Friday, January 30, 2009

Israeli Attacks on Gaza: Both Reckless and Failed

One single, solitary thing will be noted to Ehud Barak’s credit: in contrast to many others, he did not dub the bullying rage of the Israeli army in Gaza as a “war”, but made due with the term “operation”.

War is a concept that immediately results in the orgasm of numerous Israelis, particularly journalists. We are stuffed to the point of vomiting from the voices, trembling from unrestrained satisfaction, of broadcasters and field reporters of Israeli channels 2 and 10 as they describe how “our forces have just now entered…” and “the air force successfully completed its mission, and our planes returned safely to their bases(!)” and “in an heroic battle above the skies of Gaza, our planes skillfully dodged the Palestinian anti-aircraft defence and our air force defeated the Palestinian air force, excuse me, the Hamas air force! Just like the RAF in the skies of London in 1940! There is also nothing to brag about in the ground operation: thousands of soldiers and hundreds of tanks succeeded in breaking through enemy lines in the city of Gaza! And to the generals and regiment commanders who are preening like peacocks and bragging about their success, I want to say one thing: if for you Gaza is a test of success in war, then what will happen in a real war, one in front of another, tank in front of tank, regiment in front of regiment? You are practicing on women and children and think that this way you will know how to fight against a true army?

I remember that during the Intifada we used to ridicule soldiers who bullied children, and we said to them that in a real battle, against real soldiers, they will not know what to do as they practiced on defenceless civilians. And indeed, the second Lebanon war came and they were defeated – and not by a professional army but a militia of several thousand brave fighters, substantially inferior in regards to equipment and means of combat.

Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak are bragging about “achieving all the goals of the operation”. Really? Rockets continue to fall on Israel’s southern cities and the shooting can begin again the minute Hamas concludes that the ceasefire is working against it. The smuggling of arms into Gaza continues and will continue, and no amount of American experts will be of help. Hamas is weakened? The organization did suffer harsh losses, particularly of officers who acted, to the surprise of the commentators-experts, in “another” way, but its popularity grew. Not only in the Gaza Strip, but also in the West Bank, the Arab world and the world in general. Moreover, Hamas essentially became, through the negotiations over a ceasefire, a dialogue partner of Israel, and even the United States is no longer concealing that it is conducting ongoing contacts with the organization!

To etch in the consciousness” is the goal of every colonial operation and this time also, as in Operation Defensive Shield, the Israeli strategists wanted to etch in the Palestinian consciousness. According to reports this goal was also not achieved, as the Gazans refuse to bow their heads even when thousands of tonnes of cast lead, with an addition of white phosphorous, falls on them.

And another goal: to bring Abu Mazen back to Gaza. They should try! And if the Israeli leaders are cynical, and behind the words of affection and love for Mahmoud Abbas there lurked a hidden intention to get him out of the way, they would not have acted differently. However, they are not cynical (in this context) and they believed, with typical colonial arrogance, that the operation would return the rule of the beloved chairperson over the Gaza Strip. Another failure: apart from Ramallah, there is doubt that after his collaboration with those who slaughtered members of his people in Gaza, Abu Mazen could walk through any Palestinian city without hundreds of police trained by General Dayton: Operation Cast Lead removed the crumbs of popular legitimacy that he still had. By the way, according to the Palestinian constitution, the temporary chairperson, until the elections, is the deputy chairperson of the legislative council, who is a Hamas member. Abu Mazen has no legitimacy apart from that given by the occupation government and the global colonial powers. With great trepidation and following long deliberations I write “collaboration”, but there comes a time when it must be called for what it is.

Mahmoud Abbas finished his career, Hamas strengthened its popularity amongst its people: what a success! If we add the image of Israel in the eyes of the world as a bully state in which, as the Foreign Minister admitted, “the landlord went crazy”, the hatred in every home in the Arab world, from Iraq to Morocco, what can Israeli leaders mark to their credit? Not even an electoral achievement, as in a discourse that is all brutality and bullying, Liberman and Netanyahu are those who will take all. A real success.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Report: The IOF troops executed many detained civilians during its war on Gaza

The Palestinian center for the defense of prisoners on Saturday revealed that the IOF troops kidnapped during their aggression on the Gaza Strip about 300 Palestinian civilians, some of them were executed by gunfire or tank shells.

In a statement received by the PIC, the center explained that the IOF troops, during the war on Gaza, used a number of Palestinian citizens as human shields to protect themselves from Palestinian gunfire in blatant violation of all international norms and conventions.

Different Palestinian eyewitnesses told the center that the IOF troops executed prisoners individually and collectively.

The eyewitnesses reported that the IOF troops executed children and women individually when asking them to come out one by one from their homes, adding that in some cases, the IOF troops put a number of Palestinian citizens in one house and then shelled or opened fire extensively on that house.

According to the eyewitnesses the IOF troops also detained Palestinians in a house and then ordered Israeli bulldozers to raze it to the ground over the detained citizens.

These testimonies proved that the IOF troops committed organized war crimes against civilians during their aggression on Gaza.

The center appealed to all concerned institutions around the world to pool their efforts in order to bring Israeli leaders and soldiers responsible for these crimes to justice.

Friday, January 23, 2009

The uncivilized Israelis..

Imagine the child in the picture is yours and the parents you and your wife. Let the small boy who is being snatched by the Israeli soldier on a military vehicle. The crime of the boy is throwing a stone at the separation wall or the apartheid wall they have built around Palestinian territories. Now whence is throwing a stone at a wall considered a crime and where was this a crime except in this fascist terrorist state they call Israel? Is there no limit to cruelty and barbarity? Is it not time that the world learns about this uncivilized terrorist state and learns to loath them. Loath them not for what they are but for what they do. Loath no human being for what he is but for what they do.

Be offended and outraged...
be courageous and speak on behalf of the right.
Sympathize with the little boy in the pic and imagine the grief of his parents. Just think how low have they gone arresting toddlers and killing babies...

Be ANGRY for this crime against humanity...

and you will not be able to do justice in your anger for their crimes..

Monday, January 19, 2009

The biggest crime against humanity..

...Is israel. Words shall fail describing the enormity of this crime and the world has not forgotten it. Years on the world will remember a darker chapter of world history created at the behest of terror minded interests and supported by selfish self interests and inaction of the good. For evil to flourish what is required is for good to be silent.