‘We have nothing left to lose. I would rather die with my family under the rubble of our house than have a humiliating truce’: Palestinian youth demand justice

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Palestinian youths gesture during a demonstration next to the security fence standing on the Gaza border, east of Khan Yunis, in the Gaza Strip, on November 23 2012. (Photo: AFP - Said Khatib)

Palestinian youths gesture during a demonstration next to the security fence standing on the Gaza border, east of Khan Yunis, in the Gaza Strip, on November 23 2012. (Photo: AFP – Said Khatib)

I awoke Sunday morning to news of a massacre in Gaza that evoked memories of Sabra and Shatila – not in terms of absolute numbers, but in the nature of its brutality.  An estimated 60 Palestinians had been killed, more than 300 injured and hundreds more forced to flee their homes as Israeli troops and tanks barreled into Shejaiya, a neighborhood in eastern Gaza City. Spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra reported that Israeli forces had denied ambulances access to the houses under siege, saying that the area was a “closed military zone.”

And yet. amidst the reports of destruction, pain and loss, there were Facebook posts like this one from Malaka Mohammed, a young woman from the same Gazan neighborhood who is studying international law in the UK: “Watching Al-Jazeera and my friends and relatives among the casualties. And still strong. I have not seen my family as strong as today. We will never give up till we get our freedom.” For an hour and a half, her father refused to evacuate, even as the bombs were landing at a rate her neighbor described as “more than three in one second.”

In a post the day before, from the Jabalya refugee camp, Sarah Ali (a contributor to a collection of short stories called Gaza Writes Back) wrote: “Last night was horrible. My house shook every five minutes! Except for half an hour in the evening, we’ve been without electricity for over 48 hours. Due to the long blackout, we had no water as well. The Israelis have (again) bombed a main power generator that supplies electricity to many areas. There was Israeli shelling from the sea, air and land. I could hear the kids in our neighbors’ houses crying in terror all night. This is not about destroying Hamas; this is about destroying every Palestinian in Gaza, destroying our lives, crushing our dignity and morale. Let it be known to (Israel) that the more they kill and destroy, the stronger we become. We have nothing left to lose. Now I would rather die with my family under the rubble of our house than have a humiliating truce. No justice, no peace.”

In dozens of conversations with other youth in Gaza (who make up 65 percent of the population of nearly 1.8 million), the opinion was nearly universal: Despite their heavy losses and the gross imbalance of power, they do not want a ceasefire that merely stops the immediate fighting and promises to open negotiations on their other grievances. (The Gaza Strip has been under Israel’s control in some fashion for 47 years, but with suffocating intensity since 2007. Israel strictly limits travel in and out; controls the supplies that come in, including a ban on most construction materials; and prohibits virtually all exports, thus crippling the economy and triggering one of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the Arab world.)

No. What they insist on – demand – is a ceasefire tied to an end to their repression, even if it means more death and destruction for their people. Life is meaningless, they say, if it is spent under the boot of an oppressor.  My conclusion after numerous interviews with ordinary youth, from one end of Gaza to the other? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his spokesmen are wrong when they accuse Hamas of ordering a sheep-like people to act as human shields or to remain in their homes in the face of warnings to evacuate. The decisions of tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza to stay in their homes until they were literally forced to leave were for some an act of desperation, saying they had nowhere else to go. (UN schools already are crammed with 84,000 displaced individuals.) However, for many others, they were the principled actions of a proud, independent people. And when Hamas rejected the ceasefire unilaterally declared by Egypt and Israel, it had the support of the vast majority of residents.

“Honestly, most of the Gazan people are urging the resistance to continue fighting until they achieve our conditions – which is simply to be able to live as humans with freedom and dignity,” says Fadi Alshaer, a 29-year-old who studied English at the Islamic University of Gaza and lives in the Rafah area. “People here don’t believe that Israel will do anything to give us back our rights if they are not forced to.”

Ola Ziada, a 24-year-old news reporter and English instructor in Gaza’s Jabalya camp, is even stronger:   “If they accepted the ceasefire with no preconditions, then I would consider it a betrayal of the blood that has been shed, of the four kids who were murdered just for playing on the beach. We would rather die than go back to the way we were before, imprisoned and forbidden from enjoying what a human should have for a decent life. We have been negotiating for decades and we have gotten nothing. I believe this is the war to determine whether to be or not to be.”

