31 December 2008

Israel blogging its "precision airstrikes"

"Days after sending aircraft to strike Hamas militants in Gaza, the Israeli government is launching a campaign to dominate the blogosphere.
Among other things, the Israeli military has started its own YouTube channel to distribute footage of precision airstrikes."

"Precision airstrikes"?! Of course! And here are images of what those genocidal "precision airstrikes" did:

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"a good Arab is a dead one"

"We were trained to believe that ‘a good Arab is a dead one’. A few weeks before I joined the IDF in the early 1980’s, General Rafael Eitan, the Chief of Staff at the time announced that the “Arabs were stoned cockroaches in a bottle”. He got away with it, he also got away with the murder of many thousands of Lebanese civilians in the 1st Lebanon war. In a word, Israelis manage to get away with murder."

they kill children, all the time

"A mother whose three school-age children were killed, and are piled one on top of the other in the morgue, screams and then cries, screams again and then is silent."

Screams Under the Rubbles

"I saw all my sisters around me and I couldn't move. No one could see me from above. The neighbours and ambulance men couldn't see us. They were walking on the bricks above us. I started to scream and told my sisters we would die. We all screamed: 'Baba, Mama. Come to help us.'"

Israel's live demo arms marketing

"... they [Israel] are the fourth largest exporter of arms and have a military industrial complex rivaling that of the United States. In other words, Israel has always had a comprehensive monopoly over the use of force, and much like its super power ally, Israel uses war as an advertising showcase of its many instruments of death."

30 December 2008

Lebanon: Solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza

“In Gaza There is a Boy Standing and Waiting to go to Sleep” these are the words that Mazen Kerbaj chose to summarize the situation in Gaza in one of his cartoons. Taking a second look, the cartoon seems to say: “In Gaza There is a Boy Standing and Waiting to die”.
in gaza there is a boy
This can also be considered as the view of most Lebanese bloggers who posted about the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza.

Most Lebanese are relating to what is going on in Gaza because of the fresh memories of the July 2006 Israeli war against Lebanon, nevertheless many have expressed that the already bad conditions of Gaza is making their predicament far worse than those of the Lebanese in 2006. Green Resistance expresses this feeling in one of many posts about Gaza by saying:

The onslaught against Gaza seems worse than the onslaught against Lebanon in July 2006.
At least, there was a narrow corridor for escape for the southerners in Lebanon in July 2006. Although many were killed en route, many were killed on the highways as they were going north; still, many were able to leave the bombardment. The people of Gaza have nowhere to go. The prison on the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza keeps getting smaller.

Tarek at Beirut NTSC writes about his friend and her family of three children, the youngest of whom is a 15 months old girl. They are in Gaza as the shelling continues. To him, the tragedy of Gaza today has a human face:

I write this blog entry because only this morning I was explaining to a German friend in Beirut that during the war there was always a haven of safety in the middle of all the madness and for some reason I added “I know someone in Gazza right now, I hope she and her family are safe, but I also know that there must be a haven there too….” I am by no means diminishing the intensity or magnitude of what is going on in Gaza, but I have to admit that whereas previously I was sympathetic with the people in Gazza “theoretically” and just out of sheer human altruism, today, tragedy has a human face for me - Ola, her husband and her three children. I particularly think of Rasha, her 15 months-old daughter, who is either blissfully unaware of what is going on, or - on the contrary - has her mind registering the sights and sounds in front of her....

>>> Read the rest at Global Voices

Zionism: History of Child Killing

Zionist bombing 1947

A Palestinian police officer carries a wounded girl from the site of a terrorist attack in Jerusalem, 29 December 1947. Militants from the Irgun Zionist group threw a bomb into a bus in the Palestinian residential quarter outside Herod's Gate, killing 17 Palestinian civilians. (Photo: Walid Khalidi/Before Their Diaspora).

Zionist bombing 2008

A Palestinian police officer carries a wounded girl into the emergency room at Shifa hospital in Gaza City, 27 December 2008. Israeli warplanes pounded dozens of targets across the Gaza Strip in unprecedented waves of air strikes Saturday, killing at least 155 and wounding more than 310. (Photo: Majed Hamdan/AP)

thanking Lawrence of Cyberia

28 December 2008

Sameh Habeeb blogging from Gaza

"A family of 9 members, 15 young children, and some women were killed but not recognized. The Ministry of Health is not able to recognize the ID's of casualties...
Gaza hospitals announced inability of receiving the wounded due to lack of medical equipment and tools. Corpses of Palestinians were thrown on the corridors, rooms and units of hospitals. Meanwhile 2-3 wounded victims shared one bed due to lack of medical equipment, a result of the Israeli siege imposed 2 years ago...
Israel warcraft still hovers on low distance on Gaza vowing of a hot night!" Writes Sameh A. Habeeb, who lives in Gaza where he maintains his blog: Gaza Strip, the Untold Story.

