Gaza– and ‘Guernica’

Israel/Palestine
Horse in Beit Hanoun

Horse in Beit Hanoun

Allison Deger has been in Gaza for the last few days. She will be reporting in days to come, but in the meantime we have taken photographs and captions from her twitter feed that have already gained wide attention. There are many pictures of the human toll on her feed, and we begin with a couple of them. But this post also demonstrates the onslaught by showing what happened to animals. The images of horses and donkeys echo Picasso’s famous painting, Guernica, commemorating the 1937 fascist bombing of Guernica that killed hundreds of civilians during the Spanish Civil War. –Phil Weiss

This was an ambulance in Beit Hanoun until Israeli fire struck it, killing 5 people from inside

Ambulance destroyed, killing five inside

Ambulance destroyed, killing five inside

Fleeing-what everyone is doing in #Gaza, but there’s no space in emergency shelters to accommodate the masses.

Children fleeing -- to where

Children fleeing — to where

If you see this, does it make you wonder what happened to the people?

Beit Hanoun donkey, photo by Allison Deger

Beit Hanoun horse, photo by Allison Deger

This is everyone’s house in Shuja’iyeh

Shuja'iyeh rubble

Shuja’iyeh rubble

Baby’s shoe in Shuja’iyeh amid exploded house rubble.

Baby's shoe

Baby’s shoe

A lot of horses and donkeys also didn’t make it in Beit Hanoun. It feels like Israeli strikes destroyed everything.

Horse in Beit Hanoun

Horse in Beit Hanoun

More animals with gunshots wounds. Nobody can take care of them–people don’t have homes anymore.

Donkey with gunshot wound

Donkey with gunshot wound

Donkey that is bleeding from gunshot wound nudges off her young as he tried to feed. There’s no milk

Young donkey tries to feed

Young donkey tries to feed

Dead donkey under rubble, Beit Hanoun

Donkey in Beit Hanoun under rubble

Donkey in Beit Hanoun under rubble

This was Beit Hanoun’s zoo. Today, no animals were there and the building destroyed.

Beit Hanoun zoo, obliterated

Beit Hanoun zoo, obliterated

Busy, busy, busy. Palestinians kids in #Gaza City’s market get around.

Gaza market, on cease fire day

Horse in Gaza market, on cease fire day

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  1. just
    July 27, 2014, 8:26 pm

    There is no punishment that is enough to fit Israel’s crimes!

    Allison– please try to stay safe, Israel has no soul.

    • just
      July 27, 2014, 8:39 pm

      and they have no compunction about targeting any and all innocents.

  2. PeaceThroughJustice
    July 27, 2014, 8:27 pm

    Lovely impressionistic piece, Allison.

    Off Topic: George Galloway’s speech last week before activists in the UK —

    • sligoker
      July 28, 2014, 7:02 am

      Very sad. However, nobody on Mondoweiss wants to confront reality. This a quote from the leader of Hamas, to Charlie Ross on an interview to be aired tonight.

      When asked about the possibility of a two state solution, he responded:

      Pressed on whether Palestinians could recognize the state of Israel as a Jewish state, Meshaal reiterated Hamas’ position — the group does not recognize Israel.

      “When we have a Palestinian state then the Palestinian state will decide on its policies. You cannot actually ask me about the future. I answered you,” he said.

      So there you have it. You might want a one state solution but of course, that’s like wanting everyone to be happy and drive luxury cars. The facts are simple. There is no solution to the conflict without the creation of two states. One Jewish, the other Muslim.

      • justicewillprevail
        July 28, 2014, 11:01 am

        Two plus two don’t equal five. Hamas has agreed to recognising Israel within its 67 borders. Recognising it as ‘a Jewish’ state is another issue entirely, one Palestine has no obligation to, especially as it has significant legal implications, based on race/ethnicity for not only Palestinians with israeli citizenship but many issues which require negotiation, including right of return, equality and human rights. This of course assumes that israel will ever allow two states – exactly the issue they hoped to put off forever by putting Gaza into the ‘deep freeze’. It’s nothing to do with anyone ‘wanting’ one state, it’s a question of what israel has created already – one apartheid state, while explicitly ruling out forever a two state solution (as bibi butcher did recently). So now what are Palestinians supposed to do? Co-operate with their own dispossession and destruction, as israel demands. Israel has created the one state solution – just not the one anyone outsided the privileged, subsidised elite want.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 3:38 pm

        There’s no bottom on this barrell they won’t scrape. On another thread, a habarachik named “Janet Jupiter” haughtily told us the “refugee status in not inheritable”, in defense of one Zionist atrocity or another. Of course, she’s right, I’m pretty sure that if your parents are refugees you become a citizen, or at least a resident of the country in which you are born.
        Or maybe she was saying that the children of Palestinians forced out of the country lose their claim on it?
        Oh well, from Olympus, you can get the big perspective.