Of course, there are others who have paid a dear price who reluctantly feel otherwise. Omar Mansour, who lives in a town in northern Gaza that has been hit particularly hard, believes the casualties are too high and an internationally negotiated ceasefire should be accepted, even with no pre-set conditions. After holding out even after the Red Crescent tried to help his family evacuate, Mansour finally accompanied his parents to the home of friends in Gaza City when two relatives were killed and much of his block was destroyed. Still, he says he will return in the next day or so, despite the continued violence in his area. “I’m not afraid of death. All I’m afraid of is to watch them destroying my lovely house,” he says.

Mansour doesn’t disagree, however, when Alshaer, Ziada and others point out that the only significant “wins” the Palestinians have ever achieved is not through pleas to the United Nations or international courts, but through rocket fire (such as the concessions achieved at the end of the 2012 “eight-day war”) or abductions of soldiers (Gilad Shalit is a case in point, who was released in return for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners).

Lest one think that these are the fantasies of young people not properly schooled in history or the lessons of life, consider these words of Haider Eid, associate professor of postcolonial and postmodern literature at Gaza’s al-Aqsa University:

“The urgent question facing us in Gaza is not just how to survive for today, but how to hold Israel accountable to international law and basic principles of human rights; how to stop the current escalation and the ongoing massacre and how to stop this from ever happening again.

“Knowing that the credible Goldstone report on suspected war crimes in Gaza in 2008-09, and reports by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are all ignored or undermined, there is a bitter awareness that we in Gaza can have no expectation of Israeli accountability for the current onslaught…What Palestine needs from the world today is not just a condemnation of the Gaza massacres and siege, but also a delegitimization of the ideology that produced this policy and justifies it morally and politically, just as the racist ideology of apartheid was delegitimized.”

About Pam Bailey

Pam Bailey is founder of WeAreNotNumbers.org and international secretary for the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor. She is based in Washington, DC, and travels to the Middle East frequently.

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  1. just
    July 21, 2014, 10:14 am

    I would feel the same, Pam. The very same. “No justice, no peace.”

    Thanks for this. I pray that the massacre stops with Israel held accountable and for justice to emerge.

    Israel forcing people from their homes is exactly what happened in the beginning– it has to end now with justice for the people of Palestine..

  2. lysias
    July 21, 2014, 10:17 am

    Zionism is increasingly discredited, as these Gazans want, and so is the American political system that has produced leaders who support the crimes of Zionism.

  3. Citizen
    July 21, 2014, 10:22 am

    CFR head on Imus In The Morning today, said Palestinians started this situation by killing three Israeli teens; that Israel accepted cease fire proposal several times; that HAMAS refused all such proposals; that there’s no hope he could see in ever getting to the roots of the situation. Friday night Bill Maher show panel discussion results: Rockets into Israel to blame; Arabs suck, Jews are great, US Congress backs Israel 100% as they represent their American constituency, which loves Israel. Audience applauds.

    • Kay24
      July 21, 2014, 11:58 am

      BM (also can stand for Big Mouth) stacked the panel with pro Israeli liars (Jane Harmon, the AIPAC servant, who was caught on wiretap, saying she would corrupt a case against an Israeli spy), and not one voice to dispute the lies. I will never watch this Islamaphobes show again. All these claims of the massacre starting with the death of the 3 Israeli kids is pure bull. No one speaks of the fact that Hamas was not consulted when those peace talks were being negotiated, you do not talk peace without one party being involved. NO ONE ever speaks of perhaps the occupation ending, a huge part of this on going violence.

      • Jenin Younes
        July 21, 2014, 12:33 pm

        Kaye, I’m with you. I’m never watching his show again. What an ignorant sicko, and same for the panelists

      • oldgeezer
        July 21, 2014, 1:29 pm

        I can’t believe that segment of the show wasn’t scripted. It was every fabricated zionist talking point being dropped one after the other. There was nothing in the segment that I haven’t seen posted to a message board hundreds of times.

        And yes I really do mean scripted. I think each individual was given a set of talking points to address.

      • Kay24
        July 21, 2014, 2:10 pm

        I switched off when the first few lies were thrown in. I must say I noticed Nate Silver at that point say nothing. I don’t know how he reacted later on.

