Slaughter is not self-defense: The assault on Gaza and the corruption of language

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A Palestinian man stands amid debris following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 11. (Photo: Mohammed Abed / AFP / Getty Images)

A Palestinian man stands amid debris following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 11. (Photo: Mohammed Abed / AFP / Getty Images)

We are witnessing the unspeakable, again. Are there any words left adequate to the abomination of Israel’s ongoing onslaught on Gaza, an assault that is proceeding with dismal predictability, and that is, in fact, a repetition and an escalation rather than a recommencement of violence? It is 2009 all over again; it is 2012 all over again. 1400 Palestinians were killed in Operation Cast Lead, fitting prelude to Barack Obama’s inauguration; 161 were killed in 2012, a minor tribute to his re-election. Already, more than a thousand Palestinians have died in what is the most savage yet of these assaults, and President Obama continues to call it self-defense, though he dutifully regrets the loss of innocent civilian lives.

Let us not descend to this game of differentiating Palestinian civilians, or even Palestinian children, from Palestinian “combatants.” Israel targets Palestinians because Palestinians’ very existence is resistance, not because Hamas uses them as human shields. It is this diverse, differentiated, creative, vital, persistent existence of Palestinians that frustrates Israel, not the existence of Hamas or its rockets, which Israel has never really sought to eradicate, so handy an excuse are they for its periodic incursions and slaughters. And since it is the Palestinians’ right, as it is that of any occupied people, to resist, Israel’s resort is to deny them the right to exist.

So, for all the sanctimonious prattle emanating from Washington, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Fox News about protecting civilian lives, Israel’s aim once again seems to be to murder so many Palestinians that their individual identities dissolve into an undifferentiated statistical mass and they will become nameless. It is not enough that they be killed. Their very existence must be annulled, in keeping with the old Zionist lie about a land without people.

But for Israel to do so, Palestinians must be morally evicted beyond the line that separates human beings from things to be destroyed. So Israel’s mouthpieces and their global flock of media parrots chatter earnestly about how Arab culture does not value human life as Israelis do. Or, like US General James Conway, they bleat after Benjamin Netanyahu about the “deep and wide moral abyss” that separates Israel from its enemies; like Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse, they replay ad nauseam Golda Meir’s hypocritical jest about how peace would come “when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us”; or, like even Israeli columnist and liberal Zionist Ari Shavit, they wonder why Palestine has yet to produce a Nelson Mandela, conveniently forgetting that for decades Mandela too was jailed as a terrorist.

And this twisted, vicious moralizing is backed by the chorus of Israel’s allies, singing the song of self-defense, of protection of innocent Israeli civilians at the expense of Palestinian lives, of rallying round democracy in the fight against terrorism. Notably, of course, this slowly shrinking chorus is led by the United States and seconded by all the former colonial and settler colonial powers that Europe spawned. This defense of defense is hardly surprising, coming from that illustrious crew of terrorist states, with their long histories of genocide, enslavement, theft and exploitation.

If colonial expansion and military intervention against subjugated populations were not named defense, how could the United States continue to slaughter whole Pakistani or Yemeni families with drone attacks? How could it continue to torture and incarcerate people indefinitely with neither charge nor trial in its extra-territorial archipelago of prison camps? These too are done in the name of defense. Israel has had expert mentors in viciousness and happily deploys the weapons and methods its colonial allies so carefully honed in their own militarist adventures, interventions and counter-insurgency campaigns.

Meanwhile the massacre and traumatization and wounding of those little-valued Palestinian children continues, their flesh torn in too many cases by the thousands of dart-like flechettes that Israel’s bombs deliberately scatter in thickly populated neighborhoods, courtesy of the US defense industry. The tens of thousands of displaced but still trapped civilians have only collapsed ruins to return to.

Is there a language for this double horror, the overwhelming and disproportionate physical violence inflicted indiscriminately on a whole people and the spiritual violence of renaming this high-tech barbarity and its annihilating, racist aims as defense, protection, civilization, democracy?

Maybe only the language of Israel and its supporters is adequate to describe what is happening. It is the only language cynical and corrupt enough in its euphemistic abusiveness and in its twisted doublespeak to convey the moral abomination of this slaughter in the name of a civilization that defends itself by placing its victims beyond the pale of civility; that grounds its democracy in the racist exclusion of those they did not succeed in killing or displacing; that conducts its massacres in the name of humanity.

We do not even need, like Israel’s generals and politicians, to call this offensive another periodic “mowing of the lawn”, dub the Palestinians “cockroaches in a bottle”, or urge the rape or slaughter of Palestinian women whose wombs bear snakes. Where democracy and civilization are perverted into terms that draw the line between humans and brutes who may be exterminated with impunity; where defense becomes the name for indiscriminate slaughter and destruction; where care for civilians means the hounding of those who have nowhere to run, words best express in their very corruption the catastrophe that has once again been inflicted on Gaza.

About David Lloyd

David Lloyd is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, and a founding member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

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  1. just
    July 30, 2014, 10:20 am

    Thank you for the truth.

    I am sickened by the lie of “israel’s security” in the face of the Western support of slaughter/massacre/terrorism/genocide of PALESTINIANS.

    Stop the Nakba, stop the Occupation, HELLO America– we are sinful for our past sins and even more sinful now– BDS on the entire 86.5% of Israeli zombies!

    • ezra greenberg
      July 30, 2014, 5:38 pm

      Alot of opinions, where I see human rightsy types wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth at a tragedy that is 100% self inflicted. Now, please tell me what alternatives does Israel have? I am curious, because I will forward any intelligent ones to the IDF. Here are some possibilities: (1) Israel should just accept the rocket attacks, since they deserve it. In fact, it would behoove the Israeli citizenry to lie prostrate on the ground with a big sign saying “shoot me” on it. Of course, the Jews would have to reimburse the Palestinians for the cost of any bullets. (2) Israel should respond proportionately. For every missile fired into Israel, they should fire back the exact same type of missile (s ) and the exact same quantity. (3) Israel should accede to all of Hamas’ demands, including, but not limited to, lifting the blockade, so Hamas can import bigger and better weapons to kill Israelis. Going back to Europe from once they came. And paying the Palestinians 100 trillion dollars in restitution, plus compound interest.
      Do any of the above sound good? If so, I will let the Israelis know about it. Believe me, Israel would rather be spending its time discovering cures for cancer, working on high tech, than getting all this bad press defending themselves from rockets (errr…..I mean “firecrackers”). Any input would be helpful from your end.

      • talknic
        July 31, 2014, 3:04 pm

        @ ezra greenberg “please tell me what alternatives does Israel have?”

