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Analysis: Mercy of Israeli occupation at work in Gaza
Published Tuesday 29/07/2014 (updated) 03/08/2014 10:23
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Palestinian women struggle to take in the destruction in the Beit
Hanoun area of Gaza during an humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014
(AFP Marco Longari)

Nadia Naser-Najjab has a PhD in Middle East Studies, and is an Associate Research Fellow at the European Center of Palestine Studies-Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter focusing on Palestine and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

In the midst of the ongoing onslaught against Gaza -- which has resulted in the deaths of more than 1,200 Palestinians and the wiping out of entire families -- Israel has at times been accused of targeting civilians.

The Israeli armed forces, however, have made much of their "humanitarian" credentials and concern for civilian life, claims which have been most notably exemplified in the argument that they warn civilians of an impending attack through a "knock" -- whether through the firing of a non-explosive projectile at the roof, or through a phone call or text message.

The notion that these warnings are somehow "humanitarian gestures" says much about the extent to which Palestinians have been subject to extensive dehumanization. On the basis of the military's own proud proclamation of this policy you could be forgiven for forming the impression that the residents of Gaza should be grateful to Israel for giving them advance warning of the obliteration of their own homes.

But are these "warned" families even able to escape unharmed?

In order to grasp the extent to which the open celebration of this policy represents a fundamental perversion, we must engage with the most basic precondition of humanitarianism and imagine the position of Gazans.

For a minute, put yourself in the shoes of the Gazans who receive these warnings.

You have just received notice that your home is to be obliterated in a matter of moments. Look around you -- how would you react?

All around you there are things that you need and things which are essential to your life: Where can you go without a passport? What if your employer asks you for your birth certificate? And then there are things which are personal to you: your wedding photograph, a photograph from a now distant childhood, a gift from a friend, your child's graduation pictures. How could you possibly choose? On what basis would you decide what is worth more to you?

You would want to be sure that you left nothing valuable behind, so you would run through the house, aware that you only have a few moments to find what is most valuable to you. You would perhaps tell yourself to focus on the task before you as you empty bags and hurl your clothes and personal belongings across the room; surely you will stop only to take the bare essentials?

It can all be replaced, you tell yourself.

But there is something that cannot be replaced -- the personal significance of the objects which you leave behind: the small things you hoped to hand onto your own children, the heirlooms which your own parents had passed onto you. Perhaps your hands will pass over these objects in a fleeting moment, a final farewell to a past you must now leave behind. Only afterwards will you realize just how much of yourself has been left behind.

Even the closeness of the moment fails to fully concentrate your mind: who can be entirely practical at times like this? Your hands knock jars off the shelves, and stupidly clutch at useless cooking utensils. You enter the bathroom and grasp at a towel and toothbrush.

Momentarily your mind snaps back to reality: a holiday? Is that where you think you are going? Chiding yourself, you run back into the living room, stopping by a chair -- again your senses snap you back, reprimanding your utter absurdity: do you really think you can take a chair with you?

Suddenly you awake, as if from a dream. Was it three minutes or 56 seconds? Who can be sure? It's not as if you can ask the person with their finger on the trigger when you will die. You grab what is most valuable to you, what you could never imagine leaving behind.

In a split second you take your children's hands and run from the house, leaving everything else behind you, knowing that you will never return and facing the unknown.

No wonder we hear the Gazans who survive talk about the slow death they experience.

The views expressed in this article are the author's and do not necessarily reflect Ma'an News Agency's editorial policy.
1 ) David / USA
29/07/2014 19:09
This was an avoidable tragedy. The people of Gaza COULD have demanded their elected government STOP attacking Israel. They didn't. The NEWS MEDIA COULD have demanded Hamas stop its homicidal attacks on Israel, but they didn't. The other Muslim countries COULD have offered carrots to Hamas and Gaza IF they stopped attacking Israel, but they didn't. Now Israel is attacking Hamas to put an end to their attacks. NOBODY has any right to tell them to stop. You were silent then, be silent now.

2 ) GUY / USA
29/07/2014 19:11
better a warning than none at all. besides it would help if hamas doesn't FORCE people to go to their rooftops, after being warned.

