Western Mainstream media (MSM) are reporting the Israeli police violence against worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, token rocket responses by Palestinians, and horrendously disproportionate Israeli bombing of Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. While the West rightly condemns the Russian invasion and occupation of 20% of Ukraine, it fervently supports genocidally racist Zionazi Apartheid Israel that in 2023 is violently attacking 5 other countries and still illegally occupying the territory of 4.
By way of comparison, before its genocidal invasion of the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1941 that would ultimately kill 27 million Soviet citizens, Nazi Germany had invaded 10 countries (Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Britain) and occupied all but unconquered Britain . Indeed a shocking 52-item list of appalling abuses and human rights violations by genocidally racist, Nazi-style and neo-Nazi Apartheid Israel, its leaders and its supporters compels qualitative and quantitative comparisons with the conduct of genocidally racist Nazi Germany before and during WW2, and with racist fascists, fascoids, and neo-Nazis in general .
Before detailing the horrendous conduct of serial invader Apartheid Israel in the first few months of 2023 alone, it is useful to note that the UN Charter permits a country to invade another country (1) if it is invited to do so, (2) is responding in self-defence to being invaded itself, or (3) is permitted to do so by the UN Security Council (albeit only after serious negotiations aimed at avoiding violence). In 75 years of genocidal violence and war criminality, serial invader and neo-Nazi Apartheid Israel has satisfied none of these criteria in attacking the territory (including ships and planes) of 13 other countries (Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Uganda, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and the United States) .
(A). 5 countries being attacked by Apartheid Israel in 2023.
Jordan administers the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem that is part of Occupied Palestine illegally seized by Apartheid Israel in 1967. Wikipedia: “The administrative body responsible for the whole Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is known as “the Jerusalem Waqf”, an organ of the Jordanian government. The Jerusalem Waqf is responsible for administrative matters in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Religious authority on the site, on the other hand, is the responsibility of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, appointed by the government of the State of Palestine” .
Dr Adnan Abu Amer (Head of the Political Science Department at the University of the Ummah in Gaza) summarized the recent events: “Israeli efforts to change the status quo at religious sites in Jerusalem could trigger a regional conflict… On April 5, shocking footage emerged from occupied East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque of Israeli security forces mercilessly beating Palestinian worshippers. The brutal violence left at least 12 Palestinians injured at Islam’s third holiest site and fuelled public anger. Rockets were fired from Gaza and Lebanon as a warning against further escalation, but Israel did not listen. The following day it repeated the violent attack on al-Haram al-Sharif, where Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, and carried out air raids on Gaza and Lebanon” .
This extraordinary escalation involving successive brutal Israeli police attacks on Muslim worshippers in the third holiest site in Islam and in the holy period of Ramadan, must be seen as deliberate policy by the new extreme right-wing Israeli Government to provoke Palestinian reactions that in turn will permit the usual deadly Israeli over-reaction, and whip up popular Israeli support for war, racism, and extremism.
Socialist writer Jean Shaoul commented thus: “Israeli fighter planes pounded targets in southern Lebanon and Gaza early Friday morning, following rocket attacks blamed on the militant clerical group Hamas that controls the besieged Palestinian enclave of Gaza. The rockets, many of which were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defence system, caused little damage and minor injuries. Israel’s furious bombardment takes place amid escalating tensions following the police’s deliberately provocative attacks on tens of thousands of Palestinian worshippers at the al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem this week. It is bound up with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s determination to whip up war-fever by attacking Israel’s enemies—the Palestinians, Iran and its allies, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad—as a means of suppressing opposition to his government’s plans to assume dictatorial powers” .
Indeed the Second Intifada of the Occupied Palestinians began in September 2000 after Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon made a provocative visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque (the Dome of the Rock) and the associated al-Haram al-Sharif compound in Jerusalem (the Temple Mount to Zionists) and sparked protests and riots that Israeli police put down violently .
This latest Zionist provocation comes shortly after Apartheid Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich declared (19 March): “There are no Palestinians, because there isn’t a Palestinian people,” while standing at a podium decorated with a map that showed a “Greater Israel” including all of Palestine and Jordan. The Jordanian Parliament voted for the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador to Amman from Jordan in protest .
