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‘Superpowers will not give us freedom so we will take it with our own hands’: scenes from Gaza’s final Friday protest at the border

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Even though Etaf Wadi seemed unfamiliar with how to use her slingshot it didn’t stop her from firing her small stones towards the Israeli snipers behind the sand berms more than ten times. Most of the stones fell far before their desired target.

Wadi, 56, was one of the thousands of Palestinian demonstrators who protested for the seventh and final Friday of the Great March of Return as it headed into its last days ahead of Nakba Day on May 15th.

The protest is scheduled to end on the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, in which approximately 750,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes during the 14-month Israel-Arab war.

A wounded a Palestinian protester in Gaza (Photo: Mohammad Asad)

On Friday, Israeli snipers killed a Palestinian and wounded 170 protesters in Gaza, local medical workers said. Dozens more were overcome by tear gas.

Forty-five protestors have been killed and more than 4,000 injured by Israeli fire since the rally kicked off in late March.

A report released by Save the Children on Friday said that at least 250 children in Gaza have been hit with live bullets during the protests, and nearly 700 children have been injured overall.

The protests are part of an initiative to end the siege imposed by Tel Aviv and Cairo since Hamas took over Gaza 11 years ago.

Etaf Wadi (Photo: Mohammad Asad)

“People here are tired of life and futile peace negotiations for 25 years with a state does not want peace and denies right of the other people to exist,” Wadi told Mondoweiss. Wadi, a mother of eight children and her parents were displaced from Bayt Dras, 32 km northeast of Gaza.

“Palestinians are not equal with Israel’s power,” she added, “but we have the right of return according to the UN’s Resolution 194. We are the only people in the world are still occupied. The United States has used 43 vetoes against the Palestinians, but we have the right to freedom, and the superpowers will not give it to us so that we will take our right by our own hands.”

She remembers when she was five and heard of mass massacres committed by Israelis against Palestinians in Gaza during the 1967 war.

Israeli soldiers face off with protesters in Gaza (Photo: Mohammad Asad)

March’s organizers dubbed Friday’s protest the “Friday of Preparation and Foreboding” ahead of the U.S. moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday.

Monday’s inauguration of the U.S. Embassy comes five months after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that outraged Palestinians.

Protesters brought a rope to the border fence and tried to pull it down (Photo: Mohammad Asad)

Concerns of violence are growing after the leader of Hamas in Gaza hinted that thousands of Palestinians might cross the border fence at Monday’s march.

Comparing the enclave’s people to a “starving tiger,” Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades leader Yahya Sinwar said, “What’s the problem if hundreds of thousands storm this fence which is not a border of a state? What’s the problem with that?”

Israel has been criticized by human rights groups for its lethal response to the protest.

I met Hammad Abu Safiya, a grandfather of 14 grandchildren, whose hand was amputated during a work injury while working in Israel 23 years ago. He is desperate for any dramatic change on May 14 and 15, but is doubtful. “Nothing will happen,” he predicted.

“Even if hundreds of demonstrators cross the border, the Israelis forces will gather them in buses and deport them to Gaza at the evening,” Abu Safiya, 58, said.

Hammad Abu Safiya (Photo: Ahmad Kabariti)

“Israel manages everything wisely from the point of its people’s view, it sees and knows everything, even what you write in your notebook in this interview,” Abu Safiya told me.

“Therefore, nothing will change the situation of the Palestinians” he added, “but a volcano or earthquake that destroy their state, then the Palestinians may be able to return.”

Abu Safiya believes that a devastating war would also change the situation, as happened with the former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat after the 1967 war when Israel was forced to sign the Camp David Accords. “So Israel will only understand a destructive war.”

Palestinian youth throw stones at the border fence (Photo: Mohammad Asad)

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  1. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    May 12, 2018, 2:03 pm

    Israel wouldnt be able to stop 400,000 unarmed people marching to Al quds. Gaza vs Israel is not about guns. It is psychological.

    • gamal
      gamal
      May 12, 2018, 5:35 pm

      “through which supplies are delivered to their own people”

      i mean what could be the problem, right, how is your food delivered?

      • jon s
        jon s
        May 12, 2018, 6:06 pm

        gamal,
        I certainly would not burn down the place where essential supplies are delivered to my own people…

      • gamal
        gamal
        May 12, 2018, 7:34 pm

        “I certainly would not”

        the land you are on is where they used to eat from, the space you are in is where they used to live jon, why take us for fools.

