Killing of 3 top Palestinian footballers in Gaza has helped unite Palestinian community

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Yesterday I met two Arab intellectuals, Mustapha Tlili and Ambassador Clovis Maksoud, during a taping for Press TV and was struck afresh by how upset the Arab world is over Gaza. I don't think this is fully understood in the States. But the Palestinian community has been brought together by that rage; that is the significance of the Cairo talks to make a unity government. Further evidence: Here is MIFTAH, a Palestinian democracy site, associated with Hanan Ashrawi. And here is writer Nadia Awad criticizing the international athletes who denounced the decision by a Dubai tennis tournament to deny a visa to Israeli player Shahar Peer in the wake of Gaza:

[W]hat we have here is just another example of double standards – one
standard for Israelis, but another standard completely for
Palestinians. Did any of these newspapers, athletes, and sport channel
executives say anything when Israel bombed the headquarters of the
Palestinian Football Association, built partially with funds from the
Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA)? The facility,
which housed the men and women’s football teams, now lies in ruins.
What about when Israeli air strikes destroyed sports clubs and youth
organization headquarters? What about when three top Palestinian
football players in the prime of their careers were killed in their
homes in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead?

30 Responses

  1. LD
    February 28, 2009, 4:58 pm

    They were terrorists. Remember the Holocaust. Hitler. Nazis. Bagels. Antisemitism.

  2. BLG
    February 28, 2009, 5:22 pm

    2006 FIFA to pay to repair field damaged in bombing

    The Israeli military said the airstrike was part of an effort to deter possible attacks after an increase in rocket launches from Gaza.

    FIFA said strike was made "without any reason" and the field was not being used by Palestinians as a missile launching pad, as Israel's ambassador to Switzerland originally claimed.

  3. Suzanne
    February 28, 2009, 5:40 pm

    "how upset the Arab world is over Gaza. I don't think this is fully understood in the States. But the Palestinian community has been brought together by that rage"

    Phil…are you new to this or something? They've been outraged since '48…and they are outraged every time Arabs instigate an aggression and get smacked down.

    It's almost like you lefties are born anew each day and the world is a wonderment.

    veddy veddy weird.

  4. 5 dancing shlomos
    February 28, 2009, 5:45 pm

    just keep collecting those checks from mommy.

  5. chris berel
    February 28, 2009, 5:48 pm

    And I'll keep spending them. Funny how every time a Jew is killed, palestinians dance in the streets and hand out candy to children. I wonder how we are supposed to feel about a people who celebrate the death of our children?

  6. Suzanne
    February 28, 2009, 5:53 pm

    Chris, I think Rowan, or whoever that is, just took a nasty swipe at Phil. He's got nice bedfellows…

  7. Julian
    February 28, 2009, 6:09 pm

    "was struck afresh by how upset the Arab world is over Gaza."

    Did they expect to be showered with candy after firing thousands of missiles into Israel.
    I'm glad to see the Iranians are giving you work Phil. We all have to eat.

  8. LD
    February 28, 2009, 6:20 pm

    Phil, do us a favor and ban these sociopaths.

    Berel, you're a moron. You'll always be a moron. Suzanne makes Nurse Ratched look like Mother Theresa.

    You people are a disgrace – not only to Jews, but to humanity in general.

  9. DICKERSON3870
    February 28, 2009, 6:21 pm

    *Tell Obama – No Military Aid to Israel

    *From: Council for the National Interest Foundation ([email protected])

    "The recent attacks on Gaza vividly demonstrate why we need to reevaluate military Aid to Israel. During the Bush Administration a memorandum was signed to provide Israel with $30 billion dollars of military aid to be disbursed over the next 10 years. Each year this estimated $3 billion dollars of American taxpayer money goes unaccounted for. Without a doubt this aid financed the assault on Gaza…
    Please send a letter … to President Obama encouraging him to with hold military aid to Israel and to work towards a resolution of the Palestinian situation. Without US pressure Israel will never agree to allow the creation of a Palestinian state."

    *TO SEND AN E-MAIL – link to

  10. Duscany
    February 28, 2009, 6:31 pm

    berel: "I wonder how we are supposed to feel about a people who celebrate the death of our children?"

    Probably the same way a Palestinian or Lebanonese feels when he sees pubscent Israeli girls using Magic Markers to write racist messages on artillery shells.

  11. Sin Nombre
    February 28, 2009, 6:44 pm

    Chris Berel wrote:

    "Funny how every time a Jew is killed, palestinians dance in the streets and hand out candy to children. I wonder how we are supposed to feel about a people who celebrate the death of our children?"

