From Balfour to Now, Western Duplicity Covers Israeli State Terrorism and Genocide

The cynicism and duplicity of Western governments in the face of an appalling, daily massacre of Palestinian civilians is monstrous.

By Finian Cunningham

The cynicism and duplicity of Western governments in the face of an appalling, daily massacre of Palestinian civilians is monstrous.

Hundreds of men, women and children are being murdered every day by non-stop Israeli aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip. Hospitals, mosques, churches and family homes are being deliberately targeted with no warnings. This is premeditated state terrorism, all with full Western support.

Hospitals are so overwhelmed by casualties that bodies can’t even be identified nor afforded the final dignity of a shroud. Mangled, bloody corpses are left strewn on hospital grounds. Petrified children have their names written on their hands in case they are killed so as to allow them to be identified, as reported by Matt Kennard. The situation is heartrending and utterly profane.

The Gaza population of 2.3 million is at the mercy of bombs raining down. The Israeli authorities last week warned people to move to the southern end of the 40-kilometer coastal enclave purportedly out of harm’s way, only for the air strikes to hit supposedly designated safe zones.

Palestinians are also being hunted down and shot in the other enclave of the Occupied West Bank. As journalist Lubna Masarwa reports from East Jerusalem: “It feels as though the whole state is now baying for genocide… The situation is terrifying. We are entering a new era that feels even worse than military rule… The worst horror is the silence and complicity of the West in Israel’s unspeakable massacres.”

This is a genocide being conducted in real time which Western media are showing glimpses of on their screens, yet the Western governments refuse to call for a ceasefire by the Israeli regime. Tel Aviv knows it has a license for mass murder from the Western states and their morally repugnant leaders.

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As the slaughter of Palestinian civilians intensifies, Western political leaders are wholly complicit in war crimes. But their complicity has the added contempt of trying to appear benign.

This week US President Joe Biden and five other Western leaders released a joint statement reiterating their support for Israel’s “right to defend itself against terrorism” with the added and completely bogus proviso for Israel’s “adherence to international law, including the protection of civilians.”

Adherence to international law? By a regime blatantly murdering children every day in full view of the world?

Along with Biden, the other signatories were Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

These political leaders have already declared their unwavering support for Israel’s “self-defence” in previous separate statements. But now they have felt the need to issue a joint statement with the added seeming concern about the mounting civilian death toll. That concern has no doubt been prompted by public protests around the world, including in Western capitals, against the barbaric Israeli military violence.

The seeming concern from Western leaders is an abject deception. If they were genuinely motivated to stop the killing, Washington and the others could unreservedly demand Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to immediately halt the murderous assault. Far from it. The United States has vetoed a resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling for a ceasefire while the US is airlifting emergency supplies of military weapons to Tel Aviv. The reason for the US veto? Because the wording did not mention Israel’s “right to self-defence”.

On top of the violence, Palestinians in Gaza are being starved of food and water under an Israeli blockade. Hospitals are running out of fuel for generators and life-saving equipment. A few trucks with humanitarian aid have been permitted to enter Gaza from the Egyptian border.

Yet Western leaders double down in their cynicism by stating in their joint statement: “The leaders welcomed the announcement of the first humanitarian convoys to reach Palestinians in need in Gaza and committed to continue coordinating with partners in the region to ensure sustained and safe access to food, water, medical care, and other assistance required to meet humanitarian needs.”

UN officials in Gaza say the paltry aid being allowed is far too little and too late to meet the needs of more than two million people. They describe it as “a drop in the ocean” of desperate needs. To put in perspective the latest convoy of 17 trucks permitted into Gaza, before the latest siege on the enclave that began more than two weeks ago the number of aid-supply trucks crossing into the territory from Egypt would normally be 500 per day.

The Hamas gun and rocket attacks on October 7 which killed at least 1,400 Israelis were a shocking atrocity. But those crimes are no justification for the subsequent mass killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. This week the death toll in Gaza is rising towards 5,000 with more than half of those casualties being children and women. More than 12,000 have been injured. There is a bigger ulterior agenda here — the complete eradication of Palestinians and Palestine as a future state.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who previously called Palestinians “human animals”, this week said that the military assault on Gaza will likely go on for several more weeks. A ground invasion by Western-backed Israeli troops is imminent. The civilian death toll can be expected to escalate.