      • Citizen
        July 21, 2014, 11:06 pm

        @ Kay24
        He threw out his quota of silly and viciously banal Zionist blurbs. If you watch the show, you will easily see why oldgeezer says it was packed and scripted.

    • samlebon2306
      July 21, 2014, 2:01 pm

      Bill Maher is one of the most despicable Zionists. Islamophobia runs in his blood like a plague. Who the hell has time to watch that sick racist.

      • Citizen
        July 21, 2014, 11:09 pm

        BM, raised Catholic, says he discovered his Jewish half later. He hates the Pope and all priests–pedophile jokes by the cartload. In his maturity, while laying claim to being an atheist, he constantly exhibits his secular religion: Jewish superiority and Zionism.

      • Kay24
        July 22, 2014, 8:11 am

        That is a good point. I notice he does not say a word against Judaism on his show, like he does about other religions,for that matter, not even about the Israeli government. When it comes to Islam, Muslims and all things Islamic, he even talks over the experts, just to spew his contempt for the religion

  4. Dan Crowther
    July 21, 2014, 10:30 am

    Look at the smiles on the kids’ faces in that picture – lives lived under embargo and bombing and yet they’re smiling. Beautiful. The only smiling jewish israeli’s I’ve seen pictures of the last few weeks have been the fascists on the hilltops cheering the bombs drop.

    Who would you rather stand with?

    • Bob_Salad
      July 21, 2014, 11:59 am

      The Palestinian defiance is truly, truly incredible when you consider the sheer amount of misery and suffering Israel continues to inflict upon them.

      Every time Israel knocks them down, they pick themselves up with dignity and continue their fight for justice and an end to Israel’s disgusting oppression and subjugation.

      • Kay24
        July 21, 2014, 2:12 pm

        The sad thing is, they were a very dignified and proud people, flourishing, farming, fishing, and progressing quite well, until the demons from hell were dumped in their territories. Life has never been the same since.

      • Mooser
        July 21, 2014, 7:11 pm

        “The sad thing is, they were a very dignified and proud people, flourishing, farming, fishing, and progressing quite well, until the demons from hell were dumped in their territories. Life has never been the same since.”

        They deserved nothing of what has happened to them. Nothing. The desperate attempts by Zionists to hang some sin around the necks of the Palestinians (the Mufti) or simply deny their existence has been another disgusting spectacle.

      • RoHa
        July 21, 2014, 9:08 pm

        “The sad thing is, they were a very dignified and proud people, flourishing, farming, fishing, and progressing quite well, until the demons from hell were dumped in their territories.”

        Yeah, yeah. But were they producing cherry tomatoes?

      • Mooser
        July 22, 2014, 9:40 pm

        “Yeah, yeah. But were they producing cherry tomatoes?”

        RoHa, the myth that Palestine was open arable land just waiting for Jewish colonists, and that these colonists could have, had they so desired, just moved right on in peaceful like and everybody could have been happy (til the Occupation, or til this, or that) still persists.
        I don’t know if they grew tomatoes, but in Jaffa they grew oranges.

    • samlebon2306
      July 21, 2014, 2:06 pm

      Its amazing how they are so resilient. It’s a shame how we in North America and Europe complain about little think like a two hour power outage, shortage of a certain food or any stupid thing that makes people like the Gazans laugh at our fragility.

  5. Basilio
    July 21, 2014, 10:33 am

    Various Zionist leaders have sought to use the US for its ends including doing their best to bring America into WWI to please desperate Britain in exchange for Palestine. And America is encouraged to be an accomplice to Israel’s crimes today while receiving generous checks from America.

  6. eljay
    July 21, 2014, 10:52 am

    What Palestinians in (what used to be Mandate) Palestine need is justice, accountability and equality. The most that Zio-supremacists are willing to offer is “peace”.

    • Citizen
      July 21, 2014, 11:30 pm

      @ eljay
      Yes, as in “We’ll take it all, piece by piece.”

      • eljay
        July 23, 2014, 7:16 am

        >> Citizen: Yes, as in “We’ll take it all, piece by piece.”

        It sure seems that way.

  7. Justpassingby
    July 21, 2014, 11:04 am

    These children are spit at by Mahmoud Abbas and his arab gang that wont do anything against Israel.

