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Gaza: Right to defend itself?

John Y. Jones
John Y. Jones
Cand. Philol, freelance journalist affiliated with MODERN TIMES
MEDIA / What about Gaza and the media? WikiLeaks was early on an important source for revelations about Israel. The dream of driving all non-Jews out of ancient Palestine governed Israel's policy long before there was a Hamas.


Israel must regularly mow the lawn – i.e. cut down everything that threatens to grow into something permanent and functional i Gaza, says the Washington Post's Adam Taylor on May 14, 2021. That means primarily killing people. The phrase reflects the disdain for Palestinian life that permeates Israeli discourse. The grass that you step on grows uncomfortably, and we cut it regularly to keep it in place. Over the years, tanks and bulldozers have regularly crossed the fence into Gaza and 'cleaned up' people, animals, infrastructure, institutions such as schools and hospitals. Because it is people who threaten ownership of the land. Therefore, it is the people who must be taken.

Therefore, one can say that Israel is carrying out 'unprovoked, full-scale, brutal invasion' of Palestine. But shouldn't the Palestinian people, who have been occupied for almost 80 years, perhaps rather be allowed to feel provoked? That is why the former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on 15 October 2023 refuses to condemn Hamas's action on 7 October: The problem is not Hamas, but Israel's apartheid, Varoufakis believes. Hamas shows an understandable and healthy reaction to this prolonged provocation. For the occupiers, no one has such a 'right to defend themselves'. However, they have a duty to defend those they occupy. It is the occupied who have this exclusive right to defend themselves and offer resistance.

On 12 January, Al Jazeera was able to report that in 2003 the UN Court ICJ issued a ruling stating that a occupant cannot claim the right to defend themselves. The case at the time concerned the construction of fences on West Bank. That the ICJ did not repeat this in its judgment on 31 January does not weaken the ruling, but only confirms the practice that a previous judgment stands. They shouldn't have to repeat it.

With its cynical Hannibal doctrine, Israel's military made its own citizens as vulnerable as Hamas to the IDF's weapons.

It is difficult to believe the claims that human losses in the Middle East and Africa over the last decade and Gaza is unintended damage, that those maimed or killed are the unintended and unfortunate victims of a 'war on terror'. Nor do you believe that Hamas is the real target of Israel's terror against the Gaza Strip today. For Israel, it only took one Hamas provocation to kill and maim an entire people – once again. The dream of driving all non-Jews out of ancient Palestine has guided Israel's policy from day one after nakba in 1948 – yes before that time too. Long before there was a Hamas. With his kill-everything-that-moves order to the soldiers in the IDF's war against Gaza. Moreover, the cynical Hannibal doctrine (if you are taken hostage, you must expect to give your life for the good cause) the Israeli military made its own citizens as vulnerable to the IDF's weapons as the Palestinians – it was later proven that the Israeli military also killed many of the over 1100 Israelis in the chaos that ensued.

For Israel and IDF is country more important than human life – including Jewish life. We know this ideology from the blood-and-land thinking of the fascists. The Gaza wars have been fought with a clear dialogue between the US and Israel. It shows that the US speaks with two tongues about its relationship with Israel Today. This is one of the areas where the US has considered WikiLeaks to be particularly threatening.

WikiLeaks is the hub

WikiLeaks has focused attention not only on the United States, but on many parts of the world and nations in areas such as environmental crime, corruption and illegal wealth flight in large quantities. With extensive computer programs, they have weeded out information that could harm and destroy innocents. Therefore, no one has yet been able to prove that the thousands of disclosures that have come from WikiLeaks have had unwanted, harmful effects. That WikiLeaks has "blood on his hands", is undocumented and untrue.

But to Assange and his WikiLeaks was perceived as threatening by the US and Israel about their secret operations and deals, there is little doubt. Already on December 22, 2010, Voice of America pointed to WikiLeaks as an important source of serious and important revelations:

«Al-Jazeera television quotes Assange as saying the documents will include information on Israel’s 2006 war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, and this year’s assassination in Dubai of a Hamas militant leader.»

«Assange says WikiLeaks has 3,700 U.S. documents regarding Israel, including 2,700 originating from Israel. Wikileaks has previously released some other U.S. cables regarding Israel.»

«A cable released by WikiLeaks … says Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) shared intelligence about the Palestinian militant group Hamas as it took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.»

«Another says U.S. diplomatic cables show top Syrian officials suspected Israel carried out the assassination of a top aide to President Bashar al-Assad.»

This is among the information that individual whistleblowers and investigative journalists around the world have allowed WikiLeaks to access. WikiLeaks collects and disseminates the revelations to all of us, revelations that the public has a right to know about. The US and Israel are therefore not alone in fearing – and wanting to stop by all means – the hub of truth WikiLeaks and its foremost representative, Julian Assange.


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