Israeli Ritual Murder in Gaza
By Paul Balles
ccun.org, January 25, 2009
The United Nations says some 50,800 Palestinians are now
homeless and 400,000 are without running water.
Israel, in a
disgustingly conciliatory mood, says it will allow 143 trucks loaded
with humanitarian aid into Gaza plus. 60,000 litres of fuel.
Disgustingly conciliatory because they kept aid from getting to the
needy long before the latest conflict and all during it. Instead of
starving Gaza into submission, Israel decided to slaughter as many as
their U.S. supplied sophisticated armaments could manage.
Palestinian Ministry of Health reports 1,314 Palestinians were killed
during the conflict, including more than 400 children. More than 5,000
people were injured, nearly 2,000 of them children.
All of 13
Israelis were killed in what Israel consistently calls self-defence.
Nine of those were military, four of whom were killed by friendly fire.
When Israel called a ceasefire on Saturday, it brazenly announced it had
met its war aims.
Hamas declared a "great victory" over Israel
when it announced its own truce. Was that Israel’s aim? Or did it
include the disappearance of entire neighbourhoods reported by BBC's
"Isn't it Time for a War Crimes Tribunal?"
headlines Robert Fisk, adding, It's a wrap, a doddle, an Israeli
ceasefire just in time for Barack Obama to have a squeaky-clean
inauguration with all the world looking at the streets of Washington
rather than the rubble of Gaza."
Fisk also points out "history
was quite forgotten. The Hamas rockets were the result of the food and
fuel siege; Israel broke Hamas's own truce on 4 and 17 November.
Forgotten is the fact Hamas won the 2006 elections, although Israel has
killed a clutch of the victors."
Since September 2005, Gaza has
been nothing but a refugee camp. Israel simply transferred the
Israeli settlers who had been in Gaza to the West Bank. This
expanded the Israeli occupation and left the Palestinians isolated in
It's obvious simply from their behaviour, that the
Israelis want to have Egypt annex and take over the responsibility for
controlling Gaza. At the same time, they want to force an exodus
of West Bank Palestinians to Jordan.
Noam Chomsky has noted,
"...Gaza should be turned into a cage, a prison basically, with Israel
attacking it at will, and meanwhile in the West Bank we'll take what we
want. There was nothing secret about it."
Chomsky supported his
conclusion by referring to a speech by Ehud Olmert in May 2006: "He
simply announced to a joint session of Congress and to rousing applause,
that the historic right of Jews to the entire land of Israel is beyond
How will the Israelis accomplish the ethnic cleansing
of Palestine? Chomsky, again, is quite clear, "...they have
sufficient military control over the West Bank to terrorize the
population into passivity."
Meanwhile, the West and the corrupt
minions among Palestinians, like Abbas, talk of ridiculous ideals of a
two-state solution. Salah Bardaweel, spokesman for Hamas, reports that
“Abbas, the acting Palestinian Authority Chief, played a key role in the
war and in assassinating Hamas' senior political leaders, through his
spies in the coastal strip.”
Despite their propaganda, Israel
has never made a serious effort to negotiate toward a Palestinian state.
When they speak about Hamas using their ceasefires to rearm themselves
with their ineffective rockets through tunnels to Egypt, they are
projecting. It is Israel who has been stalling serious.
negotiations in order to further terrorize the Palestinians.
"The only thing Israel has proved it can do militarily better than
anyone else," writes Yvonne Ridley, "is kill innocent women and
children. And in its genocidal drive to wipe the Palestinian people from
existence it has dealt itself a fatal blow."
reminds U.S. that the Palestinian reaction to Israeli occupation should
be familiar to Israelis:
Tzipi Livni, Israel’s foreign minister,
says that the Israeli government will have no dealings with Hamas
terrorists. But Tzipi Livni’s father was Eitan Livni, the chief
operations officer of the terrorist Irgun Zvai Leumi, which fought
against the British occupation of Palestine. The underground Jewish
group set off a massive bomb in the King David hotel in JerU.S.alem, a
blast in which 91 victims were killed, including four Jews. These Jewish
terrorists hanged two British sergeants and booby-trapped their corpses.
Irgun, together with the terrorist Stern gang, massacred 254
Palestinians in 1948 in the village of Deir Yassin. Tell me the moral
difference between Irgun Zvai Leumi, the Stern gang and Hamas. I fail to
It’s not enough that Israel has become the best-armed
and largest gang of terrorist thugs in the world. Anyone aware of what
happened in the UN with a ceasefire proposal to be voted on must have
realized that Israel controls America when Olmert had Bush call off a
vote by the U.S. who drafted the proposal.
Why? “I [Olmert]
spoke with him [Bush]; I told him: You can't vote for this proposal. He
said: listen, I don't know, I didn't see, don't know what it says. I
told him: I know, and you can't vote for it! He then instructed the
secretary of state, and she did not vote for it."
Counterpunch, Brian Cloughley says, "The worst of all the barbarians who
are killing children and their mothers and fathers in Gaza are the
Israeli pilots who mercilessly bomb hoU.S.es occupied by terrified
families. And they are staunchly supported by the HoU.S.e of
Representatives of the United States of America." The U.S. Senate has
also supported the savagery. Cloughley adds:
These pilots, these
vile little war-gamers of the skies, these latter-day examples of what
Tom Wolfe called ‘The Right Stuff’, can zoom over towns full of
traumatized children and happily heave and hurl their bombs and rockets
to kill yet more Palestinian kids without the remotest chance of being
shot down. How heroic; how truly gladiatorial. How contemptible.
Amnesty International has accused Israel of war crimes, saying its U.S.e
of white phosphorus. in Gaza was indiscriminate and illegal. When
a young burn victim in Vietnam was photographed running down a road in
flame, Americans protested vigoroU.S.ly. When Israel burns Gaza’s
children with phosphorous, the media ignores it.
unbridled support for Israel doesn't bode well. He's been doing
everything he can to play both sides of the political spectrum, and the
political spectrum in the U.S. is all one-sided when it comes to Israel.
The Secretary of State is as mesmerised by Israel as the U.S. Congress
and the administration.
“During the July 2006 Lebanon
war, Barack Obama stood up strongly for Israel's right to defend itself
from Hezbollah raids and rocket attacks,” reports the new White House
Barack Obama and Joe Biden have consistently supported foreign
assistance to Israel.” Concludes the entry:
They defend and
support the annual foreign aid package that involves both military and
economic assistance to Israel and have advocated increased foreign aid
budgets to ensure that these funding priorities are met. They have
called for continuing U.S. cooperation with Israel in the development of
missile defense systems.
It will be interesting to see how long
it will take Americans suffering as a result of the financial crisis to
object to the continuing Israeli bailout. Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel
will surely come under scrutiny as unnecessary financial diversions from
needed benefits to Americans.
Many people around the world,
especially Arabs, have been looking to the Obama administration, hoping
that his call for change will extend to fairness for Palestinians.
They might as well hope for rain in the middle of the Arabian Desert in
Alternatively, visit the White House website and respond
to the new administration’s invitation to comment, claiming that
“President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible
administration in American history.” The address:
http://www.whitehoU.S.e.gov/contact/ . Let them know that you
know that Israel is not the innocent victim that the propaganda makes
them out to be.
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