        It could adhere to International Law and the UN Charter by unilaterally withdrawing from ALL non-Israeli territory it has illegally acquired by war since being given, completely gratis, enough territory for a Jewish state in 1948

        ” I am curious…”

        Your rhetoric shows that statement to be complete bullsh*t ! You drivel on. saying any stupid nonsense BUT what Israel is required to do BY LAW!

      • ezra greenberg
        July 31, 2014, 6:38 pm

        since when are you a maven on international law? and law is always subject to interpretation. Moreover, some laws are unjust, and should NOT be abided by (Martin Luther King broke alot of laws down South!!). I for one would be very wary of any laws sanctioned by the United Nations, particularly the Human Rights Council, headed by some of the worst 3rd World Monster States like Libya, Syria, etc. So you sanctimoniously making reference to THE LAW gets you nowhere.

      • Hostage
        July 31, 2014, 5:21 pm

        Alot of opinions, where I see human rightsy types wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth at a tragedy that is 100% self inflicted. Now, please tell me what alternatives does Israel have?

        You are talking about the slaughter of hundreds of innocent children by the IDF in a territory Israel has placed under siege and persecution before they were ever born. Urban Dictionary: fuck you and the horse you rode in on. Term used to tell someone to fuck off and get off their pedestal.

      • ezra greenberg
        July 31, 2014, 5:56 pm

        No siege before Hamas took power in 2007, just like there was no “Apartheid Wall” (a/k/a the Wall of Life) before the psychotic suicide bombing epidemic of the Second Intifada. Once the Arabs show themselves to be halfway peacful, I am sure the Israelis will let up on their security barriers. Tell Hamas to stop the rockets, and there will be no need for any Israeli retaliation.

      • justicewillprevail
        July 31, 2014, 7:16 pm

        Hostage: applause

      • Kris
        July 31, 2014, 5:51 pm

        So lame and sad, @ezra greenberg. “Human rightsy types” are what Jews used to be proud of being, and now, thanks to Israel, human rights are just something for despicable people/bots like you to mock.

  2. Justpassingby
    July 30, 2014, 10:25 am

    Today when I saw that israel bombed another shelter, I was for 1 sec like,’ no this cant be true, Israel did this the other day, it must be a re-run of an article or something, it couldnt have happend again no no’.

    I have no words left, this is sabra and shatila.

    • ezra greenberg
      July 30, 2014, 10:55 pm

      it has to be repeated again and again, cuz it does not seem to be sinking in. If Hamas stops sending rockets into Israel, Israel will have no need to retaliate. Please tell Hamas to stop it!!! You don’t see Israel bombing Jordan, cuz Jordan is not rocketing Israel. You don’t see Israel bombing the West Bank, because rockets are not coming from there. Honestly, folks, is the concept I am trying to convey that difficult to comprehend? Or do you simply refuse to comprehend it because it does not jibe with the victim narrative you wish to have? (whoever is moderating this, I bet you don’t have the guts to display this!!)

      • justicewillprevail
        July 31, 2014, 7:18 pm

        What tripe, you simpleton. As for victimhood, you have a speciality in that.

      • piotr
        July 31, 2014, 7:29 pm

        One obvious alternative is to agree to ceasefire terms proposed by Hamas, namely lifting the blockade of Gaza. Details can be worked out, like Dutch could inspect cargoes in Gazan port which would be similar to what they proposed before.

        Much less obvious alternative is to conduct the warfare with less atrocities. Not obvious because it is far from clear that IDF would be capable of that. Concerning West Bank, “because rockets are not coming from there”, the number of killed is in low double digits. This is peace loving Israel: if you do nothing wrong, they kill only a few. You could check that this was the case during the “tranquil period” with Gaza, IDF regularly killed or shot people, and killing 6 Hamasniks started the current massacre. Were Hamasniks decent folks, like Americans, they would not begrudge such minute number.

        Now the Zionist talk is that Hamas is making them kill children. This is what passes for sophisticated Hasbara. And faithful sheep in the herd duly accepts: yes, EVERYBODY would send tank shells at schools full of refugees! If we (USA) killed 6 Canadians and they would retaliate with rockets falling on empty fields, there would be no preschool up North that would not be flattened. Sure! And Canadian Prime Minister would be helping us, because he is a very decent guy.

      • SQ Debris
        July 31, 2014, 10:55 pm

        It has been repeated again and again that israel’s occupation is illegal and the state of israel will not live in peace and security until it crawls back into its hole and adheres to international law. Israel doesn’t occupy Jordan. You don’t see rockets coming from Jordan. When israel occupied Lebanon you saw rockets coming from Lebanon. You do see rockets and mortars out of Syria
        because israel occupies Syrian land. It must be hard to keep track since israel won’t publish its borders.

  3. Donald
    July 30, 2014, 10:26 am

    “Let us not descend to this game of differentiating Palestinian civilians, or even Palestinian children, from Palestinian “combatants.” ”

    Why? I like the “game”, as you so puzzlingly put it. It makes clear that Israel is using indiscriminate firepower and in some cases is probably targeting civilians and has committed war crimes. People who have paid little attention to the conflict and think the abbreviations 1SS and 2SS refer to two different plans for funding Social Security can understand that blowing up homes and hospitals and schools is wrong. It’s not a war crime to fire at people who are firing rockets at Israeli towns if you aim carefully, but obviously the Israelis don’t aim carefully, or they do, but they sometimes aim at children, adult civilians, homes, hospitals, schools, and power plants. One can make a case on the larger issues of who started this, going all the way back to 1948, and the Palestinians win that case too, but don’t throw away the clearest and simplest argument we have, one that anyone can understand.

    • Hostage
      July 30, 2014, 11:32 am

      “Let us not descend to this game of differentiating Palestinian civilians, or even Palestinian children, from Palestinian “combatants.” Why? I like the “game”, as you so puzzlingly put it.