3 ) izzy / usa
29/07/2014 19:12
this is like a edgar allan poe story.

4 ) David / USA
29/07/2014 19:19
After having "put yourself in the shoes of the Gazans who receive these warnings", try putting yourself in the shoes of the Israelis who receive NO warnings from the Hamas terrorists that rockets are being fired at innocent Israeli civilians. They may have only 15 seconds warning from Israeli sirens that rockets fired from Gaza are already in flight toward them.

5 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
29/07/2014 20:40
If you build a military infrastructure in a civilian area to better kill Israelis, and then use it, expect someone to attack the military infrastructure with all the death and destruction which will inevitably occur. If Gaza did not want the death and destruction on its side, it should not have attacked Israel. If you want more death and destruction keep shooting at Israel. But please no more crocodile tears.

6 ) IBS / UK
29/07/2014 20:55
It's sad. very sad. But this is a war. When Hamas decides to start this escalation or to reject every proposal for a ceasefire, they should have known that they put their own people in this situation. You can't go into a war and then complain that it makes you suffer. The Palestinians should decide whether they want to achieve their goals by war or by diplomacy. If you chose war this is what you get. If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Sorry, but Abbas' way is more reasonable...

7 ) Antons Arzse / Austria
29/07/2014 20:59
Naser-Najjab mentions the IDF, but not one word of the cause of the conflict. Namely the the Hamas’ military wing al-Qassam Brigades and other renegade radical Islamic Jihadist terrorist organisations, the al-Quds Brigades military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees and the al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades. Carefully cosseted sheltered in their underground air-con bunkers, with food, medical supplies,blankets, water and fuel for their electric supply at the Arab's expense above ground.

8 ) Humphrey Sunnington-Brydon / UK
29/07/2014 21:23
"We know that Hamas uses human shields. But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?" – Reporter covering the war, who asked not to be identified* *”How the media is helping Hamas” by Basam Tawil, The Gatestone Institute, July 27, 2014.

9 ) indcatholicnews.com (1) / Gaza
29/07/2014 21:39
The Holy Family Latin Church in Gaza has just received an evacuation order warning them that Israei is planning to bomb their neighbourhood tonight. In a message, a priest writes: "The church of Gaza has received an order to evacuate.. they will bomb the Zeitun area & the people are already fleeing. The problem is that the priest Fr George & the three nuns of Mother Teresa have 29 handicapped children and nine old ladies who can't move. "How will they manage to leave?? If anyone can intercede

10 ) indcatholicnews.com (2) / Gaza
29/07/2014 21:43
with someone in power, and pray, please do it. We are trying.. may our impotence be taken up by his Omnipotence!!" The House of Christ in Gaza, is a care home dedicated to looking after disabled children. The disabled children were removed from the care home into the Holy Family Church recently because Israel was targeting the area. The parish appeal for prayers. MAY GOD HELP THESE POOR SOULS IN THEIR TIME OF DISTRESS & MAY HE HELP ALL OF THE POOR SOULS IN GAZA.

11 ) Oz / Israel
29/07/2014 23:32
Hello Nadia. I understand your point of view, but.. Did Hamas gives warning about there attacks before they fire missiles at our home?!! I'm assure not! Never! In approximately 15 years we didn't get any warnings or mercy from them! Our blood is brighter?!! We don't have childrens?!! Tell me where you hear of a state that's under rockets fire or anything else for that manner that gives their enemies some kind of warnings?! If they do that to an arab nation they'll be finished within days!!!

12 ) Oz / Israel
29/07/2014 23:54
-> We're under fire before we started this operation, we gave on the media warnings about our intentions to act if they don't going to stop launching missiles! At first we give them 48 hours to stop.. And they continue afterwards gave additional 36 hours.. Did they stop?! No! We started giving warning to the population! They had time to evacuate to the south of the strip, and to take theirs belonging before! Hamas didn't let them leave! Warnings that be a trial for those who leave their homes!!

13 ) 1 / 2
30/07/2014 00:36
Oz.....end the occupation and this all would end. Yes, IL has a right to exist, but so does Palestine. This is a fact IL has to stop denying.