    • Citizen
      July 21, 2014, 11:32 pm

      I still can’t get over Abbas saying Israel’s security was his “sacred obligation.”

  8. Bill Peters
    July 21, 2014, 11:10 am

    Oh Pam, that is very, very good! Powerful from the very first sentence. Nothing like having participants themselves tell the story. Don’t think for one second that you must be in Gaza right now! This sort of reporting is super and bound to be effective in ways that are difficult, at this time, to totally appreciate.

  9. Kay24
    July 21, 2014, 11:29 am

    They are able to hold the megaphone in the US media, and despite numerous hasbara efforts, even by our own leaders in the WH, Congress, and those who pretend to be “experts” spewing Israeli propaganda, and insulting the intelligence of the American people, by lying about Israel being the victim of unarmed, occupied people. Those who are being massacred are civilians, unacceptable numbers of children and babies. Those who pretend to believe the crap spewed by Israel, justifies the over excessive violence and brutality, but this time the dynamics have changed, mostly because we have live reports of what is happening INSIDE Gaza. The backlash we saw when Ayman Mohyledin was yanked out of there, simply shows that people WANT the truth, and not Bibi’s bloody lies.
    We have to admire the Palestinians in Gaza. They have shown resilience and courage, under such a difficult situation, completely helpless, with no shelters or sirens to help them, and having entire families blown up, something the butchers themselves would never tolerate had it been their own. All this nonsense about Hamas hiding among civilians (whether true or not) is utter zio bull, an excuse to keep the slaughter going, and justification for the mounting death toll.
    The world like us, is watching this massacre going on, and no one believes the butcher anymore out there, except of course the brainwashed servants in the US.

    • Bob_Salad
      July 21, 2014, 12:06 pm

      Beautifully expressed. Your anger and rage at the injustice of it all shines through and is shared by many, many thousands of us across the World.

      • Kay24
        July 21, 2014, 2:15 pm

        Thank you, I do feel very strongly about these atrocities and for a people who have struggled, for years.:))
        Writing this way is therapeutic for me at times.

  10. Pam Bailey
    July 21, 2014, 11:35 am

    Note that I also asked the young people I interviewed who they trusted as a mediator. NO ONE said the United States or Egypt. Rather, I heard Turkey, Qatar or Russia. Of course, the U.S. and Israel would reject all three…But is it really up to them?

    • just
      July 21, 2014, 11:44 am

      Smart young people in Gaza, Pam.

    • Kay24
      July 21, 2014, 12:05 pm

      It is sad, but the US is not trusted anymore in the international arena, especially when it comes to matter relating to Israel and the occupation. What we are seeing now from our leaders and the media, is unwavering support for the brutality against, and the massacre of, men, women and children, caught on video and reported by those from within the killing zone. For decades, the US has been consistent in this almost sick support for Israel and protecting it from world condemnation, for it’s crimes against humanity. We have proved to the world that we can never be an honest broker, we support a liar, an occupier, a land thief, and we make feeble protests to Israel’s crimes, when we think it is appropriate for world opinion.
      I will know that the US is genuine and credible, IF it cuts off the aid to Israel,
      and demands it obeys international laws.

      • can of worms
        July 21, 2014, 12:51 pm

        Kay24 says, “unwavering support for the brutality against, and the massacre of, men, women and children, caught on video and reported by those from within the killing zone…”

        It is for this reason that the call to action against Israel’s ongoing crimes goes *beyond* the immediate geographic locus of such crimes. At stake is a set of global institutions and economic relations that are criminal, and wrong.

        And this is even scarier for many people stand up to.

      • ritzl
        July 21, 2014, 2:07 pm

        One reason solving this issue is so important is because it unlocks the path and gives a means and energy for tackling the other seemingly insurmountable issues “out there.” Global and domestic.

    • Citizen
      July 21, 2014, 11:37 pm

      Re the media, Putin may be full of BS about Ukraine, but RT (& Al JeezaraAmerica) are spot on re the I-P affair & US roll in it. The US main media, as all know here, is just a really terrible joke on the American public’s democratic obligation of informed consent.

  11. can of worms
    July 21, 2014, 11:39 am

    Meanwhile, “ivri” says : “the Hamas game is already over….I would not be surprised if the Gazans will opt for Abbas once the mayhem is over”.

