Saturday, July 19, 2014

Number of Palestinians in Gaza Slaughtered by Israel Tops 314

 In Israel, the periodic slaughters in Gaza -- the modern, US-supplied Israeli Army, Air Force and Navy bombardments of the defenseless, trapped (by Israel on three sides and the US backed military dictatorship in Egypt on the other) population of Gaza, who have nowhere to run  -- are sometimes called "mowing the grass." Trimming the population of Gaza.

It's been suggested by Vijay Prashad that this particular massacre at this particular time, which follows closely on the heels of the recent rampage in the West Bank by the Israeli Army, may have everything to do with the recent rapprochement between Hamas and the PLO, which is one of the things Israel fears most.

Recall that after 1967 Israel promoted and helped build up Hamas so that it could act as a counterweight against the PLO, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which has morphed into the Palestinian Authority that has nominal control of the Occupied West Bank.

Above: A Palestinian man holds his daughters, Shada and Lama al-Ejla, who were injured in an Israeli tank attack, as he leaves al-Shifa hospital on July 18, 2014 in Gaza City. (Photo: AFP - Mahmoud Hams). Published in Al Akhbar English with a July 18, 2014 article about the ongoing slaughter by Israel of Palestinians trapped in Gaza.


  1. If your not careful I might have to change my stereotype of all of my neighbors who happen to be truck drivers. I went back and read several of your posts on the Middle East. It also appears the money grab by the large scale N.M. "farmers" is similar to much of the rest of the country...:(

  2. Both sides are at fault.

    While I despise Netanyahu, I have to agree with his characterization that "We [Israel] are using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles."

    Hamas is more than willing to use their people as human shields, and from the seeming lack of resistance to these thugs, I have to wonder if Gazans hate Israel so much that they'd rather be used as pawns than negotiate with their hated enemy.

  3. In Israel, these periodic massacres in Gaza are referred to as "mowing the grass." They are always preceded by justifying provocations by Israel which it knows will draw retaliation from at least one of the many Palestinian resistance groups, few of which are under Hamas' control. This time, as often is the case, Israel stepped up its ongoing extra judicial assassinations of suspected Palestinian militants in Gaza, many of whom are killed by "rockets," none of which we hear about in the US media. Hamas had been keeping a lid on things in Gaza even after those began. One civilian Israeli military contractor had been killed by a Palestinian when Israel began its current slaughter of Gazans.

    You may be aware that there was cease fire in effect between Israel and Hamas that followed Israel's last Gaza massacre. Hamas was living up to its end of its terms, and is always the case, Israel was living up to almost none of its terms, which this time included the release of Palestinian political prisoners and easing its blockade of Gaza, which has been ongoing since 2007 and limits food, medicines, and almost every kind of good going into Gaza and which some Israeli officials jokingly referred to when it began as putting Gaza "on a diet." Israel as you no doubt know controls all the entrances to Gaza, land and sea, save the one crossing in the south controlled and kept closed by its ally Egypt.

    So why, specifically, did Israel provoke rocket fire in order to launch an attack on Gaza this time? Do you recall Israel's rampage last month in the West Bank, supposedly to win the release of three missing teenage boys, who, growing evidence suggests, were abducted and killed by Israelis? Thousands of homes were ransacked, hundreds were arrested, at least five were killed, dozens of charities with "suspected links to Hamas" were ransacked. The missing boys incident commenced several days after Hamas and the PLO signed a "unity deal". Hamas, you may recall, was built up by Israel in the 70s and 80s to serve as a counterweight to the PLO. The unity deal between the two was harshly criticized by Netenyahu and is one of Israel's biggest fears.

    Here are links to two articles about how the Israelis use provocation to justify attacks on Palestinians. One is recent. Another is about provocations that preceded an Israeli rampage in the West Bank in 1981. This is a typical Israeli modus.

    The first article includes this quote from UN statistics:

    "In 2011, the projectiles fired by the Israeli military into Gaza have been responsible for the death of 108 Palestinians, of which 15 where women or children and the injury of 468 Palestinians of which 143 where women or children. The methods by which these causalities were inflicted by Israeli projectiles breaks down as follows: 57% or 310, were caused by Israeli Aircraft Missile fire, 28% or 150 where from Israeli live ammunition, 11% or 59 were from Israeli tank shells while another 3% or 18 were from Israeli mortar fire."

    I really don't blame you for how you see things over there. This is not covered at all by the US media and when it is it's covered unfairly. The notion of Hamas using civilians as a human shield, besides being suspect because it's part of every statement issued by the Israeli government, makes no sense on its face. The entire Gaza Strip is the size of Philadelphia and contains many more people. Its inhabitants are trapped there. They can't leave.

    There were no rocket launchers in the four Gaza hospitals Israel has so far bombed, or in the civilian neighborhoods that were bombed over the weekend where several hundred were killed. The four Palestinians boys, ages 9, 10, 10 and 11, who were killed by Israeli rocket fire on the beach at Gaza on July 16 weren't firing rockets.

  4. Thanks for the response: this gives me a lot to think on, and further research to do.