Archive for September 4th, 2012
Below is the portion of the just-released 2012 Democratic National Party Platformthat discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Middle East. President Obama and the Democratic Party maintain an unshakable commitment to Israel’s security. A strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States not simply because we share strategic interests, but also because we share common values. For this reason, despite budgetary constraints, the President has worked with Congress to increase security assistance to Israel every single year since taking office, providing nearly $10 billion in the past three years. The administration has also worked to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region. And we have deepened defense cooperation – including funding the Iron Dome system – to help Israel address its most pressing threats, including the growing danger posed by rockets and missiles emanating from the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. The President’s consistent support for Israel’s right to defend itself and his steadfast opposition to any attempt to delegitimize Israel on the world stage are further evidence of our enduring commitment to Israel’s security.
It is precisely because of this commitment that President Obama and the Democratic Party seek peace between Israelis and Palestinians. A just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian accord, producing two states for two peoples, would contribute to regional stability and help sustain Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state. At the same time, the President has made clear that there will be no lasting peace unless Israel’s security concerns are met. President Obama will continue to press Arab states to reach out to Israel. We will continue to support Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, which have been pillars of peace and stability in the region for many years. And even as the President and the Democratic Party continue to encourage all parties to be resolute in the pursuit of peace, we will insist that any Palestinian partner must recognize Israel’s right to exist, reject violence, and adhere to existing agreements.
Elsewhere in the region, President Obama is committed to maintaining robust security cooperation with Gulf Cooperation Council states and our other partners aimed at deterring aggression, checking Iran’s destabilizing activities, ensuring the free flow of commerce essential to the global economy, and building a regional security architecture to counter terrorism, proliferation, ballistic missiles, piracy, and other common threats.
Haaretz reports that “more than a few pro-Israeli party functionaries at the convention [are fuming]” that the platform left out a reference to Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The 2008 platform read, “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.” These same functionaries are also evidently upset that the “language on Iran wasn’t tough enough.”
Mitt Romney has responded with the following statement:
It is unfortunate that the entire Democratic Party has embraced President Obama’s shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Four years of President Obama’s repeated attempts to create distance between the United States and our cherished ally have led the Democratic Party to remove from their platform an unequivocal acknowledgment of a simple reality. As president, I will restore our relationship with Israel and stand shoulder to shoulder with our close ally.
The situation in the Palestinian enclave has reached a critical point. If no action is taken, by 2020, Gaza will become uninhabitable. This is stated in the report recently published by the UN. The greatest concern is the lack of clinics, hospitals, and schools. Only the global community can help. According to the UN, Israel is to blame for the problems of Gaza.
According to the UN report, by 2020, it will be necessary to build 440 new schools and increase the number of hospital beds to eight hundred. Furthermore, for the normal operation of medical institutions a thousand medical specialists will have to be found. Another, no less acute problem in the Gaza Strip is the disruption of power and water supply. The report notes that the water, electrical equipment, and the social services do not meet the basic needs of the population. In the future, lack of drinking water could reach 60 percent. In addition, sewage waste is often dumped into the sea without any treatment.
Perhaps most disturbing is the continuing rise in unemployment, which now stands at 45 percent. In the Palestinian territories under siege there is almost no industry, and obtaining permits for Palestinians to work in Israel cannot save the situation. The authors of the report call for the immediate attention to the key issues of the region.
If it does not happen, by the year 2020 Gaza will be unfit for life. If now the enclave’s population is 1.6 million people, eight years later the number will increase by half a million people – the average density of the population is 5,800 people per square km, the report stated. According to UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs Maxwell Gaylard, Gaza is under the siege, and its residents – under occupation. They require both political and practical help. To improve the lives of Palestinians the siege and the conflict must end.
The UN has been criticizing Israel for some years. It is fair to recognize that the Israeli government has committed a lot of strategic miscalculations, trying to combine the techniques of “carrot and stick” in dealing with the administration of the Palestinian Authority. A disproportionate use of force during Operation “Cast Lead” in 2009 hardly helped to settle the Arab-Israeli conflict. However, it should be noted that another attempt to shift all the blame for the state of affairs in the Gaza Strip on Israel only plays into the hands of extremists.
In this regard, the Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor expressed dissatisfaction with the UN position, which, in his opinion, is biased. He said that this week, Israeli children began the new school year to the unfortunately familiar sound of sirens and explosions, when terrorists from the Gaza Strip fired another six rockets at their communities. While Israeli schoolchildren were hiding in bomb shelters, the UN announced another biased report on Gaza. Apparently, the roar of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip did not reach the deaf ears of the UN experts who wrote the report, said the chairman Ron Prosor in his letter to the Security Council.
In any case, the current crisis in the Gaza Strip did not start yesterday. Analysts attribute the crisis to the advent of the radical group Hamas in 2007, which, incidentally, led to a toughening of Israel policy in the region.
