DrWho, the concept of genocide isn't based on numbers FYI. What's happening in Gaza is one of the purest forms of genocide there is. How you can claim what's happening in Gaza is different to Syria, Iraq or the Congo is beyond me. That's absolute rubbish if I'm being honest. Systematic killing goes on there every single day, whether the conflict makes news or not and has been for decades. Based on the reasoning behind it, it would seem you have your wires crossed with what constitutes genocide.
Not suggesting it's based on numbers at all. It's based on a systematic extermination of a group of people based on a trait. There's a lot of terrible shit going on in the Middle East but Israel isn't exterminating Palestinians. There have been enough corroborated reports from the UN that suggest Hamas actively stores weapons and militants in schools, hospitals and UN buildings. There have been more disturbing reports that I won't mention because who the fuck knows if they're true.
Of course, none of of us have been in Gaza to see if civilians are being used as human shields, but let's be absolutely clear Hamas is a militant terrorist organization and is recognized as such by the majority of the world. If you want to see genocide give Hamas the military capabilities of the Israeli army. In the first paragraph of their charter they make very clear that Israel and Israelis need to be wiped off the face of the earth. Even the Arab countries, outside of Iran, have no interest in giving arms to Hamas.
Also, to say that Israel is an illegally held territory at this point is incorrect. There is a long and complicated history surrounding the area but making a statement like that reveals rancor that is hard to ignore. It's important to note that before 1948 the area was essentially desert. Israeli's have become a thriving and innovative people and Israel has become a beacon for scientific and technological advancements around the world.
This isn't Israel flexing its muscle to punish Palestinians. That argument falls apart when you realize there's a ceasefire on the table that Israel has accepted and Hamas continues to reject. Hamas rejects it because of the blockades. Blockades that were set up to prevent suicide and car bombings, which stopped as soon as the blockades were implemented.
Given all of that, to label this as genocide is a snap judgment based on talking points and incorrect information.
I don't have a solution outside of spiking the drinking water in the area with LSD or firing Psilocybin spores into the entire Middle East.
It's sad and my heart goes out to every single person who is affected by the actions of people who have no interest in peace or compassion.