Gazan Voices, American Silence

I’m still sick, trying to get some rest, but what is really making me ill is the stories I have been reading on the Gaza siege.

This is a article I recommend everyone read, the truly terrifying conditions that have been going on in Gaza for years now.

Gazan Voices, American Silence

The point is that more than a million people are experiencing a calamitous humanitarian crisis, which has been made even worse by so many American voices remaining silent in the face of this ongoing and, in the view of many, obscene strangulation of Gaza. Of course, you could say, “well, there are many people who are suffering throughout the world ““ look at Darfur, the Congo, Kenya, India, etc., etc.” True enough, but Americans must remember this: It is our unremitting financial support of Israel, amounting to about 3 billion dollars every year,* making it the recipient of more of our foreign aid that any other country, that makes this siege possible. We are paying for all those planes and missiles, for all those bulldozers that demolish the houses of Gazans (and other Palestinians), and for the salaries for all those guards who are keeping the Gazan people locked up in their fetid open-air prison. Yes, these are your tax dollars at work. Do you really want to continue to see them spent in this way?

It’s very doubtful that any of us can truly envision what conditions must be like there. We just ‘celebrated’ our high Consumer Day, and New Year’s is just around the bend (a place where many Americants will soon be).

On the other side of the world, our dollars and our bombs are amounting to genocidal death by starvation, explosion and terror to an entire nation. Err, nations, Iraq is not to be forgotten.

I’ve brought up the point before that we are complicit to murder. There are millions of other people in the world that know this fact through and through. How is it that we can be so utterly blind and callous to not understand what it is we do?

If the United States stopped supporting Israel and withdrew its funding, military support and equipment ‘donations’ and refused to endorse such actions as the Gaza occupation (and stopped blocking the UN), Israel would be forced to withdraw (sooner or later). The point is, it is the United States of America that is making this all possible. This is but one reason we are complicit to murder on an unbelievable scale.

Few want to admit to the Zionist control of the U.S. government or the media, but there are plenty of facts to back this up, they’re plastered all over the Web. Since posting these Gaza articles, this site has been experiencing reported access problems. I do not know if they are connected and I simply do not care. The truth needs to be told.

If we don’t speak up, who is going to speak up for you when it is your time?

The deafening silence is also being found within the Arab community (and Arab delegates to the United States).

Children do not care where their ‘salvation’ comes from, but they care very much while the world stands by while they are ruthlessly slaughtered.

I never knew death until I saw the bombing of a refugee camp
Craters filled with disfigured ankles and splattered torsos
But no sign of a face, the only impression a fading scream
I never understood pain
Until a seven-year-old girl clutched my hand
Stared up at me with soft brown eyes, waiting for answers
But I didn’t have any
I had muted breath and dry pens in my back pocket
That couldn’t fill pages of understanding or resolution

In her other hand she held the key to her grandmother’s house
But I couldn’t unlock the cell that caged her older brothers
They said, we slingshot dreams so the other side will feel our father’s presence
A craftsman
Built homes in areas where no one was building
And when he fell, he was silent
A .50 caliber bullet tore through his neck shredding his vocal cords
Too close to the wall
His hammer must have been a weapon
He must have been a weapon
Encroaching on settlement hills and demographics

So his daughter studies mathematics
Seven explosions times eight bodies
Equals four Congressional resolutions
Seven Apache helicopters times eight Palestinian villages
Equals silence and a second Nakba
Our birthrate minus their birthrate
Equals one sea and 400 villages re-erected
One state plus two peoples”¦and she can’t stop crying
Never knew revolution or the proper equation
Tears at the paper with her fingertips
Searching for answers
But only has teachers
Looks up to the sky and see stars of David demolishing squalor with hellfire missiles

She thinks back words and memories of his last hug before he turned and fell
Now she pumps dirty water from wells, while settlements divide and conquer
And her father’s killer sits beachfront with European vernacular
She thinks back words, while they think backwards
Of obscene notions and indigenous confusion

This our land!, she said
She’s seven years old
This our land!, she said
And she doesn’t need a history book or a schoolroom teacher
She has these walls, this sky, her refugee camp
She doesn’t know the proper equation
But she sees my dry pens
No longer waiting for my answers
Just holding her grandmother’s key”¦searching for ink

A Poem for Gaza

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15 thoughts on “Gazan Voices, American Silence

  • December 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm
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    Maybe, if Hamas would stop lobbing missles into Israel, Israel would lighten-up and some compromise could be made??? Not “rocket-science”….