    …which is actually one of the most revealing fantasies coming from the lips of Israeli Jews, uttered here nonstop from the first day they started this genocide or, ‘mayhem’, if you will.

  12. Pam Bailey
    July 21, 2014, 12:53 pm

    Abbas has TOTALLY lost support on the Palestinian street. And the US has to stop propping him up. The ironic thing is that prior to Operation Genocidal Edge (my term), the people were indeed very unhappy with Hamas on the whole. That has changed dramatically – as it usually does when an entire population is under attack and the only movement/organization giving them some dignity is the resistance. If international law and peace talks had actually produced results for them, this whole picture would look entirely different.

    • lysias
      July 21, 2014, 12:58 pm

      Nationalist Sinn Fein, although initially an extremist movement with little support in Ireland, gained overwhelming support eventually from the Irish as a result of a series of misguided British actions: executing several leaders of the Easter 1916 rising in Dublin; seriously discussing introducing conscription in Ireland in early 1918; imprisoning Sinn Fein leaders (leading to overwhelming Sinn Fein electoral victories using the slogan “Vote for the man in jail”); and adopting a scorched-earth terror policy using the mercenary Black and Tans. The result was that Sinn Fein had in the end something close to unanimous support among the Catholics of Ireland, and the moderate Nationalist Party of Parnell and Redmond was destroyed as a political force.

      • Citizen
        July 21, 2014, 11:38 pm

        @ lysias
        Thanks for the historical analogy; it works well.

      • Rational Zionist
        July 22, 2014, 9:43 am

        The world has changed significantly in the past 30 years. The responses have changed with the times.

        The IRA/Sein Fein were not sponsored by a country like Iran.
        The IRA did not lob rockets at civilian areas.

        Think about it for a minute.
        The Ukrainian separatists would be no where without Russia as their sponsor. Hamas and Hezbollah have Iran. Al-Qaida has the Saudis.

      • Shingo
        July 22, 2014, 8:44 pm

        Think about it for a minute.
        The Ukrainian separatists would be no where without Russia as their sponsor.

        Think about it for a minute.
        Israel would be no where without US as their sponsor.

        You

      • RoHa
        July 22, 2014, 9:42 pm

        “The IRA did not lob rockets at civilian areas.”

        They put plenty of bombs in civilian areas.

    • Kay24
      July 21, 2014, 2:00 pm

      You said it well. When an entire population is under a vicious attack, helpless people will turn to ANY movement or entity, to give them some dignity or fight back on their behalf. Who can blame them? I would feel the same way too.
      This lie about Israel having no choice but to kill (the majority) civilians, because Hamas is hiding amongst them, is utter bull. Israel has the choice to not send their precision bombs into homes, wiping out innocent families, it has the choice to not go into Gaza and unleash hell on unarmed civilians, it has the choice to choose peace over stinking illegal settlements, and setting these prisoners of their greed and viciousness, free.
      NO occupation, back to pre 1967 borders, will result in no rockets. Hamas will easily agree to that. So why is Israel refusing to do so? That is one way to save their people against rockets. You give what you took back, and get peace.

      • Jon66
        July 21, 2014, 4:18 pm

        I don’t think Hamas would agree to that, but the people might. Hamas has shown no willingness to negotiate anything other than a truce on any terms whatsoever. They have never mentioned a peace treaty.

      • Shingo
        July 21, 2014, 4:41 pm

        Hamas has shown no willingness to negotiate anything other than a truce on any terms whatsoever.

        That’s a lie. Hamas have not been invited to negotiate at all. They’ve had the terms dictated to them.

      • just
        July 21, 2014, 4:55 pm

        You beat me to it Shingo!

      • Jon66
        July 21, 2014, 11:29 pm

        I have seen a number of proposals from Hamas, but no peace proposal. I agree they have not been included in the talks, but they are quite capable of offering their own version of what peace would look like. They do not need an engraved invitation to put forth a plan.

      • Shingo
        July 22, 2014, 8:36 pm

        I have seen a number of proposals from Hamas, but no peace proposal

        Ow e proposals? Are you for fuc#ing real? When has Israel ever agreed to a peace proposal? The only thing they are prepare to consider is a sham of a ceasefire that demands Hamas give up everything, surrender and co tube to like under siege whole Israel gets to keep bombing Gaza whenever it feels like it.

