Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Matilda Broadside On Israel and the Jews --- (Part 4)


There was this communal effort at NM a few days ago.

But first a word from our sponsor.

Two Jews and two Palestinians walk into a bar. Under the Jews table there is a large dog.

Hey Jews, demand the Palestinians, does your dog bite? No way, never, say the Jews, so the Palestinians test this by prodding the dog with a foot. The dog jumps up and leaps on the Palestinians and tears bloody lumps out of them.

Hey Jews, I thought you said your dog doesn't bite? says a bleeding and wounded Palestinian. That's not our dog, say the Jews.

Oops. Sorry. This is supposed to be serious with these guys. War on Gaza and all that as seen from where stands the NM class.  

23 Jul 2014

Two Jews, Two Palestinians: An Open Letter On The Simple Truth

By Michael Brull, Samah Sabawi, Peter Slezak and Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Al Aqsa hospital in Gaza was shelled by the Israeli Defence Force yesterday.
The Al Aqsa hospital in Gaza was shelled by the Israeli Defence Force yesterday.
The enduring international silence around Israel's assault on Gaza has prompted a passionate plea from four prominent human rights activists.
We are writing this letter, Jews and Palestinians together, in the hope of making a simple point: the fighting between Israel and Gaza right now is not an even-handed clash.
Both sides are not equally to blame.
The Israeli army is committing mass murder against an overwhelmingly innocent and mostly defenseless population in Gaza.

There are 1.8 million people in Gaza. Most of them are children, and two-thirds of them are refugees.
They have lived under Israeli occupation since 1967, and a brutal siege since 2006 which limited the amount of food, medicine and other supplies entering the city.
This siege is a form of criminal collective punishment directed at the entire population and described as the ‘civilian levers’ by the Israeli security cabinet.
Ariel Sharon’s chief advisor, Dov Weisglass described the siege as ‘an appointment with a dietician. The Palestinians will get a lot thinner, but won’t die’.
This official Israeli policy, has resulted in the devastation of Gaza.
According to Oxfam, over 40 per cent of Gazans are unemployed. According to UNRWA, 80 per cent of the population is dependent on international aid.
The siege on Gaza has ‘decimated lives and livelihoods, resulting in the impoverishment and de-development of a highly skilled and well-educated society’.
According to UNRWA over 90 per cent of water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption. The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, observed of the siege: “Their whole civilization has been destroyed. I’m not exaggerating…. It’s almost unbelievable that the world doesn’t care while this is happening.”

and on and on it goes.
A few comments in response. 

Posted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 04:30

There is no conspiracy of silence. There is no silence at all really.  Just noise and in Gaza it is Hamas that is the source of  the noise; including a fair share of the explosions.  
Hamas started this terror war. Hamas ignores Egyptian and Arab League truce deals. Hamas wages this terror war as much against the people of Gaza as against the people of Israel. We have no idea what is going on in Gaza because this is the middle of a battle Hamas controls the information and does not have much of an idea itself.
So it just makes stuff up.
But one thing we can say. Every single civilian casualty in Gaza and especially every kid has been killed or badly bashed around by Hamas. No one else is responsible.
But this is seriously amusing if that is possible.
Another ten year hudna?
Like the one in November 2012.?
Or does this team dare speak of  the great  once only ever  Hamas Ten Year Hudna Offer of 2009?

Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 16:33

I have to agree with the writers. The start of this current round of conflict was the murder of 3 Israelis.
Sometimes I wonder if I'm on a parallel planet and something in the basic fabric has just changed retrospectively.
This was just a few weeks ago. The murder of the three kids was just the declaration of war. Then came the rocket barrage. You know? The missiles that Hamas is throwing at civilians across Israel everyday?
And the tunnel attacks and desperate attempts to kill or kidnap civilians.
Surely you must have heard of this? 

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