Monday, December 29, 2008

Israel Terrorizes Gaza

World Bulletin / News Desk
Blessings and support to the courageous people of Gaza as they endure the barbaric assault and bombardment of Gaza. This is collective punishment being meted out by Israel in violation of international law. I want Palestinians to know that they have the support of many people in the U.S. We are very sad and angry about the Israeli attack. A friend of mine put it this way: "I'm just Appalled at this pointless SLAUGHTER of the Palestinians in Gaza. Israel has transformed Gaza into a Warsaw Ghetto, starved the families and now BOMBED them, a large percentage children. I Guess "Never Again" means "we will never again be on the Receiving Side of Tyranny- just on the Giving Side."

Many are of the opinion that the Israeli Defense League (IDL) is attacking Gaza at this time for two main political reasons. 1) The presidential transition period in the U.S. -- Israel is uncertain about what new policies an Obama administration will implement. After all, in January the UN Human Rights Council demanded "that Israel lift its siege of Gaza and condemned its "grave" human rights violations." And about this 3 day bombardment of Gaza: the UN has condemned Israel's "excessive use of force" as have the many nations, Muslim, Hindu and Christian. Protesters have taken to the streets to condemn the bombing in Arab and European capitals. 2) Since new elections are scheduled in Israel for February, this is a chance for the incumbent party to sable rattle in order to shore up their political position.
The assault occurred at a time of political uncertainty in Israel, with elections scheduled for February to choose a successor to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is stepping down in the wake of corruption charges. Likud party leader Binyamin Netanyahu, who leads in recent polls, has accused the government, led by the Labor Party, and the centrist Kadima party, led by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, of not doing enough to act against Hamas.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who leads Labor, said, "There is a time for calm and a time for fighting, and now the time has come to fight."
The hospitals and emergency services are overwhelmed with the dead and injured in Gaza. The toll in destroyed lives so far is for Palestinians. The continuing genocidal occupation of Palestine is an international crisis that needs to be addressed immediately by Obama. The IDL is counting on Obama's silence. Silence in this instance is acquiescence. Israel's stated goal is to "destroy Hamas," and they are bent on achieving this goal by any means necessary. The Bush administration has stated unquestioned support of Israel as it has in the pass, so it is up to Obama to stop the violence and to call for peace. Barack Obama must let the world know how he will deal with this dangerous and pregnant turning point in the Arab/Israeli conflict. It is unacceptable for him to defer to Bush and allow the slaughter to continue.

Update 12.29.08 9:34 p.m.:
Came across a quote from Obama which is indicative of his continuing the same policies as Bush. And as I just read from a Robert Fisk article "somewhere to the east – in a cave? a basement? on a mountainside? – a well-known man in a turban smiles."
In the campaign, Mr. Obama made statements that sounded similar to those issued by the Bush administration on Saturday.

“If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that,” Mr. Obama said in July. “And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”>
"There's No Change Like Small Change, and that's Like No Change, at all..."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let me make myself perfectly clear on this issue.
Over the course of the last year, Hamas and other Palestinian groups have fired over eight thousand (8,000) rockets and mortars into Israeli populated areas from the Gaza strip.
Until this last week Israel has shown remarkable restraint but when enough is enough they took action.

They are now in the process of bombing Hamas strongholds in the Gaza and trying to rid the area of these fanatics and yet there is universal condemnation around the Arab world against what they are calling "aggression" and "genocide!"

Listen folks, there is enough blame to go around in the Middle East, but when Israel does rise up in self defense they are to be applauded, not condemned.

thezenhaitian said...

The fact remains that collective punishment is a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

The siege of Gaza by Israel is a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions that has been declared illegal by the international community.

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