of the German-inspired genocide against the Jews. That calculates to 3,890 Jewish children, women and men put to death every single day for 1414 days. This slaughter was in turn a hot spot within a conflagration driven by German supremacism that took 35 million lives in Europe alone, amounting to nearly 25,000 war-related deaths every single day for 1414 days.

Now if this comparison seems too jarring for New York Times' cultivated readers - let's not forget the Times never gave the Holocaust of European Jewry the sort of front page coverage it gives to Gaza - let's turn the dial down two orders of magnitude and look at the most violent conflict currently raging in the Middle East. In Syria and Iraq over the past three and a half years, at least 250,000 children, women and men have perished in civil conflicts, amounting to nearly 200 human beings per day for 1260 days. Low by World War II standards, but still an alarming number.

Now let's look at the conflict between Israel and Hamas that provokes relentless criticism of Israel in The New York Times and compelled hundreds of alleged Holocaust survivors and their descendants (as if being a descendant of a Holocaust survivor bestows some sort of unique moral authority) to sign a letter decrying Israel's alleged "massacre" and accuse its Jewish citizens of calling for "genocide" and imitating "neo-nazis." All the while, these same signators ignore, or even deny, actual documented incitement to commit genocide against the Jews voiced by supporters of Hamas.

In almost 50 days of escalated hostility between Israel and Hamas, just over 2000 Gazans have died. That amounts to about 40 per day in circumstances where terrorists insinuate themselves among Gazan civilians to launch rockets at Israeli cities, intentionally drawing Israeli return fire on to civilians.

Some will argue that the conflict deserves such attention because of its persistence over time and resistance to any resolution. So addressing that argument in a numerical fashion, in the 14 years since the beginning of the Second Intifada about 8,000 Palestinian fatalities have occurred due to conflict with Israel. That calculates to about one and a half Palestinian fatalities per day. The total number of Palestinian fatalities in 14 years equals about 2 days of the Jewish toll during the Holocaust period and about one morning's worth of the death toll for Europe as a whole during World War II.

The Palestinian death toll is not remotely comparable to any "genocides," large-scale "massacres" of entire populations or campaigns of "ethnic cleansing" that have occurred in numerous places around the world over the last century. But that doesn't stop anti-Israel activists, academics and self-proclaimed anti-Zionist Holocaust survivors and their acolytes from using those terms and news services like The New York Times and the BBC from giving them the exposure they crave.

For a numerical comparison, the scale of violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be most comparable to the persistent low-intensity violence seen among urban minority populations of stable western societies.

Characterized by brief escalations of violence interrupting extended periods of relative quiet enforced by vigilant Israeli security, the conflict between Israel and Palestinian terrorist groups has produced an overall violent death rate of the combined West Bank and Gazan populations over the last 14 years of under 20 violent deaths per 100,000 population per year; a figure lower than the violent death rates in many American cities during the 1980s and 1990s and in some cities to this day.

In fact, the violent death rates in Gaza and the West Bank are considerably lower than rates experienced over the years in urban African-American communities in major American cities like Washington DC, Detroit, New Orleans, St. Louis, Chicago and during the 1980s and 1990s in New York City, which recorded violent death rates as high as 50-100 per 100,000 population per year. Another way of putting this: African-American residents of many major American cities experience about a 3 to 5 times higher risk of dying from random urban violence than a Palestinian in the West Bank or Gaza from Israeli military responses to terrorism.

When was the last time someone - who was taken seriously - invoked incendiary terms like "genocide" "massacre" or "ethnic cleansing" to describe the level of violence visited upon African-Americans in urban America ?

Posted by SS at August 25, 2014 03:02 PM


A problem with this analysis is that WWII did not start in June 1941 but on 01 September 1939. That would change some of the calculations.

Posted by: Stephen at August 26, 2014 03:51 AM

Who wants genocide?
I'll let the NY Times Judge.
Hamas Official Ahmad Bahr Preaches for the Annihilation of Jews.
August 10, 2012.

“Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, destroy the Americans and their supporters. Oh Allah…kill them all, without leaving a single one.