      I suggested one reason yesterday: Israel claims that it is no longer an occupying power in Gaza, but refuses to acknowledge the Article 2 Hague IV Convention rule that permits the inhabitants, on the approach of the enemy, to spontaneously take up arms and defend themselves. http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/hague04.asp#art2

      In the case of an invading force, the entire able bodied population can be considered “privileged belligerents” and it’s simply ludicrous to promulgate propaganda that “Hamas” is hiding among the civilian population in order to deny all Palestinians the right of self-defense. It’s no longer possible for Israel to label everyone “unlawful combatants” or “terrorists”. L.C. Green, one of the great authorities on the laws of armed conflict, noted decades ago that Israel would be required to treat Palestinian militia members as prisoners of war, once Palestine declared its independence and the State of Palestine became a high contracting party to the Geneva Conventions. http://books.google.com/books?id=5okNqth8I9wC&lpg=PA135&ots=ARGGNDm7G-&dq=t&pg=PA135#v=onepage&q&f=false

      It’s a wonder that no one is raising hell over this fact, since there are thousands of POWs in Israeli jails. We are still hearing shopworn propaganda that the government of Palestine is paying monthly stipends to “terrorists” in Israeli prisons and supporting their families based upon their civil service or military pay grade and number of years spent in jail, i.e. http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ForeignPolicy/Terrorism/Palestinian/Pages/Palestinian-Authority-funds-terrorists-June-2014.aspx Note: the North Vietnamese government complained because the US government did exactly the same thing.

      • Donald
        July 30, 2014, 11:53 am

        Wouldn’t the law make a distinction between Hamas combatants defending their homes by shooting at Israeli soldiers, and Hamas combatants firing rockets at cities in Israel?

        As for Israel, would their vastly larger crimes and disregard for the law give any legal cover for someone to shoot at Israeli civilians?

        I’m not saying the two sides are close to being on the same level. One side has killed close to 1000 civilians (or maybe more at this stage), while last I heard the other has killed 3.

      • Hostage
        July 31, 2014, 5:44 pm

        Wouldn’t the law make a distinction between Hamas combatants defending their homes by shooting at Israeli soldiers, and Hamas combatants firing rockets at cities in Israel?

        Yes, it does. In addition, Goldstone noted that uniformed armed police officers are not a valid military objective and that Israel’s attack on the Police graduation ceremony was a crime.

        As for Israel, would their vastly larger crimes and disregard for the law give any legal cover for someone to shoot at Israeli civilians?

        No. In international law two wrongs only make two wrongs. Tu quoque arguments are no defense against prosecution. Common Article 3 of the 3rd and 4th Convention and Article 33 of the 4th Geneva Convention essentially prohibit reprisals against civilians or prisoners at all times and in all places. None of that applies to settlers or other civilians who are actively engaged in hostilities.

      • SQ Debris
        July 31, 2014, 11:03 pm

        For people in Gaza, every Israeli city can be defined as a belligerent settlement as they sit on property owned by the refugees there. Beyond that, Hamas can merely say it was aiming at the Ministry of defense in Tel Aviv every time they fired a rocket. Kind of like Israel says it was shooting at rocket crews every time they flattened a house full of people. Hamas could also say that they were always firing at open areas with the intent not to harm, but to remind Israelis that they are involved in an illegal occupation. Every now and then they had a stray, so three people were killed by three thousand rockets.

  4. American
    July 30, 2014, 10:26 am

    ” Are there any words left adequate to the abomination of Israel’s ongoing onslaught on Gaza”>>>

    Nope no words left….no words adequate to describe all the murders in this.

  5. Abierno
    July 30, 2014, 10:29 am

    Outstanding essay.

  6. Kay24
    July 30, 2014, 10:43 am

    What a well written article. It conveys exactly what I am thinking, but unable to express myself so well like David lloyd.

    I am tired like just is, at the consistent lies by the American leaders who keep shielding Israel from world condemnation, by justifying every single war crime committed on Palestinian civilians, and the parroting of Israel’s excuses, of tunnels, rockets, human shields (where are they expected to run again? they do not have the luxury of illegal settlements stretching as far as the eye could see, to hide) and the poor Israeli people living in fear (that lot is privileged and have become arrogant too)
    while the Palestinian people the TRUE victims of terrorism, who have lost their homes, no electricity, water, medical attention, hospitals, and not safe even in their shelters. The recent attack on a UN shelter was the wonderful act of precision bombing by Israel (confirmed by UN officials). DID WE HEAR ANY CONDEMNATION OR OUTRAGE BY THE US, CONGRESS OR ANY OTHER APOLOGIST FOR THE MURDERER? If this turned out to be Hamas, the entire congress led by the majority and minority leaders, would be wringing their hands and calling them terrorists again.

    This is how bad the situation is, and this is how blood thirsty the nation of Israel is –

    “A poll this week for Israel’s Channel 10 news, conducted by the Sarid Institute, found that 87 percent of Jewish Israelis support continuing the Gaza operation. A survey by the Israel Democracy Institute found that 95 percent of Israeli Jews think the operation in Gaza is just, and 4 of 5 oppose a unilateral withdrawal. Just 4 percent said the Israeli military has used excessive force.”

    Israelis also think the man behind this massacre is a rock star, for getting rid of so many CIVILIANS. This shows just who the human animals are, and just how much THEY have regard for civilian lives when it come to Palestinians (or any other neighbor for that matter). The death toll now stands at MORE than 1600 Palestinians out of which 80 percent are civilians. 3 Israeli civilians and 50+ soldiers.

    So who is the real terrorist here? Can it be the one who is pounding Gaza with their deadly bombs, and inflicting suffering and casualties over there?

    • elephantine
      July 30, 2014, 8:29 pm

      From CNN (link):

      “While there were calls on Israel to do more to protect civilians, the United States also agreed to Israel’s request to resupply it with several types of ammunition, a U.S. defense official told CNN on condition of anonymity. It’s not an emergency sale, the official said.

      Among the items being bought are 120mm mortar rounds and 40mm ammunition for grenade launchers, the official said. Those will come from a stockpile the United States keeps in Israel, which is worth more than $1 billion.”

  7. Kay24
    July 30, 2014, 10:46 am

    Lindsey Graham and Charles Schumer are working hard for the AIPAC dollars.
    They may get a bonus this time, for giving so much of their precious time, doing disgusting hasbara for the nation that is slaughtering civilians by the hundreds.

    If only there was a way in which we could make sure they read articles like this one.

    • Citizen
      July 31, 2014, 9:51 am

      South Carolina is a hotbed of white racism and support for Israel. Why is this? I have relatives living there. They hate Obama. They have nothing negative to say about Israel. If I bring up the subject, they ignore me, change the subject. I don’t get it.

  8. a blah chick
    July 30, 2014, 10:53 am

    I saw on Haaretz a column where the author asserted that Israel has already won the war! How does he know that? Because of the fact that Hamas keeps fighting. If the Palestinians had won they wouldn’t keep fighting.

    Meanwhile the Qassem brigade is claiming another 15-20 Israelis killed and injured after luring them into a building and then blowing it up. Their info has turned out to be far more reliable than the IDF spokesman.

    Yep, smells like victory to me!

