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jews on gaza: like ‘shooting fish ina barrell’

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January 2, 2009

Imagine life under these conditions: Living in limbo under a foreign occupier. Having no self-determination, no right of return, and no power over your daily life. Being in constant fear, economically strangled, and collectively punished.

Having your free movement denied by enclosed population centers, closed borders, regular curfews, roadblocks, checkpoints, electric fences, and separation walls. Having your homes regularly demolished and land systematically stolen to build settlements for encroachers in violation of international law prohibiting an occupier from settling its population on conquered land.

Having your right to essential services denied – to emergency health care, education, employment, and enough food and clean water. Being forced into extreme poverty, having your crops destroyed, and being victimized by punitive taxes. Having no right for redress in the occupier’s courts under laws only protecting the occupier.

Being regularly targeted by incursions and attacks on the ground and from the air. Being willfully harassed, ethnically cleansed, arrested, incarcerated, tortured, and slaughtered on any pretext, including for your right of self-defense. Having no rights on your own land in your own country for over six decades and counting. Vilified for being Muslims and called terrorists, Jihadists, crazed Arabs, and fundamentalist extremists. Victimized by a slow-motion genocide to destroy you.

According to Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, Israel has conducted state-sponsored genocide against the Palestinians for decades and intensively in Gaza. In a September 2006 Electronic Intifada article titled “Genocide in Gaza” he wrote:

“A genocide is taking place in Gaza….An average of eight Palestinians die daily in the Israeli attacks on the Strip. Most of them are children. Hundreds are maimed, wounded and paralyzed. (It’s become) a daily business, now reported (only) in the internal pages of the local press, quite often in microscopic fonts. The chief culprits are the Israeli pilots who have a field day,” like shooting fish in a barrel. Why not, they’re only Muslims, so who’ll notice or care.

International law expert Francis Boyle does and in March 1998 proposed that “the Provisional Government of (Palestine) and its President institute legal proceedings against Israel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague for violating the” Genocide Convention. He stated that “Israel has indeed perpetrated the international crime of genocide against the Palestinian people (and the) lawsuit would….demonstrate that undeniable fact to the entire world.”

Israel is a serial human rights international law abuser. The UN Human Rights Commission affirms that it violates nearly all 149 articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention that governs the treatment of civilians in war and under occupation and is guilty of grievous war crimes. The Commission also determined that as an occupying power Israel has committed crimes against humanity as defined under the 1945 Nuremberg Charter.

Geneva, Nuremberg and other international human rights laws guarantee what Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: that everyone “has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” Article 6 (1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights also affirms it in saying that every “human being has the inherent right to life.” Official Israeli policy is to deny it to Palestinians under occupation, especially Gazans under siege.

12 Responses to jews on gaza: like ‘shooting fish ina barrell’

  1. hmpierson

    January 2, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    The title of this article is “jews on Gaza”

    Please tell me what qualifies the author to represent himself as a voice of the “jews”

    The objectivity of the author is perhaps best represented by the following quote:

    ” The chief culprits are the Israeli pilots who have a field day,” like shooting fish in a barrel. Why not, they’re only Muslims, so who’ll notice or care. ”

    Any idiot knows with the firepower available to the Israeli pilots, they could easily push the number of deaths into the many thousands if only one pilot held these sentiments. Yet even the most aggressive casualty count puts the number of civilian deaths at 1/4 of the 400.

    Furthermore, what source does the author cite for that quote, other than his overactive imagination?

    As for:

    “Geneva, Nuremberg and other international human rights laws guarantee what Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: that everyone “has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”

    Unless of course they have the misfortune to be on the receiving end of Palestinian missiles. Also, see:

    http://www.pmw.org.il/tv%20part1.html

    for a better understanding of how the Palestinians value the notion that everyone “has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”

    As for the rest related to the UN, what do you expect from an institution whose Human Rights are has only Israel scheduled for human rights abuse, while failing to even censure Sudan. But then why would this be a surprise? Sudan, China, etc head the committee. And with 1/3 of the members of the UN Muslim nations, most of them refusing to recognize the existence of Israel, one can safely assume Israel is going to get a fair hearing at the UN, right?

    The biggest problem with this article is the author overlooks a very basic, important point – no Palestinian missles, no Israeli response. If you repeatedly shoot at cars on the highway, the police will do whatever it takes to take you down. The fact that you almost always miss will not save you, it only highlights what an idiotic pursuit it is.