      • sligoker
        July 28, 2014, 4:23 pm

        LOL–yes of course, there are legal ramifications. Let’s at least be honest here. The goal is to end Israel as a Jewish state, and of course this will never happen. Thus there will be no peace. But imagine this, I’m sure you have read the Hamas Charter. What if, Hamas leadership said, “We want a two state solution, one state for us, and one for the Jews” Imagine what pressure that would put on the Israelis? Hey, if Hamas said that, even an ardent Zionist like myself would say, lets get serious about this. There is a possibility for an agreement.

      • michelle
        July 28, 2014, 1:07 pm

        .
        there’s alot to consider in this;
        Israel has been consistently abusive toward the Palenstine people
        they could have been fair and just they chose not to
        not many would want to try to co exist with their abusers
        though in the hope of peace and under the right conditions i
        would hope that they would consider trying
        in such a big issue maybe the Palenstine people should vote on it
        now that the world can hear their their voice it would be good to
        hear their their opinion in this
        might do the same for the Jewish Israeli people
        all the kings horses and all the kings men don’t seem to be able to even make sense of this maybe the people could sort it out
        though until then i think the un should be in charge of Gaza borders and such being as Israel does not make a good overseer
        .
        if it comes down to one people or the other
        which people have more of a claim on the lands
        that were once known only as Palenstine
        .
        seems like a peace minded wise Israel would
        be trying to fit in not take over/ stealing
        .
        G-d Bless
        .

    • bilal a
      July 28, 2014, 9:13 am

      I didnt know about zionism in 19th century america

    • just
      July 28, 2014, 10:07 am

      Many thanks, PTJ. He’s an inspiration. I so appreciated his words about the “Arab leaders”, about BDS, and most especially about the ICC– Netanyahu is the wrong color, you have to be black and African in order to be tried before the ICC.

      I also appreciated him calling Israel one of the ’emerging merchants of death in the world’. We’re not just selling weapons to Israel, we are buying weapons from Israel. Cameron, Milleband and Clegg are the ‘3 cheeks of the same arse’. Milleband is not even a Zionist, it’s even worse that that– he pretended to be. Political opportunists………

      One single democratic state is the only “solution” he says…his points on the settlements/theft/apartheid is powerful.

      “educate, agitate, organize” He’s also doing a film about Blair which will be premiered at the International Film Festival in Austin TX early next year within sound of “the ranch”.

  3. DaBakr
    July 27, 2014, 10:14 pm

    do you people know how many horses were brutally killed in ww1 and ww2? and by no means mention the ingenious Hamas militants who load up certain selected donkeys and/or horses with bomb vests that then either blow up IDK or have to be shot before they detonate. Knowing that humans not suffering under war-especially Americans have notoriously polled as being much more sympathetic to images of dead puppies, cats, horses and other animals then comparative images of humans it is a new cynical low in the propaganda war being fought by MW against Israel.
    I would add: Israelis also fall into the category of peoples who tend to sympathize more with suffering animals (at least in un-examined polls) then humans. So if the point is to show the horrors of war-its legitimate. If -on the other hand-the goal is to show IDF as particularly cruel ‘animal killers’ its just another brick in the wall.

    • justicewillprevail
      July 28, 2014, 10:54 am

      The point is the comparison with Guernica and the power and symbolism of that imagery. Obviously above your head.

      • hophmi
        July 28, 2014, 11:43 am

        There’s no comparison with Guernica, yet another ridiculous attempt to cast Israel as a modern-day Nazi Germany. Guernica was purposely bombed from the air on the day where the Nazis knew people would be outdoors. It was solely to test out new Nazi hardware. Around 1600 people were killed in one day. The entire point of Guernica was to kill as many civilians and sow as much destruction as possible.

        In Gaza, the Israelis warned civilians in advance of each bombing. There were around 1000 people killed over a span of several weeks. The Israelis were responding to an actual rocket fire. The comparison could not be more inappropriate. It is nothing more than an attempt to legitimize killing Israeli civilians, and by extension, Jews around the world who are supportive of a Jewish state.

      • kalithea
        July 28, 2014, 12:13 pm

        Bullshet. The town was bombed because it had great symbolic and cultural significance to Basques. The bombing was meant to crush the resistance’s spirit. It also housed two resistance battalions and a munitions factory. It was also 30 kilometers from the region’s front lines.

        You can bet that any Palestinian town with these characteristics would be in Israel’s crosshairs!

      • michelle
        July 28, 2014, 1:23 pm

        .
        Jewish state
        have you seen the mapped time line
        Israel is wiping Palestine out of existance
        .
        there are words for this type of effort
        yet funny enough those words are used to
        describe the Palenstine people and their defenders
        maybe Hamas isn’t doing everything as well as they
        might but their choices are alot kinder than those of Israel
        .
        G-d Bless
        .

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 1:35 pm

        “It is nothing more than an attempt to legitimize killing Israeli civilians, and by extension, Jews around the world who are supportive of a Jewish state.”

        Yeah, Hophmi, I bet you scurry around Manhattan looking over your shoulder, and packin’ heat. Thank God nobody could ever, ever identify you from your extensive Mondo archive! (Each post with a time and date stamp, too)
        Ah, but what a sense of mission, of purpose, you must get from courting danger in defense of the Jewish people. I’d sleep better knowing rough men like you ( and a quick hand with the QWERTY, too) are protecting my Jewish identity, if I could sleep at all these days.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 2:49 pm

        1) Guernica was purposely bombed from the air
        2) on the day where the Nazis knew people would be outdoors
        3) solely to test out new Nazi hardware.
        4)Around 1600 people were killed in one day
        5) The entire point of Guernica was to kill as many civilians and sow as much destruction as possible.