14 ) Robert in zio controlled USA / ZioUSA
30/07/2014 00:45
The Zionist David in the USA is right. This was an avoidable tragedy. The people of the USA COULD have demanded their elected government STOP funding the terrorist regime of Israel. They didn't. What a shameful thing it is to be an American now.

15 ) d'Arc - for David / USA
30/07/2014 01:07
Israelis have alert air raid sirens, and Iron Dome and bomb shelters. Israelis also have modern American made weapons systems with laser targeting and GPS, to assure that when Israelis target civilians and civilian assets, those things and people are hit and destroyed. You are blaming 10 and 12 year-olds and civilian parents for their government not having American designed equipment and safety.

16 ) some one / some where
30/07/2014 01:07
my dear Nadia Naser-Najjab please return your PHD back and go stay at home wash dishes and satisfy you master need this type of garbage you call analysis is worthless and i wonder if you have some one in your community you really can call analyst

17 ) Louis / Israel
30/07/2014 01:49
I hope that who ever is reviewing these comments won't be charged as a collaborator for Israel. I know the Israeli press allows anti Israel comments ,but I didn't expect to find the truth that I'm seeing here. In other words stop letting Hamas control you life. Get rid of the jihadis and let's get back to the life we had. I'll come to you for shrimp and you come to me to make a good living.except what we offer you for a state,because we're not leaving and you don't need to either.Seeing

18 ) Jeff / Australia
30/07/2014 02:18
Looks as if the kids paid by the IDF to comment on news stories are busy today. They seem to ignore the occupation, and seige entirely. They are the only ones that believe their crap.

19 ) Oz / Israel
30/07/2014 02:20
As a former Israeli infantry soldier I tell you that you'll don't know the truth about anything. In the internet and media you'll find alot of disinformation on both sides, I can tell you firsthand what's really going on. politics outside.. Live combat inside an urban areas is very complicated! Mistakes happen all the time even cross-fire between Israeli soldiers, we never hit civilian by intention! All the militant organizations spread among the population -->

20 ) Oz / Israel
30/07/2014 02:21
and takes control at private and public places such as: homes, schools, hospitals, and even mosques become a storages for weapons, ammunition, missiles, operations, radio equipmen etc'.. I'd seen it with my eyes! Believe it or not! I can continue on and on about all kinds of things I've seen. Hamas spreading through hatred and extreme sedition amongst the civilians, publicly: in kindergartens, schools, youth movements, media.. Etc'. They doing it officially and with pride! It's not a secret.

21 ) Oz / Israel
30/07/2014 02:22
Hamas using the support aid they getting from the: Arab-league, Iran, US and UN for development of weapons, training, and construct assault tunnels. Instead of giving aid for their own population! All for targeting Israeli citizens! When some of their leaders living in wealth abroad in 5 star hotels!! (Israel) on the other hand providing electricity, water and medical operations in Israeli hospitals! If you think I'm a layer.. Check it! If Fatah was in control maybe the siege be over

22 ) Oz / Israel
30/07/2014 02:24
doesn't know why applying siege at all?! Answer: dozens of suicide terrorists sent to explode among civilians in restaurants, busses and nightclubs. just because we can defend ourselves properly it doesn't means that we want all of this! Hamas dragged all of us to it! I believe there's a solution, we just need to find it! As an Israeli I can tell everyone that no one here love war! I also believe the majority of Muslims also want peace. We must refuse listen to the extremes on both side!

23 ) Oz / Israel
30/07/2014 02:25
I wish health, good life and prosperity for all the children of Gaza!! please stop supporting Hamas and it's militants!! Amen! Inshaalla!

24 ) Lez / New Zealand
30/07/2014 02:32
Why is Gaza Fighting Cos nobody is listening Israel acts like control freaks Gaza is like a Polish Ghetto from WWII Until somebody starts to listen This will just spiral out of control .A Positive attitude is needed Leadership from Israel is sadly lacking from a so called civilised country Until the voter changes your leader Tears will flow This is a land issue not a war Tackle the major issuses if you dare

25 ) Louis / Israel
30/07/2014 04:40
I guess I was wrong.not all comments are posted

26 ) Maureen / Australia
30/07/2014 06:47
# Hey David How about your Zionist puppet US government put themselves in the shoes of all the common folk who just happen to live on lands that are earmarked for invasion, theft and destruction! It would do the manufacturers of WMD to also walk in the shoes of those destined to be destroyed by the demonic weapons!

