One month of fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas has resulted in an enormous propaganda victory for Hamas as horrific pictures of dead and wounded Gazan children and civilians, their destroyed homes and other buildings have appeared daily in social media and newspapers around the world.
Why these tragedies need never have occurred has been lost - as racial incitement is fuelled by articles sensationally headlined "South Africa Compares Gaza Operation to Nazis' Actions", The Nazis Are in Gaza, Turkey's Erdogan Compares Israel Gaza Offensive to Hitler and Letter from America: Israel's Nazi-like criminal campaign in Gaza.
Israelis have been represented as Nazis inflicting war crimes on Gazan Arabs - just as war crimes were inflicted on Jews by the Nazis.
Jews have been attacked in Paris, London, Sydney, Rome, Frankfurt and Austria.
The South African Jewish Board of Deputies has been told by a leading trade union official:
If the Jewish Board of Deputies wants to advance a Zionist agenda, they should leave South Africa and go advance their agenda elsewhere.
Hamas is attempting to gain continuing success in its campaign to denigrate and demonize Israel.
Hamas rejected the continuation of a 72 hour ceasefire that ended at 8.00 am on 8 August – hoping to again induce Israel into retaliating against Hamas and the myriad other terrorist groups embedded in Gaza as they continue their indiscriminate firing of more than 3300 rockets so far into Israeli population centres from rocket launchers positioned in Gazan civilian population centres.
Gazan civilians have unwillingly become the sacrificial lambs in Hamas's evil objective of eliminating the only Jewish State in the world.
Gregory Baskin summarises how the propaganda war is so far removed from the reality:
In the current foray into the Gaza Strip, Israelis have killed approximately 1,200 Palestinians. To be clear, Hitler and his army of hypnotized worshippers not only killed millions of people but murdered them, meaning that lives were terminated and family lines severed on purpose. Anyone not consumed with their own anti-Semitism understands the distinction
Many Arab civilians have died in the Gaza Strip. At the least, Israel has made attempts to avoid this by warning civilians ahead of its bombing strikes with the use of dummy bombs, text messages and telephone calls. (Perhaps it is true, as has been reported, that the human shields Hamas puts in harm's way are not allowed freedom of movement, thus generously contributing to the death toll.) Even the United States and Commander-In-Chief President Obama do less than this when U.S. drones kill terrorists in far off lands. Like so many guerrilla armies before it, Hamas fighters hide amongst the people it purports to protect and represent.
Again, yes, the deaths in the Gaza Strip have been undeniable and horrific. But by no means is what has, and is happening, there a Holocaust. What it is, most unfortunately, is a moment for anti-Semites to express their hatred. Logic is pushed aside as bigotry converts to delirium and then inevitably inflates in magnitude. Again: 1,200 killed compared with 6 million-plus murdered.
Hamas is openly honest about its intentions – as these three extracts from its Covenant make very clear:
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