The case against Israel in the Hague is the ultimate blood libel

Opinion: The only difference between the pogroms that preceded the Holocaust and the October 7 massacre is that now we have a state, we have an army and we have the ability, the right and the obligation to protect ourselves and our children

Don’t call the massacre of October 7 a holocaust! The world just observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Jewish nation. Hitler intended to kill every single Jew: Man woman and child. There was no name for this crime at the time.
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The word “genocide” was created by a Polish Jew, Raphael Lemkin, in 1944, after he barely managed to flee to America, while the Nazis killed 49 members of his family. Only one brother survived. In 1948, together with the establishment of the State of Israel, the newly founded United Nations established the “Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” to protect Jews and other minorities from mass killings that are fueled by the intention to wipe out that minority.

It’s been 79 years since the end of World War II, and there are still fewer Jews in the world than before the Holocaust. For 78 years and eight months, we asked ourselves how the world could have let this happen. In the last four months we’ve witnessed and are continuing to witness precisely ‘how it happens’ … Not in one day.
The October 7 massacre carried out by Hamas terrorists in Israel wasn’t a Holocaust - but is very much like the atrocities that preceded the Holocaust: the pogroms. For hundreds of years, Jewish people suffered and endured mass killings, tortures, rapes, burning of people, homes and workplaces, expulsion and humiliation in both Western and Islamic countries.

Who do you think invented the yellow star? Not the Nazis!

In Muslim-dominated countries, the practice of wearing special clothing or signs to distinguish Jews from Muslims dates back to the 8th century and remained in force for hundreds of years. Document from 1121 gives the following description of decrees issued in Baghdad:
"…two yellow badges [sound familiar?], one on the headgear and one on the neck. Furthermore, each Jew must hang around his neck a piece of lead weighing [3 grams] with the word “dhimmi” (meaning: non-Islamic citizen)... Women have to wear one red and one black shoe and have a small bell on their necks or shoes."
The massive dimensions of the Holocaust overshadowed these chapters in history, lazily sweeping away even the most horrifying pogroms in Ukraine that killed over 100,000 Jews 20 years before the Holocaust even began. “The wandering Jew” is not an expression depicting a nation that enjoys a good hike, but rather the harsh reality of Jewish people who were killed or driven out of their homes time and again… their sole crime being a Jew.
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Gilad Erdan at UN, wearing a yellow Star of David that reads "Never Again"
Gilad Erdan at UN, wearing a yellow Star of David that reads "Never Again"
Israel's UN ambassador Gilad Erdan wears a yellow Star of David that reads "Never Again"
But NOW we need to remember this! Because those pogroms shockingly resemble the massacre in the southern Israeli kibbutzim and the Nova music festival on October 7. If Hamas and Hezbollah, which are both proxies of the Islamic Republic of Iran, get what they want, then October 7 will become (God forbid!) a mere stepping stone on the way to another REAL HOLOCAUST.
They have no problem stating this upfront. Hamas’ leader Yahya Sinwar, who is still holding and torturing over 130 innocent civilians, who were kidnapped from their homes and their beds - the youngest being 1-year-old Kfir Bibas - claims he plans to repeat October 7 again and again! Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader in Lebanon, has said on several occasions: “This conflict will end only with the elimination of Israel and the death of the last Jew on Earth.”
Oh, but we’ve been promised this will never happen! We have the United Nations to protect us! There’s just one “small, technical” problem. Guess who is chairing the human rights committee in the UN right now? … IRAN. Haha! And, I must add, Iran was appointed AFTER October 7.
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מיצגי אנטישמיות בטורקיה
מיצגי אנטישמיות בטורקיה
Antisemitisn in Turky

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השוואה מקוממת בין נתניהו להיטלר בהפגנה אנטי ישראלית בבריסביין
השוואה מקוממת בין נתניהו להיטלר בהפגנה אנטי ישראלית בבריסביין
Protesting in the UK
(Photo: EPA / Darren England)
And now, barely four months later, with footage that the terrorists themselves filmed with Go-Pro body cameras, testimonies of eyewitnesses of the extreme sexual abuse that was “worse than ISIS” - the massacre and rape of women and children - are being denied! Not by Hamas - by the U.N., by U.N. women, by UNWRA members who we now have proof took part in the massacre, and by Western countries, International women's organizations, progressive academics… no context can downplay the cruel crimes that were committed, with glee as their cameras testify.
So how come while Israel is being threatened from all sides - Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah on the Lebanese border (over 500,000 Israeli citizens have been forced to leave their homes since October 8, many have no homes to return to!), Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades on the West Bank, the Islamic resistance in Iraq, the Houthi movement in Yemen, all of whom are proudly genocidal - we, in Israel are dragged to the International Court of Justice in Hague, accused of genocide of the Palestinian people.

