Saturday, December 27, 2008

Gaza Massacres Must Spur Us To Action

By Ali Abunimah from the Electronic Intifada

"I will play music and celebrate what the Israeli air force is doing." Those were the words, spoken on Al Jazeera today by Ofer Shmerling, an Israeli civil defense official in the Sderot area adjacent to Gaza, as images of Israel's latest massacres were broadcast around the world.

A short time earlier, US-supplied Israeli F-16 warplanes and Apache helicopters dropped over 100 bombs on dozens of locations in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip killing at least 195 persons and injuring hundreds more. Many of these locations were police stations located, like police stations the world over, in the middle of civilian areas. The US government was one of the first to offer its support for Israel's attacks, and others will follow.

Reports said that many of the dead were Palestinian police officers. Among those Israel labels "terrorists" were more than a dozen traffic police officers undergoing training. An as yet unknown number of civilians were killed and injured; Al Jazeera showed images of several dead children, and the Israeli attacks came at the time thousands of Palestinian children were in the streets on their way home from school.

Shmerling's joy has been echoed by Israelis and their supporters around the world; their violence is righteous violence. It is "self-defense" against "terrorists" and therefore justified. Israeli bombing -- like American and NATO bombing in Iraq and Afghanistan -- is bombing for freedom, peace and democracy.

The rationalization for Israel's massacres, already being faithfully transmitted by the English-language media, is that Israel is acting in "retaliation" for Palestinian rockets fired with increasing intensity ever since the six-month truce expired on 19 December (until today, no Israeli had been killed or injured by these recent rocket attacks).

But today's horrific attacks mark only a change in Israel's method of killing Palestinians recently. In recent months they died mostly silent deaths, the elderly and sick especially, deprived of food and necessary medicine by the two year-old Israeli blockade calculated and intended to cause suffering and deprivation to 1.5 million Palestinians, the vast majority refugees and children, caged into the Gaza Strip. In Gaza, Palestinians died silently, for want of basic medications: insulin, cancer treatment, products for dialysis prohibited from reaching them by Israel.


Rebellious Arab Girl said...

It is seriously disgusting what it going on there. The world should wake up and see the truth. It is right in front of their eyes.

Anonymous said...

Hypocrisy in Action:
Where were Egypt, Russia, OIC, EU, Britain, Sarkozy, US & Austria when Hamas was pounding Israel with daily barrage of rockets?

Non-muslim Oversea Chinese in SouthEastAsia said...

After reading the israeli-palestinian stories for years and read much of it history. I am really hating these disgusting jews people.

Anonymous said...

Fuck israel!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I see you have a lot of mature commenters posting here.

"F**** Israel"
Boy he's open minded.

"After reading the israeli-palestinian stories for years and read much of it history. I am really hating these disgusting jews people."

Hmmm. Hate "disgusting" jews because of what he's reading with ISrael. Like he has an open mind. SOunds like he's hated jews for awhile.

Anonymous said...

Firing rockets on civilians is a war crime. Hamas is guilty of war crimes. According to international law Israel has the right to defend itself by any means necessary.

You can call killing terrorists a massacre if you want thats your right. but why are you not condemning hamas for putting its own civilians in danger knowing darn well Israel will respond to their atrocities. Hamas is to blame for all the deaths! When will palestinians take responsibilty for their actions??

Julia said...

Israel is disgusting as are the Arab governments which are puppets of the USA. Israel never wants to use diplomacy as they seem to be addicted to war. They could end this whole thing right now and get out of every inch of land they took in 1967 and give the Palestinians their country back, but noooooo. That's it. I've lost all sympathy for the Israelis. The whole rest of the world knows what pigs they are.

Anonymous said...

Rebellious Arab Girl is right..The world does need to wake up and see the truth...The truth is that Hamas wants Israel off the map and Hamas is supported by oppressive dictatorships such as Syria and Iran who have the same sentiment- Hamas is lead by a man who wants to kill every Jew and 'humiliate' them before he does it. Thats the truth. Let's face it- it's not about "Palestinian Oppression", it's about Anti-semitism. It's about destroying a nation because they are not like you.

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