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Notes on Gaza...

Post by weedguru_animal » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:30 am

20/11/2012

As the bombs continue to drop, the Gaza blood letting continues, new headlines begin to displace the Zionist slaughter from the tops of our newspapers and websites, and soon enough, no doubt once the Israelis feel content that they have had their fill in the shooting gallery, a 'truce' or 'ceasefire' will be announced, and the horrific slaughter that has been taking place in a tiny strip of land homing 1.7 million arabs, will soon enough pale into the insignificance of distant memory...

The death count, at the time of writing, stands far from still at 112, with 920 injured. On the other side of what only a spastic or evil pig-fucker can call a tit for tat battle, the Israelis have lost 3 souls, with multiple unconfirmed injuries felt by the IDF (Israeli Destruction Force). Now to some, clearly not all, these figures will seem somewhat lopsided...especially when we are been led to believe that the Gazan militant groups are firing hundreds of rockets into Israel on a daily basis, putting millions of Israelis at risk. The logical explanation to this is that whilst its true that the range of Gaza's missiles have improved, their accuracy and power remain, pretty much akin to stones...I would hazard a guess that if they fired 100 rocks per day into Israel, over the course of a week, they would probably injure, even kill more than they have managed so far.

These rather unbalanced statistics are commonplace in Israeli dealings with their Arab neighbours...This is not a one off. Neither is the sickening amount of women and children slaughtered amongst these numbers, which is always staggeringly high, and defended repeatedly, by the Israeli government, as solely the fault of Hamas and related militant gazan groups...for they are using, apparently, the civilians as human shields, and just wont stop throwing their stone shaped rockets into Israel, so they must all be killed...or...as the interior minister of Israel, Eli Yishai, more than intimated a few days back, as the IDF war machine was moving through the gears...
““The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages '
Which seems rather different a stance, than the spoon-fed bullshit forced down our eager throats, like sardines thrown to the dancing on their tails dolphins in the zoo.

There is so much to try understand, before any sense whatsoever can be made of the current situation, let alone the last 60 years of the region. So lets focus on the near to where we presently find our Gazan comrades, as in, under siege, suffering hugely at the hands of perhaps the most technologically advanced army in the world, who is armed and supported politically by the US, as well as their friends and proxies not just dotted, but stretching vastly around the globe, fighting against the most accepted occupation since Hitler's day...more of Hitler later, for the parallels between the Gestapo and the IDF are too obvious to ignore and a crime not to mention.

