Noam Chomsky: “It is not a war, it is murder!”

Chomsky Statement on Israel’s

War on Gaza

It is not a war, it is murder.

Prof. Noam Chomsky
(WASHINGTON DC) – The following statement by Noam Chomsky
indicates a different stand toward Israeli aggression than Prof. Chomsky has revealed in the past:
“The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel, it is not about achieving peace.
The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian
population, is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnicallycleanse Palestinians.
Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb denselycrowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to
attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control,
no army… and calls it a war. It is not a war, it is murder.
“When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any
military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing. You can’t defend yourself when you’re militarily occupying
someone else’s land. That’s not defense. Call it what you like, it’s not defense.”
(second photo credit: demotix
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