Gaza: Where is Humanity?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pic: BBC online
Up until the second week of the war more than 750 Palestinians were killed and thousands injured. This is the highest Palestinian toll in four decades of occupation, and the figure is expected to be much bigger when a ceasefire is finally called. The few hospitals in Gaza, already under strain on account of the blockade, have not been able to cope with the tragedy. Israeli helicopter gunships have gone to the extent of targeting ambulances carrying the injured. Ehab Mahbub, a Palestinian doctor, was killed when his ambulance was hit by an Israeli missile. The appeals for blood are getting more and more desperate.

Karen Abu Zayed, the Commissioner for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said the need for aid “has never been so acute”. The media, both Israeli and international, have been kept out of Gaza despite an Israeli Supreme Court directive to the government to allow the media to cover the unfolding human catastrophe. The United States and other Western countries, which otherwise are great votaries of free media, have not been complaining too much about this.
“Disastrous” situation
Before the invasion, a spokesman for the UNRWA described the humanitarian situation in Gaza as “disastrous” and said the agency was unable to get medical supplies into Gaza for more than a year because of Israel’s blockade of the border crossings.

In 2008, the Israeli Supreme Court, behaving as an appendage of the state, ruled that the government was authorised to limit the supply of electricity, petrol and diesel to Gaza since these “diminished quantities sufficiently meet humanitarian needs”. The Supreme Court also sanctioned collective punishment for the hapless people almost a year ago. Collective punishment is prohibited under international law. “If the residents of the Gaza Strip deserve to be punished because of the Qassam rockets, then maybe all Israelis need to be punished because of the occupation,” prominent Israeli commentator Gideon Levy wrote in a recent article. The Jewish state, with the tacit support of sections of the Palestinian Authority and neighbouring Arab states, tried first to starve Gazans into submission. They had hoped that the population would rise in revolt and throw out the Hamas-led government. When that blueprint did not materialise, Israel prepared for a military assault to get rid of Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza. These are the only groups that are keeping the flag of resistance still flying in the occupied territories. A senior Israeli army officer told The New York Times that the purpose of the invasion was to “make Hamas either lose their will or lose their weapons”.

The U.N. has also not covered itself in glory as Israel keeps on violating all established international norms with impunity. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has not explicitly condemned the targeting of civilian neighbourhoods. The Security Council has failed even to come out with a statement mildly censoring Israel. Instead, the U.N. has played into Israel’s hands by calling for “restraint” on both sides. In doing so, it has put Israel, which has the most powerful army in the region, and the Hamas militia, which operates under the jackboot of the occupation, on the same footing.



As Hannan Ashrawi, Palestinian political activist and member of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, (PLO) said, the international community should have realised a long time ago that it is the Israeli occupation and the continuous brutalisation of Palestinians that is the root cause of the conflict. In the past seven years, more than 5,000 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army. The Israeli toll during the same period was 14 civilians, killed mainly by rocket fire. On the first day of the Israeli “death from above” campaign, more than 300 Palestinian civilians were killed. The Israeli army announced that it had dropped 100 tonnes of bombs in the first nine hours of the operation.


MASSIVE VIOLATION
Professor Richard Falk, the U.N. rapporteur to the occupied territories, said in the first week of January that the Israeli attack on Gaza represented a severe and massive violation of international humanitarian law as defined by the Geneva Conventions regarding the obligations of an occupying power and the requirements of the laws of war.

The eminent American expert on international law also noted that Israel had ignored recent Hamas initiatives to re-establish the military truce after it expired on December 26. According to Falk, the Israeli military invasion and the catastrophic human toll it has caused “challenge those countries that have been and remain complicit, either directly or indirectly, in Israel’s violation of international law”.

This complicity, said Falk, extended to those countries knowingly providing military equipment for these illegal attacks. The U.S. is no doubt the main provider of arms for the Zionist state, but some other countries, such as India, are also filling its coffers, helping it to spread terror in the region. Israel is all set to supplant Russia as the biggest supplier of arms to India. In November, just as Israel was getting ready to invade Gaza, a high-level Indian delegation was in Tel Aviv to firm up multi-billion-dollar defence contracts. It is well known that Mossad and the Israeli state-controlled armaments industry have a big stake in all these defence deals.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and other Left parties have appealed to the Indian government to at least snap defence links with Israel in the wake of the Gaza invasion. President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has shown the way to world leaders by expelling Israel’s Ambassador to his country. In a televised address, he compared Israel’s invasion of Gaza to the “holocaust” against Jews during the Second World War. He said the President of Israel and the President of the U.S. should be taken together to the International Criminal Court. “How sad that Israel continues to act as the assassin’s arm of the Yankee Empire,” Chavez said.

After flattening Gaza with bombs and missiles fired from their planes and helicopter gunships, Israel sent its elite troops, backed by heavy armour, into the territory. It dropped 1,000-kg bombs to flatten entire neighbourhoods and to prepare the ground for the advance of its troops.

Ceasefire efforts
After the attack on the U.N. school building, the efforts to bring about a ceasefire have intensified. A joint French-Egyptian initiative, which calls on Israel to withdraw and Hamas to stop firing rockets, has been supported by the U.S. in the U.N. Security Council. United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has, however, not called for a halt to the Israeli military operations even after the wilful targeting of the U.N. school. Both Israeli and Hamas leaderships have said they are studying the French-Egyptian proposals seriously.

The Israeli government announced on January 7 that the military would stop shooting for three hours every day to allow essential humanitarian supplies into Gaza. But the Israeli army also stated that it would respond immediately to any provocations. As of the second week of January, the Israeli establishment has indicated that it wants to continue the military offensive despite demands from the international community for an immediate ceasefire. Meanwhile, the defiant Hamas rocket-fire continues, underlining the fact that the Israeli war machine has not been able to achieve its stated goal of disarming Hamas fighters so far.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

The caution is at least in part because Hamas wants to keep ruling in Gaza, not return to its previous role as a pure resistance movement. Therefore, Israeli officials say, an offensive that caused average people to suffer put pressure on Hamas in real and specific ways.

“Hamas is the dominant organization in Gaza,” a top military official said in a briefing last week that was given on condition of anonymity. “They are the regime and feel very connected to the people. They do not want to lose that connection to the people.”

The Israeli theory of what it tried to do here is summed up in a Hebrew phrase heard across Israel and throughout the military in the past weeks: “baal habayit hishtageya,” or “the boss has lost it.” It evokes the image of a madman who cannot be controlled.

