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GAZA WAR DIARY: 30 JUNE 2024

There is a line in the Regeneration Trilogy about WWI written by one of my favorite authors, Pat Barker, that rings so very true these days: “People are saturated with tragedy. They simply can’t respond anymore.”

This is a terrible war. Everyday, we face the photos of the handsome young men (and women who fell at the beginning of the war) who have sacrificed their young lives for their people and their country: religious and secular Jews, Druze, Arab, all part of the IDF.

Each photo, each story, each family, is a shock to our system, a slap across the face, an endless ache in our guts. Today, it was Staff Sgt. Yair Avitan, 20, of the Paratroopers Brigade’s 890th Battalion, from Ra’anana; and Sgt. First Class (res.) Yakir Shmuel Tatelbaum, 21, of the 7th Armored Brigade’s 77th Battalion, from Ma’ale Adumim.20 A few days ago it was Capt. Alon Sagciu, 22, a sniper team commander in the Kfir Brigade’s Harun reconnaissance unit, killed in a roadside bomb in Jenin which injured another 16 soldiers.

And do you know what another casualty of this war is? In one catastrophic 24-hour period, Palestinians managed to completely destroy decades of intensive (apparently misguided) Israeli efforts to educate an entire generation to believe peace with the Palestinians was possible. There will perhaps never be another such generation in Israel, certainly not in my lifetime, with such a belief.

This idea has deepened as more and more light is being shed on the true scope of Hamas intentions on October 7. In a joint article by Israel Today and the German newspaper Bild, documents found during the ground incursion into Gaza have been published proving that the October 7 massacre was not only explicitly directed at Israeli civilians but was deliberately carried out by Gazan civilians who were an inherent part of the grand plan Hamas had devised. According to academic researchers in Germany and Israel, parts of this plan are reminiscent of practices used by the Nazis to exterminate European Jews, such as the use of Einsatzgruppen, the SS “operational units” that advanced in the wake of the German army’s invasion of Eastern Europe and participated in the planned and systematic extermination of Jews.

“Hamas is not just a terror army, but also an organization that holds a modern ideology for the extermination of Jews,” says Prof. Michael Wolffsohn from the Federal Army University in Munich, one of the world’s leading researchers on the analysis of German-Israeli relations. According to him, students in Europe and the U.S. who express solidarity with Hamas “are actually expressing solidarity with the ‘values’ of the Nazi Einsatzgruppen.”

The conquest of the Gaza border communities was a move long planned by the Hamas leadership. Documents found detail the full scope of the “Al-Aqsa Flood.” These documents prove Hamas’ original goal was to take control of 221 settlements in the south, including the cities of Netivot, Ofakim, and Sderot, and expel the “settlers” from them. These were supposed to flee using their own cars, with “priority to (expelling) women and children, and taking men aged 17-50 as hostages.” The Hamas leadership estimated that Israel would respond forcefully to the attack, “not only with strikes but also with an atomic bomb.” According to the document, they were prepared to absorb even that. (!)

The conquest operation was planned to be accompanied by an international media and legal effort, branded as “Returning Home.” Gazan civilians had a prominent role in the plan. “For extra security, a popular mass mobilization should be carried out for a symbolic return to villages and their re-conquest,” it stated. “This war is a war of life and death.”

Because of the immense bravery and ad hoc behavior of ordinary Israelis, this grandiose plan was thwarted. But the “popular mass mobilization” certainly did take place.

The “first wave” and “second wave” of armed individuals were joined by a third wave , of what is called in the Israeli intelligence community “looters” or “mob.” These were civilians, not necessarily armed with firearms, who simply took advantage of the opportunity presented to them. “There were civilians who got the understanding – and someone took care to create this understanding – that the fence had fallen,” says a military source. “As a result, many civilians entered Israel “including 12-year-old children,” and, according to testimonies obtained by Israel Hayom and Bild, Gazan women.

In police interrogations some of the “mob” caught in Israeli territory said that the calls in the mosques and the rumor about the breached border fence were the catalyst that caused them to storm the Gaza border communities. “There are quite a few people who say in interrogations, ‘We heard Mohammed Deif in the mosque, we took a knife, and our goal was to slaughter Jews,’” a police source said.

Some of the looters “settled” for slaughtering Jews, while others kidnapped people as if finding great spoil. According to a source familiar with the information, a kind of “price list” developed in real-time around the issue of Israeli hostages, with Hamas offering money to anyone who had an Israeli hostage. “In one case, someone holding a hostage was offered an apartment in exchange,” says the same source.

For the whole article detailing the atrocities with photos, click here.

This brings us to a very controversial IDF Legal Instruction which says Gazan civilians who massacred Israels on 7/10 must not be targeted because legally they are not thought to be part of the combatant force against Israel. This legal interpretation has many in Israel up in arms, including MKs Smotrich and Ben Gvir. On the other hand, the IDF has denied that this policy is being put into practice: “Our policy is to act against all participants in the massacre,” an IDF spokesman insisted. And yet, it is said that not all intelligence received on such participants has been acted upon. Now, with the release of these hidden Hamas documents, this controversy is sure to flare up. (Hat tip: Daveed Shachar)

In my opinion, there is no difference between Hamas operatives and civilians who murdered, raped and looted. All must face the death penalty and a firing squad. Their cremated remains must be flushed down the toilet, or thrown out far from our shores in the sea where they can rest with Eichmann’s.


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1 comments on “GAZA WAR DIARY: 30 JUNE 2024”

  1. Phillip Erickson Reply

    Naomi,

    These are boys who died; yet mensches. Too sad that such young life is lost.

    ‘Each photo, each story, each family, is a shock to our system, a slap across the face, an endless ache in our guts. Today, it was Staff Sgt. Yair Avitan, 20, of the Paratroopers Brigade’s 890th Battalion, from Ra’anana; and Sgt. First Class (res.) Yakir Shmuel Tatelbaum, 21, of the 7th Armored Brigade’s 77th Battalion, from Ma’ale Adumim.20 A few days ago it was Capt. Alon Sagciu, 22, a sniper team commander in the Kfir Brigade’s Harun reconnaissance unit, killed in a roadside bomb in Jenin which injured another 16 soldiers.

    The money quote from the article you linked:

    ‘When you talk about killing and abusing Jews as a commandment that promises you reward in the afterlife, it has a significant impact,” explains Dr. Zelkovitz. “Even an ordinary Gazan citizen who enters Israel doesn’t feel that he’s acting for something material, but performing these actions – murder, rape, looting – for the sake of a religious war. It’s no coincidence that in the terrorists’ GoPro videos, you can see them singing songs of praise and glory to the Prophet Muhammad and Allah, and not talking about liberating Palestine. The idea of a religious struggle is what accompanies them, not the idea of national liberation. This allows you to commit atrocities out of a sense of mission and belief.”‘

    The Jews are just the canaries in the coal mine. They will not stop until we are all dead.

    Very moving commentary. Too bad we don’t see such commentary in the main stream media.

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