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Katie Miranda is an illustrator, jewelry designer, calligrapher, and cartoonist living in Portland, OR. Her Arabic calligraphy jewelry and apparel are favorites of people in the Palestine solidarity community. Katie runs Palbox: a quarterly subscription box containing Palestinian goods benefiting the Northern California branch of the International Solidarity Movement. Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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  1. W.Jones on August 18, 2014, 3:31 pm

    Their logic is that Hamas shoots rockets (which cause few casualties), so the Israelis “have” to attack the rocket launchers, and when they do, the bombs also harm the nearby civilians. So indirectly, Hamas has been “making” them harm civilians for the last 8 years or so.

    • jon s on August 19, 2014, 3:29 am

      It may be difficult for reasonable, moral, people to accept that that is the evil Hamas strategy: they fire from schools, mosques, hospitals and residential areas, knowing that the IDF will attack those facilities and cause civilian casualties among their own people.

      • Donald on August 19, 2014, 11:34 am

        Guerrilla groups commonly have ruthless attitudes. So do governments. What government would encourage settlements in an occupied military area, knowing they will be the target of terrorists, unless they figure that the terrorist attacks will work in their favor as propaganda? The Israelis sometimes claim they need the WB for strategic depth–they then try to fill it with their own civilians. Reasonable moral people would recognize that what the Israelis do to Palestinians in both the WB and Gaza during “ceasefires” amounts to a series of war crimes. And that the Israelis understand this will provoke violence in response, which can then be used to rationalize massive war crimes by the Israelis. There is nothing you can say about the Hamas firing rockets from populated areas which doesn’t apply much more strongly to Israel’s own behavior. No government which truly cared about the long term survival of its own civilians would do what Israel does–other considerations come first, and if Israeli civilians die, it’s just more grist for the propaganda mill.

        As for Gaza, “reasonable, moral people” would condemn both the guerrillas that do this, and the government which responds by blowing up civilians with indiscriminate firepower. Reasonable people wouldn’t think that one war crime is an excuse for another. Unreasonable and immoral people use the crimes of one side to justify the larger crimes of the side they support.

        It says in your self-description, Jon S, that you’re a member of the Israeli left. What a depressing thought.

      • MHughes976 on August 19, 2014, 12:20 pm

        It is not always wrong, surely, to respond to a crime by an action that would have been criminal in the absence of provocation. That’s when the rule of proportion kicks in.

      • Donald on August 19, 2014, 12:33 pm

        “It is not always wrong, surely, to respond to a crime by an action that would have been criminal in the absence of provocation. That’s when the rule of proportion kicks in.”

        Yes. I suppose one has to point out the obvious in this case. So it would normally be criminal for Israel to blow someone up in Gaza, but if that person had just fired a rocket at some Israeli town, it wouldn’t be criminal. It would be criminal to blow up a hospital that was near the location from which the rocket was fired.

      • jon s on August 19, 2014, 1:25 pm

        This afternoon Hamas violated the ceasefire, firing rockets at Beersheva and Netivot. This may lead to a full-scale renewal of the fighting . The Hamas terrorists haven’t had enough bloodshed and misery.

        Donald, noone opposes the settlements in the West Bank more than I do. Building them was both illegal and foolish and they are a major obstacle to achieving two states, the only possible solution. In Gaza, as I’m sure you know, there are no remaining settlements, the last Israeli “resident” of Gaza was Gilad Shalit.
        What you consider “ruthless” is actually a criminal, terrorist strategy.
        What’s depressing, in my view, is people who may think of themselves as “leftists”, making excuses for, and even supporting , Hamas terrorists.

      • Donald on August 19, 2014, 3:21 pm

        “In Gaza, as I’m sure you know, there are no remaining settlements,”

        But the occupation continues, unless you think that living in a vast prison is the end of the occupation.

        “What you consider “ruthless” is actually a criminal, terrorist strategy.”

        In this case I was referring to Hamas firing from within its population, something that guerrilla groups have often done. Suicide bombing against civilians is a criminal terrorist strategy and also ruthless. Guerrilla groups often employ terrorist tactics as well–the Zionist militias all used them.