“The main thing is the inability of Haniyeh to bring order to the economic situation in the Gaza Strip,” said Scheglovin, an expert from the Institute of the Middle East. “In particular, the population suffers greatly from a terrible expensive diesel fuel, which is the main source of electricity. Diesel has become a very important source of income for the Hamas functionaries, since the vast majority of it is delivered to Gaza by smuggling through tunnels. This allows to avoid tax payments that occur, for example, when diesel fuel is delivered to Gaza from Israel (about 40 percent of total imports),” the expert commented on the situation with electricity in the Gaza Strip in April of 2012.
It is obvious that the Palestinian Arab allies do not always provide adequate support for the residents of the autonomy because of a power struggle for influence in the region. In addition, contrary to the expectations, after the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, some friction emerged in the relations between Egypt and Hamas group. Analysts point out that after the terrorist attacks in Sinai, Cairo further distanced itself from Hamas, and hundreds of people from the Palestinian enclave were banned from entering the country. It is unclear when and how a way out of the Palestinian impasse will be found. Neither the Arab countries, no the United Nations attended to the adoption of comprehensive measures to address the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, which means that the situation is likely to deteriorate further.
(english.pravda.ru / 04.09.2012)
Ashraf al-Qudra said ministry officials decided during a weekly meeting to reinstate doctors who lost their jobs for political reasons when Hamas took charge of Gaza’s institutions.
The Palestinian Authority meanwhile is failing to pay salaries for employees in Gaza, as it copes with a financial crisis across the occupied territories, workers say.
Since the Palestinian split, a small number of employees have been cut off from their salaries. Several told Ma’an that they were either cut off right away, or within the past two years.
Some of the employees say the PA has used the pretext of a financial crisis to justify the failure to pay.
Since Hamas took control of Gaza during a brief period of violence in the summer of 2007, the Fatah-controlled PA in Ramallah has ordered employees not to work for government institutions.
|The official position of Arab nations is unambiguous: solidarity with Palestine is paramount. But facts on the ground point to a disturbingly different reality, one in which Palestinians are mistreated beyond any rational justification in various Arab countries. The worst-fated among them are stateless refugees, who have for decades been granted only precarious legal status. In times of crisis thee refugees have repeatedly found themselves in a state of legal and political limbo.
At the recent Non-Aligned Movement summit held in Tehran, Arab leaders spoke with the same ardent passion about justice for the Palestinians. One Arab Emir warned that “preoccupation with issues of the Arab Spring…should not distract us from the Arab central cause of Palestine.” He labored to count all Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, as heads of states nodded in agreement. Absent from the speech, however, was any reference to the ongoing suffering of Palestinian refugees in Arab countries, where, arguably, Israel has no sway.
While there is no question that displaced Syrian refugees are going through a truly horrific experience during the civil war, the fate of Palestinian refugees is markedly worse. This is because Palestinians do not have the basic rights that passport-holding Syrian citizens do. ‘Stuck’, ‘stranded’ and ‘imprisoned’ are only some of the terms used to describe the state of Palestinian refugees, ill-treated and subjugated by none other than their ‘Arab brethren’.
Due to geographic necessity, thousands of Palestinian refugees are escaping the war to nearby borders in both Jordan and Lebanon. The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has registered nearly 5,000 fleeing refugees. But the number is likely much higher and will continue to grow as fighting escalates.
There are nearly half a million Palestinian refugees in Syria. Despite all attempts at sparing them the bloody outcomes of the conflict, they have still become embroiled in the fight. Regional powers desperate to gain ground in Syria have used their media to exploit the Palestinian issue, knowing well the sentimental value of the Palestinian narrative within the larger Arab discourse. The outcome has been devastating, and many Palestinians have been on the run for nearly a year and a half. Areas with a concentration of Palestinian refugees are no longer neutral territories. Despite pleas and assurances, Palestinian refugees in Syria remain most vulnerable.
In Jordan, hundreds of Palestinian refugees who fled Syria have been crammed into a poorly equipped living facility known as Cyber City, about 90km north of the capital, Amman. Human Rights Watch and other organizations have decried the mistreatment of refugees in Cyber City, reporting forced deportations back to Syria, and the prisoner-like status of those who have remained in Jordan.
In a July 4 report, ‘Jordan: Bias at the Syria Border’, Human Rights Watch claimed that those fortunate enough not to be deported are still threatened with deportation. “Since April 2012, the authorities have also arbitrarily detained Palestinians fleeing Syria in a refugee holding center without any options for release other than return to Syria,” stated the report.
One Cyber City resident, Samir, told UN humanitarian news network, IRIN: “It has been quite bad living like a prisoner, especially when you see other people come and go but you are trapped.” According to the report, “Palestinian refugees from Syria feel abandoned” and Palestinian refugees of Cyber City cannot cross over 30 meters from the main building.
Some of the stories imparted by Human Rights Watch are very disturbing to say the least. The organization acknowledges that Jordan has not signed or ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention; it is still required under international human rights law to respect the principle of non-refoulement, which “prohibits countries from sending anyone back to a country where their life or freedom would be threatened.” However, the phenomenon is reportedly recurring in the case of Palestinian refugees.
