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Israel Is Raping Gaza of Palestinian Gas Reserves!


World  (tags: Zionist Thieves, Gangsters, Terrorists, Murderers, Ethnic Cleansers, Baby Killers, Pirates, Looters, Interlopers! )

Dave
- 1488 days ago - youtube.com
"Israel. . . continues to take what it wants, whenever it wants. It continues to steal Palestinian land and now is trying to steal its natural resources of gas in the waters off Gaza while the World, the United Nations and the Arab League looks on. . .!"



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Dave C. (867)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 9:36 am
Israel's Rape of Gaza's Natural Resources: What the Conflict was Really About
By Peter Eyre
http://www.sott.net/articles/show/193806-Israel-s-Rape-of-Gaza-s-Natural-Resources-What-the-Conflict-was-Really-About
 

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (118)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 9:42 am
Nothing new, dear Dave, Palestinians have to be wiped out.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_MAIDScDNy6I/SWSoUMGxtmI/AAAAAAAADag/3oHhg4w-8M8/s1600/gaza3.JPG

And as long as we just look at it and remain comfortable in front of Mass medias Public Viewing, nothing would change. The only thing really matters is boycotting Israel completely.
The EAN code bar for Israel is 729... lol
On the other hand, this kind of energy is absolutely doomed and we should be aware there are sufficient alternative forms of energy already available.
Thanks Dave for getting this precious info posted.
Parsifal
 

Ben Oscarsito (355)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 9:55 am
Please sign the Avaaz petition to governments and international organisations:
"We call for an immediate, international investigation into the flotilla assault, full accountability for those responsible, and the lifting of the Gaza blockade"
499,895 have signed since 1 June. Help us reach 500,000! (105 more signatures needed...)
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/gaza_flotilla/?fp
Thank You!
 

Bernard Cronyn (31)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 10:57 am
Hoo boy what fun all you righteous sons and daughters of the true faiths – get your best boots on and kick the crap out of the Jews as you have doing for the last 1500 years!
 

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (118)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 11:24 am
@ Bernard, please do not confuse Israeli People, Jews and Zionists.
Jews are one of the most beautiful people one can imagine.
It is a question of greed, plain.
Extinct Palestinians in the biggest open air prison worldwide to get free GAS!

No human being deserves, what you call in a rude manner.
Your comment is ridiculous and crap.
We are one creation and we only separated from unity in God by way of religious distraction.
Never forget: God did NOT create races.

About true faits: Guess the people at this thread are learning each day.
So are you eternal of yesterday?
Have these brown fuckin* times re established already?

Please Bernard, read the topic!

Zionists boycot Palestina and according to their Jahwe it is all right to say "an eye for an eye"
So These warmonger have to be boycoted too.
Albeit... an eye for an eye makes the both blind.

Is this the world you´re living in?
Then good night, blue planet!

And one more thing:
I am NOT backin up "Free Gaza"
I assist re-establish Gaza and whole Palestina!
It is my brothers and sisters, like you are one of my family.
Enjoy this, dear:
http://us.altermedia.info/images/Palestine2.jpg
Satori
 

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (118)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 11:25 am
Thx, Ben, signed!
Satori
 

(0)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 11:26 am
This quote aptly covers everything from land to gas reserves. "It is Israel's intention that they want the entire allocation to Gaza for their own usage." Mine, mine, mine!
 

. (0)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 12:14 pm
noted~ Thanks Dave!!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 1:31 pm
They stole a WHOLE country and robbed its resources. They are drying up the Dead Sea by continuing to steal its minerals. Add this one the list.

Despicable!

ATW
 

Mack David (100)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 1:53 pm
RAPE!!!!!!!!!!!
 

linda b. (190)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 4:31 pm
Noted Thank You Dave.
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 5:23 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Abo r. (100)
Wednesday June 30, 2010, 8:43 pm
Israel is trying to steal the OIL and Gas of lebanon at the sea.The Arabian World will awake up when Israel will be at EGYPT, Jourden, IRAQ ( it is there already), Syria and Lebanon, stealers are stealers .
It does so with the support of US and UE jews and zionest.
Who existed Israel on 1948? Who is BElfour?
 

