More on Israel’s “Screw You” to Us All

From Juan Cole’s blog, Informed Comment:

Israel blames Hamas for primitive homemade rocket attacks on the nearby Israeli city of Sederot. In 2001-2008, these rockets killed about 15 Israelis and injured 433, and they have damaged property. In the same period, Gazan mortar attacks on Israel have killed 8 Israelis.

Since the Second Intifada broke out in 2000, Israelis have killed nearly 5000 Palestinians, nearly a thousand of them minors. Since fall of 2007, Israel has kept the 1.5 million Gazans under a blockade, interdicting food, fuel and medical supplies to one degree or another. Wreaking collective punishment on civilian populations such as hospital patients denied needed electricity is a crime of war.

The Israelis on Saturday killed 5% of all the Palestinians they have killed since the beginning of 2001! 230 people were slaughtered in a day, over 70 of them innocent civilians. In contrast, from the ceasefire Hamas announced in June, 2008 until Saturday, no Israelis had been killed by Hamas. The infliction of this sort of death toll is known in the law of war as a disproportionate response, and it is a war crime.


The US, which for some odd reason holds an irrational hatred of the Palestinians, branded the dead Gaza policemen “thugs” and blamed the massive aerial strikes solely on Hamas, the fundamentalist Muslim party that controls Gaza.

I wish I could say that I hope for better under an Obama administration, but realistically, I don’t.

I changed the title because I realized not everyone would realize I was being sarcastic.


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3 responses to “More on Israel’s “Screw You” to Us All

  1. jamesad2012

    Is Israel a victim or a bully??

    Make your voice heard!

  2. Roy

    I do find it difficult to put blame on Israel this time around. The situation over there is so complicated: Israel loosens the reigns a bit and HAMAS and religious radical groups do all they can to attack. They cannot be appeased and they will never give up their attacks against Israel, but Israel should not be expected to ignore rocket attacks against its people. Of course, chances are Israel is not killing the “right” people with these attacks, but few other paths are open to it.

  3. Mantiq al-Tayr

    The situation is not very complicated at all. Israel has killed thousands of Gazans the past few years while also savagely starving them and turning the Gaza strip into an open air prison. Since 2001 the Gazans have managed to kill about 20 Israelis, while 5000 Palestinians have been killed by the Israelis. Thousands of Palestinian homes have been destroyed during the same period.

    Now if you are relying upon the American media, especially TV, to get your info you won’t know these things – things that almost anyone else in Europe or Asia would know. I suggest starting here:

    Then you could move on to here:

    Ali Abu-Nimah, who runs the above site, happens to live in Chicago and knows Barack Obama. He expects Obama to be quite disappointing as president and to follow the Zionist line, a line he did not follow when he was a lowly local politico in Chicago.

    Then you could go here:

    The above site lists this revealing quote from one of modern Israel’s true founding father’s, David Ben Gurion.

    “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid Palestine of its Arab population.”

    He would be proud to see that those who lived after him have not forgotten these words.

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