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How many deaths does it take to qualify as a holocaust? I tried to look up a definition for the word holocaust but all were preceded by the word the. If we look at our history books we clearly see that there was more than one of these tragedies, but for some reason the one in Eastern Europe is the only one called that.
So what is going on in Palestine, Gaza in particular, does not qualify as a holocaust according to Mr. Webster and his associates… does that make the murders of these innocent people more acceptable in the eyes of the world?
Over 150 people had their lives taken away by the zionist beast in just over a month… Since 1948 there have been over 2 million Palestinian deaths (according to Yahoo) but is anyone keeping count? Does anyone care?? Perhaps the world is accepting the zionist’s response of ‘ those were accidental fatalities’…. does that make what we are witnessing an accidental holocaust? Does the number have to reach 6 million to get into Webster’s?

Relatives of air strike victims at Gaza hospital

The victims of the bombing came from the same family, medics say

Israeli forces have carried out further raids on the Gaza Strip, killing three Palestinian civilians in an air strike. Militant group Islamic Jihad said the air strike was aimed at its men, but missed the target.

The Israeli military says its raids are to stop rocket attacks by militants. It said the civilians were killed by mistake and it is investigating.

The latest attack takes the number of Palestinians killed by Israel in Gaza to more than 20 in the past two days.

Medical workers said those killed on Wednesday afternoon were all from the same family and included a teenage boy.

Earlier, Israeli troops in the West Bank killed a senior figure in Islamic Jihad’s military wing.

Palestinian blood being spilt by [Israel] will be [Israel’s] curse. It will not bring you security
Hamas leader Khaled Meshal

Hamas, the radical Islamist group which is Gaza’s de facto ruler, said Israeli military actions in the last two days have scuppered a possible prisoner exchange between an Israeli soldier held by Hamas and Palestinians held by Israel.

Its Damascus-based leader in exile, Khaled Meshal, said it also jeopardised an informal ceasefire Hamas has adopted since 2005.

“I tell the… enemy: What you are committing will deprive you of anything you’re betting on. There will be no exchange involving Gilad Shalit, no calm or nothing of this sort,” Mr Meshal said at a news conference.

“Palestinian blood being spilt by you will be your curse. It will not bring you security. It will not prolong the existence of your entity,” he added.

Military leader

Earlier, Israeli troops killed Islamic Jihad commander Walid Obeidi during an exchange of fire in the West Bank village of Qabatiya, near the northern town of Jenin, officials and witnesses said.

Map of West Bank

Two of his bodyguards were wounded and arrested, the group said.

The Israeli army said its troops had attempted to arrest Mr Obeidi, described as the head of the armed wing of the radical movement in the West Bank.

He refused to surrender and was killed in an exchange of fire, the military said.

The violence comes after Israeli and Palestinian Authority negotiators began talks on Monday on core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – borders, Jewish settlements, Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees.

The Palestinian Authority said Israel’s military action was a “slap in the face” to US President George W Bush, who visited the area last week to promote peace talks.

Hamas’s armed wing claimed responsibility for a heavy rocket barrage aimed at the Israeli town of Sderot on Wednesday, but there were no reports of injuries.


  1. judy jafraty said,

    January 17, 2008 at 20:45

    According to Webster’s New American Dictionary, 1959 Edition:

    holocaust n. complete destruction by fire

  2. Thomas J. Pennington III said,

    January 17, 2008 at 21:07

    If that’s the definition, there was no Jewish Holocaust, ever.

  3. DLH said,

    January 17, 2008 at 23:58

    I was wondering when we would start to see the word ‘holocaust’ with a little ‘tm’ or a little ‘r’ or ‘c’ in a circle. The Jews own that word now. They also own the second world war now too in that it can’t be discussed, nor investigated, nor re-examined and perhaps updated as to do so is anti-semitic apparently. More non-Jews died in WWII than Jews. WWII, and EVERYTHING included in it, belongs to the people of the world who fought in it, to EVERYONE. Similarly the word holocaust is a word that could be attributed to many awful atrocities around the world both before and after WWII. Can we have it back please?

    By saying that there weren’t six million deaths in the holocaust, does that make me a holocaust denier? Apparently so, even though I’m talking about Kosovo, Serbia, Rwanda, Palestine (define irony), Darfur, Eastern Timor, Ethiopia, Somalia, WWI – need I continue?

