Sunday, July 09, 2006

From the eye of the storm

It has been reported that 40 people died in Gaza on Friday... 7/7/06

It has also been reported that the father of the soldier who is being held hostage by Hamas, has said that Israel preplanned the incursions well before his son was captured and has requested that what is happening should not be done in under that guise... homemade rockets being fired over the border and tunnels have been happening for years - why is it now that Israel is taking such terrible actions within Gaza?

The Israeli authorities keep spewing rhetoric about carrying out a systematic operation and minimising civilian casualties - when in fact Gaza has been used as a test site for sonic booms - an experiment that could not be carried out when there were Jewish settlers in the area - since Israelis have been using sonic booming, there has been a rise in miscarriages in pregnant women - it is traumatising the children and elderly - cos such are being done at ungodly hours of early mornings and late evenings.

This last week civilian infrsatructure is being eradicated, through Israelis blowing up the power station (which will take many months to sort out) - that is making normal life even more intolerable for the people of Gaza and restricting even more aid and medication going to those who need it.. How does that help their mission to find their missing soldier - or to root out the militants..

I believe this has been the plan, even before Israelis were marching through Tel Aviv to support the withdrawal of Jewish settlers in Gaza - I have always thought that action was not taken with good intention - but to make the area safe for Jews (by shipping them out) and leaving the Palestinians in Gaza to eat each other alive in one of the most cramped locations on earth and have a civil war... before Israel re-occupied Gaza, possibly with the hope that the Arabs would have moved on to a better life else where.

Anyhow, here is an article I was reading over the weekend.

From the eye of the storm In Gaza, an apricot tree stands in symbolic defiance of Israel's shameful retaliation Sami Abdel-Shafi in Gaza Friday July 7, 2006

The Guardian

After causing long term damage to civilian life and inflicting mass punishment on the Gaza Strip, it is perhaps the Israeli leaders who deserve sympathy, for having to live with the guilt of what they have done. Gazans will not send a mayday from the eye of the storm. Instead they will continue to survive and improvise in the intolerable conditions that they have been subjected to for so long.
This crossed my mind as I paced by an apricot tree I planted about a year and a half ago, during what I thought was one of the darkest periods for Gaza, to renew my hope for better times. A shoot then, and a young tree now, the apricot tree grew in defiance of Gaza's unfriendly skies, where Israeli airforce planes have replaced the birds.
The tree shakes to the low altitude sonic booms which Israeli F-16 jets blow into Gaza's skies. But its steadfastness inspires people, like me, to hold on and remain sane until the next unannounced breaking of F-16 hell, the humming of Apache helicopters and heavy artillery. It reminds me how difficult it must have been for people who had their orchards uprooted by the Israeli army in previous years in Gaza. Now it seems the army is back to uproot an entire population.
But Gazans would not compromise their humanity, even with the escalating military operation. Contrary to the insinuations of Israel's media and public relations machine, the majority of Gazans truly hope that Israel's hostage soldier is treated humanely and eventually freed. Palestinians dearly miss the basic human rights that Israel's military occupation has deprived them of for so many years, and would not wish their loss on any soldier.
Ariel Sharon's government conjured up every possible measure to drown Palestinians in every aspect of life. It stretched for so long that the world grew used to it. Ehud Olmert's government, which started out ostensibly dovish, responded to the disappearance of the Israeli soldier in Gaza with shameful haste. What is not understandable is why Israel chose to disable Gaza's power station and blow the major arteries of infrastructure that are necessary for life. This is Israel's response to Palestinian attacks that used homemade, less harmful, rockets. Whether Israel's action is reactionary or not, the nature of their retaliation is going far beyond any reason.
It is already too late for Israel to pretend to be avoiding civilian death. Civilians were compromised by the first attack on Gaza's infrastructure. Still, Israel has the audacity to boast that it is acting on world opinion that civilians must be spared. Moreover, Israel's admittance of food and fuel to Gaza in the wake of their initial attack seems humanitarian, but the supplies are far below the minimum requirements of the 1.4 million residents.
Mass destruction and punishment of Palestinians amounts to questionable morals. In future years it will embarrass the state of Israel. It probably already saddens every peace-loving Israeli.

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Blogger voltaires_priest said...


I think it's telling that there have been comments from some on the Israeli right that one of their biggest fears would be if Palestinians in the territories were simply to demand the vote as equal citizens in Israel. This is clearly a strategy to depopulate - or rather render impossible living in - Gaza, thus eradicating the "threat" of a large Palestinian population demanding rights.

Similarly, the reality that is now Jabotinsky's wall on the other side, effectively renders Israel a garrison state.

And meanwhile the human tragedy of the Palestinians continues.

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