    Very interesting formulation: I.e., how *you* are supposed to feel when it's just *your* children. Not … how *anyone* is supposed to feel about killing *anyone's* children.

    Indeed, very very interesting coming on the heels of a J-Post article I read just the other day about rabbis—rabbis!, including Dov Lior the head rabbi of the 400,000 or so settlers—exhorting IDF recruits with the idea that showing mercy is a stupid, gentile precept foreign to judaism. Or on the heels of all those rallys supporting Avigdor Lieberman—who got 15% of the Israeli vote essentially—cheering themselves with the chant of "Death To The Arabs!"

  12. Janine Roberts
    February 28, 2009, 6:51 pm

    Not too many know of the very powerful Israeli Lobby in Westminster the UK – my article analyzing it is up on one of my websites –
    link to – it is comparable with that of the USA – or perhaps more powerful ever since Tony Blair replaced trade union money with the lobby's

    more of my work on this also can be found on link to

    And Phillip Weiss – do I know you from John Kelly's????? Janine Roberts

  13. LanceThruster
    February 28, 2009, 7:02 pm

    Sure it seems cliche that those facilities housed terrorists, but according the the Israelis and the IDF, everything within the Gaza borders houses terrorists.

    The upside of this for Israel is that it makes targetting much more precise. You'll notice that they did not hit *any* targets beyond the borders of gaza.

    100% accuracy is not acheived by just any country's army. No, only the most moral army in the world is capable of accuracy such as this.

    /snark off

  14. Joshua
    February 28, 2009, 7:08 pm

    LD you give them WAY too much credit here. Despite all their talk and attempts to subvert, distract, and yes, annoy, these "lefties" (I doubt Phil really is a lefty, more or less a liberal but it's all the same to them because they don't really care to distinguish except if it's the extreme right and the left.) that they can stop what will happen. They want to ridicule (look at their reactions to the NYU activism) and that's their way to dismiss what's going on: oh those stupid lefties have nothing better to do with their anti-Semitism but single out Israel.

    I know I feel like drinking my pint of Jewish blood and taking out the mean Jewish boss who stole all my power and all my chances for promotion. Then next I go about and find the nearest Israeli consulate and Praise Allah and defecate on their premises and impose Sharia law during Hannakuh.

    I mean, I bookmark Phil's site and comment on it full force to make sure MY POINT OF VIEW and dictate that everyone else must adhere to what I THINK about the conflict because what I THINK is the absolute TRUTH. Israel is the fucking greatest; Arabs can eat a circumcised cock for all we care.

  15. Jim Haygood
    February 28, 2009, 7:33 pm

    Joshie makes 'em pay for it as he drops his Lees —

  16. Alexandr
    February 28, 2009, 8:05 pm

    "100% accuracy is not acheived by just any country's army. No, only the most moral army in the world is capable of accuracy such as this."

    This is true. When you've got "purity of arms" you can drop a white phosphorous round into a third grade classroom between the first and second row from 20 miles away.

  17. chris berel
    February 28, 2009, 9:25 pm

    You can, but only Hamas wants to. And only the Palestinians dance and hand out candy when children are murdered.

  18. LanceThruster
    February 28, 2009, 9:39 pm

    I'm worried about the dancing Israelis who cheered and filmed the 9/11 attacks. The Israelis also have their children sign artillery shells while observant Jews dance and bless the bombs (do they hand out the candy before or after the shelling?).

  19. Susie Kneedler
    February 28, 2009, 10:23 pm

    What about Phil's point: the hypocritical standards applied to the intersection of sport and war?
    Three superb Palestinian footballers were killed because Israel depicted all civilians in Gaza as terrorists, whereas Shahar Peer, who has served in the IDF, is a cause celebre because she's merely barred from a tennis tournament.

  20. Sir Les
    February 28, 2009, 10:48 pm

    Three weeks ago Phil had never heard of white phosphorus, now he and all his Philippinas are obsessed with it. Meanwhile, The UN reposts Israel didn't use it. But they're just a bunch of Jews, right? Or was it niggers?

  21. 5 dancing shlomos
    February 28, 2009, 11:09 pm

    Phil is too busy begging for money from his parents. Facts are a problem for him.

  22. Alexandr
    February 28, 2009, 11:14 pm

    Sir Les: "Meanwhile, The UN reposts Israel didn't use [white phosphorous.]"

