- Today was the end of the world...for hundreds of unarmed
civilians, including children. The Israeli military, one of
the most powerful military forces on earth, has held the 1.5 million civilians
captive within Gaza for years. Like the "dog
in the manger," Israel has also deprived these civilians
of the most basic necessities of life, such as food and water. Still
not satisfied with their under-reported, nearly black-out atrocities against
Palestinian civilians; not satisfied with the hunger, fear, malnutrition,
misery and slow death Israel has delivered to the Palestinians; not satisfied
with the Palestinian homes, lands and orchards Israel has already stolen
from rightful Palestinian owners, the Israeli interlopers have now ordered
their massive military to bomb Gaza neighborhoods in a ferocious air attack
that has reportedly killed hundreds of civilians.
- Israel justifies this latest brutality by
claiming that they cannot "tolerate" the homemade, sugar-propelled
Qassam projectiles fired out of Gaza toward Israeli "settlements"
such as Sderot. The fact, however, is that the Qassam projectiles
rarely hit anything other than desert sand as was even noted by Israeli
Defense Minister, Yaakov Toran. He stated, "We need to
remember that Qassams are more a psychological than physical threat."
- Sderot is located upon the ashes of the former
Palestinian village of Nadj. According to a book
by Dr. Walid Khalidi, ("All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages
Occupied and Depopulated By Israel in 1948") the Palestinian inhabitants
of Nadj were driven out of their village when this village was ethnically
cleansed by Israeli settlers in 1948. Nadj is but one of at
least 418 Palestinian villages that were ethnically cleansed by Israeli
"settlers" who invaded Palestine from other countries
and claimed ownership of the country.
- It is in sifting through these ashes of Nadj that
we can begin to see a hint of the true reason behind the Israeli overkill,
the Israeli frantic and brutal rage, and the Israeli racial violence against
the Palestinians. Many are surprised to learn that the Palestinians
are people who are without an organized military, without aircraft, without
tanks and without sophisticated weapons with which to protect themselves
and their loved ones from the genocidal Israeli military. Many
are surprised to learn that like the American Indians, the Palestinians
are refugees in their own country. The reason for the brutal
rage against the Palestinians is rooted in international laws regarding
the Right of Return of refugees to their homes. According to
these laws, the Palestinian refugees must be permitted to return to their
own ancestral lands or be compensated justly for what has been taken from
them by Israeli forces. The simple truth is that Israel, with its
ever-mutating Swiss cheese borders, cannot remain in existence if this
international law is enforced.
- Today, the scene in Gaza can only be described
as horrifying as Israeli air strikes on the unprotected Gaza civilians
have resulted in decapitations and amputations, hospitals overflowing with
wounded, black smoke, screams and wailing from those who have seen too
much and lost too much, and limbs, flesh and blood scattered throughout
bombed-out neighborhoods. This is "home" if one lives
in Gaza and is forced to exist under the jackboots and gloved
fists of the Israeli military.
- In the meantime, Israel's Foreign Minister,
Tzipi Livni, who is perhaps the Israeli equivalent of a "hard-hearted
Barbara Allen," has defended her "country" (which is still
spreading like buckshot wounds throughout stolen Palestinian lands). She
is the current mouthpiece asking, as Israel has always asked
for the past 60 years, for international sympathy and support of its barbarian
brutality. Israel is pretending to be the "victim"
yet again while orchestrating another bloodbath.
- Perhaps it is time for the international community
to finally show some sympathy and support for the limbless corpses and
ashes Israel has again left lying throughout the civilian neighborhoods
in Palestine that it continues to ethnically cleanse.
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- Mary Sparrowdancer is an independent journalist, a columnist
for Rense.com and occasional assistant producer for Rense radio. She
is an internationally published author, and the author of a bestselling
book, The Love Song. She was formerly of the Jewish faith before
becoming a free thinker. While a member of Judaism, she was
sent to Hebrew school by her rabbi, where she learned to read and write
- Yaakov Toran, Defense Ministry, statement about Qassams.