“This phrase means that if our civilians are attacked by you, we are not going to respond in proportion but will use all means we have to cause you such damage that you will think twice in the future,” said Giora Eiland, a former national security adviser.

Anonymous said...

It is a calculated rage. The phrase comes from business and refers to a decision by a shop owner to cut prices so drastically that he appears crazy to the consumer even though he knows he has actually made a shrewd business decision.

The Palestinians in Gaza got the message on the first day when Israeli warplanes struck numerous targets simultaneously in the middle of a Saturday morning. Some 200 were killed instantly, shocking Hamas and indeed all of Gaza, especially because Israel’s antirocket attacks in previous years had been more measured.

When Hamas’s prime minister, Ismail Haniya, appeared on Hamas television from his hiding spot last Monday, he picked up on the Israeli archetype, referring in Arabic to the battle under way as “el harb el majnouna,” the mad or crazy war.

For most, of course, feeling abused like this has created deep rage at Israel.

“If you want to make peace with the Palestinians, they are tired of bombs, drones and planes,” said Mohammad Abu Muhaisin, a 35-year-old resident of the southern city of Rafah who is affiliated with Fatah, the rival to Hamas that rules in the West Bank and was ejected from Gaza in June 2007. “But a guy whose child has just been killed doesn’t want peace. He wants war.”

There are, however, limited indications that the people of Gaza felt such pain from this war that they will seek to rein in Hamas.

Halima Dardouna, 37, from the northern city of Jabaliya, whose house was destroyed by an Israeli shell, said both Fatah and Hamas were to blame because of their rivalry, “and we are the victims.”

Alec said...

Israel's strategy in Gaza has to work for three reasons:

* Hamas itself must be so weakened that the rocket-attacks will cease or be reduced to an absolute minimum

* there must be no risk whatsoever of any paramilitary group developing similar tactics in the West Bank. A nightmare for the more thoughtful Israeli military planners is that any perception of success for Hamas stemming from the use of the rockets could well lead to groups on the West Bank developing the same tactics. The proximity of the occupied territories means that that would put all the heavily populated areas of Israel at risk

* the massive use of force in Gaza must send a message to Hizbollah that Israel has learned from its failure in 2006 and will never tolerate a further shower of rockets from southern Lebanon (see "Lebanon: the war after the war", 11 October 2006).

The problem is that although Operation Cast Lead "has" to work, the chances of it doing so are remote. For unless Israel reoccupies the whole of the Gaza strip and maintains rigid control over a deeply antagonistic population of nearly 1.5 million Palestinians, the rocket-attacks will almost certainly continue. What must be appreciated is that there is now widespread knowledge of how to construct crude but deadly devices from quite basic materials using equally rudimentary machinery. Moreover, the very intensity of the Israeli military action demonstrates how effective in their political impact these rockets can be.

Indeed, the way these rockets have developed in Gaza since 2007 is far more significant than most people realise. It is at least as important as the rapid evolution of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq and Afghanistan, with all the effects that they have had and continue to have. The consequence of not countering these crude Gaza rockets is that Israel's security will deteriorate still further. Many Israelis understand the predicament, while making the fundamental mistake of believing that this is a problem with a military answer.

The early indications are that public opinion in Israel is supportive of the operation in Gaza. It may take time, but at some point time in the coming years there more and more Israelis will come to realise that there is no alternative to a negotiated and fair settlement with the Palestinians, both in the West Bank and Gaza. It is just possible that the disaster that is now unfolding, for Israelis as well as Palestinians, will actually hasten that process.

Ashok said...

Much of the military action has been directed against the police and security forces of the PNA, with substantial numbers having been killed and many more hundreds taken into custody. Police stations and barracks have been destroyed, as have intelligence and security centres. Moreover, and in some ways much more significant, there has been the destruction of the PNA’s administrative infrastructure.

“Information on this remains incomplete but is sufficient to show that there has been widespread destruction of offices and facilities of PNA ministries and Palestinian non-government organisations. The ministry of local government and the ministry of education in Ramallah have been ransacked by Israeli troops as has the Palestinian bureau of statistics.”

At that time, some analysts anticipated that the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) would extend their actions into Gaza, but international opposition to the casualties and destruction in the West Bank, and internal concern over the consequences of such an escalation, prevented that. Instead, the emphasis remained on the West Bank, with the construction of the massive security “wall” and forceful control over the Palestinian population movements within its confines. Both of these policies fuelled a burning resentment.

Ashok said...

The war's second objective, the prevention of smuggling, was not met either. The head of the Shin Bet security service has estimated that smuggling will be renewed within two months.

Most of the smuggling that is going on is meant to provide food for a population under siege, and not to obtain weapons. But even if we accept the scare campaign concerning the smuggling with its exaggerations, this war has served to prove that only poor quality, rudimentary weapons passed through the smuggling tunnels connecting the Gaza Strip to Egypt.

Israel's ability to achieve its third objective is also dubious. Deterrence, my foot. The deterrence we supposedly achieved in the Second Lebanon War has not had the slightest effect on Hamas, and the one supposedly achieved now isn't working any better: The sporadic firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip has continued over the past few days.

The fourth objective, which remained undeclared, was not met either. The IDF has not restored its capability. It couldn't have, not in a quasi-war against a miserable and poorly-equipped organization relying on makeshift weapons, whose combatants barely put up a fight.

The heroic descriptions and victory poems written abut the "military triumph" will not serve to change reality. The pilots were flying on training missions and the ground forces were engaged in exercises that involved joining up and firing weapons.

The describing of the operation as a "military achievement" by the various generals and analysts who offered their take on the operation is plain ridiculous.

We have not weakened Hamas. The vast majority of its combatants were not harmed and popular support for the organization has in fact increased. Their war has intensified the ethos of resistance and determined endurance. A country which has nursed an entire generation on the ethos of a few versus should know to appreciate that by now. There was no doubt as to who was David and who was Goliath in this war.

The population in Gaza, which has sustained such a severe blow, will not become more moderate now. On the contrary, the national sentiment will now turn more than before against the party which inflicted that blow - the State of Israel. Just as public opinion leans to the right in Israel after each attack against us, so it will in Gaza following the mega-attack that we carried out against them.

If anyone was weakened because of this war, it was Fatah, whose fleeing from Gaza and its abandonment have now been given special significance. The succession of failures in this war needs to include, of course, the failure of the siege policy. For a while, we have already come to realize that is ineffective. The world boycotted, Israel besieged and Hamas ruled (and is still ruling).