The principles of the Hamas are stated in their Covenant. On Hamas charter.
it says, Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it.

Mahmoud Al Zahar reveals Hamas' genocidal agenda - shocking!
The Hamas advocates Killing Jews, simply for being Jews.
24 November 2002.

Hamas Cleric: 'Jews Destined to Extermination'.
A Hamas cleric who attended the international conference of “Imams and Rabbis for Peace" now says the Jews are destined to be exterminated.
Hana Levi Julian.

Hamas TV Song in Hebrew: Annihilate all the Zionists, Exterminate the Coackroaches' Nest
July 12, 2014

Hamas Official: The Only 'Peace' will be via Ethnic-Cleansing.
'Peaceful resolution' to conflict could only come through the 'cleansing' of Israelis from their country, says senior Islamist official.
By Dalit Halevi and Tova Dvorin.

PA Religious Official Publicly Calls for Genocide of Jews
PA’s principal religious leader presents the killing of Jews by Muslims as a religious Islamic goal.
Elad Benari
PA: ‘Allah Will Gather Israelis So We Can Kill Them’
Senior PA official calls Israelis ‘advanced instrument of evil’ with ‘no belief, no principles,’ on official PA TV.
Ari Yashar
Fatah Official Tawfiq Tirawi Calls for Ethnic Cleansing of Israelis, Jews

Central Committee member calls to drive Israeli Jews into the Jordan river and the Mediterranean, in 'solidarity' with Gaza.
By Tova Dvorin and Ari Yashar
First Publish: 8/8/2014,

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has called for ethnic cleansing against Jewish Israelis, after an official posted on Facebook to "drive the occupier out from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea."
PA Official: ‘If We Had a Nuke, We’d Use It This Morning’ (Video)

The Palestinian Authority doesn’t need rocks, firebombs, guns and suicide bombers. Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub has a better way to kill Jews: “If we had a nuke, we’d use it this very morning.�?
Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
May 9th, 2013

Posted by: Anonymous at August 26, 2014 10:24 AM

Hamas caused the deaths of 160 children employed to build tunnels. They have summarily executed at least 30 Palestinians without a trial for "giving information to Israel". Moreover, if you have the sotmach for it, go to and search for "Hamas throw building" to find videos of Hamas tying up and throwing their opponents off the roofs of tall buildings. Israel is saving Gazan lives by fighting Hamas.

Posted by: Ronaldo at August 26, 2014 10:44 AM

HED: Responding to NY Times

Last week, the New York Times published an ad from Holocaust survivors condemning Israel and attacking Elie Wiesel.

Forgetting, for a moment, the background of the people involved in this group, it is irresponsible, insensitive and reckless to use of the crime of the Holocaust in this way. How can one compare a nation’s right of defending their citizens with the systematic, targeted, wholesale murder of an innocent people? As it has been said many times, if the Palestinians would put down their weapons there would be peace, but if the Israelis put down their weapons then there would be wholesale slaughter. The people in Gaza elected Hamas so they are, at the least tacitly, behind the rocket attacks that precipitated this war. Secondly, to come out as a Holocaust survivor group and thus dilute the immense tragedy of that time with twisted moral equivalency, somehow comparing what happened to my innocent relatives who were demeaned, brutally abused, and annihilated with a legitimate dually elected government simply trying to protect its citizens is spurious at the least but really egregious. This is especially in light of the fact that it is taught in Palestinian schools that the Holocaust never happened and the supposed moderate leader Abbas has a Ph.D. in Holocaust denial.


Watch this video and then send it to the so called Holocaust survivors critical of Israel’s action in this war. They physically revolt me even worse then Neturi Karta. At least the later have a theological reason for their mishegas. The former are using the Holocaust in a cheap, distorted, deceptive, contemptible fashion. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

Posted by: rosenberg at August 27, 2014 02:57 PM

Re: Stephen's post that the war started in 1939.
The systematic genocide of the Jewish population was fully unleashed with the German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941.

Posted by: steve at August 28, 2014 02:20 PM

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