27 ) Sherri / Israel
30/07/2014 08:54
To the Catholic Father: Call UNRWA and let them know, ask for help in transferring your disabled and elderly. They have staff that can help you and it is their duty as an international organization serving the 'refugees' of Gaza to do so. Better that than to simply cooperate with Hamas, unwillingly or otherwise.

28 ) Observer / Europe
30/07/2014 10:17
@David and other Israelis here: I met several times on journeys people from "your" country. Most of them always behaved in a bad way. Noone really likes you. But that is another story. The basic problem will remain unsolved even if the israelis warmachine will succeed in destryoying Hamas: YOU all live on stolen land and you know it, even if your schools brainwash you and your spin doctors try to tell the western world the opposite. The palestinian question has to be solved before peace can be.

29 ) Rajiv / Egypt
30/07/2014 11:44
The gaza strip should ask Hamas to STOP attacking Israel , and no one will be harm. Why they letting THIER ELECTED leaders to continue a war that cause so much tragety and causulties ???
Gaza civilian should throw HAMAS who cause all this violance and dead!!!

30 ) Future / Maroco
30/07/2014 11:48
-Qassam Brigades and other renegade radical Islamic Jihadist terrorist organisations are generating only Death and ruins , Why Gaza civilian not push them out ?

31 ) Oz / Israel
30/07/2014 17:29
1/2- In the past not too long ago.. The palestinians had free pass to Israel. They worked, learned, trained and do shopping here! I remember as a child my father worked together with Palestinians! My mother had a lady friend named Hadija from jebalia! We used to have BBQ on weekends together!! Then the radicals start to use that free pass to send suicide terrorist against civilians in our cities!! That's why we blocked the borders! There's alot more in to it..letters wouldn't describe it all!

32 ) Outlier / USA
30/07/2014 18:26
Perhaps this conflict is one of those instances where justice takes precedent over mercy. After all, Gaza took advantage of Israel's mercy in delivering building materials after the last conflict by diverting those materials into the construction of attack tunnels and weapons bunkers.

33 ) Truth / S.A
30/07/2014 19:11
Question to Isrealies that who is the Occupier.who is expending his boundaries to crushing Palestine State.See map before 1947, No Jews state was in world. In 1947 (under UN adaptation Plan)you get piece of land in Palestine. then only after 1 year 1948 you start clashes and start snatching land.Peoples who are already living there,now become terrorist, and you invaders,and occupiers become the owner. after 1967 and now see where is Palestine.Only Gaza and West bank (actually are refugees camps)

34 ) 1 / 2
30/07/2014 20:29
Oz - ppl were still forced from their homes and made to live in refugee camps that they still live in to this day. They can't come back and there was no compensation...remind you of anything? And your parents may have had friends, worked together...but did they live in the same neighborhood? They weren't allowed. They still did not have citiZenship. It may have seemed tranquil but was not. Again, you were occupying back then and are expanding...end the occupation.

35 ) Oz / Israel
30/07/2014 23:24
1/2- This is not an occupation. It's a course of events lead to it! If the other side wanted peace with us it all be different. But they don't. Check their vision of the future and you'll see what they want, a destruction of Israel cities till we'll vanished. They want it all from the sea to the Jordanian river! That's what they say.. There will never be a peace between our people till they'll change their doomsday points. BTW in Israel we have 2 millions arab citizens we usually live in peace->

36 ) Arnon / Israel
30/07/2014 23:37
to 1/2 During 47- 48 300-350 tousand palestinaians fled Israel, 1.25 billion muslims with all the wealth, but they are still misrable refugees fed by the international community. In 48-49, 650,000 Juwes were expelled from the muslim countries to young Israel with a simmilar population after a long war. It took 10 years to absorb and incorporate them into Israel. This is awar between a radical islamists glorifyng shahids that aimsto destroy the only ree democracy in the meadle east.