But this war's balance, as far as Israel is concerned, does not end with the absence of any achievement. It has placed a heavy toll on us, which will continue to burden us for some time. When it comes to assessing Israel's international situation, we must not allow ourselves to be fooled by the support parade by Europe's leaders, who came in for a photo-op with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Israel's actions have dealt a serious blow to public support for the state. While this does not always translate itself into an immediate diplomatic situation, the shockwaves will arrive one day. The whole world saw the images. They shocked every human being who saw them, even if they left most Israelis cold.

The conclusion is that Israel is a violent and dangerous country, devoid of all restraints and blatantly ignoring the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, while not giving a hoot about international law. The investigations are on their way.

Graver still is the damage this will visit upon our moral spine. It will come from difficult questions about what the IDF did in Gaza, which will occur despite the blurring effect of recruited media.

So what was achieved, after all? As a war waged to satisfy considerations of internal politics, the operation has succeeded beyond all expectations. Likud Chair Benjamin Netanyahu is getting stronger in the polls. And why? Because we could not get enough of the war.

Rohit Sharma said...

Analysts said that even if the international community is ready to help, who should be the recipient of this assistance will be a tricky problem.

In principle, the Palestinian National Authority, dominated by President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, is the universally acknowledged government in the land and should be the recipient of the assistance. However, there is widespread worry that the Abbas government, which rules only the West Bank and has deep disputes with Hamas, can hardly ensure the fund would be put immediately to Gaza's reconstruction.

The authority was also criticized for its weak response to Israeli offensive, which has let down the Palestinians and the Arab world at large, local media reported.

Meanwhile, Hamas has expressed its strong determination to dominate the reconstruction process.

Fatahy Hamad, a senior Hamas lawmaker, urged non-governmental organizations not to deliver humanitarian aid to the Palestinian National Authority.

"There are two confronting voices in Palestine and I think only if the Fatah chooses the means of Jihad (holy war) and resistance, can we finally realize reconciliation," Hamad said in a recent exclusive interview with Xinhua.

Hamas has also offered to deliver a total of 28.6 million euros (36.5 million dollars) in relief fund for victims of the Israeli attacks, a move reportedly aimed at winning local residents' support.

However, it seems unlikely that the international community will cooperate with Hamas, which is termed a terrorist organization by the United States and Israel, analysts said.

ASSISTANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION UNEASE ISRAEL

The handling of the international assistance as well as the reconstruction has also posed a tough challenge to Israel. The Jewish country is trying by all means to block capital flow into Gaza and keeping a tight grip over the enclave to thwart any possible Hamas involvement in the reconstruction process.

While meeting with visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ahead of Ban's visit to Gaza earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Hamas should be sidelined from any legitimacy in the reconstruction process.

The reconstruction efforts must be coordinated by the United Nations along with international organizations, and with the active cooperation of Egypt, the Palestinian National Authority and pragmatic countries, Olmert said.

Analysts noted, however, that Israel does not have full trust on Abbas government either. The Israeli government turned down the latter's request for remittance to its employees in Gaza section right after the ceasefire, fearing that financial support for reconstruction might end up in Hamas' hands.

Israel has also been highly alert to materials such as cement and steel, as they may be used for military purpose by Hamas.

Analysts worry about how long the temporary peace could last when Gaza reconstruction is unfolding in full swing.

As European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana said, "the ceasefire is still fragile and every effort must be made to ensure that it is solid, durable and lasting."

Anonymous said...

The rocket barrages on communities near the Gaza Strip, particularly since the official end of the cease-fire on Friday, have led Israel to officially change its line from "quiet in exchange for quiet" to open threats.

The Olmert-Barak-Livni trio has decided to respond, and the timing will depend on operational conditions; in other words, the Israel Air Force will go into action. The Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet security service assume that increased operations from the air will be met with heavier rocket fire from Hamas on targets farther from Gaza. The IDF might then launch a ground operation.

Ground troops have not received operational orders, but on the home front, warning systems have been upgraded in communities 30 to 40 kilometers from the border, in rocket range. That's the distance Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin discussed with the cabinet when he warned that Hamas rockets can reach the outskirts of Be'er Sheva.
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These are upgraded Katyushas that have recently been smuggled into Gaza. Diskin told the ministers that Hamas wants a conflict with Israel for a limited time to force a renewed lull under more favorable conditions. Meanwhile, a number of Hamas leaders have gone underground in the Strip, out of fear of assassination by Israel.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert opened Sunday's cabinet meeting in Jerusalem by saying: "A responsible government does not rush into battle and does not evade it." The upcoming elections brought mutual recriminations to the surface during the meeting. Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on Olmert to "restrain irresponsible chatter" by some ministers, meaning Kadima's Tzipi Livni and Vice Premier Haim Ramon.

Dr.Nishi Chauhan said...

As for a ground operation, the question is how to get Hamas to go back to the understandings in place at the beginning of the cease-fire without risking all-out fighting that would begin with rockets on Ashdod and Be'er Sheva and end with the return of Israeli armor to Gaza.

A series of decisions - the disengagement in the summer of 2005, the agreement to allow Palestinian parliamentary elections in January 2006 (which Hamas won), and the cease-fire of June this year - all led to the current dilemma. Israel must now decide among a number of bad options.

A point the media has missed over the past few days is that most of the rockets are being launched by Islamic Jihad and smaller factions, which Hamas has stopped reining in. If Hamas goes into action, there could be 100 rockets a day instead of dozens.

Meanwhile, Hamas is leaving open the option of dialogue. On Sunday, two spokesmen for the organization in Gaza complained that Egypt had not asked for a discussion on extending the cease-fire. Egypt seems in a hurry to mediate between Israel and Hamas, perhaps hoping that if Hamas bleeds, it will reconsider its arrogant attitude toward Cairo.

Hamas also has a less-than-spectacular array of choices. Escalating rocket fire will put its leaders in Israeli sights. The Arab world will see Hamas as a "resistance" organization like Hezbollah but it will not be able to function. A renewed cease-fire without an upgrade will make Hamas appear to have knuckled under to the Jews. Israeli defense officials strongly believe that Haniyeh and his people were unwillingly maneuvered into the current escalation by Khaled Meshal, Hamas' political leader in Damascus.

Anonymous said...

Iran is the one country - aside from Israel - with the most at stake in the outcome. It sponsors Hamas and Hezbollah not only to torment Israel but also to spread its influence in the Arab world. A convincing defeat of Hamas would undercut that strategy, and presumably Iran's ability to resist Western pressure in any broad bargaining - for example, over its support for terrorist groups and even its nuclear program. "It's an ambitious scenario," said Indyk, with a sobering caveat, "that would require things to get significantly worse before they could get better."

