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Madrid Gaza box
Madrid Gaza box

From Scott Roth’s twitter feed, a couple weeks back:

I took this today at the airport in Madrid. Would you ever see this in an airport in the U.S.?

An important question. My fellow Americans, our image is tanking in the world.

And p.s. Gaza is not a humanitarian issue, it is a political issue. But that’s not the point here… Are these people just animals to us? Have we adopted that Israeli view?

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  1. seafoid
    seafoid on October 4, 2012, 12:04 pm

    I agree with Blankfort. It’s a cult of co religionists who steer US policy. A state within a state. Gazans get the sharp end. Gaza is being rendered unlivable. The Arabs all know this.

    That 18 minute video wasn’t about getting voters out. It was about putting legislators in their place.

    It is all going to crash horribly. The antisemitism meme is used to hide what is actually happening.

  2. Chu
    Chu on October 4, 2012, 12:47 pm

    It would be interesting experiment to install this donor box in JFK airport with a video camera monitoring it to see how long it would last. It would either be destroyed by a zealot defender of Israel or the ny legal teams would make the charge that it is funding terrorism.
    MW should invest some donations to events that may spark media headlines. Set the stage, and you’ll be there to report it firsthand.

    Gaza:
    Palestinian economy suffers from Israeli occupation, not policy: UNCTAD

    “The long-term economic prospects for the Palestinian territories are getting worse, with the Israeli occupation being the reason for ongoing economic hardships, the United Nations said on Wednesday, warning of “deceptive” growth figures that only reflect reconstruction efforts following Israel’s 2008/9 assault on the Gaza Strip.

    The economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) grew by 9.9 and 9.8 per cent in 2011 and 2010, respectively, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) stated in a report on the territory’s economy released this week.

    But while this may suggest a booming economy, UNCTAD said the growth was mainly driven by reconstruction efforts aimed at rebuilding Gaza following the devastation caused by Israel’s military assault in December 2008 and January 2009, in which more than 1400 Palestinians – mostly civilians – were killed.”

    • on October 7, 2012, 8:49 am

      The Zionists are outlawing any actions that help the victims of their policy.

      Send money to help the children of Gaza and you may be arrested for providing aid to terrorists. You will surely be arrested if you are an arab or Muslim

  3. seafoid
    seafoid on October 4, 2012, 1:13 pm

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israeli-scientists-find-new-strain-of-mrsa-bacteria-spreading-in-gaza-city.premium-1.437002

    A joint initiative by Israeli and Palestinian scientists has identified that what is thought to be a unique strain of the MRSA bacterium is becoming common in Gaza City.
    Dr. Gili Regev-Yochay, a physician participating in the project and a researcher at the infectious disease unit at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, said: “We found that the bacterium is transmitted very rapidly in Gaza. At first we thought it came from a European volunteer and spread because of the overcrowding, but genetic markers of the Gaza bacterium make us believe that it’s a different strain. We assume it developed resistance to antibiotics in some unique process that occurred in Gaza.”
    In recent years, the international medical establishment has become increasingly preoccupied with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, like MRSA. It is not enough that medical institutions take preventive measures against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, because it has become clear that they no longer attack only in the hospital setting but are also liable to spread in the general community.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/27/us-palestinians-gaza-un-idUSBRE87Q0OE20120827

    Gaza will no longer be “liveable” by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to improve water supply, power, health, and schooling, the United Nations’ most comprehensive report on the Palestinian enclave said on Monday.
    “Action needs to be taken now if Gaza is to be a liveable place in 2020 and it is already difficult now,” UN humanitarian coordinator Maxwell Gaylard told journalists when the report was released on Monday.

    • Egbert
      Egbert on October 4, 2012, 1:33 pm

      The classic way to generate resistant bacteria is to kill off just the weak ones leaving the strong. This is readily done if antibiotic treatments are cut short, usually through the patient feeling better and stopping before completing the course, or more likely in Gaza, as a result of the high cost of drugs. Zionists may dance with joy at the suffering of Gazans, but the bacteria do not have a Holocaust Complex (TM). They just like the right environment in the human body, any human body.

  4. mhuizenga
    mhuizenga on October 4, 2012, 2:07 pm

    Indeed. The humanitarian tragedy of the Palestinians is what hits me the hardest, and it’s the first thing I thought about when I heard the 2010 SCOTUS ruling re: the Material Support for Terrorism Act. I just know they would find a way to use that law against anyone who raised money for the kids in Gaza. Sad.

  5. yourstruly
    yourstruly on October 4, 2012, 2:17 pm

    gaza unliveable by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to improve water supply, power, health and schooling?

    two of a kind?

    Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto

    same place
    different time
    while the world stands by
    genocide*
    live

    *slow motion in gaza

    • manfromatlan
      manfromatlan on October 5, 2012, 8:43 am

      Agree. I call it the creeping genocide. Funny how so few people argue back when I say that at Huffington Post.

  6. Kate
    Kate on October 4, 2012, 3:29 pm

    The US goes further than this to prevent aid reaching Gaza. After supporting an orphan in Gaza for several years through Islamic Relief, I received the following from them on Nov 15 2011:
    “…Thanks to your contributions, Islamic Relief USA has supported more than 7,000 orphans in need in 22 countries, providing much needed food, clothing and education.

    For the past two years, IRUSA’s work in Gaza, Palestine has been made possible through a license from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). IRUSA’s OFAC license to operate in Gaza expired on July 31, 2011. Although IRUSA has applied for license renewal, we are still awaiting to receive approval from OFAC in order to continue our projects in Gaza. To ensure compliance with relevant U.S. laws, IRUSA has suspended its projects in Gaza, including the One-to-One Orphan Sponsorship Program, until we receive the OFAC license. We are extremely concerned over the welfare of these orphans and so we are taking every step possible to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. …since we cannot currently transmit your donations to orphans in Gaza, we would like to kindly request that you re-designate your donation by choosing one of the options below.”
    As far as I know, this situation has still not been resolved.

    • piotr
      piotr on October 5, 2012, 8:28 am

      Israel is without a Constitution, USA is effectively without one. This is “guilty until proven innocent”, or more precisely, free expression pending renewal of government license. After all, a large part of charity work is education of the public, as we see in this airport ad.

  7. Chespirito
    Chespirito on October 5, 2012, 7:36 am

    Kate’s right. Not only do we bankroll the policies that have destroyed Gaza, we criminalize aid to Gaza. This ACLU report is quite excellent:

    http://www.aclu.org/human-rights/report-blocking-faith-freezing-charity

    And now OFAC is squeezing the life out of Iran, to the applause of the Democratic Party. (That this is supported by the Republican Party goes without saying.)

  8. manfromatlan
    manfromatlan on October 5, 2012, 8:41 am

    Yet the Quislings in Ramallah are working to have Isreal develop the Gaza oil fields and send royalties directly to them. Disgusting!

  9. iResistDe4iAm
    iResistDe4iAm on October 5, 2012, 10:30 am

    The world is beset by many natural disasters, but Palestine is the world’s longest (64 years) Israeli-made UNNATURAL disaster.

  10. Citizen
    Citizen on October 6, 2012, 6:46 am

    American charity exists; it’s chained to Big media journalist gurus like Tom Friedman:
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/10/05/tom-friedmans-special-relationship/

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