‏A letter from under attack

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Palestinians gather around the wreckage of a car that had been carrying top Palestinian militant commander Zuhair al-Qaissi and a second militant in Gaza on Friday. Both men were killed. (Hatem Moussa/Associated Press)

I am writing to all people of the world in solidarity with the oppressed and suppressed around the world. Right here, in Gaza, right now, being under attack, I have no place to polish my language; I have no time to choose my words. I am just being spontaneous, for every second counts. One hour later, I may have no chance to write you, lest being dead — I have the same things in mind now all Gazans have. (I am Gazan at the end of the day).

The only thing I hear is the bombs; it is not too far away. At some point, the dead were 3. Some few minutes later, they were 6. One minute after, they were 7. And time is still counting! How many do you think they would get by the time I finish writing this or you finish reading it ?! Ambulances, rushing in the haunting streets, are also heard. I, like all the poor living things here, can feel the shakes, resulted from the bombs. Fear is easy to notice on the eyes of the children; they, however, show toughness and challenge that they never cry and they speak up their minds. It has been reported that 3 more people were killed in an Israeli raid, hitting the Palestinian legislative council.

The names of the dead are aired now: Moatasem, Fayyeq, Shadi, etc. But it does not matter any longer, for what keeps my mind busy now is “Who is next? What next? When is this all over?”—I wish I could think of an exact answer. Many thoughts are popping to one’s mind at these moments: family, friends, poor people, the lovely past, the bitterly present and the bleak future. But we never lose hope of a better life. And a better future. While I was lost in such thoughts, dad asked me about the first name one of my friends has. He was actually listening to the radio when the dead were named. I felt like my heart jumped up to my throat. I panicked!
‏I will sleep, though I am being bombed. I will have some sleep, though I am being terrified. And I will dream of a better tomorrow.
 

  1. the last year has a clear message to all of us who follow the middle east. israel wants a wider war, and specifically, wants to transition to a war with iran.

    the various terrorist attacks on iran, which is a bit of a “black box” closed system, have all seriously *risked* the precipitation of a wider war. the attacks on gaza have likely been meant to instigate some missiles into populated areas, though they never came. but such could have been parlayed into an escalation, and a fierce condemnation of iran, and its support for hamas and gazan militants.

    although none of the “pokes” instigated a larger war, they ALL risked devolution to such. this means means they *want* such a war, and this means, in time, they will likely have it.

    with political capital being spent, and the world media increasingly strident in its analysis of israeli policies, we are near a breaking point. israel, without an iran war, is wide open to international condemnation, like we have not seen before. it seems this war will come, within the next year. if obama has [behind closed doors] insisted he does not want the war, it will either come before the election [when they can force it upon him], or after his displacement. and if israel throws in all the chips in a concerted effort to replace him, and *cannot* replace obama, we may avert this war. i will not vote for obama, but if bibi and the lackeys come out against him, the political posturing may be revealed… unequivocally. the wedge will have been driven, and israel will NOW BE a partisan issue [if only at the presidential level].

    • and for those of you in gaza, my thoughts are with you. my condolences to all the victims, and the families of the victims. the world is with you, despite the official silence. the people are with you.

  2. This looks so much like a frustrated bully who can’t bomb Iran, but still has Palestinians to harass, kill and maim. Too sick for words. The comments on Yahoo’s pages are overwhelmingly negative towards Israel and its actions [can't give any factual numbers, but keep an eye out for yourself, if you so please]. How long before this notion trickles up the mountain, to where our congress lives?

    • Hopefully, soon, Daniel. Realistically, I’d say it’s still a good long way away. AIPAC still owns plenty of Senators and Congressmen…spineless sellouts too afraid of being labelled as anti-Semites to stand up to the Lobby.

    • How predictable. Just yesterday in comment to another article about the likelihood or not of Israel attacking Iran, I wrote that Israel to prove to itself it has cajones and from frustration about its weakness with regard to Iran would kick the Palestinians’ ass. Well, they did.

      Ugly, pathetic, racists.