      • jon s
        jon s
        May 13, 2018, 3:08 am

        Gamal. The place where I live is my home.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        May 13, 2018, 9:24 am

        Well, Jon, the tenor of the article was the hopelessness and desperation of the situation in Gaza. Are you drawing attention to the damage done at the crossing in order to suggest that it’s more a question of stupidity or irrationality in their minds rather than of a terrible physical situation and lack of rights? These actions are, if they are what they seem, a form of biting the hand that feeds you or at least of brushing it aside when it is offering the latest grudging rations. But if that hand is also the hand the slaps you around unrelentingly and exercises a pretty harsh, to put it mildly, form of control over you, giving you almost no opportunity to develop or progress, there are surely some reasons to bite it or take a swipe at it. Accusations of sheer stupidity, silliness or irrationality would be rather imperceptive or arrogant.
        Of course it may well be that this is a minority view in Gaza but it would not be a view beyond understanding or sympathy. Maybe it’s even a false flag operation designed to sow dissension, who knows? But even false flag operations need something to make them plausible. In this case the underlying fact is that the people of Gaza suffer injustice and misery.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 13, 2018, 11:37 am

        “The place where I live is my home.” “Jon s”

        As the Psalm (23.4) says: “Anyplace I hang my head is home.”

      • jon s
        jon s
        May 13, 2018, 3:02 pm

        MHughes,
        Torching the border crossing may seem absurd or stupid, but actually it’s consistent with the Hamas strategy designed to ensure that their own people remain as miserable as possible, and suffer large numbers of casualties, preferably women and children.

      • John O
        John O
        May 13, 2018, 3:50 pm

        @jon s “… the Hamas strategy designed to ensure that their own people remain as miserable as possible, and suffer large numbers of casualties, preferably women and children.”

        A social sciences teacher could spend an entire lesson parsing your comment for its racism; for the way it blames the victim; and for its crude attempt to defect responsibility for the situation from those who have power to change it to those who have none.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 13, 2018, 4:38 pm

        “A social sciences teacher could spend an entire lesson…”

        Just think what anybody who taught communications or advocacy could do with his archive. “Jon s” is an all-purpose what-not-to-do guide.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        May 13, 2018, 6:17 pm

        If this event was indeed a Hamas stunt rather than a spontaneous action by some angry individuals then I would still think that it was an understandable expression of frustration and dismay. But in any event the creation of at least a significant degree of distress,even long-term misery, in Gaza is quite manifestly the policy of the Israeli government as long as Gaza is led by Hamas with its traditional policy and rhetoric. Whatever Hamas says or does there is a sustained action from the Israeli side with sustained effects, including frustration and dismay, and Israel is responsible for that.

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 13, 2018, 6:32 pm

        || jon s: … it’s consistent with the Hamas strategy designed to ensure that their own people remain as miserable as possible, and suffer large numbers of casualties, preferably women and children. ||

        Keeping Palestinians in Gaza “as miserable as possible” and making them “suffer large numbers of casualties, preferably women and children”: It seems as though Zionists and the “Jewish State” have more in common with Hamas than they would like to admit.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        May 13, 2018, 10:21 pm

        It should be remembered that jon, who is so steeped and mired in supremacist/racist beliefs that he exposes them on a routine basis, claims to be on the left.

        You go jon. Enjoy your stolen land.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        May 14, 2018, 2:53 am

        The place where I live is my home

        Says a certain John S

        Sounds like a waiver of his right to return to the US.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        May 14, 2018, 5:35 am

        “it’s consistent with the Hamas strategy designed to ensure that their own people remain as miserable as possible, and suffer large numbers of casualties, preferably women and children. ”

        Didn’t Golda Meir say something similar?
        No such thing as Zionist agency.
        No possibility of universal values in Israel.

        It goes back to what that guy from the New York Review said. Israelis live in a mythical world. Universal values don’t apply.
        When the end comes it will probably be total war. Just like Germany 1933-45

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        May 14, 2018, 10:08 am

        @jon s

        “I certainly would not burn down the place where essential supplies are delivered to my own people…”

        You smug racist ***hole!! But keep at it. You and your ilk are digging Israel’s grave.