The situation is Lebanon is equally distressing. Margaret Besheer wrote from Beirut on the double misery of Palestinian refugees fleeing to Lebanon, mostly seeking shelter in the slums of the Shatilla refugee camp. There are 455,000 registered Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who are mostly distributed among 12 refugee camps throughout the country and subsisting in terrible conditions.
Since Lebanon’s Palestinian refugees are already victims of a host of discriminatory laws, one can only imagine the dilemma of newly arriving refugees. Ibtisam’s family shares one room with eight other people in the Shatilla camp. “We are three families staying in one room. What can we do? We escaped from the killing and shelling and now we are living like this.”
Ibtisam can be considered lucky for being allowed entry in the first place. However, unlike other refugees from Syria, Palestinians who are permitted to enter are expected to renew their permit on a monthly basis – at a cost of 50,000 LBP (US$33), an unaffordable feat for families lacking access to proper food or health care.
Many are not even fortunate enough to be able to leave Syria in the first place. According to NGO worker Rawan Nassar, families are forced to deposit large sums of money to obtain permission from authorities. The poor are naturally denied an exit permit, and some families risk their entire lifesavings to escape. Once at the Lebanon border, even more bribing is necessary. “I saw a Palestinian woman at the border, who did not know anyone in Lebanon and she was forced to pay $300 in bribes, $40 for each child,” a Syrian eyewitness told IRIN.
While hostility towards Palestinian refugees is rooted in histories laden with civil wars and conflicts, it is hard to justify the attitude of UN refugee agency, UNHCR, which manifestly differentiates between refugees of other countries and Palestinian refugees. The latter are supposedly the sole responsibility of UNRWA, which has only a tiny relief budget that is unable to keep up with even the most basic demands of those who bother to register.
The crisis ensuing from Palestinian refugees escaping regional conflict is not a new phenomenon, as wars in Iraq, Kuwait and Lebanon have demonstrated in the past. The tragedy is multiplied, however, because no real, long-term solution has been put in place despite the recurring humanitarian catastrophe.
Meanwhile, official speech decrying Israeli crimes continues unabated, with little attention paid to crimes committed elsewhere. This results only in the same disheartening outcome.
One refugee was quoted in UN news as saying: “People come and take pictures and speak with us, but they all leave at the end.” Such is the plight of the Palestinian refugees, sixty-four years after the Nakba.
(www.palestinechronicle.com / 04.09.2012)
The attack on Trappist Monastery in Latrun, in Ayalon Valley took place on Tuesday.
“The name of the unauthorized Migron settlement, which was cleared following a court order on Sunday, was scrawled on the well known Latrun Monastery, alongside the words “Jesus is a monkey,” Israeli police said.
Earlier on June 19, suspected extremist Israeli settlers torched a mosque and sprayed graffiti on its walls in the occupied West Bank.
The assailants wrote on the walls in Hebrew, “The war has begun” and “Pay the price,” according to a resident.
In recent years, extremist Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank have often assaulted Palestinians and vandalized their property under the so-called “price tag” policy. However, the Tel Aviv regime rarely detains the assailants.
On June 11, Israeli settlers damaged several Palestinian cars in East al-Quds.
The extremists say the “price tag” attacks are carried out against any Israeli policy “to reduce the presence of settlers and settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East al-Quds.”
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.
We the commanders and representatives of the Military Councils of the Free Syrian Army hereby proclaim these
• We believe in a free and democratic Syria where all Syrian citizens, regardless of their ethnicity, creed, religion or class
shall enjoy equal rights and live in liberty, justice and peace.
• We believe in a pluralistic, multi-ethnic, multi-religious society that honors and upholds freedom of expression,
thought and conscience.
• We believe in the freedom of association and assembly. No Syrian shall be forced into a political association or denied
equal participation in political life.
• We believe that the rule of law shall apply equally to all Syrians shall be honored by the governing bodies of Syria
and shall reign supreme throughout the nation.
• We believe that the governing bodies and public authorities shall protect all citizens from persecution, fear and cruel or unusual punishment.
• We reject all forms of terrorism and will fight against the scourge of revenge killing in our land.
• We recognize the threat posed by Syria’s chemical and biological weapons stockpiles and pledge to safeguard these
• We welcome peace and security along our regional borders and we look forward to establishing political partnerships and alliances in the Middle East and beyond.
• The Free Syrian Army is a military structure responsible to all Syrian citizens and will submit to under the authority of a democratically elected civilian government.
• We seek a peaceful end to Syria’s crisis but will fight if necessary to end the tyranny and dictatorship of the Assad
regime. Our aim is to protect Syria’s civilians and to guarantee them a brighter future.
• We will do our utmost to uphold international humanitarian law and norms, including by treating prisoners humanely,
even as the Assad regime engages in crimes against humanity.
• We welcome our international allies and partners joining us in this revolution for freedom and dignity.
