lifted from dagbladet.no, google translate
Smart move by Dagbladet, but this does still not exonerate them from the sick oped they published last week
No, Israel is not Nazi Germany
The constant demonization of Israel and the characterization of the country’s policy of Nazism, does not contribute to anything except to corrupt an already difficult debate.
Andreas Haug Hard Olsen
For some dubious reason Hege Ramson’s post waspublished on Dagbladet online edition June 1st, where Israeli policy is compared to Nazism. It is the same human contempt, the writer claims, and despairs that all the attention bestowed Nazism and World War II years have not taught us anything.
It is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who makes associations to Nazism “inevitable” because he has stated that he will not recognize a Palestinian state. But Ramson does not mention how many Palestinian politicians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Which is nobody. And the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas assures us that it won’t happen.
Israel is in “advanced stages” to “destroy” Palestine, writes Ramson. She notes that Israel last summer “murdered” 2257 Palestinians, where seven out of ten were civilians. Murder is murder with premeditation, and this can be read that Israel intentionally should have slaughtered well over a thousand civilians. Who can bring themselves to believe that this is in Israel’s interests?
However, reality is not important. As the reality in which Palestinian groups in Gaza shot at least 4,800 rockets and 1,700 artillery shells towards Israel in July. The Iron Dome the Israeli Missile defense System stopped some of them, but approximately 224 hit civilian settlements, which resulted in several dead and wounded. All this can be read in Amnesty International’s report Unlawful and Deadly: Rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinian armed groups hum the 2014 Gaza / Israel conflict ?.
Amnesty also shows that “the deadliest Palestinian rocket attack did not hit Israel, but Gaza,” which took the lives of 13 Palestinians including 11 of them children, when a projectile hit the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza. Hamas operatives were quick to purge the area for the remains of the projectile and other evidence before Amnesty arrived instead. Then they blamed Israel for the tragedy.
Those who condemn the lack of proportionality in the war between Hamas and Israel, might ask themselves about the difference in the number of deaths can be explained in greater or lesser degree with one party failing to protect its civilian population, while the other does. The Amnesty report notes that “Palestinian armed groups deliberately deployed rockets, mortars and weapons caches in civilian areas, thus did the civilian population in Gaza to target for Israeli counter-attacks.” A Finnish television reporter informed in August last year besides that it was shot rockets from Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza against Israel.
US General Martin Dempsey has praised Israel for making extraordinary efforts in preventing civilian casualties during last year’s Gaza conflict: «I actually do think that Israel went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties … they did some extraordinary things to try to limit civilian casualties, to include… making it known that they were going to destroy a particular structure.»
And where Israel defense force IDF urged Palestinian civilians to flee the bomb rain, the Hamas ordered the population to stay where they are. None of this is mentioned by Ramson, probably for fear that it would give the favourite demon Israel a more human face.
It would have been interesting to get insight into what Ramson thinks about Hamas? policy, if the Israeli is as horrible as it Nazis. Another Amnesty report,Strangling Necks: Abductions, torture and summary killings of Palestinians by Hamas forces during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflicts, recounts that Hamas and Palestinian groups were behind the abduction, torture and extrajudicial executions of Palestinians during battles in Gaza last summer. Civilians were accused of being in league with Israel. Still no one has been held accountable for crimes.
The conflict is terrible and the worst of all: it seems completely locked. This is not an attempt to persuade anyone that Israel is flawless, or that excessive use of force by the Israeli side does not occur. But renditions of the conflict very often missing key details, giving its most grotesque manifestations in one-eyed posts such as the one authored by Ramson. For there should be no need to scramble to emphasize that Israel is quite different than Hitler’s satanic Nazi regime.