But Israel's attacks also could fail outright, and history suggests that as the more likely scenario, Middle East experts across the political spectrum said.

The strikes - and the Arab anger over scenes of death and destruction - have highlighted divisions in the Middle East that can prevent Arab nations from working with Israel.

Of course, Egypt, whose peace treaty with Israel is anathema to militants in the Middle East, kept its border to Gaza largely shut last week, and its president, Hosni Mubarak, quarreled openly with the leader of Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed militant Shiite group that now shares power in Lebanon. And at a meeting of the Arab League, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister gently and indirectly rebuked Hamas for provoking the conflict. Those actions were in line with Israeli dreams. But the attacks also subjected the regimes in Egypt and other moderate Arab nations to blistering scorn from inflamed Arab populations.

And that widened the rifts between rulers and citizens in countries nominally allied with the United States and willing to deal with Israel. The longer this goes on, the more likely it is that regional tensions will intensify. The images of carnage could fuel new hatreds and radicalize some who felt that peace talks offer more hope than resistance.

In some ways, the Gaza attacks have been reminiscent of the gamble Israel took, and largely lost, in Lebanon in 1982. It invaded to eliminate the threat of Yasser Arafat's forces, which were then encamped on its northern border. It accomplished that goal, driving Arafat into exile in Tunis, and eventually he recognized Israel and negotiated. But in the meantime, a new and virulently anti-Israel threat was born in Lebanon in the form of Hezbollah. Israel's northern border remained insecure, and Iran's influence grew.

Now Abbas, already deeply mired in a rivalry with Hamas, could find himself further isolated from Palestinian sentiment the longer the Israeli assaults continue. Signs were growing last week that the fighting was emboldening Palestinian resistance, prompting Abbas to say he was prepared to walk away from the peace process President George W. Bush began in Annapolis, Maryland, in 2007.

"What does he have to offer us a year after Annapolis?" Mustafa Barghouti, a doctor, independent Palestinian legislator and advocate of democracy, said of Abbas, in a telephone conversation from the West Bank. "They promised us an agreement by the end of the year. What do we have after this year?"

Anonymous said...

Barghouti, who was a minister in the short-lived unity government that followed Hamas's victory in 2006 elections, said the only durable solution was an accommodation that included Hamas. "There are two ways to deal with Hamas," he said. "Either confront them, which makes them more extreme, or accept them in the political process."

That would hearten Islamic militants in Egypt and Jordan and make those countries' leaders shiver a bit more; and it would very likely embolden Iran in its ambitions for regional leadership and insistence on a nuclear program.

Most analysts expect that some sort of negotiated cease-fire with Hamas is inevitable, since Israel seems neither willing nor able to reoccupy Gaza and replace its leadership. That, then, would leave the group with many followers in Gaza, even if its ranks are badly battered, its leaders driven underground and its formal centers of power, through which it might deliver services to its people, are destroyed by Israeli bombs. "Hamas as an institution is not really sustaining casualties," said Ziad Asali, president of the American Task Force for Palestine. "The people of Gaza are the ones who are paying the price."

Daniel Levy, an Israeli analyst with the New America Foundation in Washington, said the flaw in the Israeli strategy is the belief that people in Gaza will blame their own government, and not the Israelis, for the new wave of violence.

Israel, for its part, is determined to avoid the military and political catastrophe of its incursion in Lebanon in 2006 to squelch cross-border rocket attacks by Hezbollah not all that different from the ones by Hamas. That fight ended with a UN resolution and international peacekeepers but also, eventually, a rearmed Hezbollah.

"Israel believes its deterrence was lost in that war," David Makovsky, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, wrote on Wednesday, "and Israel's current campaign against Hamas should be seen as an effort to regain that deterrence."

One lesson Israel learned from Lebanon, he argued, was to lower expectations, depriving Hamas of the chance to declare victory simply by surviving the Israeli assault, as Hezbollah did. Israel has done that by remaining vague about its final goals. Israel also seems to have prepared better; by all appearances its forces were following a methodical campaign of strikes, even as it tried to win the propaganda war - or at least to do less badly this time, by trying to minimize civilian casualties.

Almost everyone in Washington agrees that the timing of the latest crisis had at least one benefit: It came before the inauguration of Obama on Jan. 20. Although he has expressed staunch support for Israel - at one point justifying a response to Hamas rocket attacks - he has raised expectations of a change in policy in the Middle East. The fighting has certainly pushed the Arab-Israeli conflict back to the front of a U.S. agenda crowded with foreign crises, from Iran to India to North Korea.

It is likely that the immediate fighting will have ended by Inauguration Day. If so, President Obama will be able to capitalize on the cease-fire to renew a push for a permanent settlement. He once suggested throwing American weight behind regional talks that would include Hamas, but that may no longer be a possibility. Bush fiercely resisted any accommodation with a group the United States and European Union classify as a terrorist organization.

"He has one advantage: that this is happening now," said Asali of the American Task Force for Palestine. "The passionate reactions, the emotional reactions, the hatred, et cetera, et cetera, will be directed at the present administration rather than the next one. But that is a slight silver lining."

Austeen Sufi said...

The Palestinian terrorists in Gaza are expert at manipulating the news media to their point of view. Already, the top media outlets have filled television screens with human interest stories of Palestinian women and children being blown to bits by the overpowering and relentless Israeli Defense Forces. Story after story appears with frantic Palestinian women crying out that their lives are disrupted by these terrible bombing raids, that there is no food to feed their families, that their husbands are missing. And while they are talking, there is chaos in the background of bombed out buildings and B-roll of children being wheeled into hospitals that are supposed to be overcrowded due to Israeli attacks.

The story that is not told is far more compelling, but you won’t hear it on CNN or the other major news outlets because they are providing a biased point of view. First, I know of few nations at war who actually provide medical aid and supplies to the enemy they are trying to destroy. Nobody with a mustard seed of God’s goodness in them wants to create, maintain or revel in human suffering. The Israelis are not only opening the war zone to convoys of medical supplies, they are opening their own hospitals to Palestinians in need. Interesting, however, that a communication from the Israeli Embassy indicated that many of the Palestinian children treated in Israeli hospitals were victims of Palestinian fired missiles.

