The headline of this opinion editorial, printed today in The Times of Israel, says it all:
And lest you think that the hed is the work of an irresponsible editor, it is not: Yochanan Gordon, a frequent contributor to the Times, lays out the case for the complete obliteration of not just Hamas, but of everyone — women, children, innocent civilians — who lives in the Gaza strip.
“Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life,” he writes. “What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?”
He goes on, emphasis ours:
News anchors such as those from CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera have not missed an opportunity to point out the majority of innocent civilians who have lost their lives as a result of this war. But 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. If you’ll counter, that Hamas has been seen abusing civilians who have attempted to leave their homes in response to Israeli warnings to leave – well then, your [sic] beginning to come to terms with the nature of this enemy which should automatically cause the rules of standard warfare to be suspended.
In conclusion: “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 blog post soon went viral due to the nature of the hed, and was quickly removed by editors — but not before we uploaded a PDF of the article (below).
We’ve reached out to the Times for comment, and will update if and when we hear back.
UPDATE — 2:15 p.m. ET: The Five Towns Jewish Times took down the editorial, replacing it with this note:
An article that was posted earlier today on our website dealt with the question of genocide in a most irresponsible fashion. We reject any such notion or discussion associated with even entertaining the possibility of such an unacceptable idea.
The piece should have been rejected out of hand by editors but escaped their proper attention. We reject such a suggestion unequivocally and apologize for the error.
UPDATE — 2:30 p.m. ET: According to JTA reporter Ron Kampeas, op-ed editor Miriam Herzschlag has banned Gordon from posting on the Times of Israel blog, calling his post “damnable” and “ignorant.”
UPDATE — 4:48 p.m. ET: Gordon has issued a public apology.
Here’s a PDF of the article in question:
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