Thomas Kim Hill

Extreme language from Israeli officials signals genocidal intent

Jean Anne Kiewel has accused Jewish Voice for Peace of promoting a "false equivalency," for equating slogans from Black Lives Matter and Palestinians. Palestinians often chant, "From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free." She claims that this is hateful. Thankfully, she also acknowledges that Israel's attacks on Hamas are horrific.

Kiewel contends, though, that these Israeli attacks, killing over 25,000 mostly women and children, are not genocidal in intent.

Well, the recent ruling by the International Court of Justice, that Israel must stop its "acts of genocide," starkly contradicts Kiewel. The court identifies extreme language from Israeli officials that undeniably signals exactly such genocidal intent.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has said Israel "is fighting human animals," and Deputy Knesset Speaker Nissim Vaturi wrote that Israel has one goal, "erasing the Gaza Strip from the face of the earth." ICJ sees this language as evidence of genocidal intent.

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