Another example of exactly what is going on is found in the Israeli assassination of senior Hamas terror operative Nizir Rian, who organized suicide bombings against Israelis. The Israeli Embassy issued this statement: “The multiple secondary explosions that resulted from the attack confirm that Rian's house functioned as a weapons storage facility. The house also served as a communications center, beneath which a clandestine escape tunnel for Hamas terrorists was located. Rian was in the house at the time of the attack, which was carried out successfully based upon IDF and ISA intelligence. As with all IAF activity, every possible effort was made to avoid collateral civilian harm.”

Austeen Sufi said...

Another example of exactly what is going on is found in the Israeli assassination of senior Hamas terror operative Nizir Rian, who organized suicide bombings against Israelis. The Israeli Embassy issued this statement: “The multiple secondary explosions that resulted from the attack confirm that Rian's house functioned as a weapons storage facility. The house also served as a communications center, beneath which a clandestine escape tunnel for Hamas terrorists was located. Rian was in the house at the time of the attack, which was carried out successfully based upon IDF and ISA intelligence. As with all IAF activity, every possible effort was made to avoid collateral civilian harm.”

While the news media is clamoring about how Israel is targeting civilians, the story of why some homes are targeted is totally missed. Hamas and the Palestinians house their weapons, command centers and leaders in civilian communities for two reasons: one is to cause pause when attacking because women and children will be harmed; and the other is to use women and children as shields against such attacks. The mainstream news media only tells part of the story from a slanted perspective. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” He also said in John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Seek the truth, not just the facts—the truth is never biased

Er. Nidhi Mishra said...

Amos Gilad, head of Diplomatic-Security Bureau of Israeli Defense Ministry, left Cairo on Friday after a several-hour visit to Egypt for talks with Egyptian mediators on a ceasefire deal with Hamas in Gaza, without announcing any progress on the latest talks during his second visit to Egypt in two days.

Israeli diplomatic-security cabinet was scheduled to meet Friday to vote on the Egyptian offer, but it has decided to put off the debate until Gilad returns from Cairo with the latest information.

According to Egyptian media reports after Gilad's talks with Egyptian officials on Thursday, Israel responded to the Egyptian ceasefire initiative "favorably," but had some "reservations" on Hamas' vision.

Mazloum said a number of thorny issues, including the reopening of Gaza border crossings and the pullout of Israeli troops, should be dealt with carefully and the two warring sides can not compromise easily.

R. Ramesh said...

the stories about children killed in gaza were heartrending..my arab friend got a phone call from gaza about how they had used some chemicals during attacks..it is painful..the entire episode..BTW, thanks avi for dropping by..ya boss, unlucky, dint get to meet that sister airhostess UD again. not so far..lemme c if i can catch up with them during my april visit to mumbai..haha.bye

KK Yadav said...

Nice Post...!!
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Shilpi Verma said...

My friend Hannah Mermelstein works for justice and peace. She is a woman of Jewish descent who believes in doing justice and loving kindness for everyone, without distinctions based on religion or nationality. Here is what she is seeing, hearing, and experiencing from her current location in Palestine ...

When it comes to reporting on the mideast, I trust the U.S. media less and less, which is why on-the-ground reports like this one ... from someone I know and whose integrity I trust ... mean so much. You can read 2 of Hannah's email messages below the jump ...



December 28, 2008
Today, 271 men, women, and children who were alive yesterday are now
dead in Gaza. More than 900 are injured, including 180 critically.
The death toll is rising as more people are dug out from under the
rubble, and the Israeli government promises that the attacks will
continue, and asks its people for patience.

Patience in the face of massacre?

Ritika Pandey said...

How do you define "crisis"?

Can a Palestinians "crisis" actually be better than the normal daily lives for large chunks of the world? Or is that just hyperbole?

For someone like me, who has lived in the developing world, it often comes across like this:

"Oh my god, we have a crisis! 7-11 is out of Ben and Jerrys!!"

Is that really a crisis?

I have a hypothesis. Happiness is just a state of mind. The Palestinians are miserable, not because of what they're lacking (others with less are happy), but because they're just in a state of unhappiness or depression.

When has giving someone more things ever been a real fix for depression?

You can try to fix individual problems like a lack of electricity (better than most of the world) or a lack of first-world health care (better than most of the world), but that is going to do _nothing_ to fix the underlying depression.

So, my advice if you want to really help move towards peace, is not to worry about these trivial "problems" where Palestine actually have it better than much of the world, and instead work on the core issues.

The Palestinians are miserable because they are miserable, not because they don't have enough stuff.

How do we cure this depression? It seems to be a key issue of lacking "hope". Rather than focusing on trivial things, "hope" is where you might want to put your focus.

Anonymous said...

don't doubt the suffering caused by Israel's bombing of Gaza, and I don't doubt that many innocents are victims. Of course, had Hamas not been launching missiles against the population of Israel Gaza would have been left undisturbed. Enough is enough.

Arabic is a language easily taken to exaggeration and hyperbole. The easy use of the word genocide is an instance of this Arab habit. There is no genocide in Sudan but there is in the Strip. Sorry, I had it in reverse. This lying also extends to details that can be quickly checked by reporters who don't. Would you not think that, with the hysteria about starvation, you'd see some bloated bellies on the TV? Instead, you see healthy children and strong young men in the rituals of resistance.

And sneakers. You have to look closely at the sneakers, seemingly new and, of course, costly.

In the midst of all this catastrophe propaganda there are some facts. These were provided to me by Jacob Dallal, an old and trusted friend who happens to work for the spokesman's unit of the I.D.F. He has been my informant in several comparable situations: he has never told me a lie or even a fib.

Today (Wed.), 93 truckloads with 2,500 tons of food and medical supplies were transferred to Gaza.
Since the beginning of the operation in Gaza Saturday, 6,500 tons of food and medicine were transferred to Gaza.
The World Food Program has informed Israel that they will not be resuming shipment of food into Gaza because their warehouses are at full capacity, with enough supplies for at least 2 weeks.
12 Palestinians from Gaza entered Israel today (Wed.) for medical treatment.

Saadia said...

The Israelis were certainly not targetting just Hamas: The Devastation of Gaza: From Factories to Ice Cream

Mehnaaz said...

, I have been following the situation in the middle-east to the best of my ability. First off, kudos goes to John McCain for becoming the Republican candidate in this year’s election. Ok, now on to Israel, first we have an article from the Jerusalem Report about how a coalition of 8 British humanitarian groups are slamming Israel on its conduct in regards to its actions in the Gaza Strip. You can read the article in its entirety above, however, I’ve chosen a few highlights that I want to talk about below.


