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Editor’s note: This essay by Jehad Abusalim is an edited excerpt from the book “Gaza as Metaphor,” co-edited by Helga Tawil-Souri and Dina Matar, and published in 2016 by Hurst. The book includes further contributions from Salman Abu Sitta, Mouin Rabbani, Selma Dabbagh, Sara Roy, and Sherene Seikaly, among others.

Jehad’s section is particularly timely to revisit. For a second week in a row, tens of thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have amassed along the fence between the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel. Senior Israeli officials have declared such an act, to merely approach the barrier, punishable by death. This fence, Jehad argues, is a source of much of the daily cruelties Palestinians must endure. Yet no where in the vast discourse of humanitarian solutions and band-aid development approaches are there firm calls to dismantle it.

Summer days are long, but in Gaza, they are longer than one might think. They get even longer when the electricity and the internet are shut off, which is most of the time. This had been my daytime nightmare ever since Israel imposed its siege on the Gaza Strip in 2007. To escape it, you could read or visit a friend to talk to, but when the weather gets hot and humid, the energy to do any of these activities evaporates. On one such hot and humid day, I went to the roof of my house out of boredom. Although this was not the first time I had looked at the landscape from my family’s rooftop in Deir Al-Balah, some thoughts and reflections made this day unforgettable. I looked east and there were the borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel, and I looked west and there was the sea. From that same spot, both borders were visible, and between them, the familiar scene of innumerable drab houses stretching towards both horizons.

At that moment, I recalled one of the famous common sayings used by Palestinians in Gaza to refer to the Strip: we’re trapped “min al-silik ila al-silik” (from the fence to the fence). This simple phrase sums up Gaza’s current reality: A fenced place, surrounded by dead-ends and, within it, a caged human sea with almost no hope or future. Such thoughts never abandoned me. They chased me most of the time I spent in Gaza, where I observed how the Strip grew ever more overcrowded.

“Gaza as Metaphor,” co-edited by Helga Tawil-Souri and Dina Matar. (Hurst)

“From fence to fence” is a simple enough expression, and yet it reflects the geographic space Palestinians inhabit. For them, “the fence” is the most pernicious manifestation of the Zionist conquest in 1948, and its continuity into the present. The fence is a physical barrier that was imposed by an external force, which divides what the Palestinians in Gaza consider as their historic land, and which prevented them from returning to their original towns and villages. The fence is a constant reminder of the rupture caused by the 1948 War, which pushed many Palestinians out of their towns and villages in what is today the state of Israel. Even when some Gazans refer to the armistice line of 1949, the line that was drawn in the aftermath of the 1948 War, few people refer to it as a border. It is mostly referred to in Arabic as “al-silik” — literally, “the wire,” or “the fence.” In short, for the Palestinians in Gaza, the fence evokes the Nakba, the refugee struggle, and the occupation. The fence, as a physical barrier to refugee return, was the beginning of the tragedy. The fence today is its continuation. And since the fence caused the problem, the solution must include its removal. The fence is the history that Palestinians in Gaza never want to forget, and no amount of aid can induce them to do so.

Understanding the historical context in which the Gaza Strip with its problems and crises emerged is the key to making sense of Gaza’s present reality. The central element of this historical context is the Nakba (catastrophe) of 1948, as this was the moment of spatial and territorial rupture experienced by most of those who became refugees in Gaza. In this sense, the Nakba is not history relegated to the past, but history lived in the present: in the narrow alleys of the crowded refugee camps, in the women who leave their humble houses in the camps every morning to receive their food packages, in the barefoot children who play soccer on Gaza’s beach, and in the lands of depopulated villages just beyond the fence still visible from the rooftops of Gaza’s refugee camps. The Nakba is still present in Gaza, not only by the continuation of the state of refuge, but also by the continuity of the rupture that it caused.