        Hopmi, if you ever get out of the hasbara business (I know, it’s pleasure, not business) you have a great future as a pin-boy. You know, the guy who sets up the pins in a bowling alley, to see them all (or most) knocked down, and sets ’em up again, to get ’em knocked down again. You’d be good at it.

      • hophmi
        July 28, 2014, 3:03 pm

        Maybe one day, Mooser, you’ll have something substantive to say, rather than being the joke that you are.

        Jews in Europe are living in fear right now, and it’s in part because sites like this identify people who support Israel as Nazis and fascists, which dehumanizes them, and this site hasn’t lifted a finger to make clear that behavior like that is antisemitic and hurt the Palestinian cause.

        I get that you don’t give a sh*t, Mooser, and that this site doesn’t give a sh*t either, because if it isn’t dead and it isn’t Palestinian, it isn’t worth reporting here. Apparently, even animals in Gaza are more important than Jews in Europe, or, for that matter, dead children in Syria.

      • seafoid
        July 28, 2014, 3:31 pm

        hophmi

        Spare us the crocodile tears.

        MJ (Mike) Rosenberg @MJayRosenberg · 17m
        I worked in House & Senate 15 years. Support for Israeli policies is bought. Cash, check, and American Express.

        whine to those money guys if you really care about Jews in Europe
        Israel is out of control.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 3:45 pm

        Jews in Europe are living in fear right now, and it’s in part because sites like this identify people who support Israel as Nazis and fascists”

        Gee, Hophmi, besides being the reason “Jews in Europe are living in fear” maybe you ought to look into whether old Beezlbub is really in the editor’s office at Mondo. One guy even said the site was “satanic” but I haven’t seen him around much lately.
        So, the way I get this, if a Jewish fingernail is harmed in Europe, it’s on Mondo’s head? Well, I can only thank you for introducing a subject amenable to rational debate.

        “Apparently, even animals in Gaza are more important than Jews in Europe, or, for that matter, dead children in Syria.”

        Jacob Adler lives again! Except, for maximum tragic effect, you should’a stopped after “Europe”, you know? That “or, for that matter” (or up above “in part”) those little equivocations and misdirections, is where your tragedy turns to, well, farts.

        Oh, BTW, Hophmi, any time you want to offer a blizzard of examples of how “sites like this identify people who support Israel as Nazis and fascists” and that is endangering Jews in Europe, feel free. They haven’t banned you yet.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 4:06 pm

        “Maybe one day, Mooser, you’ll have something substantive to say, rather than being the joke that you are.”

        Oh yes, something substantive like:

        “It is nothing more than an attempt to legitimize killing Israeli civilians, and by extension, Jews around the world who are supportive of a Jewish state.”

        or, (one of my all time favorites, Hophmi!)

        “Jews in Europe are living in fear right now, and it’s in part because sites like this identify people who support Israel as Nazis and fascists”

        I just loooove that “in part” part, Hophmi. It’s like the guy in the movie who dives under the closing door just before the bomb goes off! BTW, Hophmi, how big a “part”? 90%? 85%? You want to discuss a “substantive” issue? Okay, how many European Jewish deaths is Mondo responsible for?

      • justicewillprevail
        July 28, 2014, 2:57 pm

        So you don’t get Picasso’s painting either, but go off on a ridiculous rant with hysterical claims.

      • hophmi
        July 28, 2014, 3:31 pm

        Hey listen, it’s simple. Just post about the antisemitic attacks on Jews in Paris and Berlin, for starters.

        But you won’t, because you’re much more interested in denying it’s happening. I’m just waiting for Annie to post one of those who-benefits screeds where she insinuates that the Jews are attacking themselves in Europe.

        I get Picasso’s painting too. He could just as well have painted it about Israeli places where suicide bombs went off. One for the Seder in Netanya, one for the Dolphinarium bombing, one for the school children in Ma’alot, one for the kids in the Sbarro bombing, one for the three murdered teenagers. Wonder what those images might look like.

      • just
        July 28, 2014, 3:39 pm

        Hey hophmi– what do you think about the worrying rise of anti- semitism and violence against Israelis in Israel by the inciteable/exciteable right- wingers that are obviously out of control and growing in numbers?

      • hophmi
        July 28, 2014, 3:43 pm

        “Hey hophmi– what do you think about the worrying rise of anti- semitism and violence against Israelis in Israel by the inciteable/exciteable right- wingers that are obviously out of control and growing in numbers?”

        I’ve written about it. It’s disturbing. I’m not surprised. This is the consequence of having no political horizon. I’ve always told my friends in Israel and here and that there needs to be a political endgame, not just war after war, for things to improve long-term.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 4:23 pm

        “I’m just waiting for Annie to post one of those who-benefits screeds where she insinuates that the Jews are attacking themselves in Europe.”

