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Whatever the numbers, killing civilians is wrong. This rule applies to Israel as much as it does to Hamas, but Israel's entire record is one of unbridled and unremitting brutality towards the inhabitants of Gaza.
The only way to make sense of Israel's senseless war in Gaza is through understanding the historical context. Establishing the state of Israel in May 1948 involved a monumental injustice to the Palestinians. British officials bitterly resented American partisanship on behalf of the infant state. On 2 June 1948, Sir John Troutbeck wrote to the foreign secretary, Ernest Bevin, that the Americans were responsible for the creation of a gangster state headed by "an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders
To use the Biblical phrase, Israel turned the people of Gaza into the hewers of wood and the drawers of water, into a source of cheap labour and a captive market for Israeli goods. The development of local industry was actively impeded so as to make it impossible for the Palestinians to end their subordination to Israel and to establish the economic underpinnings essential for real political independence.
Gaza is a classic case of colonial exploitation in the post-colonial era. Jewish settlements in occupied territories are immoral, illegal and an insurmountable obstacle to peace. They are at once the instrument of exploitation and the symbol of the hated occupation. In Gaza, the Jewish settlers numbered only 8,000 in 2005 compared with 1.4 million local residents. Yet the settlers controlled 25% of the territory, 40% of the arable land and the lion's share of the scarce water resources
Israel's settlers were withdrawn but Israeli soldiers continued to control all access to the Gaza Strip by land, sea and air. Gaza was converted overnight into an open-air prison. From this point on, the Israeli air force enjoyed unrestricted freedom to drop bombs, to make sonic booms by flying low and breaking the sound barrier, and to terrorise the hapless inhabitants of this prison.
Israel likes to portray itself as an island of democracy in a sea of authoritarianism. Yet Israel has never in its entire history done anything to promote democracy on the Arab side and has done a great deal to undermine it. Israel has a long history of secret collaboration with reactionary Arab regimes to suppress Palestinian nationalism. Despite all the handicaps, the Palestinian people succeeded in building the only genuine democracy in the Arab world with the possible exception of Lebanon
The terms doublespeak and doublethink really come to mind with the media. Well done for standing up for the truth.
Abby, You're falling into the pro Israel Zionist trap if you insist on adding the caveat that you are also are against the "violence" of the Palestinian rocket attacks. As Miko Paled quite rightly observes these attack are a form of resistance and the alternative would be to just give up and await their fate. Everyone has a right to resist violent attack by others.
In this new world, any form of criticism of either: America, Israel, Britain, and sometimes Saudi Arabia, is tantamount to heresy. Have we brought up a generation, that asks nothing, thinks nothing, and therefore does nothing? Are you all so busy looking at screens, the real world and all it's real issues, is a total dis-connect? Where is your freedom, of thought of action, of free movement, unless it is monitored, for your own safety, you may get lost. Theyare monitoring what you say, whom, you say it too. They monitor your social interactions, and what you listen too or watch. Nazi's had nothing on this scale !
Israel will pulverize these 6th century mutants because they deserve it.
Operation Dresden day 3. All buildings and streets will be reduced to dust.
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