Thursday December 19, 2013
Chomsky Statement on Israel's War on GazaSalem-News.com
It is not a war, it is murder.
(WASHINGTON DC) - This is Salem-News.com's "belligerent editor" - and don't worry, I have been called far worse. I am here to say that it looks like we were not entirely accurate and that this quote is actually combination of statements made by Prof. Chomsky and Chris Hedges, one of the most admired journalists in the world.
Mistakes are made when executing heat of the moment decisions in this business - when people are dying from Israeli aggression our helplessness manifests in unpredictable ways sometimes. I was so pleased when this was sent, it seemed powerful without question and necessary and by the fact that the story has gone viral, I believe the decision to run with it was not the worst one I have made publishing nearly 26,000 articles over the past eight years.
For the record, we have articles from Prof. Chomsky dispatched to us directly and several of our 100+ writers know Noam personally, I have never had a conversation with him. However I think it is exceedingly clear that our motives are a dead match with Hedges and Chomsky and we apologize for any inconvenience. Personally, every day, I am still writing and publishing content about the Genocides in DRC, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, and for God's sake Burma. This clarification was obviously important to people, I think what is taking place in Gaza is where the focus should be, however the importance of accuracy is not to be understated.
The following statement by Noam Chomsky indicates a different stand toward Israeli aggression than Prof. Chomsky has revealed in the past:
"The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel, it is not about achieving peace.
The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian population, is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnically-cleanse Palestinians.
Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control, no army… and calls it a war. It is not a war, it is murder.
“When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing. You can't defend yourself when you're militarily occupying someone else's land. That's not defense. Call it what you like, it's not defense.”
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