        If like the Palestinians in the occupied** Gaza Strip, you had been living under the brutal boot of the entity known as “Israel” and the IDF since 2005, you would be equally desperate to let the world know of your endless and accelerating suffering. That they are enraged and need to strike out at their jailer is hardly a surprise.

        **Human Rights Watch, 2005: “…Israel will continue to be an Occupying Power [of the Gaza Strip] under international law and bound by the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention because it will retain effective control over the territory and over crucial aspects of civilian life. Israel will not be withdrawing and handing power over to a sovereign authority – indeed, the word ‘withdrawal’ does not appear in the [2005 disengagement] document at all… The IDF will retain control over Gaza’s borders, coastline, and airspace, and will reserve the right to enter Gaza at will. According to the Hague Regulations, ‘A territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army. The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised’. International jurisprudence has clarified that the mere repositioning of troops is not sufficient to relieve an occupier of its responsibilities if it retains its overall authority and the ability to reassert direct control at will.”

        The International Committee of the Red Cross: “The whole of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law. The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, ratified by Israel, bans collective punishment of a civilian population.”

        “In practice, Gaza has become a huge, let me be blunt, concentration camp for right now 1,800,000 people” – Amira Hass, 2015 correspondent for Haaretz, speaking at the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University.

        To quote Dov Weisglass, then PM Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser:
        “‘The significance of the [proposed] disengagement plan [implemented in 2005] is the freezing of the peace process,’ Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser Dov Weisglass has told Ha’aretz. ‘And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our agenda….’ Weisglass, who was one of the initiators of the disengagement plan, was speaking in an interview with Ha’aretz for the Friday Magazine. ‘The disengagement is actually formaldehyde,’ he said. ‘It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.’” (Top PM Aide: Gaza Plan Aims to Freeze the Peace Process, Ha’aretz, October 6, 2004)

      • jon s
        jon s
        May 14, 2018, 4:25 pm

        Old geezer, I abhor any kind of racism or supremacism.

    • eljay
      eljay
      May 12, 2018, 5:46 pm

      || jon s: Once again , they torched the crossing through which supplies are delivered to their own people. … ||

      You’re absolutely right: It’s time for Israel to end…
      – its decades-long and on-going military occupation and colonization of not-Israel (i.e., of territory outside of Israel’s / Partition borders);
      – its blockade of all Palestinian land, sea and air routes.

      Those uppity Palestinians won’t know what hit them when they go to torch an Israeli-controlled “crossing” and find that the “Jewish State” has left them with nothing but open borders and freedom.

      • m1945
        m1945
        May 12, 2018, 6:05 pm

        If Israel ends its occupation of the West Bank, Palestinians will fire rockets & mortars from the West Bank just as Palestinians fired rockets & mortars from Gaza after Israel pulled out of Gaza.

        If Israel relinquishes control of all Palestinian land, sea and air routes, Palestinians will bring in more & better weapons so that they can exterminate the Jews.

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 12, 2018, 8:17 pm

        || Jack Green: If Israel ends its occupation of the West Bank, Palestinians will fire rockets & mortars from the West Bank just as Palestinians fired rockets & mortars from Gaza after Israel pulled out of Gaza. … ||

        Maybe, maybe not. The possibility that his victims may try to harm him doesn’t entitle the rapist to keep them chained in his basement.

        || … If Israel relinquishes control of all Palestinian land, sea and air routes, Palestinians will bring in more & better weapons … ||

        Whether it’s weapons or human rights, Zionists really hate, detest and despise the idea of equality.

        || … so that they can exterminate the Jews. ||

        What is it with Zionists and their uncontrollable urge to anti-Semitically conflate Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 12, 2018, 8:30 pm

        “If Israel relinquishes control of all Palestinian land, sea and air routes, Palestinians will bring in more & better weapons so that they can exterminate the Jews.”

        Gee, you better make some kind of arrangements with the Palestinians, so Jews can live in Israel with close to the same security they experience elsewhere.

      • Keith
        Keith
        May 13, 2018, 12:52 am

        JACK GREEN- “…Palestinians will bring in more & better weapons so that they can exterminate the Jews.”

        Ah, the Ashkenazi man’s burden! It appears that psychologically, the oppressor tends to hate those he oppresses. Assuages his conscience and all. This hatred is then projected onto his victims. Your complete lack of empathy for a suffering people is duly noted.

