US Opposes Peace and the Majority of the World’s People

Mitch Schiller
6 min readOct 26, 2023

The United States and Israel are floating on an island surrounded by the blood of their victims. In paddle boats along the shore are the extensions of empire: South Korea, Japan, Ukraine, among others.
International sentiment, solidarity, and action all point to rejection of Zionism and justice and peace for its victims.

Israel is very open and honest about its intentions: a second Nakba. The Nakba, ‘The Catastrophe’, was a 1948 ethnic cleansing that established Israel as a settler colonial ‘state’. During the Nakba, Israel pushed out millions upon millions of Palestinians, many of whom still hold onto the keys to their former homes today. There are over six million refugees of Israel’s attempts at Palestinian erasure and land theft, a larger figure than the current population of the West Bank and Gaza combined (around 5M).

The US government is just as open with its support. Below is a collection of quotes that make obvious the intentions of both Israeli and United States officials:

“There will be no electricity, no food, no water, no fuel, everything will be closed. We are fighting against human animals, and we are acting accordingly,” said Yoav Gallant, the Israeli Defense Minister.

“Right now, one goal: Nakba! A Nakba that will overshadow the Nakba of 1948”. — Ariel Kallner, a member of Netanyahu’s far right party, Lukid

“This is a struggle between the children of light and the children of darkness, between humanity and the law of the jungle.” — Netanyahu in a now deleted tweet

“It’s an entire nation out there that is responsible. This rhetoric about civilians not aware, not involved, it’s absolutely not true”. — Isaac Herzog blaming the entirety of the Palestinian people for the 7 October attacks

“We need a disproportionate response … If all the captives are not returned immediately, turn the strip into a slaughterhouse. If a hair falls from their head — execute security prisoners. Violate any norm, on the way to victory.” — David Mizrahy Verthaim on X

“Anyone that is pro-Palestinian is pro-Hamas,” — Tweet by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

“We are in a religious war here. I’m with Israel. Do whatever the hell you have to do to defend yourself. Level the place.” — Senator Lindsey Graham, US

Israel has made good on its promises of indiscriminate violence on the entire population of Gaza. As of this morning, 10/24/2023, 51% of all houses and buildings in Gaza have been damaged, most completely leveled. Latest media reports citing the Gaza Ministry of Health indicate that the number of people killed in Gaza since 7 October has risen to 5,087. Women and children account for nearly 60% of the deaths, and over 15k are injured. Water, electricity, fuel and food sources are running out. 35 UN staffers have been killed.

It is estimated that at least 600k Gazans are now internally displaced. This figure could well be a million or more, half of the 2M population of the Strip.

United States versus The United Nations

“The situation in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel has reached fever pitch,” said Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967

The US has already opposed two UN resolutions that were designed to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Occupied Palestine and inhibit further genocidal actions by the US-Israel partnership.

October 16th: Russian resolution calling for humanitarian ceasefire.

For: China, Russia, Gabon, Mozambique, and the United Arab Emirates

Against: United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan

Abstentions: Albania, Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, Malta, and Switzerland.

Brazil likely abstained because they were about to put forth their own resolution:

October 18th: Brazilian resolution calling for ‘pauses’.

This was a much weaker proposal, lacking any sort of conviction and leaving a lot of wiggle room for Israel to continue its actions with some pauses thrown in. Still…

For: Albania, Brazil, China, Ecuador, France, Gabon, Ghana, Japan, Malta, Mozambique, Switzerland, and the UAE

Against: United States
The US would proceed to veto the resolution entirely

Abstentions: United Kingdom and Russia, for different reasons.

Russia abstained and voiced concern over the details of the proposal, attempting to add two alterations: an end to indiscriminate violence against civilians and the blockade of Gaza, and an actual ceasefire, not just a pause.

The very status of Palestine is a state leaves the United States again in opposition to the majority of the globe. 138 of 198 countries represented at the UN recognize Palestine, which only has observer status at the UN, as a sovereign entity.

United States versus NGOs and Humanitarian Groups

The United States and Israel have been engaged in creating an apartheid reality in Palestine that is thought to be virtually ‘unlivable’.

Amnesty International, a group that frequently backs the United States in its atrocity claims, has bucked the trend and pointed fingers squarely where they belong: on Israel (not so much the United States):
“In their stated intent to use all means to destroy Hamas, Israeli forces have shown a shocking disregard for civilian lives. They have pulverized street after street of residential buildings killing civilians on a mass scale and destroying essential infrastructure, while new restrictions mean Gaza is fast running out of water, medicine, fuel and electricity. Testimonies from eyewitness and survivors highlighted, again and again, how Israeli attacks decimated Palestinian families, causing such destruction that surviving relatives have little but rubble to remember their loved ones by,” — Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General

Over 50 families have been eradicated from the register this month, entire generations buried in rubble by the Zionist entity.

Human Rights Watch, another NGO with a mixed history of supporting imperialist aggression when it benefits the United States and its allies, has released a condemnation of the inhumane blockade of Gaza, all but calling it collective punishment designed to hurt all Gazans. This is widely recognized as a war crime and prelude to genocide.

United States versus Academia/Genocide Experts

Israeli scholars who specialize in genocide history, given their own Jewish history of victimhood, have come out publicly calling out the intent of the Zionist occupiers.

Jewish Currents, a popular magazine, published a statement on October 13th calling this a ‘textbook case of genocide’. The statement argues that Israel is meeting the qualifications for at least 3 of the 5 genocide indicators:
1. Killing members of the group.
2. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.
3. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.
#1 is clearly displayed in the over 5000 deaths, especially the over 2000 child killings.

#2 is just as clear. No way around that one when Israel is carpet bombing the entire Northern section of Gaza, forcing Palestinians to flee south, only to be bombed on their way there.

#3 is an indisputable fact of the blockade: no food, water, electricity or fuel are being allowed into Gaza. It is a strangulation of 2M occupied people who can’t leave or stay for fear of death.

790 scholars, who specialize in genocide studies, international law and conflict mediation have come out with a joint statement raising the alarm on an unfolding genocide in Gaza, which you can find here. This statement points to the wide breadth of Israel’s offensive, which has spread to the West Bank and includes Palestinians living in the ‘Israeli’ territory itself. It also provided important context that outlines how conditions since the 2007 Gaza siege started were already amounting to a ‘genocide in slow motion’, with the current month being a severe escalation in intensity.

United States versus the State Department

Internally, the United States is completely at odds with its own citizens, who have poured into the streets in every major city by the thousands to oppose the blood soaked hands of the United States strangling the Palestinians. The United States has given $3.8B to Israel annually for some time, and is considering an additional $14.3B in military aid. The United States is not a ‘casual observer’ but an active participant in mass slaugher. Some lawyers have even argued that the United States might have legal culpability.

United States police, often trained by the IDF, have cracked down on protests that have asked for Palestinian freedom and demanded an end to this partnership of death.

The State Department itself has shown signs of a mutiny, as the very arteries of the empire rebel against obscene and overwhelming complicity in violence against a captive people.

Conclusion

The true breadth and scale of opposition to the US-Israeli ‘war’ on Gaza is staggering. It has never been more urgent to hit the streets, make your voice heard and stand on the right side of history with the vast majority of the world.

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