The Gaza Strip was born out of the Nakba. Before 1948, the “Strip” (Qita’ in Arabic) as a geographic unit did not exist. Before 1948, Gaza was a “district,” (Qada‘) an administrative region of Mandate Palestine, as it was during the four centuries of Ottoman rule. By the end of the British Mandate, the 1948 Gaza sub-district’s area was 1196.5 square kilometers [462 square miles], which included three major cities: Gaza, al-Majdal (now Ashkelon), and Khan Younis, in addition to 53 towns and villages. Throughout history, the area of the Gaza district changed in size, but for centuries it had maintained most of the area that was officially part of the Gaza sub-district on the eve of 1948.

A general view of the Israeli crossing Kerem Shalom in the southern Gaza Strip on March 27, 2013. Israel closed the Gaza commercial crossing on Thursday after a rocket was fired at southern Israel and reduced the fishing zone around Gaza from 6 to 3 miles. (Photo: Eyad Al Baba/APA Images)

During the War, Israel occupied areas beyond those allocated to the Jewish majority state according to the 1947 United Nations partition plan. The Israeli forces conquered 78 percent of Mandate Palestine, which included 70 percent of the Gaza sub-district. The remaining 365 square kilometers [141 square miles] of the Gaza district was to come under Egyptian administration, which was the first to use the term “Strip.” According to Ghazi Sourani, the phrase “Gaza Strip” was attached to Gaza by a decree from the Egyptian president Muhammad Najib in 1954 in which he “assigned Amir-Alay Abdullah Refa’at as an administrative governor of the Gaza Strip in its new borders which start from the town of Rafah in the south, to Beit Hanoun in the North.”

By the time the armistice agreement was signed, around 200,000 refugees had already arrived in the Strip and gathered in eight refugee camps. Unlike many of the refugees that fled to neighboring Arab countries, Gaza’s new arrivals were never far from their original homes. Across the armistice lines, they could see their old villages. After the Six-Day War in 1967 and the beginning of Israel’s occupation and military administration, these refugees were allowed to travel into Israel with special permits where they were able to finally see their towns and villages but of course, they were never allowed to return. Some of Gaza’s original residents, many of whom were landlords with several holdings, even continued to hold title to lands beyond the lines of demarcation. Indeed, most of Gaza’s refugees came from peasant societies that had historically worked the land of the Gazan landlords. Since 1948, those same peasants have lived in refugee camps near the old landowning families and clans within what became the Gaza Strip.

In 1950, the Israeli Knesset passed the “Law of Return,” which allows only Jews to “return” to Israel proper, whereas its policy towards the Palestinian refugees who were spirited across the borders and the demarcation line was clear: they shall not return. Around the Gaza Strip the demarcation line become impassable.

The post-Nakba history shows that Palestinian refugees in Gaza resisted the demarcation line. For them, the land beyond the demarcation line was perceived as a lost paradise to which generations of refugees yearned to return. As for the early refugees, it took them time to understand that the demarcation line had become practically impassable. In his book on the history of Gaza, Jean-Pierre Filiu reports a number of attempts by refugees to cross to their towns and villages, including farmers who tried to cultivate their land. Such attempts were brutally confronted by kibbutz residents and Israeli military outposts located near the demarcation line, and led to the deaths of many of those who attempted to cross. During this period, the armistice line began to develop into a frontier of confrontation and resistance, despite its artificial nature. Later on, the demarcation line would take the physical shape of a fence, to be engraved in the Palestinian collective memory and awareness as both a material and a symbolic monument of rupture and territorial and emotional disconnection.

Metaphors such as “from fence to fence” remind Palestinians in Gaza—both as refugees and natives—of their loss, their tragedy, and the abnormality of the fence that divides their land and prevents their return. Not only are these borders artificially drawn and reinforced with the use of brutal force, but they highlight the utter insanity of fencing an entire population in the world’s largest open-air prison simply because of Israel’s need to maintain a Jewish demographic majority. The fact that Gaza’s crisis could be solved tomorrow if the majority-refugee population were granted its right of return is completely ignored by the humanitarian discourse. The tragedy of Gaza needs to be understood through the intensity of loss, especially since in Gaza’s situation, what was lost is only a stone’s throw away for many refugees, who can still see their former towns and villages beyond the fence.

This except was published with permission from Helga Tawil-Souri. A similiar version of the same excerpt was posted online by the Nakba Files on September 22, 2016. 

