Birds of a Feather
Al-Jazeera reported here* that Khaled Meshaal, the exiled Hamas political leader, labelled Israel's offensive on Gaza a real "holocaust."
Reuters reported here that Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Vatican's Council for Justice and Peace, described Gaza as "a big concentration camp."
Sounds like they're singing the same song.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, Yigal Palmor, also noted in this Reuters report that these two songs were set in a similar key:
"We are astounded to hear from a spiritual dignitary words that are so far removed from truth and dignity...the vocabulary of Hamas propaganda, coming from a member of the College of Cardinals, is a shocking and disappointing phenomenon."
According to the same Reuters report, Jewish leaders around the world also condemned Cardinal Martino.
"His comments are offensive and an insult to the memory of the Holocaust and survivors worldwide," said Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants.
"He is either trying to nefariously disseminate anti-Israeli propaganda or he doesn't have the faintest clue about the murderous conditions inside a concentration camp," Stephan Kramer, general secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told Handelsblatt newspaper.
"These remarks are untrue, distort the memory of the Holocaust and are only used against Israel by terrorist organizations and Holocaust deniers," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center."
On another note, UN Security Council Resolution 1860 calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, IDF withdrawal, transfer of supplies to Gaza, humanitarian aid, and intra-Palestinian reconciliation. It also condemns all violence and hostilities directed against civilians and all acts of terrorism. Strangely, Hamas is not mentioned by name.
Israel's position is that they cannot agree to this Resolution until the daily barrage of rocket-attacks into Israel ceases.
But what is Hamas' position? Under what conditions will Hamas agree to a ceasefire with Israel?
Al-Jazeera reports that Musa Abu Marzouq, the deputy head of Hamas' political bureau in Damascus, has three conditions for any peace initiative coming from any state:
"First, the aggression of the Israelis should stop. All of the gates should be opened, including the gate of Rafah between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Finally, Israel has to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.
"We are not saying we will stop firing rockets from the Gaza Strip to Israel - we are only talking about stopping the aggression from the Israelis against the civilian population in the Gaza Strip."
Hmmm...according to Marzouq then, the conditions for peace are....er...peace for the civilians of Gaza, but not for the civilians of Israel...!!!
And the condemnation of Israel continues...
* In this same Al-Jazeera article, Meshaal calls for another "intifada" [suicide bombings...etc]