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Written on November 8, 2006, and categorized as Secret and Invisible.
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“It is the saddest scene and images I have ever seen. We saw legs, we saw heads, we saw hands scattered in the street,” 22-year-old eyewitness Attaf Hamad told Reuters news agency.

“I saw people coming out of a house covered in blood. I started screaming to wake up the neighbours.”

Read the BBC article.

People often represent this conflict as two-sided, and point out that Israel suffers rocket attacks, but the line between self-defense and civilian collective punishment is not blurred, it is simply ignored by Israel. The Israelis have pulled out of Gaza, but they continue to bomb, strafe, use unmanned drones, sonic booms, and fire their own tank artillery and guided missiles from jet fighters into this scrap of Palestine. In a single attack, that’s another 18 dead – women and children included, who can go nowhere else, hemmed in as they are by borders, barbed wire and armed men.

Somehow the residents do not give up and continue to resist. The rockets are token more than anything – they say, look, you can kill as many of us as you like, we will never give up.

The rockets are short-range, crude, home-made affairs – nothing like the Katyushas with which Hezbollah killed civilians in the July war. Not that this condones the firing of rockets, but is a gross mis-representation of the truth to claim that the fight is equal and the Israeli response justified. According to the BBC, the last 2 months have seen 300+ Palestinian dead, and two Israeli soliders, one of whom was killed by his own side.

This is the most systematic, barbaric oppression of a captive population that the world has seen since the end of the second world war. The Israelis know that without American support, they have no power. With America engrossed in their own political battle, this news is off the screens, and their military can do what it wants.

Israel 2006 = Nazism 2.0.

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  1. twit
    Posted 9 November, 2006 at 2:48 am | Permalink


  2. La Sirena
    Posted 9 November, 2006 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    This is so messed up… I’ve been befriended by some Palestinians over the years and all of their stories would make your hair stand on end. It does seem like some kind of national reenactment of the Holocaust — like when the abused grow up to be abusers.

  3. BeguineFirefly
    Posted 9 November, 2006 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    It is true that we American’s are self-absorbed and slow to awaken. Hopefully our recent elections will bring about some much needed change. Unfortunately, we will probably continue to ignore countries and people we should be protecting and helping, while we parade our military into places they shouldn’t be. Just so you know…we aren’t all asleep.

  4. Indigobusiness
    Posted 10 November, 2006 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    I confess to frequent naps, but even my dreams are shot-through with these horrors of war.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted 20 November, 2006 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    At least when I sleep, I am not dreaming of “The Home Of Funk” anymore. 🙂

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