  9. RobertB
    July 30, 2014, 10:57 am

    Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza

    By Glenn Greenwald

    July 30, 2014

    ” – “The Intercept” – As I’ve written many times before, “terrorism” is, and from the start was designed to be, almost entirely devoid of discernible meaning. It’s a fear-mongering slogan, lacking any consistent application, intended to end rational debate and justify virtually any conduct by those who apply the term. But to the extent it means anything beyond that, it typically refers to the killing of civilians as a means of furthering political or military goals.

    Below are two charts reflecting the deaths of civilians, soldiers and “militants” in both Gaza and Israel since the July 8 Israeli attack began. The statistics used are unduly generous toward Israel, since “militants” in Gaza are often nothing more than residents who take up arms to defend their homes against an invading and occupying army. Even with that generous interpretation, these numbers, standing alone, tell a powerful story:

    If you landed on earth from another planet this week, knowing nothing other than the most common use of the word “terrorism,” which side do you think would most frequently be referred to as “terrorists”?

    Often, the most vivid illustration of the criminality of this attack comes not from data but from isolated stories. Yesterday, for instance, “in Khan Younis, five members of the Najjar family, which lost 21 people in a previous strike, were killed.” Meanwhile, “in the Al Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, an airstrike from an F-16 killed the mayor, Anis Abu Shamala, and four others in his home, some of whom had taken refuge there from intense artillery shelling nearby.”

    At the same time, the Israeli government’s messaging machine quickly switched from hyping rocket attacks, which were causing relatively little damage, to featuring what it began calling “terror tunnels”. The U.S. media dutifully followed suit, with CNN anchor (and former AIPAC employee) Wolf Blitzer touring a “terror tunnel” led around by the IDF and his flashlight, while the New York Times’ Jodi Rudoren did the same in an article headlined “Tunnels Lead Right to the Heart of Israeli Fear,” quoting “Israeli military officials”, “an Israeli military spokesman”, and “Israeli experts”. But a separate article in the NYT highlighted how these “terror tunnels” are actually used:

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39266.htm

  10. RobertB
    July 30, 2014, 11:28 am

    The war criminal, Bibi Netanyahu, and many in the Apartheid Israeli government are just laughing in Obama and John Kerry’s faces…they are daring them to criticize Israel’s massacre/genocide in Gaza. Bibi knows that Obama & Kerry are spineless cowards. They don’t dare to speak…they don’t dare to take any action against Apartheid Israel & its war crimes. He is laughing at them and ridiculing them in front of the whole world! He is defying them and making them look like incompetent fools!

    The only things they do is support Israel’s criminal records over and over…and they keep sending more massive weapons and keep increasing Israel’s $$$ figures in hundreds of millions $ year after year.

    Most Americans are way too deep in their paralysis…in their slumber … they have no clue of what the real truth is when it comes to I/P conflict! They seem to get their information from the zionist controlled MSM.

    Wow….Its unbelievable how much AIPAC/Apartheid Israel controls America…What a damn national shame?

    • Citizen
      July 31, 2014, 9:59 am

      Yeah, time to give the xxx in USA a copy of Rachel Corrie’s life, along with Anne Frank’s. It would have to be in digital form, preferably in the form of a video game. Need to pass the test to get your food stamps.

  11. seafoid
    July 30, 2014, 11:29 am

    Israel is straight out of 1984. Slaughter as goodness. Naftali Bennett says all they have to do is stop shooting- he never mentions the siege. They will never, ever grant the Palestinians a state yet they stretch their arm forward in peace.
    And don’t get me started on how tolerant of gay people they are.
    Such a sick ideology.

    Benny Morris
    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.607984
    “This is a large part of the explanation for Israel’s weakness in the various Gaza operations that have brought us to this point – the same weakness that guarantees the next round will happen very soon. This weakness is very similar to America’s policy of appeasement under President Barack Obama’s governments, which wound up weakening the status of the United States, and the West as a whole, throughout the world.
    What should we do next time? The answer is clear and well known. All that’s needed is the courage to start down this path and the determination to finish the job. It won’t be either easy or quick. We’re talking about reoccupying the entire Gaza Strip and destroying Hamas as a military organization, and perhaps also as a political one (it’s reasonable to think that destroying Hamas’ army will badly weaken Hamas as a political movement). ”

    versus Christian Aid

    http://www.christianaid.org.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/July-2014/christian-aid-statement-on-gaza-impunity-must-end.aspx

    “Christian Aid believes that whilst the scale of destruction and suffering in Gaza is unprecedented, the current crisis should not be a surprise to anyone. It is the result of decades of political failure and continuous Palestinian displacement. We call for an immediate end to all violence against civilians and honest and concrete measures to demonstrate to all those who breach international law that they will be held to account.
    This latest outbreak of violence is not about Gaza. The people who are now dying in their hundreds are paying the price for a lethal combination of international political impotence and indifference to decades of Palestinian dispossession and displacement. It appears from its actions that Israel disregards the most basic rights of Palestinians.
    Those who have died deserve us to be honest about what is happening. The world cannot claim to be unaware, as it has been paying for the consequences of consistent political failure, weak Palestinian leadership and Israel’s actions since the first Palestinian refugees were forced from their homes in 1947. Billions have been poured into Palestinian ‘development’ aid, while Israeli actions have fuelled ‘de-development’ and undermined a viable Palestinian economy by occupying more land for illegal settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank and restricting access and movement for people and goods.
    Israel controls and impacts on almost every aspect of Palestinian life. This includes forcing them through humiliating checkpoints; allowing settler violence to go unpunished; imposing a seven year blockade on Gaza; arresting and holding thousands without charge and demolishing homes and livelihoods.
    Anyone bearing witness to these facts on the ground will no doubt conclude that any possibility of a two-state solution has all but failed. Despite the international community’s claim that it is the only solution, it has not acted to stop Israel usurping Palestinian land and natural resources and has allowed Palestinians to become the highest per capita recipients of donor aid in the world.”

  12. Hostage
    July 30, 2014, 11:37 am

    We are witnessing the unspeakable, again. … It is 2009 all over again; it is 2012 all over again.

    It is very much like the uprising in the the Warsaw Ghetto all over again, with an invading force attacking an interned civilian population and branding their attempts at self defense as acts of terror or illegal resistance.

    • seafoid
      July 30, 2014, 11:58 am

      http://www.bundespraesident.de/SharedDocs/Reden/EN/JoachimGauck/Reden/2014/140729-Ausstellung-Warschau-Aufstand.html

      “The second reason why I find this exhibition particularly important is the specifically Polish perspective which the Warsaw Rising Museum has provided. It helps us understand what key role the Warsaw Uprising plays in Polish history. It helps us understand why matters of freedom and independence remain so essential for many Polish people to this day.

