NEWS DIGEST: Why Gaza fought back!
“To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight back), because they are wronged; and verily, God is most powerful for their aid; (They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right, (for no cause) except that they say, our Lord is God”. (22:39-40)
Israel’s usual cautious political discourse was crumbling before Gaza’s steadfastness. Israeli officials and media began to openly call for genocide. Middle East commentator Jeremy Salt explained:
“The more extreme of the extreme amongst the Zionists say out loud that the Palestinians have to be wiped out or at the very least driven into Sinai,” he wrote, citing Moshe Feiglin, the deputy of the Israeli Knesset, who called for “full military conquest of the Gaza strip and the expulsion of its inhabitants. They would be held in tent encampments along the Sinai border while their final destination was decided. Those who continued to resist would be exterminated.”
From Israeli commentator Yochanan Gordon, who flirted with genocide in “when genocide is permissible,” to Ayelet Shaked, who advocated the killing of the mothers of those who resist and are killed by Israel. “They should follow their sons. Nothing would be more just. They should go as should the physical houses in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise more little snakes are raised,” he wrote on Facebook.
References to genocide and extermination and other devastatingly violent language are no longer “claims” levied by Israeli critics, but a loud and daily self-indictment made by the Israelis themselves.
The Israelis are losing control of their decades-long hasbara, a propaganda scheme so carefully knitted and implemented, many the world over were fooled by it. Palestinians, those in Gaza in particular, were never blind to Israel’s genocidal intentions. They assembled their resistance with the full knowledge that a fight for their very survival awaited.
Israel’s so-called Protective Edge is the final proof of Israel’s unabashed face, that of genocide. It carried it out, this time paying little attention to the fact that the whole world was watching. Trending Twitter hashtags which began with #GazaUnderAttack, then #GazaResists, quickly morphed to #GazaHolocaust. The latter was used by many that never thought they would dare make such comparisons. Gaza managed to keep Israel at bay in a battle of historic proportions.
Once its children are buried, it will once again rebuild its defences for the next battle. For Palestinians in Gaza, this is not about mere resistance strategies, but their very survival. - See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/hashtag-genocide-why-gaza-fought-back-20945812#sthash.aw7TXglL.dpuf
The 'New and Brutal Israel'?
by Jeremy Salt
The Palestine Chronicle
The Palestine Chronicle
6 August 2014
Israel’s shocking war on Gaza has done more than any of its previous onslaughts to shake loose the stranglehold its lobbyists have exerted over the mainstream media. Criticism that would never have been countenanced before is now seeing the light of day. For those who watch its atrocious behavior, the Zionist settler state has gone too far since the day it was born but now it has gone too far even for those whose interest in the Middle East is peripheral. The killing of Palestinians day after day, the deliberate targeting of children, the obliteration of entire families, the joyous reaction of Israelis watching the missiles fall and the hatred coursing through the veins of Israeli society bear witness to a sick state born of a sick ideology.
By continuing its barbaric onslaught Israel is telling the world that it does not care what the world thinks. But then it never has cared. It lives in a world of its own, bound by rules which the rest of the world regards not as rules of any kind but violations of law and morality. Its so-called ‘defense forces’ have always killed infinitely more civilians than they have ever killed soldiers. All its wars have been wars of aggression and opportunity and the present onslaught on Gaza is no exception……………………..’
‘……………….Mike Carlton, a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald, wrote that this is a ‘new and brutal Israel’ but he was wrong. This was the same old Israel doing what it has done over the past seven decades. Had the mainstream media ever had the courage to report the Palestinian-Israeli conflict accurately readers would have been prepared for the horrors they have been seeing for the past three weeks. There is absolutely nothing new in the current onslaught. Israel has massacred children before, bombed schools before, bombed hospitals and ambulances before, and wiped out entire families before. It has brought down entire apartment buildings on the heads of their sleeping residents before. All of this its propagandists justify by Israel’s need to ‘defend’ itself.
The column by Mike Carlton was headed ‘Israel’s rank and rotten fruit is being called fascism’. He quoted the Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert on the shocking scenes he had witnessed in Gaza. Carlton’s conclusions were striking only in the context of a media which habitually refuses to call a spade a spade when it comes to Israel. Carlton called it for what it is. Israel was waging a war of terror on Gaza: ‘call it genocide, call it ethnic cleansing the aim is to kill Arabs’. Well, more precisely, Palestinians as by their very presence on the land they have been the core enemy from the beginning.
The more extreme of the extreme amongst the Zionists say out loud that the Palestinians have to be wiped out or at the very least driven into Sinai. Moshe Feiglin, the deputy of what the Zionist occupiers of Palestine call the ‘Knesset’, called for full military conquest of the Gaza strip and the expulsion of its inhabitants. They would be held in tent encampments along the Sinai border while their final destination was decided. Those who continued to resist would be ‘exterminated’. In the Times of Israel Yochanan Gordon poses the question of when (not if) genocide is permissible, coming out in favor of obliteration when that enemy is the Palestinian people. Ayelet Shaked writes on Facebook that all Palestinians are the enemy and must be wiped out: ‘Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants and their blood should be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons. Nothing would be more just. They should go as should the physical houses in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise more little snakes are raised’. Again, there is nothing new in any of this hatred. Snakes, cockroaches in bottles and tumors are among the epithets that racist rabbis, generals and politicians were hurling at the Palestinians well before Ms Ayelet came along to add her poison to the brew.