    • “How long before this notion trickles up the mountain, to where our congress lives?” ….Daniel Rich

      A long time. Congress is totally removed from the real world and from American opinion and even if they weren’t they wouldn’t care about citizen opinion because citizens only have two options, vote for one the twin evil parties or launch a bloody revolution.
      It will end when Israel ruins the US in some even more critical way than it has to date with some act even more egregious than in the past.
      It’s all going to have to blow up in their and our faces, sorry to say.

      • the democracy spiral –

        Danny Ayalon at Chatham house, Jan 2012:

        “To sum up I would say the real opportunity, including for Israel, is that we see real democracies that are accountable to the people because we know never in history has a real democracy started a war on another democracy checks and balances, public opinion and what have you.

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        James Madison, August 1822:

        “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

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        Edward Bernays, “Propaganda,” 1928

        Chapter 1. Organizing Chaos The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
        We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is the logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.
        Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members in the inner cabinet.
        They govern us by their qualities of natural leadership, their ability to supply needed ideas and by their key position in the social structure. Whatever attitude one chooses toward this condition, it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons . . .who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.”

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        Ellen Tauscher, Washington Journal, Mar 9 2012, re Syria and its president, Bashir Assad: Assad must be removed from power. He is not fit to govern Syria because he is allied with Iran. link to c-spanvideo.org

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        link to c-spanvideo.org
        Ephraim Sneh, Woodrow Wilson Center, Feb 22, 2012:
        “The Iranian people have not had their last word. I believe with American [assistance] a revolutionary situation can be created in Iran. It’s possible. It’s almost unavoidable. The question is when not if.” (at 1:03)

  3. This is terrible. The Israeli policy of disproportionate use of excessive force in retaliation for any perceived third party attack is a policy of an immoral monster. A terrorist. An enemy of humanity. It always kills civilians. Always. On purpose. Their policy is intended to cause extra punishment so that their ‘enemy’ thinks twice about attacking them again. The family of the innocents killed in the crossfire and considered ‘collateral damage’ do not see things that way. They see the truth – a monstrous terrorist bully. And if they want to push Israelis into the sea or whatever (the classic propaganda line) how can you blame them?

    • “The Israeli policy of disproportionate use of excessive force in retaliation ”
      It doesn’t get more proportionate than attacking those who are personally responsible for firing rockets into your towns.

      What would you consider a proportionate response?

      “The family of the innocents killed in the crossfire and considered ‘collateral damage’ do not see things that way.”
      Fortunately, there were no collaterals.

  4. The PRC secretary paid the price for his role in the Eilat attack which claimed the lives of 8 Israelis.
    link to en.wikipedia.org

    In response to killing a terrorist, Gazan terrorists began bombarding Israeli towns, specifically targeting civilians, myself included. In dealing with terrorism, the response should be swift and harsh.

    • Izik said:

      In response to killing a terrorist, Gazan terrorists began bombarding Israeli towns, specifically targeting civilians, myself included. In dealing with terrorism, the response should be swift and harsh.

      Israel is a terrorist State that regularly kills innocent civilians.

      The greater terror is the occupation and colonization of Palestinian land.

      It is the greater crime – but supporters of terrorism like yourself Izik, prefer that Israel continue to terrorize Palestinians under the guise of security.

  5. It’s a dead end for Zionism. Turkey shooting in Gaza. What is the point? It’s not going to stop the Israeli meltdown.

  6. “The names of the dead are aired now: Moatasem, Fayyeq, Shadi, etc. But it does not matter any longer, for what keeps my mind busy now is “Who is next?”"

    Who’s next? The next person who decides to launch a rocket into Israeli towns. The Gazan casualties were militants.
    Waleed, if it’s calm you want, you will have it next Tuesday – simply relinquish the way of terror. Until you do that, Israel will defend itself.

    • The real terror is the occupation and the colonization of Palestinian land.

      It doesn’t matter whether Palestinians use violence or non-violence and everything in between.