Signed by the commanders of the Military Councils of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, Damascus, Daraa, Dayr azZawr, Hama, Homs, Idlib and Latakia
(www.syriansupportgroup.org / 04.09.2012)
Ismael Haniyeh’s Letter To the Bradley Manning Peace Camp at the Democratic Party Convention in North Carolina
Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh
To the Bradley Manning Peace Camp at the Democratic Party Convention in North Carolina:
I wish that I could be with you today to read these words to you myself, but obviously I cannot, as I remain unwelcome in the United States. Instead I have asked my friend of many years Stanley Cohen to deliver this message of solidarity on my behalf.
I send the heartfelt greetings of the Palestinian people, as we salute you in your fight against the American military machine, against its secrets and lies, and against its vision of an American world order maintained through coercion and control. You bring your protest straight to the heart of the political system, there in Charlotte, and we are there with you in spirit, we Occupy Charlotte with you!
Gaza and the West Bank stand in solidarity with you, as we have stood against US military might for decades—we have been on the ugly receiving end of American policy for so long, fighting for our own freedom against Israeli and US control, that to know of your efforts gladdens our hearts. We understand that you have designated your Peace Camp as a sister-city to Gaza. On behalf of almost two million people who live in Gaza, we thank you for this honor, to know that others in the world stand with us gives us strength!
It has been seven years since we drove the settlers and the military from Gaza. It has been six years since the first free and fair elections in the history of our nation occurred, and in which the people in Gaza and the West Bank chose Hamas to act as the elected representatives of the Palestinian people. And it has been almost four years since we repelled the latest full-scale attack by the Israeli occupation forces. During this time, our people have been subjected to a systematic effort to break our will, to destroy our spirit, and to isolate us from the world. This Israeli-US agenda has failed, as surely as my words in your ears prove today.
In the seven years since the complete blockade of Gaza, the Israelis have attempted to create the world’s largest outdoor concentration camp. Living constantly under siege and attack, we are denied access to sufficient medicine, fuel, foodstuffs; we are subjected to the destruction of our infrastructure—our roads, water treatment and sewage facilities, ports and buildings; we are victimized by criminal phosphor weapons, mines, and the rape our environment; we live with unemployment over 30 percent; and hundreds of our men women and children have been killed, with many more injured—this is collective punishment, and we live it every day in our struggle. Yet we remain defiant and determined to prevail.
But we are not alone in this struggle—as your camp reminds us. The world is joining our resistance—we welcome with open arms the flotillas on the sea, the convoys on the land, and those solidarity activists who have stood shoulder to shoulder with our people. We hail the memory of Rachel Corrie, and the courage of her family. Rachel gave her life trying to stop war crimes against our people, and she is a martyr to our struggle. The injustice done to her memory by Israeli courts last week makes her even more one of us—it reminds the world how Israeli law does not give justice to Palestinians or anyone who struggles with them. We salute another American, Tristan Anderson, who bravely opposed occupation troops in the West Bank, and has paid a horrible price for standing for justice.
Like you, we want a stop to the endless wars promoted or fought by the United States; no more attacks on the Muslim world by American troops! We Palestinians want people to know the truth about US power, and its dirty deeds exposed to the sunlight. Palestinians hail all those courageous truth-tellers and activists everywhere who have shattered the veil of secrecy, for making information public at terrible risk to themselves and their families, so that those who struggle for independence can know the truth.
Our struggle against Israel and its massive, high-tech military bought and paid for by US taxpayers will not be defeated. Today there are more than nine million Palestinians who are stateless—six million of them are refugees living in camps throughout the Middle East. More than three million of us live under apartheid. The West Bank remains occupied by Israel’s army; Gaza remains blockaded. Despite this, we have no choice but to resist and demand our rightful position at the table of nations. Palestine will have justice, and it will need people of good conscience in America to stand up for us, and for the truth. Your presence and your voices there in Charlotte give American voters an alternative to the corrupt narrative of US power—you say, there is another way, there is another story, and you challenge the official secrets and lies of this government.
The American political process is now a global process—and we watch it from our corner of the world, waiting for some sign of change at the top. But meanwhile, it is the growing force from below that gives us hope. This movement is a global movement–our numbers are vast, we are legion, and we do not forget.
September 1, 2012
(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 04.09.2012)
This “Leaflet” didn’t reach you before…
Leaflets, dropped over Gaza warning people to go in advance of a large scale assault during the Cast Lead War – Jan 3, 2009 (Click to enlarge)
March 18, 2012 by occpal
For a long time we could have been stating Gaza is world’s largest open air prison. A concentrationcamp. Besieged by land, air and the sea. Unilateral limited further and further every day. Shrinking the space and air it breaths. And even that has become a danger.
We can no longer talk about a concentrationcamp if we talk about Gaza. Gaza where 1.7 million people are living caged, controlled beyond even their basic needs. Imposed by a blockade and every day awakening in a battle and insecurity not even knowing, what will be next. What will be, the new ways not in which to survive, but the news ways of occupation which it has invented to overcome as well.
Gaza has become an extermination camp.
With no place to run to the warmongering zionist entity commits annihilation not with gaschambers but managed to be more lethal with more advanced killing substances.
Not like Jewish people were shaved, undressed and gassed in special designed murderous showerrooms. In Gaza, no need to undress nor to shave no remains will be left after Israel is finished with you.