The incitement of a regional war by this Western-sponsored genocide is reaching a flashpoint. Arab nations, as well as Iran and Turkey, will inevitably be pushed by the anger of their populations to intervene.

Despite fueling the danger of a wider war from their complicity in the genocide against Palestinians, the gutless Western politicians added this contemptuous statement: “The leaders committed to continue close diplomatic coordination, including with key partners in the region, to prevent the conflict from spreading, preserve stability in the Middle East, and work toward a political solution and durable peace.”

The cynicism and duplicity of the Western powers is redolent of the infamous Balfour Declaration published by the British government more than a century ago.

In November 1917, the then British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour wrote to Zionist supporter and wealthy banker Lord Walter Rothschild stating, “His Majesty’s Government view[s] with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

That fateful policy by the British government led to the creation of the Israeli state in 1948 from London’s colonial holding of Palestine. For 75 years, the colonialist extermination of Palestinians has been facilitated relentlessly and remorselessly by Western governments, first by the British, and subsequently by the Americans. Of course, the genocide has been interspersed with platitudes about peace and human rights.

The Balfour document went on to state with faux magnanimity, “it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.”

The treachery of Britain was the carving out of a Zionist state in a land populated by a majority of Arabs. Yet, this flagrant violation was presented by London with a cynical and disingenuous concern for Palestinian rights.

From Britain’s betrayal over a century ago to the present complicity in Israel’s genocide against Palestinians, there is a heinous continuity in Western deception and culpability.

Finian Cunningham, Former editor and writer for major news media organizations.

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9 responses to “From Balfour to Now, Western Duplicity Covers Israeli State Terrorism and Genocide”

  1. Pip Avatar

    Netanyahu FINANCED HAMAS to destroy the PLO. HISTORICAL FACT!
    He helped create a JIHADIC MUSLIM group against a SECULAR NATIONAL group.
    Mossad would have agents in HAMAS and they would take advice from Netanyahu, now and then.
    Netanyahu was hanging on to his position in Israel and he needed something BIG to happen, so he could become the savior of Israel.
    Between the WALL , the IRON DOME and automatic sentries guarding the parameters, Israel was safe from attacks.
    So he allowed a RAVE to take place, with hundreds of people attending, and removed SECURITY from that area.
    Then he told his HAMAS friends to ATTACK & KILL as many as they liked; the more the better.
    Then THE SAVIOR OF ISRAEL went on the ATTACK and slaughtered men,women and children in the GAZA CONCENTRATION CAMP.
    Like shooting fish in a barrel.
    Read John 8:43-47. We are dealing with DEMON POSSESSED thugs!

    Conceived in America; born in Iraq; reared in Jordan; trained by Israel and financed by Saudi Arabia. Elementary, my dear Watson! June 4, 2015 Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US “Created” ISIS As A “Tool” To Overthrow Syria’s President Assad Courtesy of The Hedge:

    THE CREATION OF THE ISLAMIC STATE September 19, 2014 How the West Created the Islamic State Courtesy of Nafeez Ahmed @ Counterpunch:


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    1. Prometheus Avatar

      Indeed…it seems the Gadarene $wine £anded in Ba£four’s £ap back in 1917.
      ISIS, however was born in Afghanistan when the Pakistani ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) picked up the $audi Wahhabi fundamentalism bred in the indoctrination madrassas the Sauds sent globally metastatic, harnessed in tandem with Carter’s CIA BEFORE the Russian entry and stoked by the post 9/11 BU$h/Cheyney oiligarchs’ tranche of long premeditated destruction for regional ‘reconfiguration’ of the MENA countries.
      Iraq took up the baton (as you write) and the $nowba££ ro££$ ever downwards…to Ang£o-$axon Puritan Armageddon and Pompeo’s RapturoU$ d£ight.

  2. drewhunkins Avatar

    Israel must be attacked.

    Otherwise we all sit back and witness an ugly ethnic cleansing take place right before our very eyes in real time.

    The sadistic and psychopathic land-grabbing artificial state of Israel continues to relentlessly bomb civilians in Gaza with impunity. As of this writing more than 5,000 Palestinians have been slaughtered by the Zionist sociopaths. The sick and disgusting Israeli regime is not stopping and there are no indications right now that it intends to halt the carnage.