    I don't know why the UN would claim Israel didn't use it when an Israeli spokesman admitted to the London Times that the IDF used it. He had to. There were photos and videos all over the internet of white phosphorous shells exploding over Gaza. Some stories even gave the American manufacturer's name and lot number directly from the shell casings. UN personnel bitterly complained about the used of WP. If you think the IDF didn't use WP in Gaza, you're the only one.

  23. LanceThruster
    March 1, 2009, 12:26 am

    @Sir Les – I don't know what in the hell you're talking about with your vulgar slurs, but I do KNOW that the Israelis are confirmed liars in this regard.


    From: link to

    After weeks of denying that it used white phosphorus in the heavily populated Gaza Strip, Israel finally admitted yesterday that the weapon was deployed in its offensive.

    The army’s use of white phosphorus – which makes a distinctive shellburst of dozens of smoke trails – was reported first by The Times on January 5, when it was strenuously denied by the army. Now, in the face of mounting evidence and international outcry, Israel has been forced to backtrack on that initial denial. “Yes, phosphorus was used but not in any illegal manner,” Yigal Palmor, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told The Times. “Some practices could be illegal but we are going into that. The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) is holding an investigation concerning one specific incident.”

  24. MRW.
    March 1, 2009, 12:56 am

    Sir Les, of the high IQ

    After initially denying that white phosphorus shells were fired in Gaza, some Israeli military officials have now acknowledged its use.

    Analysts say the distinctively shaped plumes are indicative of white phosphorus

    The army says it has started an internal investigation, the insistence being until now that no weapons were used to

    Israel admits troops may have used phosphorus shells in Gaza, Amnesty warns Israel could be guilty of war crimes

    Israel has admitted – after mounting pressure – that its troops may have used white phosphorus shells in contravention of international law, during its three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip.

    One of the places most seriously affected by the use of white phosphorus was the main UN compound in Gaza City, which was hit by three shells on 15 January. The same munition was used in a strike on the al-Quds hospital in Gaza City the same day.

    Under review by Colonel Shai Alkalai is the use of white phosphorus by a reserve paratroop brigade in northern Israel.

    According to army sources the brigade fired up to 20 phosphorus shells in a heavily built-up area around the Gaza township of Beit Lahiya, one of the worst hit areas of to
    Israeli soldiers prepare white phosphorus 155mm artillery shells (light green) as troops keep position on the Israel-Gaza border. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

  25. LanceThruster
    March 1, 2009, 1:20 am

    The chain of progression of Israeli lies about the use of white phosphorus munitions.

    1) We didn't use them (those who say we did are liars).
    2) We used them but not much (those who say we lied are anti-Semites).
    3) We used them but in a legal manner (those who say we committed war crimes are anti-Semites).
    4) We used them but the targets deserved it (those who say they didn't are anti-Semites).
    5) We used them but tough sh*t (those who say otherwise are anti-Semites).

    Any time Israelis are caught in a lie, they conveniently shift the goalpost and vehemently deny that one can make any blanket assessment of Israeli veracity merely because at times they seem to have none.

    The lapdog press then proceeds to play along…lather, rinse, repeat.

    Notice a pattern here?

  26. Eva Smagacz
    March 1, 2009, 2:47 am

    I don't believe that the remarks above are from 5 dancing shlomos.

  27. Observer
    March 1, 2009, 8:56 am

    Good catch, Eva. It was the usual ID thief, SOG, aka Bill Pearlman. Bill always steals the names of people
    who make consistently good points and/or raise serious questions on this blog.

  28. LeaNder
    March 1, 2009, 12:28 pm

    I agree that dancing slomo has/or may have been hijacked lately. Were I beg to differ is concerning "consistently" good point. Seems I had mixed feelings towards the original slomo, as he surely had towards me. If he didn't consider me a 100% certified philosemite.

    But the hijack strategy seems to have changed lately. Before it was occasionally trying to make what felt like borderline antisemitic into an outright and easy to perceive antisemite, now it is mainly to let former aka's make points for the Israel hawks. Even occasionally picking up their smear argument. Which certainly can happen as Rowan's attacks towards Phil show.

  29. LeaNder
    March 1, 2009, 12:36 pm

    I wasn't aware when I wrote the above, that the exchange level supports my argument. They are actually an interesting crowd to watch, that's my penny for the position of banning them.

  30. LanceThruster
    March 2, 2009, 10:34 pm

    I hope Phil and Adam ban those using the handle of another. The 'grace period' needs to end.

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