Gordon Brown: Israel’s slaughter not a problem + Children shot at close range

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“Gaza conflict has cost too many lives” says Brown

“Gordon Brown this morning criticised Israel for using excessive force during its three-week military offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.”

A Guardian article by Nicholas Watt on Sunday 18th Jan which can be found on the Guardian website. Even in an article which seems to openly criticise the ‘conflict’ we can see it is being framed in such a way as to make it acceptable.

Does the writer of the article even realise his implicit acceptance of Israel’s position?

A) ‘Gaza conflict’
Any reference to the ‘Gaza conflict’ accepts Israeli propaganda. It is not a ‘conflict’. A ‘conflict’ implies a fight between two sides of roughly equal force. It implies that either side could win. If I were to try and swot a thousand flies, you would not call it a ‘conflict’, you might call it a ‘massacre’, but only if you valued the life of a fly.

Israel
– Military Budget $18.7 billion (FY99)
– Percent of GDP 9.4% (FY99)
– During Fiscal Year 2007, the U.S. gave more than $6.8 million per day to Israel and $0.3 million per day to the Palestinians.
– A paper prepared by lawyers Imad Salah al-Din and Ahmed Sameer al- Tubasi from the International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights documents the killing of 801 Palestinians by Israelis between June 2007 and June 2008.

Hamas
– Hamas devotes much of its estimated $70-million annual budget to an extensive social services network. Indeed, the extensive social and political work done by Hamas – and its reputation among Palestinians as averse to corruption – partly explain its defeat of the Fatah old guard in the 2006 legislative vote. Hamas funds schools, orphanages, mosques, healthcare clinics, soup kitchens, and sports leagues. “Approximately 90 percent of its work is in social, welfare, cultural, and educational activities,” writes the Israeli scholar Reuven Paz. (taken from: Council on foreign relations website)
– Hamas is believed to have killed over five hundred people in more than 350 separate terrorist attacks between 1993 and 2008.

B) ‘Too many lives’ + ‘Excessive force’

‘Too many lives’ + ‘Excessive force’ – Gordon Brown’s words, accepts that the use of force is acceptable and the killing of a certain number of people is inevitable. If the use of force to kill is acceptable, then the unspoken implication is that Israel is defending herself, not waging a war of aggression and using chemical weapons such as white phosphorus to incinerate indiscriminately men, women and children.

The more powerful of two sides involved in a ‘conflict’ always get to dictate when the so-called ‘conflict’ started. Israel tends to say each part of their ongoing aggressive occupation started in response to Hamas rockets but then of course they say that…

C) ‘military offensive against Hamas’

– Even the acceptance that Israel is waging a war of agression against Hamas is accepting Israeli propaganda. Even with the help of foreign weapons, there is no way that they can, or want to, distinguish between military and civilian targets. The military offensive is waged against people, both their minds and their bodies.

– There are 1.5 million inhabitants of the Gaza strip. The strip is just 40 kilometers long and 10 kilometers wide (25 by 6 miles).

– During 2009 strike of Gaza Strip, it is alleged that the IDF dropped white phosphorus weapon above Palestinian citizens, which, according to Human Rights Watch, caused massive burns among children.

It is no coincidence that the new occupation began while most leaders were not at their desk during the winter break – it makes the situation easier for them to passively support Israel’s stance through inaction.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/gaza_time_for…

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Gaza’s destruction revealed – 20 Jan 09

AlJazeeraEnglish

The cessation of fighting in Gaza has allowed the true scale of destruction there to be revealed.

Sherine Tadros reports from the north of the strip on the despair of one father who says Israeli forces shot and killed two of his daughters at close range.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army told Al Jazeera in response to the father’s allegations that Israeli soldiers “do not behave in this fashion” and the army “only returns fire to areas from which it was fired upon”.

see

A Gaza story by WDA (poem)

A Father’s Grief, Uri Avnery, Oren Yiftachel, and Israelis ask for Sanctions on Israel

Chomsky: Undermining Gaza

Israeli FM confronted by Press Club journalists + The war and Israeli opinion (updated)

7 thoughts on “Gordon Brown: Israel’s slaughter not a problem + Children shot at close range

  1. As a proud gay Muslim I donated blood recently for the good couse. Unfortunately they found I am HIV positive ( I already on treatment so it;s no news to me) My husdband on the other hand didn;t have ant difficulty with his donations. Unfortunately UPS refused to deliver our donations. I hope there is a way to deliver it in the future. Please donate blood and lots of blankets to Palestine.

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  3. In response to the second comment, who granted Israel the tittle to Palestinian land? The land was occupied and an “ethnic cleansing “took place moving the Palestinians into what is now Gaza.

    It amazes me that the Palestinians are willing to recognize the illegally created Zionist state of Israel, but they are; however, the illegally created terrorist state of Israel refuses to acknowledge the right of Palestinians to live in their own lands; furthermore, when Hamas fires rockets in response to Israelis war embargo of their country, it is termed terrorists and the democratically elected government of Hamas is mocked as a “terrorist” organization at the same time that a large number of Israelis against the slaughter can’t get their voices here inside the alleged democracy of Israel.

  4. Isreal can not come away from this without a blackened eye.
    The self-defence claim is, defending “your self’, but when the home owners home[land] is invaded, the perp’s can not claim self-defence.
    The territory Isreal was granted in 1948, was considerably smaller than the territory Isreal now occupies and/or claims. Some-one was moved, or removed from “their land’ in order for this growth of Isreals territory.
    Annexation, or occupation causes resentment of the annexed/occupied, it is that simple. Especially if the occupied, are refused access to medical, food, energy, or water supplies. When their leaders are killed[targeted missle stikes], their police killed[targeted missle strikes], the “civil society” will deteriorate to chaos. What does one expect ?
    T.Y. for the effort.

  5. It seems that even some informed and educated people (journalists, prime ministers, etc) who realise that what Israel is doing is beyond “totally unacceptable” won’t shake off (or dare not shake off) the effects of many years of pro-Israeli propaganda – and won’t make a stand against this outrageous episode of Middle Eastern bloodbath perpetrated by Israel. It would take a lot of guts to do it when the world is conveniently used to finding fault with the Palestinians.

    Israel started the whole issue by unlawfully seizing Palestinian territories. We are so often conveniently forgetting about this. The world objected (weakly), and continued implicitly or explicitly supporting Israel.

    The ensuing propaganda labelled Palestinians, who unsuccessfully fought to regain their land, as terrorists for decades on the trot – and painted Israelis as “just” defending their country’s interests. So all representation of this bloodbath is, as ever, tragically skewed in favour of Israel.

    It’s shameful that we remain so blinkered to just carry on believing what the politicians tell us. So many people try to justify what is happening refererring to Hamas terrorism, and not thinking of Israelis as aggressors and terrorists in their own right.

    Thank you for the work you do here trying to enlighted people about what is really happening and giving the other side to the story.

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