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It is intellectual dishonesty to act like the Israeli's are the only one's at fault in this conflict. Hamas and other militant groups operate in densely populated civilian areas with the full knowledge that they are endangering the people around them. Essentially they use the civilians in Gaza as human shields. Israel is an internationally recognized state and Hamas is continuously attacking this state with rocket artillery and suicide bombings. What are they supposed to do, roll over and die?

fotojournalismus:

So, then, are they supposed to hit a rehabilitation centre for the disabled or a beach cafe where people watching the World CupA hospital or a mosque? Do you know how many Palestinians who were older than the state of Israel murdered as a result of Israeli strikes?

This is not about Hamas; before or after Hamas nothing has changed. Israel has been shelling homes, hospitals, schools, mosques; slaughtering unarmed civilians, journalists, men, women & children in their sleep. Israeli army tells Palestinians to evacuate their homes? How thoughtful, isn’t it? There is no safe place in the Gaza Strip, nobody is safe and there is no escape for anyone. So if you drop hundreds of tonnes of bombs on this territory where nearly 2 million people are packed, you kill them anyway. They have been living under occupation for decades and once again one of the most powerful militaries in the world is attacking them in the name of protecting the state of Israel. It’s true that Israel is an internationally recognized state but Palestinians have been stateless because of the state of Israel and it’s a nation that was built on the stolen land of Palestinians, and above all, upon the graves of countless Palestinian lives. Therefore, Palestinians fight back because they have to resist in order to exist. What are they supposed to do, roll over and die?

I’m putting that Palestinian farmer words from 2012 that I posted one more time for I couldn’t have said it any better:

"I’ve really tried to understand the Israelis. I used to work on a farm in Israel. I speak Hebrew. I watch their news. All the time they talk about fear. How they have to run to their bunkers to hide from the rockets. How their children can’t sleep because of the sirens. This is not a good way for them to live.

"We Palestinians don’t talk about fear, we talk about death. Our rockets scare them; their rockets kill us. We have no bomb shelters, we have no sirens, we have nowhere we can take our children and keep them safe. They are scared. We are dying."

Especially, if you look through the pictures coming from the Gaza Strip, you’d understand it much easier. There is no way to justify such massive killings. At least, shouldn’t be, yet I keep getting messages like this one. As I’m trying to find not-too-graphic pictures to be posted among the dozens of photos of the dead, despite the headlines you can read, it’s just tragic to find pictures from Israel titled as “people relaxing on the beach during the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

(the following is quoted from this AJ article

"Israelis are free to indulge in a grand delusion of self-righteousness. "No normal country could tolerate terrorists firing missiles into its urban centres," they say.

"No normal country practises the crime of apartheid."

"No normal country demolishes the homes of suspects…

or punishes millions of people…or seeks vengeance and vengeance and vengeance in a fit of bloody wrath,” we might wearily reply.”

Maybe one day if Israel as an internationally recognized state stops violating international laws, such as that prohibiting the targeting of civilians, then we’ll talk again.

mirelamonte:

44 % of Gaza has been taken by the Israelis; they call it a ‘buffer zone’, and they have expelled the people from that region into the remainder of Gaza. The population of the most densely populated place on earth has been crammed into an even smaller space.

In the attached article, I describe how there is a land grab going on. The Israeli prime minister, Binjamin Netanyahu, has shrunk Gaza’s habitable land mass by 44%, with an edict establishing a 3km (1.8-mile) buffer zone, a “no-go” zone for Palestinians – and that’s quite significant, because a good part of Gaza is only 3 to 4 miles wide. Over 250,000 Palestinians within this zone must leave their homes, or be bombed. As their territorial space collapses, 1.8m Gazans now living in 147 square miles will be compressed into 82 square miles.

Gaza’s entire social and physical infrastructure of housing, hospitals, places of worship, more than 130 of its schools, plus markets, water systems, sewer systems and roads are being destroyed. Under constant attack, without access to water, sanitary facilities, food and medical care, Gazans face an IDF-scripted apocalypse.

With Gaza’s land mass shrinking due to Israeli military action, it’s about time someone asked: What is the end game? Three weeks ago, Moshe Feiglin, deputy speaker of the Knesset, called for Gaza to “become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews. This will also serve to ease the housing crisis in Israel.”
Israel has a housing crisis? After the “no-go” buffer zone is evacuated, there will be 21,951 Palestinians per square mile in Gaza, while Israel’s population density stands at 964 persons per square mile.

Deputy Speaker Feiglin wants the Palestinians in Gaza to lose all of their land. One must not assume that Mr Feiglin or his Likud faction speak for the main government actors like Prime Minister Netanyahu. After all, Knesset politics are complex and divergent. But since Gaza has just lost control of that 44% of its land, it may also be time to ask: does the establishment of that 3km zone represent the unfolding of a larger plan? Is that the end game?

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/05/gaza-buffer-zone-dennis-kucinich


An Israeli Progressive on His Country’s Moral Culpability

I can think of no military objective in the world that would justify an eighty percent non-combatant casualty rate.

This latest message is about the ways in which—from a progressive Israeli’s point of view—the nation’s government and military should and should not be held culpable for the destruction of houses, schools, power plants, hospitals, and other structures in Gaza, and the appalling civilian death toll there…

Every Israeli action in Gaza has U.S. fingerprints all over it. Many Americans may wish that the Israeli attack on Gaza were a matter of no special relevance or concern to them, but it is their own government that centrally enables this violence.

Glenn Greenwald, "Cast, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack"  (via sabrwasumud)

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9 UN staff members killed in Gaza

(Source: systematicgenocide)

thepeoplesrecord:

14 arrested during anti-war protest in Tel Aviv
August 3, 2014

Several hundred people rallied Saturday night at Habima Square in Tel Aviv against the military operation in the Gaza Strip. The crowd dispersed after the police arrested fourteen protesters, but continued to protest at several other places nearby.

Participants in the protest, which was organized by the Da’am Workers Party, carried signs condemning the continued military action in the Gaza Strip and civilian casualties, as well as condemning Hamas strikes against Israel.

Protesters were pushed back by rows of police to a nearby street, but refused to move further and blocked it. When the protestors refused to be silent, the police began making arrests.

Protesters then continued on foot along the central streets of Dizengoff and King George. A police contingent accompanied them, and in coordination with the rally’s organizers, directed them to the Gan Meir park, where the demonstration continued.

The right-wing demonstrators usually seen attempting to disrupt rallies against the Gaza operation were hardly present at Saturday’s demonstration. 

Organizers of a larger rally called Strengthening the IDF and Democracy canceled their event after learning that protest groups were planning to disrupt it. The rally was to be attended by groups such as the right-wing Im Tirtzu.

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If you landed on earth from another planet this week, knowing nothing other than the most common use of the word “terrorism,” which side do you think would most frequently be referred to as “terrorists”?

… In American media discourse, when Palestinians overwhelmingly kill soldiers (95% of the Israeli death toll) who are part of an army that is blockading, occupying, invading, and indiscriminately bombing them and killing their children by the hundreds, that is “terrorism”; when Israelis use massive, brutal force against a trapped civilian population, overwhelmingly killing innocent men, women and children (at least 75% of the Palestinian death toll), with clear intentions to kill civilians (see point 3), that is noble “self-defense.” That demonstrates how skewed U.S. discourse is in favor of Israel, as well as the purely manipulative, propagandistic nature of the term “terrorists.”

—Glenn Greenwald (July 29, 2014). Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza.

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