The report said that more than 1.1 million people, about 80 percent of Gaza’s residents, are now dependent on food aid, as opposed to 63 percent in 2006, unemployment is close to 40 percent and close to 70 percent of the 110,000 workers employed in the private sector have lost their jobs. It also said that hospitals are suffering from power cuts of up to 12 hours a day, and the water and sewage systems were close to collapse, with 40-50 million liters (10-12 million gallons) of sewage pouring into the sea daily.

I have total sympathy with the Palestinian residents in that regard, I really do. However what happened with all that aid money that was sent to them? There must have been billions, at least millions of dollars pumped into their country for basic aid. Now you may be quite surprised to hear this but even though Israel has listed Gaza as an enemy territory, guess what, they still send aid there!

The Defense Ministry also said medicines and medical equipment are shipped into Gaza with no limitation. On Wednesday, a typical day, the military said it allowed 69 truckloads of supplies into Gaza, including basic food and baby formula.



“Israel has the right and obligation to protect its citizens, but as the occupying power in Gaza it also has a legal duty to ensure that Gazans have access to food, clean water, electricity and medical care,” said Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen, one of groups behind the report. “Punishing the entire Gazan population by denying them these basic human rights is utterly indefensible. The current situation is man-made and must be reversed.”

‘Occupying power’? What are they smoking? Israel left the territory in 2005! Everyone knows this. The only legal duty that the Israeli government has to the Palestinians in Gaza is to stop them from launching rockets into Israel. The Israeli blockade exists for a reason and that reason is to stop Hamas from smuggeling weapons from Egypt and/or from air or sea. That’s why there is a blockade. Does Amnesty International UK think Israel likes putting its troops in danger just to patrol the border while being in the firing line? However Amnesty International UK is right in one thing, the current situation is man-made, it can easily be reversed. All that needs to happen is for Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel and not harm Israel again, that’s it. Then the blockade goes down and the peace process can really begin (the talks that are happening between Israel and Fatah are as worthless as Olmert’s and Mazen’s leadership).

Anonymous said...

I see it as two little kids fighting each other with two big dads egging them on (as in 'ma da's bigger than your da'). The blame lies with the two da's.

Anonymous said...

nice post and blog

अनु मिश्रा said...

इस बीच विश्व मे हमले के विरोध मे प्रदर्शन हो रहे है।लेबनानी पुलिस ने उस भीड़ को तितर बितर करने के लिए आंसू गैस और पानी भरी गोलियां छोड़ीं जो गाज़ा पट्टी पर इजरायली हमले के खिलाफ अमेरिकी दूतावास के निकट प्रदर्शन कर रही थी।अधिकारियों ने कहा कि यह घटना तब घटी जब कम से कम 100 प्रदर्शनकारियों ने बेरुत स्थित अमेरिकी दूतावास के परिसर में घुसने की कोशिश की इस बीच बैरूत में हजारों प्रदर्शनकारियों ने राष्ट्रसंघ मुख्यालय के बाहर इजरायली हमले के खिलाफ रैली की। तुर्की में पाँच हजार से अधिक लोगों ने इस्तांबुल में इजरायल विरोधी प्रदर्शन किए और इजरायली हमले बंद किए जाने की मांग की। इंडोनेशिया से लेकर मोरोक्को तक और ऑस्ट्रेलिया में भी विरोध प्रदर्शन हुए।मिस्र और जोर्डन के नेताओं ने भी गाज़ा पर इजरायली हमले की निंदा की और इसे तुंरत बंद करने की मांग की। पोप बेनेडिक्ट ने अपने रविवासरीय उपदेश में गाज़ा में हिंसा समाप्त करने का आग्रह किया और कहा कि दोनों पक्षों को संघर्ष ख़त्म करने के लिए मिलकर वार्तालाप करना होगा। यूरोपीय संघ फिलिस्तीनी प्रदेशों को विदेशी सहायता देने वाला सबसे बड़ा दानशील संगठन माना जाता है।गाजा पट्टी क्षेत्र भूमध्य सागर के किनारे 40 किलोमीटर लंबा और 10 किलोमीटर चौडा भू भाग है जहाँ 15 लाख लोग रहते हैं। इसे विश्व का सबसे घनी आबादी वाला क्षेत्र माना जाता है।

Anonymous said...

इजरायल ने गाजा पट्टी में हमास पर आक्रमण किया नहीं कि समस्त विश्व एकजुट होकर इस देश की निन्दा करने लगा। विश्व की सर्वोच्च विधिक संस्था में संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ में इजरायल की निन्दा के प्रस्ताव पारित किये जाने लगे और हर ओर से प्रयास होने लगा कि किसी प्रकार हमास और इजरायल के मध्य युद्ध विराम हो जाये। भारत सरकार भी इजरायल की निन्दा करने में पीछे नहीं रही और विदेश मंत्रालय ने आधिकारिक रूप से इजरायल को आक्रांता की संज्ञा देने में कोई हिचक नहीं दिखाई। लेकिन विश्व की इजरायल के विरुद्ध प्रतिक्रिया के पीछे अनेक प्रश्न खडे होते हैं जिनका संतोषजनक उत्तर अवश्य मिलना चाहिये।

इजरायल की निन्दा करने की भारत की पुरानी परम्परा रही है और भारत ने इजरायल के निर्माण की प्रक्रिया में भी फिलीस्तीन के विभाजन की शर्त पर इजरायल के निर्माण का विरोध किया था और इसके बाद भारत ने आधिकारिक रूप से अरब इजरायल संघर्ष में अरब देशों के साथ खडे होने का निर्णय लिया और इजरायल के हर उस कार्य की निन्दा की जो उसने अपनी आत्मरक्षा में किया। इजरायल के साथ भारत की नीति सदैव दोहरी रही है। एक ओर तो अरब देशों की सहानुभूति प्राप्त करने के लिये, इस्लामी उम्मा के असंतुष्ट हो जाने के भय से और भारत में स्थित मुस्लिम समाज को तुष्ट करने के लिये भारत सरकार सदैव अंतरराष्ट्रीय मंचों पर इजरायल की निन्दा करती रही तो वहीं अनेक रणनीतिक कारणों से इजरायल को साधने के प्रयास भी गैर सरकारी स्तर पर चलते रहे। वैसे तो भारत और इजरायल के मध्य कूटनीतिक स्तर पर सम्बन्ध 1992 में पी.वी.नरसिम्हाराव की सरकार में आरम्भ हुए परंतु खुफिया और सामाजिक स्तर पर दोनों देशों के मध्य सम्बन्ध 1965 से ही आरम्भ हो गया था। इजरायल को लेकर भारत सदैव दुविधा का शिकार रहा है और इसी कारण 1992 के बाद भी इजरायल की निन्दा का दौर चलता रहा है।