37 ) Outlier / USA
30/07/2014 23:38
33,34, you are factually wrong regarding history. Israel did NOT start the armed skirmishes that followed the 1947 partition - Palestinians instigated these, hoping to crush and eliminate the nascent Israel state. They failed.

38 ) the people are from the hamas / usa
30/07/2014 23:40
all the people who need to remove from their home are from hamas and they know it is going be happened ,, they put rocket on their houses

39 ) Oz / Israel
30/07/2014 23:48
1/2-> I don't know where you from, but here things work differently. Look what's going in most Arab nation's, it's all go out of control. Israel it's an island of democracy in the center of radical regimes. We're the frontline of the civilized modern world and you don't seem to see it! Till it'll be to late! We want peace! Nobody likes war. just the radical Islam that want to anchor the sharia laws all over the world! it's not going to stop! unless we'll stand against it! Pls don't be naive!!

40 ) Oz / Israel
31/07/2014 00:25
#33 answer: I'm not a religious person but the answer is relevant to that: the bible a 3,000 years old book is the holly book of Jewish and Christians. tells the historical events of our religions (Jewish, Muslim, Christians). In this region the Hebrews and Arabs and others lived together for generations. build our cities temples chapels and mosques here. We'll lived together in time of war and peace! In the periods of time empires rolled this region. eventually they exiled the Jewish people-->

41 ) Oz / Israel
31/07/2014 00:43
#33-> we've been in exile for 2,000 years. till in 1948 officially the world agreed that Israel it's our historical homeland! There was Jewish here before 1948 but not as citizens, through the times we left here alot of historical footprints of all kinds. The largest is the temple wall that's still standing for 2,000 years!! except that there is more like artifacts,coins, writings,graves,temples etc, I'm not an historian but that's the truth of history and it can't be denied check history books!

42 ) Oz / Israel
31/07/2014 01:05
3#-> I'm not saying that give me the right to do what ever I want, but.. I'm here I was born here that's it! All I've left to do is defend my home! BTW the bible mentions dozens of times that Jerusalem is our one holiness place in the world! In the Koran not mention once! There's alot of places for Muslims all over the world! And only one little Jewish nation! I'm asking why no one understand our rights to live in our homeland in peace?!! Leave us alone because we're not going anywhere!!

43 ) carine / UK
31/07/2014 02:42
Outliar/USA - 'Israel's mercy' allowed only enough materials for UNWRA projects (but only for propaganda purposes). Approx 250 loads of building materials in all, not enough to build attack tunnels and weapons bunkers. The enterprising Gazans must have got their materials from elsewhere to build this 'City under Gaza' that we keep hearing about. Must have taken them years to build...

44 ) Awad Paul Sifri / USA
31/07/2014 08:06
80% of the people of Gaza are refugees from what became Israel in 1948. They were driven out by terrorist Zionist militias whose task was to rid Palestine of Palestinian native people. Israel owes it to them to let them return to their homes, towns and villages in the land they came from. But, Israel forbids the Right of Return to Palestinians. Perhaps, this is precisely why the Israeli strategy is to bring in their grizzly "POGROM MOWERS", as part of their OPERATION GENOCIDE campaign

45 ) Jawan / Indonesia
31/07/2014 09:46
To Outlier/SA: Friend, you have your history wrong. In 1948 the Arabs attacked Israel, not vice-versa. In 1967 Egypt closed the maritime access from the Red Sea to Israel. In 1973 the Arabs attacked Israel. And in the present conflict, Hamas fired tens of rockets into Israel befor eGaza got invaded

46 ) 1 / 2
31/07/2014 11:25
Oz - the Palestinians were born here too. Even now they are still losing their homes and lands. Exiled for 2000 years.....so the Jews that stayed we're holding your place in line? Arabs were here all of that time too...hence the intermarrying and conversion laws put in place back then. It still doesn't give u the right to say oh this was ours long ago so u need to get out. Jews came b4 1947-no real issues. When zionists came and said to separate that's when it really started.