Al Jazeera reported ( 18 March): “At least 84 Palestinians have been killed so far in 2023, putting this year on track be one of the bloodiest… Since the start of this year, at least 84 Palestinians, including children, have been killed by Israeli forces.… Palestinian attacks against Israelis led to the death of 14 people in 2023. … More than 170 Palestinians were killed in Israeli raids in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem in all of 2022, making last year one the deadliest in the occupied territories since 2004, according to the human rights group B’Tselem.” . By 8 April 2023 a further 6 Palestinians had been killed and 3 Israelis had died , for a total of 90 Palestinian deaths and 17 Israeli deaths in the period 1 January-8 April 2023.
Israeli violence against Palestinians in 2023 has involved bloody Israeli raids on Jenin and Nablus, the settler rampage in the West Bank town of Hawara, and successive violent Israeli raids on the Al Aqsa Mosque and the associated al-Haram al-Sharif compound. The Israeli air force has bombed Gaza, southern Lebanon and Syria with high explosive bombs in response to the Palestinian firing of home-made rockets that killed nobody.
It must be noted that Israeli deaths from Gaza rockets have totalled about 40 since 2000 but since then about 10,500 Palestinians have been killed violently (99% by Israeli forces) and a further 112,000 have died avoidably from imposed deprivation. Since 2000 about 1,300 Israelis have been killed violently by Palestinians (66% civilians and 34 Israeli forces) .
The WW1 onwards and ongoing Palestinian Genocide has been associated with 2.2 million Palestinian deaths from violence (0.1 million) and imposed deprivation (2.1 million). It also involved 2 mass population expulsion events, namely the 1948 Nakba or Catastrophe (800,000 Palestinians expelled, 530 villages ethnically cleansed, 15,000 Palestinians killed, over 120 mosques eventually demolished) and the 1967 Naksa or Setback (400,000 Palestinians and Golan Heights Syrians expelled) [10, 11].
In contrast the Jewish Virtual Library records 3,900 Jewish deaths from terrorism in Israel/ Palestine since 1920, and 3,200 since 1948 .
In 1944 Nazi leader Adolph Hitler ordered the killing of 10 Italian men and boys for every German soldier killed by partisans, and his order was carried out immediately in the Ardeatine Caves Massacre (335 Italian men and boys killed in reprisals for the killing of 28 German soldiers the previous day) . It is sobering to compare this Hitler-ordered reprisals death ratio of 10 with that achieved by the Zionists and Zionazi Israelis. Note that the per capita GDP is a deadly $3,500 for Occupied Palestine versus $55,400 for Israel , and that whether a child is killed avoidably by imposed deprivation or by bombs, bullets or bashing, the death is just as final and the perpetrator just as culpable (indeed starving a horse to death merits custodial punishment in Western countries) .
(i). WW1 onwards Palestinian violent deaths/Israeli violent deaths / 1920 onwards Zionist violent deaths = 100,000/ 3,900 = 25.6.
(ii). WW1 onwards Palestinian deaths from violence and deprivation / Zionist violent deaths = 2.2 million/3,900 = 564.1.
(iii). 2000 onwards Palestinian violent deaths/Israeli violent deaths/ 2000 onwards Zionist violent deaths = 10,500 / 1,300 = 8.1.
(iv). 2000 onwards Palestinian deaths from violence and imposed deprivation = 122,500 / 1,300 = 94.2
(v). 1 January 2023 – 10 April 2023 Palestinian violent deaths / Israeli violent deaths = 90/17 = 5.3.
(vi). 1 January 2023 – 10 April 2023 Palestinian deaths from violence and imposed deprivation / Israeli violent deaths = 1,100/17 = 64.7.
If one considers avoidable deaths from imposed deprivation  (evidence of continuing gross violation by Apartheid Israel of Articles 55 and 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention ), in 2023 Apartheid Israel is exceeding the Nazi-advocated and Nazi-effected reprisals death ratio of 10 by a factor of 6.5.
The extreme right-wing Apartheid Israeli government has deliberately provoked the present crisis to shore up its popularity with extremist Zionist voters through confected war hysteria. However one must seriously consider the dreadful possibility of a third Indigenous Palestinian mass population expulsion event on top of the 1948 Nakba and 1967 Naksa [10, 11]. The ethnic cleansing of 90% of Palestine means that the “2-state solution” beloved of the Zionist-subverted West is dead. While decent anti-racist and pro-human rights folk continue to advocate a secular, democratic state for all inhabitants of Palestine  the racist Zionists running Apartheid Israel are fanatically locked in to genocidal racism and Apartheid as perceived by numerous scholars and human rights organizations .