One difference with the Holocaust is Palestinians in Gaza do not get looted before they get killed like in Auschwitz. But this, is merely because there is nothing left to rob but lives.
Lives, taken every day in targeted killings, extrajudicial executions by F16′s, navy ships, tanks and even with remote control like it would be some kind of a game. No eye to eye contact like in the Holocaust, the last blink in the eye of the lined up soldiers, ready to shoot the Jews lined up in a row. Shortly before they had to turn their face to the wall. Yet there is no time left anymore to turn your face in Gaza where even walls are made to fall down to kill. On your child in it’s bed.
Children, which are called human shields by Israeli occupation. As an excuse to justify there were slained civilians and children, babies and even the unborn. With the excuse “We did send you a leaflet…” , “We told you to go…“ Where do you go when you are sealed in the chains, suffocated by a siege, limited by the bullets of snipers if you even get close. There is no safe place in Gaza.
Not even the cradle of your baby is safe. For if the occupier decides to invade, it targets the “human shields” even if aged under one year in their beds. Shoot them, point blank and at short range in their hearts and their heads. (1)
When they rounded up children in the Stalags of Death. Some managed to escape. Mothers, hiding their children in the toilets of the baracks. Drenched in their own waste. In fear hiding to be discovered. How world did you forget. How world can you be blind, not even a waste tank in Gaza would protect your child. Worse than the Warsaw ghetto has been ever before. (2)
Warsaw Ghetto, commemorated every year. As well as it’s 83,000 Jewish victims who died of starvation and disease. Where widespread smuggling of food and medicines into the ghetto supplemented the miserable official allotments and kept the death rate from increasing still further. And even little weapons where smuggled in. For self-defense. But Gaza not seems to have the rights for it’s defense in it’s annihilation camp. Silenced and bombed even smugglers and their goods are targets like never before.
Not only bullets, bombs or shells do kill. “Israel” learned from it’s experience with nazi extermination tactics and only improved those to a level which would make any nazy shine of pride. The new weapon of mass destruction for which the seeds were planted by Nazi Germany: Deprivation have even been lifted up to a level on which Nazis would not only be proud by they would have been jealous. Deprivation. The same deliberate deprivation which caused 1 in 6 Jewish people to die during World War II is now silently agreed by this world on imposed on the people of Gaza. “Israel”, became exactly that and worse than those it feared and hated once themselves.
Even when medications and food would be able to enter to keep the death rate from increasing; there does not even excist no ‘panacea’ nor ‘snack’ to prolong lives against the arsenal of biochemical and nuclear weapons of mass destruction (3) which Israel is testing on Gaza. (4) Causing death even long after they were deployed. Alongside the daily shellings and bombings which never ended. Not even a truce. Because there never has been one at all. (5)
Deliberate deprivation is the largest genocide by Israel so far after over 77 violent aggressive massacres. Genocide in a passive way which would not be noticed so fast. A silent murderer which has caused over 0,5 million Palestinians to die so far of which 0,3 million aged under 5. Deliberate deprivation knows no truce even if there has ever been one, nor during a one day holding cease-fire. Excess death also knows as avoidable mortality kills on like a clock which is ticking away the time, Israel’s deprivation of basic needs is ticking away Gaza’s lives.
Gaza where the water has been made unfit for consumption. (6) Where dams are opened by the occupier to flood people even out of their homes and empties it’s own sewerage on Gaza’s lands . Where 95% of the drinking water is causing waterborne diseases. Where you baby get’s the blue baby syndrome from drinking it’s bottle of milk. If not that way, probably your mother’s breasts will feed you depleted uranium remnants left behind. Mothers, trying to feed their children who more often already are born with birthdefects due to the imposed pollution and poisoning.
Gaza where the food entering is measured by the calories. (7) “Generously” Israeli media dishes you the news of the day how many trucks entered the besieged strip. They forgot to send you the “leaflet” about the starvation policies for which it even went to Supreme Court to prevent them from leaking out. So you won’t know every single soul in Gaza get’s the calories to barely survive. Not enough to die of starvation but slowly reduce your health, immune system combined with a wide scala of numerous measurements to cause your death or at least create sickness the slow way. So it won’t be obvious you we’re killed by deprivation. So your name won’t show up on the bodycount. Maybe, maybe if you are lucky, you will be one of the numbers in future statistics. In which numbers and figures are compared to demographical similar circumstances and other statistical data. But hence, even if you do, there is no comparision possible to the reality which is those of Palestinians living in Gaza.
Gaza, where if you do get ill by all these external influences imposed unvoluntarily on your life, your body, that of your child, your mother, father or your brothers or sister, becomes another new mean of annihilation. You didn’t receive the ‘leaflet’ with the announcement of the new Treblinka. (8) Palestinians, being forced to collaborate with their enemy, their assassing to receive medical health, or if not, restricted by not receiving a permit to obtain likewhise somewhere else. Encaged and deprived. A stamp on your application you did not comply. Your death sentence on a form.
