Christmas is over.
It is unacceptable for any government under any pretext to target civillians. Hamas is wrong by arbitrarily sending rockets into Israelian territory, and Israel is wrong with their ridiculously draconian ”countermeasures”.
But let’s make one thing clear, while the media keep going on about the ”rocket-attacks” and Palestinian ”rockets” I do feel the need to point out a small but important difference between Palestinian, and Israeli/American ”Rockets”.
While a Palestinian ”rocket” would indeed kill you if it landed precisely on your head, and has recently killed two palestinian girls by being faulty, and it càn make a hole in a roof, or in the pavement,
I do wonder about semantics when they are awarded exactely the same denomination as the American ”rockets” the Israelis used yesterday to ”retaliate”.
Because what an Israeli ”rocket” does, is this:
So to recap, This:
Is a whole different world from this:
And while I am sincerely sorry for the 57 civilians who had to be treated for shock by the well-equipped and abundant Israeli-medical staff, with reportedly 200 ambulances standing by. I am even more sorry for the (count up till now) 275 people killed and the over 600 wounded who will not be able to get adequate medical care at the Gaza-hospitals who are severely understaffed. And, due to the continuing Israeli-blokkade have neither modern medical equipment, nor sufficient medicines.
Israel, having more capability for ”precision-targetting” deemed it nessecary to target not only supposed weapons-dumps, security compounds and the Hamas-headquarters, but also a mosque, the Hamas television station and Police-stations.
I am sorry for the graphic nature of the next photo, showing dead police-men. But I think this needs to be known. If people don’t realise the ugliness of conflict, the reality of death, then we won’t be stimulated to put an end to it.
And oh, how I pray this evil will stop!
update: For those who do not actually open the post and read the comments, I don’t want anybody to miss Chiara’s comment:
If you would like to read more about the impact on the people of the embargo. occupation, and most recent assault, as well as efforts to provide help, support and education read about the “Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) A non-profit Palestinian non-governmental organization providing mental health support to communities in the Gaza Strip. http://www.gcmhp.net” Their work is admirable but the need for it is dismaying.
The founder Dr Eyad Sarraj, a Palestinian psychiatrist, has been arrested and “interrogated” by both sides and describes well the psychological brutalization of the occupation on both occupier and occupied.
A favorite site of mine “Palestine Remembered: The Home of Ethnically Cleansed & Occupied Palestinians” http://www.palestineremembered.com/ –an impressive and reliable combination of history, maps, photos, oral history, documentation, statistics, and advocacy showing the systematic destruction of Palestine.
While in my opinion these sites go off towards the other end of the scale, I’m a bit wary of all this zionist stuff, I think is still good to read the other side of the story, if only to keep a balance. Today I got a bit miffed again because the German news did interview an Israely paramedic, (4 people had been killed) and no Palestinians. They did show the devastation of the Gaza-strip however, and the weird difference from a point at the border; devestation to the right, and a neat Israeli village to the left.
Anybody with a bit of independent thinking can make up his own mind from these images.
I again plug my post on America and Israel, and the weird fact that a long list of key officials in the American government hold dual Israeli-American citizenship. Click here.