    Therefore, Israel needs to be attacked immediately.

    Tel Aviv must be targeted with heavy military strikes as soon as possible, whether it be Hezbollah, Turkey or Iran, some entity must neutralize the bloodthirsty Zionist beast.

    Since Washington is occupied Israeli territory (the creepy Zionists fund essentially every single Congressional campaign) there’s absolutely no chance the United States will stop supplying and financing the Israeli warpigs. Israel could not exist without the $3.8 billion the U.S. taxpayer is forced to hand it every year.

    Israel must be attacked.

    1. Woopy Avatar

      Iran, Turkey, and other countries along with Russia, China must disarm Israel before peace can happen on this planet. In addition the white supremacy government of Israel must be removed and a democracy installed.

  3. Gene Avatar

    “The Hamas gun and rocket attacks on October 7 which killed at least 1,400 Israelis were a shocking atrocity. ” NO, it is not. Armed Resistance have legitimate rights to attack its occupiers. Most of the Israeli dead were combatant soldiers and police.
    In most U.S.- led countries Fascism and Nazism is banned. However, supporting Israeli Judaeo-Faschism (worse than German-Italian Fascism) is allowed and encouraged. Israelis leaders (the U.S.-armed Army, Navy and Air force) are saying they are fighting against the lightly-armed (with AK-47) Palestinian Resistance Movement (HAMAS), but as far as the world can see, Israeli leaders are in the mitten of a bloody Genocide, mass murdering unarmed Palestinian civilian population, mostly women and children taking refuge in hospitals, schools and churches. It is encouraged and financed by the United States and West Europe.
    For decades, the so-called “Nazi barbarism” (“Holohoax”) is carefully manufactured and exaggerated to allow Israel and its US-sponsors to commit whatever crimes against the Palestinians, the ongoing Genocide.
    However, say what you like about the Nazis and their crimes, but the Nazis never bombed hospitals and synagogues full of Jewish children. No Jew went hungry in the “Concentration Camps”. Israel is cutting off water and food supply to the Gaza Concentration Camp.
    No Moslem ever spat on a Christian priest in Jerusalem. Jews are doing it every day and justify it as a Jewish tradition.

    1. shaz48 Avatar

      The Torah, Talmud, Bible & Quran has no mention of a homeland of Jews anywhere in this eartly world. In fact God has clearly stated that its a punishment to Jews for disobeying God & never they will have a homeland.. Read & Learn please … Its the Neo Fascist White Supremacist Extremist Zionists created in 1897 by Herzl who are not the real Jews & are the extremists with power & force occupying land to be obtained by terror murder massacre atrocities etc of civilians women children & babies. Them Zionists policy is simple: When I do it then its the will of God, but when you do exactly the same in return to us Zionists, then its Terrorism; Really ??

      1. Ray Joseph Cormier Avatar

        Establishment Christianity never ever cites these verses from The Revelation of Jesus Christ who brought in THE COMMON ERA.
        I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Revelation 2:9
        Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; Revelation 3:9
        Verses 9 in 2 chapters is to confirm the Reality!

        The Common Era means Jews no longer have any EXCLUSIVITY with the God of Abraham.
        Christ expanded the Jewish God open to All People, ALL Nations, ALL Tongues.
        Jews don’t like that!

  4. shaz48 Avatar

    Its the irony of fate that wherever them Fkn Brits colonized a country or region, they ruled it, extracted its wealth, sowed in discourse & confrontation among locals & then left the colonized country with bloody feud & confrontation with neighbors… Them Fkn Brits made sure the locals & neighbors kill each other after they leave .. Just look around and one sees conflicts seeded in & implanted by these Mfkr Brits. … Israel Palestine issue, Pakistan India issue, Singapore Malaysia, almost all of African colonized countries, full of border & ownership issues & killings. The Balfour declaration, full of holes & ambiguity was seeded in by them Fkn Brits & its fruits are gifted in the form of atrocities, death, murder, slaughter, massacre of each other… Its time to start using the brains for a change instead of forceful land occupation, power greed, in-human treatments, killing of women children, babies etc. Come out of that mindset of them Fkn Brits criminal mentality intent;

  5. Tony Kaku Avatar
    Tony Kaku

    It may be that “israel” has a right to exist, but not in Palestine. Peace will return when the “is” go somewhere else.