      The Warsaw Uprising takes its place in a series of uprisings ending in defeat which can be traced through Polish history. For many Poles, however, these losses by no means led to defeatism and despondency. In 1944, most people were of a mind with the young poet Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński when he wrote, “Now we must die so that Poland may live again.”

      Poland wanted to demonstrate to itself and to the world that it was capable of throwing off the German oppressor on its own initiative. And, like the Résistance in Paris, it hoped for support from the advancing Allied troops. Help from outside, however, almost wholly failed to materialise. More than 170,000 of Warsaw’s inhabitants paid for the uprising with their lives.

      After 63 days full of fervour and frustration, triumph and pain, full of hope and bitter losses, but above all full of bravery and sacrifice – after 63 days, the only remaining option was to surrender. One of the last radio messages from the fighting home army to the Polish government in exile in London ran as follows: “Those who have died have triumphed, and those who yet live will fight on, will triumph and give proof that Poland lives while Poles live.”

      I was able to see for myself what an important touchstone the Warsaw Uprising was for Polish opposition forces. In Communist times, hundreds and thousands used to process on 1 August to Warsaw’s Powązki Cemetery, where those who fell in the uprising lie buried. Those fathers, grandfathers, husbands and wives were examples to the generations which followed them. “

      • lysias
        July 30, 2014, 12:37 pm

        The Warsaw Uprising by the Home Army of Poland in 1944 was also a heroic endeavor, but it was a different event from the uprising by the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943, which was a reaction by the remaining Jews of the ghetto when it became apparent that they were all about to be shipped to the extermination camps.

      • seafoid
        July 30, 2014, 1:43 pm

        http://azvsas.blogspot.ch/2009/10/marek-edelman-death-of-anti-fascist_07.html

        “Zionism had always preached the line of least resistance. As the anti-Nazi Boycott of German goods was launched in Britain and the USA in 1933 by the Jewish labour movement, the Zionist leaders negotiated an economic transfer agreement (Ha’avara) that led to 60% of capital investment in Palestine between 1933 and 1939 coming from Nazi Germany.

        Edelman became a ‘non-person’ in Israel. He challenged the Zionist fable that the holocaust was part of a continuous road that led to the Israeli state and that the Ghetto Uprising was part of that same road. Having abandoned the Jews of Europe to their fate, Zionism created the myth that resistance to the Nazis was a Zionist endeavour.

        As Yitzhak Laor noted in his review in Ha’aretz of 26.12.04. of Ruth Linn’s, Escaping Auschwitz: A Culture of Forgetting

        ‘How long did it take before we finally learned that there had been anti-Zionists among the fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising? Who was Marek Edelman? Why could he show up from time to time at Kibbutz Lohamei Hageta’ot (“Ghetto Fighters”) to sit down and chat with his soul mate Antek Zuckerman, while we, as readers, were kept in the dark as to the man’s charm and greatness? Because the collective memory was unable to tolerate people who had consciously chosen not to identify with the Zionist enterprise, even in the context of Holocaust memory.’
        Linn’s book dealt with another Jewish hero of the holocaust hero, Rudolf Vrba, who with Alfred Wetzler, escaped from Auschwitz, to warn the 800,000 Hungarian Jews that they were next on the Nazi butchers’ list. Their detailed description of the gas chambers and the location of their murder, the Auschwitz Protocols, was suppressed by the Zionist press and movement until the Swiss newspapers , the War Refugee Board and the Vatican, among others, blew the whistle.
        The reason for the silencing of Edelman and Vrba was because the Holocaust has been harnessed to the cause the dispossession of the Palestinians. The Palestinians were the new Nazis and anyone who disagreed was also an anti-Semite. As Richard Goldstone found out this week when Israel’s finance minister, Yuval Steinitz, accused him of being an anti-Semite. (BREAKING NEWS – Israel Finance Minister: Goldstone Is ‘Anti-Semite’).

        As Idith Zertal wrote:
        “Nationalizing the ghetto uprisings was a way of nationalizing the narrative and removing all the contradictory, non-Zionist elements…. The fact that the umbrella organizations involved in the rebellion included all the political parties was minimized or obscured. Of all the efforts to hush up and disguise the truth, the case of Marek Edelman is perhaps the most glaring.”
        As Zertal pointed out, the “Encyclopedia of the Holocaust,” edited by Israel Gutman, one of Israel’s Establishment Holocaust Historians at Yad Vashem, is very vague about Edelman’s role, and devotes only one column to him. (The Living Dead, Yitzhak Laor)

        Marek Edelman’s book, The Ghetto is Fighting, was first published in Poland in 1945 and republished in Britain in 1990. Given that this was the only first-hand account by a leader of the Uprising, it is hardly accidental that it took 56 years, until 2001, before it was published in Israel.
        “Like Vrba, Edelman ‘ascended’ to Israel, refusing to become the ‘dead and obedient hero who could be moulded along with the political order of that time. On the contrary he remained alive and kicking and refusing and, therefore, extremely inconvenient for the creation of a heroic Zionist condensing and compensating myth.’ Zertal, I. Death and the Nation, 56-7 (Translation from Hebrew).
        As another survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, Professor Israel Shahak, wrote in a letter published on 19 May 1989 in Kol Ha’ir, Jerusalem:

        Nearly all the work of administration, and later the work of transporting hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths, was carried out by Jewish collaborators. Before the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising… the Jewish underground killed, with perfect justification, every Jewish collaborator they could find. If they had not done so the Uprising could never have started. The majority of the population of the Ghetto hated the collaborators far more than the German Nazis….

        the entire Nazi success in easy and continued rule over millions of people stemmed from the subtle and diabolical use of collaborators… This, and not what is ‘instilled’ was the reality. Of the Yad Vashem (official state Holocaust museum in Jerusalem – Ed.) theatre, I do not wish to speak, at all. It, and its vile exploits, such as honouring South Africa collaborators with the Nazis [the visit of South African Premier John Vorster to Israel – TG) are truly beneath contempt.
        And this is the reason for the silencing and invisibility of Marek Edelman and Rudolf Vrba. They were living proof that Zionism was not and never was a movement of resistance in Europe, but a movement of collaboration

        I once called up the association of ghetto fighters in Israel to ask about Marek Edelman. The laconic response I received was “Edelman is in Poland. He is not a Zionist.”

      • seafoid
        July 30, 2014, 1:58 pm

        Marek Edelman’s account of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising

        http://writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/Holocaust/warsaw-uprising.html

        Well worth reading
        Nobody in the Zionist leadership is worth one of his fingernails.

