Downsizing the number of Palestinians all over historic Palestine is still the Zionist vision. In Gaza, its implementation takes its most inhuman form.
Ilan Pappe, Israeli historian
Watching the unconscionable siege of Gaza, the pummeling of a civilian population,a penned up people, 1.7 million, hemmed in on every side at the mercy of sophisticated missiles one wonders how long the world can tolerate such a callous war crime. The tally Sunday night:
368 Palestinians killed, of whom 299 are civilians, Including 84 children and 43 women, and 2,340 others wounded, mostly civilians, Including 679 children and 478 women; 389 houses targeted and destroyed and hundreds of others extensively damaged, thousands of Palestinian civilians forcibly displaced. Sewage,water and power grids destroyed
Here we have a civilian populace with no army to defend itself at the mercy of lethal hi-tech murder and we have to listen the glib justification of military commanders in perfect English defend the indefensible and legitimate such indiscriminate bombing. Israel is not to blame. It is all Hamas’s fault.
F-16 fighters and drones descend on these “pathetic ducks in a barrel”. They have no bomb shelters, literally nowhere to run or hide in an overcrowded urban center. They cannot leave; all exits are barred. They have no Iron Dome anti missile system.
It is all Hamas’s fault.
The pathetic home-made rockets are simply the crazed behaviour of an oppressed people encased in steel. They are the furious howl of a people without hope. This response has simply given israel another chance at “the incremental genocide”(Pappe) Goliath is waging on David.
And all we hear from the craven John Kerry and Barack Obama, “Israel has a right to defend itself.”
And the US keeps sending $3 billion a year as settlements grow and more Palestinian land is eaten up and international law is defied.
US elections are on the horizon and money easily trumps cheap Palestinian blood.
On July 19 several Nobel laureates, public intellectuals and cultural workers signed an open letter in the Guardian
Among the Nobelists were Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Adolfo Peres Esquivel, Jody Williams, Mairead Maguire, Rigoberta Menchú and Betty Williams.
Other well known signatories included:
Alice Walker, Writer,
US Brian Eno, Composer/musician, UK
Chris Hedges , Journalist, Pulitzer Prize 2002, US
Frei Betto, Liberation theologian, Brazil
Hilary Rose, Academic,
Ilan Pappe, Historian, author, Israel
Ismail Coovadia, former South African Ambassador to Israel
Joao Felicio, President of ITUC, Brazil
John Berger, artist, UK John Dugard, Former ICJ judge, South Africa
John Pilger, journalist and filmmaker , Australia
Judith Butler, Academic, philosopher,
US Ken Loach, Filmmaker, UK
Michael Ondaatje, Author, Canada/Sri Lanka
Mike Leigh, writer and director, UK
Noam Chomsky, Academic, author, US
Nurit Peled, Academic, Israel
Paola Bacchetta, Academic, US
Richard Falk, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestinian Territories,
US Roger Waters, Musician, UK
Ronnie Kasrils, Former minister in Mandela’s gov’t, South Africa
One wonders where is the prophetic voice of religion.