      • “It doesn’t matter whether Palestinians use violence or non-violence and everything in between.”
        Are you justifying the intentional killing of Israeli civilians?

        • “it is you who justify the murder of civilians.”
          No. Murdering civilians is a crime.
          Why do you lie about my views?

        • because you couch your allegations in manipulative wording designed to set up the plausible deniability factor wrt “intentional killing of civilians”. because you, i and everybody knows israel kills civilians all the time under the guise of ‘collateral damage’, so don’t play games with me.

      • “The real terror is the occupation and the colonization of Palestinian land.”
        There is not a single IDF soldier or Israeli civilian on Gazan soil.

        • Izik, do you support the US funding hamas so they have the capability to reach legitimate targets within israel? how about we give them 3 billion a year and hamas militants become as accurate as the iof? would you support them taking out iof leaders in their sleep and all their family along with them, as legitimate collateral damage? what about israeli politicians. do you support hamas abducting israeli politicians and holding them indefinitely for years in hamas prisons and torturing them to acquire information for leads on specific names of iof soldiers who have carried out offensives against palestine for the purpose of targeting those individuals and their affiliates?

          please give an example of legitimate israeli civilian collateral damage. do you recognize any right of resistance for gazans or palestinians and if so please explain how you recognize a right of both israelis and palestinians to use violent means to defend their security and list examples of israeli civilian death that meets that qualification.

          thanks

        • Annie, do you or do you not support the direct targeting of civilians?
          Do you agree that a country has a right to defend its own civilians?

        • Do i agree that a country has a right to defend its own civilians? Do you agree that a nation has a right to defend its own civilians? how about israel defend itself with rocks while palestine gets 3 billion a year? sound reasonable to you?

          go ahead and spill your guts izie, tell us all how israel is justified slaughtering civilians while palestinians are drenched in guilt w/their rocks. game over.

        • speaking of civilians..you know what photos of dead palestinian babies are called by team israel? pallywood. dead palestinian children are israel’s “right to defend its own civilians”.

        • I have no knowledge of the specific instance you are referring to, can you provide a reference? Also, I am not familiar with the term “Team Israel”, what does it refer to?

          Regardless, any death of an innocent is a horrible thing.

        • Izik,

          Why do you support the continued colonization of Palestinian land and the collective punishment of Palestinians in Gaza?

    • “Waleed, if it’s calm you want, you will have it next Tuesday – simply relinquish the way of terror. Until you do that, Israel will defend itself.”..Lzik

      Personally, I would be in favor of some “price tags”….say 2 Israelis for every Palestine you kill. ..primitive meets primitive.
      You understand nothing but force, greed and death. Most likely that is how you will end.

      • “Personally, I would be in favor of some ‘price tags’….say 2 Israelis for every Palestine you kill. ..primitive meets primitive.”
        Why a normative person would advocate more death is beyond me.
        I favor an end to all hostilities. It is really that simple.

        • “I favor an end to all hostilities. It is really that simple.”

          No it’s not. You come across as someone who will downplay Israeli oppression of Palestinians and defend every act of violence by Israelis as “self defense”. Perhaps that’s wrong, but it’s a pattern we’ve seen before. To show yourself different you’d have to acknowledge that Israel has often been guilty of indiscriminate violence and that the blockade of Gaza was wrong and make a few other honest statements about the crimes of your side (I’m assuming you are Israeli) and after that, you would have credibility if you said you favored very careful targeting of actual terrorists when it was absolutely necessary to protect civilians. Personally, I wouldn’t disagree with that. But in the real world Israel has done the wrong thing so often and killed civilians so many times the IDF does not deserve the benefit of a doubt.

          Moral consistency, in other words. Most of the Zionists (with rare exceptions) who come here clearly don’t know what that is. If you wish to make the point that violence against Israeli civilians is wrong, as you do above, then I agree. But it cuts both ways.

          And to the rest of the MW community–in the event that Izik isn’t morally consistent (which is the case with the majority of Zionists who come here), how is this argument any different from the endless ones we’ve had with RW, eee, and many others? I’d suggest someone compile a list of the best responses from this and other blogs, number them, provide links, and we can save ourselves the trouble of repeating this discussion several times a week every week for years at a stretch. I won’t do it. Sounds like work.