An unseen and silenced battle against a crime of war. An ignored and appalling reality which is going on every day. Murdering people by depriving the means to keep them alive. Killing people not directly, not even remote, but just deliberate deprive them of a 12$ dialysis filter and cause their own bodies to poison themselves. Or because of a lacking syringe of no 60 cents. That is how much a life became worth in Gaza.
Gaza, where your mother with cancer can receive surgery but they can not commence. The drugs needed to prevent complications are withheld from you. Gaza, where you send your child or your husband to the pharmacy every day to check if they arrived. To find the empty shelves and you return back home in desperation watching your mother, your child forced to die. Slowly. It is no murder it is torture. Ethnic cleansing Israelis style: Starve them, shoot them, than give them cancer. (11)
Gaza, where Physicians are expected to achieve miracles with nothing. Where at some times in the past years even these surgeries which are possible had to be canceled. Because no anaesthetics available to make one “sleep”. Where in 2009′s Cast Lead massacres legs were amputated without sedation because there was no more morphine. Gaza where amidst the crisis and ongoing attacks, limbs where thrown on a heap in emergency rooms. Many slaughter houses have more dignity (12)
Gaza, where stranded International physicians Like Dr. Mads Gilbert (13) in the war kissed the head of a new martyred child. Without power, without means but foremost without a “leaflet” with a prescription for this world to take care.
Gaza, where your father will be suffocating because the power went down and his life sustaining breathing machine or your baby’s incubator halts to function. 18 hours a day no power not even to sustain that which is already in danger. For a power plant does not function without the blocked fuel it needs, to light up the houses, to warm or cool the rooms, but also to sustain those who are suffering to make them suffer even more. Not only them but imagine it’s you. And imagine, how your loved ones push manual air if necessary 24 hours a day into your lungs. To keep you alive because they do not want to loose you. What are they going through. You missed that ‘leaflet’ from Gaza too?
Gaza, where waterpumps are halted by lack of power. Not only stopping all to take a shower but reducing the most basic need and human right of all: water. The most important substance to survive. Slowly but steady, occupation stealing 85% of possible resource of water or at least if it is no well to bomb or pond to poison, your smuggled bottles of water do get bombed in the tunnels of Gaza along to those risking their lives to get them in get killed in the same effort.
Don’t tell me “never again” nor “Wir haben es nicht gewusst”. Czerniaków wrote in his diary entry for May 8, 1941 regarding the situation in the ghetto of Warsaw: “Children starving to death.” Even if you did not get the ‘leaflet’ from Gaza, 1.7 million people are starving, made sick, assassinated, polluted, extreminated by all means possible and even those you would not imagine at all.
While the drones replaced the birds, you missed the flyer and the cry of the children of Gaza. When all drown in darkness again and a brother even starts writing a letter to his Unborn Children (14) the propaganda make the buzz louder than all drones and all birds in this world which made your deaf for the silence. A silence without prejudices nor lies in which you would be able to hear the devastating wheeping of the hearts. But the leaflet did fall on Gaza to leave while an oppressor caused you to turn blind for it even if you would read, you ears became selective, deaf and your heart seemed to be shut too. And your eyes when you turn your head on your cushion at night and pull up the blanket of ignorance some more people in Gaza sleep with an open window to prevent them get killed by implosion of a screen at the next bombing which comes unseen. Even without a leaflet.
To sleep. And you wake up while this renewal of life in Gaza means I survived. Again. Until the next time the darkness of the city really turns into death again (15) like last week. When Israel slained 27 lives in targeted assassinations. A child while walking to his school. An old man sleeping. A young man who just married two days before. And while we ‘speak’ the wounded which survived still suffer in hospitals, with no power. In any imaginable way.
Gaza, where 27 lives where taken in 4 days and the silence of media and condemnations of governments is even more devastating and killing than the ‘numbers’ might be. Your government did not miss the leaflet. Main stream media definitly did get the notice but prefers to be silent and distorting or just became blind following propaganda too. Because it seems to ‘sell’ better to recall about a terrorist cell from Gaza. And counting Qassam’s, whining with Israel together. So you will not notice all kept you ignorant by will so you keep paying your contribution to this murderous machine which does not lack power, their presses print through. No lack of ‘feeding’ to keep the expletives and their propaganda come to you for your sour earned salary provides tax which maintains that too.
To take care your heart stays shut, your eyes kept closed, your ears stay deaf zionist propaganda pays student up to 92 dollar an hour to spend 5 hours a week to spread lies on social media – among many other ways to silence the truth – to take care you will keep a believer. (16) While it keeps Palestine even under a digital occupation, it shuts the voices of those who speak truth as well. ‘Israel’ reached it’s total moral bankruptcy when it got exposed spreading lies and now even tries to frame a human rights activist who happens to be working at United Nations’ OCHA (17) The same United Nations whose main mission is to ensure human rights. At least those of free speech. The right on information, to take care, the real leaflets reach you too.