        And Israel from its very founding and before has followed a criminal terrorist strategy, to use your preferred terminology.

        “What’s depressing, in my view, is people who may think of themselves as “leftists”, making excuses for, and even supporting , Hamas terrorists.”

        How sad you must feel, seeing people on the other side making the same sorts of rationalizations you use yourself for your own favorite murderers. In the case of Hamas, as bad as their past has been and as dubious as some of their ruthless tactics are (I’m happy to accept the conclusions of whatever human rights groups manage to investigate both sides), they look a lot better than Israel does. The Israelis have this charming notion that they have the right to impose collective punishment on an entire group of people, shoot their farmers and fishermen and loosen or tighten restrictions as they see fit. They treat every single person in Gaza as a criminal. So why be surprised if some people in Gaza resist in ways that are not legal? They’re already being punished, guilty and innocent alike.

        Do I like Hamas? No. I’d be delighted to see both Hamas and Israel’s leaders in prison after being tried for their respective crimes. But the world doesn’t work that way. And people have tried nonviolent resistance to the blockade and it didn’t work. The Israel-supporting West doesn’t give a damn about Palestinians unless they shoot at Israelis–that’s a lesson both the West and Israel (including so-called lefties like yourself) have taught them. So Hamas is the opposition the Israelis have created for themselves. Try treating the Palestinians like human beings and maybe you’d have nicer opponents.

      • Qualtrough on August 19, 2014, 1:32 pm

        Since, by your own admission, the IDF has no qualms about killing civilians used as hostages or when in proximity to Hamas fighters, what possible value would hiding behind those civilians be to Hamas? It certainly offers no protection. In any case, if you defend the IDF by saying they are no worse than Hamas, you might want to reconsider your argument.

      • W.Jones on August 19, 2014, 4:00 pm

        It may be difficult for reasonable, moral, people to accept that that is the evil Hamas strategy: they fire from schools, mosques, hospitals and residential areas, knowing that the IDF will attack those facilities and cause civilian casualties among their own people.

        The fact that someone in a fight expects the other side to attack civilians in retribution does not mean that the person made that other side attack the civilians.

        Russia fought the Mongol hordes from Russian cities, forts and civilian buildings, and expected that to crush resistance, the Mongols would, based on past Mongol actions, level those structures and settlements. Yet the Russians didn’t “make” the Mongols level their villages.

        The problem here is proportionality. Massacring a Russian village because some people offered weak resistance to the hordes was not proportional. Leveling Gaza and its hospitals because some fighters launched metal tube rockets causing practically no casualties is not proportional. Gazans did not “make” the Israelis use extreme, disproportionate force or illegal weapons like Napalm. The Israelis have the option well within their grasp of whether to use force and how much to use.

    • Bing Bong on August 19, 2014, 6:38 am

      I know, why does a sovereign state such as Israel have to attack military assets from a fundamentalist government devoted to it’s destruction, which, despite willfully launching thousands of rockets at civilians have caused few casualties ? It makes no sense.

      Someone should do a cartoon called ‘Israel Made Me Do It’, because surely the Israelis are making Hamas fire rockets at them in the first place.

  2. Justpassingby on August 18, 2014, 3:39 pm

    Hamas made Katie Miranda do this comic strip!1!!11!!

    (Great job as always Miranda!)

  3. pabelmont on August 18, 2014, 4:24 pm

    The strongest people on earth have no agency at all, but act only because someone “made them do it”. Great idea. Of course, they will deny it. They will claim authorship of their crimes — but deny that they are crimes at all.

    • bintbiba on August 18, 2014, 7:38 pm

      good to hear from you…pabelmont!

    • StCuthbert on August 19, 2014, 8:34 am

      Israelis are not the strongest people on Earth. Thanks to the indomitable Palestinian people and the efforts of BDS, Israel is reeling and is about to collapse from within and without.

      • Bing Bong on August 19, 2014, 11:31 am

        When exactly? Within a year right?

  4. Bumblebye on August 18, 2014, 6:47 pm

    Something weird’s happened to the comment sign in function!
    When i went to a new page, saw I needed to sign in, and tried to do so, but it said I’d tried too many times already – before i began! Have you been hacked? Notice no other new comments for over an hour?

