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Sun Aug 3, 2014, 01:05 PM

Whoa: Times of Israel Op-Ed Advocates Genocide Against Gazans

And lest you think that the hed is the work of an irresponsible editor, it is not: Yochanan Gordon, a frequent contributor to the Times, lays out the case for the complete obliteration of not just Hamas, but of everyone — women, children, innocent civilians — who lives in the Gaza strip.

“Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life,” he writes. “What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?”

He goes on, emphasis ours:


News anchors such as those from CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera have not missed an opportunity to point out the majority of innocent civilians who have lost their lives as a result of this war. But anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian. If you’ll counter, that Hamas has been seen abusing civilians who have attempted to leave their homes in response to Israeli warnings to leave – well then, your [sic] beginning to come to terms with the nature of this enemy which should automatically cause the rules of standard warfare to be suspended.

In conclusion: “If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?”

The blog post soon went viral due to the nature of the hed, and was quickly removed by editors — but not before we uploaded a PDF of the article (below).

The editorial was also printed in the Five Towns Jewish Times, a news outlet founded by Gordon’s father.

More: http://www.mediaite.com/online/whoa-times-of-israel-op-ed-advocates-genocide-against-gazans/

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 01:10 PM

1. It was a blog post

Not an Op-Ed, and was deleted by the Editorial Staff once it came to their attention.

There are crazies on both sides.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 01:19 PM

2. Oh, but Gordon apologized.

I wish to express deep regret and beg forgiveness for an article I authored which was posted on 5TJT.com, Times of Israel and was tweeted and shared the world over.

I never intended to call to harm any people although my words may have conveyed that message.

With that said I pray and hope for a quick peaceful end to the hostilities and that all people learn to coexist with each other in creating a better world for us all.

Yochanan Gordon


So, clearly, he was wishing only the best for the Palestinians when he wrote,

"If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?

"What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?"

"Genocide" is of course a synonym for "mild rebuke," and by "obliterate them completely" he no doubt meant "send them food and medicine."

Surely only the mean-spirited would fail to see the benevolent intent behind his words.

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Sun Aug 3, 2014, 01:33 PM

4. scum

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