Amid mass executions and genocidal rhetoric, US deepens support for Israeli onslaught on Gaza

Israeli troops take positions in the Gaza Strip as seen from southern Israel, Thursday, December 21, 2023. [AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg]

Amid reports that Israel is carrying out mass executions of civilian prisoners in Gaza and open statements of genocidal intent by Israeli politicians, the US has doubled down on its support for Israel’s war on Palestinian civilians. Before the eyes of the whole world, the bloodbath in Gaza is emerging as “America’s genocide.”

On Wednesday, the United Nations and Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor published reports accusing Israeli forces of carrying out a mass execution of civilians in northern Gaza. Having either driven away or killed all remaining journalists in the north, Israel has moved from massacring civilians through bombing to summary executions.

These war crimes are accompanied by the open advocacy of genocide by Israeli officials, not merely in veiled biblical references, as with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s invocation of “Amalek,” but in direct calls to copy the Nazi genocide of the Jews:

  • In a radio interview Sunday, David Azoulai, head of Israel’s regional Metula Council, said that Gaza should be made to look like “Auschwitz.” He said, “Tell everyone in Gaza to go to the beaches. Navy ships should load the terrorists onto the shores of Lebanon. The entire Gaza Strip should be emptied and leveled flat, just like in Auschwitz.”
  • In a TV interview, Miri Golan, Israel’s Women’s Advancement Minister, said, “I don’t care about Gaza … for all I care, they can go out and swim in the sea.” She added, “I want to see dead bodies of terrorists around Gaza.”
  • Daniella Weiss, the former mayor of an Israeli settlement in the West Bank and a leader of the Israeli settler movement, said in a TV interview that Israel’s goal is to make “Gaza free of Arabs” to prepare “the establishment of Jewish settlements in all of the Gaza Strip.”

Israel is starving the 2.2 million people of Gaza. On Monday, Human Rights Watch accused Israel of having “an intent to starve civilians as a method of warfare.” According to the World Food Program, the share of Gazans experiencing “very severe hunger levels” has surged from 24 percent to 44 percent.

Against this backdrop, the United States has deepened its categorical support for Israel’s genocide. In a press briefing Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked by a reporter to comment on the fact that “much of the world [is] blaming the US and Israel” and “seeing it as America’s war.”

Critically, Blinken did not attempt to distance himself from the claim that Israel is waging “America’s war.” Instead, he doubled down:

I hear virtually no one saying, demanding of Hamas, that it stop hiding behind civilians, that it lay down its arms, that it surrender. This is over tomorrow, if Hamas does that this would have been over a month ago, six weeks ago, if Hamas had done that. How can it be that there are no demands made of the aggressor, and only demands made of the victim?

Blinken’s assertion that the Israeli government is the “victim” in the conflict is so absurd as to not even merit refutation. After orchestrating a deliberate military and intelligence stand-down on October 7, the Netanyahu government has massacred 25 Gazans for every Israeli killed that day. While seizing on the October 7 attacks to proclaim itself a “victim” of the Palestinians it oppresses and dominates, the Netanyahu government moved to implement what Israeli Agriculture Minister Avi Dichter called a “Gaza Nakba 2023”—the ethnic cleansing of the Gaza Strip.

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