Gaza - Warsaw Redux and a good time to remind Obama of his silence on the genocide of the Palestinians
Shortly after Lord Patel was born , from April 19th to May 16th , 1943 a Nazi campaign, led by SS General Jürgen Stroop with over 2000 soldiers, mostly Waffen SS, SS Ordnungspolizei, and SS Sicherheitsdienst troops began a short brutal campaign to end the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
The Nazis had walled off and sealed the ghetto in November 1940 and refused to allow in enough food to support life.
The encapsulated Jews were forbidden to leave on penalty of being shot on sight - although many escaped through the sewers - a fact memorialised in a statue on the site today.
The Israeli blockade of Gaza, where 80 percent of the population lives and dies on less than US$2 per day and aid which has been subject to years of blockade, is strikingly similar. The population is devoid of water, sewage, electricity, medical supplies and services , and food.
Stroop’s SS troops attacked with tanks and other armored vehicles, artillery, and flame throwers. Some 1,200 starving Jews armed only with pistols, rifles, a few machine guns, grenades, and Molotov cocktails held out for 28 days as the SS troops systematically burned and blew up buildings and levelled the ghetto. Some 13,000 Jews were killed.
It is evidently the goal of the US supported racist genocidal Israeli government to carry out a similar extermination campaign in Gaza.
Meanwhile the world watches.
The redoubtable Cynthia McKinney reminds us of Martin Luther King's remark, " We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
King was born January 15th and he is remembered by a federal holiday (signed into law by Prsident Reagan)on the third Monday of January every year - the 19th this year. The day before the silent President Barack Obama is sworn in as President on the Lincoln Bible.
It will be a good time to remind him of his mighty silence.
It's time someone organised something.