      • Mooser
        July 30, 2014, 2:13 pm

        “Zionism was not and never was a movement of resistance in Europe, but a movement of collaboration”

        That is sure my impression.

  13. can of worms
    July 30, 2014, 11:37 am

    “Is there a language for this double horror…?”

    Yes: “The horror! The horror!”

  14. lysias
    July 30, 2014, 11:43 am

    It is very much like the uprising in the the Warsaw Ghetto all over again

    Holocaust survivor Dr. Gabor Mate makes precisely that comparison. Beautiful dream of Israel has become a nightmare:

    The Palestinians use tunnels? So did my heroes, the poorly armed fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto. Unlike Israel, Palestinians lack Apache helicopters, guided drones, jet fighters with bombs, laser-guided artillery. Out of impotent defiance, they fire inept rockets, causing terror for innocent Israelis but rarely physical harm. With such a gross imbalance of power, there is no equivalence of culpability.

    • Kay24
      July 30, 2014, 11:57 am

      For a few days the buzz word by Israeli and US leaders were “tunnels”, really what do they expect when people are blockaded and attacked from outside by one of the world’s top military powers and arms manufacturers? The irony of it is, before the war, these tunnel were not used to kidnap or kill, it was dug to repel the attacking forces. What does anyone expect any people to do when they are kept in a large concentration camp? The rational thing prisoners do is to try to get out, and will even dig their way out – to escape or to defend themselves of an onslaught.
      This is such bull sheet, and the false outrage is now sounding so stupid, it seems their efforts to cast the blame on the other side for the mounting civilians casualties is now convincing no one.

  15. Hostage
    July 30, 2014, 11:44 am

    or, like even Israeli columnist and liberal Zionist Ari Shavit, they wonder why Palestine has yet to produce a Nelson Mandela, conveniently forgetting that for decades Mandela too was jailed as a terrorist.

    Mandela said the South African government had publicly offered to release him from jail on at least ten occasions, including a speech delivered by P.W. Botha to the Parliament in 1985 which called upon Mandela to publicly renounce the use of violence in exchange for his release.
    On each occasion, like Hamas, Mandela turned down the offers, while explaining that the government only wanted the onus for violence to rest on his shoulders, while he wanted to reaffirm to the world that members of his movement were only responding to violence done to them.
    link to books.google.com

    • lysias
      July 30, 2014, 11:56 am

      The description of Hamas leader Khaled Mashal given by former AJC executive director Henry Siegman in an interview on today’s Democracy Now! makes Mashal sound very much like a Palestinian equivalent of Mandela.

  16. cogit8
    July 30, 2014, 11:51 am

    Bravo, David Lloyd!

  17. RobertB
    July 30, 2014, 11:54 am

    Is Killing Civilians Part Of Israel’s Plan?

    By Jonathan Cook

    July 30, 2014

    – ” Another day, another UN school hit by Israeli shelling in Gaza. Israel’s attack this morning killed at least 16 civilians sheltering at the school and wounded dozens. The casualties figures are expected to rise.

    Israel and even most of its critics tell us that the civilian casualties are accidental, caused by Israel’s need to wage its war against Hamas in heavily built-up areas of Gaza. Israel is accused of “disproportionality”, or of recklessness, or of inflicting unfortunate collateral damage.

    But here’s another possibility: that the people of Gaza, not just Hamas, are the target. That Israel’s generals don’t see much difference between the two.

    Israel’s army is “degrading” – or “mowing the lawn”, in even worse military parlance – Gaza’s ability’s to resist. Not Hamas’ abilities, but Gaza’s. Because the problem lies not with Hamas. Hamas is simply a symptom, of the people of Gaza’s determination to liberate themselves from Israel’s siege.

    That is why the power plant was destroyed yesterday. That is why Israel has been starving Gaza for years through its siege, limiting the entry of basic foods and counting the minimum calories people need for bare survival – putting them on a diet, as one senior adviser jokingly termed it. “

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39269.htm

  18. Devils Advocate
    July 30, 2014, 12:58 pm

    The evidence mounts that the Israelis are targeting civilians deliberately. As we know:

    A cache of rockets was discovered at a U.N.-operated school in central Gaza that was closed for the summer, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. The school was not being used as a shelter, it said.

    The rockets were discovered Tuesday during a regular UNRWA inspection, the agency said. It’s the third time the rockets have been discovered at a closed school in Gaza.

    From CNN

    This seems to be becoming a clear pattern. The only UN run buildings that are used to store weapons are ones which are empty. No human shields. UNRWA are not finding weapons in any of their buildings that are in use. Not schools, not refugee camps. Why? Aren’t they looking? Why would they search unoccupied buildings and not occupied ones? So we can conclude from this that Hamas is not using buildings occupied by civilians and run by the UN to store weapons. Yet they are being targeted repeatedly by the Israelis. The question is whether they would use any other buildings occupied by civilians? Especially as they apparently have a network of underground tunnels in which they can store weapons? It is worth remembering that no objective body has ever found evidence of any of Israel’s opponents doing as the Israelis repeatedly claim. Not in Lebanon in 2006, not in Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008/9

    The reality of course is that the Israelis are deliberately targeting civilians. They always have. Their view is that by doing so, they can persuade the fighters to give in or induce the family members to persuade them to give in. Yes, they could kill more of them but they have to weigh this in balance against international reaction to their depravity. They are calibrating the civilian deaths in frequency to avoid a build up of irresistible international pressure to stop. There is another clue in the overall death toll. Despite the war on the ground which is in largely in areas devoid of civilians, the percentage of civilians amongst the dead has if anything crept up. That suggests that the Hamas fighters are holding their own in the war of the tunnels and the Israelis are avenging the deaths of their soldiers by killing more civilians. I mean all those juicy sitting duck schools, hospitals and refugee camps. More than respectable depraved butchers can resist.

    • Annie Robbins
      July 30, 2014, 2:27 pm

      Why would they search unoccupied buildings and not occupied ones?

      i have not read that they are only searching unoccupied buildings. i’m curious who reported that. do you have a link?

      Despite the war on the ground which is in largely in areas devoid of civilians, the percentage of civilians amongst the dead has if anything crept up.

      i have not read the war on the ground which is in largely in areas devoid of civilians. i’m curious who reported that. do you have a link?

      That suggests that the Hamas fighters are holding their own in the war of the tunnels and the Israelis are avenging the deaths of their soldiers by killing more civilians.

      i think the israeli military are very much avenging the deaths of their soldiers. i recommend this article about revenge: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/soldiers-palestinian-civilians.html

      • Devils Advocate
        July 30, 2014, 5:07 pm

        I have not read that they are only searching unoccupied buildings. i’m curious who reported that. do you have a link?

