Posts Tagged ‘gaza’

Israel Up to Same Old Atrocities

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

One of the world’s leading human rights violators – the State of Israel – is in the headlines once again, positioning their military along the Gaza border while murdering innocent Palestinian civilians.

And yet again we see the blatant double-standards in Western media coverage: “Israel has a right to defend themselves from the Palestine aggressors who’ve been launching hundreds of rockets.” Every time we hear about Israel bombing Gaza, the reporter always – ALWAYS – frames it as if Israel is ‘reacting’ to Hamas’ attacks.

It’s as if history conveniently goes back just to the point when Israel ceased their last attacks and the Palestinians hadn’t.  Always neglecting to point out how one side are firing makeshift bottle-rockets in the general vicinity of their targets (Palestine), while the other side uses state-of-the-art weaponry from one of the world’s biggest arsenals (Israel).

But never mind the fact that this battle is egregiously one-sided. It would be nice if the media were to at least acknowledge fault on both sides of the conflict, but we don’t even get that. Every single time, Israel is the good guy simply protecting itself and Palestine is the evil terrorist destroying the peace and threatening the world.

Some of this is due to Israel’s powerful PR campaign which has infiltrated much of the Western world. They’ve bought our support. Somehow we see them as victims and their enemies as bad. As well, it’s likely that there’s some inherent anti-Muslim sentiment tied up in there as well.

Cenk from the Young Turks offers an excellent analysis of this hypocrisy in the video released yesterday. It’s a little long, but well worth watching, especially if you’ve never been exposed to the alternate viewpoint that maybe the State of Israel isn’t exactly worthy of our support:

The best point that Cenk makes – one which so often gets ignored by the press – is that Israel simply refuses to make peace. They stifle the Palestinian’s peaceful attempts at diplomacy through the UN. They are unwilling to accept truces and ceasefires. They do not want the conflict to end.

See, Israel’s true agenda is expansion. For 70 years now, Jewish settlers have been stealing Palestinian land. They bulldoze Palestinian homes, burn their crops, bully their children, and forcefully evict them under the pretence of religious destiny.

And only under the fog of war – by having armed men fighting – can Israel continue to rob their neighbours of land without too much opposition from the International community. If Palestine was recognized by the UN as a state, or if Hamas militants stopped their acts of defiance, Israel would no longer have the pretence they need to further their institutional genocide.

So here’s the sad truth: even if Hamas were to stop firing rockets, it really wouldn’t matter. Israel would simply send their own troops into Gaza, disguise them as Palestinians, and have them fire upon their fellow Israelis. That way their necessary war stays perpetual, and Isreal’s illegal and immoral agenda remains on the table.

This leaves the only practical path to peace as a global awareness campaign. Once enough of the world’s people see Israel for what it is – a warmongering bully – international pressure will continue to mount against them. Then, just like with Apartheid in Africa, Israel will have to stop their campaign of wholesale racism and death if they wish to remain part of the modern world.

Update: Israeli Government Still Murdering Palestinians

Friday, December 9th, 2011

It has been several weeks since we last discussed the ongoing conflict between the oppressive and fanatical State of Israel and the Palestinian people who refuse to simply lie down and die. So you might be wondering if they are still fighting.

And yes, they are.

While violence had subsided temporarily, Israel, never one to back down from the threat of peace, sprung into action killing four Palestinians and wounding dozens more with air strikes. Amongst the dead were a 12 year old boy and his father. Their only mistake? Living next to the intended targets.

How much longer will Israel keep oppressing the nation of Palestine? Well, the answer to that question comes in the form of another question: How much longer will the rest of the world tolerate Israel’s ongoing atrocities?

Seeing how the international community is continually mounting pressure, and considering that Israel isn’t even good for the Jews anymore, the injustices must surely be drawing to a close.

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Update: Case and point about atrocities coming to light. Disturbing footage just surfaced of a Palestinian man getting pegged with an Israel smoke canister from what looks like under 20 feet.

One could easily concoct a story about how the fanatical unarmed Palestinian was a dire threat, spewing hate speech, hurling rocks and death threats against the poor, well-armed and armored, defenseless Israeli soldiers.

But the sad truth is the soldier who pulled the trigger is unlikely to ever be held accountable, at least not by the Israeli Defense Force. This means they won’t even have to lie about just wanting to shoot some helpless guy in the face.