In Gaza though, the world achieved something it has never achieved before. Sustain an open air prison, now allowed it to evolve from a concentration into a genuine extermination camp. Even if you missed that ‘leaflet’ with certification it is written all over the skies. In all it’s attempts to silence and mute the voices of truth it only gets louder and one day, reaches you too. While the people in Gaza wait for your awakening and actions, they keep dragging the sacks with food which are brought in from your money too. Sacks. Not the only thing the United Nations did not change. Same sacks are brought in, like they were brought in 64 years ago. Men are still dragging the flour around which arrive in more fancy trucks, that is, if they are even allowed in. Sustaining the misery and annihilation. Determined by an entity, their own member who is neglecting every obligation. A transgressing occupier who put itself with worlds complicity and silence above any law. (19) But foremost every moral obligation out of humanitarian perspective. Because it has no humanity left at all.
So I am sending you this leaflet for I hope some humanity is left in you.
So next time when you hear a ‘rocket’ came from Gaza you will not say “I did not know” for Palestinians do not need the second “Wir haben es nicht gewusst” after an 64 long ongoing annihilation nor to live in devastation nor lives to be stolen, while silence goes on and you kept fed with the lies while no one even bothers to check the facts. Under your nose which never ceased it’s ability of distinction for truth. It’s an instinct which can not be killed. Like the instinct to survive which has to be rehearsed by Palestinians every second of their lives too. The masters of vigilance, excelling in patience, as small as they are forced to perseverance as they daily bury the ones, whose instincts were not even enough to survive and were exterminated, terminated. Just like that.
And even when a message reaches you there came another rocket from Gaza (20) remember these facts above as well as those who are being vented while Gaza goes out for it’s daily burials of the martyred. While you get fed with “statistics” how many ‘missiles’ endangered the ‘Holy Land of Israel’ where 21 Israeli we’re killed in the past 10 years (21), while it slained 27 in the past week in less than 96 hours.
If you ever lost a loved one you know you are mourning. Having a funeral and a day with your loved ones. Which are left behind to support you. Last week even one Palestinians was killed while attending such a funeral as well as a cemetery was pounded. No, not even the death are safe no more in Gaza. Not even respect for that which they already successfully silenced in extermination camp of Gaza.
Even if you are not a lawyer of known with International Law and regulations, even Palestine has a right of self-defense. Whether zionism and it’s cohorts like this or not. It is an inalienable human right embedded in not only lawbooks and higher regulations but foremost in morality (22) Although it maybe does not break your head thinking about that basic right if you would endure what people in Gaza have to survive on an daily basis, you would resist too.
In Gaza, Palestine, where the resistance called the Moqawama wakes up like you but never get a real ‘sleep’ nor rest. (23) No second to rest when targeted assassinations not only target the ones defending the land, but in the process to protect human lives and dignity of all, lives of the unarmed and innocent men, women and children are taken too. Young men and women with great potential and intelligence, able to contribute great achievements for a better world too, forced to resist for if you endure all above you would do that the same. And ‘Israel’ forgot the lessons of World War II. It only tries to excel in what has overcome them to use it for an ideological purpose for a Lebensraum never minding the cost of lives (not only in Palestine) but far beyond too.
And while you missed the note, we watch and commemorate those who are no longer with us. Not knowing who will be not there anymore tomorrow.
I remember, Shaheed Sheikh Yasin who was bombed into pieces in his wheelchair. A Quadraplaegic man. His smile kept working untill the moment ‘Israel’ blew his whole face off…
I remember, 7 month old baby Shaheed Adham Baroud, who died because he did not get a permit for surgery. Along to 173 other children and not even counting the 35 unborns which never seen the light nor ever could witness the horrendous reality to begin with for they have been killed by deliberate obstruction of medical care to their mothers at checpoints or borders…
I remember, 17 year Shaheed Khames Habeeb. He was mentally ill. Went out for a little walk which ended in the morgue with over 10 bullets in his head and upper body. Slained in cold blood by snipers using rifles which can kill at a distance of over 3 km’s..
I remember, 2 year old Shaheed Islam Qre’qa who was minced into two pieces by illegal weaponry pounded on Gaza. On his birthday in the holy month of Ramadan..
I remember, 1 year old Malek Shaath, who was playing outside his house on Aug 18, 2011 when zionist forces bombed his brains out of his little skull…
I remember, all martyrs of Palestine which died in their struggle for life, not for death. For all those who struggled their fight, violent but most even not, whose lives were ended in extermination camp Gaza.
And I pray, for my friends and the fighters for freedom. For I fear their names will be next. For me they are no numbers, no statistics but humans with more dignity, pride and power you would ever be able to encounter in your environment.
And I ponder, to who would slained little Malek be married if he had received the chance grew up. And how is the wife of the 2 day wed Shaheed doing. How are the mothers today feeling in Gaza, while you mothers in the world get a ‘leaflet’ accompanied with flowers and chocolates and are showered with gifts, Gaza is showered too but by violence, ammunition, not celebrating but commemorating at funerals. The coffins are not wrapped. Everything lacks in Gaza except the coffins for the dead.