      • Donald
        July 21, 2014, 11:58 pm

        Definitely a lie. I’m fuming right now because an earlier version of a Jodi Rudoren piece gave the full Hamas demands for a ceasefire–

        “”Ismail Haniya, until recently the Hamas prime minister, said in a speech broadcast from Gaza that the fighting would continue unless an agreement met the movement’s demands: opening crossings; lifting restrictions on fishing, farming, import and export; and releasing prisoners who were freed in a 2011 exchange for an abducted Israeli soldier and recently rearrested.
        “We’ll never go back to the period before the aggression, we’ll never go back to the slow death,” Mr. Haniya said in an address laden with Quranic verses. “Gaza will be the graveyard for the invaders, as it always was in the history.”

        The later version deleted the humanitarian parts and only mentioned the prisoners. I can only speculate, but I think it is the NYT trying to spin Hamas as being interested solely in its own members, not making any demands for the rights of the Gazan people. Not that Hamas is a wonderful organization by any means, but the current political line is to pretend concern for Gazans and blame all their suffering on Hamas. What this means in practice is that the West (and their Egyptian allies) want Gazans to suffer as a way of discrediting Hamas–only if Hamas goes will the blockade end would be my guess.

      • Citizen
        July 22, 2014, 9:22 am

        @Jon66
        Hamas did offer its conditions for agreeing to a cease fire. Nobody responded.

      • eljay
        July 22, 2014, 8:40 pm

        >> Jon66: I have seen a number of proposals from Hamas, but no peace proposal. I agree they have not been included in the talks, but they are quite capable of offering their own version of what peace would look like.

        Curious: What do you think a Hamas proposal should look like?

      • Kay24
        July 21, 2014, 9:14 pm

        Bbigniew Brezinski with his immense experience and knowledge, was right when he mentioned that Hamas was sending a signal it was willing to work with the rest of the world, when it joined the unity government.
        We all know that it was the warmonger Bibi, who refused to work with them, and was sore that the US and the EU also seemed okay with working with the newly formed unity government.
        Many experts say the excessive force by Israel, was Bibi’s effort at breaking that unity government. It seems Bibi does not want peace, it is clear from what he says and how he behaves. Illegal settlements are the priority for him not peace.

      • yonah fredman
        July 21, 2014, 9:22 pm

        Though I favor Israel talking with Hamas, I think Brzezinski’s credulity is a bit overboard. Let us mention that it was pressure that brought Hamas to this reconciliation, that it’s an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood that was couped out of power in Egypt and that it was in Damascus and left there because of the civil war and the leadership is now far away in Qatar.

      • Citizen
        July 21, 2014, 11:50 pm

        I’m sure Brezinski was aware that HAMAS was in a real practical bind, having lost MB regime support in Egypt and lacking funds to pay government servants in Gaza–yet the unity government was a breakthrough–and very much why Bibi turned a (still cloudy) kidnapping into an excuse to round up HAMAS in WB and crack down hard on Gaza.

  13. RobertB
    July 21, 2014, 1:01 pm

    Just wondering how many news reporters got killed, murdered in cold blood, maimed, injured, shot at ….deported by Israel’s fanatic IDF child killers?

    Apartheid Israel & its nazi army abhor any news reporters who report/reveal and video Israel’s IDF savagery…brutality against unarmed civilians…children…etc…

    Israel does not want the American public to see civilian massacres committed by its brutal IDF … they depend on the US “zionist controlled media” to cover their backs. Their roles are “damage control” for Apartheid Israel.

  14. ritzl
    July 21, 2014, 1:53 pm

    Patrick Henry held the same view.

    • just
      July 21, 2014, 2:01 pm

      you are brilliant ritzl!

      here it is:

      “It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

      wiki

      • ritzl
        July 21, 2014, 2:24 pm

        Too kind, just. It’s these people Pam interviewed who are brilliant in an incomprehensibly courageous sort of way.

        Thanks for the quote. I haven’t quite figured out the mobile method yet.

  15. michelle
    July 21, 2014, 2:25 pm

    .
    what beautiful children
    they should be allowed to play
    in freedom and safety
    while their families proudly watch
    .
    G-d Bless
    .