  7. Peace loving Israel – renewed targeted and untargeted assassinations
    The latest Gaza death toll – where does it stand now?
    15? or more…..?
    You could see it coming. After Yahoo’s class A – failure to impress Obama – despite all its months-long efforts to work the international media and the political agenda away from OCCUPATION + SETTLEMENTS and the PEACE gimmick Process, Israel most moral army of the world turns to more managable tasks to make up for its frustration and renew the escalation spiral.
    It won’t go away – it won’t go away – this darn issue of the PALESTINIANS and this darn state they wantto have. Whereas all we want is : continue colonizing the entire WestBAnk.
    Unfortunately, i am afraid to say, we hardly will have seen the end of this round of escalation of killing and targeted assassinations. And this time, Hamas leadership won’t be able, nor presumably willing to hold aimless Qassam missiles back.

    Mrs. Ashton can pull from her desk her standard comment: We are very concerned….

  8. Izak, “Fortunately there were no collaterals” ? What do you call these people hurt in the Israeli strikes?

    link to maannews.net
    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A correspondent for Ma’an-Mix satellite TV and his pregnant wife sustained injuries late Friday in Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.

    Muamin Shrafi was injured by shrapnel and his wife Iftikhar sustained bruises when a missile landed near their home in Gaza City’s Shujaiyyah area.

    Or these?

    link to maannews.net
    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire on mourners near the Gaza Strip’s eastern cemetery on Saturday and injured four people, a government medical official said.

    Oh, I forgot, you probably consider all Palestinians terrorists.

  9. Izik says, “Waleed, if it’s calm you want, you will have it next Tuesday – simply relinquish the way of terror. Until you do that, Israel will defend itself.”

    You talk like you know what I need. Then you start talking like you are a decision-maker who decides when I can “enjoy” calm and peace. I believe that calm and peace come from inside, though we are being terrorized and terrified by the Israeli killing machines. That’s sth you won’t understand as long as you think that killing in cold blood is the only way maitain your security.

    I believe that we can look for many other peaceful ways, don’t you ?1

    • “I believe that we can look for many other peaceful ways, don’t you ?”

      I completely agree, continued violence is a waste of human life.
      How do you suggest the sides move forward?

      • How do you suggest the sides move forward?

        bds, equal rights and end the occupation would be a starter. did you know israel is still on a killing spree at the moment. i think the death toll is up to 18. did you know #USWeaponsBombGaza has been trending on twitter for the last hr. go figure, all that blood and guts is getting attention.

        israel and israel supporters are really gang ho on changing the message but they don’t ever change policy, ever. it’s been an endless death and oppression number for decades. you don’t fool us anymore.

        • “israel is still on a killing spree at the moment. ”
          Israel is targeting those who commit war crimes by firing at its cities. What problem does that pose?

        • “nah. israel is making allegations. the iof lie all the time. where’s the proof? no trial or jury, just the word of a criminal apartheid gov.”

          What do you think Israel lied about this time?
          1. If it’s identity of the casualties – Islamic Jihad has itself admitted that the dead were its own members
          2. If it’s the fact that missiles are being fired into Israeli cities – this has been corroborated by all news agencies.

  10. Israel is killing innocence and targeting childhood. I was a child whose father was shot once in the first intifada. I am a a young man whose grandpa passed away because of the unjust seige Israel imposes on Gaza Strip. How would future of my children be like ?? Israel will answer !

    • Waleed, there is anger on both sides.
      Revenge will not improve the life of people in Gaza or the West-Bank. Only peace will.

      • As with South Africa and as with the United Sates, we know what is required for peace.

        Separate is not equal. No special laws for Jews. Justice must no longer know what someone’s ethnicity and religion is. Justice must be blind.

        Jews have the right to return – well the problem must be that Justice is unable to see who is and who is not a Jew.