Atrocity Sanitized

"My parents live in the the city center, and the Israeli war planes attacked people and locations all around them. Over 50 "targets"by 60 warplanes, read the headlines in Haaretz. And over 220 killed- in broad daylight; in the after-school rush.
Like a movie tagline. Or a game. If you say it enough times, it does not sound real anymore: 50 targets, 60 warplanes, 200 people, 1 day.
All very sanitary. Very sleek. Neatly packaged: war in a gift-box." -Laila El-Haddad

27 December 2008

Palestinians: Right to remain silent while killed

"... today's horrific attacks mark only a change in Israel's method of killing Palestinians recently. In recent months they died mostly silent deaths, the elderly and sick especially, deprived of food and necessary medicine by the two year-old Israeli blockade calculated and intended to cause suffering and deprivation to 1.5 million Palestinians, the vast majority refugees and children, caged into the Gaza Strip. In Gaza, Palestinians died silently, for want of basic medications: insulin, cancer treatment, products for dialysis prohibited from reaching them by Israel.

What the media never question is Israel's idea of a truce. It is very simple. Under an Israeli-style truce, Palestinians have the right to remain silent while Israel starves them, kills them and continues to violently colonize their land. Israel has not only banned food and medicine to sustain Palestinian bodies in Gaza but it is also intent on starving minds: due to the blockade, there is not even ink, paper and glue to print textbooks for schoolchildren."
Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada

Today, Israeli warplanes carried out a massive air-strike inside Gaza, a prison like strip of land about 370 sq km with a besieged population of 1.5 million, killing at least 210 and wounding hundreds others.

Palestinian blood for Israeli elections

"As in years past, the yardstick by which all candidates in Israeli elections are measured is their security (re: war) credentials...

… they must prove they too can flaunt international law, expropriate land, dismiss as self-inflicted the suffering and hardships of an occupied people, and more importantly, shed Palestinian blood. What better testing ground than Gaza?...

Leadership credentials will be built on spilling Palestinian blood. The image of the mighty Israel Defense Forces will be rehabilitated, albeit against a besieged and starving population. Egypt, along with the Arab monarchies, will watch approvingly from the sidelines. And the remarkable ability of the human spirit to resist foreign invasion and occupation will again, in the end, triumph."

thanks: Rannie Amiri - CounterPunch

21 December 2008

Honor vs Shame

"There is one question left unanswered in the saga of the Shoes Seen Round The World: What does it take to actually offend George W. Bush?"

Answer: Nothing can!

A person who does not know what honor is can not be expected to feel shame.

16 December 2008

Sock and Awe

Sock and Awe is an online game where anyone can emulate Muntathar Al Zaidi and hurl shoes to hit Pres Bush in the face.
The seemingly simple act by Muntathar has become a major event that has unlocked emotions of pride and anger around the world but especially in the Arab world. Protests and demonstrations of support for Muntathar and denunciation for Bush's policies and atrocities are taking place in countries of the Middle East including Lebanon.
This game comes with a counter that is continuously counting the millions (so far) of successful slams, from around the world, on Bush's face. Check it out, just for the fun of it.

15 December 2008

Bush gets a "goodbye kiss from the people of Iraq"

"Never in the history of humanity have so few shoes expressed the sincerest feelings of so many to one who was so deserving of that expression."

Journalist Muntathar Al Zaidi shouted: "this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog" with the first shoe he threw at Bush, followed by "this is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq" as he threw the second shoe.

And maybe no one has put so much time and effort to explain the implications of throwing or showing the soles of shoes in "The Arab Culture", as has the Angry Arab, since the American invasion of Iraq. A national day commemorating the "sole-of-shoes" should be declared and then everyone can celebrate, especially the dude who offered 10m dollars to buy the "hurled shoes".

14 December 2008

Keeping the light on Palestine

"As you read this, one and a half million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are without access to food, medicine or fuel from outside the tiny territory. Half of the bakeries in Gaza have shut down, and others have resorted to baking bread with animal feed. This is not the result of a natural disaster, but the intended consequence of a political decision by Israel's government.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip an "abomination" and said that the international community's "silence and complicity" about the crisis in Palestine "shames us all."

>>> Read more from The Electronic Intifada (EI) especially the appeal to keep it working on breaking the silence, exposing the complicity, and giving voice to those working for a different world.

08 December 2008

Palestine: The Culture ...

... that rejects fading into oblivion.
So, Mr. and Ms. Zionism and Co, you just go ahead and blockade all you want; shoot, kill and then go around crying and begging for sympathy; lie all your lies; commit massacres and genocide with all your might and then lobby, trying to keep everyone blind to your acts; do all that you can, you'll never be able to end or break this culture, or to even stop this song

Gaza's Reality: A Glimpse ...

... a glimpse ... and my impotent attempt to take a stand and contribute to ending the misery or breaking the blockade...


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