The Israeli massacre continues.

I am utterly horrified by the horrific act of violence being played out currently by Israel’s government upon the people of Gaza.  Israel claims that they are doing this to bring about peace and quiet for the inhabitants of southern Israel.  There is no chance that this action is going to reach the desired result.  The Palestinian people will surely not be beaten into submission.

There are apparently now 350 people killed and 1500 injured as bombing is occurring in the middle of residential neighborhoods.  Keep in mind, this is occuring in a land which has been deprived of medical supplies, food and energy due mainly to the Israeli closure of border crossings.  The 9 hospitals of Gaza are overwhelmed and the injured are being treated in doctors homes among other places.  Little children are being killed and injured.

The world is, for the most part, either deploring or condemning Israel’s actions with variable degrees of harsh language for Hamas as well.,2933,473664,00.html

The US, Germany, UK and Australia at least are laying the entire blame for the deaths of Gazans upon Hamas’s shoulders.  It is so disconnected from reality to hear Condi Rice say that Hamas is entirely to blame. 

Many news organizations can’t help but to report on the fact that oil prices are going up because of the violence in Palestine.

If you are at all opposed to Israel’s murders you can do something good by signing the letter available at JustForeignPolicy:

Condi Rice is keeping Obama apprised of the Gaza situation and Obama is keeping completely silent on the situation.  The Bush administration refuses to call for an immediate cessation of violence, somewhat reminiscent of the US policy toward Israel’s attack on Southern Lebanon 2 years ago.

In the meantime, 7000 Iranian students have signed up to fight against Israel to protect Gaza.

In Iraq, the brutal Israeli actions are uniting Sunni and Shia in condemnation.  Surely Iraqi know something of what Gazans are experiencing since they received similar treatment from the US.

Horrible eye-witness accounts pour in from Gaza:

And the US, of course, has used its’ veto power to stop any meaningful statements from coming out of the UN:


6 Responses to “The Israeli massacre continues.”

  1. 1 DALIYA ROBSON January 4, 2009 at 4:01 am

    As Jew I am more horrified than you at the slaughter. Can you influence your islamic religious leaders to try some of the more passive friendly chapters of the Koran to teach. No need to teach hate and this would not happen. Bless you -you educated islamists to reread your own Koran and look for chapters that will evoke peace for all .
    Re read other chapters from the Koran that do not suggest killing infidels or even your own people if they convert. Get away from this killing glorification and there will be no need to go against Israelis or the West. Just live and let live. Daliya Robson
    I against massacres of all including Israelis and Jews.

  2. 2 theradicalmormon January 4, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I am a christian and not from the islamic faith. I also seek for peace for all. However, I think the peace sermon would be better served aimed at Israel at this point. You bring up an interesting point though. Jesus taught that if someone slaps your cheek you turn the other cheek and offer it to him as well. I will try to use that teaching to guide my personal behavior, but I cannot ask that of the Palestinians who are having their faces ground into the dirt on a continual basis for the last 60 years by Israel. Palestinian Arab protests were largely peaceful until the intifada of the 80s. Perhaps the Palestinians tried peaceful resistance for so long and found it didn’t work against Israel and thus you see their military resistance. However, if Palestinians do choose to follow Christ’s teachings and allow Israel to have their way with them, more power to them.

  3. 3 Grégoire January 5, 2009 at 4:28 am

    Dear Ms. Robson,

    Please see inside text…

    I against massacres of all including Israelis and Jews.

    I’m glad to know that you are against massacres. I wouldn’t have supposed otherwise.

    As RM has already elucidated the historical factors, I’ll address current events. Right now, some independent militants have shot a small handful of homemade rockets (about as sophisticated as the stuff that you could make after a trip to the hardware store) into Israel. In response, 400 people have been slaughtered with tanks and helicopters, which we in the west have been forced to provide, free of charge, to this brutal occupational tyranny.

    I agree that all people (Muslim, Jew, Christian, whatever) should quit taking mythology as their own personal license to butcher their neighbors. I don’t mind people believing in God, for the same reasons I don’t mind people believing in Santa Claus or Bigfoot; but I do mind it if they somehow buy into the delusion that they are their spiritual father’s “chosen people” who have the right to steal and murder in his name. I’ll concede that there is a strong current of this in Islam. It also exists in Judaism (and in my tradition – Mormonism too…look up Mountain Meadows for more on this).

