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Scrubbed Op-Ed “When Genocide is Permissible” Published in Times of Israel

In Archive, Israel, Israhell, Palestine on August 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM



Times of Israel Staff:

The Times of Israel on Friday removed an unacceptable blog post, entitled “When genocide is permissible.

This blog post, which was described by our Ops & Blogs editor as both damnable and ignorant, blatantly breached The Times of Israel’s editorial guidelines.

We have discontinued the writer’s blog.

The Times of Israel maintains an open blog platform: Once we have accepted bloggers, we allow them to post their own items. This trust has rarely been abused. We are angry and appalled that it was in this case, and will take steps to prevent a recurrence.

We will not countenance blog posts that incite to violence or criminal acts.

After news of the article spread online, the author Yochanan Gordon did not back down, continuing to defend himself on Twitter. He has now deleted his account (Facebook still active here), but not before some of his arguments were saved via screenshots:


Apology from Yochanan Gordon:

I never intended to call to harm any people although my words may have conveyed that message.

I wish to express deep regret and beg forgiveness for an article I authored which was posted on, Times of Israel and was tweeted and shared the world over.

I never intended to call to harm any people although my words may have conveyed that message.

With that said I pray and hope for a quick peaceful end to the hostilities and that all people learn to coexist with each other in creating a better world for us all.

Yochanan Gordon


Daniel Wright/FDL:

The Times of Israel later ran another post that echoed Gordon’s sentiments by Irwin Blank called “1 Samuel 15:18.” Blank’s post, like Gordon’s, also made a religious reference to justify killing Palestinians saying “G-d had demanded that Saul (or the “prime minister”) enter into battle with the Amalekites (Hamas and its savage partners) and destroy them utterly even if that means to the last child, cow and goat.” The last child, cow and goat huh? Sounds like genocide to me.

Blank offered the following in response to criticism of his piece which is still currently up on the Times of Israel website as of this writing.

I sincerely regret causing anyone to think that I am advocating genocide of the Palestinians in Gaza-absolutely not. I only mean to say that the threat posed by Hamas must be eradicated and any civilian casualties, are a human tragedy, No one is as hopeful for a true peace agreement between Israel and all her neighbors as I am.

To those whom I have offended, I apologize for your discomfiture and I meant nothing of what some of you have construed. My point is that to truly promote peace it is necessary to defend against terror and, as in any conflict of arms, innocent people do suffer on both sides. I too, wish to see a free and prosperous Gaza, as it was before Hamas gained control of that territory. but first, we must free Gaza from Hamas and free the citizens of Israel from rockets falling on our cities.

The convoluted explanation by Blank leaves little doubt that he and Gordon were rather sincere in the first instance and that wiping out the Palestinians in their entirety is not an unappealing notion.

But the unanswered question is how deep  does this sentiment go within Israeli society? With the far right forces led by Avigdor Lieberman already within Netanyahu’s government how long will it be before the views expressed by Blank and Gordon become official policy?

See Also: Israeli official calls for concentration camps in Gaza and ‘the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters’

Translation via France24:

Tibi… Ahmed Tibi…
I want you to know
That the next children to get hit is yours!
I hate Tibi
I hate Tibi the terrorist
Tibi is dead! (x3)

Tibi is a terrorist (x3)
Take away his citizenship (x3)
Olé, olé, olé olé olé
There’s no school tomorrow
There are no children left in Gaza
Olé, olé, olé olé olé

Who’s getting nervous ?
Zoabi, this is the land of Israel
This is Jewish land
I hate you, Zoabi
I hate all Arabs
Oh oh oh oh…
Gaza is a cemetery (x4)

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