    • Sumud
      July 21, 2014, 8:14 pm

      True michelle, just like any other ordinary people.

      • michelle
        July 22, 2014, 7:30 am

        Hello Sumud
        nice to ‘see’ you (smile)
        i hope you’re well
        m

  16. Kay24
    July 21, 2014, 11:12 pm

    Jon Stewart deftly avoided discussing the massacre in Gaza, by having some sort of a skit about it, implying there were many different opinions and if he did he would be called a self hater. I don’t know. I think it was also a bit of deliberate effort to not confront the issue, like many are doing right now.

  17. Qualtrough
    July 22, 2014, 12:02 am

    Lest anyone be feeling a bit misty-eyed for the Israeli-American sniper that was just killed by ‘Khamas’, the Angry Arab site has a video of the kind of work he was involved in. Cold blooded murder. Here it is on Youtube:

  18. bilal a
    July 22, 2014, 12:58 am

    Scott Noren [email protected] 7h
    What do you think of this Max?So far, Israeli troops uncovered 45 tunnel shafts, some inside homes and mosques. Scott

    [email protected]
    did you ever stop to wonder why racial outcasts in a walled off ghetto patrolled 24/7 by drones would think to dig tunnels?

    @JosephIsVegan 7h
    you’d be cheering on the SS guards when they discovered the tunnels underneath the Warsaw Ghetto?…which were used to bring in not just food and supplies but also weapons?

    https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/491340191223660544

  19. seafoid
    July 22, 2014, 5:08 am

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/22/gaza-crisis-john-kerry-and-ban-ki-moon-step-up-attempts-to-broker-ceasefire-live-updates

    “Al-Jazeera has said that Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, who made inflammatory comments about the broadcaster yesterday, bears responsibility for the safety of its crews after two warning shots were fired at its Gaza office, Haaretz reports.

    A rocket has hit a house in Tel Aviv.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/routine-emergencies/.premium-1.606328
    “Celebrities from Selena Gomez to Mia Farrow a-Twitter with sympathy for Gaza
    Clearly, it’s far more fashionable for stars to show concern about the Gaza’s plight conflict than to argue Israel’s position.”

  20. Justpassingby
    July 22, 2014, 7:07 am

    Meanwhile in the west:
    West condemn….well take a guess!
    http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S3510465.shtml?cat=10051

    Amazing isnt it?!

  21. Kay24
    July 22, 2014, 7:43 am

    US to send millions of dollars in aid for humanitarian efforts in Gaza.
    Isn’t it ironic, we send Israel billions in aid for weapons that are used against Palestinian civilians, and then we send the victims aid to help them recover from the hell Israel keeps inflicting on them, and at this point it seems they can never recover.

    Why are we always cleaning after Israel, and putting up with their BS?
    This is a very expensive alliance.

    • Bob_Salad
      July 22, 2014, 8:22 am

      Yeah, and the sub-contracts for the supply of this aid will invariably be US/Israeli companies. It’s a win-win situation; the Obama administration wins PR kudos and gains ‘humanitarian’ credit; ‘favored’ organizations get a cash windfall.

      But you’re right, the hypocrisy is ridiculous.

  22. concernedhuman
    July 22, 2014, 7:48 am

    –Not dead –Telegenically dead
    Like, we are bombing them but not killing them ,hamas is killing them
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cartoon/2014/jul/21/steve-bell-cartoon-gaza-binyamin-netanyahu

  23. Justpassingby
    July 22, 2014, 8:25 am

    Then I try again since my comment is still in “moderation”

    West condemns…well.. guess what
    http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S3510465.shtml?cat=10051

    Amazing isnt it?

  24. ritzl
    July 22, 2014, 8:47 am

    Hi Kay. I’d like to see the humanitarian aid purchased in the US and delivered by US Navy cruiser to the Gaza port. Screw the Israeli Occupation Industry and open the borders (or at least make the point that they can be opened).

    It seems those are two of the things Gazans are fighting and dying for. We/US could show them that there is a proverbial light at the end of their generations-long tunnel.

    Israel would not be involved, at all. No crossings to open (and capriciously close), no “coordination” with Egypt, no nothing. Rockets would end. Hamas/IJ would moderate or go away. Etc…

    Win. Win. Win. It’s almost magical in its elegance and potency as an actual entire to a solution.

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