The website “Zionist quotes re racism and Palestinian Genocide” alphabetically list the shocking, genocidally racist opinions of Zionists from Zionism founder Theodor Herzl in 1895 (“We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it employment in our country” ) to present Apartheid Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in 1989 (“Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories”) .
Indeed former US Ambassador to Apartheid Israel and the UN, Tom Pickering has stated (2021): “The Palestinians who clearly suffered a 20 to 1 death rate and who clearly are vastly overwhelmed by the Israelis in terms of military power… I think it is an extremely high mountain to cross… It doesn’t appear there is a 1 state solution to this problem and there is no multiple state outcome to this problem… Israel for a very long period of time under Netanyahu has kind of narrowed down the goal for the Palestinians to something like 20% of what is currently believed to have been the Palestinian state under the 2 state solution [i.e. to 4.4% of Palestine] … And if in fact there is no agreement and the status quo is continued with interruptions for violence as we have seen, it is quite possible that over years – and I am talking about a long time – you will see a removal of Palestinians from the West Bank and quite possibly Gaza to other parts of the world and a no-state solution if I can put it that way. Israel triumphant covering it all” .
The racist fanaticism, Orwellian mendacity and genocidal racism of the neo-Nazi Apartheid Israeli Government raises the spectre of total ethnic cleansing of the present 7.5 million Indigenous Palestinians from Palestine..
Some rockets have been fired by Palestinians from Lebanon to no effect except for massively disproportionate high explosive bombing retaliation from the war criminal Apartheid Israeli air force. Apartheid Israel has an appalling record of invading , occupying, bombing and devastating Lebanon from 1978 onwards, including occupation of much of Lebanon from 1982 to 2000 that involved the Israel-complicit Sabra and Shatila Massacres of 3,500 Palestinians and Lebanese Shiites in Beirut (16 September 1982 – 18 September 1982). In 2006 further Israeli bombing killed 1,000 people in Lebanon and made 1.0 million homeless . With Lebanon already economically crippled will nuclear terrorist and neo-Nazi Apartheid Israel now grind Lebanon into the dust?
Apartheid Israel invaded Syria in 1967, seized and ethnically cleansed the Golan Heights, and subsequently illegally annexed this part of Syria . Syria hosted a huge number of Palestinian refugees. In 2012 the US failed to get UN Security Council approval for a US Alliance free fly zone in Syria to enable removal of the Assad Syrian Government after the fashion of the France-UK-US (FUKUS) removal of the Libyan Government in 2011 (Libya, formerly the most prosperous country in Africa, was devastated). Nevertheless the US was not to be hindered in its regime change plans and set up an alliance involving the US, UK, France, Apartheid Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to remove the Assad Government. However the Syrian Government invited the Russians and Iranians in to thwart the US plan. The barbarous jihadi group ISIS took over disaffected Iraqi Sunni rebels, seized much of northern Iraq and then spilled over into dominating Sunni rebels in Syria. ISIS was eventually largely defeated and Sunni rebels were largely confined to a region in northwest Syria around Idlib. The US plan to Balkanize Syria was further substantially achieved with a Turkish enclave and a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. The US still has bases in both Iraq and Syria, notwithstanding Iraqi and Syrian Government demands that they leave. Apartheid Israel has been regularly bombing Syrian Government and Iranian positions in Syria . After the Al-Aqsa Mosque invasions by Apartheid Israel, some ineffectual rockets from Palestinians in Syria provided the “excuse” for even more Israeli bombing of an already devastated Syria.
Nuclear armed Apartheid Israel and the US have been dangerously hostile to Iran since the overthrow of the US-installed Shah in 1978. Nuclear-armed Apartheid Israel and the nuclear-armed US have been threatening non-nuclear armed Iran ever since. In addition to various terrorist bombings within Iran, Apartheid Israel has been regularly bombing Syrian and Iranian forces in Syria for a dozen years . The Al-Aqsa Mosque atrocity and the consequent firing of several ineffectual rockets from Syria gave Apartheid Israel the “excuse” to further bomb devastated Syria, including Iranian targets.
(B). Deadly serial war criminality of Apartheid Israel, the US, the UK and the US Alliance.