Eleanor B. (909)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 3:34 am
Thanks, Dave and have signed, Ben. It's over the half million.
 

Agnes H. (144)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 5:29 am
Bernard as far as I thought the Jewish people believed in the same God as we do? Or am I wrong in this? Please put me correct if you have a different God as we have. Banjamin Netanyahue ( Sorry if I spelt it incorrect) does mean Gift of God!!!! I do know a bit as the place my father grew up in was full of Jewish people. We don't condemn the Jewish People or the Faith we condemn the Gevernment Israel has got at the moment and has had for the last 20 yrs or more. The Israeli Government are the greedy ones and it's about time the people elect a more compassionate government. As long as the Government keeps on fighting the Arabs it won't get compassion for the way they treat the Arabs especially the Palestinians. It was Israel who attacked the Lebanon first not the other way around. I thought the Jewish Government had learned a lesson about the treatment of people during WWII instead it's treating the Palestinians in exactly the same way as the Germans did the Jewish people. It is my belief there are good and bad everywhere and at the moment there are bad Jewish people in the government AND those who keep supporting this government full stop, and if YOU can't see that then you must be one of them as well, although I want to believe that all the people here on Care2 care as the name says!!!! For the Jewish Government trying to steal the riches of the Gaza is also wrong. I think this government is more like the Nazis than like all the Jewish people!!!!!
 

Melodie Waldron (0)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 6:32 am
Thanks, Agnes... I was going to try to explain that but you did a fine job. I,for one, have a problem with my own government at the moment- that doesn't mean I'm upset with the American people. I hope the people of Isreal will see the truth of what their government is doing and correct it... but if you look at history, including our own, you will find many periods where good people did nothing to stop injustices with horrible results and still we continue to turn a blind eye. Seems we have still not adopted the actions required to go along with the religious beliefs we insist we have. Someday maybe we'll walk the walk.
 

Johan Maltesson (161)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 7:28 am
Well, a word of advice to the people of Gaza - if you really want to stop being blockaded and occupied and be respected, then you really ought to stop voting for extremist Islamist terrorist organizations like Hamas as your government. The government of Gaza must stop killing Israeli civilians and accept Israel's right to exist. Only then can there be freedom for the peole in Gaza. It's up to the Gazans themselves.
 

Bob Algeron (47)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 7:58 am
Israelis let Gaza to deal with their gas reserve and have a full rights to explore Israeli gas reserve. Again PA media campaigners are trying to justify taking of something which is not theirs.

 

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (118)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 10:46 am
@ Johan M.
I agree.
Did you ever consider the background on why Hamas is in this position?
Hamas is plain an i n v e n t i o n o f M o s s a d:
Hamas is a Creation of Israel (the Mossad)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/ZER403A.html
http://infowars.wordpress.com/2009/01/11/ron-paul-israel-created-hamas/
http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2009/05/ron-paul-israel-created-hamas-us.html
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123275572295011847.html
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10456.htm
http://pakalert.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/how-israel-created-hamas/
and more...

So if you to look over the garden, you may find, WHY this situation could NOT be solved from within...
Plain a tragedy, infinity suffering, endless war.
A total genocide on Palestinians.
Nothing compares.
And worlds broad masses just look at it, manipulated by mainstream brainwashing.

For instance, do you know about the Weapons of Mass Destruction, IDF used to find a "final solution on the palestinians question"?
hmmm?

Wonder if anyone in here heard of Depleted Uranium ammunition?
http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/index.html
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/du.htm
DU was not banned and said to be a WMD by UN due to a veto of GB, France, USA and Israel.
So these gentle warmongers still may use it...

Also, please visit this pages about the result of DU ammunition:
http://www.google.at/images?hl=de&q=depleted%20uranium
Decay meter is at about 4 Billion years!