Jehad Abusalim
About Jehad Abusalim

Jehad Abusalim is a PhD student at New York University in the History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies program. He has an undergraduate degree in administration from Al-Azhar University and a Hebrew diploma from the Islamic University of Gaza. His bylines include Al Jazeera English, Palestine Square and +972 Magazine. He is from the Gaza Strip.

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  1. mondonut
    mondonut
    April 10, 2018, 10:07 pm

    “The fact that Gaza’s crisis could be solved tomorrow if the majority-refugee population were granted its right of return is completely ignored by the humanitarian discourse.”

    This fact is not ignored, anyone who understands anything at all about the Palestinians knows full well what implementing this supposed “right” would mean – an end to the State of Israel. It is not ignored, it is dismissed as nonsense.

    • Keith
      Keith
      April 11, 2018, 12:44 am

      MONDONUT- “…what implementing this supposed “right” would mean – an end to the State of Israel.”

      Nonsense. It would mean the end to the Jewish state as Israel became a state of all of its citizens. As it is, Israel is the last of the “blood and soil” states of ethnic nationalism. Following World War II, Nazi Germany became a state of all of its citizens abandoning the blood and soil nationalism of Hitler. You consider equal rights for all citizens nonsense? You prefer to continue to emulate Nazi Germany?

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        April 11, 2018, 9:12 pm

        @Keith

        Again with the Nazi BS, do you people never tire of that? Israel is a state of all its citizens, the people of Gaza are not citizens of Israel, they do not claim to be citizens nor do they desire it.

      • Keith
        Keith
        April 12, 2018, 12:16 pm

        MONDONUT- ” Israel is a state of all its citizens….”

        It is not a “Jewish” state? Defended by Zionist zealots as the culmination of the right of Jews for self determination? Blood and soil nationalism is what it is and Israel is the last vestige of this form of nationalism. And the historical precedents are what they are.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        April 13, 2018, 1:47 am

        RoHa,

        Either you are dim or you are are deliberately equivocating. It might please you to know that I suspect the latter.

        Really? That suspicion seems to fly in the face of available evidence. Anyway, it’s not an either/or proposition, as you know.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      April 11, 2018, 1:17 am

      If the granting the right of return means an end to the State of Israel as it currently is, so what? That option is being ignored.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        April 11, 2018, 9:14 pm

        @RoHa

        Too funny. So the humanitarian discourse is completely ignoring the all too obvious solution of just eliminating Israel?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        April 12, 2018, 3:46 pm

        ” So the humanitarian discourse is completely ignoring the all too obvious solution of just eliminating Israel?”

        Naturally, the “humanitarian discourse” would be centered on lessening on even solving the I-P issues while doing as little harm as possible. So “eliminating Israel” (if you mean the people, not Israel’s Zionist political system, of course) would not be discussed.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        April 12, 2018, 10:27 pm

        Either you are dim or you are are deliberately equivocating. It might please you to know that I suspect the latter.

        You are trying to suggest that ending the State of Israel would be inhumane, but there is nothing intrinsically inhumane about replacing one political system with another. So you choose the term “eliminate” to hint at mass slaughter. And that is not what I said.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        April 12, 2018, 11:02 pm

        @RoHa

        Wow, a double strawman. I did not suggest that ending that State if Israel would be inhumane, I said nothing of the sort. Nor did I choose “eliminate” to suggest mass slaughter – despite the evidence that replacing Israel with a Hamas dominated Islamic State might very well make that happen.

        I choose the term eliminate Israel because it is absolutely correct – and disingenuous of the author to propose implementing the non-existent RoR as part of “humanitarian” discourse while ignoring the obvious end result.

      • annie
        annie
        April 13, 2018, 8:24 am

        there’s no strawman despite your claim mondonut. just because replacing palestine with a settler dominated jewish State has been overwhelmingly inhumane doesn’t necessitate the assumption implementing a right of return for palestinians would or could not be humanitarian, and of course it belongs in any humanitarian discourse regarding the future of the region.

        if you didn’t choose the term eliminate to suggest mass slaughter, why not just carry on discussing the elimination of israel as a jewish state, vs a state of all its citizens* in equality, as it should be? why not just answer roha’s question: If the granting the right of return means an end to the State of Israel as it currently is, so what?