        The question was rhetorical. Obviously if they are searching empty buildings, they are certainly searching the ones that are in use. my point therefore is that clearly Israeli is not targeting the UNRWA buildings in use because they are being used by Hamas fighters. They are targeting them because they are full of civilians.

        “Despite the war on the ground which is in largely in areas devoid of civilians, the percentage of civilians amongst the dead has if anything crept up.”

        I have not read the war on the ground which is in largely in areas devoid of civilians. i’m curious who reported that. do you have a link?

        An assumption. The obvious point of confrontation between the fighters will be in the buffer zone, and I have read that the Israeli forces are largely stymied there. Of course they are sending tanks in to fire shells at the civilians further into Gaza but I was talking about the actual clash between combatants, not the chicken shoot. I don’t dignify the latter by calling it “war”.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 30, 2014, 8:50 pm

        The obvious point of confrontation between the fighters will be in the buffer zone, and I have read that the Israeli forces are largely stymied there.

        i agree. i think i misunderstood what you meant by “the war on the ground “. i agree with you it seems as tho this is primarily a war targeting civilians, purposely of course.

      • Hostage
        July 31, 2014, 4:29 am

        i agree with you it seems as tho this is primarily a war targeting civilians, purposely of course.

        There is a good article which explains that issuing warnings does not automatically make portions of the civilian population a valid military objective and which highlights the dishonest language used by Israel to conceal the requirement for better warnings and targeting than it provides in actual practice. See Janina Dill, Israel’s Use of Law and Warnings in Gaza http://opiniojuris.org/2014/07/30/guest-post-israels-use-law-warnings-gaza/

      • seafoid
        July 31, 2014, 4:37 am

        It’s a terror campaign, a scorched earth operation designed to turn the population against Hamas. Look at my wrath o Gaza for I am Israel, your overlord. And after the people turn back to father Israel they’ll get their siege back.

      • Walid
        July 31, 2014, 5:05 am

        seafoid, about the scorched earth policy or the Dahieh stunt they are pulling, the stupid Israelis are committing the same error as in 2006 when for no other reason than to get the population to rise against Hizbullah, they bombed the bridges, roads and electricity generating plants in the predominantly Christian north of Lebanon to make them speak out against Hizbullah. Many of those areas being 100 miles or so from the south had never actually seen a Hizbullah person and hadn’t really mixed with Muslims of any kind, but having had their lives totally disrupted by Israel’s senseless bombing, they almost all turned into pro-Hizbullah fans and when the exodus of Shia refugees from the south began, the Christians of the north were the first to open their homes, their schools and their churches to shelter them. Israel’s plans totally backfired.

        After the war, many Shia and Christian families became great friends with total villages both Christian from the north and Shia from the south visiting each other every summer. Israel by its stupidity actually united the Lebanese. Up until the 2006 war happened, I was very much anti- Hizbullah but after I saw how these people bravely held their ground in spite of all the other forces working against them, I became more respectful of them. The destruction of Gaza is doing the exact thing in that it is uniting the people to continue standing behind Hamas to continue their struggle for total freedom.

      • seafoid
        July 31, 2014, 5:36 am

        Walid

        The Zionists are utter nihilists. They have zero to offer the Palestinians . So they think a terror bombing campaign will work.

        What did Abbas’ strategy of complying with negotiations deliver? Nothing.
        What will Gaza have after this slaughter? The siege.

        And they even bomb the UN FFS. Who are feeding 80% of Gaza as a result of Israel’s punitive policy.
        They are heartless, vindictive, psychotic bastards.

      • Hostage
        July 30, 2014, 8:23 pm

        i have not read that they are only searching unoccupied buildings. i’m curious who reported that. do you have a link?

        The UNRWA reported they had discovered weapons in their facilities and formally complained to the government of Palestine about the situation. See for example, “UNRWA Condemns Placement of Rockets, for a Second Time, in One of Its Schools” http://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/press-releases/unrwa-condemns-placement-rockets-second-time-one-its-schools

      • Annie Robbins
        July 31, 2014, 5:11 am

        thanks hostage. yes, i had read that.

    • piotr
      July 31, 2014, 7:51 pm

      “Israelis are deliberately targeting civilians. They always have.”

      I am not sure about “always”, but Irgun, precursor of the currently ruling Israeli parties (Likud and 3 Likud offshoots) definitely favored attacking marketplaces.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Irgun_attacks
      It is really not about achieving any goals, “degrading capabilities” or whatever. That would be a patina of rationality put on exuberant self-expression.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zey8567bcg
      “I am a homicidal maniac, and I am OK, a sleep all night, and I kill all day.”

  19. DICKERSON3870
    July 30, 2014, 2:06 pm

    RE: “Slaughter is not self-defense: The assault on Gaza and the corruption of language

    FROM WIKIPEDIA (Politics and the English Language):

    “Politics and the English Language” (1946) is an essay by George Orwell that criticises the “ugly and inaccurate” written English of his time and examines the connection between political orthodoxies and the debasement of language. It was originally published in the April 1946 issue of the journal Horizon. The article had been intended for George Weidenfeld’s Contact magazine but it was turned down – the magazine wanted reportage. Politics and the English Language was Orwell’s last major article for Horizon.[1]
    The essay focuses on political language, which, according to Orwell, “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Orwell believed that the language used was necessarily vague or meaningless because it was intended to hide the truth rather than express it. This unclear prose was a “contagion” which had spread to those who did not intend to hide the truth, and it concealed a writer’s thoughts from himself and others.[2] Orwell encourages concreteness and clarity instead of vagueness, and individuality over political conformity.

    ■ Extracts and analysis
    ● Causes and characteristics of unclear writing
    Orwell related what he believed to be a close association between bad prose and oppressive ideology:

    In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible. Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of political parties. Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Defenceless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging along the roads with no more than they can carry: this is called transfer of population or rectification of frontiers. People are imprisoned for years without trial, or shot in the back of the neck or sent to die of scurvy in Arctic lumber camps: this is called elimination of unreliable elements. Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them. . .

