An article in The Guardian by Rafeef Ziadah is a prime example of the two opposing sides outside of the (predominantly) Palestinian and Israeli war zones. The supporters of Israel tend to be vitriolic, abusive and without exception, distinctly anti Muslim. Barely a sentence is written without an insult aimed towards Islam. The pro-Palestinians on the other hand tend to use factual examples as proof of Israeli aggression and control of the Occupied Territories. There is only hatred and venom spewed out by a seemingly never ending list of pro-Israelis blaming everyone but themselves and shouting down criticism and accusing people with contrasting views of being anti-Semitic and Jew haters. Most of these taunts are ignored and rarely does anyone respond with accusations of religious intolerance and anti Arab sentiment. Apparently, the accusation of anti-Semite is a threat comparable to turning a person in to stone.
Not that it’s something that would bother me too much. People can say what they like, I know I don’t hate anyone because of their colour, creed or religion. I do have contempt for murderous cheer leaders and the professional killers they support. If they happen to be overwhelmingly Jewish or in the case of ISIS, Muslims, that’s not my fault. It’s not as if I’m saying all Jews are bad because of the IDF or likewise Muslims because of ISIS. While I’m on the subject the Christians and almost every other religion have had very dark and murderous times in their histories, and will do in future, no doubt.
So why do we have to put up with generalisations labelling all Muslims ‘terrorists’ because of a tiny minority of cranks with a warped view of their religious scriptures yet we are not allowed to say the same about a religion that claims their right to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their homes going back centuries because ‘God gave the land’ to them? Excuse me for being a cynic here but come on!!!
Since when did the words in an ancient book give anyone the right to drive indigenous people from their homes? Furthermore, why should the crimes committed in Europe be burdened by the Palestinians? A picture of the Mufti of Jerusalem trying to gain support from Hitler to thwart the invasion of a people being driven from their European homes by ….Erm …..Hitler isn’t the smoking gun….Sorry folks..
The odious Israeli spokesman Mark Regev is one of many stupid Israel defenders allowed to spout their propaganda on our screens. They all use the hand book written by Frank Luntz that guides them through what to say and what not to say. Patrick Cockburn reveals all :
Reading comments on various websites today, I’ve noticed the relentless urging on of current IDF strategy and even calls complaining it’s not strong enough. This indicates one thing, the comments I’ve read come from people who don’t regard Palestinians as being equal, their lives aren’t as valuable as the lives of the Israelis. It sounds very much like the philosophy of a Nazi supporter.
As I’ve said before, opinion polls in Israel overwhelmingly support the attack on Gaza, in fact all of the last three operations have been equally well supported. There is no empathy with people having a devastating attack that leaves their former home in rubble. There is no distinction between the resistance that is attacking them and innocent civilians. There is no shock when a group of football playing kids are wiped out on the beach. It would seem that the Israeli public are so in sync with their Government that they regard even babies living in Gaza as the enemy.
It’s been five or six decades of misery heaped on the Palestinians by Israel, using every trick imaginable. Starving them , killing them , torturing them, making their lives an absolute misery. Even at night they aren’t allowed to sleep in peace without IDF breaking down their door and seizing a child for allegedly throwing stones. Who could endure this miserable existence?
The Palestinians have, can and will endure whatever the Israelis throw at them.
It’s becoming more apparent that the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood from the Egyptian government wasn’t so spontaneous now. The Sisi dictatorship has been more than a convenient boost for Israel. It’s closed the final remaining avenue for the people living in Gaza to have any kind of reasonable lifestyle. Sisi could not have been better designed if Israel had made him themselves. He makes Mubarak seem liberal.
So, Israel now has Gaza secured properly. The Arab spring was a dream for Israel. It didn’t quite get rid of Assad but ISIS might clear that up. It turned Libya into disaster zone (Gadaffi supported the Palestinians). However there are some strange aspects too. Iran and Syria had supported the Palestinian cause but were cast aside when the ‘Spring’ began. Hamas have clearly used the Hezbollah strategy against Israel successfully, suggesting help from them. So, as much as Israel has enjoyed the ‘natural’ fruits of the uprisings, Hamas have behaved curiously and indeed not helped their own cause. It makes me wonder how well the resistance would have done had it been on friendly terms with Iran and Syria these last two years.
This is the third time in just a few years that Israel has unleashed all those US paid for weapons on the people of Gaza. Each of the last two attacks have come before they recovered in the slightest from the previous onslaught. How can they recover? Israel smashes their sewage and water systems to smithereens knowing that the Palestinians will have to ask Israel to allow replacement parts in. They refuse, always. Building materials are completely banned.