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 13, 2018, 9:02 am

        || Jack Green: eljay … ||

        Jack.

        || … Why should anyone expect that the West Bank Palestinians feel any differently about the Jews than the Gaza Palestinians? … ||

        I don’t know what West Bank Palestinians or Gaza Palestinians feel about “the Jews”, but I would expect both groups to feel the same way about their Zionist overlords and oppressors.

        || … Israel is not a rapist. … ||

        And the rapist isn’t an oppressive, colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

        || … If the Israelis hate equality … ||

        I didn’t say – and I don’t believe – that all Israelis hate equality. But there’s no “if” about Jewish supremacists (Zionists) and their religion-supremacist “Jewish State” hating equality with non-Jews.

      • m1945
        m1945
        May 13, 2018, 9:36 pm

        eljay

        So if you “would expect both groups to feel the same way about their Zionist overlords and oppressors” then why should we expect that West Bank Palestinians will not fire rockets & mortars at innocent Israelis if Israel ends the occupation of the Wet Bank just as Gaza Palestinians fired rockets & mortars at innocent Israelis when Israel pulled out of Gaza?

        There wouldn’t be any Israelis in the West Bank if Palestinians had not attacked Israel.
        Palestinians should apologize & sign a peace treaty with Israel.

        Evidence that Zionists are Jewish supremacists?

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 14, 2018, 7:58 am

        || Jack Green: eljay … ||

        Jack.

        || … So if you “would expect both groups to feel the same way about their Zionist overlords and oppressors” then why should we expect that West Bank Palestinians will not fire rockets & mortars … if Israel ends the occupation of the Wet Bank just as Gaza Palestinians fired rockets & mortars … when Israel pulled out of Gaza? … ||

        If Israel were to pull out of the West Bank the way it did from Gaza, but were to remain overlord and oppressor of West Bank Palestinians the way it remains overlord and oppressor of Gaza Palestinians, I would expect both groups to feel the same way about Israel.

        While they may feel the same way, there’s no guarantee they will act the same way toward their ever-present overlord and oppressor.

        || … There wouldn’t be any Israelis in the West Bank if Palestinians had not attacked Israel. … ||

        You’re funny…like a clown. Palestinians didn’t attack Israel and even if they had Israel’s right to self-defence did not and still does not comprise a right to steal, occupy and colonize non-Israeli territory.

        || … Evidence that Zionists are Jewish supremacists? ||

        Yes. Take off your ZioGoggles, open your eyes and look around.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        May 14, 2018, 10:23 am

        @Jack Green

        “There wouldn’t be any Israelis in the West Bank if Palestinians had not attacked Israel.”

        Well, at least your comments are consistent, consistently wrong!!

        For your much needed edification, in fact, the entity known as “Israel” attacked the Palestinians on June 5, 1967 when it seized and occupied the West Bank (along with Egypt’s Sinai, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, Syria’s Golan Heights and Lebanon’s Shebba Farms.) The entity know as “Israel” has since withdrawn from Egypt’s Sinai but still illegally occupies its other June 1967 conquests.

        To wit:
        Prime Minister Menachem Begin, former Minister without portfolio in PM Levi Eshkol’s cabinet, while addressing Israel’s National Defence College on 8 August 1982: “In June, 1967, we again had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.” (New York Times, 21 August 1982)

        Meir Amit, chief of Israel’s Mossad: “Egypt was not ready for a war and Nasser did not want a war.”

        Israeli Chief of Staff Rabin: “I do not believe that Nasser wanted war. The two divisions which he sent into Sinai on 14 May would not have been enough to unleash an offensive against Israel. He knew it and we knew it.” (Le Monde, 25 February, 1968)

        Prime Minister Eshkol: “The Egyptian layout in the Sinai and the general military buildup there testified to a military defensive Egyptian set-up south of Israel.” (Yediot Aharonot, l8 October 1967)

        Robert McNamara, U.S. Secretary of Defence: “Three separate intelligence groups had looked carefully into the matter [and] it was our best judgment that a UAR attack was not imminent.” (The Vantage Point, Lyndon Johnson, p. 293)

        An article published in the New York Times (4 June 1967) just hours before Israel attacked notes that Major General Indar Jit Rikhye, Commander of UNEF in the Middle East, “who toured the Egyptian front, confirms that Egyptian troops were not poised for an offensive.”

