Israel decided to bomb a park and kill a bunch of children, as well as a nearby hospital.  The Israel lied and claimed that the deaths were the result of failed rocket attacks from Hamas, but eyewitnesses and physical evidence refute Israel’s blatant attempt at deception.  This latest attack comes on the heels of Israel’s shelling of a United Nations-run school for Palestinian children that left fifteen dead and hundreds more wounded.

Webster’s dictionary defines genocide:

geno·cide

 noun \ˈje-nə-ˌsīd\

: the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group

And the United Nations defines it this way:

The convention defines genocide as any act committed with the idea of destroying in whole or in part a national, ethnic, racial or religious group. This includes such acts as:

  • Killing members of the group
  • Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
  • Deliberately inflicting conditions calculated to physically destroy the group (the whole group or even part of the group)
  • Forcefully transferring children of the group to another group

The convention declares that there is no immunity from being prosecuted for committing genocide: those found guilty of genocide will be punished for their crime, regardless of whether they are or were legally constituted ruler, public officials, or private individuals.

According to this convention, anyone charged with genocide will be put on trial by either:

  • a competent court of the country where the act was committed; or
  • an international court that has jurisdiction over the people and crimes concerned.

Under the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court, genocide can be decided by legal principles or by a court of justice.

Genocide is not to be considered a political crime for the purpose of extraditing those accused of the crime. When that happens, the countries or courts involved in the case pledge themselves to grant extradition.

Israel’s latest war on Gaza is clearly genocidal in nature and intent.  From imprisoning Gazans within the Gaza ghetto to starving them and depriving them of medical care and basic necessities, to outright slaughtering them, all because they’re Palestinians, Israel is committing genocide.  And they’re getting away with it because they enjoy the full support and protection of the United States of America.

Is it okay to stop cowering in fear of the ‘anti-semitism’ label whenever one dares criticize Israel, now that Israel is blatantly carrying out genocide against an entire group of people?  You’d think the lesson of the Holocaust, “never again,” would naturally mean that the victims don’t get to engage in the mass slaughter of other peoples, because they endured that themselves and should therefore know better.  Apparently not, as far as Israeli leaders are concerned.

But the question I’ve got is, why do so many nations tolerate this?  The United States’ unequivocal support and arming of Israel, and its shameless defenses of Israel at the U.N., is bad enough.  But even the prime minister of Canada, of all countries, is groveling before Israel.

Could it be that, built as they were on the genocide of the native peoples of this continent, the U.S. and Canada see nothing wrong with Israel’s crimes?  It certainly looks that way.

But how much longer will the rest of the world tolerate this massive crime against humanity?  How many innocent men, women, and children must die before the world wakes up and takes action to stop the slaughter?

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