Some key points are outlined below:
(1). Countries invaded.
Apartheid Israel, the US, the UK, Australia and the US Alliance have an appalling historical record of invading other countries. Thus the British have invaded 193 countries, Australia 85, France 82, the US 72 (52 after WW2), Germany 39, Japan 30, Russia 25, Canada 25, and Apartheid Israel 13 . Ignoring border spats, Developing Countries have overwhelmingly not invaded other countries. China historically invaded and incorporated only 2 contiguous regions, Tibet in the 13th century and Xinjiang in the 18th century, during which time period the English subdued and incorporated Celtic Britain and commenced colonizing across the whole world . The US has a shocking and continuing record of invading other countries. According to the US Congressional Research Service there were 218 US military interventions between 1798 and 1990, and 251 military interventions between 1991 and 2022 for a total of 469 such interventions since 1798 [21, 22]. Despite closing hundreds of bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States still maintains nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories . China has just 1 overseas base (in Djibouti to guard massive shipping to China via the Red Sea). Costa Rica does not even have an army!
(2). Deadly consequences of threat, invasion and occupation.
The threat of subversion and invasion by Western powers has diverted scarce resources from societal benefit (health, education, infrastructure) to armaments in Developing Countries. The consequent avoidable deaths from deprivation can be estimated from UN Population Division demographic data as described in my book “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” . 1950-2005 avoidable deaths from deprivation in countries variously occupied by the following countries in the post-WW2 era are as follows: Apartheid Israel (24 million), Australia (2 million), France (142 million), UK (727 million) and US (82 million) . Violent deaths and avoidable deaths from imposed deprivation in US Alliance-occupied countries are measured in tens of millions. Thus in post-1950 US Asian wars Asian deaths from violence and war-imposed deprivation total 40 million . In the US Alliance War on Terror about 32 million Muslims died from violence (5 million) and imposed deprivation (27 million) in 20 countries invaded by the US Alliance since the US Government’s 9/11 false flag atrocity that killed about 3,000 innocent Americans [24-27]. The WW1 onwards Palestinian Genocide has been associated with 2.2 million Palestinian deaths from violence (0.1 million) and imposed deprivation (2.1 million) [10, 11]. In the last 23 years of Occupation, Occupied Palestinian deaths from violence have totalled 10,500 and deaths from imposed deprivation have totalled 112,000 .
War is the penultimate in racism and genocide is the ultimate in racism. The US Declaration of Independence nobly declares: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” . Unfortunately serial war criminal, deeply racist and Zionist-subverted America and US-backed and genocidally racist Apartheid Israel deny these fundamental rights to the Indigenous Palestinians who presently represent over 50% of Israeli Subjects. Indeed 73% of Apartheid Israel’s Indigenous Palestinian Subjects cannot vote for the government ruling them i.e. they are subject to egregious Apartheid.
The core ethos of Humanity is Kindness and Truth. Unfortunately neoliberal greed and remorseless lying by commission and lying by omission have perverted this ethos to one of Exclusion and Lying. Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity. These deficiencies of the American Empire and its creation Apartheid Israel are most glaringly exposed in the horrendous, genocidal and ongoing maltreatment of the Indigenous Palestinians who represent a litmus test for humanity. Indeed Nelson Mandela, Nobel Laureate and hero in the successful fight against South African Apartheid, stated (1997): “The UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians” .
What can decent people do? Decent folk must (a) inform everyone they can, and (b) urge and apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against genocidally racist and neo-Nazi Apartheid Israel and all people, politicians, parties, collectives, corporations and countries supporting this nuclear terrorist and grossly human rights-violating Zionazi state.
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Dr Gideon Polya taught science students at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia over 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, notably a huge pharmacological reference text “Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds”. He has also published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (2007, 2022) and “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History” (1998, 2008, 2023). He has recently published “US-imposed Post-9-11 Muslim Holocaust & Muslim Genocide” (2020), and “Climate Crisis, Climate Genocide & Solutions” (2020), and contributed to Soren Korsgaard (editor) “The Most Dangerous Book Ever Published – Dangerous Deception Exposed!” (2020). For images of Gideon Polya’s huge paintings for the Planet, Peace, Mother and Child see: http://sites.google.com/site/artforpeaceplanetmotherchild/ .