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_and_the_English_Language

    [PDF] “Politics and the English Language”, by George Orwell – NPR – http://www.npr.org/blogs/ombudsman/Politics_and_the_English_Language-1.pdf

  20. gracie fr
    July 30, 2014, 3:44 pm

    “Hannah Arendt provides a template for studying all such acts of barbarity by the organized and brute force of the state, with full complicity of the overwhelming population, against people who are made stateless either in the sense of being deprived of the state they had hitherto lived in or are forced to live as stateless wards of occupying power…..It is precisely the later scenario that we are confronted with in Gaza, where an occupying power is conducting a slaughter of the stateless, defenseless and caged population under its occupation…..It is remarkable that in spite of the huge difference in scale, the psychological and societal factors underlying the brutal onslaught of these declared racist regimes against their captive and largely defenseless populations bears close resemblance. Not only that, USA, without whose total and unconditional support Israel cannot carry out any of its criminal acts, bears many marks of institutional mind control and propaganda so eloquently exposed by HA in her book(s).

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/28/relevance-of-hannah-arendts-a-report-on-the-banality-of-evil-to-gaza/

  21. Sycamores
    July 30, 2014, 7:00 pm

    revenge killings to “enable soldiers to take out their frustrations and pain at losing their fellow soldiers”

    i can’t substantiate the source of the infomation, Facebook A/C of Eran Efrati is down https://www.facebook.com/eran.efrati.9

    Shoot to kill

    In a Facebook posting, Eran Efrati, a former Israeli army combat soldier turned dissident researcher and activist, claimed that Israeli soldiers serving in Gaza had leaked information to him in recent days that soldiers were “murdering … Palestinians by sniper fire in [Shujaiya] neighborhood as punishment for the deaths of soldiers in their units.”

    Efrati claimed that commanding officers had given shoot-to-kill orders ostensibly meant to protect Israeli forces, but whose real purpose was to “enable soldiers to take out their frustrations and pain at losing their fellow soldiers (something that for years the IDF [Israeli army] has not faced during its operations in Gaza and the West Bank)” by killing Palestinian civilians.

    Efrati cited the cold-blood sniper shooting, caught on video, of Palestinian youth Salem Shamaly in Shujaiya on 20 July, as a likely example of this phenomenon.

    http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/daring-and-lethal-palestinian-raids-gaza-sap-israeli-morale

    • Sycamores
      July 30, 2014, 7:15 pm

      Joe Carton tweets

      Israeli soldier leaks accounts of revenge attacks against civilians in #Gaza http://t.co/I8Eh7iRrKs #GazaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/fg3AroUyF0— Joe Catron (@jncatron) July 29, 2014

      the link provided on IMEMC but

      Document Not Available

      Sorry, this story has been removed due to a possible breach of the editorial guidelines and is under review by the editorial group. If you think that this story should be allowed to remain on the newswire, please check our editorial guidelines and if you think that your article does not breach any of these guidelines, you can contact the editorial collective to make your case.

      i found thid on http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e1d_1406647565

      Eran Efrati reports, “Soldiers in two different units inside Gaza leaked information about the murdering of Palestinians by sniper fire in Shuja’eyya neighborhood as punishment for the death of soldiers in their units. After the shooting on the Israeli armored personnel carriers, which killed seven soldiers of the Golani Brigade, the Israeli army carried out a massacre in Shuja’eyya neighborhood.

  22. Nite_Owl
    July 30, 2014, 7:38 pm

    If only Hitler had used the excuses and lies used by Israel to justify his ethnic cleansing the West would have left him alone to finish the job and Americans would have happily not only funded the holocaust but cheered it on as they do today. It seems poor old Adolph major fault was that he had a lousy hasbara team.

    • Jon66
      July 30, 2014, 9:37 pm

      The West did abandon European Jewry. The Holocaust ended because the war ended, not because of Western opposition.

      • Sycamores
        July 31, 2014, 11:40 pm

        why did Britain and France go to war? and who did they turn their backs on at the end of the war? there is plenty of shame to go around what happen to the Palestinian people is equally shameful. do you agree?

  23. a blah chick
    July 30, 2014, 9:05 pm

    Today the Israelis dropped leaflets with a phone number Palestinians could call to tell them where the missile sites are. If you do so the nice Israelis promise not to target your area. Yeah, right.

    Now what this tells me is the vaunted IDF is up s**t creek without a paddle. Why after 3 weeks of war, numerous prisoners, and eyes in the sky you need the man or woman in the Gazan street to tell you where the friggin’ missiles are? Cuz they got nuthin.

    This is another story that the media is missing, the poor performance on the ground of the IDF forces. They grossly underestimated their adversary and are paying the price. That assault on that pillbox succeeded so well because the soldiers inside were asleep. Pathetic. From my experience in the army the only reason for sleeping at that time of day is because you are bored and there are no other distractions. What did they have to worry about? Just a bunch of untermensch, dumb, stupid, crazy, cowardly. Well it’s the IDF that looks cowardly, using their planes, and drones and gunships rather than come out and fight their enemies face to face.

  24. oldgeezer
    July 30, 2014, 11:25 pm

    I found an interview or quotation a few days ago and lost it. It was with an Israeli leader…. Essentially said we consider them (meaning towns/cities) to be armed camps (ormilitary bases?) and therefore we deem them to all be combatants.

    I don’t expect anyone to take my word for and will keep searching but it’s relevant and maybe I will tweak someone’s memory who could also find it.

  25. Citizen
    July 31, 2014, 9:10 am

    Rep Joe Wilson R, S Carolina, 2nd District, now on CSPAN camera in Congress, reading off Boilerplate Hasbara re Israel having a right to self-defense against terrorists. (One minute speech)

    These Congress critters are beyond hope. Disgusting.

  26. Citizen
    July 31, 2014, 9:14 am

    Rep Jim McCermott, D, Washington, 7th Dist

    Giving one minute speech on the plight of the children of Gaza–without once mentioning them specifically, but by specifying the types of buildings they are getting murdered in, says his immigrant from Ireland mother would be shocked US is allowing this to go on. (one minute speech)

  27. Citizen
    July 31, 2014, 9:16 am

    Two more congress critters using one minute speech to blame Hamas, to more strongly protect Israel. Obama & Kerry betray our long time best ally. We will always stand with Israel.

  28. Citizen
    July 31, 2014, 10:02 am

    Rep Lloyd Doggett, D, TX, speaking now in Congress to have some empathy for the S American kids invading our southern border–not a word on Gaza’s kids.

  29. Citizen
    July 31, 2014, 10:06 am

    More congress critters get up for one minute speech asking for empathy for S American kids–nothing about Gaza’s kids.

  30. Citizen
    July 31, 2014, 10:11 am

    In US Congress now: more stories about S American kids being trafficked and being victims–“I ask unanimous consent” for more examples of S American kids being killed, exploited, etc–no mention of Gaza kids. More tragedy stories about abused S American kids–again, nothing about Gaza kids.

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