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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Israel's brutality

The following message by Israeli peace group Gush Shalom appears in tomorrow's Haaretz:

When the Israeli settlers were removed from the Gaza Strip, the soldiers behaved with "sensitivity and determination". They wept and embraced, and did not hurt even those who poured acid on them from the roof of Kfar Darom.

This week, when Palestinian youngsters and children threw stones at a tank, it opened fire with live ammunition, killing another victim on the blood-soaked soil of Gaza, just a moment before the final evacuation.

Israel is disengaging from the occupation regime in Gaza. But we have not even begun to disengage ourselves from the mentality of the occupier, who is trampling on the occupied.

4 Comments:

Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

They were throwing stones. At an armoured vehicle.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:11:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Yep, never forget. One rule for Jews, another for Arabs and Palestinians. Yep, a democracy is born.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:22:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Sorry, but what the hell is the point here? They. Were. Throwing. Stones. At. Tanks. And the tank responded in kind.

Add that to some other "known knowns" as Rumsfeld would say:

* Israelis, according to every Palestinian and their pal, are a bunch of trigger-happy Zio-monsters just looking for an excuse to off innocent Arab kiddies;
* In terms of being some sort of effective political 'resistance' or 'dissent', what the hell is the point of chucking rocks at tanks and guys with guns, save for martyrdom?

I'll agree that, solely on the basis of what you write (and excusing your purple prose about the 'blood-soaked soil of Gaza), the actions of the Israeli soldiers were over-the-top. But I also can't help figuring that this is part of a larger martyr complex within the very sick and disturbed Palestinian culture, such as it is.

(Also, if Gaza's soil is 'bload-soaked', it's much more due to internal political battles, honour killings, snap executions of suspected informants, etc.)

Thursday, September 08, 2005 2:08:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Shab, you call a tank firing upon and killing children "over-the-top". I see. Is it ok to kill Palestinian kids?

What's occurred here - what you call "over-the-top" - would, in any other part of the world, be considered a heinous crime.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 3:43:00 pm  

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