ANALYSIS – Since October 1, 77 Palestinians have been killed in a wave of slaughter that has it’s immediate roots in the actions of the Israeli military and settlers, but whose greviance stretches back all the way to 1948. Then, Palestinians were driven away from their homes by the terror of Irgun, Haganah and the Stern gang. Then they were expected to accept their fate. When Israel’s military achieved a lightning win in 1967, those who were driven away were joined in occupation as Tel Aviv seized west Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem. Israel had proved itself to its superpower patron and Washington would now back the Zionist state no matter how appalling its behaviour towards the Palestinians and its weaker neighbour Lebanon. In 1982 Israel plumbed new depths and in doing so set a murderous precedent whose ramifications are being felt to this day. When the ‘world’ said nothing to the government of Menachem Begin and his defence minister Ariel Sharon after it perpetrated the massacres of Sabra and Shatila, Israel took this as a green light to behave as she liked against the people it regarded as inferior. From now onwards an army backed by a navy, airforce and atom bomb would successfully claim it was under attack from terrorism no matter how murderous it’s actions. The first intifada was an unarmed struggle that was met by live gunfire which struck stone throwing children in the throat and chest. The second intifada which was inspired by Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon, brought suicide bombers and bloodshed to the streets of Israel but far more suffering and murder to the Palestinians. Even then Israel refused to accept the root cause of the conflict – the rights of the Palestinians to live in a homeland that had been theirs for more than two thousand years. Ariel Sharon simply built a wall and set in place the current state of affairs – by welcoming Russian immigrants into the Zionist state, he ensured settlers now had a harder edge. Today those settlers and their children have fought in Israel’s three murderous campaigns against the imprisoned people of Gaza, and walk in the occupied territories of west Bank and east Jerusalem openly brandishing rifles and knives attacking ordinary Palestinians at will. To this day, no one has been held to account for the burning alive of Ali Dawabshah and his mother and father by Zionist settlers. No one too is held responsible as Zionist settlers and the Israeli army conduct arbitrary ‘justice’ on the streets of Hebron and against the Palestinians trapped in Gaza – one million of whom are children. More than a thousand children were killed in the three wars that were conducted in the full glare of the media spotlight since Israel’s ‘withdrawal’ from Gaza in 2005 – 551 alone in last year’s war which was cheered on by Israelis who were sat on a mountain watching the unfolding horror as if there were at a boxing match. If the current unrest is indeed the third intifada one thing is certain, that the Palestinians will continue to die and that the ‘world’ will do nothing because Washington has decided that this is Israel defending itself, that this is Israel fighting a war against terror.
NEW YORK – UN investigators claimed both sides had committed war crimes during last year’s 50 day war. They said the Israelis should have renewed the policy of air strikes as casualties mounted, change the weapons and the quality of warnings before launching attacks in civilian areas. Hamas, the UN said, had fired indiscriminately with the intention of spreading terror. Israel’s actions were disproportionate and could be war crimes.
2, 251 PALESTINIANS WERE KILLED, OF WHICH 1,462 were civilians .. 67 Israeli soldiers were killed – 6 civilians 11, 231 Palestinian civilians were injured, 1, 466 Israelis..
ANALYSIS – Anyone who still thinks that those murdering thugs that call themselves Islamic State, or Al Nusra for that matter, represent the Islamic world only need to look at the Palestinians of Gaza to see who really are the voice of Muslims. Since establishing an Islamic state in Gaza in 2007, because the international community would not accept the outcome of a democratic election that gave them the right to govern the occupied territories, the ‘world’ has a turned a blind eye to the ongoing crimes against the Hamas controlled Gaza strip. If the blockades and restrictions were not enough, the Palestinians of Gaza over half of whom are children, have been attacked by the might of the Israeli army who have exaggerated the threat of rocket fire to extract disproportionate revenge on a tiny strip of land that has no army, no navy or any means of defending itself against a hitech army that is armed and backed by a superpower. The first war was horrendous, the second came within an inch of what became the third in 2014 when Gaza was pounded and it’s children murdered whilst we all watched the world cup in Brazil. And yet this continues to this day, daily attacks and humiliations along with a devastating siege and restrictions. If Hamas are indeed poor at governing the Gaza strip as the World Bank claims today ask yourself this would anyone be able to rule under the current circumstances and even more importantly when will this end?