Saturday, March 01, 2008

So much for "never again"

Today, Palestinian militants in the Gaza strip launched rockets at Ashkelon in an indiscriminate campaign against civilians. In response, Israel's deputy defence minister threatened a "holocaust". Yes, really:

"The more [rocket] fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they (the Palestinians) will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our might to defend ourselves," Matan Vilnai told Israeli army radio.
"Holocaust" is not a word used lightly in Israel - as the article notes, it's almost never used except to refer to the Nazi's act of genocide - and its unlikely to have been a slip of the tongue. So, high-up officials of the Israeli government are now threatening (or at least using the rhetoric of) genocide against those they oppress. So much for "never again"...