        Hophila, Hophila, try and calm down! Remember, when it comes to Annie, “you’ll always have Paris”!

        But I’m sure Annie will see your comment indicting Mondo with fomenting anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, and be properly chastened.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 4:26 pm

        “One for the Seder in Netanya, one for the Dolphinarium bombing, one for the school children in Ma’alot, one for the kids in the Sbarro bombing, one for the three murdered teenagers.”

        “And one for the Hebrew children…” Are you writing Gospel songs now, Hophmi?

      • Jan
        July 28, 2014, 5:46 pm

        Hophmi – Did it ever occur to you that Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza gave birth to Hamas? Hamas was not founded until after 20 years of occupation.

        In your mind Israel is so humanitarian. They notify people before they turn their homes into piles of rubble. How nice of them. How considerate.

        How would you like to be on the 15th floor or even on the 4th floor of a building that Israel plans to blow to hell? Lets say you were in that apartment with your wife, 3 or 4 children, and your elderly parents, one of whom was confined to a wheel chair. Could you get out in the few minutes that the IAF was giving you? Where would you go? There is no place to go where Israeli bombs or missiles won’t kill you and your entire family. All borders and the sea are closed to the Palestinians who have been living in the largest outdoor prison in the world.

        Now Israel is bombing Gaza City. They told everyone in Gaza City to leave before they turn the city and anyone in it to rubble, bones, skin and blood. How lovely of the Israeli Luftwaffe to warn the people. Maybe they should get the humanitarian award of the century.

        Hophmi – you are defending the indefensible.

      • DaBakr
        July 28, 2014, 3:51 pm

        @jwp
        yeah. so so above my head. i completely missed the whole ‘Picasso’ thing when I graduated mfa from one of the oldest art schools in America many years ago. i know nothing about symbolism in art. and in all honesty-there are certainly comparisons to be made with guernica-but as usual-whereas Picassos anti-war/anti-fascist masterpiece when applied to the I/P conflict becomes as enmeshed and embroiled with the same controversy and biases that confound every other issue in this drawn out war. So it bopils down to an image of a dead horse-something that can be found in many artists portrayals of battles and war from America to Europe and Asia. As if I need to prove this point-I can find absolutely zero comparisons to the vast and utter devastation of property, animals, 100s of 1000s of humans and no end in site in Syria to ‘guernica’. Only against Israel would such a comparison be made with such earnest intent. But okay-dead donkeys=guernica. and had Guernicas doomed residents been living on top of huge stockpiles of Franco armaments in order to protect them from the allied forces I suppose it would still apply as well.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 6:31 pm

        DaBakr, stop muttering, okay. If you have some kind of a point to make, do it. Put this standing in corners and muttering, and wringing your hands has got to stop.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 7:20 pm

        “yeah. so so above my head. i completely missed the whole ‘Picasso’ thing when I graduated mfa from one of the oldest art schools in America many years ago. i know nothing about symbolism in art.”

        Oh, nobody could ever doubt that DaBakr. The refinement, sensibility, and sensitivity of the true artist just sticks out all over you. Yes, sir, the minute I laid eyes on one of your posts I said: “That man is, no doubt about it an MFA from one of the oldest Art Schools in America, and just the man to dismiss Picasso’s “Guernica” for insufficient Zionism”
        Well, so much for ol’ Picasso. He had a good run while it lasted, but then he went up against Dabakr.

      • just
        July 28, 2014, 7:24 pm

        lol.

        He’s/she’s a legend in his/her own mind.

      • Mooser
        July 29, 2014, 12:47 am

        “He’s/she’s a legend in his/her own mind.”

        Oh yes, and I would add, ‘outstanding in his field, too’, but more than likely he stole that from Palestinians.

    • Mooser
      July 28, 2014, 1:38 pm

      “do you people know how many horses were brutally killed in ww1 and ww2?”

      Lotta Jews, too, wasn’t there? Well, I don’t know, but maybe if we didn’t pass quite so easily over the slaughter of our animal friends and servants, we wouldn’t be so quick to murder people, no matter what species of people they are.

      But thanks, DaBakr, for weighing in in favor of the slaughter of animals. Do you think poison gas is the most humane way to dispatch them, when they are no longer of use?

      • DaBakr
        July 28, 2014, 4:03 pm

        read the rest of what I wrote wiseguy. I also commented that Israel was more like the western US counterparts that poll as more moved buy images of dead puppies then dead humans. Israel has an overabundance of animal shelters, rescue missions and places for horses, dogs and other neglegted animals to be saved. Pretty ironic when you consider the circumstances of our Palestinian neighbors. However-that said-its not like Israelis are much different then US, EU, or any other military power that has a policy for absorbing ‘collateral’ death as part of its military strategy.
        If you are a US citizen you may want to look into why the US Civil War dragged on so long until both Grant (with Sherman) and Lee understood that the war wouldn’t be OVER over until the death toll to one side or the other was intolerable and surrender was the only reasonable option. You might be living in a weak factional nation had not Grant had the fortitude to see through what had to be done to secure an true end-not and endless continuation. Im sure you’ll have a wise-cracking answer to this as well.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 6:37 pm

        “Im sure you’ll have a wise-cracking answer to this as well.”

