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Getting the law right on the Israel-Hamas conflict

For a cogent analysis of international law, please read “Getting the law right on the Israel-Hamas conflict.”

Seth Brysk

San Francisco

Jul 22 2014 - 6:11pm

Terrorist state of Israel

Israel is, always has been, and will continue to be a terrorist state until the political swine in the US put humanitarian concerns and justice above US Jewish campaign contributions. Not a slam against US Jews—in the good ol’ USA, they like all wealthy and powerful groups buy politicians who promote their likes and dislikes.

Before the outraged cries of “anti-Semite,” read a little history, biology and genetics. Jews are a minority of Semites in the world. After an 1,800-year absence in any significant numbers, Israel was founded in Palestine using military force by terrorist Jews, so identified by the British authorities of the Palestine mandate and the early UN. These terrorists (Irgun, Haganah and Lehi/Stern) fought among themselves in the mid-late 1940s to establish which group would control land in which Arabs were killed and from which those Arabs would be expelled. Haganah was most successful. See Deir Yassin, Lord Moyne, Count Folke Bernadotte, King David Hotel, Palestinian Arab forced migrations, “right of return,” ad nauseam.

Since choosing the wrong side in the 1956 Suez Crisis, Israeli terrorist leaders, by then the leaders of the terrorist state, have assiduously courted US public opinion, money and politicians.

The ongoing murder and suppression of Arabs in Palestine will cease only when righteous US citizens shake off the fog of pro-Israel propaganda and demand their politicians stop entirely all financial or military support of this terrorist “nation.”

Although no nation in the world is in violation of as many UN resolutions as Israel, only the United States has the economic and military power to bring this terrorist state to heel without provoking either a regional or larger political/military meltdown.

Sadly, the fate of Arab peoples in their ancestral and modern homeland seems to be ongoing death and deprivation at the hands of their terrorist neighbor, since gutless, hypocritical and morally bankrupt US politicians are unlikely to enforce justice, long delayed, for them.

Read your history, people. The modern state of Israel is and always has been a terrorist threat of astonishing proportions, yet we “freedom lovers” in the US refuse to confront this malignant midget.

Dick Thompson

Jul 22 2014 - 2:49pm

Get your facts straight

It is simply not true that an “ominous, pogrom-like atmosphere” descended on Israel after the discovery of the three boys’ bodies. Netanyahu spoke with despicable vengeance, but I talked to many people that week in Israel: the mood of the average person was sorrow, anger, deep mourning. The feelings were personal, as if everyone had lost sons. Muhammed Ail Khdeir’s death came at the hands of a few sickos. Punishment of a collective group of people is a crime, remember?

Jill Pearlman

Providence, RI

Jul 19 2014 - 9:12am

You’ve got it backwards

Hamas fires numerous missiles at civilians in Israel. After a while, Israel responds to the attacks. Why does this Nation editorial call the Israeli response a “crime”? The disparity in casualty numbers is not a sign of Hamas’s humanity: They are quite eager to butcher any and all Jews, but their masters in Iran and in other oil-rich Arab tribes provide them with lousy weapons. The crime in this conflict is committed by those who spare no expense (and the blood of innocent bstanders) to keep alive the miasma of eliminating Israel.


Beloit, WI

Jul 18 2014 - 1:00am

Thank you for this article!

“If Israel is not brought to justice, it will commit the same crimes again and again.” You are absolutely right—you demand justice for the Palestinians, while the majority of US media support Israel’s lawless invasion of Gaza and the slaughter of the Palestinians. Thank you!

Shireen Parsons


Jul 17 2014 - 6:19pm