Ms Ayelet’s Jewish Home Party wants Jewish law to prevail all over occupied Palestine. Her savagery and her party are the Jewish dopfelgangers of the genocidal fanatics now devastating Iraq and Syria in the name of the Islamic State. The day after this psychopathic woman posted her Facebook entry three young men with a similar mindset picked up one of the ‘snakes’, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a boy of 16 and poured petrol down his throat before setting fire to him, a crime driven by naked racist hatred…………………’
[I totally disagree with Salter about his comment about the Jews ‘In Israel and around the world, however, it is Jews as Jews who are increasingly appalled by what they are seeing and cutting themselves off from this state and its ideology.’ This is bullshit I will not accept and I frankly am sick to death of westerners making pathetic excuses for Jews, claiming they really are concerned about what their ilk is doing in Israel, even those within Israel which again is a load of Bull- especially when over 85% of Israelis are celebrating in their Talmudic streets, at the massive death of Gazans by their sadistic soldiers, when Israelis, vile inhuman sadists, chant death to all Arabs and celebrate the deaths of Palestinian children, and who plaster their faeces and urine in the homes of dead Gazan homes, steal their money/savings.
ALL you WESTERNERS- STOP YOUR UNACCEPTABLE EXCUSES FOR WORLD JEWRY and your damn sympathies for their Holohoax and their ‘liberal tradition of scholarship etc, always making them out to be some superior intellectual beings etc.. Just what have they invented and given to the world- The Atomic Bomb, Biological and Chemical Weapons, Drones- is that really what we Humans really want?
WHO THE HELL do YOU think ISRAELI SOLDIERS and their Government are- they are the JEWISH colonial Citizens of a Military Settler Outpost, their soldiers are the brutal killers, murderers of women and children, Rapists, Paedophiles, Terrorists, assassins- the very people World Jewry boast about, morally and financially support, emulating their sick values that are alien to most decent righteous Human Beings of Conscience. I blame World Jewry for allowing Israel to exist, for allowing Jewish Power to dominate, intimidate, blackmail and exploit and deceive Humantiy. They have no soul, no conscience, no mercy, no compassion- just cold calculating, avaricious and immoral to the very core of their narcissistic being. What, does mr salter think that around 50-100 Jews or Israelis constitutes a majority just like that stupid Galloway thinks too!!Vast majority of Israeli Adult Citizens are SOLDIERS who have served in the Israeli Attack Forces. They RE SOLDIERS.
Palestinians have NO SOLDIERS, no Naval Officers or Military Air Force. We have ordinary men brave enough to resist the occupation of their homeland and are willing to lose their lives to defend their families, their homeland, their faith and culture that is older than the F****** Jews.
During WW2, Europeans did not sit back and allow the German Nazis to take over their Countries- they united and resisted with all their might, with all the means at their disposal, using various Underground Resistance tactics for which they were hailed as heroes, but unlike them, Palestinians are not allowed this Resistance, unlike them, they did not get the same assistance from their Allies and are not hailed as Heroes but as Terrorists who fight their Occupiers. One rule for Zionist led Westerners, and another for Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims. Never ending injustice and disparity based upon typical Colonialist Supremacist and Racist mindset. ]
“Why is there no protection or obligation to apply international law and UN resolutions when it comes to the Palestinian people?” –
Before Israel’s launching of the current offensive against Gaza, a member of the Israeli Knesset, Ayelet Shaked, of the Jewish Home Party, called for a genocide and collective punishment of the Palestinians in Gaza. “They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes otherwise more little snakes will be raised there,” she said. Unfortunately this does not represent the stance of only some minority of racist far-right Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked, Miri Regev, Mordechai Kedar, Moshe Feiglin...etc. Rather it epitomizes the policy of the majority of Israelis (hard hawks or soft doves) that we, a population that is mostly children, are all mere snakes. This strategy is not new. We have not been only witnessing it for the last month. It has been a long history of endless massacres, decades of systemic ethnic cleansing, forty-seven years of military occupation, apartheid policies and forced displacement since 1948, and all this continues until today. It has not been about Hamas rockets, “human shields,” or tunnels. It has always been about Israel’s control over our lives, land, and borders. And it has been about killing more of us. However, the massacre, genocide, holocaust - call it what you may - of Gaza 2014, is the most ferocious one I have ever eye-witnessed. -See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/world-stood-silent-while-we-were-slaughtered-374769832#sthash.CGF6LYbw.dpuf
All colonial settler states are based on the violent dispossession of the native peoples – and as a result, their fundamental and overriding aim has always been to keep those native peoples as weak as possible. Israel’s aim for the Palestinians is no different.
Palestinian statehood is clearly an obstacle to this goal; a Palestinian state would strengthen the Palestinians. Genuine sovereignty would end Israel’s current presumed right to steal their land, control their borders, place them under siege, and bomb them at will. That is why Netanyahu’s Likud party platform “flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”; that is why Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated for even suggesting some limited self-governance for the Palestinians; and that is why every proposal for Palestinian statehood, however limited and conditional, has been wilfully sabotaged by successive Israeli governments of all hues.
Within three years of the 1993 Oslo declaration, for example, which promised self-governance for Palestinian areas, foreign minister Ariel Sharon was urging “everyone” to “grab as many hilltops as they can” in order to minimise the size and viability of the area to be administered by Palestinian Authority. The 1999 election of a Labour Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, made no difference, ushering in “a sustained commitment by Israel’s government to avoid full compliance with the Oslo agreement”, according to Jimmy Carter, most notably in the form of the greatest increase in illegal Israeli settlements that had yet taken place. The popular story that Barak had made a ‘generous offer’ on Palestinian statehood at negotiations in Taba in 2001, turned out to be a complete myth.
- See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/israel-s-target-not-hamas-palestinian-statehood-1483362297#sthash.Qn5zK1gB.dpuf