About Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. narcissist
    March 30, 2012, 12:15 pm

    Day by day, the legacy of Israel brutality toward the Palestinian is being written into the history book/YouTube, that no one with a conscious can or will escape.
    Years from now, how will 60, 80, …, 100, ? , years of occupation, death and destruction on Palestinian compare to the holocaust in the minds of young people?
    I join this blog to give my support, but humble by the amazing and brave people here.
    “It’s not the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe”.
    We are the pebble in their shoe

  2. Fredblogs
    March 30, 2012, 2:48 pm

    Oh, yeah, it was one shoulder fired missile, not 11 thousand full sized missiles over years that caused the Israeli retaliation.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 30, 2012, 2:56 pm

      fred, if one calculated the ratio of weapons and ammunition to each side i believe the video is more representative than not. at least that is very much what the casualties indicate.

      • marc b.
        March 30, 2012, 3:15 pm

        annie, ms. clinton was on NPR the other day complaining of the lack of ‘proportionality’ in the armed exchanges between sudan and south sudan. how’s this for selectivity:

        Sudan and South Sudan may be sliding back toward war, the United States and other international powers are warning, amid reports that Sudan is bombing its newly independent neighbor.

        The White House is “alarmed” by recent fighting in the region of Southern Kordofan, Sudan, it said in a statement Tuesday, urging both sides to “exert the greatest restraint.”

        U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid most of the blame for the recent fighting on Sudan.

        On Tuesday, she called bombing runs and the use of heavy weaponry by the North “evidence of disproportionate force on the part of the government in Khartoum.”

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2012, 3:37 pm

        meanwhile reuters reports:
        link to euronews.com
        Khartoum denied it had conducted any air strikes and blamed South Sudan for the outbreak of violence by attacking the Heglig oil field on the Sudanese side of the border.

      • Woody Tanaka
        March 30, 2012, 3:45 pm

        How much money is donated to the DNC by partisans of Sudan?

    • Woody Tanaka
      March 30, 2012, 3:16 pm

      “11 thousand full sized missiles”

      Oh, please. Those were little more than firecrackers. More people die in auto accidents in the US, on average, every 5 hours than have been killed by these rockets in a decade. That’s about the same number of people who die in the average 8-week period in the US from bee stings.

      • Fredblogs
        March 30, 2012, 7:07 pm

        Yeah, firecrackers like the qassam 3, which is 7 ft long, weighing over 200 pounds and carrying 40 pounds of high explosives. Try launching that from your shoulder.

        The fact that the Israelis put in lots of bunkers and have good early warning systems is the reason so few have been killed by these “firecrackers”.

      • Cliff
        March 30, 2012, 7:55 pm

        No, the reason few have been killed is because those shitty rockets are shitty.

        Meanwhile, your fascist ‘defense force is shooting fish in a barrel in Gaza.

        Israel kills 10 times the number of children and 5 times the number of civilians.

        There is no comparison on the issue of civilians suffering. This is not a conflict between two equal parties.

        It is a colonial conflict.

        The Native Americans committed atrocities as well, but no one in their right mind thinks the Native Americans were on equal footing with the colonists who ultimately (all but) destroyed them.

        Keep pushing the false dichotomy though. That only works when on a crowd that is as racist as you and/or religiously fanatical.

      • Bumblebye
        March 30, 2012, 8:11 pm

        Next to Israel’s 1000lb-ers, with flechettes, bomblets, and white phospherous, etc, they’re little more than sparklers.

      • Daniel Rich
        March 31, 2012, 4:15 am

        @ Fredblogs,

        Q: Try launching that from your shoulder.

        R: Isn’t your chip in the way?

      • Woody Tanaka
        April 1, 2012, 10:49 am

        “Yeah, firecrackers like the qassam 3,”


        “The fact that the Israelis put in lots of bunkers and have good early warning systems is the reason so few have been killed by these “firecrackers”.”

        LOL. Baloney. The flight time from Gaza to the Zio-colony of S’derot is about 0 minutes.

  3. Refaat
    March 30, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Come live in Gaza and be the witness
    See israel’s deeds and stop being careless

    • Blake
      March 30, 2012, 3:59 pm

      Is it that easy? Your occupiers control who can enter (or exit).

      I do understand what you are getting at though. The propagandists for zionism can pontificate all they like. They should try living a day in a Palestinians shoes (nvm 64 years). I hear your cry!

      • Fredblogs
        March 30, 2012, 7:19 pm

        They’re not occupiers of Gaza. They are blockaders. Occupiers occupy land and essentially become the de facto government of the occupied land. Blockaders just control what goes in and out. In fact, if they only controlled what went in and out through Israel, they wouldn’t even be blockaders, it’s only by controlling the sea approaches and teaming up with Egypt that they become blockaders.

        If your cause was good, you could make your points without using dishonest terminology.

