By Abukar Arman
Saturday November 18, 2023
Lest we have forgotten, life is a precious gift. And among the living, human life is the most precious. That precious gift cannot be sustained without peace. And peace stands on four values: truth, justice, compassion, and empathy. Excessive deprivation or selective application of these values due to race, faith, politics, or exploitation leads to cynicism and ultimately violent resistance. History is full of haunting experiences and unlearned lessons.
On October 7, ‘1400’—later revised to 1200 Israelis—were
killed and more than 200 were taken as hostages by Hamas fighters in an
unprecedented, highly coordinated attack. While targeting soldiers of
an occupation is considered a fair game under international law,
targeting civilians of any age is an act that is considered war crimes and crimes against humanity. Having said that, I will be remis if I don’t underscore the fact that some Israeli survivors who
were interviewed by Israeli State Radio and Haaretz newspaper have
contradicted certain aspect of the official narrative of mass execution.
They shared eye-witness accounts confirming that some Israeli
commanders on the ground has given the order to take out Hamas fighters
together with their hostages by shelling houses to the ground.
to the propaganda run amok, there were no 40 beheaded children ever
found. Ask the President of United States who humiliated himself in
front of the world by making such fabricated assertion only to withdraw
it shortly after. Also fabricated is the widespread claim that the 1400
killed were mostly innocent civilians at a musical party and others in
their homes. Thanks to the political opposition groups, media and human
rights groups that pressured the Israeli government to reveal the names
of the dead, now we know more than two/thirds were Israeli soldiers, not civilians. And ten of them were children between the ages of 15 and 4.
Genocide of the ‘human animals’
sadistic temper tantrums exhibited by Netanyahu since October 8 is
neither new nor is it an isolated case. It is the final phase of a
systematic genocide that started in 1948. Unlike any violence in
recorded history, Israel has turned Gaza into an ‘extermination camp’ and
hospitals in Gaza as children slaughter houses where footages of
severely traumatized children that are agonized by the severe burns
caused by white phosphorus illegally used by Israel emerge in real time.
October 28, as Israel was launching ‘the second phase’ or the ground
invasion, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a religious
genocidal war on the entire people of Gaza. Invoking a biblical verse to
justify his intent for genocide to the Jewish settler zealots, Biden’s
neocons, and right-wing Christian evangelicals, Netanyahu asserted: “You
must remember what Amalek has done to you, says our Holy Bible. And we
do remember.” This was in reference to an Old Testament narrative of
the Amalekite genocide
“Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants,
cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.” Was this Netanyahu’s public
expression of intent? Absolutely, yes. You may call it belligerence of
has a long rap sheet of war crimes and crimes against humanity that
extends more than seven decades. And today, that genocidal ideology is
openly endorsed by extremist Rabbis such Rabbi Yaron Reuven who quotes verses out of the Torah and claims that “God commands (Israelis) to kill children.” So far, Israel has killed more than 12000 civilians; more than 4000 being children.
his own words, Israel’s Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, said: “I have
ordered a complete siege on the Gaza Strip. There will be no
electricity, no food, no fuel, everything is closed….We are fighting human animals and we are acting accordingly.” Since Israel has been using starvation as a weapon of war
in the past 16 years, this latest order meant to take that war crime to
a new level; and that is what we have been witnessing. Israel has been
targeting ambulances, first responders, and critical civilian
infrastructures including the 25 hospitals in Gaza. And who could forget
the missile attack on Al-Ahli Hospital that killed 500
people. With absolute impunity guaranteed by the US, Israel continues
its rampage to deliberately bomb electric grids, water supplies,
schools, bakeries, mosques, and to kill “40 journalists,” according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Those whom they fail to kill, they assassinate their family members.
After Al Jazeera journalist Wael Al-Dahdouh’s family was killed—his
wife, son, daughter, and grandson—he led the funeral prayer for them.
Despite wiping away his tears, he continued to fulfill his duty of
reporting on others’ suffering. “I felt that it was my duty, despite the
pain and open wound, to get back in front of the camera, and to
communicate with you on social media as soon as possible,” Al-Dahdouh said.