    Furthermore, the people of Gaza voted in the Hamas government. These makes these rockets state sponsored terrorism.

    In sum, this article is typical left wing mindless blather, totally without balance or perspective. The Palestinians could choose life over death, instead, when the Israelis evacuated Gaza, the Gazans destroyed the hothouses that were a major part of the Gazan economy, voted in the Hamas government, and dedicated their scarce resources to twisting Israel’s tail.

  2. GovtFlu

    January 2, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    “The biggest problem with this article is the author overlooks a very basic, important point – no Palestinian missles, no Israeli response.”

    Israel broke the cease fire first by killing 6 in Gaza.

    Hamas fires rockets after Israel kills six in Gaza

    “Israeli army killed six people in the Gaza Strip in the first major exchange of fire since a truce took effect in June…”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/05/israelandthepalestinians-egypt

    If Israel hadn’t killed 6 people, no rockets?

    Long before that however Israel starved / denied enough Palestinians, and bulldozed enough houses, to warrant some pay back. No population subjected to what the Palestinians have endured would stand by and do nothing.

    And in all out kill or be killed war, since most every Israeli citizen must serve in the armed forces and many are reserves.. many civilians are military assets. One point of war is to degenerate the other guys ability to fight by killing military people and breaking stuff. Maybe Israel shouldn’t mix military assets with civilians?

    Yet its Hamas that gets accused of “hiding” among civilians, when they are basically a political party made up of the people who voted them into power. They have a military wing, and collect the garbage, feed & house people, keep the toilets flushing / water running, build schools.. the idea Hamas is only a ‘terrorist’ group is nothing but propaganda for US sheep consumption and soundly rejected by the people who voted them into power.

    Either way I could care less if they both wipe eachother out, Israel has been kept alive by massive US support (weapons & cash hand-outs), otherwise the locals would have kicked their ass long ago… which would be fine with me. Give all that land back to Egypt.. it wasn’t a drama cancer when they owned it.

  3. johnj

    January 2, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    you need to re-read my post.I dont know what you dont understand. The fierce aggression and ‘response’ as you call it, to a few missiles which were in’response’ to denial of food, water, medicine, red cross access,basics, etc., and is way horribly out of proportion to anything the Gaza residents could do. What Israel is doing is slaughtering ‘fish in a barrell’. It is just plain evil.All GAza borders should be open, accessible, and residents should be free to go and come. They have democratically elected their leaders. Just because the Israeli’s dont like the elect,is not a good reason to annhilate Gaza residents. Wait, oh thats right, yes it is, that is what we do,i.e. Iraq,etc.,i.e. time for a’regime change’

  4. hmpierson

    January 2, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    You need to re-read the history of the past 6 months. As I posted just above, Hamas has been breaking the truce within days of its initiation.

    Hamas used the “truce” to smuggle in rockets that are now reaching halfway across Israel. Just as the Israeli evacuation from Gaza only meant that rockets could then be fired with impunity, “open borders” would lead to an even more massive escalation of hostilities. The Gazans have already demonstrated how they respond to Israeli attempts to lower hostilities.

    You make up quotes (about fictional Israeli pilots), represent yourself as an authority, and have no perspective whatsoever (for example, the fact that Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by most of the world for good reason, is committed to the destruction of the State of Israel, doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, doesn’t recognize prior agreements, is still holding Shalit despite the requirement in 2006 that he be turned over etc etc).

    Regarding perspective, what other nation drops leaflets and calls on the phone to tell civilians to get away from targets. When Hamas responded by rallying civilians to go to the roofs of those targets (look it up), the Israelis had a “dilemma” and didn’t attack them.

    I love the comparisons of Israel to “its Nazi masters.” I can just imagine the Nazi response to this tactic.

    You have no perspective. Look at what the U.S. did in Fallujah, with absolute indiscriminate artillery and bombing, killing thousands. AND WE HAVE NEVER BEEN ATTACKED EVEN ONCE BY IRAQ, nor did they present the remotest threat to us, whereas the Palestinians ARE COMMITTED TO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

    “While pre-offensive inhabitant figures are unreliable, the nominal population was assumed to have been 200,000–350,000. One report claims that both offensives, Operation Vigilant Resolve and Operation Phantom Fury, created 200,000 internally displaced persons who are still living elsewhere in Iraq.[19] Reports claim that up to 6000 CIVILIANS DIED throughout the operation.[20] While damage to mosques was heavy, Coalition forces reported that 66 out of the city’s 133 mosques had been found to be holding significant amounts of insurgent weapons[21].”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_Fallujah

    The Israelis are not perfect, but given they have an enemy committed to their extermination (whether that enemy is able to successfully carry it out or not), the Israeli response is far more moderate THAN ANY OTHER NATION ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

  5. johnj

    January 2, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    By the way, I am jewish. Being jewish does not mean that we all support what Israel is doing by any means.

