The world’s haters of Israel and Jews accuse them of genocide and war crimes. Yet, at the same time, the world ignores actual desired and attempted genocide with actual war crimes being perpetrated by its enemies, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and Iran.
The word “genocide” is a relatively new word that has been added to the English language just after the Holocaust. It was coined by a writer named Raphael Lemkin, a Jewish Polish lawyer and writer who had fled to the United States in 1941 to escape the Nazis. The origin of the word genocide is from a combination of Greek and Latin; “genos,” meaning race or tribe, and “cide,” the Latin for kill.
Legacy of Defining Genocide: Raphael Lemkin’s Impact on International Justice
In 1948, the United Nations, three years after the end of World War ll, this new word was used in the “Convention on the Prevention of the Crime of Genocide,” a treaty intended to prevent any future genocides. The convention and the word have had a major impact on how the world looks upon crimes against humanity worldwide, tolerance, justice, and responsibility to others. Lemkin not only experienced what happened to his family and his nation but also learned of the crimes against the Armenian Christians in World War One that went unpunished, which is still the case today. The Turkish government still denies the Armenian Genocide today. Lemkin was the first to describe the Armenian Holocaust as a genocide. It is a sense of irony that a Jew who escaped the Holocaust, one of the largest genocides in history, yet his people today are falsely accused of genocide.
Let us examine the issues concerning war crimes and what each side does regarding the law of war.
The following are some ways the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) use to avoid civilian casualties. While these warnings ruin the element of surprise and can help the enemy escape or call his neighbors to serve as human shields, the IDF believes that it must take these steps whenever possible to avoid harming innocent bystanders.
During the current operation in Gaza, millions of phone calls have been made to warn civilians of targets who may be in harm’s way. Leaflets are dropped over Gaza in areas that need to be evacuated to preserve innocent lives.
Leaflets in Arabic dropped from the Air by the millions:
They read in Arabic, “Important information for the residents of Gaza: For your safety, take responsibility for yourselves and avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives and facilities and those of the other terror organizations that pose a risk to your safety. Hamas is once again dragging the region to violence and bloodshed. The IDF is determined to defend the residents of the State of Israel. This announcement is valid until quiet is restored to the region. Israel Defense Forces Command.”
Diverting missiles in mid-flight:
During all Israeli bombing missions using smart weapons, the IDF aborts many strikes or even diverts munitions if they believe civilians will be harmed by last-minute observations from the pilots who are carrying out the attacks.
A link from a previous conflict shows an example of this morality. https://www.idf.il/en/articles/operationpillar-of-defence/how-does-the-idf-minimize-harm-to-palestinian-civilians
“Roof knocking” is when the Israel Air Force (IAF) targets a building with a loud but non lethal bomb that warns civilians that they are in the vicinity of a weapons cache or target. This method is used to allow residents to leave the area before the IAF targets the site with live ammunition.
The IDF, whenever possible, singles out terrorists and targets them in a way that will endanger few or no bystanders. This can often be hard to do since terrorists prefer to hide in crowded areas. Watch here Ahmed Jabari, a former Hamas leader.
Former commander in the British Armed Forces in Afghanistan, Colonel Richard Kemp, has explained the IDF’s efforts to avoid civilian casualties:
“The UN estimates that there has been an average three-to-one ratio of civilian to combatant deaths in such conflicts worldwide. Three civilians for every combatant killed. That is the estimated ratio in Afghanistan: three to one. In Iraq and in Kosovo, it was worse: the ratio is believed to be four-to-one. Anecdotal evidence suggests the ratios were very much higher in Chechnya and Serbia. In Gaza, it was less than one-to-one.”
Despite all precautions, IDF forces may have mistakenly targeted sites and hurt Palestinian civilians. The IDF is fully committed to ensuring that every allegation of wrongdoing is fully and fairly investigated, though this will happen after the conclusion of the operation. Israel goes way beyond what is required by international law in its attempt to protect civilians.
Here is a video of evidence of Hamas forcing civilians into being shields from the IDF.
The list of documented war crimes by Hamas in the latest war is extensive. On October 7th, Hamas launched thousands of rockets targeting civilians all over the South and Central parts of Israel. Specifically, targeting civilians is a war crime.
When Hamas terrorists entered Israel, here are just some of the lists of their maniacal outrages:
- Murdering civilians in their cars, including women, children, and entire families;
- Assaulting kibbutzim, killing residents and burning homes;
- Holding captive and massacring families in their homes;
- Executing civilians forced from shelter by fire, grenades, or otherwise;
- Forcing hostages to lure other civilians out of their homes;
- Executing babies and children, including in their beds and car seats;
- Murdering the elderly, and posting the evidence on the social media of those killed;
- Slaughtering more than 250 civilians attending a music festival at point-blank range and as they tried to escape;
- Capturing, holding hostage, and raping women;
- Kidnapping children;
- Parading and spitting on deceased victims in the streets;
- Mutilating bodies of civilians and soldiers;
- Burning men, women, and children alive;
- Stripping hostages and holding them at gunpoint;
- And numerous other atrocities.
Every one of the above is a war crime.
The above are not the only war crimes of Hamas. It is estimated that around 75% of all Gazan residential homes and virtually all schools, hospitals, and mosques have been used for military purposes, which include storing weapons, munitions, and tunnel entrances. Thousands of civilian buildings have been booby-trapped. As one Israeli soldier, Major (Res) Gilad Ach, states, “All homes of Hamas are terror centers.” He has been involved in the three previous military incursions into Gaza and has to go back to the same residential areas over and over again while many of his fellow soldiers have been killed or wounded, yet there is never a victory to make the terror stop. He hopes this time will be different.
Watch his whole interview here:
The bottom line is that Gaza is just one giant terror enterprise. Seventy-five percent of the population are either terrorists or directly or indirectly involved in working with or supporting Hamas. UNRWA is run in conjunction with Hamas operatives, along with the support of the International Red Cross and other international relief agencies. Hamas is the government in Gaza up to now and no one can work or operate in Gaza without Hamas’s say so. The dirty little secret is that the UN itself is complicit in Hamas war crimes. This is perfectly acceptable because the victims are just Jews. Israel’s war in Gaza is not just against Hamas; it is also against the deep state of the UN, as UNWRA, the relief agency for Palestine and the so-called refugees, gets a billion dollars of annual “relief.” Most of this money goes to pay huge salaries as well and it is siphoned off to the leaders of Hamas.
The international community clearly states that Hamas is committing a war crime, but in order to undermine Israel, they falsely accuse Israel of also committing a war crime to do nothing about Hamas and make Israel look as bad as their enemy, which is morally repugnant. This is the same as what the Nazis did before and during the Holocaust. Just blame the Jews for their persecution.