Chomsky Statement on Israel’s War on Gaza


“The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel, it is not about achieving peace.

The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian population, is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnically-cleanse Palestinians.

Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control, no army… and calls it a war. It is not a war, it is murder.

“When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing. You can’t defend yourself when you’re militarily occupying someone else’s land. That’s not defense. Call it what you like, it’s not defense.”

(via Poor MoJo)

  • Paulo

    Nevertheless, Chomsky opposes any kind of boycott against Israel…

  • Bacopa

    Sometimes I think Chomsky goes too far. I have no idea what Israel is doing and I know there are a lot of civilian casualties, but I’d hardly call it ethnic cleansing. I think both sides are blundering about.

    • Carbs

      I have no idea what Israel is doing

      I’d hardly call it ethnic cleansing

      Just let that one hang there for people to take as they will.

      • Bacopa

        Play all you want. When I said I had no idea what was going on, I simply meant that reports from the conflict were inconsistent, and that I have no clear idea what the goals of either side are.

        As for ethnic cleansing, it’s pretty clear whta Israel could do if it wanted to depopulate the territories. Attack water and sewage infrastructure. This is an arid land, many would die disease if there were systematic attacks on water infrastructure.

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  • Duggan

    If Gaza is one of the most densely populated strips of land in the world, which it is, then it seems to me 100 dead isn’t that many. Too many, of course, but hardly the number you could expect if Chomsky’s emotional claptrap was true.

    • Paulo

      It’s not Chomsky’s.

    • gorckat

      If the most densely populated area is 100/unit, is 100 still too many?

      I think I understand what you’re getting at, but it’s poorly phrased.