        Israel is not the first country where the law carefully provided one set of rules for Jews and another set for other people. In each case the result has been horrendous abuses of human rights. You don’t get peace when you have horrendous abuses of human rights.

    • The death of the child is terrible. Trust me when I say that no one in Israel is happy that a child was killed. My condolences.

      • Izik: Kindly convey this message to everyone in Israel who is sad about children (Palestinian and Israeli) being killed:

        Stop occupying, oppressing, stealing from, and brutalizing millions of overwhelmingly innocent people, and then pretending (even to yourself!) that you’re not. History has shown it’s not a good method of bringing peace or security, mental or physical, to anyone.

        • Peace is attainable, Pamela, but only if we allow ourselves to see past blind rage.

          In any event, firing rockets at Israeli cities is hardly conducive to peace.

        • link to mondoweiss.net

          Almost as soon as he limped back to Jerusalem in frustration, Netanyahu gathered with his generals to gin up a case for pounding Gaza. The Gaza Strip, with its warehoused population of stateless refugees, would serve as their punching bag and pressure release valve. They could not have their war on Iran — not yet, at least — but they could assault Palestinians in Gaza without fear of repercussions from Washington.

          sadistic little man

        • “Peace is attainable, Pamela, but only if we allow ourselves to see past blind rage.”

          Izik appears to be filling the gap left by RW, the guy who says he is for peace but condemns Palestinian violence and doesn’t bother to condemn anything Israel does. Palestinian violence should be met with “harsh reprisals”, but merely listing what Israel has done is (to him) “blind rage”. In the spirit of the famous JSF post outlining the four rules of defending Israel, we could label it number five and call it the “shooting and crying” defense. The three parts are as mentioned–
          A) Beautiful sentiments in favor of peace
          B) Condemnation of Palestinian violence
          C) Apologetics for Israeli violence (focusing on those incidents which might be self defense and ignoring all others, and dismissing condemnations of Israeli behavior)

        • Annie, that is a very interesting and creative op-ed, but fails to address the substance matter: Attacking Israeli cities with rockets is terrorism.

          BTW, who is the moderator? Why do some of my posts fail to get through?

        • peace is NOT attainable as long as Israelis continue to teach their children to hate.

          An Jewish settler boy wears a police costume in front of a closed Palestinian shop, during the annual parade marking the Jewish holiday of Purim in the divided West Bank town of Hebron, Thursday, March 8, 2012. The festival of Purim commemorates the rescue of Jews from genocide in ancient Persia as told in the book of Esther. UPI/Debbie Hill

          Notice that the caption implies that Persians actually attempted genocide against Jews, and does not continue the explanation that Jews slaughtered 75,000 Persians as well as the ten sons of the king of Persia.
          The first set of facts is as true as the second.

        • “Apologetics for Israeli violence (focusing on those incidents which might be self defense and ignoring all others, ”

          I should have emphasized the word “MIGHT” in the phrase “might be self defense”–in this latest act of Israeli violence, as is so often the case, it requires a real act of faith to assume it really was self-defense.

        • “BTW, who is the moderator? Why do some of my posts fail to get through?”

          “Moderators“, Izik. There is an entire team of moderators, well over fifty, when you count the auxiliary staff needed for research, legal look up, and polling. Phil had to give the moderators an entire floor of Mondoweiss Towers, and a dedicated server. The Moderator’s Suite includes guest accommodations if outside experts must be brought in for determinations.
          A decision on a particularly puzzling comment can take up to six months. Please be patient, and a determination on your comments will eventually be made.

        • At the time of writing that post, indeed all the casualties were Islamic Jihad members. Unfortunately, that changed later.

          Perhaps I should be accused of lacking the ability to predict the future, but I certainly did not lie.

    • Waleed, I’m so sorry you have to endure another brutal politically-motivated killing spree, and I’m sorry you have to interfere with people as deeply mired in self-righteous denial as Izik. People of conscience and consciousness are with you, and the future will be brighter for all of us. Inshallah. Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope you will continue to do so until the world finally wakes up and learns to listen.