        There’s a reason to take you seriously? You are a bad joke, certainly not someone to be argued with, or capable of discussing anything.
        We get your point, Dabakr, Zionists are people who are incapable of thinking in terms of anything but Zionism, and somehow this adds up to you should be given a place to full reign to your brutal-ass bad Maccabee selves, cause it firms up your nationhood, and besides what about the Indians, and the Germans were so awful to us. We get it. You got it coming, history owes you this. Yeah, you just fight it out on those lines, DaBakr.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 6:59 pm

        “If you are a US citizen you may want to look into why the US Civil War dragged on so long”

        Gosh, that’s a good idea. Maybe we will finally find a way to end that awful Civil War. Lotta horses and mules get killed in it, too.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 7:14 pm

        “had not Grant had the fortitude to see through what had to be done to secure an true end-not and endless continuation.”

        You are arguing that Israel should do a Sherman’s-march-through-Georgia kind of thing to Gaza? That certainly appears to be what you are advocating.
        So you think the IDF should inflict more wholesale death and destruction on Gaza?

        So for espousing this attitude, you should be rewarded with a stolen country? Why, because you have become too nasty to live anywhere else?

    • Mooser
      July 28, 2014, 4:51 pm

      . “If -on the other hand-the goal is to show IDF as particularly cruel ‘animal killers’ its just another brick in the wall.”

      Psst, dude, you really want to make Roger Water’s references? Ixnay on the Inkpay Oydflay, okay?

      ” it is a new cynical low in the propaganda war being fought by MW against Israel.”

      Oh, is that what you think this website is here for? Why don’t you read the “about” page. It says nothing about a “propaganda war being fought by MW against Israel”. Nice substantive topic for discussion, of course.

    • Jan
      July 28, 2014, 5:50 pm

      DaBakr – It is true that animals have been killed in every conflict. Perhaps you are unaware that when Israel was known as Palestine Jewish terrorists put bomb laden donkeys into Arab markets. When the bombs went off both people and donkeys were killed.

      But, hey, when Jewish terrorists kill donkeys on purpose I guess you would think it to be OK. Right?

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 6:40 pm

        It’s always tough on the donkeys.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 6:56 pm

        Sorry, I meant we’ve had contentions of both sides using donkey bombs.

  4. Citizen
    July 27, 2014, 10:25 pm

    This is so wrong. And the ziobots online are so self-righteous. I’m really nauseous and frustrated because my tax dollars are doing this. And Bill Kristol is still there, on TV.

    • DaBakr
      July 28, 2014, 4:08 pm

      your tax dollars are killing Afghans too. They are buying 11 BILLION dollars of arms for the owners of Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Your dollars are paying for a lot of objectionable things -for one person or another-but you don’t get to pick and choose like a chinese menu. Otherwise somebody might object to having their tax dollars pay for something you wholeheartedly support. You do understand the concept of a federal gov’t I take it. But then I guess everybody gripes about the one thing they don’t want their tax dollars to pay for.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 6:43 pm

        “your tax dollars are killing Afghans too. They are buying 11 BILLION dollars of arms for the owners of Qatar and Saudi Arabia.”

        So we might as well pay for Israel, too? So you can all blow each other up?
        Now there’s a line you should hew too, Dabakr. It’s sure to be a winner.

        But at long last, Dabakr, have we gotten to “the whole world sucks” now? No probably not, because by tomorrow, Ziocaine Syndrome amnesia will kick in, and you’ll have forgotten all the stuff you said yesterday, and say it again. That can’t be good for your digestion.

  5. markpg
    July 27, 2014, 10:34 pm

    These are incredible photos. Stay safe, Alison.

  6. Qualtrough
    July 27, 2014, 10:49 pm

    Thank you Allison for your brave work!

    Just now on the CNN web site I see that the Israelis are claiming that, yes, one of our errant mortar rounds did hit the school playground, but it was empty, and could only have injured people, not killed them. They played a video of what they purported was the school showing an explosion in the middle of the playground. How stupid do they think we are? So just coincidentally, almost simultaneously with this mortar round, they are insinuating that a Hamas rocket or rockets landed in the same place. And, funnily enough, this time the payload was sufficient to kill 15+ people and wound scores more. Wow, what a coincidence, that’s one for the Guiness Book of Records!

  7. Walid
    July 28, 2014, 12:28 am

    How did Allison get in???????

  8. Daniel Rich
    July 28, 2014, 1:12 am

    The Israeli military say it wasn’t responsible for anyone being killed last week when a mortar hit the courtyard of a U.N. school that was shelter to Gaza residents.

    One phrase left: ‘Go to hell!’

    Although I don’t think Lucifer will want to have you. [I’m told the divine one sorts out the good ones…]

  9. RobertB
    July 28, 2014, 1:38 am

    Totally horrific …. atrocities, massacres of innocent Palestinian civilians, women, infants, children … their numbers in the hundreds & the horses, donkeys too… a long trail of tears & destruction left behind by “Apartheid Israel’s IDF sadistic killers”!!!