47 ) 1 / 2
31/07/2014 11:33
Oz I can't just go back to Poland or Italy and say oh this was my family's home generations ago and I want it back. Same for the Zionist Jews. I can't say to the us gov u took my ancestral land and land from other native nations and I want it back. Doesn't work that way. As far a democracy...eh you don't have one. U don't rep all ppl. If u did u'd have Palestinians in gv't sharing power. 1 person repping a ppl is not a democracy. When u declared Israel and excluded pals ppl fought back.

48 ) MW / UK
31/07/2014 11:54
Don't bother publishing the comments of the murder-apologists. Why play into their hands? They have no morals and seek only to obfuscate. Leave the comments section for people who condemn the murder of civilians, rather than those who support it. Allow only comments that are supportive of the resistance of the Palestinian people, and not the rantings of these murderous liars.

49 ) Oz / Israel
31/07/2014 13:30
1/2-Try to listen, I said that I don't have right to decide what right or wrong, for that we have leaders. After the 2ww UN decided that we have the rights to claim back our homeland! All I'm saying is now I'm here! I was born here! where ever I go I'm seeing historic footprints of our ancestors! So in my point of view I don't need to explain or to care about those that's trying killing me because of my return! Deal with it! We're not going anywhere. Now we nto find a solution! Do you have it?!!

50 ) 1 / 2
31/07/2014 13:35
Also I can't go to IL and say I claim this land for Rome as I descend from Romans and we ruled there. U came and formed a state where ppl were already there and was a state. And then u excluded these ppl from having the same rights, and drove them from their homes and lands. U cannot justify this no matter what.

51 ) Oz / Israel
31/07/2014 13:50
1/2Are you a palestinian? How old are you? Hope you don't mind me for asking, Look I'm telling you and the majority of Israelis think like me.. We want peace. Our people are not so different then what most people in the world think. We share the same DNA we all have deep feelings for this land we call home. for years we try to make peace talks and sadly it never worked! Our generation is responsible for our further! Need to act fast before all go out of control, 3ww can be sooner than we think.

52 ) Arnold / Canada
31/07/2014 18:43
Gaza has not been occupied since 2005. Yes it has been closely monitiored and limited to its imports but that is simply because from the time the IDF pulled out rockets were fired into israel from a closer proximity. The seige by Israel is to prevent Hamas and other militants from arming themselves but they still did through tunnels into Egypt. Egypt is not at war with Gaza. So go complain to Mr. Sisi about that border crossing. Gaza xould have flourished in 2005. Hamas had other plans.

53 ) Outlier / USA
31/07/2014 19:49
43, Carine, wherever the building supplies came from, and some certainly were diverted humanitarian aid, they went into building attack tunnels and hardened weapon bunkers rather than infrastructure or bomb shelters for ordinary Gazans. Such actions speak loudly of both Hamas intentions and its disregard for the citizens it was elected to protect.

54 ) Oz / Israel
31/07/2014 20:54
1/2- Looks like you don't really know what you talking about.. There was never a Palestinian state! Ever! They're refuge from neighbors arab nations that now one wanted! They was here under British mandatory! They never wanted a state they always needed someone to take care of them because they can't handle managing government of their own! even today they get msupport from us! Funny right?! Check it out.. From who they get water? Electricity? Egypt? Jordan? The world? No! We providing it to the

55 ) 2 / 2
01/08/2014 03:47
They were a state under British control. Look at the old passports. Look at the old Jaffa export materials. They would all state State of Palestine. And no, it's not like they didn't want to rule themselves. After WW1 the British took over the area from the Ottomans. You should know as your govt still uses ottoman law to take land in some cases. The British were at some point going to officially make them on their own, but plans changed obviously.

56 ) 1 / 2
01/08/2014 03:57
As for the electricity and such, look at the Oslo Accords. Pals are NOT ALLOWED to drill for their own water, etc. They have no choice but to buy from IL. But let' say there wasn't a state...does the still give IL the right to do what they did and are doing? Did that give them the right to take over Jaffa orchards and kick the ppl from their lands, but let some work on lands they used to own? look I am not saying I am for Hamas or anything. I think they are way out of their league political

57 ) 1 / 2
01/08/2014 04:07
Politically. But they WERE created by the US and IL to counteract fatah. Funny how difficult it is to control humans. Look beyond the history u get for ur govt. as to ur othe q's no I am not Palestinian. Ur right we need to act fast because this could easily become WWIII, or IV if u count the Cold War. But if ur right in saying majority want peace as do pals, then get the ultra-ortho-right-wing nut jobs out of power. Their objective is not peace. Every now and then they even state that.

