Bloodsport: Israelis Gather, Watch, Cheer, Celebrate Over 1,200 Dead in Gaza
Before the start of Israel’s siege of Gaza, we predicted that the government of Israel would not relent until approximately ’1,500′ Palestinians were dead. That looks to be the case this time around, as the death toll in Gaza reaches 1,200 today. Tel Aviv made noises to the effect that they want to continue their military campaign until they feel that Gaza is ‘disarmed’, or crippled with the inability to resist, in any way, Tel Aviv’s strangulation of Gaza.
Previous over-the-top bombing campaigns and ground incursions in Gaza and Lebanon have seen those numbers reached, before Israel would back down on hostilities. If past history is any guide, the 1,500 number seems to be limit before international, and even US, public opinion kicks in and demands an end to hostilities by the IDF.
Israelis Celebrate the Massacre
As Israelis gather, appearing to celebrate (see below) this latest massacre waged in the name of ‘security’, long-term observers of Israeli military’ operations can easily see a bombastic pattern, of wanton bloodsport, becoming the new standard for Israel.
There are many other, more humane voices within Israel, who are repeatedly silenced and marginalized because of their nonviolent stance. Last night on CNN, anchor Don Lemon hosted a panel to discuss the violence in Israel: Marc Lamont-Hill (American), Peter Beinart (Israeli) and of course, Alan Dershowitz. Moderate Peter Beinart was all but ignored by Lemon, who chose to give the majority of talking time to the more militant Zionist, Dershowitz, who claimed that the entire IDF operation was only about “tunnels”. As a result of this routine marginalization of moderate, reasonable voices on the Gaza and Israel, American audiences are conditioned to believe what they hear – and on CNN, all they can hear is Dershowitz calling for more militarized violence by the IDF.
One of the most disturbing aspects of Israeli society has to be the enthusiasm with which some Israelis display for mass killing of Palestinian civilians, particularly women and children.
In the video below, dated July 26, 2014, a large crowd of young Israelis, each decked out in designer T-shirts, iPhones, back-packs, and tattoos, can be seen proudly festooning and shouting as they chant en mass, “There’s no school tomorrow, there’s no children left in Gaza! Oleh!”. From a sociological or psychological analytical perspective, this can only be described as an extremely dark, low point for humanity. Watch:
For other Israelis, the Gaza massacre is a morbid form of entertainment. A number of media reports featured people gathering on Israeli hillsides to drink, snack and pose for ‘selfies’ against a background of explosions as Palestinian death toll mounts in ongoing offensive.
“Old sofas, garden chairs, battered car seats and upturned crates provide seating for the spectators. On one hilltop, a swing has been attached to the branches of a pine tree, allowing its occupant to sway gently in the breeze. Some bring bottles of beer or soft drinks and snacks.”
IMAGE: Israelis sit on a hill to watch air strikes on Gaza, some bring drinks and snacks as they cheer the explosions a few miles away. Photograph: UPI/Landov/Barcroft Media (Photo viaGuardian)
This latest Gaza siege by Israel should be disturbing, even to a hardened neocon. The Israeli army claims to have “targeted hundreds terror sites” in Gaza, yet, their not required to provide any real proof, other than “we say it is” to justify their hourly massacring of civilians and destroying homes. Out of 1.7 million residents crammed into the Gaza Strip, the main UN agency in Gaza, UNRWA, has more than 167,000 displaced Palestinians, forced to take shelter in schools and buildings – before being targeted again for Israel forces.