SHAME! ISRAEL, SHAME! March 26, 2009Posted by wmmbb in Israel-Palestine.
Look at this video from The Guardian,(via War In Context) and then conclude whether Israel is a fit country to have any dealings with whatsoever:
I am assuming most Israelis will find the behavior of the IDF and their Government disgraceful. I stand to be corrected but I suspect that these weapons are American rather than Israeli in origin. This is heedless murder. War seems to have become a video game.
Incidentally this evidence places the deaths of civilians murdered in Afghanistan by drone attacks in a new light.
Al Jazeera records that a Human Rights Watch Report suggests that the use of White Phosphorus by Israel in the Gaza assault was a war crime. The case in essence:
“In Gaza, the Israeli military didn’t just use white phosphorus in open areas as a screen for its troops,” Fred Abrahams, senior emergencies researcher at HRW and co-author of the report, said.
“It fired white phosphorus repeatedly over densely populated areas, even when its troops weren’t in the area and safer smoke shells were available. As a result, civilians needlessly suffered and died.”
It seems that Palestinians and Israelis not just have separate tables, but separate lives. Sometimes the social distance is closed, as Associated Press reported in Ha’aretz:
The Palestinian youths from a tough West Bank refugee camp stood facing the elderly Holocaust survivors on Wednesday, appearing somewhat defiant in a teenage sort of way. Then they began to sing.
The choir burst into songs for peace, bringing surprised smiles from the audience. But the event had another twist: Most of the Holocaust survivors did not know the youths were Palestinians from the West Bank, a rare sight in Israel these days. And the youths had no idea they were performing for people who lived through Nazi genocide – or even what the Holocaust was.
“I feel sympathy for them,” said Ali Zeid, an 18-year-old keyboard player, who added that he was shocked by what he learned about the Holocaust, in which the Nazis killed 6 million Jews in their campaign to wipe out European Jewry.
“Only people who have been through suffering understand each other,” said Zeid, who said his grandparents were Palestinian refugees forced to flee the northern city of Haifa during the war that followed Israel’s creation in 1948.
I suspect that “ghettoiazation” does not happen other than by design. Ending this process, might represent strategic leverage for a sustainable peace process. Violence tends to reinforce divisions. Outside public opinion may usefully help people caught up in the social trap to break through the misunderstanding, even ignorance, created by social distance.