    Anyhow, Bumblebaby’s decided to make her debut a couple of weeks early, so I might not be around tomorrow, much. Likely be some hours yet.

    • just on August 18, 2014, 6:58 pm

      Something went awry.

      Best wishes for a happy & healthy Bumblebaby!

      • Bumblebye on August 18, 2014, 7:24 pm

        Thank you!
        I’m starting to feel quite excited now. They’ve been keeping her name secret for months now, so I’ll only find that out once she’s here. Won’t even give away what letter it starts with, the rotters! I’m pretty sure she’ll have all fingers and toes, and be fine.

    • bintbiba on August 18, 2014, 7:40 pm

      Good luck Bumbles -all !!
      Best wishes.

      • Bumblebye on August 19, 2014, 2:15 am

        Thank you very much from the newest grandparent on the blog!
        She arrived at 5.50am, and I know her name now!
        (Edit – both parents doing fine too)

      • RoHa on August 19, 2014, 4:25 am

        Felicitations to the Bumbles!

        Ready for babysitting duties, Granddad/Grandma?

      • Bumblebye on August 20, 2014, 7:29 am

        Thank you RoHa.
        Oh, yes, think I’m lined up for a lot of that!
        I’ve already impressed them with the speed and dexterity of diaper changing (perhaps a mistake on my part?!).

      • just on August 19, 2014, 7:31 am

        Congratulations! That was quicker than you anticipated, eh? Cheers!

    • michelle on August 19, 2014, 7:23 pm

      my account did likewise awhile back
      i changed my password and all was well
      G-d Bless

  5. Palikari on August 18, 2014, 6:57 pm

    This cartoon is outrageous. Hamas doesn’t want peace. It’s just a radical Islamic terrorist group that wants to destroy Israel and throw all Jews to sea. They don’t want to negotiate and are not willing to change their extremist views.

    You’re whitewashing their terrorism and crimes against humanity.

    • just on August 18, 2014, 11:06 pm

      It is you, ‘Palikari’, that is outrageous.

      And a cartoon.

    • CliosBitch on August 18, 2014, 11:23 pm

      This cartoon is outrageous.


      Hamas doesn’t want peace. It’s just a radical Islamic terrorist group that wants to destroy Israel and throw all Jews to sea.

      Like on a cruise? Yeah, sounds kinda harsh. Bibi would look totally lame in a Hawaiian shirt.

      They don’t want to negotiate and are not willing to change their extremist views.

      Fashion can definitely be a friendship-killer. Have you tried a soothing pastel? That cyanoid sheen of incoherent rage you have on your skin really would do well with a grounding earth color.

      You’re whitewashing their terrorism and crimes against humanity.


      Brownwashing. Come on. It’s not like these are white people we’re talking about here.

    • Bumblebye on August 19, 2014, 12:40 am

      Outrageous. Yeah.
      Two columns, past 6 years.
      In column one, please detail all Hamas “crimes against humanity”.
      In column two, please detail all Israels crimes against humanity.
      See which has more than wants or wishes as crimes.

    • Marnie on August 19, 2014, 1:00 am

      Not until I learn how to swim! Please, get some new material and therapy.

    • amigo on August 19, 2014, 8:14 am

      “You’re whitewashing their terrorism and crimes against humanity.”palikari

      ” Zionist-dominated mainstream media vividly portrays Israel as a tiny embattled nation seeking peace in a sea of Arab hostility. 1 Arabs, we are told, commit acts of terror while Israel only resorts to violence out of self-protection. The facts of history paint a very different picture.

      Far from deploring terror, Israel has sanctioned terror to seize and expand its territory since its beginnings. In 1944, Zionist leaders in Israel faced two alternatives. They could continue to allow the British and Arabs to occupy Palestine, who would continue to pressure Israel to concede a Palestinian state. Or they could drive both British and Arabs out. Israelis chose the latter.