If you ever asked, WHY some certain stuff MUST not be import to Gaza, spice like cardamom, take this as an answer:
it aggrandizes spermium, semen, so infertile Palestinians would get extinct sooner...

Well, it is still war and we look at it through rose colored glasses...
Parsifal
 

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (118)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 11:07 am
Ammendment to my last contribution above:
Excuse so much about providing the link to this deforms children/babies!
Prior should have given a warning.

Again, please! Do not batter me.
Parsifal
 

(0)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 12:49 pm
Johan:

It sounds pretty facist to state that the freedom for the people in Gaza is up to who they decide to vote for. No one has the right to collectively punish any group of people.

"Reprisals and collective punishment violate international humanitarian law prohibitions against the mistreatment of civilians and captured combatants. Common article 3 to the Geneva Conventions prohibits in all circumstances acts including murder, mutilation, cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment, and torture against civilians and other persons no longer taking part in the hostilities. Article 4 of Protocol II also sets out the fundamental guarantees of humane treatment, which explicitly includes a prohibition on collective punishments, acts of terrorism, and pillage."

What you are sanctioning is slavery, apartheid and genocide, all in one nice neat package.
 

Bob Algeron (47)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 7:37 pm
Parsifal,

if Israel created Hamas in order to harm Palestinians, then it is in the interests of Palestinians and their active Islamic supporters on this site to support the idea of voting out the Hamas out of power.

Johan, the tragedy is that Gazans, like Palestinian "refugees" locked up in the concentration camps of Lebanon and Syria and just tools used by extremist Arab states to fight Israel. They don't want to fight them directly - don't want to get asses kicked off, but keep Palestinians to maintain the "holy struggle". There is no way out of this game, until Islamic world moderates a bit.

Margaret, there is nothing wrong to link results of the elections and the future of the people. Hamas openly says they want to genocide Israel. They spit on those Geneva Conventions on a number of points, and don't make a big deal out of it. Can you say all Gazans are innocent in voting these monsters in on such a platform?

Germans elected Nazis, and got the whole country really devastated, with millions killed. Was it a collective punishment of Germans?
 

(0)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 8:27 pm
Bob:

I am not running around in circles with you for eternity. You base Islam in suicide bomings, honour killing, etc. These barbaric practices are not reflective of true Islamic teachings, they are tribal in nature.

Don't even try to bring Geneva into this. Israel violates the Geneva Convention on a daily basis. If you want a list, I would be more than happy to provide it for you.


You bring up Hamas and again I ask you, what about the West Bank? Why are the being collectively being punished? You also continually refer to Hamas's wish to wipe Israel off the fact of the earth, yet you never refer to Israel's similar statements when referring to Palestinians. In acts of aggression, one may conclude with certainty that Israel wants to eradicate the Palestinian population.

Anyone who criticizes Israel to you is an "Islamic Extremist Supporter". My side happens to lie with human beings and violation of the human rights. If Israel was being occupied by the Palestinians, I would be siding with Israel, never the oppressors. My argument is not against a people, but violators of the fundamental rights of human beings. You have made it quite clear that you have a problem with anyone practicing the Muslim faith, no matter what nationality or sect, just a general racism towards a whole ethnic race. Human dignity and rights do not seem to factor into the equation, as long as Israel is the offender, it is A-okay with you.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (970)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 8:40 pm
Kudos to Johan and Bob A., but both peoples, Palestinians and Jews, deserve a secure state of their own. that means mutual respect and tolerance. It's funny that we don't hear much from those who protest Israel robbing Palestinians of resources about Kurds in Iraq being exploited by Arabs in Iraq or Christians in Lebanon by Muslim extremists, etc. There's always a double standard on human rights.