    NO mercy from the zionist terrorist regime! Some victory that “Bibi Nut” can boast about.

    • Mooser
      July 28, 2014, 4:57 pm

      While I hate to make a horrible prediction like this, the numbers of deaths among the refugees, people fleeing Israel’s attack, will also be staggering, although this will take a bit longer to develop. And since so many of those deaths will be lives shortened or tremendous infant mortality, they may go uncounted.

  10. Pixel
    July 28, 2014, 2:52 am

    Allison, this is amazing.

    YOU are amazing.

    Thanks for ALL you do!

  11. Mondowise
    July 28, 2014, 3:38 am

    the most gentle, precious, beautiful innocence so violently butchered.
    the pain and grief i feel is too profound for words….
    and to even try to think what Palestinian/Gazan people are feeling…

    i keep screaming inside: how can ANY OF THIS HELL be allowed to happen even once…and continue…how can this be real????????

    but it is.

    Allison, thank you for showing the world the evil, hideous face of iZrael. i’m praying for the protection of all innocent life. do whatever/everything you can to BE SAFE and STAY ALIVE!

  12. Justpassingby
    July 28, 2014, 4:04 am

    Israel bombed the animal farm some years earlier.

  13. Walid
    July 28, 2014, 4:53 am

    I’m dying to know how Allison made it in; that in itself must have been an adventure, especially that there is no safe place from the shelling and bombing anywhere in Gaza and even medical help being prevented from crossing into Gaza. One Egyptian official in a TV interview said that the actual Rafah closing was happening on the Gaza side by Hamas and not by the Egyptians, but he looked like he was lying through his teeth.

  14. gamal
    July 28, 2014, 4:59 am

    Allisson Deger is putting her life on the line. What an incredible piece and amazing woman.

  15. Jackdaw
    July 28, 2014, 6:42 am

    Hamas uses donkey bombs on IDF.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10977818/Donkey-suicide-bomb-stopped-by-Israeli-troops-in-Gaza.html

    Gurenica was a market town, far beyond the war zone, that was bombed mercilessly soley in order to terrorize the Basque civilians.

    Gaza is armed and well defended and is used as a launching pad for rockets.

    The differences between Gaza and Guernica are obvious, even to a clumsy propagandist.

    • iResistDe4iAm
      July 28, 2014, 10:36 am

      Jackdaw says:
      Hamas uses donkey bombs on IDF.

      And Israeli soldiers use Palestinian children as human bomb detectors (aka. human shields).

      From the last Gaza massacre, two Israeli soldiers used a 9-year-old child (Majid Rabah) as a human bomb detector by forcing him to check bags for explosives.

      The two soldiers got off lightly with only suspended sentences and demotions.
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/21/israeli-soldiers-human-shield-avoid-jail

      If there’s a UN investigation after this latest Gaza massacre, it’s likely that similar cases will be reported.

    • kalithea
      July 28, 2014, 11:43 am

      Clueless. Gernika was not a donkey town. It was a town of 5,000 or more and by 1937 standards for a Spanish town; it was quite significant. Gernika was an ancient cultural town and considered the cradle of Basque culture. The town was singled out by Colonel Wolfram von Richthofen of the German Air Force for bombardment, so it had to have great significance to the Basque Region and in particular the Basque Resistance. This bombardment was meant to crush the resistance against Franco.

      After the bombing Franco later blamed the bombing on resistance saboteurs stating that they dynamited the town. Which is exactly what Israel does; blame everything on the Palestinian resistance.

      All fascists are the same.

      • kalithea
        July 28, 2014, 12:00 pm

        Correction: the town had a population of around 7,000 and there were 2 resistance batallions stationed there and an arms/munitions factory. It was also 30 kilometers from the front lines.

      • hophmi
        July 28, 2014, 12:22 pm

        “After the bombing Franco later blamed the bombing on resistance saboteurs stating that they dynamited the town. Which is exactly what Israel does; blame everything on the Palestinian resistance.”

        That’s simply untrue. Israel may take issue with specific incidents here and there, but it hasn’t suggested that Hamas bombed itself, as Franco did with Guernica.

        I mean, again. In Guernica, the casualty estimates range from around 1000 to 1500 people in a town of 7000. That means around 15 to over 20 percent of the town was killed in one day of bombing, which was purposely done when people would be outside to maximize civilian casualties. The differences just could not be more stark.

      • kalithea
        July 28, 2014, 12:32 pm

        But it hasn’t suggesed that Hamas bombed itself

        Are you kidding me? You hasbarists have been blaming the mostly civilians casualities in Gaza on Hamas on every media outlet!

        Gaza is a city crammed with CIVILIANS. They don’t need to be outside – your 500-1000 lb. bombs can pulverize concrete housing dozens of civilians taking cover!

      • Bubba
        July 28, 2014, 1:01 pm

        You armchair cowboys and girls are great at pointing out the pointless nuances. The profound questions is “do you even see what has occurred and continues”? Do you really care?

      • hophmi
        July 28, 2014, 2:57 pm

        “Are you kidding me? You hasbarists have been blaming the mostly civilians casualities in Gaza on Hamas on every media outlet!”