  6. CheckerboardStrangler

    January 2, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I don’t wholeheartedly support everything Israel’s government does either John, but perhaps if something is done about
    Hamas’ stated goal of wiping Israel off the map we might talk.

    As bad as Israel’s actions seem to be, let’s compare this to having a neighbor who continually says to everyone in the block that he will not rest until your house is in flames with your rotting corpse inside.

    Okay, maybe the first year this neighbor poisons your dog.
    Pretty bad, unforgivable even, but you learn to move on.
    As the years go by however, you start finding things like live blasting caps under the welcome mat on your doorstep and arsenic in your food.
    A little worse.
    Then, the next year, and your neighbor, who has stepped up his calls for your demise with large placards on his lawn, is now firing incendiary devices at your house openly.

    Due to his incompetence, most of them hit the lawn but you’ve had a few moments where you had to get out the garden hose and even a moment where you had to call the Fire Dept.
    But you saved your house.

    Meanwhile, the police have flatly stated that they have to eyewitness your neighbor in the act before they do anything.

    Next, you catch your neighbor IN YOUR HOUSE.
    Since you don’t live in Texas you must retreat before using any force against him.
    You manage to throw him out, but as you do, he again screams to anyone in earshot that he will not rest until you are in your grave by his hands.

    And he starts up again with the incendiary devices.

    How long before you march into his backyard and start firing in response?

    How long before you simply break down his door and saw him in half?

  7. adamrussell

    January 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    1. Israel hasnt been occupying Gaza since the last peace accord was signed.
    2. Israel was not blockading Egypt or the UN from supplying Gaza.
    3. Gaza elected Hamas. This was allowed, so I dont see how can honestly claim they had no right to self determination.

    Be honest.

  8. pstern

    January 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Being American does NOT mean that all Americans have supported the Bush administration.

    Also, just because you are Jewish does NOT mean that you comprehend significantly the issues in the Middle East.

    I suggest you read my recent article on this blog titled, “Biblical Plague: Arabs vs. Jews, Jews vs. Arabs in the Promised Land” just for a different perspective.

    Both Israelis and Arabs are equally guilty for the attrocities perpetrated in the name of their religions, cultures and geographical imperatives.

  9. palestinereview

    January 2, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Those perpetrating the massacre in Gaza are ZIONISTS.

    The Zionists have been carrying out ethnic cleansing since the Nakba in 1948, and the recent massacres are just another day at the office for them.

    All the Zionists can mumble is: “They (the Palestinians)made us do it.”

    The Palestine Review
    http://palestinereview.com

  10. adamrussell

    January 2, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    “War is hell”
    William Tecumseh Sherman

  11. hmpierson

    January 2, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    LOL, Hamas was breaking the truce when it was less than one week old.

    http://www.nysun.com/foreign/gaza-rockets-again-break-hamas-truce-pledge/80769/

    “Gaza Rockets Again Break Hamas Truce Pledge
    By MARK LAVIE, Associated Press | June 26, 2008

    JERUSALEM � Gaza militants fired two rockets into southern Israel today, further straining a shaky, week-old truce as Israel kept vital Gaza border crossings closed in response.

    The rocket attack, the second since the cease-fire took effect, led to a call for retaliation by Israel’s Foreign Minister while Palestinian Arabs charged that the continued closure of crossings violated terms of the cease-fire.

    Despite the breach, Israel dispatched an envoy to Egypt in hopes of negotiating a prisoner swap with Gaza’s ruling Islamic Hamas.”

    ****************************************************

    Hamas fired rockets continuously during the “truce,” when it reached a point that the Israelis could no longer tolerate (4.5 months into the truce) they responded (Nov 5).

    Of course, you probably missed all the Hamas truce violations, because dog bites man doesn’t get the same press coverage

  12. CheckerboardStrangler

    January 3, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Elsewhere on this site it is being mentioned that Syria is secretly conducting peace negotiations with Israel.
    If Syria can acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, I think Hamas can do so as well.

    But then again what would that do to them?
    Clearly, without a mandate to exterminate Israel, what is the future of a group like HAMAS?