257 Palestinian children killed in Gaza

 

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And we sit by meanwhile, accepting the media’s line that this is a war against Hamas. 257 children slaughtered in less than two weeks. This is a war on people, innocent people and it’s up to us to demand that it end now! 

 

UN: 257 Palestinian children killed in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Tiny bodies lying side by side wrapped in white burial shrouds. The cherubic face of a dead preschooler sticking up from the rubble of her home. A man cradling a wounded boy in a chaotic emergency room after Israel shelled a U.N. school.

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Following Gaza, the real story…

Many people have been asking me good places to follow events in Gaza other than the mainstream press, which it seems many are upset with these days. Makes sense, 700+ Palestinians killed, 5 Israelis and they’re still trying to blame Hamas for everything and make it seem that the rockets and the fight are somewhat equal! F-16s vs homemade rockets… equal? 

electronicintifada.net – the site which I am assistant editor of. We publish opeds, first-person accounts (many from people on the ground in Gaza), releases from human rights orgs, and other reports from an independent perspective about the conflict in Palestine. 

angryarab.blogspot.com  – blog run by Lebanese-American professor, As’ad AbuKhalil in California. He is great at exposing the bias of the western media, especially the new york times. 

english.aljazeera.net – The largest and oldest Arabic satellite channel’s English news site. An alternative to sites like CNN or BBC which I DO NOT recommend.  

I will keep the list brief for now. And there is a lot on those sites to read through each day.

Resisting to protect our own

This is an excellent piece that I think expresses the feelings of many Palestinians right now. 

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10117.shtml

Safa Joudeh writing from the occupied Gaza Strip, Live from Palestine, 5 January 2009

For the past few days we have seen over 10 mosques, holy places of worship, bombed, frequently while people were praying inside. We have seen children being pulled out from under the rubble who looked like there was not a single bone unbroken in their small bodies. We have seen hospitals overflowing with bloody corpses and people taking their last breaths. We have seen friends on television being resuscitated at sites of Israeli air raids. We have seen entire families swept off the face of the earth in one blow, and we have seen our streets, homes, neighborhoods become unrecognizable ruins from the amount of destruction.

And yet Israel continues to blatantly and insistently affirm that the offensive is not aimed at the civilians and that it’s war against the political and military wings of Hamas. Meanwhile we, the people of Gaza, are collectively experiencing a kind of terror and violence that no human being should ever endure. One almost begins to suspect that the Israeli war forces are acting on a delusion that they have created and come to believe.

Israel has come into our homes, is fighting us in our streets and is expressing its brutality against us in full force. How are we supposed to react?

All Palestinian factions have united and are out facing the enemy, using all of their military capabilities that they collectively have. Although these capabilities are incomparable to the military strength exerted by Israel, yet it has made us more certain than ever that Palestinians will fight to the very end to protect their own. It has shown us that resistance, courage and love are an integral part of the Palestinian identity that will never change despite all the hardships we endure. It has given us a moral boost, which comes at a time when we need it most.

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CNN is crap, absolute crap

They are so quick to use footage from Arabic agencies or satellite channels to show speeches by Arab leaders or other images that fit their agenda, but it is impossible to find any of the great Ramattan footage of children being treated on the floors of hospitals due to a lack of beds! This is an outrage! This is not a war on Hamas, this is a war on all 1.5 million people in Gaza. Hamas is no more religioulsly fanatic than the Zionist movement, but of course there is no background of Zionism offered. They are quick to go back decades to inofrm us that Hamas was born from the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, but why can’t they tell us the history of Zionism as a movement to create a Jewish state in a land inhabited by non-Jews. I would love to know what that is all about. 

The Western Media is disgusting in their biased coverage. “Objectivity” is a joke.

Israel troops enter Gaza

What bravery, after bombing Gaza for a week by air with absolutely no worry of their planes being hit, Israel has entered Gaza with their troops. As they did in Lebanon, Israel seems to act before thinking. Hamas is certainly not the force that Hizballah is, but they still are a force. And if Israel wishes to “eliminate” them, it will not be quick. And we can be sure that people will resist, again, as they always have, this foreign invasion of their land. Meanwhile, the world sleeps at night telling itself that these massacres and invasions and bombings are justified to remove the “terrorists.”

Photos from around the world in support of Gaza:

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10101.shtml

Protests directed against Egypt

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While making it perfectly clear that the bombs falling on Gaza are made in the US and used by Israel, many in the Arab world and elsewhere are directing their frustration towards Egypt for its complicity in the ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza. Protests have been organized outside Egyptian embassies across the region, including this one today in Beirut. 

Reports about protests in Egypt are nearly impossible to find in the international media, like I bet they are impossible to find in the Egyptian press. Non state controlled papers like al-Badeel, have been targeted during the protests against the recent attacks. Journalists from the paper have been arrested in at least a couple cities around the country. Mubarak, already unpopular among Egyptians, is becoming increasingly unpopular for his continued friendship with Israel that began with his predecessor’s “peace deal” with Israel nearly three decades ago.

CNN on the massacres

It is amazing watching CNN and Al Jazeera Arabic in their coverage of this conflict.I watched 20 minutes of CNN where they covered extensively Palestinian rocket strikes into southern Israel. Families were shown fleeing the rocket attacks, old women crying, medical crews were stressed from the non-stop scurrying from one place to another. They then cut to a program about Hamas done before the attacks started where the fighters were shown masked and training for a possible ground invasion against Israel. One who sees this program with no context would think, poor Israelis suffering from the terrorist attacks of these masked Islamists. The almost 400 Palestinians killed are nothing but a number.

CNN, and other major media have been prevented by Israel from entering Gaza. This works out well for them since they can use it as an excuse for why they have no coverage of the attacks from a Palestinian perspective. Even though there are Palestinian news agencies, like Ramattan, in Gaza who are able to provide footage from the attacks in Gaza. To be fair, CNN has shown some of Ramattan’s footage, but I found when watching that it was impossible to identify and sympathize with the Palestinians under attack like it was with the Israelis.

This is not an even fight. Gazans have been under siege for a year and a half. Hundreds of people have died because Israel (and Egypt under Israel’s orders) have closed the borders and not allowed the sick to leave to receive proper medical treatment. People in recent months have had to dig through the trash in order to feed their families. There is no electricity for most of the day. And despite all this, Israel has launched a war against a defenseless people in the prison that is Gaza.

This is the biggest injustice of at least my lifetime, if not the biggest since WWII. History will recognize it as such, it must. And we will see that the media was part of the reason why the world sat by silent to the massacring of civilians.

Mark Regev, spokesman for the Israeli prime minister, said on CNN just now that Israel does not want a “band-aid solution” to the conflict. Meanwhile, Al Jazera is showing what this “band-aid solution” means with images of dozens of children being buried in the Gaza Strip.

Massacres in Gaza

In Israel they often count cases of “shock” in their injured from Palestinian homemade rocket attacks. I think I need to be treated for shock after watching footage of strikes on Gaza. CNN is talking about how Hamas infrastructures are mixed into civilian areas, and thus many civilians are among the dead. When the correspondent was asked what happened to the truce, she started off by saying that rockets were fired by Palestinians and then targeted strikes by Israel in Gaza. Someone should tell her that Israel, like it often does, used the distraction of the American elections on 4 November to strike Gaza.

I don’t know what to say. This is a massacre. Israel has starved Gazans, all of them, taken away their right to get medical care, cut off their electricity, forced them to dig through the trash for food, and now they are striking them with the best weaponry in the world. History will see this as the biggest injustice of this present time. And meanwhile we sit by.