58 ) 1 / 2'
01/08/2014 04:16
As for UN giving u the right to ur homeland... U were originally going to be placed in USA. The zionists asked for an IL. U couldn't go back to Europe because u didn't have homes to go home to. They were destroyed or overtaken. Europe still didn't want u back. The head rabbi in Jerusalem wrote to UN not wanting state of IL because it is not allowed in ur religion. Seriously look at all sides of history and u'll find that IL is NOT the victim it portrays itself. U'll be surprised

59 ) 1 / 2
01/08/2014 04:25
To know what ur govt is doing in ur name as I am mine.the solution is simple: end occupation, go to 1967 borders with negotiated land swaps and have international control over borders til everything is settled, or permanently. How to get there....well that's the hard part because politics is such a dirty game that really serves no one but the gov'ts. As for 1967 borders...u know that's letting the pals have only 22% of their land back right? I think IL can give them that much at least.

60 ) John Ennison / Scotland
02/08/2014 11:54
Hamas, like the french resistance of WWII, has to use terrorist violence against the occupying power which is racist in ideology and has employed terrorism against the population of Palestine since the nineteen thirties. The Israeli terror state has pursued lebensraum and expects to ethnically cleanse and eliminate the people of Palestine. They treat anything but violence with contempt. They can only manage this aim with the acquiescence of European racist states such as The UK Germany etc

61 ) David Luck / Isramerica
03/08/2014 04:31
I see the Hasbara crowd is out in force. And do you know who funds these apologists for Zionist mass murder? And the IDF butchers of babies, little girls, whole families? That's right: the American taxpayer. There is, however, one ray of sunlight on the horizon: when the Dollar Dies, Zion-in-Palestine will soon follow. And then there will be a reckoning. In both Palestine and America.

62 ) Naser / Egypt
03/08/2014 07:01
My gosh, the mind-bending era we live in. Up is down. Right is wrong. Hamas should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

03/08/2014 07:28
What a joke. When the IDF went in they found most of the empty homes boobytrapped. Many of of the tunnels started in the basements of homes. This is not hamas and the gazan population as two separate things. They have been completely intertwined since the beginning. Hamas IS an expression of the desire of the gazan population, which celebrates with dancing in the streets and giving out candy when innocents are slaughtered elsewhere. Sad. Yeah, that is pretty sad.

64 ) Human / World
03/08/2014 09:49
Unfortunately the Jews who comment here are brainwashed by their own propaganda machine which started with "a land without a people for a people without a land". And so it goes on. They are so blinded by their own lies and perpetual beating of the holocaust drum that they do not see that they themselves have become today's Nazis who's goal is the "jewish" utopia. Until they change their racist vision they will not know a days peace.

65 ) Iain Cameron / New Zealand
03/08/2014 11:34
What a vibrant little board this is.All this could have been avoided had Israel abided by its obligations under International Law and withdrew from Territory occupied in the Six Day War. Israel has no legitimate claim to Palestinian Territory and it knows it. Theodor Meron Legal Advisor to the Eshkol Government advised that settlements violated the explicit principals of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

66 ) Iain Cameron / New Zealand
03/08/2014 11:43
Rockets are a symptom of the cause. The cause is the illegal Occupation and illegal settlement of Palestinian Territory. Fourth Geneva Convention clearly states it. Resolution 242 reminds Israel that acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible under International Law. Israel claims to be a Democracy yet when the UN arrives at a Democratic decision re Israel,Israel refuses to comply or gets America to veto. Israel has blown it in Gaza. Israel has been humiliated by ill equipped resistance.

67 ) musa / malts
05/08/2014 05:06
Lets emulate israel for all our conflict, life in gaza can be our universal value.
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