And I want you ponder and to remember. About the resistance fighter who is trying to defend his land, his mother or his child. If not for the occupation he would be a teacher, a poet or a doctor. Maybe he would be a genius inventing your next cure for a deadly disease. But ‘Israel’ reduced his life to ‘testing material’ too. For the sales and the money which do not buy an eternity. Which no one has. But at least a right to live in dignity. In safety and protected against extermination in a camp like Gaza.
My heart never rests and mourns the whole time. Not for the slained they finally met a peace which they never knew in this life. But for this world which is allowing these atrocities to go on. Amazed by the ignorance I behold of this world which keeps hibernating in other more important matters than 1.7 million human lives in Gaza. Or about the almost 12 million Palestinians worldwide suffering the occupation in many other ways I did not even mention. In unbelief I am, of the magnitude of unknown facts and the capacity to forget.
Warsaw, Auschwitz, the Stalags, it was not so long ago. Commemorated every year now for since 1945. The lesson was supposed to be never again. In a time, where resistance were called heroes. But not if it’s 2012 and they are from Palestine.
And because those who became that what they feared ones themselves will not fly over your house to drop your a note “to leave” this ignorance, I hereby drop you my leaflet in hope you will wake up and act, To at least break the silence and end the by this world achieved new status of Gaza: Your largest, ignored and silenced extermination camp where tomorrow death and pain will reign too if you don’t even try.
This was my Leaflet for Gaza.
(1) The day event he reporter of Al Jazeera cried live on TV – Jan 7, 2009
(2) The Warsaw Ghetto
(3) Israel’s weapons a crime on Humanity
(4) Israel turns Gaza into a testing field for weapons
(5) Timeline of Israeli attacks and violations on Palestinians
(6) No water, no sewerage
(7) Media buries documents about Israel’s deliberate policy of starvation
(8) Palestinians in need of medical health forced to collaborate
(9) Israel kills by deprivation of health care
(10) Health care in danger – in Photography
(11) Starve them, Shoot hem, than give them cancer
(12) Who can bear Israeli Human Rights? Photography (graphic)
(13) Eyes on Gaza. An eyewitness account by Dr. Mads Gilbert
(14) To My Unborn Children – By Nader Monzer
(15) A City went from life to death – By Nader Monzer
(16) Israel’s Web War Declaration
(17) Israel’s Moral Bankruptcy
(18) Summer Camps. When will the UN bring Human Rights to Palestine?
(19) Israel a transgressing occupier – Report by GISHA
(20) There comes a Rocket from Gaza
(22) Palestinian right to fight occupation not only moral, but legal as well ~ by @myaguarnieri
(23) The Eagle of Palestine
(24) I Remember the Martyrs of Palestine
Movie – Tears of Gaza
|Gaza Under Attack – March 14, 2012 – Photography|
|Gaza Under Attack – March 13, 2012 – Photography|
|Gaza Under Attack – March 12, 2012 – Photography|
|Gazz Under Attack – March 11, 2012 – Photography|
|Gaza Under Attack – March 10, 2012 – Photography|
|Gaza Under Attack – March 2012 – Photography|
|Gaza Under Attack – Feb 2012 – Photography|
|Gaza Under Attack – Jan 2012 – Photography|
|Gaza Under Attack – Dec 2011 – Photography|
|Gaza Under Attack – Oct-Nov 2011 – Photography|
|Gaza Under Attack – Aug-Sept 2011 – Photography|
|Gaza Cast Lead Massacre – Photography|
(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 04.09.2012)
Three women and a child were among 14 people killed in Sunday’s strike near the town of Radaa, 130 kilometres (80 miles) southeast of Sanaa, targeting Al-Qaeda’s Abdelrauf al-Dahab who escaped unharmed. local officials said.
Initial reports said the male dead were Al-Qaeda militants but other sources said they were fellow tribesmen of Dahab unnconnected to the jihadist network.
“We have been sent by the government to establish the reasons for the error,” delegation member Tawfic al-Jahmi said.
The suspected drone fired two rockets, one of which missed the vehicle carrying Dahab and the second of which hit a following minibus killing all those inside.
Angry relatives of the dead blocked the main road linking Radaa to the town of Dhammar and the capital beyond.
Jahmi said his delegation had received an undertaking to reopen the highway in return for a promise of 20 million rials (nearly 100,000 dollars) in compensation.
The Common Forum bloc of former opposition groups now in the national unity government in Sanaa condemned the “killing of civilians by a drone.”
The United States is the only country that has drones in the region and in recent months has been carrying out strikes on Al-Qaeda targets in the south and east of the country.
Dahab is the brother of Tareq al-Dahab, who led Al-Qaeda fighters in a January raid in which they overran Radaa, the closest they have reached to the capital. The militants abandoned the city later the same month, bowing to tribal pressure.
Tareq Dahab was killed in February.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took advantage of the weakness of the central government during last year’s protests against ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh to expand its presence in the impoverished country.
Al-Qaeda loyalists have carried out a spate of deadly attacks against Yemeni security forces and their militia allies since Saleh’s successor President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi came to power pledging to crush the militants.
In an all-out offensive launched in May, the army retook a string of towns in Abyan province in the south.
(www.brecorder.com / 04.09.2012)