Times of Israel Writer Calls for Gaza Genocide

Aug 01, 2014 at 2:15 PM ET

Update: Yochanan Gordon has apologized for the column and his blog has been discontinued.

Earlier today, in an op-ed for the Times of Israel, a young columnist named Yochanan Gordon called for the mass obliteration of Palestinians living in Gaza. The headline, most disturbingly, was “When Genocide Is Permissible.” The post, which quickly went viral, has since been removed from the publication’s website and his blog has been shut down. In a note to readers condemning Gordon’s post, the paper said it was “angry and appalled,” and called the post “both damnable and ignorant.”

Gordon argues that “anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian,” and adds that “nothing can be considered disproportionate when we are fighting for our very right to live.”

The highly-charged editorial rails against the fact that: “Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life. What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?”

Gordon then concludes his extended provocation with a question: “If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?”

The article comes just hours after a proposed 72-hour ceasefire crumbled following an attack by Hamas in which two Israeli soldiers were killed, with another reportedly captured by the Islamic group. Hamas has since denied the capture and questioned Israel’s timeline of the attack. Regardless, the breach of the ceasefire has been condemned in the harshest terms by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who added: “the UN has no independent means to verify exactly what happened”.

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