I abridged the following account. (r.a. note)
Tikun Olam Blog By Richard Silverstein Posted Tues., Nov.03, 2015
I first heard about this astonishing video yesterday (Oct. 29/19) and spent the entire day attempting to verify its authenticity (for reasons I’ll explain). But this morning, Middle East Eye and Maan published stories definitively authenticating the video’s provenance.
Aside from the reporting of the story at MEE and Maan, there’s one further critical aspect of this video which wasn’t mentioned.
The IDF soldier speaking through a loudspeaker to the Aida camp residents threatens to use “gas” to kill them all. In other words, he’s not speaking about tear gas, which is the usual method used to disperse crowds (and which was later used copiously).
He’s attempting to escalate the conventional tactics by frightening them into believing the army would actually exterminate all the residents of the camp, a deliberate echo of tactics used by the Nazis in the Holocaust:
“Inhabitants of Aida, we are the Israeli occupation forces, if you throw stones we will hit you with gas until you die. The children, the youth, and the old people, all of you – we won’t spare any of you”.
During the assault of the protesters, Qassan Abu Aker, 25, was arrested. The speakerphone announcement continued, “We have arrested one of you, he’s with us now. We took him from his home, and we will kill him while you’re watching as long as you throw stones.”
I’m not an expert in international law, but the threat to use chemical weapons to exterminate an entire refugee camp would appear to me to be a clear war crime. It is, after all, a threat to engage in genocide.
It remains to be seen whether this story will be picked up the MSM. But one mainstream publication you can be sure will ignore is the NY Times and its Israel bureau chief, Jodi Rudoren and her trusty sidekick, Diaa Hadid.
If I am right, consider this scenario: say a Palestinian security agency blasted a Hebrew message inside a settlement claiming it would gas residents to death.
What would be the reaction of world media? Double-standard? You betcha.
Border Police officials called the policeman’s actions “a grave incident,”…
What a laugh: the most disgusting, violent, brutish police force perhaps in all the western world calls this “a grave incident”, when its officers routinely murder unarmed Palestinians in cold blood.