Wednesday, January 14, 2009

GAZA: More facts omitted from the media conscience

I came across this article via
Time's short so I have cropped out the rhetoric and just present a summary of facts:

"[...]on the Israeli website, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website[:]
  • Israel broke the ceasefire by going into the Gaza and killing six or seven Palestinian militants. At that point—quoting the official Israeli website—Hamas retaliated or, in retaliation for the Israeli attack, then launched the missiles."
  • According to Ha’aretz, Defense Minister Barak began plans for this invasion before the ceasefire even began. In fact, according to yesterday’s Ha’aretz, the plans for the invasion began in March.
Israel doesn’t want Gaza to develop, and Israel doesn’t want to resolve diplomatically the conflict,
  • both the leadership in Damascus and the leadership in the Gaza have repeatedly made statements they’re willing to settle the conflict in the June 1967 border.
Every year, the United Nations General Assembly votes on a resolution entitled “Peaceful Settlement of the Palestine Question.” And every year the vote is the same:
it’s the whole world on one side; Israel, the United States and some South Sea atolls and Australia on the other side.
  • The vote this past year was 164-to-7.
  • Every year since 1989—in 1989, the vote was 151-to-3
  • All twenty-two members of the Arab League, favoring a two-state settlement on the June 1967 border.
  • The Palestinian Authority favoring that two-state settlement on the June 1967 border.
  • Hamas favoring that two-state settlement on the June 1967 border.
  • The one and only obstacle is Israel, backed by the United States. That’s the problem.
the record shows that
Hamas wanted to continue the ceasefire, but only on condition that Israel eases the blockade.
  • Long before Hamas began the retaliatory rocket attacks on Israel, Palestinians were facing a humanitarian crisis in Gaza because of the blockade.
  • The former High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, described what was going on in Gaza [during the ceasefire] as a destruction of a civilization.
The record shows that in every crucial issue raised at
  • Camp David,
  • then under the Clinton parameters,
  • and then in Taba,
all the concessions came from the Palestinians. The Palestinians have repeatedly expressed a willingness to settle the conflict in accordance with international law.

The law is very clear.
July 2004, the highest judicial body in the world, the International Court of Justice, ruled
  • Israel has no title to any of the West Bank and any of Gaza.
  • They have no title to Jerusalem.
  • Arab East Jerusalem, according to the highest judicial body in the world, is occupied Palestinian territory.
  • the settlements, all the settlements in the West Bank, are illegal under international law.
[...] Read the rest of Finkelstein's article


an average patriot said...

Hi Naj
This is our fault as far as I am concerned! We did this by moving palestinians and giving the space to form Israel. There will be no peace now period!
You know I keep saying the original reason for attaking Iraq was to help Israel with their "peace" buffer and to establish a nmew middle east order.
Gaza seems to be the excuse to drag Iran to war that you know we can not afford but the dumbasses have done everything to look for an excuse!
Iran and Syria do not want Hamas to stop and Bin Laden wants a Jihad! This as I have been saying for years now will only end one way and no one will like it.
By the way nice to hear from you always a pleasure to hear you!

Naj said...

Hi Jim

Nice to hear from you too.

I reject the notion that Hamas is run by Iran or Syria. Hamas is a Palestinian resistance organization; and they have their cause to fight for.

Iran ans Syria will perhaps give them aid if they need/ask; but it is unfair to assume Palestinians do not know what is best for them, themselves and to assume they take orders from Iran or Syria.

And in this round, Iranian supreme leader has been explicit that:"our hearts go to Palestine, but we cannot lend them a hand."

Yes they have sent aid (food and medicine) that was due to arrive in egypt a couple of days ago. But they have also prevented the horde of Iranian "jihadists" who flooded the airport hoping to be flown to Palestine to fight!

so Israel has to try REALLY hard and lie really big (which is what they do best) to get Iran involved. Same for Syria. You haven't heard anything fired from Syria to Israel, have you?!

What I find concerning is that the "peace voices" like yourself take up some propaganda thread that is woven by the Zionist machinery: "Iran and Syria don't want Hamas to stop". Who the hell cares what Iran and Sria want? If you were a Palestinian in Gaza, starved to death, bombarded daily, discriminated against year after year, would you be thinking: "let me see what Iran and Syria want?"

I'd argue that in this particular care Iran WANTS Hamas to stop; because this is NOT in Iran's interest. Iran wants to make amends with the US ... read the other post Iran-obama trap.

an average patriot said...

Strange for me I know but with Obama I now have hope for the future! He has already made a difference in Iraq and the middle east. Israel and Hamas have found common ground. There is now hope!