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Israeli Violence in Gaza and the Plight of Palestine

Sott.net
July 2, 2016
Conclusion by Kennedy Applebaum
Quemado Institute
July 2, 2016

Insatiable thirst for violence:
Israeli warplanes launch several airstrikes on Gaza Strip

slavjul2-16xIsraeli warplanes have launched several airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in yet another act of aggression against the besieged Palestinian coastal territory. [See footnote.]

No casualties have yet been reported in the Saturday morning attacks that followed reports of an alleged rocket launch from Gaza on a vacant kindergarten in the town of Sderot in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Israeli warplanes reportedly hit the Zeitoun district of Gaza City and a site belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas.

The Israeli bombardment of Gaza came hours after Tel Aviv imposed a closure on the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) and its surrounding areas following the killing of an Israeli man in a drive-by shooting there. Earlier on Friday, Israeli forces shot dead a 27-year-old Palestinian woman, identified as Sarah Tarayra, after she allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack near the revered Muslim religious monument of the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city.

The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip. The disproportionate force is always used in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured.

In early July 2014, Israel waged a war on the Gaza Strip. The 50-day military aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children. Over 11,100 others – including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people – were also wounded in the war. Israel continues to carry out attacks on the Palestinian strip from time to time.

Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.8 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, proper job, and adequate healthcare and education.

Quemado Institute Commentary
By Kennedy Applebaum

Israel does not have an intrinsic right to possess the original land of the nation of Palestine, which comprises the entire territory of present-day Israel. Israel was given these lands as a privilege, in response to the horrific slaughter of Jews during world war II. Of course, the Germans murdered as many Gypsies as Jews in Nazi concentration camps. But the Gypsies did not give themselves a strong enough voice, and so their plight has been ignored.

That aside, the pervasive massacre of the Jewish population in Germany brought to the attention of the Western world one simple principle: every strongly identified cultural group needs a homeland. All things in balance, it seemed right at the time to seize half of sovereign Palestine to provide a Jewish homeland. The Palestinians were rightfully shocked and horrified by this invasion of their country, and had every right to protest. As Jimmy carter has pointed out, the Jews historically governed Palestine for only some 70 years, during ancient times hundreds of years in the past. History argues against the Jewish rule of Israel.

It was a privilege for the Jews to rule Israel, and the Palestinians had a right to protest, even had the Israelis been kind and grateful. But, the Israelis were not kind and grateful. They began seizing the houses of middle-class Palestinians, those of medical doctors and other professionals, as soon as they took up residence. This was in violation of their official mandate. Moreover, they invaded and illegally captured in 1967 much of the land allotted to the Palestinians, then refused to withdraw despite UN resolutions. The Israelis continue to invade, develop and occupy land allocated to the Palestinians, even though all of present-day Israel belonged historically to the Palestinians.

So why is it politically taboo to ask about the welfare of Palestinian people?

Quemado Institute has supported the right of Israel to exist, but only within its UN-mandated boundaries. Israel has no right to occupy Palestinian territory, no right to bomb the people who live there, to steal their water, destroy their sacred hills, or harrass or discriminate against them in any way. We denounce the current policies of the Israeli government.

Every strongly identifed cultural group needs a homeland—a territory they govern as a majority. White Christians need a homeland, as do Tibetans, American Indians, historical Donbass Russians, Kurds, Mayans, South African whites, South African blacks, Jews and many other groups . . . including Palestinians. It is unnecessarily defeatist to believe, that with careful thought and intelligence, places cannot be found on earth for everyone.


Footnote: The link on the word “another” did not appear in the original sott.net post. This link points to the New York times Gaza section, which is dominated by pro-Israeli propaganda. Excuse our links to the New York Times, a frivolous and biased news platform. In view of our anti-elite content and Google censorship practices, posting these links is the only way we know of to get the search engine to locate our articles.

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