Lets skip the placing of and creation of this country called Israel in/on Palestinian land after WW2, lets skip through the wars waged against the Egyptians, the Jordanians, the Syrians, the Lebanese, the Iraqis...(Just mentioning those names now, there is part of me wondering why they can't all combine their forces and NOT destroy Israel, NOT kill all the Jews, but lend a helping hand to their Palestinian brethren...but this ain't possible, for Iraq is worse off than its ever been, after the systematic destruction of their country by Western forces, Syria is heading the same way, again, directly due to Western influence/funding/support/agitation, Egypt is only just now slowly gaining a voice of its own, and still has stage fright, after a lengthy tenure of Obama's good buddy, the brutal dictator Mubarak, and as for the Lebanese, I doubt they wish for a repeat of the 2006 Israeli massacre of their citizens and bombing campaign which put their infrastructure back to the middle ages...now where the fuck have we heard that kinda line before???)...yes, lets skip all that, the stolen land, the illegal Israeli settlements, the bulldozing of human rights protesters, the numerous episodes which illustrate EXACTLY how the Israeli govenrgovernment views the Palestinians..Actually, lets stop this skipping routine, just briefly, although the following factual story will likely sicken to the core anyone but a sociopath, and it comes from a Noam Chomsky article written a few days back, but is a story from many moons ago, a story which sadly became the norm, not an isolated incident...
'Merely to mention one of innumerable cases, shortly before the outbreak of the Intifada a Palestinian girl, Intissar al-Atar, was shot and killed in a school yard by a resident of a nearby Jewish settlement. He was one of the several thousand Israelis settlers brought to Gaza in violation of international law and protected by a huge army presence, taking over much of the land and scarce water of the Strip and living “lavishly in twenty-two settlements in the midst of 1.4 million destitute Palestinians,” as the crime is described by Israeli scholar Avi Raz. The murderer of the schoolgirl, Shimon Yifrah, was arrested, but quickly released on bail when the Court determined that “the offense is not severe enough” to warrant detention. The judge commented that Yifrah only intended to shock the girl by firing his gun at her in a schoolyard, not to kill her, so “this is not a case of a criminal person who has to be punished, deterred, and taught a lesson by imprisoning him.” Yifrah was given a 7-month suspended sentence, while settlers in the courtroom broke out in song and dance. And the usual silence reigned. After all, it is routine.
And so it is. As Yifrah was freed, the Israeli press reported that an army patrol fired into the yard of a school for boys aged 6 to 12 in a West Bank refugee camp, wounding five children, allegedly intending only “to shock them.” There were no charges, and the event again attracted no attention. It was just another episode in the program of “illiteracy as punishment,” the Israeli press reported, including the closing of schools, use of gas bombs, beating of students with rifle butts, barring of medical aid for victims; and beyond the schools a reign of more severe brutality, becoming even more savage during the Intifada, under the orders of Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin, another admired dove'
(http://chomsky.info/articles/20121104.htm)
I strongly advise, demand even, anyone remotely interested in the situation to read that article, written by a man, who I am not alone in considering the world's most valiant and valuable freedom fighter intellectual, a dissident of the highest order. A man who was born to fight the same war we feel the need to fight in our blood, with the pen, with the mind, rather than on the front line. One of the very few, who outside of my loved ones, will cause the brightness of the world to lessen noticeably, when he leaves this realm...Take a peek, at not just that article but as much of him as you can find.

So the invasion, land theft, brutalisation, occupation, barbaric slaughter, we have briefly covered, and Noam Chomsky has helped fill in the gaps, objectively...did I mention he was a Jew???...I feel not in the slightest more comfortable about diving into the NOW, my spirit is brimming with volatility, still recoiling with rage at that Chomsky quote...to recover myself, a semblance of stability, at least enough to write coherently, and potentially usefully, I will revert to a brief catalogue of the IDF's recent triumphs...stick to numbers not emotion.

2006-
Hezbollah (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4314423.stm), who were/are at war with Israel, also responsible for ending the occupation of Lebanon by Israel in 2000, kidnapped a couple of IDF soldiers. These two groups were at war. That needs to be made clear. Had the Hizbollah troops be seen by the IDF, they would have been killed. Israel's response to this move, was the following-
121 IDF soldiers killed, 628 IDF wounded, 44 Israeli civilians killed, 33-100 wounded.
250-500 Hizbollah soldiers killed, 1500 Hizbollah soldiers wounded, 1200-1500 Lebanese civilians killed, 4-5000 wounded.

UNICEF estimated that “ 30% of those killed in Lebanon were children under the age of 13”
Human Writes Watch “strongly criticized Israel for using cluster bombs too close to civilians because of their inaccuracy and unreliability, suggesting that they may have gone as far as deliberately targeting civilian areas with such munitions. “
Amnesty International reported that “"the deliberate widespread destruction of apartments, houses, electricity and water services, roads, bridges, factories and ports, in addition to several statements by Israeli officials, suggests a policy of punishing both the Lebanese government and the civilian population,"

Closer to our current quagmire, and well worthy of reference is Operation Cast Lead aka The Gaza Massacre, of 2009...when the IDF not only attacked with missiles, as they are doing now, and have been doing for the last week, but followed it up with a ground invasion the likes of which would have made Pol Pot chuckle with glee...
Operation Cast Lead STATS-
IDF soldiers killed 10(4 of which were gunned down by the IDF), IDF soldiers wounded 336.
Israeli civilians killed 3, Israeli civilians wounded 182.
Between 1200 and 1400 Palestinians killed, as close to 900-1100 civilians, 200-500 soldiers/militants/stone throwers. Total wounded Palestinians 5300+. Total captured Palestinians 120.