        *including the recognition all native people residing (in their homeland) as citizens.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        April 13, 2018, 9:54 am

        ” I did not suggest that ending that State if Israel would be inhumane, I said nothing of the sort.”

        Then why shouldn’t the proposal to end the State of Israel as it currently is be included in humanitarian discourse?

        “Nor did I choose “eliminate” to suggest mass slaughter ”

        Very well. I misinterpreted you.
        Why would we exclude the idea of eliminating Israel from humanitarian discourse?

        “replacing Israel with a Hamas dominated Islamic State”

        Straw man. I am not suggesting that.

    • eljay
      eljay
      April 11, 2018, 9:01 am

      || mondonut: … anyone who understands anything at all about the Palestinians knows full well what implementing this supposed “right” would mean – an end to the State of Israel. … ||

      RoR might mean the end of Israel…but it might not. What it likely would – and definitely should – mean is the end of Israel as a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” and that’s what really gets Zionists’ knickers in a knot.

    • amigo
      amigo
      April 11, 2018, 1:53 pm

      “This fact is not ignored, anyone who understands anything at all about the Palestinians knows full well what implementing this supposed “right” would mean – an end to the State of Israel.” mondonut

      So what .

      You zionists have proven you are not capable of running a State without committing war crimes and behaving like a normal well adjusted democratic society.

      Time to take it away from you .

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        April 11, 2018, 9:17 pm

        @amigo

        First of all, not a Zionist. And are you suggested the shit show known as Palestinian politics does a better job of running a state?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        April 12, 2018, 3:51 pm

        ” Palestinian politics does a better job of running a state?”

        Yeah, I really doubt the Palestinians are up to the job of stealing nuclear weapons, or extracting so much money from the US, to name only two.
        And on an international level, I doubt if the Palestinians are prepared to do as much to Islam as Zionism has done to and continues to do to Judaism.

    • Blake
      Blake
      April 11, 2018, 2:29 pm

      Tough. Its their inalienable right to return to their land you are on at their expense.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        April 11, 2018, 9:24 pm

        @Blake

        As has been famously quoted, International Law is not a suicide pact. The Palestinians have no right to enter Israel other than with the approval of Israel itself.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        April 12, 2018, 3:53 pm

        ” International Law is not a suicide pact. “

        And these days, neither is being Jewish.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        April 12, 2018, 10:41 pm

        “International Law is not a suicide pact.”

        No-one is suggesting that the Israelis kill themselves, or put themselves in a position in which they will be killed.

  2. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    April 11, 2018, 8:56 am

    @mondonut
    ” It is not ignored, it is dismissed as nonsense”
    Bit like the Zio “Law of Return” then as in I am a practitioner of the cult of Judaism who has lived in Golders Green since birth but because I practice the cult of Judaism just like my mommy and my granny I have a right to “return” to a land neither I nor my family have ever lived in.
    Now that is 22 carat gold nonsense (oops sorry reference to gold/money etc = classic Anti – Semitism)
    Let`s say instead that is serious nonsense.

    • mondonut
      mondonut
      April 11, 2018, 9:21 pm

      @Ossinev

      Not entirely sure what point you are trying to make (English as a second language?) but if you are trying to find some equivalence between Israeli immigration policy and the non-existent right of return – you are mistaken.

  3. Stephen Shenfield
    Stephen Shenfield
    April 11, 2018, 11:38 am

    I have been participating in discussion of justifications for shooting the Gaza demonstrators on the website of The Forward. Readers may be interested in the arguments put forward by Israeli Zionists in this discussion. Several claimed that the demonstrations are merely the first stage in an offensive Hamas strategy: unarmed demonstrators “swarm” the border, breaking through the fence under the protection of smoke from the burning tires, and they will then be followed by armed militants who will kidnap Israelis, commit terrorist acts, etc. I repeatedly asked what evidence they had for these claims. One eventually said that whatever their intentions Gaza Palestinians who break through, damage, or approach the fence should be killed because Gaza Palestinians constitute an “enemy population” — i.e., none of them should be recognized as civilians. The Israelis’ fear and hatred of Palestinians in Gaza seem to be fiercer even than their fear and hatred of other Palestinians.

