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Monday, July 21, 2014

"PUT THE PALESTINIANS ON A DIET"


Many years ago while attending the University of Florida I got a part-time job working for a disabled woman.  I'd do simple chores for her and go to the library to do research for her book on genocide that she was writing.  Her basic premise was that genocide takes many forms - it wasn't just Hitler's ovens that killed the Jews.

To help illustrate this point she needed a page from a particular book and I was to find and copy it for her.  This important document was called the "Caloric Reduction Intake Schedule" for the Jews inside the Warsaw ghetto in Poland.  I was stunned when I found it and to this day the imprint of this document is still in my mind and my soul.

The Nazi's were feeling the international pressure from their gas chambers where they were killing Jews.  So they needed other ways to wipe out Jewish people - more subtle ways.  They created a plan, a schedule to reduce the food intake of Jews inside Warsaw knowing that over a certain period of time the people would die from malnutrition.

Thus we see today a similar strategy, remarkably and sickly, being used by Israel to help eliminate the Palestinian people.  Israel created their own version of the caloric schedule for the Palestinians.  Dated from 2008 and entitled, Food Consumption in the Gaza Strip - The Red Lines, it is a detailed study of how many calories Palestinians needed to eat to avoid malnutrition. In 2012 BBC reported this story and wrote:

In 2006, Israeli government adviser Dov Weisglass was widely quoted as having said: "The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger."
When you see Gaza today, literally bombed back into the stone age, you know that it will now be virtually impossible for them to repair their open air prison nor be able to care for the many thousands of people who will be without homes, food, water, or medical care after two Gaza hospitals were blasted by the Israeli military.  The so-called tunnels that Israel wanted to shut down were primarily used to smuggle food and building supplies into Gaza so they could live.  Israel is now closing that door too.

Israel knows that thousands and thousands of Palestinians will die prematurely because they will have limited access to the essentials of life.

Sadly the Israeli's have become the new Nazi's.  You'd think they'd know better but their Zionist zeal has broken their link to humanity and sanity.

Much is made of Hamas trying to defend their people from constant and over whelming Israeli attacks but I can't help but think back to Jews who lived in European cities occupied by Hitler's rampaging armies.  People still often wonder aloud why more Jews did not join the resistance to fight for their lives against Hitler's forces. 

Israel, and their benefactors in the US, want the Palestinian people to submit, to surrender to their hopeless life of imprisonment.  When they dare stand up to defend themselves they are pulverized back into submission.  These are indeed war crimes and everyone who remains silent in these moments, to one degree or the other, is complicit in this genocide that we are now witnessing. 

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