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Gaza (Photo: AP via BBC)

Gaza (Photo: AP via BBC)

To those of you who don’t know, we in Lebanon have lived three major wars with Israel, in 1993, 1996 and 2006 not to mention the daily brutalities that Israeli soldiers committed at check points and villages as they conquered various parts of Lebanon from 1982 till 2000.

I know what it feels like to hear the bomb as it drops down wondering if it’s going to hit our house next. I know what it’s like to be a 5 year old boy unable to comprehend why we can’t go out of the house for days, why we have to sleep on the floor with a mattress on top! I know what it’s like to hear the airplane missile as it passes above us and crashes into a neighboring building… what it’s like to hear a human being screaming his last words as he dies … to see a mother looking for her children’s bodies under what’s remained of her house… a father holding the dead bodies of his infants as he tries to save even the bodies from the brutality of Israeli bombs… we’ve lived that and wish that nobody will ever have to live what we’ve seen, heard and felt.

Those scenes are being repeated now in Gaza and the West Bank. Every day Israelis are bombing and killing Palestinian civilians most of whom are children and women.

This is the truth that the world is not allowed to see. You are not allowed to see Israel’s tyranny.  But in a world of free social media I wonder what’s preventing us from searching for the truth on our own! Are we that self centered? If the bombings and deaths are not near us then it’s okay not to care? It really is shameful how we treat Palestinians as numbers, we just count their bodies and don’t care to even know the names because they’re just too many. 

Stop portraying this vicious attack on Gaza as a mutual conflict or an “exchange of fire” where poor Israel is merely responding for missiles fired from Gaza! If that is the case then why are all the civilian casualties from the Palestinian side only? Why the numbers of Israeli air strikes and bombs are not even slightly comparable to the very few number of low quality missiles from Gaza! 

I remember on September 11, 2001 we cried for the innocent civilians who died, we mourned for them because we know what it’s like to live through terrorist attacks. We condemned those acts and stood by the American citizens as they were passing through a national crisis. That’s why I’m reaching out for citizens not governments! Look for the truth, read the true history, don’t settle for what you receive through biased corporate media! Get out of your 1st world issues and see what’s going on in the real world; after all we are all humans, we are equals and no life is more worthy than another! The only way for freedom is for citizens all over this earth to support one another, to look for the truth and push their governments to take the right decisions. 

Peace will prosper again in the Middle East, but how many more people have to die for this peace to be achieved? Will this peace be worth it then? 

Ali Hariri
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Ali Hariri is a Lebanese student living in the United States.

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  1. Kay24
    Kay24 on July 13, 2014, 10:22 am

    Last count 166 Palestinians, over 900 injured. The massacre sadly continues.

    26 of those Palestinians killed are below the age 16 years.

    UN: 77 percent of those killed are CIVILIANS.

    If that is not a brutal slaughter of innocents, then I don’t know what it.
    Israel is ruthlessly choosing who Hamas members are, and wiping out entire families.

    If Hamas sent a bomb into the home of an IDF member (they can be seen as terrorists too, even though they wear the uniform of their country), would Israelis world wide be okay with it? Why are the lives of Palestinian babies , women, and even men,
    not valued by the US, UK, Canada, and other nations? Why are they not condemning the excessive killing of civilians by Israel? Does Israel control how these nations react to their war crimes? I think yes.

    Watch the repeat of Fareed Zakaria GPS. Brett Stephens the shameless apologist for Israel, is advocating that Israel takes over Gaza, again, which we all know that means massacres on the ground. It simply is appalling that these Israeli lovers are so indifferent to the loss of Palestinian lives, as long as Israel prevails, even though the international community condemns it’s war crimes in doing so.
    Brett Stephen was totally debated down, by the rest of the panel, including Richard Haas, which was a nice surprise.

  2. Mondowise
    Mondowise on July 13, 2014, 10:56 am
    • Kay24
      Kay24 on July 13, 2014, 4:25 pm

      If true, and I would not put it past the human animals, this is so inhumane, and it also is a possibility that, like many have said before Israel might be taking this opportunity to try out their deadly weapons, on helpless civilians. They play dirty, don’t they?

      Didn’t that monster Hitler do some experimentation on civilians too?

  3. talknic
    talknic on July 13, 2014, 10:58 am

    Israeli propaganda at work. Busy justifying retaliatory slaughter!

    Fake rocket strikes, fake damage. They’re PATHETIC!!!!!

    There’s nothing too low for the Zionist Movement‘s state!