It was just a year ago when US Secretary of State,
Antony Blinken, condemning Russia’s attack on Ukraine energy
infrastructure. Cutting “heat, water, electricity for children, the
elderly, the sick” is a “barbaric” war crime. But when it comes to
Israel’s decades long genocidal war crimes and crimes against humanity,
rhetoric is softened, rules are bent, and impunity is reinforced by
presenting Israel as the victim. For decades, the victimhood spin or
perception management talking point has not changed: Israel has the right to defend itself.
The Real Estate Inheritance Strategy
introduced ethnic supremacy and neo-religious nationalism whose core
objective was to establish a Jewish state in a “land without people”
through systematic genocide of the indigenous population- Palestinians.
These Palestinians lived in harmony with the Jewish community of
Palestine many who were anti-Zionists.
Being anti-Zionist meaning opposing the genocidal policies of the
Israeli regime. Zionists, though they have little to do with religion,
claim that God gave them the Holy Land because they are His chosen
A recently leaked document confirmed Israeli’s plan to expel Gazans
to Egypt. The Israeli government dismissed the roadmap as merely “a
concept paper” proposed by its Intelligence Ministry. But the world has
been witnessing the relentless barbaric attacks on Gaza confirming that
Israel has installed a turbo engine on its old locomotive of systematic
genocide. This latest would have marked the third expulsion of
Palestinians after 1948 and 1967.
The Tragic Comedy
what might have been the most dramatic theatrics of victimhood and
moral blackmail ever staged at the UN, Israel’s Ambassador and his team
wore yellow star of David at the Security Council. The Ambassador asserted that he and his team will continue wearing them to shame the UN Secretary General who
said what any informed leader with moral courage would have said:
Hamas’ attack “did not happen in a vacuum.” So, why was the Ambassador
overreacting to that extent? Because such statement has the potential to
encourage others to seek the critical context and the cause that Hamas
is fighting for.
Professor Norman Finkelstein whose
parents were holocaust survivors had this to say about that diplomatic
melodrama: “Now these executers of evil of a very high order walk into
the UN as their government of which they are members are carrying out a
mass extermination and they pretend to pristine virginal innocence. It
is such a disgusting grotesque mockery of the Nazi holocaust for them to
place themselves in the same category as my parents’ respective
has been critical of the Zionist moral hypocrisy that rejects comparing
the genocide suffered by the Jews under Nazism to any other in human
history lest the fair-minded or people of conscience may draw a parallel
with the systematic genocide the Palestinian people have been
undergoing for more than 75 years. “Do not compare” is the mantra of
moral blackmailers,” Finkelstein wrote in his book The Holocaust
Industry that unveiled Zionism’s powerful chokehold on the West.
The Last Breath
to public assertions that some American politicians, lobbyists, and
misinformed activists have been making, anti-Zionism is not
anti-Semitism, and the death of Zionism does not mean death of the Jews.
The Jewish people have existed before Zionism, and they will continue
to exist long after that genocidal ideology is buried.
is an ungodly movement to cleanse one ethnic group to accommodate
another. It is an open membership elite political club to
institutionalize policies of exceptionalism for Jews and to demonize
Palestinians with disinformation. It is a multi-ethnic, multi-race,
multi-faith, multi-interest, and multi-national network system of ‘end
justifies means’. And as the world has been witnessing since Oct. 7, it
is a first-class ticket to the dark side of the human soul.
the US founding fathers accepted centuries ago, power must be kept in
check. Because unchecked power is the most addictive and indeed
deadliest of all drugs. It has a sadistically psychedelic effect that
causes those under its influence to hear blood like music and smell
torture like perfume. They remain functional in that state of mind till
they reach their delusional nirvana- impunity is an eternal
exceptionalism and a perpetual privilege that only they deserve.
massive protests around the world that are being led by ‘That’s Not
Fair’ generation of all faiths, races, ideologies, and nationalities
mark the end of an era. They are driving the last yellow nail into the
Arman is a Somali political analyst, writer and former Special Envoy to
the United States. Arman is also a widely published foreign policy
specialist, writing extensively on Somalia and international political