        On May 26, in reply to Israel’s Foreign Minister Abba Eban’s assertion that according to Israeli intelligence, “an Egyptian and Syrian attack is imminent,” Secretary of State Dean Rusk dismissed the claim and assured Eban that Israel faced no threat of attack from Egypt. On the same day, during a meeting at the Pentagon, Eban was also told by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and his aides that “…Egyptian forces were not in an aggressive posture and that Israel was not opening itself to peril by not attacking immediately. The contrary was true, Eban was told.” (Donald Neff, Warriors for Jerusalem, pp. 140-41)

        As the UN Emergency Force (UNEF) Commander, Major General Idar Jit Rikhye, revealed, Nasser was not enforcing the blockade of the Tiran straits: “[The Egyptian] navy had searched a couple of ships after the establishment of the blockade and thereafter relaxed its implementation.”

        According to Patrick Seale, highly regarded historian and journalist, Israel had been meticulously preparing for another war against the Arabs since its 1956 invasion of Egypt: “In the decade since the Suez campaign Israel had built up forces that could move fast and hit hard: mobile armoured units able to cover long distances, mechanized infantry, heliborne and naval paratroopers for use behind enemy lines, and above all an air force of Mirage and Super-Mystere interceptors and Mystere fighter-bombers of unchallenged superiority. The main lesson Israel had learned from the [1956] Suez war was the importance of air dominance not only to neutralize Arab air forces but also for use as flying artillery against infantry and tanks.” (Patrick Seale, Asad…, p. 117)

        Ezer Weizman, former commander of Israel’s Air Force confirmed in his memoirs that Israel spent years meticulously planning the attack against Egypt: “For five years I had been talking of this operation, explaining it, hatching it, dreaming of it, manufacturing it link by link, training men to carry it out.” Recalling how he felt at 7:30 A.M. on 5 June 1967, Weizman wrote: “Now in a quarter of an hour, we would know if it was only a dream or whether it would come true….” (Donald Neff, Warriors for Jerusalem…, p. 202)

  2. Boomer
    Boomer
    May 12, 2018, 6:22 pm

    Thanks for the report. NPR had a short report on the afternoon news. WaPo has a somewhat longer report. It isn’t a bad report, by MSM standards, though saying that Israel and Hamas have “fought three wars” since 2008 seems a bit much. I guess they don’t want to use the technical term (“mowing the grass”) or say that Israel has three times used American-supplied weapons to slaughter defenseless people who were evicted from their homes by ethnic cleansing.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-closing-gaza-cargo-crossing-after-weekly-protests/2018/05/12/526bf448-55e8-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_story.html?noredirect=on

    • m1945
      m1945
      May 12, 2018, 10:24 pm

      eljay

      Why should anyone expect that the West Bank Palestinians feel any differently about the Jews than the Gaza Palestinians? Don’t their children watch the same racist TV shows e.g.

      • A song in a children’s cartoon includes the lyrics, “Zionist man, run away, Zionist woman, run away, very soon you’ll be killed by a car.”
      • A Palestinian singer is shown in another clip, singing the lyrics, “Oh Martyrdom-seeker, make them cry. Make the fire engulf them. Turn them into body parts, roast them.”
      • A Palestinian child declaims in a speech into which he has been indoctrinated, “Oh sons of Zion, oh the most evil of creatures, oh barbaric apes.”
      • In a children’s TV show, a Mickey Mouse figures asks a child, “How will you sacrifice your soul for the sake of Al-Aqsa? Was will you do? The child replies, “I will shoot. We want to… We will annihilate the Jews”

      Israel is not a rapist.

      If the Israelis hate equality, why do they allow Arab Israelis to vote & hold office? An Arab Israeli’s vote counts exactly the same as a Jewish Israeli’s vote. It’s the Palestinians who hate equality. It’s the Palestinians who say “The Jews are our dogs!” and “Jews are the descendants of apes and pigs.” It’s the Palestinians who don’t let Jews vote or hold office or buy land.

      Hamas & Hezbolla use the word “Jew.”

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        May 13, 2018, 6:46 pm

        ” It’s the Palestinians who don’t let Jews vote or hold office or buy land.”

        The Israeli Jews don’t need to buy land. They can just steal it.

        ‘Hamas & Hezbolla use the word “Jew.”’

        So do you. So does the State of Israel, and its propagandists, when they peddle the idea of Israel as the “homeland” of all Jews. H and H are following the official line.