      • CTuttle
        March 30, 2012, 8:57 pm

        Don’t ya just adore those remote controlled machine gun nests, every 200 meters or so, that ‘patrol’ the entire Gazan border with Israel, enforcing a 750 meter ‘no-go’ zone, eh…? 8-(

      • Bumblebye
        March 30, 2012, 9:39 pm

        How many “blockaders” control huge swathes of land inside – up to two kilometers of “buffer zone” which any Palestinian risks his/her life entering?
        How many “blockaders” control the population registry, the airwaves, and many more elements of the infrastructure?
        How many “blockaders” can use Uncle Sam to bribe another country to participate in their massive crime?
        How many “blockaders” can send people to be imprisoned in the subject of their blockade?
        Egypts’ $1.5bn military aid might as well be on Israel’s balance sheet because it’s the only reason they get it.

      • CTuttle
        March 30, 2012, 10:03 pm

        I should add that that 750 meter ‘no-go’ zone is the ‘maximum effective range’ of said Machine gun nests…! 8-(

      • Daniel Rich
        March 31, 2012, 4:16 am

        @ Fredblogs,

        Q: Blockaders just control what goes in and out.

        R: …………….. you know what I’m about to say, don’t you?

  4. CTuttle
    March 30, 2012, 6:32 pm

    Aloha, Annie…! It’s astonishing to see how determined we are to commit Seppuku, in regards to Iran, eh…? Hurling BRICs, And, ‘Israel Bought an Airfield Called Azerbaijan’

  5. Fredblogs
    March 30, 2012, 7:13 pm

    BTW, if you ever see sugar on the list of banned substances for Gaza, it’s because the qassams run on a mixture of sugar and potassium nitrate. Which funnily enough is also a white crystalline powder. Guess what a bunch of bags of it were stamped when the Palestinians tried to smuggle it into Gaza. If you said “sugar” you’re right.

    If these “firecrackers” are so harmless, I suggest you stop firing them, since it clearly serves no military purpose, is a war crime to be firing at civilian areas, and loses you all sympathy from anyone who isn’t already rabidly anti-Israel.

    • eGuard
      March 30, 2012, 8:51 pm

      They did stop. Guess who broke the cease fire. On November 4th, 2008.

    • CTuttle
      March 30, 2012, 9:25 pm

      Kill all the chickens too, Fred, since chicken sh*t makes for great bomb ‘material’, just ask Timothy McVeigh…! 8-(

    • Blake
      March 31, 2012, 2:25 am

      Fredblogs: If I were Palestinian I would not recognize you being there. No sane person would. Also, if you zionists had tried the same land grab in the west you would have faced way more resistance to what the Palestinians have given you.

    • Woody Tanaka
      April 1, 2012, 10:51 am

      “is a war crime to be firing at civilian areas, ”

      Nope. They’re being fired at the legitimate targets, such as government buildings and police officers. It is the fault of the Israelis that they put their civilians in harms way as human shields. They should move them all out of the war zone.

  6. talknic
    March 31, 2012, 9:33 am

    Poor Fred, spouts the holey Hasbara, has no inkling of simple maths, fails to read the UNSC resolutions which are based on International Law …

    UNSC Res 1860 adopted 2009 “Recalling all of its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003) and 1850 (2008),
    Stressing that the Gaza Strip constitutes an integral part of the territory occupied in 1967 and will be a part of the Palestinian state” link to un.org

    • Fredblogs
      April 2, 2012, 8:44 pm

      If you can point to anything in there that says Israel _must_ do anything, I’d be surprised. Read them carefully, I think they all say “call upon”, “urge” or other weasel words that make compliance voluntary. So of the six resolutions you’ve listed there, the math is very simple 0+0+0+0+0+0=0

  7. yourstruly
    March 31, 2012, 10:01 pm

    a necessary reminder,

    gaza and the warsaw ghetto

    same place
    different time
    while the world stands by

    *slow motion in gaza

  8. Dex
    April 1, 2012, 4:12 am

    Judging from Fred’s ridiculous posts, he is one of those brainwashed Zionists who believes Jews all around the world are still in danger of being murdered.

    Fred, you are supposed to remember the Holocaust, not abuse it…you are a Holocaust abuser!

    • Fredblogs
      April 2, 2012, 8:54 pm

      Not at the moment, because the ones most in danger already fled to Israel. But 25 years from now, who knows? 25 years before the Holocaust, Germany was a good place to live if you were Jewish. An expensive war, a crashed economy, and an anti-Jew political movement later and the Germans were exterminating every Jew in sight. Even now, though organized state sponsored genocide against the Jews isn’t happening, in recent years the world has been quite happy to ignore genocide in Sudan and Rawanda. If some country decides to exterminate their Jews, the Israelis will do their best to get them out, no one else would bother, any more than they bothered during WWII for the Jews, Gypsies and gays, or in the Sudan or Rawanda.

  9. Woody Tanaka
    April 3, 2012, 10:22 am

    “If some country decides to exterminate their Jews, the Israelis will do their best to get them out, no one else would bother, any more than they bothered during WWII for the Jews, Gypsies and gays”

    You know, you can make a point without spitting on the memory of the millions of people who died in the war to stop the very forces who were committing that genocide. To say that no one “bothered” is a vile lie, an obscene slander. I really wish there was no moderation because I would tell you explicitly where you can put your “no one bothered” lies. You parent should be ashamed of themselves for not teaching you character, or you should for not listening if they did.

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