        Oh please. Blaming Hamas for initiating the war and placing civilians in harms’ way is different from suggesting that they’re actually responsible for bombing their own civilians, as was the case with Guernica.

        “Gaza is a city crammed with CIVILIANS. They don’t need to be outside – your 500-1000 lb. bombs can pulverize concrete housing dozens of civilians taking cover!”

        Yeah, it is. Which is why it’s a war crime when combatants fire rockets from those areas.

        “You armchair cowboys and girls are great at pointing out the pointless nuances. The profound questions is “do you even see what has occurred and continues”? Do you really care?”

        Yeah, of course I care. I just make a distinction between pictures on TV and assigning blame. Do you even see what is going on in Syria? Do you care? Because you don’t spend nearly the same amount of time on that conflict as you do on this one. Do you even see what rocket fire means for Israelis in the vast majority of Israel? Do you care? Yes, I know, Israelis do not have gruesome death pictures for the media, so you don’t care as much. I suspect you would if it were your house or your community being attacked.

      • justicewillprevail
        July 28, 2014, 3:03 pm

        Deliberately killing large numbers of civilians who have no defence as a punitive form of collective punishment from the air doesn’t seem that different at all. Parsing percentages is a petty bureaucrat’s way of thinking they can measure horror and confidently proclaim, “It’s not as bad”
        Again, you just don’t understand the imagery

      • hophmi
        July 28, 2014, 3:27 pm

        I understand the imagery just fine. I also understand when imagery is used to simplify a more complex story.

      • justicewillprevail
        July 28, 2014, 3:30 pm

        Art History 101: fail

      • just
        July 28, 2014, 3:30 pm

        The “complex story” begins and end with the OCCUPATION, siege massacre (s) and other forms of collective punishment that your favorite country practices minute by minute for DECADES! It includes Israel’s flagrant and constant flouting of INTERNATIONAL laws, aided and abetted by the US.

        And you support it unreservedly and unashamedly.

      • hophmi
        July 28, 2014, 3:41 pm

        “The “complex story” begins and end with the OCCUPATION, siege massacre (s) and other forms of collective punishment that your favorite country practices minute by minute for DECADES! It includes Israel’s flagrant and constant flouting of INTERNATIONAL laws, aided and abetted by the US.”

        Your version of it. Mine begins with the rejection of the idea of Jewish sovereignty by the Arab world, and the subsequent calls to kill the Jews from Arab leaders, and with an attempt by Jewish refugees from Europe and the Arab world, to establish political sovereignty for themselves so that they can escape the fate of being perpetually persecuted.

        It continues with the cynical use of United Nations bodies to hijack the UN agenda on nearly everything to spend inordinate amounts of time and money on this conflict, and continues further with the refusal of Arab states to do anything for their Palestinian brethren or their own populations, while deflecting all criticism of themselves by blaming the Jews.

        Today, it continues in the West, with a waiting audience of useful idiots who would rather live by the rules of political correctness, where certain peoples must never be criticized, no matter what they do, and others, always criticized, no matter what they do. These same useful idiots ignore any and all history that might be relevant to a complex understanding of the conflict, so that they can feel self-righteous. Most of them, of course, live in comfortable societies where they benefit from the freedom they enjoy, but do little to bring it about for others, and do little to celebrate it elsewhere.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 5:36 pm

        “Yes, I know, Israelis do not have gruesome death pictures for the media, so you don’t care as much.”

        Oh, I see, Hophmi, the level of death and destruction is the same, but the Israelis are too good to allow pictures of it? Okay, sure Hoppy.

      • Bubba
        July 28, 2014, 10:01 pm

        Hophmi — congratulations, you just made yourself irrelevant.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 5:02 pm

        ” but it hasn’t suggested that Hamas bombed itself”

        Think about that bowling-alley career, Hophmi. You set ’em up, they get knocked down, you set ’em up again, they get knocked down again. It’s just like what you do here, only with pay.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 5:27 pm

        “Your version of it. Mine begins with the rejection of the idea of Jewish sovereignty by the Arab world,”

        And the Arabs didn’t have a perfect right to forbid that, or if it was attempted by force, resist it? Why on earth are the Arabs supposed to give the Zionists a State? Cause Britain, on whose back they slid into the area, says so?
        Why on earth do you think the “Arabs” as you call them, were under the slightest obligation to let anybody in and give them a state. Because Bible?

      • eljay
        July 28, 2014, 5:29 pm

        >> hophmeee: Mine begins with the rejection of the idea of Jewish sovereignty by the Arab world …

        The “idea of Jewish sovereignty” comprises Jewish supremacism in a supremacist “Jewish State” carved out of an already-inhabited Palestine by means of Jewish terrorism and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes and lands.

        Justice and morality* demand the rejection of such a hateful and immoral idea. Since you reject justice and morality, it’s no wonder you’re bothered by the rejection of the “idea of Jewish sovereignty”.

        (*Real morality, not JeffB’s “morality = goal + method” version of it.)