      Members of the Zionist ruling elite and their clandestine terrorist enforcers–the Jewish Agency, Hagana, Irgun and the Stern Gang–began to exert every possible terrorist means to dominate Palestine. Their strategy was simple: the more respectable Zionist establishment would take the “high road” and officially disavow terrorism. Meanwhile, Zionist terrorists would commit any crime needed to disrupt British occupation and to panic Arabs into flight. The Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, available in most university libraries, documents from British records more than five hundred violent or terrorist incidents against Palestinians and the British occupation between 1939 and 1948. These included bombings, booby traps and landmines, kidnappings and torture of prisoners, bank robberies, murders of Arabs, and assassinations of police and British officials. 2

      Chief terrorists were David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir and later, Ariel Sharon. Begin headed Irgun, and Shamir led the Stern Gang. They cooperated intimately with the highest political body of the Zionist establishment, the Jewish Agency, and the popular Zionist resistance army, Hagana. Ben-Gurion headed Hagana and later the Jewish Agency. 3

      After 1944–when Ben-Gurion formally rejected the British plan for partition of Palestine into Jewish/Arab states–most Israelis, particularly the young, favored expulsion of British and Arabs

    • eljay on August 19, 2014, 9:01 am

      >> Palikareee: This cartoon is outrageous.

      You and Zio-supremacists like you are outrageous cartoons of human beings. Your supremacist “Jewish State” started terrorizing, ethnically cleansing, oppressing, torturing and killing Palestinians, and stealing, occupying and colonizing Palestinian land, long before Hamas was even a twinkle in your leaders’ eyes.

      You refuse to stop stealing, occupying and colonizing; you refuse to stop oppressing, torturing and killing; you refuse to honour your obligations under international law; you refuse to accept responsibility and accountability for your past and ON-GOING (war) crimes; and you refuse to engage in sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace. But you’re never to blame for anything. It’s always someone else’s fault.

      Aggressor-victimhood sure is a tough gig… :-(

    • Chu on August 19, 2014, 9:17 am

      I thought this Hasbara crap [ver. 1.0] died a few years ago?
      Another troll who didn’t get the memo from hasbara central.
      Come up with some new material, your talking points are
      stale and mawkishly sentimental. I dare you to come up with
      something original.

      Gaza is the only group that is being pushed into the sea.
      Wake up from your tribal-fed delusions – and save us the
      task of embarrassing you with your outdated conclusions.

    • michelle on August 19, 2014, 7:42 pm

      how many people has Hamas killed
      and by what provocation
      how many people has Israel killed
      and by what provocation
      the real question is which party is
      lying cheating stealing abusing oppressing
      not only the other party but the world
      call it what you will but it will never be seen as just
      G-d Bless

  6. John Douglas on August 18, 2014, 7:04 pm

    I was driving on a bridge when a neighbor I’d been tormenting for 8 years passed me and nicked my side view mirror. We got out and I threw him off the bridge. Not only did this terrorist assault viciously devastate my car, it left me traumatized and worse, it made me into a killer so now I’ll have to defend myself in the courts, which by the way are proven to be prejudiced against people like me who throw others off bridges.

  7. concernedhuman on August 18, 2014, 8:47 pm

    Fantastic !
    This should be posted on netnyahoo’s twitter account which is already a “cartoon network” of fake cartoons of deception and lies

  8. globalconsciousness on August 18, 2014, 9:28 pm

    If not Khamas, then the Devil made me do it!

  9. Pixel on August 18, 2014, 10:20 pm

    Love the hat tip to the settlerette who wrote about the “war” making her fat.

  10. MHughes976 on August 19, 2014, 12:50 pm

    The shocking baby cartoon – there must be grandparents in Gaza, as affectionate as our Bumble colleagues (to whom all good wishes), who feel its force personally – will disturb my sleep. It captures the spurious, demonic idea of ‘defending oneself against someone carrying a human shield’ better than many words could.

  11. michelle on August 19, 2014, 7:54 pm

    if Israel wanted to keep the Palenstine people safe and clear the land of Hamas
    why didn’t Israel first evacuate the Palestine people
    this never was and never will be about Hamas
    this is about dirt Israel wants control over all the earth
    G-d Bless

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