Before I start this, a disclaimer. I am not anti-semetic, and have nothing against the jewish race, so please take those petty arguments elsewhere. I
would simply like to point out the correlations between an ongoing situation, and a historic one, and how the rulers of a country that so many here
defend took a very good lesson from some particularly disgusting people:
The Warsaw Ghetto was established by the German Governor-General Hans Frank on October 16, 1940. At this time, the population of the Ghetto was
estimated to be 440,000 people, about 38% of the population of Warsaw. However, the size of the Ghetto was about 4.5% of the size of Warsaw. Nazis
then closed off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world on November 16, 1940, building a wall with armed guards.
Meanwhile, in the modern day, we see the Gaza strip surrounded by a steel and concrete re-inforced barrier wall designed to keep the Palestinians in
and any aid or outside contact out:
After the seizure by Hamas militias of the Gaza Strip on 14 June 2007, all contact between the outside world and the Strip has been severed. The only
goods permitted into the Strip through the land crossings are goods of a humanitarian nature.
But remember, even that aid has been cut off for the past several months, resulting in the inhabitants of Gaza being forced to subside on
Looking back again:
Unemployment was a major problem in the ghetto. Illegal workshops were created to manufacture goods to be sold illegally on the outside and raw goods
were smuggled in often by children. Hundreds of four to five year old Jewish children went across en masse to the "Aryan side", sometimes several
times a day, smuggling food into the ghettos, returning with goods that often weighed more than they did. Smuggling was often the only source of
subsistence for Ghetto inhabitants, who would otherwise have died of starvation.
and compare that to the modern day (the source is from 2006 however, and things have considerably worsened since then. Palestine is no longer anywhere
close to this affluent).:
As of December 2006, unemployment has risen from 23% in 2005 to over 50%. Two-thirds of Palestinians are living below the poverty line. For the
past nine months, the 160,000 civil service workers, who are the primary breadwinners for a third of households, have not received their full salaries
due to the cuts in foreign aid. As a result of the Israeli blockade on the territory, 85 percent of factories are shut or operating at less than 20
percent capacity. Israel estimates that its own businesses are losing $2 million a day from the closing, but Gaza is losing $1 million a day, an
amount it is less able to afford.
and now to the hard stuff:
On January 18, 1943, the first instance of armed resistance occurred when the Germans started the final expulsion of the remaining Jews. The Jewish
fighters had some success: the expulsion stopped after four days and the ŻOB and ŻZW resistance organizations took control of the Ghetto, building
shelters and fighting posts and operating against Jewish collaborators. During the next three months, all inhabitants of the Ghetto prepared for what
they realized would be a final struggle.
The final battle started on the eve of Passover, April 19, 1943, when the large Nazi force entered the ghetto. After initial setbacks, the Germans
under the field command of Jürgen Stroop systematically burned and blew up the ghetto buildings, block by block, rounding up or murdering anybody
they could capture. Significant resistance ended on April 23, 1943, and the Nazi operation officially ended in mid-May, symbolically culminated with
the demolition of the Great Synagogue of Warsaw on May 16, 1943. According to the official report, at least 56,065 people were killed on the spot or
deported to German Nazi concentration and death camps, most to Treblinka.
After months of cutting off aid to Gaza, and the people inside starving to death, Hamas launched a string of intense rocket barrages against Israel.
(Starving the inhabitants out any different to "expelling" them?). In return Israel began an intense tactic of bombing against Gaza, and has now
moved their military in to invade the strip wholesale.
As you can see, the comparison between the Warsaw ghetto and the Gaza strip is quite strong. Yes, there are differences. Yes, not all the facts match
perfectly. The fact remains, however, that the basic timeline of both is roughly correlational.
Both situations involved a group of people being walled into a small area, with no communication or travel allowed out for several years. Both
situations involve that area eventually having its supplies cut off in order to starve the people out. And both situations involve the oppressors
entering the area in force in response to attacks of desperation in order to "deal" with the inhabitants for the last time.
Whichever side you support, this should give you some pause for thought. I've pointed this out in several threads before to little gain, so here it
is in thread form.
And please keep your "anti-jew", "nazi", and "islam-lover" comments elsewhere. I have my own connections to the holocaust that i have no need to
out here, and I'm a history student going for a major for gods sake. Lets have some sane discussion and no mud slinging. Deny some ignorance,
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