  4. August said,

    January 18, 2008 at 04:29

    Well, a lot were burned to death.

  5. January 1, 2009 at 21:49

    I have been wondering for some time how to get Australians and other Wersterners to consider Muslims as people since our racist attitudes are so deeply ingrained for reasons of convenience ( we are mostly settler or colonialist peoples so it suits us to think of non-whites or non-Christians or non-Jews as non-peoples ). I remebered the early days of the anti-Vietnam war days when we ( the opponents of the war ) simply accused the Americans of committing atrocities and prposed send aid to the Viet Cong. This shifted the tenor of the debate. It is an ad hominem kind of argument but sometimes you have to resort to extreme measures to gget peeople to se things as they really are. I say let’s call the Zionists the new Nazis.

  6. ryan said,

    January 5, 2009 at 17:30

    John are muslims nazis too? They have killed countless numbers of people throughtout the centuries in their conquests of nations. They have raped, killed, and destroyed with the best(worst) of them.

    Muslims are as inherently anti-Jewish as Christians are.Historically this is a fact. That doesn’t justify Israel’s actions by any means. I condemn Israel’s deplorable conduct in the harshest terms possible.

    A for the Viet Cong and Vietnamese, they murdered tens of thousands. They to played a part in the destruction of their nation. DO not pretend that the Viet Cong and NVA were ‘freedom fighters” because they were not.

    They were like Mao, Stalin, and the Khmer Rouge, leftists who used the rubric of social change to murder many of their own people in order to cleanse the polity of bourgeosie capitalist sentiments.

    The problem with palestinian apologizers is that none of you want Hamas, Hezbollah, or any of the extremists groups to take responsibility. None of you want to confront the uncomfortable fact that the raison d’ etre of these groups is to erase Israel off the map.

    I don’t know where the author got 2 million palestinian deaths.The internet can present widely disparate numbers. I have seen a total of approximately 130,000. Still an abomination.

    This conflict is the product of two millenia of oppression of a people and their determination not to allow it to happen again by preservation of their “homeland”. This resolve has caused them to become like their oppressors. They are now the concentration camp guard, the SS soldier, and the trenchoen wielding SA man.

    The palestinians are not the innocents that the European Jews were, but that does not mitigate their suffering or alter the fact that Israel’s approach to the issue is terrible misguided.

  7. victoria said,

    July 25, 2009 at 00:56

    I think a more appropriate name is the Hidden Holocaust. Honestly, it kills me that the jews can have something as atrocious as the WWII holocaust happen to them, and they can turn around and perpetrate it against another people. I am very aware that not every jew has killed a Palestinian, but silence or support is complicity.I think most people don’t support Hamas, because most people are in a different country, and able to see in an objective way that Hamas is hurting far more than they are helping the Palestinian cause. In my opinion, the Israeli government loves Hamas, for the simple fact that they now have justification for their genocidal actions in the (half-blind) eyes of the international community. Hamas is the perfect scapegoat, yet they don’t even realise it. I am just happy to see that there are people out there that are not sponging up the Israeli-fed narrative and believing it as fact. To the writer, God bless you and may you continue to search for the truth when it is so craftfully hidden. PS check out my blog…… soon to publish similar piece.

  8. cindy said,

    September 16, 2009 at 02:52

    people…it doesnt have to be called a holocaust it can be genocide

  9. Don said,

    November 2, 2009 at 08:17

    Read below. The highest the number of Palestinians killed since 1948 could possibly be, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, is approximately 60,000. Since around 1000 were killed in 2008 and that was the highest number ever, if we go back to 48 that is sixty years, so 60,000. That’s a lot but it sure as hell isn’t the ridiculous number of 2 million cited above. Get your facts straight and your arguments are a lot more credible.

    “2008 was the deadliest year for Palestinians since the violent creation of Israel in 1948, the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights reported (PCHR) on Saturday.

    More than 1,000 were killed last year, including 820 killed by Israeli forces in Gaza and 40 in the west Bank. Another 143 Palestinians were killed in inter-Palestinian violence.”

  10. Cheryl Benson said,

    April 2, 2010 at 20:32

    Steve, there is no yahoo article just a note on a yahoo site to if americans only knew, do you have a link for the 2 million killed looking for it thanks

  11. Cheryl Benson said,

    April 2, 2010 at 21:17

    or any stats on #’s Palestinians killed I can’t even find on sits that keep stats, not that far back to 48

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