      • just
        July 28, 2014, 5:30 pm

        Thanks Mooser. Much better response than I was drafting.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 5:31 pm

        “Most of them, of course, live in comfortable societies where they benefit from the freedom they enjoy, but do little to bring it about for others, and do little to celebrate it elsewhere.

        Oh, cat’s out of the bag, so I guess we can talk about it. Hophmi is too modest to mention it. Hophmi is very involved with a movement, a petition and PR blitz, to make “Israel Day” a national American holiday, on account of Israel saving the US from terrorists, and Satanists, all the time.

      • Kris
        July 28, 2014, 6:14 pm

        @Mooser: ” Because Bible?”

        Maybe you can help me with this, Mooser, I’ve been trying to understand this for decades: Why would God fail to tell the Muslims that the Israelis were entitled to that piece of real estate? I don’t get this, especially since it is the Muslims who seem to be the more devoted worshippers. I mean, they pray five times a day, every single day! Their prayers seem to ask nothing from God, but only affirm their submission to His will.

        And God wouldn’t let these people know His will, so that they could submit to it without being massacred over and over again? By Israelis, many of whom are atheists in the first place? What is the deal?

      • yonah fredman
        July 28, 2014, 6:32 pm

        Kris- Mohammed tells the faithful the following in the 21st verse of the 5th sura: “Moses said to his people, “O my people, remember GOD’s blessings upon you: He appointed prophets from among you, made you kings, and granted you what He never granted any other people.

        [5:21] “O my people, enter the holy land that GOD has decreed for you, and do not rebel, lest you become losers.”

        I realize I am taking it out of context, and in all probability later on Mohammed says that because the Children of Israel rebelled the gift of the land was taken from them, but make no mistake, the Koran recognizes the original gift of the land to the Children of Israel.

      • Mooser
        July 29, 2014, 12:44 am

        Well, well, well, look who became a Koran literalist all of a sudden!
        That’s right Yonah, their religion told them the Zionists were gonna move in and take over and they should learn to love it.

      • Walid
        July 29, 2014, 2:32 am

        “the Koran recognizes the original gift of the land to the Children of Israel.”

        Yonah, quoting the Quran about Jewish ownership of the land isn’t any more intelligent than quoting the Bible. You should know that much in the Quran is sourced from the Bible anyway; it’s the compounding of folklore. At one time, Muslims prayed with the Jews to Jerusalem and observed Yom Kippur with them too, but these don’t validate the Jews’ claim to the land either.

      • eljay
        July 29, 2014, 7:40 am

        >> y.f.: … make no mistake, the Koran recognizes the original gift of the land to the Children of Israel.

        Make no mistake, that was part of its writers’ attempts to cast Islam as the legitimate descendant of and successor to Judaism and Christianity, and as the final word on the Abrahamic gawd.

        It doesn’t add any real-world value to Judaism’s fabricated claim of a “covenant” between its adherents and their gawd.

    • RobertB
      July 28, 2014, 11:47 am

      A picture is worth a million words….some pictures don’t need any words to tell the real story…Israel uses Palestinians as human shield!

      http://lawrenceofcyberia.blogs.com/photos/uncategorized/dailymail_humanshield.jpg

      http://www.veteranstoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/42625_Israel_human_shield.jpg

      • kalithea
        July 28, 2014, 12:34 pm

        War criminals.

      • just
        July 28, 2014, 5:32 pm

        Lying cowards, too.

        But then again, so is Jen Psaki– on CNN, she just said that Hamas uses civilians as human shields AGAIN.

  16. Justpassingby
    July 28, 2014, 9:13 am

    If someone hurt my animal I dont know what I would have done in return..

  17. seafoid
    July 28, 2014, 9:14 am

    Music for the pictures from Gaza

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymuF7uG6wis
    Oh, the irony

  18. saramus
    July 28, 2014, 9:53 am

    Astonishing work Allison. Guernica is certainly an apt comparison….
    I am reminded that when the Code Pink IWD delegation entered Gaza in March 2009, the first sight of death, with its stench of putrefying flesh was the bodies of a horse and a donkey, lying close to each other. Many thanks and may you be safe.

  19. iResistDe4iAm
    July 28, 2014, 10:02 am

    If you see this, does it make you wonder what happened to the people?

    NO …these animals are most likely the “collateral” damage from Israeli missiles and bombs.
    Palestinian homes, hospitals, schools, mosques and their occupants (whether sleeping, having dinner, recovering from injuires, sheltering from bombs) are the intended targets of Israeli missiles and bombs.

    Israel used “precision bombs” to obliterate 25 members of one family, including 19 children, plus one visitor (Abu Jame family).
    http://www.btselem.org/press_releases/20140721_killing_of_abu_jame_family

    Israel also used “precision bombs” to obliterate 19 members of another family, including 11 children (al-Najjar family).
    http://imemc.org/article/68622

    Israel also used “precision bombs” to obliterate 18 members of yet another family, including 6 children (Al-Batsh family).
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/07/thousands-families-flee-north-gaza-2014713131352463357.html

    And on and on and on…
    http://www.btselem.org/gaza_strip/20140713_palestinians_killed_in_illegal_attacks_on_houses

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