    In my opinion (and I’m sure RM will disagree) I think that the whole region would be better served by the working people in both Israel and Palestine throwing out the bums who currently grovel and scrape to US/UK business interests, by any means necessary, and installing their own democratic/socialist leaders who will serve the real will of the people regardless of whether the American oligarchy whines or cries. Israel has nuclear weapons, so while the U.S. may stomp her feet over this, she isn’t likely to do anything substantive. Only then will real peace come to this region, when the people are empowered to run the show for themselves. Anything else is just so much smoke and mirrors. Oslo is proof enough of that.

    Best Regards…

  4. 4 theradicalmormon January 6, 2009 at 1:44 am

    I’m not sure which part you think I won’t agree with. Perhaps it’s the socialist part since I’m mormon and mormons are traditionally anti-socialist. However, I usually lean towards socialist policies myself. A utopian, democratic and non-authoritarian type of society would be great. I like to read about Lycurgus the Spartan and the society he developed in Greece about 500 BC. Especially the part where money was basically put out of use. He had some very good ideas, but he was not perfect. I really like socialist democracies like that started by Allende of Chile. There is a lot I like about Chavez of Venezuela though lately I am somewhat more wary of him. There is a lot going on in South America that is very interesting nowadays.
    As far as Israel is concerned, I liked Pres. Ahmadinejad’s idea of holding an election among all the people of Palestine, including the Jews of Israel, to decide what sort of government they would like to have. Contrary to what the press would like us to believe, Ahmadinejad does not wish to destroy Jews, nor has he ever expressed such a sentiment.

  5. 5 SFTech January 7, 2009 at 12:00 am

    This is not a difficult situation to end.
    No rockets from Hamas = end of war.

    -There was no world outcry when Israeli children were killed and injured by Hamas rockets and suicide bombings.
    -There was no world outcry when Hamas sent children and women to be suicide bombers.
    -There was no world outcry when a Hamas’ rocket fired at Israel killed two Palistinian girls in their home.
    -There was no world outcry when Hamas’ rockets blew up at a Hamas parade glorifying murder of civilians, killing 14 of their own children.
    -Etc. Etc. Etc.

    So why is now an outcry for Israel to stop defending itself? I think this is simple; the Arabs hate Israel slightly more that they hate themselves.

    -Did the Taliban just kill 14 muslim children with a truck bomb?
    -Did the Sunnis just kill 35 Shia at a mosque?
    -Did Hamas just shoot 75 Fatah members in Gaza prior to the Israeli response?

    Search the web, the answer is yes to all of the above.

    Check out Wikipedia’s article on Palistine. The truth that the land was not Palistinian.

    Check out Wikipedia’s article on Black September. When the Arab brothers of Jordan gave the Palistians a homestead. How did the Palistinians show appreciation? They killed the Jordan King and tried to over throw the Jordanian government. Jordan killed 10,000-25,000 Palistinians. Where was the world outcry? There was none.

    Gaza shares a border with Egypt, why do they have a wall separating the two muslim countries? Why is there no outcry that Egypt is harming their muslim brothers?

    It’s not Israel that’s the problem it’s the radical Muslims who use Islam for murderous purposes.

  6. 6 theradicalmormon January 7, 2009 at 1:05 am

    You make a few valid points, but come to completely erroneous conclusions. I agree that Egypt should change its policy regarding Gaza. However, Egypt would like to stifle the hamas movement as it has its own issues with the Muslim Brotherhood. Sure there are factions among Arab peoples. The Taliban does not like the current government of Afghanistan. Fatah and Hamas are divided (with alot of help and funding from the CIA and Israel). They are not a homogeneous group. You shouldn’t expect them to be. The outcry is there because of the massive injustice of the current situation. Even when Hamas sends a rocket over to Israel (which only recently began again since Hamas was obedient to the ceasefire that had been in place), the weight of the balance of justice is still in favor of the Palestinians because the far greater injustices that have been carried out upon the Palestinian people by the Zionist government. Wikipedia that.

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