“Gazacaust”: The Name of the New Shame of the World

The word “holocaust” is derived from the Greek “holos,” which means “whole,” and “Kaustos,” which means “burnt.” It has rightly entered every language to remind all nations of the horror that the Jews suffered and to make the world learn an extremely important lesson. It is also a reminder of how the big powers of the time allowed this shameful large-scale massacre to take place over years.

But would there be much point in remembering history if people do not learn from it? The scale of the irony and terrifying nature of the human failure to learn from the holocaust only starts to become clear when we remember that descendants of the victims of the holocaust have been launching a brutal war on another, much weaker people.

Israel has not openly advocated a policy of exterminating the Palestinians, but its actions are not falling short of taking the Palestinians down that route if they insist on staying on their occupied land or demand the return of the land that has already gone. In the meatime, the living conditions of the resisting Palestinians are horrific.

But there is an even more evil aspect to the burning of Gaza. While the big powers can claim to have been asleep when the Jews were being gassed, today’s connected world and global communication systems can give them no such excuse. Everyone can follow in real time the gruesome details of the ongoing massacre. The ease and speed with which facts become available today is also the reason why numerous people around the round, including some politicians in the West, have come out condemning what Israel and its supporters are doing.

But that knowledge of what is happening is still not the worst side of the role of the big powers and their callous politicians, because they are not merely turning a blind eye to Israel’s actions in Gaza. They are coming out publicly justifying and supporting the savagery of Israel’s action. The USA, whose Christian Zionist policymakers decide what the world should be like and effectively who should live or die and how, has even announced that it is replenishing Israel’s stock of ammunition, i.e. the very ammunition that Israel has been using to burn Gaza and its children, women, and elderly. As the Palestinian politician and scholar Hanan Ashrawi most eloquently put it in a speech in London in 2003: “We are the only people on Earth asked to guarantee the security of our occupier … while Israel is the only country that calls for defense from its victims.” This is why the shame of the world is even bigger in the case of the “Gazacaust” than it was at the time of the holocaust.

What is happening today in Gaza is only a continuation of what has been taking place for many decades, although the Israeli brutality and its support in the West seem to go to a new low with every new assault. One very painful yet important fact that this ongoing extreme violation of the human rights of the Palestinians has highlighted is that no lessons have been learned from the holocaust. If what has been happening in Gaza is not acknowledged as a “Gazacaust” then there is no hope for the world to learn from the holocaust. I have noticed some people have started using the term “Gazacaust.” In my view, until “Gazacaust” becomes as established a cross-language word as “holocaust,” the world cannot claim to have learned anything from the massacre of the Jewish people early in the last century. This is why I think those who are against the horror of the holocaust and any deliberate murder and torture of any people by another should advocate the use of the term “Gazacaust.”

As happened with the holocaust, many of those who supported the “Gazacaust” will come out in the future, cowardly and expediently, to deny their roles. They will try to distance themselves from the bloodshed, disown things they said or did, and find excuses for their inaction. But the world cannot wait until this cycle of pathetic behaviour repeats itself. It has to accept today that “Gazacaust” is now the name of the new shame of the world — a world that stubbornly refuses to learn.

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Zainab

A well written article Brother Louay!

Ibrahim
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I know this isn’t perhaps the right time to say that some conflicts seem more newsworthy than others. I hope that doesn’t mean that we consider some human life more valuable than others. Does it? But consider this……not too long ago more than 250 school girls were kidnapped by Salafis in north eastern Nigeria…that is 250 school girls…i have not seen one single protest in any Arab or South East Asian country about this…absolutely none…to date those girls are still missing. Yet when another evil afflicts Palestinian children untold amounts of Muslims everywhere start crying and overcome with emotion and… Read more »

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Great article. Actually there are some in Israel who are calling out for total extermination of the Palestinians. An op-ed suggesting that genocide might be permissible was published in the widely read Times of Israel yesterday but then quickly removed. Thanks for writing this. We all need to tell our neighbors and others about this. I call to all to speak out. Don’t be extremist and don’t hurt the innocent as that only supports the aggressors. But don’t be lazy anymore. We have to speak out everyday. Talk to at least two people every day. If we all do that,… Read more »

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So you are saying that since Muslims, according to you, did not protest on other issues should let go this one and pretend nothing has happened to the Palestinians and be “fair” and up to your expectations. What about non-Muslims protesting against the Israeli aggression, well I assume you have checked their previous activities and discovered that that they did protest on other issues? So it seems that you are more annoyed with the Muslims protests “only” more than the kids, women and complete families who have vanished. You have forgotten that this is a state terror practiced by Israel,… Read more »

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Ibrahim

Salam Louay
We should protest against open and major Crime and oppression whether it be state sponsored or not…I can not see ANY difference between ISIS and the actions of he current Israeli occupation of Gaza
وَمَا لَكُمۡ لَا تُقَـٰتِلُونَ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ وَٱلۡمُسۡتَضۡعَفِينَ مِنَ ٱلرِّجَالِ وَٱلنِّسَآءِ وَٱلۡوِلۡدَٲنِ ٱلَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَآ أَخۡرِجۡنَا مِنۡ هَـٰذِهِ ٱلۡقَرۡيَةِ ٱلظَّالِمِ أَهۡلُهَا وَٱجۡعَل لَّنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ وَلِيًّ۬ا وَٱجۡعَل لَّنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ نَصِيرًا (٧٥)

taha
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Demonstrate for everything or nothing at all, this is a new logic. This is similar to not giving charity to poor people on the pretext of having many of them, so either you give everyone or none. People are so concerned with cleaning Israel filthy face and for that they have been trying their best to shut people’s mouth and justify Israel’s actions for the systematic killing of the Palestinians over decades of oppression, causing complete generations to be wiped out from Palestine and the rest to beg for a home land since 1948. Hamas was founded in 1987, and… Read more »

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Salam Louay You know something? I actually agree with everything you said. The article echoes my own thoughts EXACTLY. We could easily change the dynamics around and talk of US, NATO and UN Hypocrisy in light of not just Palestine but all over the Muslim and developing world. My issue is that in general Muslims tend to favour the Palestinian issue above any other issue even if those issues involve far mar dead and suffering at the hands of other Muslims. The extremist Zionist are aware of the double standards, corruption and disunity amongst the Arab and Muslim nations so… Read more »

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in this same week that hundreds and thousands of people protested about the massacre in Gaza ISIS slaughter up to 500 people in Northern Iraq and kidnap non-Muslims women….yes in the same week…just last week…smh