Micheal Cobley

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One Man's Middle-East Solution: Genocide

This blog isn’t generally meant to concern itself with too much politics – I tend to do a fair bit of posting on other blogs dealing with such matters. But this came to my notice today, and I was so stunned by it that I could not let it pass without comment. The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is a research center within Harvard University’s faculty of Arts and Sciences. Martin Kramer is a Senior Fellow on the Center’s staff and recently he gave a speech at the Herzliya conference. The most salient critical response has come from Electronic Intifada. This is a quote from their article:

“In the speech Kramer rejected common views that Islamist “radicalization” is caused by US policies such as support for Israel, or propping up despotic dictatorships, and stated that it was inherent in the demography of Muslim societies such as Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip. Too many children, he argued, leads to too many “superfluous young men” who then become violent radicals.

Kramer proposed that the number of Palestinian children born in the Gaza Strip should be deliberately curbed, and alleged that this would “happen faster if the West stops providing pro-natal subsidies to Palestinians with refugee status.”"


It is also worth seeing Kramer’s response. Here’s a quote -

“…The usual suspects, Philip Weiss and M.J. Rosenberg, have jumped on the bandwagon. Being accused of advocating genocide by people who daily call for Israel to be wiped off the map of the Middle East is rich.

In my speech, I made no such “proposal.” The full quote:

Aging populations reject radical agendas, and the Middle East is no different. Now eventually, this will happen among the Palestinians too, but it will happen faster if the West stops providing pro-natal subsidies for Palestinians with refugee status. Those subsidies are one reason why, in the ten years from 1997 to 2007, Gaza’s population grew by an astonishing 40 percent. At that rate, Gaza’s population will double by 2030, to three million. Israel’s present sanctions on Gaza have a political aim—undermine the Hamas regime—but if they also break Gaza’s runaway population growth—and there is some evidence that they have—that might begin to crack the culture of martyrdom which demands a constant supply of superfluous young men. That is rising to the real challenge of radical indoctrination, and treating it at its root.”


Right. I see. The difference. “…if the West stops providing pro-natal subsidies for Palestinians with refugee status” is completely different from “measures “intended to prevent births within” a specific “national, ethnic, racial or religious group”, as codified in the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. Yup. No similarities. At all.

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