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Pat is clear, lucid and absolutely right here, as I have said many times when faced with an enemy who will not compromise you have two choices, kill them all or surrender, as the latter is not an option then what can you do but try to kill those enemies?
Once again we see the spectacle of the of the Palestinians crying poor poor pitiful us because Israel has quite rightly lost all patience with their constant provocation in firing missiles into Israel. Once again we see them deliberately using the bodies of their own children as disposable shields so that they can claim that Israel is monstrous for defending their right not have missiles fired constantly at them from Gaza. Once again we have the usual suspects in the media making much of the death toll in Gaza without even considering that the culpability lays entirely with the constant provocation from Hamas and its affiliates. As I have often said in another context ” if you keep poking a sleeping lion with a sharp stick don’t be surprised if he turns around and eats you or your children” Sadly it suits the religious zealots who lead Hamas to have the reality of their own dead and maimed children front and centre in the world’s media because then they can claim to be victims and their own part in the suffering of the people of Gaza can be ignored. After all when you believe that the next life is more important than this one then what does it matter if a few children are sent into the paradise of martyrs? But I can’t help thinking that when these young martyrs come to enjoy their virgins that their heaven will be more of akin to a paedophile’s dream time than anything else.
- Israel Broadens Its Bombing in Gaza to Include Government Sites (nytimes.com)
- Israel attacks Hamas media operations in Gaza (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Israel shells Gaza from the sea (bbc.co.uk)
- Israeli tanks are ready for ground invasion of Gaza (independent.ie)
- Israel shells Gaza for fifth straight day (radionz.co.nz)
- Hamas Gives Egypt Conditions for Cease-Fire With Israel (news.antiwar.com)
I argued that the only viable way to stop the invasion was to conduct a mass migration to Iraq. A migration in which people from around the world, especially western citizens, would position themselves at sites in Iraq that are supposed to be protected by international law, but which are routinely bombed when it is only Iraqi, Palestinian, generally non-white, western lives who will be killed. I felt 10,000 such people could stop the invasion, or at the very least, expose the invasion for what it was from the start, an act of international aggression, a war crime and a crime against humanity.
While critical of Palestinian militants firing rockets from Gaza into Israel, the report lays most of the blame for the crisis on the Jewish state for seeking to apply pressure by limiting the inflow of humanitarian goods.
The report accuses Israel of creating a blockade, something that breaks international law as it punishes all Gazans, including the vast majority who are not members of militant groups.
“Israel has the right and obligation to protect its citizens, but as the occupying power in Gaza it also has a legal duty to ensure Gazans have access to food, clean water, electricity and medical care,” said Kate Allen, a director of Amnesty International UK.
“Punishing the entire Gazan population by denying them these basic human rights is utterly indefensible.”
According to the report, the blockade of Gaza has dramatically worsened poverty and unemployment and has led to a deterioration in education and health services.
More than 1.1 million people out of a population of 1.5 million are now dependent on food aid and of 110,000 workers previously employed in the private sector, only 35,000 still have jobs.
The loss of jobs is caused almost entirely by Israel’s closure of the frontier, because all produce from Gaza has to go through Israel.
Call me a cynic if you please, but really what is it with the likes of Amnesty that they insist on suggesting that when it comes to Gaza that we should view Israel as the “occupying power” for crying out loud Israel withdrew unilaterally from that territory some time ago and it immediately became for all intents and purposes a separate entity. Frankly I can not understand why Israel should be expected to allow either it’s people or it’s produce to enter their country for any reason what so ever for as long as Hamas is continuing to launch rockets. However as long as they do then it is Hamas who are responsible for the deaths of any “civilians” that they use as human shields and I for one will feel no sympathy for them especially when their idea of heroism is to kill eight people at a school in Jerusalem .
THE joy felt by ordinary Gazans at breaking Israel’s siege this week could prove short-lived as renewed Israeli fuel cuts threaten to black out much of the strip again.
Aid groups warn that the fresh influx of supplies being carried back from Egypt by tens of thousands of shoppers, on foot and in donkey carts, cannot compensate for the hundreds of tonnes of food, goods and, above all, fuel needed to preserve the basic fabric of life in the blockaded Gaza Strip.
Apparently angered by the success of Hamas militants in forcing open the Gaza Strip’s southern border on Wednesday, Israel has again restricted fuel oil for the enclave’s only power plant, threatening much of Gaza City with crippling power cuts. These, in turn, could shut down hospitals and vital services whose emergency generators are desperately short of diesel oil.
To my friends from the far left the sight of the Palestinians knocking down the border wall between Gaza and Egypt is just as heroic as the fall of the wall in Berlin. I think that this stunt by Hamas may well prove to be a less than positive in the long run if the result is a substantial rearming of the rocket and mortar makers.
The situation in Gaza is a sad example of just how the Islamists from Hamas exploit the public image of Palestinian suffering and how they use that as a front to cover their own military actions against Israeli civilians. However if there is a major upsurge in the rocket attacks or suicide bombings in Israel I can’t see the restraint shown by the IDF continuing I wonder if the Israelis have considered driving all of the Palestinians from Gaza into Egypt?
The problem when it comes to the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel is that both sides have claims upon the same real estate that have very long historical pedigrees. Personally I think that I Israeli pedigree is more substantial that the one claimed by the Palestinians. However given that neither side is willing to cede their claims it really comes down to who can exclude the other from the land they claim. By constantly provoking Israel with the militarily pointless rocket attacks Hamas have sought to create an environment of crisis that their ideology needs to survive Hamas risks the people of Gaza being subject to a military response that could destroy what little they have and that would make the privations of Israel’s blockade seem like luxury living.
The only long term solution to the suffering of Gaza is a negotiated settlement…
Sadly not likely Comrades