Writers for The Times of Israel are not the only ones looking to obliterate the Palestinians in Gaza. Moshe Feiglin, the Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, has said it is time for Israel to take all of Gaza, destroy Hamas and all of their supporters, and send the Palestinians to concentration camps on the Sinai border until Israel can find countries willing to accept them.
It is apparently not enough that Israel has blockaded Gaza and has now killed over 1,800 Palestinians in Operation Protective Edge, the Deputy Speaker wants no Palestinians there at all. The start of this theoretical operation would include shutting down Gaza’s power and water before it was “shelled with maximum fire power.” In other words, kill as many Palestinians as you can before you ship those still alive to the camps.
Feiglin’s plan to empty Gaza of Palestinians after it was “fully conquered” was laid out on Facebook for all to see over the weekend.
An Israeli official has called for concentration camps in Gaza and ‘the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters’. Moshe Feiglin, Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset and member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, posted the inflammatory message on his Facebook page at the weekend.
He lays out a detailed plan for the destruction of Gaza – which includes shipping its residents across the world – in a letter he addressed to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The message, which received more than 2,000 likes on his page, lists four action points which he wants to be enforced as soon as possible.
Having someone like this in leadership really shows that the Netanyahu government is interested in peace, right?
It’s not clear how unhinged the current Israeli government is, but Israel has already been drifting towards these reactionary policies for decades. With the rise of the far right and neofascism it seems even the so-called moderates are willing to entertain barbarism if it leads to popularity. The Palestinians, though under Israeli control, have no vote and can only hope for restraint from their rulers. An increasingly hollow hope.
No word yet on whether Prime Minister Netanyahu liked Feiglin’s plan.
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