If you want human rights for Palestinians and other groups in Israel, then start protesting the lack of human rights for minorities in Arab countries too. I don't see anyone of you posting articles on that, which is where I come in. I don't support exploiting minorities anywhere, including israel and Im happy to show exploitation of anyone who needs the coverage. e.g. the Aborigines in Australia, kurds in Iraq and Turkey, etc.,.When you start backing human rights for everyone, even Jews, that's when you'll truly be advocates for human rights and not just enforcers of an agenda laden double standard on this.
 

(0)
Thursday July 1, 2010, 9:09 pm
Cal:

Just because I post mostly over the Israeli Palestinian conflict, doesn't mean that I am less vocal about other humanitarian abuses. You have no idea what people do in their lives, aside from what you see on Care2. I resent the implication that if someone posts about the Palestinian and Israeli conflict, doesn't mean they don't support and actively support and protest human rights issues in other countries. Maybe some people like to concentrate on one thing, so they are thoroughly aware of the history of the issue and not just quick reads from blogs.

To make it very clear, my support is with the oppressed, never the oppressor. If the shoe was on the other foot and Israel was the occupied territory, I would be siding with them. Further, to give kudos to people who basically are racist in their posts, completely anti-Muslim, is a disgrace. As for Bob A., I have never seem him cite anything but Wikipedia and incorrect conclusions of the Goldstone Report. I have often spoke out against people side with me on the conflict, but post nothing but racist rants and comments.

All I hear is excuses, but no one seems to give a flying f*** about a population living in dire straights, in horrid conditions. It seems that if Israel would blow up half of the world, excuses would be made and probably blamed on the Palestinians.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday July 2, 2010, 12:46 am
Margaret,

Kudos to you, an honorable and conscientious person. The guilty and the ignorant will give you nothing but excuses.

Worse, they even try to deflect the issue to something or someone else. As if the suffering of Palestinians in the Auschwitz camp of the 21st century is justifiable and less important!

ATW
 

Mack David (100)
Friday July 2, 2010, 2:42 am
Margaret:
CLAP,CLAP,CLAP
 

Bob Algeron (47)
Friday July 2, 2010, 6:35 am
Margaret, not everyone who critisizes Israel is an "Islamic Extremist Supporter". But a person, posting around 20 messages, all anti-Israel or anti-Jewish, over TWO HOUR PERIOD, likely is.

I don't understand why do you try to link Quran and Islamic practice? Obviously, they are very different things. When different countries, calling themselves Islamic, condone Honour Killings and other forms of discrimination and racism IN PRACTICE, they behave in the name of Islam, not of some tribes.

No, Margaret, I don't have a problem with moderate Muslims, those who agree to live in peace with their neighbors and not enforce their faith and lifestyle on others. You seem to have a problem with Israel, who tries hard to make peace with its neighbors.

Israel is not an occupier. Israel is a country trying to make peace but facing hostile states around, and the more fanatical states are - more hostile they relate to Israel. You have to understand it before putting all your compassion into one bucket and all critique into another.

 

(0)
Friday July 2, 2010, 2:28 pm
Bob, would love for you to show where I have every posted anything anti-Jewish, EVER. Yes, Bob, we see how well Israel treats its' neighbours. You start showing me some examples where Israel has tried to make peace? We have had this discussion too many times, and I am not going to re-list the peace process staring with Camp David and ending with Taba.

They are not an occupier? Explain that one to me. What are they doing with West Bank, if they are not occupied. Why do you think they call it the occupied territories?

I have not put all my compassion in one bucket as you state. I support the State of Israel. I refuse to support human rights violations which are killing off an ethnic group.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 3, 2010, 4:31 pm
Interesting: Israel tries to make peace with its neighbors?

Peace cannot be achieved with bloodied hands. Israel cannot claim that they want peace yet continue to ethnic cleanse, massacre civilians, imprison over 7,000 people without charging them - and of whom amny are women and children- and then extend that bloody hand across the "table of peace."

The only PEACE Israel really wants is another PIECE of Palestinian land!