    • eljay
      eljay
      April 12, 2018, 10:27 am

      || Jackdaw: And lets not forget this Gazan gem. … ||

      One anti-tank missile fired from Gaza wounds two Israelis.

      Israeli helicopter and artillery strikes into Gaza kill four Palestinians and wound dozens more.

      Yup, that’s quite a gem.

      • Jackdaw
        Jackdaw
        April 12, 2018, 1:33 pm

        On anti-tank missile fired at a yellow school bus, you freakin idiot.

        Idiot.
        Idiot.
        Idiot.

      • eljay
        eljay
        April 12, 2018, 3:09 pm

        According to Wiki:

        The Shaar HaNegev school bus attack was a missile attack on 7 April 2011, in which Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired a Kornet laser-guided anti-tank missile over the border at an Israeli school bus, killing a schoolboy.[1]

        Hamas claimed the bus was traveling on a road used by Israeli military vehicles and it did not know that schoolchildren were on board.[2] Israel said the yellow color of the bus made it easily identifiable …

        The missile hit the bus after all but one of the children had been dropped off.[3] The only remaining passenger, a 16-year-old boy, Daniel Viflic,[4] was critically injured with shrapnel wounds to the head and died from his injuries on 17 April.[5] …

        Hamas says the bus was mistaken for a legitimate military target. If that’s true, they had every right to fire upon it.

        According to Israel, it was obviously a school bus. If that’s true, I unequivocally condemn the attack.

        In either case, the school-boy’s death (something not mentioned in the article Jackass linked to earlier) is tragic and the perpetrators must be held accountable for their actions.

  4. shaun patrick
    shaun patrick
    April 12, 2018, 2:32 am

    Israel could crush Hamas anytime it wants to but they don’t and won’t. If Hamas is destroyed Israel would have no reason to keep 2 million people prisoner in the world’s largest concentration camp. Israel’s right wing government would loose one of its major propaganda tools designed to keep its population subservient through fear. Israel would loose it’s weapons designation” field tested” meaning that many of the weapons it manufactures and exports to support their “economical miracle” would not be tried first on Gaza’s population. Israel will keep Gazans jailed as long as the world allows it.

    • Jackdaw
      Jackdaw
      April 12, 2018, 1:45 pm

      Israel didn’t keep a million Gazans prisoners BEFORE Hamas.

      Idiot.

      Israel unilaterally quit Gaza in 2005. Forced Jewish settlers out of their houses, and left Gaza.

      The Gazans destroyed the hot houses and infrastructure Israel had left as a parting gift, and Hamas began immediately lobbing their rockets into Israel.

      After disengagement the number of confirmed rocket strikes against Israel increased by more than 500 percent. During the year 2005, Israel absorbed 179 rocket strikes.

      Gaza disengagement was implemented in August 2005. The number of rocket strikes in the year 2006 shot up to 946 – a five-fold increase.

      Idiot.
      Idiot.

      • annie
        annie
        April 12, 2018, 2:15 pm

        jack, twisted convoluted hasbara, #fakenews. try harder.

        for your edification i recommend “The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians” by Justin Schwegel: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/propaganda-dehumanize-palestinians/

      • amigo
        amigo
        April 12, 2018, 2:32 pm

        “Israel unilaterally quit Gaza in 2005. Forced Jewish settlers out of their houses, and left Gaza.” jokedaw

        Two problems with this response.

        1, The “Settlers” were ILLEGAL SQUATTERS , and were in their houses plonked down on someone elses land.

        2, Had Israel collaborated with the Palestinians on their unilateral withdrawal , it might have been somewhat more successful.

        Mea culpa , I forgot one item.

        The Illegal squatters were transferred to Occupied West Bank where they squatted down on more stolen Land.