Freedom Waves to Hit Gaza Beach

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Within a day or so, two activist-laden boats should reach Palestinian land via international waters. Either that, or they will be intercepted by teams of highly trained men and women clad in armor carrying the latest in fully automatic weaponry.

Should the latter be the case, let’s hope none of the demonstrators experience any bullet-induced trepanation, like what happened during a similar event last May.

The protesters – stemming from North America and Europe -  are part of a global movement aimed at exposing Israel’s “cruel and criminal blockade” of the Palestinian people. Traveling under the banner ‘Freedom Waves’, many more flotillas are planning to sporadically sail towards Gazan soil “until the blockade of Gaza is lifted“.

With the Israeli government uprooting and destroying generations-old communities while Palestinians face conditions of Apartheid which may be worse than that of South Africa, it is no small wonder that people from all around the world are taking dramatic steps to call attention to these issues.

Press on, fellow freedom fighters! A more just civilization awaits!

Israel’s Response: Just Blow Them All Up

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Well, so much for the truce between Israel and Palestine. I guess it was kind of naive to expect it to last long, especially when the Israeli government benefits so much from the perpetuation of war.

Yesterday, Israel’s airstrikes killed 10 people and wounded 30 others, in response to rockets being launched from within Gaza. The rockets from the Gaza side were likely fired in response to Israel’s continued oppression and abuse of the Palestinian people.

Both sides are equally in the wrong, except for one glaring difference: The rockets originating from the Gaza strip were fired from extremist militants whose actions weren’t sanctioned by the government of Palestine. The airstrikes, on the other hand, came from Israel’s modern military arsenal with the full support of the Israeli government.

To think that bombing your enemies helps your cause is pretty asinine. It’s something that might be expected from uneducated fanatic ideologues, like some of the Gaza militants, but not from the government of one of the most advanced nations in the world.

Take the above video, for example. Israeli intelligence tracked down a militant organization living in the large residential complex. So what do they do – send in an elite commando unit to eliminate the threat? No… they just blow up the whole fucking place, full of men, women and children!

Now what kind of bullshit is that? Are these mass murders supposed to be bringing peace? How can any rational person look at these atrocities and not be outraged?

Then again, one could just as easily say the same for the Israeli side. Don’t they have the same right to feel the same way about being bombed?

Of course they do.

But these feelings – the same ones used by extremists to rationalize acts of terror – should not manifest themselves all the way up into the government. Governments should know better, and Israel is no exception.

Update: Freedom Flotilla Foiled, Or Were They?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Israeli naval commandos seized control of a French yacht – the last remaining ship from the Freedom Flotilla 2 – as the crew attempted to finalize a protest against Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip.

No one was hurt during today’s seizure – a stark improvement from last May when nine activists were murdered during a similar demonstration.

Israel’s navy brass have claimed success from the military operation, saying the blockade is necessary to prevent arms from being smuggled into Gaza.

So Israel can claim success, but how about the activists from the Freedom Flotilla? Can they claim success as well?

Yes. Absolutely!

While they admittedly failed to attain their primary goal to bring humanitarian aide to the oppressed peoples of Gaza, the Flotilla’s overall act of protest was designed to call attention to the continuing injustices perpetrated by the State of Israel – a goal which has been a resounding success.

Today’s Flotilla interception garnered massive headlines, capturing top billing on many news sites, which will ultimately help the Palestinian cause.

Now, a small percentage of the people who happen to come upon these articles might just wonder why foreign professors, journalists and other upstanding citizens would take such dramatic and daring actions.

Then, they might even stumble upon a new perspective for the Israel-Palestine situation, and perhaps even go on to gain sympathy for the Palestinians who have to endure Apartheid-like conditions every single day.

And that is exactly what needs to happen for the situation to improve – Israel’s subjugation of the Palestinian people will only cease once the world comes together to stop it, and that will only happen when enough people know what is going on.

Freedom Flotilla: And Then There Was One

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Of the 10 ships in the humanitarian Flotilla bound for Gaza, just one lone ship remains. A French yacht has successfully eluded the Israeli subterfuge which saw the rest of the fleet locked down in port.

The yacht and crew of 16 pro-Palestine protestors are expected to reach Gaza by noon tomorrow, if they aren’t first intercepted by Israel’s security forces.