    • m1945
      m1945
      May 12, 2018, 10:26 pm

      Boomer

      “… a study published by the United Nations showed “that the ratio of civilian to combatant deaths in Gaza was by far the lowest in any asymmetric conflict in the history of warfare.”

      https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/Civilian_casualty_ratio.html

      • Emory Riddle
        Emory Riddle
        May 13, 2018, 8:25 am

        Professor Alan Dershowitz stated that the 2008 figure of 1:30 represents the lowest civilian to combatant casualty ratio in history in the setting of combating terrorism.

        Now there’s a reliable. unbiased source you posted.

    • CigarGod
      CigarGod
      May 13, 2018, 9:20 am

      Oh yeah, BBC report played on NPR “wasn’t bad.”

      “Israel pointed out, Israel has given up land for security and peace.”

      That was the last line in the report.

      Sorry Boomer, but these greasy propaganda pieces don’t make Israel Disraeli, it just makes them a pole dancer.

  3. Citizen
    Citizen
    May 12, 2018, 7:57 pm

    Etaf Wadi, mother of eight, aged 56, firing her feeble sling shot pebbles with her feeble arms, against well-armed snipers too far away and backed by the lone superpower in the world. Anybody here besides me age 56 or older? She won’t see it, nor will I, but eventually, the Zionists will lose this perpetual “war.”

    • m1945
      m1945
      May 12, 2018, 10:27 pm

      Citizen

      Jews had been persecuted for centuries in majority-gentile countries. Even when not actively persecuting the Jews, the majority-gentile countries refused to give refuge to the Jews when they needed it. There would have been no Holocaust if majority-gentile countries would have allowed in Jewish refugees who were escaping from the Nazis. The idea of Zionism was that Jews would return to their homeland & have a majority-Jewish country because majority-gentile countries had failed to provide safety for the Jews.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 12, 2018, 11:02 pm

        “Jews had been persecuted for centuries in majority-gentile countries”

        And that’s No. 13 for “Jews had been persecuted…”. Do you have it memorized, or do you cut/paste?

      • Keith
        Keith
        May 13, 2018, 12:41 am

        JACK GREEN- “Jews had been persecuted for centuries in majority-gentile countries.”

        Gosh, Jack, this has a familiar ring to it. Yet another copy-and-paste to a discredited meme? “Majority-gentile countries?” How many “minority-gentile” countries have there been? And what has been the fate of the Gentiles in the only majority-Jewish country? Any Palestinians analogous to the Rothschilds?

      • John O
        John O
        May 13, 2018, 2:27 am

        You’ve found the Copy and Paste buttons again, I see. No wonder you folks never make any progress.

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 13, 2018, 8:55 am

        || Jack Green: Jews had been persecuted for centuries in majority-gentile countries. … ||

        Homosexuals were persecuted for centuries in majority-heterosexual countries. That did not give them the right to use terrorism and ethnic cleansing to establish a supremacist “Gay State” and subsequently spend decades engaging in oppression, colonialism and (war) crimes.

        || … The idea of Zionism was that Jews would return to their homeland & have a majority-Jewish country … ||

        The idea of Zionism was to establish a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine. Geographic Palestine was not and still is not the “homeland” of every person in the world who chooses to be Jewish.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        May 13, 2018, 6:47 pm

        Same old stuff. Jack can’t even be bothered to correct the grammar.

      • amigo
        amigo
        May 14, 2018, 4:59 pm

        “Jews had been persecuted for centuries in majority-gentile countries. ” jacko greenstein

        there you go again Jacko.

        I would have thought after a (how long has it been ) refresher course at Hasbara central , you might at least have brought back some new material to keep us enthralled with the breadth of your knowledge .

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 14, 2018, 9:17 pm

        ,” you might at least have brought back some new material”

        “amigo”, not a one of them is capable of putting the needs of Israel above their own ego.

  4. Mayhem
    Mayhem
    May 13, 2018, 7:57 pm

    The people of Gaza can have their freedom if they would devote their resources to health, education, social welfare and stop persisting with a culture of victimhood that is only making their situation worse. Hamas stands firmly blocking the way of freedom. Easy to blame Israel for what is essentially your own problem.