अब यदि इजरायल के हमास पर किये गये वर्तमान आपरेशन पर दृष्टि डालें तो कुछ प्रश्न उभरते हैं। गाजा में हमास पर इजरायल की कार्रवाई के बाद सभी विश्लेषकों ने एक स्वर से इजरायल की कार्रवाई को बर्बर कहना आरम्भ कर दिया परंतु 1948 में अपने जन्म से लेकर आज अतक इजरायल जिस स्थिति का सामना कर रहा है उस सन्दर्भ में विश्लेषकों की राय पूरी तरह एकतरफा लगती है जो इस धारणा पर आधारित है कि इजरायल अरब संघर्ष में स्वाभाविक सहानुभूति अरब देशों या फिलीस्तीनियों के प्रति होनी चाहिये। राजनीतिक रूप से सही होने की परम्परा, छ्द्म उदारवाद और सेक्युलर दिखने की होड में इजरायल की निन्दा तथ्यों के विश्लेषण के बिना की जाती है। 1948 से लेकर आजतक इजरायल ने अरब देशों के साथ जो संघर्ष किये हैं उसकी पृष्ठभूमि जानने के लिये इतिहास में जाना होगा। 1924 में ओटोमन साम्राज्य को समाप्त कर ब्रिटिश ने इस्लामी साम्राज्यवाद की धुरी खिलाफत संस्था को ध्वस्त कर दिया और उसके बाद इस साम्राज्य को अनेक भागों में विभक्त कर मध्य पूर्व में अनेक नये देशों का निर्माण हुआ और इससे पूर्व 1917 में ब्रिटिश साम्राज्य ने विश्व भर के यहूदियों को इजरायल नामक नया देश देनी की उनकी माँग को सिद्धांत रूप में स्वीकार कर लिया था। इसके बाद फिलीस्तीन में यहूदियों को बसने की छूट दे दी गयी और द्वितीय विश्व युद्ध के उपरांत इजरायल राज्य के निर्माण का विषय संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ को हस्तांतरित कर दिया गया जिसने अनेक बैठकों के बाद इस क्षेत्र का विभाजन स्वीकार कर इजरायल को यहूदियों के नये राज्य के रूप में स्वीकार कर लिया और 1948 में इजरायल का जन्म हुआ। इजरायल के जन्म से पूर्व फिलीस्तीन में यहूदियों के बसने की प्रक्रिया में भी फिलीस्तीनी मुसलमानों और यहूदियों में खूनी झडप होती थी और 1940 के दशक में तो यहूदियों के विरुद्ध आतंकवाद का अभियान चलाया गया। 1948 में इजरायल के जन्म के साथ ही उसे अरब देशों के प्रतिरोध का सामना करना पडा और इजरायल को तत्काल युद्ध लड्ना पडा। इसके बाद जितने भी युद्ध हुए उसमें इजरायल के अस्तित्व को स्वीकार न करने की जिद और उसका अस्तित्व समाप्त करने प्रयास हुआ। 1969 में जब इजरायल ने अरब की सभी सेनाओं को जो मिस्र के नेतृत्व में इजरायल से युद्दरत थी उन्हें इजरायल ने मात्र 6 दिनों में परास्त कर दिया तो अरब देशों और इजरायल के मध्य सम्बन्धों में नया मोड आया और मिस्र ने इजरायल के साथ सन्धि की।

वास्तव में इजरायल और फिलीस्तीन के मध्य समस्या को दो देशों के मध्य समस्या के रूप में देखा जाता और उसे राज्यक्षेत्र के विवाद से जोड्कर देखा जाता है। यह एक गलत धारणा है वास्तव में इस संघर्ष का मूल कहीं अधिक गहरा और जटिल है। मध्य पूर्व में पिछले साठ दशक में जितने भी इस्लामवादी आन्दोलनों ने जन्म लिया है उनके मूल में एक ही प्रेरणा रही है कि जेरुशलम पर नियंत्रण को लेकर अनेक शताब्दियों तक क्रुसेड और जिहाद चलता रहा (क्योंकि तीनों ही सेमेटिक धर्म इस्लाम, ईसाइयत और यहूदी तीनों ही इसे अपने लिये पवित्र मानते हैं) और अंत में पश्चिमी शक्तियों ने यहूदियों के साथ मिलकर एक षड्यंत्र कर जेरुशलम का स्थान यहूदियों को दे दिया और इस प्रक्रिया में उन्होंने इस्लाम की एकता का आधार रही खिलाफत संस्था को नष्ट कर दिया। खिलाफत को नष्ट कर इस्लामी एकता को बिखेर दिया गया और जिस इस्लाम में नेशन स्टेट की कल्पना नहीं थी उसे छोटे छोटे देशों में बाँट दिया गया और इस्लाम के पवित्र स्थल अरब और मक्का मदीना में ऐसी शक्तियाँ सत्ताशीन हो गयीं जो पश्चिमी देशों की कठपुतली सरकारें हैं और वे इस्लाम और शरियत के अनुसार शासन नहीं चला रही हैं। इस भावना के चलते मध्य पूर्व में इस्लामवादी आन्दोलनों का जन्म हुआ जो जिहाद का सहारा लेकर इसे वैश्विक इस्लामी आन्दोलन बना रहे हैं।

इजरायल और हमास के वर्तमान संघर्ष को यदि इस पृष्ठभूमि में देखें तो कुछ प्रश्न उठते हैं। विश्व के जो देश इजरायल की निन्दा करते हैं उन्हें अपनी स्थिति स्पष्ट करनी चाहिये कि क्या वे इजरायल के जन्म को अवैध मानते हैं और यदि ऐसा है तो उन्होंने इजरायल को मान्यता क्यों दे रखी है क्योंकि मुस्लिम देश उसे स्वीकार नहीं करते और इसी कारण उसे मान्यता नहीं दे रखी है। इसी कारण संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ सहित सभी देशों को अपनी स्थिति स्पष्ट करनी चाहिये कि क्या वे इजरायल को खिलाफत के अवशेषों पर निर्मित मानते हैं और इसी कारण फिलीस्तीन और अरब देशों से सहानुभूति रखते है। क्योंकि आत्म रक्षा में इजरायल द्वारा की गयी कार्रवाई की निन्दा करना उसके अस्तित्वमान रहने के अधिकार से उसे वंचित करना है। इसलिये जो भी देश, मीडिया, विचारक और लेखक या विश्लेषक़ इजरायल की निन्दा करते हैं उन्हें छ्द्म उदारवाद और छवि निर्माण के प्रयासों से बाहर आकर इस समस्या के मूलभूत विचारों पर अपनी स्थिति स्पष्ट करनी चाहिये।

