December 30th, 2008

Chris Keeley

DL - GAZA

FYI,
The shocking lack of knowledge expressed in the media and the programmed distortions concerning israel's attack on Gaza led me to write this article. The article has appeared on 20-30 websites around the world. 
 
One comment:
This is so well said. When such brutality is carried out with such impunity, it sends an unmistakable message to everyone in the world that human decency is for peons, not for leaders and decision makers, and that any community on the planet could be targeted and exposed to the most horrifying weapons the world has seen, there being no recourse in the face of injustice, however massive.
 
If you want to read the article, you can either use the link or read the article in the email.
 
Dan Lieberman
 
 

World leaders respond timidly to Israeli attacks

Monday, 29 December 2008, 1:42 pm
Column: Dan Lieberman

 

The World in Hostage
World leaders respond timidly to Israeli attacks on defenseless Gaza


By Dan Lieberman

The tepid response of world leaders to Israel's ferocious attack on a defenseless Gaza conveys a helpless feeling to all world citizens - brutality rules and we are all vulnerable to attack. EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, commented that "the EU is very concerned by the events in Gaza." French President Nicolas Sarkozy was quoted as saying he "strongly condemns the irresponsible provocations which led to this situation as well as the disproportionate use of force."

Are world leaders totally ignorant of the events leading to the massive destruction of Palestinian life? Are they unaware of Israel's provocations and shrewd deceptions which allowed them to seem innocent and carry out a plan to destroy the Palestinians? The facts are:

For two years Israel has illegally blockaded Gaza. BBC News (Heather Sharp, Gaza Under Blockade, Nov. 11, 2008) states that the area's "1.5 million people have been relying on less than a quarter of the volume of imported supplies they received in December 2005" and "virtually no exports have been permitted." A totally paralyzed economy has tried to exist with reduced fuel supplies, electrical outages and a lack of spare parts. Intermittent hunger and severe physical and psychological damage have been common. Include impacts on sewage treatment, waste collection, water supplies and medical facilities.

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Chris Keeley

Gaza

CNI Supporter:

Please forward to your local media outlet as an op-ed, or letter to the editor.

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH GAZA?


IS Gaza another Sharpeville Massacre? Nearly fifty years ago, the South African regime attacked a crowd protesting the conditions in the Bantustan of Sharpeville and in a matter of minutes killed some 69 black South Africans. Eventually, after world reaction to this "incident," sanctions were imposed and they led to the end of apartheid in South Africa.


Using American weapons, Israel has just indiscriminately killed more than four times that number in Gaza. In 1960 there were 20 million black South Africans and today there are only one and a half million Palestinians in Gaza. So the first two days of the American-supported Israeli attempt to wipe out Hamas is sixty times as criminal as the Sharpeville massacre.

 


No end to the violence is in sight, as a ground attack is threatened and may happen at any hour. Our CNIF team that recently visited the area had advance information about Israel's intention to go into Gaza and wipe out the leadership of Hamas when we talked with General Ephraim Sneh six weeks ago. His statements in effect said: we Israelis know exactly how to do it and we will do it in spite of the cease fire that was then in effect. The only problem, he indicated, is that Israel (and by inference America) does not have an exit strategy. This was eerily reminiscent of our own generals in Vietnam and in Iraq.


 

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Chris Keeley

Alas for the Palestinians, their most powerful political voice – I'm talking about the late Edward S

Alas for the Palestinians, their most powerful political voice – I'm talking about the late Edward Said, not the corrupt Yassir Arafat (and how the Israelis must miss him now) – is silent and their predicament largely unexplained by their deplorable, foolish spokesmen. "It's the most terrifying place I've ever been in," Said once said of Gaza. "It's a horrifyingly sad place because of the desperation and misery of the way people live. I was unprepared for camps that are much worse than anything I saw in South Africa."



Robert Fisk: Why Bombing Ashkelon Is The Most Tragic Irony

The Independent, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 

How easy it is to snap off the history of the Palestinians, to delete the narrative of their tragedy, to avoid a grotesque irony about Gaza which – in any other conflict – journalists would be writing about in their first reports: that the original, legal owners of the Israeli land on which Hamas rockets are detonating live in Gaza.

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