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Gaza ­ Endless Israeli Atrocities
By Mary Sparrowdancer
Copyright © 2008
Today was the end of the world...for hundreds of unarmed civilians, including children.  The Israeli military, one of the most powerful military forces on earth, has held the 1.5 million civilians captive within Gaza for years.  Like the "dog in the manger," Israel has also deprived these civilians of the most basic necessities of life, such as food and water.  Still not satisfied with their under-reported, nearly black-out atrocities against Palestinian civilians; not satisfied with the hunger, fear, malnutrition, misery and slow death Israel has delivered to the Palestinians; not satisfied with the Palestinian homes, lands and orchards Israel has already stolen from rightful Palestinian owners, the Israeli interlopers have now ordered their massive military to bomb Gaza neighborhoods in a ferocious air attack that has reportedly killed hundreds of civilians.
 Israel justifies this latest brutality by claiming that they cannot "tolerate" the homemade, sugar-propelled Qassam projectiles fired out of Gaza toward Israeli "settlements" such as Sderot.  The fact, however, is that the Qassam projectiles rarely hit anything other than desert sand as was even noted by Israeli Defense Minister, Yaakov Toran.  He stated, "We need to remember that Qassams are more a psychological than physical threat."
 Sderot is located upon the ashes of the former Palestinian village of Nadj.  According to a book by Dr. Walid Khalidi, ("All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated By Israel in 1948") the Palestinian inhabitants of Nadj were driven out of their village when this village was ethnically cleansed by Israeli settlers in 1948.  Nadj is but one of at least 418 Palestinian villages that were ethnically cleansed by Israeli "settlers" who invaded Palestine from other countries and claimed ownership of the country.
 It is in sifting through these ashes of Nadj that we can begin to see a hint of the true reason behind the Israeli overkill, the Israeli frantic and brutal rage, and the Israeli racial violence against the Palestinians.  Many are surprised to learn that the Palestinians are people who are without an organized military, without aircraft, without tanks and without sophisticated weapons with which to protect themselves and their loved ones from the genocidal Israeli military.  Many are surprised to learn that like the American Indians, the Palestinians are refugees in their own country.  The reason for the brutal rage against the Palestinians is rooted in international laws regarding the Right of Return of refugees to their homes.  According to these laws, the Palestinian refugees must be permitted to return to their own ancestral lands or be compensated justly for what has been taken from them by Israeli forces. The simple truth is that Israel, with its ever-mutating Swiss cheese borders, cannot remain in existence if this international law is enforced.
Today, the scene in Gaza can only be described as horrifying as Israeli air strikes on the unprotected Gaza civilians have resulted in decapitations and amputations, hospitals overflowing with wounded, black smoke, screams and wailing from those who have seen too much and lost too much, and limbs, flesh and blood scattered throughout bombed-out neighborhoods.  This is "home" if one lives in Gaza and is forced to exist under the jackboots and gloved fists of the Israeli military.
 In the meantime, Israel's Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, who is perhaps the Israeli equivalent of a "hard-hearted Barbara Allen," has defended her "country" (which is still spreading like buckshot wounds throughout stolen Palestinian lands).  She is the current mouthpiece asking, as Israel has always asked for the past 60 years, for international sympathy and support of its barbarian brutality.  Israel is pretending to be the "victim" yet again while orchestrating another bloodbath.
 Perhaps it is time for the international community to finally show some sympathy and support for the limbless corpses and ashes Israel has again left lying throughout the civilian neighborhoods in Palestine that it continues to ethnically cleanse.
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Mary Sparrowdancer is an independent journalist, a columnist for Rense.com and occasional assistant producer for Rense radio.  She is an internationally published author, and the author of a bestselling book, The Love Song.  She was formerly of the Jewish faith before becoming a free thinker.  While a member of Judaism, she was sent to Hebrew school by her rabbi, where she learned to read and write Hebrew.  www.sparrowdancer.com
Yaakov Toran, Defense Ministry, statement about Qassams. 03.01.06

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