        Jokedaw , stop embarrassing good decent Jewish people with your endless vacuous nonsense.

        It makes you look like —well , an idiot.

      • Jackdaw
        Jackdaw
        April 12, 2018, 2:54 pm

        “Admittedly, Palestinian looters took to the greenhouses when they were transferred to Palestinian control in mid-September 2005, hauling away some of the irrigation pipes, water pumps, plastic sheeting and glass, but leaving the greenhouses themselves structurally intact.”

        Thanks Annie!

        Moron.

      • annie
        annie
        April 12, 2018, 3:34 pm

        you’re very welcome jack. let’s review this lie/hasbara about the “parting gift”:

        According to the New York Times, two months prior to the withdrawal, in July of 2005, Israeli settlers demolished about half of the greenhouses, “creating significant doubts that the greenhouses could be handed over to the Palestinians as ‘a living business.’”…. rather than leave their greenhouses behind for the Palestinians some settlers decided to burn them to the ground.

        Notwithstanding the destruction that had already been wrought, wealthy American philanthropists led by the Gates foundation and James Wolfensohn, the US Special Envoy for Gaza Disengagement, bought the remaining greenhouses from the Israeli settlers on behalf of the Palestinians in Gaza for $14 million. Wolfensohn contributed $500,000 of his own money.

        the so called “gift” was bought and paid for. as to what happened to those “structurally intact” greenhouses, to which “some” of the pipes and pumps etc were removed:

        The PED [Palestine Economic Development Company]invested more than $20 million into the project. Jabir said that as a result of the destruction by Israeli settlers and Palestinian looters the PED had to invest an additional $5 million into the greenhouse project to revive it……the greenhouses were up and running by mid-October. By late November, the New York Times reported that the Palestinians were preparing to harvest a crop of peppers, strawberries, tomatoes and herbs worth $20 million. Presciently, in the same article, Palestinians expressed concern that if Israel did not keep the Karni border crossing open, it could result in the demise of the greenhouse project.

        so what happened? israel prevented gaza from economic recovery. slow strangulation. here’s how wiki put it:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli_disengagement_from_Gaza

        By early 2006, farmers, faced with the slowness of transit, were forced to dump most of their produce at the crossing where it was eaten by goats. Ariel Sharon fell ill, a new Israeli administration eventually came to power and Wolfensohn resigned his office, after suffering from obstacles placed in his way by the U.S. administration, which was sceptical of the agreements reached on border terminals. Wolfensohn attributed this policy of hindrance to Elliott Abrams.

      • Jackdaw
        Jackdaw
        April 12, 2018, 2:58 pm

        This isn’t about whether the Arabs tore up the hot houses and left the metal frames standing, or where Gush Katif was resettled.

        It’s about rockets being launched from Gaza, at Israel, and how Israel has responded by building fences, blockading Gaza, and restricting Gazans from working and traveling.

      • annie
        annie
        April 12, 2018, 3:40 pm

        ah, so that’s what it’s about, israel responding. and israel breaking the ceasefire? >

        The event broke a 16-month ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, setting off a summer of death (Operation Summer Rains) which resulted in over 400 dead human beings. Boianjiu described a famous photo in her fictional story, which matched a real life photo that McClatchy described as “an icon of the Arab-Israeli conflict” and “a potent symbol in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that could embolden Palestinian resistance and erode international support for Israel.”

        http://mondoweiss.net/2012/06/famous-killing-on-gaza-beach-broke-the-ceasefire-lead-to-operation-summer-rains/

      • annie
        annie
        April 12, 2018, 3:53 pm

        or tell me jack, do you think this little girl, after witnessing her family blown up on the beach, is faking it for the camera. is that the route you’re going to take (with snippy “idiot” “moron” ad hominem crutches thrown in for good measure)?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        April 12, 2018, 3:55 pm

        I just don’t get it. I would think all of these subjects would be things “Jackdaw” would talk to Israelis about.
        I wonder why he is so determined to talk to us, instead of Israelis.