    • eljay
      eljay
      May 14, 2018, 8:05 am

      || Mayhem: The people of Gaza can have their freedom if they would devote their resources to health, education, social welfare and stop persisting with a culture of victimhood that is only making their situation worse. Hamas stands firmly blocking the way of freedom. Easy to blame Israel for what is essentially your own problem. ||

      The victims chained in the rapist’s basement can have their freedom* if they would devote their resources to education and hygiene and stop persisting with a culture of victimhood that is only making their situation worse. The victims stand firmly blocking the way of freedom. Easy to blame the rapist for what is essentially their own problem.
      ___________________
      (*Where “freedom” means longer chains that allow the victims to move around more freely. Because, y’know, “freely” is just like “freedom”.)

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      May 14, 2018, 10:34 am

      @Mayhem

      “Hamas stands firmly blocking the way of freedom. Easy to blame Israel for what is essentially your own problem.”

      Sigh. Dealing with you is like shooting fish in a barrel.

      Reality:

      On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”

      http://www.haaretz.com/isra…
      “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. ” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010)

      In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

      https://www.haaretz.com/isr
      “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.’” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz.

      As for Netanyahu and the Likud party, here’s a brief summation of their positions that are contrary to international law and explain why the conflict continues:
      The Likud Party Platform:
      a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”
      b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”
      c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”
      d. “…. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

  5. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    May 14, 2018, 7:06 am

    @Jack Green
    “The idea of Zionism was that Jews would return to their homeland & have a majority-Jewish country because majority-gentile countries had failed to provide safety for the Jews”

    You forgot the bit about slaughtering and expelling the natives and stealing their land all the while whinging and wailing about being victimised when the natives resist.

    “Homeland” ? Does that include Eskimos who have converted to Judaism ? I would worry about them being able to cope with the heat – and as for their poor huskies.

  6. Kay24
    Kay24
    May 14, 2018, 9:11 am

    We should be ashamed that the leader of the US, has caused those fires that burn in that region, and that unarmed Palestinian children have been brutally killed by the zionists. The dual pictures show a gloating Jared, Ivanka, and I see Ted Cruz, pandering to the zionists, and it makes me wonder how they can celebrate at tax payer money, the opening of the most controversial embassy, while miles away unarmed Palestinian are being massacred brutally.
    Are we paying taxes for this? The massacre of Palestinians who protests their occupation, land theft, and now seeing Jerusalem handed over to their vicious oppressors?

    Trump has thrown a match into a powder keg, and since it will be the Palestinians who will shed blood over this, will be the victims once again. Disgusting.

  7. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    May 14, 2018, 11:23 am

    “Our people have the right to break the walls of this big prison. We are marching to knock down the prison wall and to clearly declare that we won’t accept to die a slow death”– Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, May 14/18

  8. Kay24
    Kay24
    May 14, 2018, 12:59 pm

    The Palestinians are desperate. Desperate for freedom, and security. They have every right to protest even violently after 60 years of being used as target practice for zionist guns, and bombs.
    The US is now formally a pariah of the world, and it has aligned itself with one of the world’s most disliked nations.

  9. Kay24
    Kay24
    May 14, 2018, 2:46 pm

    Spokesman (Raj Shah) for the WH has blamed this ENTIRELY ON HAMAS. On asking why this massacre has no wounded or killed IDF members, he could not answer it. Oh yes, he did proclaim that Israel has the right to defend itself. I have never seen such a callous attitude from any WH, where the massacre of civilians, and the thousands injured, was not blamed in any measure, on their occupier’s military using snipers, the killers. HE ALSO SAID THIS WAS A PROPAGANDA STUNT!!!!
    AREN’T WE A LOVABLE NATION?

  10. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    May 14, 2018, 3:19 pm

    https://www.democracynow.org/2018/5/14/gaza_israeli_soldiers_kill_30_palestinians

    Video, Gaza: “Israeli Soldiers Kill 50 + Palestinians Protesting Non-violently as U.S. Opens Jerusalem Embassy.”

    Democracy Now, May 14/18

  11. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    May 14, 2018, 3:27 pm

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/05/pro-trump-pastor-who-claims-islam-is-a-cult-picked-to-lead-prayer-at-opening-of-us-embassy-in-jerusalem/

    Mother Jones, May 14/18
    “Pro-Trump Pastor Who Claims Islam Is a ‘Cult’ Picked to Lead Prayer at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem”

  12. Rogelio
    Rogelio
    May 14, 2018, 4:36 pm

    With Hamas constantly being held responsible for resistance, rather than the occupation, one can’t help but think of the the Warsaw Ghetto.
    Link to the US Holocaust Museum:

    https://www.ushmm.org/outreach/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007745

  13. gamal
    gamal
    May 14, 2018, 5:57 pm

    “People here are tired of life”

    yes man I have come to Dublin for Nakba day, we going to Dabke all day and then to Shakshuka

    http://shakshuka.ie/

    , I didn’t book a table …because its my birthright, and barman tonite in the Shelbourne hotel is a Tunisian called Sa’afi, he asked me “Sir where are you from”…English went out the window …and then it was all Arabs, he makes a mean mint julep, we going to take back all that is ours, and then a drain a glass of Malbec, sweet and salt like blood.

