Israeli Minister Mofaz Wants to Cut Off Heads of Hamas Leaders

he Palestinian Information Center reported today that Shaul Mofaz, current Israeli Transportation Minister and Former Defense Minister under former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, advocated Israel's cutting off of the heads of Hamas' leaders in the Gaza Strip.  This would be a supposed "return" to the "targeted assassinations" policy Israel has used against the Palestinians.

Let me first make a couple of corrections. Israel never stopped assassinating Palestinians, so there would be no "return," only a continuation. And second, assassinations are by definition targeted.

There is not much to write about this one, I'm afraid.  It is grotesque and further sign of the brutality of the Israel government.  Earlier this year, Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai warned that Israel would unlease a "holocaust" against Gaza.

What is remarkable about these comments, though, is not their brutality. It is that so many people see them as remarkable.  Israel is carrying out a vicious campaign of murder and ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians.  These statements are not out of character.

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Jonah Ayoub is a writer and artist living in Portland, Oregon. He was born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

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