      • annie
        annie
        April 12, 2018, 4:13 pm

        the hasbara surrounding these events (especially the greenhouse propaganda) has so thoroughly saturated the media, it’s as if jack thinks people are just going to sort of *forget* reality. like if you say “greenhouse gift” 1000 times everyone will think settlers wrapped it in a bow and parted with good wishes. something is not a gift when you charge a fee (and because settlers were not happy with the fee they demolished 1/2 of them themselves before they left) and it’s not a gift when all the time, labor and money invested in making a 20 million dollar investment work ends up rotting under the hot sun because israel and the US won’t allow trade with the outside world.

        he’s determined to talk to us so his footprint (or their footprint, their narrative) can be on the page. not sure what the sloppy “idiot” stuff is about. it’s as if he thinks we will forget. palestinians have long memories, and we’ve got the archives… for ever lying hasbara meme, we’ve got a record of reality.

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        April 12, 2018, 4:36 pm

        “about rockets…from Gaza”.
        Rockets with little to no payload.
        How about telling us how many bombs with massive payloads israel has dropped on the strip over the same time period?
        I’m sure somebody, somewhere must have counted them. It’ll be a figure well into the thousands with a vastly higher death toll – especially of civilians.

        Go eat roadkill jokedaw.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        April 12, 2018, 4:45 pm

        “Jackdaw” you are getting to be like some kind of bizarre “Weekend at Bernies/Groundhog Day” mash-up.

      • shaun patrick
        shaun patrick
        April 12, 2018, 6:57 pm

        Jackdaw, when Israel withdrew it’s illegal settlers from Gaza Israel destroyed the their houses to ensure that Palestinians got nothing. Other than removing it’s citizens Israel controls every aspect of life in Gaza just the same as the Nazis did to the Warsaw ghetto, they removed their troops but other than that they determined what life would be like in the ghetto just as Israel does in Gaza. Gaza is the 2018 ghetto so as a Israeli paid misinformation writer that must make you very proud..

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        April 12, 2018, 7:21 pm

        “Idiot. Idiot. Idiot. Moron. you freakin idiot. Idiot. Idiot. Idiot.”

        Uh-Oh, I think the roseh avis is hungry again. Makes him cranky. Somebody give him a cracker or a matzoh- he won’t know the difference.

      • Jackdaw
        Jackdaw
        April 13, 2018, 12:16 am

        @shaun

        Your Warsaw Ghetto comparison fall flat on it’s face, when you consider that the Warsaw Ghetto didn’t share a border with another sovereign country the way Gaza borders Egypt, a. country that administered Gaza from 1948-1967.

        Oh, BTW, the denizens of the Warsaw Ghetto were all marked for death, while Gazans are today being aided by the UN, the EU, NGO’s and useful idiots like you and Annie.

  5. amigo
    amigo
    April 12, 2018, 4:26 pm

    “I wonder why he is so determined to talk to us, instead of Israelis.” Mooser,

    Jokedaw does not enjoy talking to like minded people .No fun in that .He cannot call them Idiots or morons.

    He prefers to be in the company of self hating Jews and antisemitic Jew haters.Gives him a sense of having the Moral high ground and feeds his sense of victim hood.

    He has not responded to my post suggesting he looks like an Idiot so maybe that is the way to get him to end his reign here at MW.

    Like all zios , he can give it , but cannot take it.

    • Jackdaw
      Jackdaw
      April 13, 2018, 4:09 am

      @amangoo

      Cannot take the fact that Gazans, Hamas and ordinary citizens, are turning the Strip into a unliveable shithole.

      Back in the ’80’s, my father-in-law used to trade daily in Gaza with his Arab partner.
      Not anymore.

      Jews used to drive into Gaza for cheap, first-rate dentistry and a meal.
      Koran thumping Hamas, and UNCHR subsidised overpopulation, are ruining whatever Gaza may have had and making peaceful coexistence an impossibility.

  6. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    April 12, 2018, 5:43 pm

    @annie
    “not sure what the sloppy “idiot” stuff is about”

    I counted 8 x idiots and 1 x moron from him on this thread which included a record of 4 in one “comment ” I think it is about him urgently needing to see a non Zio shrink before his hasbarised brain explodes.

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