  14. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    May 14, 2018, 6:29 pm

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/ news/gaza-names-palestinians- killed-israel-us-embassy- 1239370023

    “Fifty-five Palestinians murdered by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Monday”
    Middle East Eye, 14 May 2018

    “Gaza killings: The names of people shot dead by Israeli forces on Monday
    #Occupation”

    “14-year-old Ezz Eldin Alsamaak is the youngest Palestinian killed in Gaza on deadliest day since Israeli assault on enclave in 2014”

    “Fifty-five people were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Monday as thousands of Palestinians demonstrated across the occupied territory to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba.”

    Lest we forget!!!!

    “As of Monday afternoon, the Gaza Ministry of Health released the names of 43 Palestinians killed:
    1. Ezz el-din Musa Mohamed Alsamaak, 14 years old
    2. Wisaal Fadl Ezzat Alsheikh Khalil, 15 years old
    3. Ahmed Adel Musa Alshaer, 16 years old
    4. Saeed Mohamed Abu Alkheir, 16 years old
    5. Ibrahim Ahmed Alzarqa, 18 years old
    6. Eman Ali Sadiq Alsheikh, 19 years old
    7. Zayid Mohamed Hasan Omar, 19 years old
    8. Motassem Fawzy Abu Louley, 20 years old
    9. Anas Hamdan Salim Qadeeh, 21 years old
    10. Mohamed Abd Alsalam Harz, 21 years old
    11. Yehia Ismail Rajab Aldaqoor, 22 years old
    12. Mustafa Mohamed Samir Mahmoud Almasry, 22 years old
    13. Ezz Eldeen Nahid Aloyutey, 23 years old
    14. Mahmoud Mustafa Ahmed Assaf, 23 years old
    15. Ahmed Fayez Harb Shahadah, 23 years old
    16. Ahmed Awad Allah, 24 years old
    17. Khalil Ismail Khalil Mansor, 25 years old
    18. Mohamed Ashraf Abu Sitta, 26 years old
    19. Bilal Ahmed Abu Diqah, 26 years old
    20. Ahmed Majed Qaasim Ata Allah, 27 years old
    21. Mahmoud Rabah Abu Maamar, 28 years old
    22.Musab Yousef Abu Leilah, 28 years old
    23. Ahmed Fawzy Altetr, 28 years old
    24. Mohamed Abdelrahman Meqdad, 28 years old
    25. Obaidah Salim Farhan, 30 years old
    26. Jihad Mufid Al-Farra, 30 years old
    27. Fadi Hassan Abu Salmi, 30 years old
    28. Motaz Bassam Kamil Al-Nunu, 31 years old
    29. Mohammed Riyad Abdulrahman Alamudi, 31 years old
    30. Jihad Mohammed Othman Mousa, 31 years old
    31. Shahir Mahmoud Mohammed Almadhoon, 32 years old
    32. Mousa Jabr Abdulsalam Abu Hasnayn, 35 years old
    33. Mohammed Mahmoud Abdulmoti Abdal’al, 39 years old
    34. Ahmed Mohammed Ibrahim Hamdan, 27 years old
    35. Ismail Khalil Ramadhan Aldaahuk, 30 years old
    36. Ahmed Mahmoud Mohammed Alrantisi, 27 years old
    37. Alaa Alnoor Ahmed Alkhatib, 28 years old
    38. Mahmoud Yahya Abdawahab Hussain, 24 years old
    39. Ahmed Abdullah Aladini, 30 years old
    40. Saadi Said Fahmi Abu Salah, 16 years old
    41. Ahmed Zahir Hamid Alshawa, 24 years old
    42. Mohammed Hani Hosni Alnajjar, 33 years old
    43. Fadl Mohamed Ata Habshy, 34 years old.”

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