It makes grim reading...As does the prediction of the UN that the Gaza Strip will be no longer liveable by 2020 if the Israeli blockade and occupation continues in its pre-November 15th state, a prediction which can only be worsened and made more certain now, after the inordinate amount of ultra modern bombs the IDF has dropped upon and continues to fire at, from land, air and sea, a small strip of land 360 km2, peopled by 1.7m...clearly I am not the only one tasting the bile in my throat, as recent reports inform me that Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Israel of "ethnic cleansing" in Gaza. To make more sense of Recep's outspoken stance, when most world leaders (other than the Iranians and Russians predominately, yet also the Chinaman and Sudanese and Egyptians to a lesser but noteworthy degree) are more concerned with continuing to suck the US/Zionist teats that bring them the richest $$$$ milk, than showing even a passing interest in morality, peek here https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/05/28.

At the same time news of Turkeys leader and most highly ranked spokesman of their people reached me, and appeared, I assume, available to everyone focused in the same direction, plugged into several sources, from all sides available, awaiting developments, so did another small piece of news...
'An Israeli police spokesperson confirmed to Al Jazeera's news producer in Jerusalem, Mimi Daher that there was an attack on the US embassy in Tel Aviv. He said that an Israel man tried to stab the guards at the US embassy in Tel Aviv. He said that the man is mentally unstable. '
hohohoho!!!...Of course...anyone willing to go that step further, not just write, squeal, scream, but literally head straight to the soft underbelly of our mutual foe and strike deeply and grievously, MUST BE 'mentally unstable'...
Which reminds me of the IDF spokeswoman interviewed on Russia Times yesterday, declaring...
'what blockade???'
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Re: Notes on Gaza...

Post by weedguru_animal » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:32 am

Segment of article taken from www.aljazeera.com---
The assassination of Jabari came a few days after an informal truce that had been negotiated through the good offices of Egypt, and quite ironically agreed to by none other than Jabari acting on behalf of Hamas. Killing him was clearly intended as a major provocation…
Beneath the horrific violence, which exposes the utter vulnerability, of all those living as captives in Gaza, which is one of the most crowded and impoverished communities on the planet, is a frightful structure of human abuse that the international community continues to turn its back upon, while preaching elsewhere adherence to the norm of "responsibility to protect" whenever it suits NATO. More than half of the 1.6 million Gazans are refugees living in a total area of just over twice the size of the city of Washington, DC. The population has endured a punitive blockade since mid-2007 that makes daily life intolerable, and Gaza has been harshly occupied ever since 1967.
From an international law point of view, Israel's purported "disengagement" from Gaza didn't end its responsibility as an Occupying Power under the Geneva Conventions, and thus its master plan of subjecting the entire population of Gaza to severe forms of collective punishment amounts to a continuing crime against humanity, as well as a flagrant violation of Article 33 of Geneva IV. It is not surprising that so many who have observed the plight of Gaza at close range have described it as "the largest open air prison in the world".
The top Hamas leaders have made it abundantly clear over and over again that they are open to permanent peace with Israel if there is a total withdrawal to the 1967 borders (22 percent of historic Palestine) and the arrangement is supported by a referendum of all Palestinians living under occupation.
Israel, with the backing of Washington, takes the position that Hamas as "a terrorist organisation" that must be permanently excluded from the procedures of diplomacy, except of course when it serves Israel's purposes to negotiate with Hamas. It did this in 2011 when it negotiated the prisoner exchange in which several hundred Palestinians were released from Israeli prisons in exchange for the release of the Israel soldier captive, Gilad Shalit, or when it seems convenient to take advantage of Egyptian mediation to establish temporary ceasefires.
As the celebrated Israeli peace activist and former Knesset member, Uri Avnery, reminds us a cease-fire in Arab culture, hudna in Arabic, is considered to be sanctified by Allah, has tended to be in use and faithfully observed ever since the time of the Crusades. Avnery also reports that up to the time he was assassinated, Jabari was in contact with Gershon Baskin of Israel, seeking to explore prospects for a long-term ceasefire that was reported to Israeli leaders, who unsurprisingly showed no interest.
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