Hamas sacrifice Palestinian children and then blame it on Israel

I am not denying that Palestinians have been killed. I am not saying they don’t deserve protection. They do – but mainly from their own leaders, Hamas! Hamas is using them cynically as human shields and as an open wound to display to the world that ‘they’ are the victims.
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בית הדין בהאג
בית הדין בהאג
The International Court of Justice
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The Muslim regime doesn’t care for Palestinians! Tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees and children have been slain in Islamic countries and their fellow Muslims never raised an eyebrow! The people who cared most about the Palestinians of Gaza - who hired them, drove them from place to place, made sure they got medication - were slaughtered by Hamas terrorists on October 7.
It is Hamas who are sacrificing Palestinian children and then blaming Israel and that is another blood libel! They want the world to think Jews who were oppressed in the Holocaust have now become oppressors. This is far from the truth. Israel never intends to kill civilians, never aims to kill Palestinian women and children. In Gaza, in 2005, there were 350,000 Palestinians, in 2023 there were 2.2 million! That is not genocide.
But when bombs and rockets are hidden and launched from tunnels under schools, hospitals, swimming pools at luxurious hotels, and private homes of doctors and teachers, when Hamas shoots civilians who try to evacuate following IDF warnings, it puts our soldiers in an almost impossible situation. If we bomb we kill civilians, if we don't they kill us.
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IDF operational activity in the Gaza Strip
IDF operational activity in the Gaza Strip
IDF operational activity in the Gaza Strip
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“Palestinian school textbooks are rife with violent antisemitism and propaganda” reported the EU almost 10 years ago, when those terrorists were kids. “Their math book uses an image of Palestinians hitting Israeli soldiers with slingshots to describe Newton’s second law of motion.” Hamas’ leaders educate the children of Gaza from preschool, that their mission in life is to die killing Jews.
Hamas recently rejected a cease-fire in exchange for our hostages. Following this, there were two large demonstrations of Gazans against Hamas.
And regarding the number of casualties in this war, I wouldn’t count on Hamas and the UN to do the math. Why? On Oct. 19, they reported that the total death toll that day was 307- yet at the same time the number of children reported killed that day went from 853 to 1,524! That means that out of 307 killed in total… hmmm… 671 were children!!
Every few days they did this! On October 26, the total number of casualties increased by 481, out of which… 626 were children!!
Don’t be lazy - check this out! Iran, which has committed the worst crimes against humanity against its own people (who support us today more than anyone!) cannot be the authority on human rights!
The radical Islamic regime is using the same efficient tactics used for pogroms and used by the Nazis to raise global antisemitism and to kill Jews, conscience-free: Blood libels. It is in fact a step in their plan. I wrote about it in an earlier article: "Don't believe us, believe Hamas' charter which aims for the complete destruction of Israel."

Bloody pogroms against Jews - also in Muslim countries

Throughout history, blood libels have been targeting Jews, falsely accusing us of engaging in harmful or ritualistic practices involving the use of blood - especially children's blood. Blood libels made Jews the easiest scapegoat for any unexplained death, and were also simply used as an excuse to kill Jews.
One of the peaks surrounded the Black Death, the plague that devastated Europe in the 14th century, killing 25 million to 50 million people. At the time, medical knowledge was limited, so people created religious explanations. The most popular one was a blood libel suggesting Jews had been recruited by the Devil to poison water wells to infect Christians with the disease. Even though Jews were also dying from the plague, people needed someone to blame. The accusation required no evidence and led to mass killings, after which entire Jewish communities were wiped out across Europe.
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הדיון בהאג
הדיון בהאג
(Photo: EPA / Remko de Waal)
After the Holocaust, bloody pogroms against Jews continued in Muslim countries; Yemen, Libya, Iraq… over 900,000 Jews were driven out of Muslim-majority countries. They left their homes and took nothing, just as Holocaust survivors did. Jews were easy victims - “People of the Book." They were non-violent, without the power or weapons to fight back.
October 7 hit our Jewish collective memory, giving us a taste of what being a Jew without a state or an army feels like, and it seems to have hit the collective memory of the world on a different chord -indifference to violence and sexual violence when it is directed against Jews. That’s the way of the world!
The only difference between those pogroms and the October 7 massacre is that now we have a state, we have an army and we have the ability, the right, and the obligation to protect ourselves and our children.
However the Islamic regime wants to use the Western world to prevent this and deprive Israel of its basic right to exist. Besides exaggerating numbers, they revived the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” - another blood libel - a fabricated document from 1902 that was proved to be a complete fraud since 1921, plagiarized from two satirical texts. They are presented as true documents, in an attempt to convince the West and the Islamic world that Jewish people want to take over the world’s economy and politics.
Strangely, Judaism is the only religion that does not work to convert people. Ruling the world is what radical Islam itself is keen on doing. Israel is first and the West is next. With an endless sum of money and oil in the right places, radical Islam is slowly but surely “buying” the free Western world, captivating the free Western mind. And by the time the world wakes up it may be too late.
הדר גלרוןHadar GalronPhoto: Roni Ternovski
Don’t be mistaken, the genocide lawsuit filed by South Africa’s government, joined by other antisemitic or at least brainwashed and confused governments, against Israel at The Hague is the ultimate blood libel against the Jews.
My only hope is that the Hague case against Israel reminded the world that Hamas is still holding our hostages, and maybe now they will agree to a cease-fire in return for our brothers and sisters, maybe now leaders will be more involved in making sure humanitarian aid reaches the Palestinian people in need and not the pockets of the murderous terrorists in power, who are, undoubtedly, the new Nazis.
  • Hadar Galron is an award-winning international screenwriter, playwright, actress, comedienne, stage director and songwriter. Hadar writes and performs in English and Hebrew, and is also a professional lecturer and compere, translator, and teacher of dramatic writing at Bar-Ilan University and Seminar Hakibutzim College.
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