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Murder in Gaza

January 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The mindless murder makes me think it isn’t worth writing any of this.

We’ve protested, the UN has held its little meetings, angry Arabs have painted their little posters, we’ve written our endless blog posts. And Israel keeps killing.

And still, the ugly words of support for the poor terrorised residents of Sderot keep coming. Those poor people who have to deal with the fear of a Hamas firework maybe landing in their town as they sit on their leather sofas watching satellite TV, drinking French wine and eating their imported gourmet food.

On the other side of the border, UNRWA spokesmen go on TV on the verge of tears to beg Israel to allow them to bring in more GRAIN and FLOUR. And any day, those UN workers know they might be targeted by an Israeli missile – especially during a three-hour “humanitarian ceasefire”.

Palestinians have resorted to eating grass. The Red Cross says it can’t work there anymore because the Israeli army is targeting it. And every night, a few more families get lucky when their house takes a direct hit from an American-made Israeli missile. At least they won’t have to bleed to death, or get stuck for days under rubble, or suffer treatable injuries – but can’t get to hospital because there are none.

And that’s just the conventional war. Let’s not get started on the war crimes.

Of course, it wasn’t much better during the ceasefire. The deal was: Hamas stop firing rockets, Israel lifts the seige.

Month 1: Hamas rockets fired into Israel = Zero
Israel lifts seige = No

Month 2: Hamas rockets fired into Israel = Zero
Israel lifts seige = No

Month 3: Hamas rockets fired into Israel = Zero
Israel lifts seige = No

By this point, the UN was accusing Israel of collective punishment, and being in breach of the Geneva Conventions.

Every Israeli who lets this situation continue is personally responsible. Yes, they ARE acting in your name.

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  • 1 Ayman // Jan 12, 2009 at 7.47 pm

    This is from a report by Richard Falk, the UN human right rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, presented to the UN Human Rights Council meeting on Gaza events:

    “… The Israeli military campaign was also justified by Israeli leaders as an ‘inevitable’ and ‘unavoidable’ response to the persistence of the rocket attacks. Here again it is important to examine the factual setting of Israel’s justifications, which go to the reasonableness of such action and its defensive character. Most accounts of the temporary ceasefire indicate that it was a major Israeli use of lethal force on November 4, 2008 that brought the ceasefire to a de facto end, leading directly to increased frequency of rocket fire from Gaza. It is also relevant that Hamas repeatedly offered to extend the ceasefire, even up to ten years, provided that Israel would lift the blockade. These diplomatic possibilities were, as far as can be assessed, not explored by Israel, although admittedly complicated by the contested legal status of Hamas as the de facto representative of the Gazan population. This has legal relevance, as a cardinal principle of the UN Charter is to make recourse to force a matter of last resort, making it obligatory for Israel to rely in good faith on nonviolent means to end rocket attacks…”

    http://www.unhchr.ch/huricane/huricane.nsf/view01/14B004C3AE39004BC125753900599B5D?opendocument

  • 2 Sasa // Jan 12, 2009 at 7.58 pm

    My god Ayman – that’s incredibly strong stuff. And from the UNHCR! There’s another good bit about Gaza still considered to be occupied territory.

    It might deserve a post of its own!

    Thanks for pointing it out.

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