जहाँ तक हमास के विरुद्ध इजरायल के प्रतिरोध का प्रश्न है तो इजरायल ने एक बार फिर यह कदम अपने नागरिकों की रक्षा में उठाया है। हमास ने गाजा पट्टी में अपनी सरकार स्थापित करने के बाद भी इजरायल को नष्ट करने के अपने मूलभूत उद्देश्य को छोडा नहीं और पिछले अनेक वर्षों से इजरायल के भीतर राकेट दागकर निर्दोष नागरिकों को अपना निशाना बनाया। इजरायल ने अपने बेहतर प्रयासों से नागरिकों की रक्षा के प्रयास किये और राकेट की चेतावनी के लिये ठोस प्रयास किये जिससे इन राकेट हमलों में निर्दोष नागरिक अधिक मात्रा में नहीं मरे लेकिन इजरायल के इस प्रयास से हमास का आशय और अपराध कम नहीं हो जाता। इजरायल के विरुद्ध आरोप लगाया जा रहा है कि उसने गाजा में निर्दोष नागरिकों को निशाना बनाया लेकिन इन आरोपों की चर्चा करते हुए भी लोग उसी भावुकता का शिकार हो जाते हैं जिसके चलते उनकी स्वाभाविक सहानुभूति फिलीस्तीन या अरब देशों के प्रति रहती है। यह कोई पहला अवसर नहीं है इससे पूर्व 2000-1 में जब यासिर अराफात ने इजरायल के विरुद्ध एक प्रकार का आतंकवादी आन्दोलन इंतिफादा के रूप में घोषित कर दिया था तो भी यासिर अराफात की आलोचना नहीं की गयी थी और इजरायल के प्रतिरोध की तत्काल निन्दा आरम्भ कर दी गयी थी।

वास्तव में इजरायल और फिलीस्तीन का संघर्ष पूरी तरह धारणागत छवि युद्ध का शिकार हो गया है। एक ओर तो आतंकवाद के प्रतिरोध और खुफिया एजेंसियों की सन्नद्धता को लेकर अनेक देश इजरायल की विशेषज्ञता का लाभ उठाना चाहते हैं वहीं जब इजरायल के आत्म रक्षा का विषय आता है तो उसकी निन्दा आरम्भ हो जाती है। व्यावहारिक विवशताओं और छवि खराब होने के भय से इस पूरे संघर्ष की वस्तुनिष्ठ व्याख्या का साहस कोई भी नहीं करता। यह छद्म उदारवाद और सेक्युलरिज्म के एकाँगी स्वरूप का सबसे बडा उदाहरण है। एक ओर तो इस्लामवादी और वामपंथी यहूदियों के विरुद्ध षड्यंत्रकारी सिद्धांत प्रतिपादित करते हैं और आरोप लगाते हैं कि कुछ अदृश्य हाथों से वे समस्त विश्व पर शासन कर रहे हैं लेकिन बिडम्बना है कि जब इजरायल फिलीस्तीन के संघर्ष का विषय आता है तो इस्लामवादियों का जनसम्पर्क अधिक सफल होता दिखता है। आज समय आ गया है कि छद्म उदारवाद का चोला छोडकर छवि निर्माण की चिंता के बिना इजरायल फिलीस्तीन संघर्ष के मूल कारण पर चर्चा की जाये क्योंकि इस समस्या का एक ही समाधान है कि इजरायल के पडोसी यह जान जायें कि वे आतंकवाद या सैन्य तरीकों से इतिहास के हिसाब नहीं चुका सकते और इजरायल एक वास्तविकता है जो उनके मध्य रहेगा। इजरायल की विजय केवल इस क्षेत्र में शांति स्थापित नहीं करेगी वरन उन इस्लामवादी आन्दोलनों और देशों को हतोत्साहित करेंगी जो वर्तमान को अस्वीकार कर भूतकाल में जीना चाहते हैं और एक काल्पनिक विश्व का निर्माण प्रछन्न युद्ध और आतंकवाद के सहारे करना चाहते हैं।

R. Ramesh said...

thanks for yr thought-provoking comment and the godrej ex is apt..do stay connected..best wishes to yr wonderful team

Femin Susan said...

Hi,
I don’t have words what to say,
Your words touched my heart . may god bless you !

Dr.Rita Raman said...

gaza still remains most volatile ..both politically ngeographically

Well analysed post

Dr.Ruchika Rastogi said...

The Palestinians in Gaza got the message on the first day when Israeli warplanes struck numerous targets simultaneously in the middle of a Saturday morning. Some 200 were killed instantly, shocking Hamas and indeed all of Gaza, especially because Israel’s antirocket attacks in previous years had been more measured.

truefacts said...

some knowledge to those small mind fools

Hamas Israel conflict explained.....
This may help understand the nature of the conflict in an easy manner.

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situation explained properly in more simple way....
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truefacts said...

You don't appreciate the cartoons, maybe you will like to sample the reality

http://i44.tinypic.com/2mnhr45.jpg

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Human shield
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click here to see the video of Hamas terrorists dragging children to make the human shield
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J08GqXMr3YE&
or direcct on page ... http://www.youtube.com/v/J08GqXMr3YE&


Hamas using civilian shields
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drv_bCeYvg0&feature=channel


Arabs launch mortar shells from SCHOOL toward Israeli cities
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elyXQ6g-TJs

Anonymous said...

isrealy just protecting their ppl..their message is clear kill them before they kill us..what we think that they will be quite if some one come and kill their ppl like what happen in india(mumbai).No they wont and they have guts

David O. Brink said...

Since the end of the IDF's operation in Gaza, there is a growing debate over Palestinian casualty claims. While the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and the Palestinian Ministry of Health have announced that the majority of fatalities were civilians, the IDF has estimated that "more than two-thirds of [the deaths] were Hamas members." (The Jerusalem Post has reported that "IDF Military Intelligence has set up a team to produce a comprehensive list of Palestinian fatalities… It will be completed within two weeks, officials said, but it is not clear whether it will be made public." The International Herald Tribune claimed that "Israel … said it has the names of more than 700 Hamas militants killed in fighting.")

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