Israeli Paper Deletes Post Justifying 'Genocide'
'Times of Israel' calls it 'ignorant,' and author later apologizes
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2014 9:05 AM CDT
Israeli reserved soldiers direct a Merkava tank to cross a road in the southern Israel as it advances toward the Gaza border.   (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

(Newser) – The Times of Israel has pulled a volatile blog post from its website that justified wiping out Palestinians from Gaza under the headline "When Genocide Is Permissible," reports Haaretz. The newspaper's opinion editor called the post "damnable and ignorant" and said it was uploaded by the author, who has since been dropped as a contributor. Here's a sampling of the post:

  • "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."
  • "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?"
  • "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?"
  • You can read the full piece via a PDF at Mediaite.

Author Yochanan Gordon later tweeted an an apology, saying that he wished to "express deep regret and beg forgiveness" for the piece. “I never intended to call to harm to any people although my words may have conveyed that message." However, he also criticized the newspaper for "caving to pressure." The same op-ed also got pulled from the 5 Towns Jewish Times, which the Jewish Telegraphic Agency describes as a Long Island newspaper founded by Gordon's father. “An article that was posted earlier today on our website dealt with the question of genocide in a most irresponsible fashion,” the paper's editors explain in a note.