ATW
 

Bob Algeron (47)
Saturday July 3, 2010, 8:11 pm
Margaret, West Bank was given to Israel by San-Remo agreement to start with. Later, it was won from JORDAN in the defensive war, and thus became Israeli again.

Now Israel wants to share that West Bank with Palestinians, because Israel respects the desire of Palestinian Arabs to have their own country and wants to have peace with them. Being a democracy, Israel does not do ethnic cleansing, like Kuwaits did after Palestinians living in Kuwait supported Saddam during his war with Kuwait. Mind you, the West Bank was taken from Jordan, and will be given to a new Arab "State of Palestine" or "Islamic Republic of Palestine", whatever the name of that new country will be.

You "support the State of Israel. "? Where and when? That you want Israel do give away its land, disarm and get hurt politically and academically for no reason?


 

(0)
Saturday July 3, 2010, 10:03 pm
Bob

For the millionth time UN Security Council Resolution 242 states "the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for a just and lasting peace in which every State in the area can live in security". In addition, it affirms that "withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict". This principle has been reaffirmed by the International Court of Justice, July 9, 2004. UN Resolution 242 has become the cornerstone for the resolution of the conflict due to its unanimous adoption and more importantly acceptance by the parties to the conflict.

When are you ever going to recognize International Law? Let's just blatantly disregard it and everyone can claim anything they want.

Ethnic cleansing includes making conditions so unbearable that they will leave, killing off a civilian population and transferring the Israeli population to the occupied land (which also contravenes International Law).

You make is seem like Israel is the great benefactor. When you look at the human rights reports, testimonies by IDF soldiers and Israeli Jews if they were any kinder they would just nuke them.

The Israeli leadership as far back as 1967 has utilized the unfounded fear of annihilation to justify their actions. Fear certainly controls your own populations and gives false credence to the actions you take in the name of a contrived security issue. Why does the barrier wall intrute into the West Bank creating six different areas which are completely cut off from each other and the outside world? Even the Israeli Court has ruled that this encroachment is not a result of security issues.

I have repeatedly supported Israel's right to self determination and statehood which they have enjoyed for 63 years. No one is asking them to give away their land, they are being asked to comply with International Law which requires them to return the control of both Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem to the Palestinian people in order for them to be afforded the same right of self determination. My support for Israel does not include allowing them to increase their territory on the backs of another ethnic group.
 

Bob Algeron (47)
Sunday July 4, 2010, 7:54 am
Margaret, resolution 242 calls for withdrawal "from territories occupied in the recent conflict", not for "ALL from territories occupied in the recent conflict", and if you are not aware of the legal dispute, please read some reputable source, and not your usual notorious bigots (Chomsky, Finkelstein, Electronic Intifada, and others, handsomely paid by Islamic PR).

What sense do you words about "ethnic cleansing have", when Arabs immigrate into Israel through marriage in tens of thousands? Did you know about that? Read recently taken Egyptian law, stripping off such people from citizenship.

Does you support for Israel include:
* Protection of the rights of Gilad Shalit, who is held for FOUR years without meeting with the Red Cross, while Palestinian prisoners are allowed family visits?
* Rights of citizen of Sderot, Israeli city bombed by Hamas for 8 years without any response from Israel?
* A right of Israelis not to have suicidal bombers blowing up discos? Security barrier had to be built to stop them, because PA did not want to?
 

(0)
Sunday July 4, 2010, 9:14 am
My reputable source regarding 242 is the UN document Bob.

The territory is is referring to is the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. This is not in legal dispute, but has already been reaffirmed by the International Court of Justice, July 9, 2004 which refers to as the lands in question as " Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem". The preamble clearly and succinctly states "the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for a just and lasting peace...". This is not a novelle idea, nor is the solution to this problem complex.

Your definition of notary bigots always seem to include Jewish critics of Israel's foreign policy. Now you are actually insinuating that reputable scholars are on the payroll of "Islamic PR". My sources are reputable, unlike yours. Ben Ami Shlomo, Benny Morris, are bigots? All human rights organizations are also bigoted and biased against Israel? Your source is Wikipedia. Have you ever even read a complete book regarding the history of the conflict or a publication? Bytes of this and that does not constitute knowledge of a topic.