    • Kay24
      Kay24 on July 13, 2014, 11:12 am

      They do have their share of drama kings too. Oren their ex ambassador, who is known for lying, made it a point to mention rockets went over his house a couple of times (who can disprove that), and the exaggeration is obvious by others too.
      They must keep the charade going, to justify the massacre of civilians, to the rest of the world. One family had to have their children treated for “shock” because a rocket exploded nearby…now under different circumstances, this would evoke sympathy, but seeing the brutality of the Israeli troop, the bombing of civilian structures, and the pictures of babies, children, and civilians KILLED unmercifully, it pales into insignificance. The UN says 77 percent killed are civilians, but that does not seem to disturb the US, it still insists that Israel has rights in defending itself. This is not “defense” this is all out massacre on the Palestinian people.

      • HarryLaw
        HarryLaw on July 13, 2014, 2:10 pm

        The US are the biggest hypocrites when committing war crimes themselves, in Afghanistan they drone strike the target then follow up with what they call a double tap, bombing the rescuers. The US political class are not the “exceptional” people as they boast, but the most contemptible.

      • tree
        tree on July 13, 2014, 3:23 pm

        I agree with you there about the US political class. Israel has done the same thing. Hitting a “militant” with a missile and then firing another one with flechette weapons to keep anyone from approaching the wreckage. Israel’s twist is to then accuse the Palestinians of faking injuries and death if Israel gets caught in the act. The US usually just pretends it was a dreadful mistake and passes money around.

      • SQ Debris
        SQ Debris on July 14, 2014, 2:14 pm

        There has been a gradual Israelization of the U.S. military since the U.S.’s post-Vietnam military retrenchment. The first big indicator was when the Taliban prisoners were marched off the C-130 transport planes wearing blindfolds and hoods. That’s tried and true IDF behavior. The emulation has accelerated since 2001. Guatanomo is our “Administrative Detention,” etc. It’s important to the zionist project for the U.S. to emulate Israel’s m.o. That way Israel’s apologists can say, “Well, the U.S. does it too.”

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on July 13, 2014, 4:29 pm

        I agree and I am ashamed that our leaders are so shamelessly supporting and protecting this vicious alien nation, and covering it’s behind against the world, being complicit in their war crimes.
        Israel accuses the other side of being terrorists, but really, the international community seeing facts, the weapons, the brutality, and the high casualties, can conclude exactly who the bigger terrorists are, and our tax money arms them to the point of brutality.

  4. a blah chick
    a blah chick on July 13, 2014, 11:11 am

    What did Pete “slow” Lerner (sorry seafoid, I’m stealing that) have to say about the FAILED commando raid last night? I first read this on twitter last night and Silverstein this morning. Apparently our brave heroes came ashore to blow a missile launcher and met with stiff resistance. They had to call up some airstrikes and STILL they had to withdraw.

    Tell me, lads, what was it like to have to fight someone who was armed with something more than a chair or a cell phone?

    • Pat Nguyen
      Pat Nguyen on July 13, 2014, 6:10 pm

      You should not rely on that particular blog for honest scoops. He does not vet his sources and has to retract items frequently.

      • a blah chick
        a blah chick on July 13, 2014, 6:39 pm

        I first heard about on twitter from people in Gaza. I consider them far more reliable than any IDF spokesperson, who wouldn’t know the truth if it bashed him in the head.

      • Sumud
        Sumud on July 13, 2014, 10:15 pm

        He does have a very busy graphic designer, however.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on September 3, 2014, 1:29 pm

        “You should not rely on that particular blog for honest scoops. “

        Nah, we should rely on a guy who appropriates the name of a Mondo writer to cause confusion.

  5. Citizen
    Citizen on July 13, 2014, 1:17 pm

    Palestinians don’t count. Americans are led by the nose by the 5th Column in the USA and their bribed WH and Congress. It’s simple. And the 3rd branch of government, the SCOTUS, is intent on keeping the US political campaign system a cheap bribery operation. Sheldon Adelson, George Soros, Koch Bros, I hope you’re all happy. Dick n Jane are really ignorant, and the US 4th Branch of government, Main Media, keeps you that way. Hope everybody likes it. I don’t.

  6. jenin
    jenin on July 13, 2014, 1:48 pm

    The reason nobody listens is because the Israel lobby has enormous influence in the United States. Significant numbers of people in this country are ignorant about the background of the conflict, and Israel has managed to make sure that what they do hear is that Palestinians and Muslims are violent terrorists who want to kill westerners and particularly Jews. That’s why Europeans are much more rapidly losing support for Israel–because on average they are simply more educated, have greater understanding of the background of the conflict, and are therefore able to conduct a more informed analysis of the situation. Also, in Europe their politics are not as money driven which helps. But it is heartbreaking, simply heartbreaking, that innocent men, women and children are continuing to die in addition to being deprived of their basic human rights for these reasons.

