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The Old Testament and the Genocide in Gaza

"You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you. Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.” - Leviticus, Chapter 26, verses 7-9

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Jewish settlers at a "fence rally" in occupied Palestine.
Photo: Palestine Think Tank

(GAZA STRIP) - Note: This article was originally published by Palestine Think Tank January 8th 2009, during the Israeli attack on Gaza.

There is not much doubt amongst Biblical scholars that the Hebrew Bible contains some highly charged non-ethical suggestions, some of which are no less than a call for a genocide.

Biblical scholar Raymund Schwager has found in the Old Testament 600 passages of explicit violence, 1000 descriptive verses of God's own violent actions of punishment, 100 passages where God expressly commands others to kill people. Apparently, violence is the most often mentioned activity in the Hebrew Bible.

As devastating as it may be, the Hebrew Bible saturation with violence and extermination of others may throw some light over the horrifying genocide conducted momentarily in Gaza by the Jewish state.

In broad daylight, the IDF is using the most lethal methods against civilians as if their main objective is to ‘destroy’ the Gazans while showing ‘no mercy’ whatsoever.

"When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations…then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them and show them no mercy.” -Deuteronomy 7:1-2

Interestingly enough, Israel regards itself as a secular state. Ehud Barak is not exactly a qualified Rabbi and Tzipi Livni is not a Rabbi’s wife.

Accordingly, we are entitled to assume that it isn’t actually Judaism per se that directly transforms Israeli politicians and military leaders into war criminals.

Moreover, early Zionists believed that within a national home Jews would become 'people like all other people', i.e., civilised and ethical. In that very respect, Israeli reality is pretty peculiar.

The Hebraic secular Jews may have managed to drop their God, most of them do not follow Judaic law, they are largely secular, and yet they collectively interpret their Jewish identity as a genocidal mission.

They have successfully managed to transform the Bible from being a spiritual text into a bloodsoaked land registry. They are there, in Zion i.e., Palestine, to invade the land and to lock up, starve and destroy its indigenous inhabitants.

One of the Israeli Defense Force's Younger Victims

Accordingly, it seems as if the artillery commanders and IAF pilots that erased northern Gaza two nights ago were following Deuteronomy 20:16 they indeed did ".. not leave alive anything that breathes.”

And yet, one question is left open. Why should a secular commander follow Deuteronomy verses or any other Biblical text?

Some very few sporadic Jewish voices within the left are insisting upon telling us that Jewishness is not necessarily inherently murderous. I tend to believe that they themselves consider their words as genuine and truthful.

But then one may wonder, what is it that makes the Jewish state brutal with no comparison? The truth of the matter is actually pretty sad. As far as we can see, Zionism is the only secular ideological and political Jewish collective around and as it happens, it has proved once again this week that it is genocidal to the bone.

As far as genocide is concerned the difference between Judaism and Zionism can be illustrated as follows: while the Judaic Biblical context is soaked with genocidal references, usually in the name of God, within the Zionist context, Jews are killing Palestinians in the name of themselves i.e., the ‘Jewish people’.

This is indeed the ultimate success of the Zionist revolution.

It taught the Jews to believe in themselves. To believe in the Jewish state. ‘The Israeli’ is Israel’s God.

Accordingly, the Israeli kills in the name of ‘his or her security’, in the name of ‘his or her democracy’. The Israelis destroy in the name of ‘their war against terror’ and in the name the ‘their America’.

Seemingly, in the Jewish state, the Hebraic subject reverts to mass killing as soon as he finds a ‘name’ to associate with.

This doesn’t really leave us too much room for speculation. The Jewish state is the ultimate threat to humanity and our notion of humanism. Christianity, Islam and humanism came along with an attempt to amend Jewish tribal fundamentalism and to replace it with universal ethics.

Enlightenment, liberalism and emancipation allowed Jews to redeem themselves from their ancient tribal supremacist traits.

Since the mid 19th century, many Jews had been breaking out of their cultural and tribal chain. Tragically enough, Zionism managed to pull many Jews back in. Currently, Israel and Zionism are the only collective voice available for Jews.