I do think that Gilad Shilat should be released immediately. I also think that political prisoners of Israel which are not charged, but being held in administrative detention which denies them of any legal recourse, also need to be released.

Has it every occurred to you that if the Palestinians were afforded the same human rights the Israels enjoy, maybe there wouldn't be any bombing. Why does Israel raid Palestinian towns in the middle of the night? Why do they indiscriminately target a civilian population? How about targeting students waiting for the UN bus? "launched a missile at a group of young men and women standing across the street from the UNRWA-sponsored Gaza Technical College in downtown Gaza City killing 12. Nine of the dead were college students, two of them young women; all were waiting for a UN bus to take them to their homes in Rafah and Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza strip. The three other civilians killed were bystanders. "

You are bring up Sderot? I am a little confused as you using this as something to support your argument. 500 citizens of Sdredot, along with another 1,300 Israelis actually contradict the picture Israel paints. Below is from the famous War Diary from women in Sderot.

Sderot War Diary

Nomika Zion, Sderot, 8.1.09

"I talk with Sderot people and everyone's cheeks are rosy again", boasted Fuad on the war's second day [Fuad is Benjamin Ben Eliezer, a long-time centrist Labor minister - Assaf]. "The heavier the blow we deliver - the wider the hearts get".

Not in my name and not for me you went to war. The current bloodbath in Gaza is not in my name and not for my security. Destroyed homes, bombed schools, thousands of new refugees - are not in my name and not for my security. In Gaza there is no time for burial ceremonies now, the dead are put in refrigerators in twos, because there is no room. Here their bodies lay, policemen, children, and our nimble reporters play acrobatically with Hasbara strategies in view of "the images that speak for themselves". Pray tell me, what is there to "explain"? [Hasbara literally means "explanation" - Assaf] What is there to explain?

I got myself neither security nor quiet from this war. After such an essential calm, that helped all of us heal emotionally and mentally and experience some sanity again [Nomika is referring here to the first 5 months of cease-fire, which were observed by both sides - Assaf] - our leaders have brought us back to the same wounded, anxiety-ridden place. To the same humiliating, terrified sprinting to shelter.

Don't mistake me. Hamas is an evil, terrible terror organization. Not just for us. First and foremost to its own citizens. But beyond that wretched leadership there are human beings. With hard labor, ordinary people on both sides build small bridges of human gestures. This is what the Kol Aher, a group of people from Sderot and elsewhere on the Gaza border of which I am a member, has been doing. We have tried to lay down a human route to the hearts of our neighbors. While we have won a five-month calm, they continued to suffer under the siege. A young man told us he does not wish to marry and have kids, because in Gaza there is no future for children. A single airplane bomb drowns these human gestures in depths of blood and despair.

Qassams scare me. Since the war started, I almost didn't dare cross the street. But even more frightening is the monolithic tone in our public sphere and our media, the unbreachable wall of jingoism. It scares me when my Kol Aher colleague is assaulted by other Sderotis, as he is interviewed and criticizes the war - and later receives anonymous phone threats and is afraid to return to his car. It scares me how little room there is for another voice, and how difficult it is to express it here. I am willing to pay the price of social isolation, but not the price of fear.

It scares me to see my city light up, celebrate and put up flags, and cheerleader squads hand out flowers on the streets, and people honk in glee at every one-ton bomb dropped on our neighbors. It scares me to hear the resident who happily admits that he has never been to a concert, but IDF's bombing of Gaza is the best music he has ever heard. I am scared by the smug reporter interviewing him, who doesn't challenge him even one bit.

It scares me that under the screen of Orwellian words, and the children's corpses blurred on TV as a public service to us, we are losing the human ability to see the other side, to feel, to be shocked, to feel empathy. Under the codename 'Hamas', the media has created for us a huge dark demon with no face, no body and no voice. A million and a half people with no name.