They destroy thousands of homes and businesses each time, even flattening a chicken farm in Operation Cast Lead. Yes, a chicken farm. However, it was a vital business that helped to feed the people of Gaza, that is exactly the reason why they bombed it.
Let’s cut to the chase here, this isn’t about Hamas. They have complied with numerous ceasefires, it was Israel that broke them every time. It’s blatantly obvious now that the murder of the three Israeli students was used to firstly blame Hamas (not a shred of evidence has been provided) then to provoke them, by indiscriminately arresting supporters in the West Bank, killing some and ransacking all their homes. The IDF has a disturbing habit of stealing valuables from the people they terrorise. So eventually Hamas responded, with some rockets that didn’t do much damage. But the rockets are irrelevant, it was a set up.
Israel knew that at some point Hamas would respond and so they have been preparing this attack (just like the previous attacks) for months. This Gaza killing festival isn’t spontaneous. It’s well planned. The question Israelis should be asking is: Who really killed the three students which was the catalyst ?
So, that’s the excuse being used, what’s the goal? What does Netanyahu and his government colleagues want out of it? Dead Palestinians, it’s as simple as that.
What about Israeli casualties? They don’t care, they aren’t the government ministers kids who are dying, they are your average Israeli’s kids. Check it out for yourself. When was the last time a relative of the Israeli government died in conflict?
War is a scam from start to finish and it’s only the average ‘Joe’s’ that die in them.
Not forgetting (in this instance) the women, kids and other civilians in Gaza.
The Hannibal Directive.
“Hannibal Procedure” is a secret directive of the Israel Defense Forces with the purpose of preventing Israeli soldiers being captured by enemy forces in the course of combat. Israel has with several notable exceptions adhered to the principle of not negotiating with what it considers terrorists and this especially in hostage situations. This policy led to some notable successes, such as Operation Entebbe but also to painful loss of human life, as in the Maalot Massacre. In cases where Israeli soldiers were captured and no military solution was found, Israel was forced to negotiate with terrorists about an exchange of prisoners. On several occasions this led to a highly controversial release of hundreds or even thousands of sentenced or suspected terrorists in Israeli captivity.
So (for the parents of IDF soldiers), they don’t care about your sons and daughters, they are expendable…Would Gilad Shalit’s family have preferred a successful Hannibal Directive solution?
That is what the airlines would say if the priority question was asked. That’s all good and well, but is it actually true? We have had the answer loud and clear. Two day’s ago, the FAA (US) and EU airline authorities banned aeroplanes from flying to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns. Sounds fair enough, plane gets blown up in one war zone, best avoid another war zone. It lasts for less than two days and is suddenly removed. What happened to justify the lifting of the ban?
Israeli officials screamed blue murder and screamed that it was a ridiculous ban, it handed a victory to Hamas and in any case it was perfectly safe to travel there.
So after claiming that Hamas rockets endangered every life in Israel for months, years even….. The danger was over. That’s ok then, they can stop killing babies in Gaza now.
The Israeli government are the worlds greatest liars, and this scam proves it.
They can kill civilians and destroy their homes and infrastructure but when it comes to the nitty gritty, they are always found wanting. The simple truth is that the Israeli air force and navy have nothing to fear. They can do what they like …Unopposed, it really is a no risk career. In 2006 against Lebanon and in all the attacks on Gaza, they have been able to kill with impunity and destroy chicken farms and blocks of flats without breaking sweat. They must be very proud. An Israeli air force pilot, the safest job in the world.
Against Lebanon, when it came to a ground assault, their overwhelming numerical superiority and state of the art weaponry donated by US tax payers counted for nothing. A few thousand modestly equipped but disciplined Hezbollah stopped them in their tracks. We are seeing the same thing this time round in Gaza. When will they realise they can only slaughter and bully unarmed civilians, when it comes to anyone on an equal footing and able to fight back, they suffer humiliating defeats. I’ve no doubt they have killed a number of Hamas fighters, but so they should… Having dropped tons of bombs on Gaza the odds are heavily in their favour. However, they have suffered more casualties than they thought they would already and there is a simple reason… They aren’t good enough. I think the troops on the ground in Gaza are starting to realise they really are second best by a long way. Perhaps a #bringourboyshome campaign should be restarted only this time at least there will be some truth in the sentiment.