  7. oldgeezer
    oldgeezer on July 13, 2014, 2:40 pm

    wow… A cnn reporter just stated that the missiles being used by Hamas are much larger and capable of a lot more damage than the munitions being used by Israel. Another reporter didn’t correct her but sort of danced around that and said well the munitions being used by Hamas are capable of carrying warheads up to 400lbs. Very few of the munitions being used by them can carry that kind of payload.

    I don’t know her name. I don’t watch US news very often. It is amazing what can pass for news or informed comment on US news networks.

  8. tree
    tree on July 13, 2014, 3:24 pm

    Thanks for this piece, Ali. The world needs more voices like yours.

  9. ivri
    ivri on July 13, 2014, 6:27 pm

    On the contrary. The title epitomizes the tragedy of Arabia. It says: “That`s the only truth”, which has become an Arab syndrome – namely, “my truth” is the only one there is and there is none other in the world.

    • Mooser
      Mooser on September 3, 2014, 1:32 pm

      ” namely, “my truth” is the only one there”

      You mean like using a 19th Century Christian interpretation of the Bible as a land deed? That kind of “only my truth”?
      You mean slithering into Palestine on the backs of the British? That kind of universal truth?

  10. Naftush
    Naftush on July 14, 2014, 2:54 am

    The bodycount fallacy is reminiscent of a rule sometimes used in children’s baseball: if one side truly eviscerates the other, the game is called after seven innings. But the author and the commenters want to go one step farther: grant victory to the losing side, the greater the loss, the greater the victory. Yet MW insists that it opposes violence….

    • Mooser
      Mooser on September 3, 2014, 1:27 pm

      “grant victory to the losing side, the greater the loss, the greater the victory.”

      You bet! Look what we got for six-million dead Jews! But of course, you are right, given what losers we were in the Holocaust, I guess the world should have let Hitler finish the job?

      Oh well, I guess the victomology had to give way to triumphalism and Jewish-might-makes-right sooner or later. Can’t be stuck in a part that isn’t really you.

  11. gracie fr
    gracie fr on July 14, 2014, 3:21 pm

    A post at the Guardian’s Live Blog ( July 10) on the war dismissed as ineffective Israeli measures to warn Palestinians in Gaza before launching attacks on terror targets.
    “Knock on the roof” warnings do not help save civilians lives as the Israeli military claims, according to the University of London’s Forensic Architecture centre at Goldsmiths which carried out a UN study into how the tactic operated during Operation Cast Lead in 2009.
    Eyal Weizman, director of the centre, said:
    The Israeli Defence Forces are again using a tactic in their attack on Gaza that they claim is aimed at saving lives—despite it having a track record of leading to the death of civilians, including women and children. So called “roof knock” strikes involve a drone firing a low- or none-explosive missile at the roof of a building that is to be destroyed. The missile is followed a short time later by a bomb that flattens the house—but exactly how long after is not known by the inhabitants.
    The tactic first came to light after the 2008/9 offensive on Gaza. One of the case studies that we at Forensic Architecture produced for the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism’s inquiry into drone strikes focused on an attack on the Salha family in Beit Lahiya on 9 January 2009. A missile was fired at the roof of the family’s home, but they did not know that this constituted a warning. After moments of terrified confusion, the family began to leave the house. However, before they could all safely leave, a bomb was dropped, and six women and children were killed.
    At a time when most attacks in Gaza are on houses, the Israeli military is anxious to present themselves as trying to avoid civilian casualties. Yesterday it released a video showing a warning missile being fired at a house that it then deciding not to strike. However, in the attack on the home of Odeh Ahmad Mohammed Kaware, Defence for Children International Palestine reported that a warning missile was followed by a bomb that killed seven people, including five children. This should be taken as further confirmation that the use of this tactic should be stopped immediately.
    Not only is it illegal to fire a missile at a civilian to warn them, the missiles also frequently penetrate the roofs they are intended to bounce off, further endangering civilian lives. Israeli military lawyers argue that after residents of a building have been warned, they can be considered as combatants and legitimately targeted. This is a gross misuse of international law that enables the Israeli military to justify attacks on buildings in built up areas, populated by civilians, that they would otherwise be unable to legally carry out.

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