A deep, dark stream of violence flows into the veins of Israeli society like a deadly disease, and it gets stronger from war to war. It has no smell and no shape, but we feel it very clearly here. It is a type of euphoria and trigger-happiness and joy of revenge and power-drunkenness and love of Mars, and the burial of the noble Jewish commandment: "when your enemy falls - do not celebrate". Our morality is so polluted, so soiled now that it seems no washing will be able to remove the stains. Our democracy is so fragile, that you have to weigh every word in order to safeguard yourself.

The first time I felt the state is really protecting me, was when they got the ceasefire. I am not responsible for Hamas, and therefore I ask our own leaders: have you turned every stone in order to continue the calm? To extend the ceasefire? To use it to get a long-term agreement? To resolve the border-crossing and siege issues before they blow the whole thing up? Have you gone to the ends of the world looking for the right mediators? And why did you wave away, unblinkingly, the French ceasefire initiative after the war started? And why do you keep rejecting, to this very moment, every possible offer of negotiations? Do you think we have not reached our maximum Qassam quota here, that we can stand some more? That we have not yet reached the quota of killed Palestinian children that the world can stomach?

And who guarantees that Hamas can be toppled? Haven't we tried this trick elsewhere? And who will come in its place? Global fundamentalist organizations? Al Qaeda? And how, from the heaps of rubble and hunger and cold and dead bodies, will moderate voices of peace grow? Where are you leading us? What future are you promising us here in Sderot?

And how much longer will you hang on our backs the tired old "backpack of lies" [cultural reference to a well-known book of 1948 war anecdotes - Assaf]: "there's no one to talk with", "it is a no-choice war", "let the IDF finish the 'job'", "one good blow and we finish them", "let's topple the Hamas" and "who doesn't want peace?". The lies of brute force and the idiocy of even more brute force - your only guide for resolving the region's problems.

And how come every hasty interview with a Kol Aher member, always begins and ends with the disdainful punch line by the reporter: "Don't you think you are being naive?" How come the option of dialogue and negotiation and agreements and understandings, even with the worst of our enemies, has become a synonym for naivete, while the option of brute-force and war is always a wise, rational, ultimate one? Eight year of senseless cycle of bloodshed haven't taught us anything about the futility of brute force? The IDF has slammed and shot and assassinated and razed and hit and missed and bombed - and what have we gotten in return? A rhetorical question, ain't it.

It is extremely hard to live in Sderot nowadays. At night, the IDF pounds infrastructure and human beings, and our home walls shudder. By morning, we get Qassams - more sophisticated ones each time. A person going to work in the morning, does not know whether their home will be found standing by evening. At midday, we bury the best of our sons, who have paid with their lives for yet another "just" war. In the evening, after many difficulties, we manage to make contact with our desperate friends in Gaza. They have no electricity, no water, no gas, no food, nowhere to hide. And only the words of N., the 14-year-old whose school was bombed and whose classmate was killed, don't leave my head. She writes us in perfect English, an email that her mom somehow managed to send:

"Help us, we are human beings after all"

No, Fuad, my cheeks are not rosy, they are not. A ton of Cast Lead is weighing on my heart, and my heart cannot contain it.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 4, 2010, 10:33 am
Margaret,

You're trying to debate an ignorant fool who wants you to answer his raised questions - a trap - to keep you away from the main issue - that Israel is a "righteous democracy" when the world knows otherwise. How many points has this ignorant Zionist raise to deflect and confuse the issue? If this was a Panel Discussion, the Moderator would have kicked him out days earlier.

ATW
 

(0)
Sunday July 4, 2010, 11:11 am
ATW - don't worry, I can take care of myself. When Wikipedia is considered a reputable source, what do you expect?
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 4, 2010, 11:31 am
Margaret,

I have no doubt.. and you have established that fact! More power to you!

ATW
 
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