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Eyeless in Gaza

A Thousand Eyes for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind REALLY Fast

By Kevin Barrett,

At least you can’t accuse the Zionists, who have slaughtered more than 1000 people (half of them women and children) in retaliation for a smattering of ineffectual rocket attacks, of being Old Testament zealots.

The Torah, known to Christians as the Old Testament, prescribes “an eye for an eye.” The Zionists have decided to go Yahwe one better. They want a thousand eyes for an eye.

The massacre began when the Zionists invaded Gaza and killed six Palestinian soldiers. In response, Hamas — the legitimate, democratically-elected government of all of Palestine, not just Gaza — fired off a few bottle rockets. It is questionable whether these rockets killed any Israelis at all, but for the sake of argument, we will assume that they did kill one Israeli. Seeking revenge for the bottle-rocket attacks, Israel has massacred over a thousand Palestinians, using horrific weapons like white phosphorous and depleted uranium, and deliberately targeting schools, hospitals, journalists, and even the main U.N. compound in Gaza.

If the Palestinians play by the Zionist rules, they will have the right to respond to Israel’s butchery by killing one thousand times as many people as they lost. That means, according to Zionist logic, that the Palestinians have the right, if not the duty, to kill more than one million Israelis.

The problem with this kind of exponential escalation is obvious, even if you are not a math major.

Whence this “thousand-eyes-for-an-eye” ? In a word: racism. The Zionists are always pontificating about “Jewish lives,” as if Jewish lives were somehow worth more than any other kind.

I was once told by a Jewish Studies professor that “the Jewish people” have replaced God as the object of veneration by most contemporary Jews. If that is true, than most of these people are not Jews at all, but cosmic narcissists and tribal fanatics. No wonder they think one “Jewish” life is worth a thousand non-Jewish lives.

The irony, I cannot emphasize enough, is that people who worship themselves, rather than God, are not Jewish at all. They would be much better off with a golden calf–at least that wouldn’t be so insanely narcissistic.

The Jewish-owned New York Times (sometimes lampooned as the Jew York Times — “all the Jews think fit to print”) fortunately does not agree that Jewish lives are a thousand times more valuable than non-Jewish lives. For the Times, the ratio is only one hundred fifty-four to one. That’s right: A year-long study found that the Times devoted more than 154 times as much space to each Israeli child’s death as to each Palestinian child’s death.(1)

Since most of the rest of the U.S. mainstream media is also owned and/or operated by pro-Zionist Jews, and since its coverage of the struggle in Occupied Palestine is at least as biased, it would be safe to assume that the Times is hardly alone in its high evaluation of Jewish life, and low evaluation of non-Jewish life.

To be fair, it must be admitted that this is not just a Jewish problem, but a Western problem. Europeans and Americans have long deemed their own lives to be extremely valuable, and the lives of non-Western peoples to be worth very little. The tens of millions of Africans butchered in the slave trade, the even more tens of millions of Native Americans slaughtered in the genocidal conquest of the continent, and the tens if not hundreds of millions of non-European people exterminated during the past two centuries of European imperial-colonial expansion, all testify to the worthlessness of non-Western life in Western eyes. (Ironically, Jews themselves were victimized precisely because they were mistakenly considered non-European “semites.”) (2)

But during the past half-century, things were supposed to have changed. One by one, the former European colonies in Africa and Asia won their independence from their genocidal occupiers. Why? Because in the wake of the horrors of World War II, a new, universal standard of human rights emerged. All lives were now supposed to be of equal value, without regard to skin pigmentation or ethnicity or religion.

The USA, while giving lip service to human equality, continued to loot and massacre millions of darker-skinned people in dozens of countries around the world in the name of anti-Communism. After the Cold War removed that pretext, it went to war against Iraq, and Muslims in general, on behalf of Israel, killing more than two million people since 1990. (3)

This war is a desperate attempt to prop up a doomed regime. After the fall of the white regimes in Algeria, Kenya, Rhodesia, Angola, Mozambique, and South Africa, the only remaining European settler colony is in Zionist-occupied Palestine. There is no reason to think it is any more sustainable than the others.

Occupied Palestine is where Euro-American racism has combined with “Jewish” racism to create a toxic brew that threatens the future of the planet.

The fall of the Zionist regime in Occupied Palestine will mark the end of a centuries-long period of racist Euro-American domination of planet earth, and the beginning of a new era of justice and equality between peoples. That is why the struggle for Palestine is not just a Palestinian struggle, nor an Arab struggle, nor a Muslim struggle, nor a struggle of just the formerly colonized peoples. It is a struggle for human justice, equality and dignity, a struggle by and for all of humanity.

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(1) “For example, we found that in 2004, at a time when 8 Israeli children and 176 Palestinian children were killed – a ratio of 1 to 22 – Times headlines and lead paragraphs reported on Israeli children’s deaths at a rate almost seven times greater than Palestinian children’s deaths.” -Alison Weir, “New York Times Minimizes Palestinian Deaths: The Perversions of Daniel Okrent.”
Do the math. Had its coverage been balanced, the Times would have reported on Palestinian children’s deaths 22 times as much as on Israeli children’s deaths. Instead, the ratio was seven to one in favor of the Israeli deaths. Seven times twenty-two is 154.

(2) The best introductions to the Euro-genocide are Sven Lindqvist, “Exterminate All the Brutes” (London: Granta, 1996) and Alfred W. Crosby, Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1986).

(3) William Blum ably exposes what he calls “the American holocaust” in Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II.

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