One year ago today Israel started its massacre.
It began with an air raid on a police station in Gaza. 40 were killed in a single second.
One month later, and only after George Bush left office, 1400 people’s lives had been stolen by a religiously-driven political project. A sixty-year experiment in ethnic cleansing.
Now, those same leaders – Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni are considered to be Israel’s ‘peace camp’. That is how desperate we have become. There is no hope. No Israeli Mandela. We turn to murderers to redeem us.
The 1400 Palestinians WILL be forgotten. I’m not going to get into phrases like we will remember you. No, we won’t. Each one of them is nameless. They don’t have portraits replayed on TV screens around the world and memorable names like Gilad Shalit. They will be forgotten as soon as Israel launches its next massacre, when 2500 will be killed. January 2009 will be a footnote.
As the world pays tribute, with silent demonstrations around the world – many outside Israeli embassies, there are some people who refuse to remember: some Egyptians. I emphasise some. A handful are doing their good work on Twitter.
Mubarak’s defenders have crawled out of the woodwork, and are shouting down any criticism of this Israeli proxy regime in Cairo. Because that’s what it is. Mubarak represents the Israeli people as much as Netenyahu does.
That Mubarak still has his fans, who support his blockade of Gaza…who support his ban on internationals entering Gaza….who support his arrest of people who support Palestine – that saddens me. It makes me realise that Israel has won. Arabs are defending the siege of Gaza. And that’s the real tragedy.