"…do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them…as the Lord your God has commanded you…” -Deuteronomy 20:16

The last twelve days of merciless offensive against the Palestinian civilian population does not leave any room for doubt. Israel is the gravest danger to world peace.

Clearly the nations made a tragic mistake in 1947 giving a volatile racially orientated identity an opportunity to set itself into a national state. However, the nations’ duty now is to peacefully dismantle that state before it is too late.

We must do it before the Jewish state and its forceful lobbies around the world manage to pull us all into a global war in the ‘name’ of one banal populist ideology or another (democracy, war against terror, cultural clash and so on).

We have to wake up now before our one and only planet is transformed into a bursting boil of hatred.


Special thanks to Gilad Atzmon and Palestine Think Tank


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Daniel Johnson May 28, 2009 11:07 pm (Pacific time)

Israel as a physical country was established after the guilt of Western powers in relation to the Holocaust. That particular part of the world was selected because, according to the OT, the Jews lived there three or four thousand years ago. If that is a precedent, let's hope that the Native Americans and Canadians don't start thinking along those lines.

SalemPappy May 28, 2009 8:25 pm (Pacific time)

Response to the editor. The Palestanians have blood on their hands. I remember when over 400 marines lost their lives due to a Palestanian terrorist ramming a truck into the barracks they were staying in. You are probably to young to remember. Many people seem to have forgotten. I won't. I'm not saying the Isreali's are the good guys, I'm saying the Palestanian's are just as bad.

Editor: Well common ground is great and thanks for the compliment about my age.  Not only do I know about it, but I was in the Marine Corps when it happened and while he wasn't a close personal friend, there was a Marine from my squadron on embassy duty and was killed that day when the Beirut Embassy was bombed.  That incident led to greater understanding of base perimeters and you see this today in the war theaters.  Additionally, regarding Lebanon, there is a movement underway, particularly among Marine veterans, to help establish this time period as a recognized conflict.  There is little fanfare for these guys to say the least.  In '82 and '83 people still yelled "baby killers" at Marines. 

I certainly agree that plenty of people on both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict have made mistakes but you can't convince me that Israel ever had a right to steal the land in the first place.  It's all just gone downhill since then.  While my friends include Jews, Christians, Wiccans and Buddhists, I advocate frequently for Muslims because I have many friends who are Islamic, from the time I have spent in Afghanistan and Iraq and a couple of other countries in that part of the world.  I am always astounded at the contrast between Muslim people and western perceptions of Muslim people.  Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts. 

SalemPappy May 28, 2009 7:50 pm (Pacific time)

You know, the Palestanians have been killing (usually innocent) Americans and Isreali's every since I can remember using terrorism. The recent attack might have been avoided if Hamas had stopped lobbing missiles into Northern Isreal when asked to. I do agree that a small group of secular Isreali's as well as Palestanians are using religion as their tool for killing.

Editor:  Well that's a broken record sound if there ever was.  Guess what?  The world is onto this now and nobody is going to be excusing Israel's rampant and wanton murder of the Palestinian people who are some of the biggest victims in history.   We write about this constantly and I have to say that most people have progressed beyond this archaic thinking.   

Daniel Johnson May 27, 2009 1:01 pm (Pacific time)

As George Carlin said in one of his skits: “God is one of the leading causes of death. Has been for thousands of years. Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Christians, all taking turns killing each other because God told them it was a good idea.”

Vic May 27, 2009 8:21 am (Pacific time)

Yep, the Bible is a great work..if you take out the genocide, infanticide, calls for genocide, incest, subjugation of women and minorites.. Acording to the Bible, disobedient chidren are to be killed by their parents, non-Jews are subhuman animals, Noah had sex with both of his daughters, yet was so "pure" that his family was allowed to survive the flood while everyone else in the world, babies, children..were killed by "the God of Love"...Sampson is a biblical "hero" for being basically the first suicide bomber, killing over 2200 people for "god". So God creates his childen, then exhorts them to kill each other, all the time supposedly motivated by a divine love.....I'll pass.

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