While one wonders what supplies, if any, could be stored on the luxury ship, they still carry the symbolic struggle of the entire Freedom Flotilla.

Most importantly, the French ship (and the entire Flotilla) have successfully drawn attention to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, and to the continued human rights violations perpetuated by the State of Israel.

Good on them! The more these injustices are exposed to the global spotlight, the more pressure will mount from the international community. As sanctions continue to come into place, Israel will have little choice but to capitulate to the rest of the world, and finally cease their apartheid upon the Palestinian people.

Update: Freedom Flotilla Foiled For Now

Monday, July 4th, 2011

In a frustrating turn of events, the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla II – a humanitarian mission bringing supplies and aide to Palestine – has been stifled by Greek authorities. 8 of the 9 remaining ships have been detained in Greece ports, caught up in red tape, and the passports of passengers and crew have been seized.

Greek authorities have blocked the boats’ departure as a result of a complaint lodged by Shurat HaDin, an Israeli law center. This goes to show the global reach of the Zionist movement.

Yesterday, Greece told organizers of the Flotilla it was willing to transfer any aid on the ships to the Palestinians themselves, an offer supported by Israel.

This solution won’t likely appease the aid ships, since the whole mission is an act of civil disobedience intended to protest an illegal blockade. Handing over their supplies and trusting Greek and Israel to safely deliver it to Palestine would negate much of the group’s purpose.

Instead, the Flotilla will see if they can leave Greece headed for a third-country port, after which they’ll  continue on to Gaza.

Safe Journeys!

Freedom Flotilla Gaza-Bound

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

(Yonatan Shapira, former Israeli Air Force pilot, describes why he joined the Gaza Freedom Flotilla)

Defying threats of litigation and incarceration, and despite encountering (potentially) state-sponsored sabotage, over 1500 activists are now bound for Gaza as part of Freedom Flotilla II. The Gaza Flotilla is a 10 ship humanitarian mission designed to bring aide to Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.

Even though these ships are likely to meet heavy Israeli resistance, the mere act of trying will effect positive change for the Palestinian people. Ending Apartheid in Israel will take mounting pressure from the International community, and increased awareness of the issue – exposing the atrocities committed by the State of Israel – is vital to preventing further injustices.

To the brave people aboard the Flotilla, and for all who stand against oppression and injustice, stay strong, and try to make enough noise for the whole world to hear you.

Hillary Clinton OKs Attack on Humanitarian Flotilla

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

When it comes to attacking the humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza, it’s green lights go, says US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Here’s what Clinton said in remarks at the State Department on 23 June:

We think that it’s not helpful for there to be flotillas that try to provoke actions by entering into Israeli waters and creating a situation in which the Israelis have the right to defend themselves.

Of course, few nations consider Gaza or its waters to be sovereign Israeli territory, not that it would stop the Israeli Defense Force. Last May, the IDF attacked a similar Gaza-bound flotilla in INTERNATIONAL WATERS, killing 9 activists and imprisoning hundreds more.

Apparently, it’s an act of war just to try and help the people being held captive by the State of Israel. So, regardless of whether or not the freedom flotilla enters Israeli space, they’re likely to meet with heavy resistance.

Best of luck to these brave freedom fighters. Here’s hoping for no casualties and that the world hears of their courage.

 

Canadians Join Gaza Flotilla

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Freedom Flotilla II: 30 Canadians aboard the Tahrir are set to sail alongside 22 other ships, all on a humanitarian mission due for Gaza.

9 activists were killed last May during a similar Flotilla which sought to bring food and supplies for the beleaguered Palestinian people.

The Israeli Defense Force have begun preparations to stop the Flotilla, running drills that focus on intercepting and boarding large ships.

The hundreds of protesters taking part in this protest are very brave. They know full well the likelihood of making it to Gaza is slim, and that they might be arrested or killed just for trying. But to them, it’s a worthy cause.

As soon-to-be-Tahrir-passenger Kevin Neish says “the illegal blockade of Gaza is still in place.” Neish states that no matter what happens to him, the Palestinians have gone through “much, much worse, for years and years on end.”

Multilateral actions like these, even if they don’t prove immediately fruitful, still play an integral part in bringing attention to the plight of the Palestinian people.

Much as Apartheid came to an end in South Africa, Israel will be forced to stop their atrocities when the international community mounts enough pressure.

Here’s wishing these freedom fighters a Bon Voyage!