Thursday, June 29, 2006

I Am Hungry

I've been reading the BBC website comments about Palestine and Israel. It is so sad to witness the polarised views banging back and forth; but the media and government bias is clearly and with very few exceptions pro-Israel. The sign on his belly reads: I am hungry.

These people are already denied international aid, and the taxes they are due, because they dared to elect Hamas - which means doctors nurses and teachers go unpaid, and families everywhere are hungry. Now the power is turned off, after the Israelis destroyed the electrical infrastructure, so that 60% of Gaza is without power, and the fuel supply has been cut off, which means water will not be pumped, sewage will not be processed.

This is collective punishment of the kind witnessed by Europeans under the heel of the Gestapo. It never ceases to amaze me that the people who suffered most under Nazism are the most active modern proponents of its methods. As Peter Ustinov once said, the Jews were the first victims of the Nazis, the Palestinians the last. Do you remember that only a couple of weeks ago, an entire Palestinian family was shelled to death on a beach? No matter the denials, as all the forensic evidence showed, it was certainly a shell fired from an Israeli gunboat.

What many people fail to realise is that the war inflicted upon Palestine is constant, and that with or without the kidnappings of uniformed soldiers, there are daily incarcerations, sonic booms overhead, and the bullets and the shells never cease to rain down on this trapped population.

Read also: The Violinist
Palestinian Boy Aged 10 Shot in Street
Europe Steps In To Aid Palestine
Make the World a Better Place (Richard Silverstein)

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At 11:42 PM, Blogger Richard quoth...

Thanks for the link to my blog & for yr recent comments there. I appreciate yr support for my perspective. THings are just horrid now. Let's hope that somehow both sides can pull out of this tragic death grip w/o spilling much more innocent blood than has already been splilt.

I was just visiting Raising Yousouf, a Palestinian blog, & the vile stuff being spewn back & forth in the comment thread from hardline pro-Israelis extremists & their Palestinian/Arab respondents was incredibly disheartening, but of course totally to be expected given how bad things are now.

At 11:45 PM, Blogger Richard quoth...

BTW, I have a world music mp3 blog included within my larger blog. If you like world music I hope you'll give a listen.

At 4:46 AM, Blogger Indigobusiness quoth...

War is truly Hell.

Where are the blessed peacemakers?

At 12:23 PM, Blogger China Blue quoth...

I agree about the media bias - it's clear we are being told who the good/bad guys are, when the truth is, there is no such thing. It's an endless cycle of tit-for-tat that has been going on since Biblical times - what can you do when both sides believe they are right?


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