  • December 30, 2008 at 8:25 pm
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    Unbelievable. I’m sure that would have worked.

    Here’s your “proof”:

    Remember These Children (since 2000). Worth viewing. Even during times of so-called “peace” (no rockets), the death toll mounts.

  • December 30, 2008 at 8:52 pm
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    From Lendman’s article of December 29, 2008:

    “After many months of siege compounded by ongoing attacks, Gaza is gravely affected, but so is the West Bank. Under the Fatah government, no rockets are launched, yet Israel maintains a violent occupation, continues to seize Palestinian land, expand its illegal settlements, and lets its residents terrorize Palestinians with impunity, even in cases of wanton killings and destruction of property.”

    It makes no difference at all if the Palestinians are being peaceful, they’re still being held hostage, still dying, still occupied and still losing land.

    (By the way, the Fatah government was the West’s (and Israel’s) “choice” since it engaged in a no-resistance policy to the Israeli occupation. It is in fact, the goal of this current war, to topple the only resistance in the immediate region.  Anyone will learn this if they stop reading the American media.)

    See Israel’s Wanton Aggression On Gaza by Steve Lendman.

  • December 31, 2008 at 1:10 am
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    Naughty, naughty bad Jews!!! Wipe Israel of the map. I guess Hitler really f–ked up, not to mention Stalin, etc. If native Americans assaulted your environs, would you commit suicide, Admin? Or fight for your and your family’s survival? We Americants have no right to live on this continent, do we?; but, we’re here and have no place to go. Neither do the Israelis.

  • December 31, 2008 at 4:28 am
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    All I have read so far is just symtomatic of the real problem. If there were no such thing as land ownership and no past violence or reasons for vengence they would still be at each others throat. The Quran is much more straight forward in its message than the bible. Any one who has read it will understand it and see the fundamental reasons for ALL the problems in the region. It seems this reasoning will only make us vulnerable to the same kinds of attacks.

  • December 31, 2008 at 9:35 am
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    You sir (oldsarge) are being unbelievably obtuse and incredibly stupid.

    This has nothing to do with Hitler or Stalin, unless you want to compare the genocide practiced by Israel upon the Palestinians to the genocide practiced by Hitler or Stalin.

    What you utterly fail to understand (quite deliberately it appears) is that Israel’s decades long campaign of severe oppression as an occupying force does not automatically grant them any “rights” of any sort.

    They do NOT have the right to steal land. They do NOT have the right to lay siege to an ENTIRE population. They do NOT have the right to indiscriminately kill men, woman and children. They do NOT have the right to indiscriminately jail a percentage of the “undesirable” population.

    The very things you make conjecture of (genocide by past leaders) are the very things Israel is guilty of.

    You also completely fail to understand the idea the notion that “Israeli’s have no place to go.”

    Nobody is locking them up with guard towers with remote controlled machine guns, and armed checkpoints. Israelis can go wherever they want, in Israel, in Palestine, in the world. But a Palestinian often cannot even leave his own house to go to work. Or go to the hospital. Or simply buy food. Or pass through over 600 (and rising) checkpoints to even exist. They are being held HOSTAGE in their own land.

    Are you even AWARE that Gaza is now being deliberately starved to death by Israel? Do you even CARE?

    I’ve gone back and looked over your past commentary and it is dead clear you are just argumentative any time your personal viewpoints are challenged with facts or evidence.

    The land Israel now occupies was STOLEN. It has been taken in the past generation by FORCE (countless deaths). Do some reading on how this occurred. Wiki has a detailed overview how this happened – British Mandate.

    What should be obvious, is the 750,000 Palestinians already living there were simply ignored. Immigration quickly overwhelmed them and conflict quickly followed.

    Your conjecture also assumes (by you) that all Jews are bad. Israel is a GOVERNMENT. I have not even mentioned or addressed the issue of Jews (which is not the same thing as their government by the way). The people of Israel are just as guilty as we are in their complicity to State-sanctioned murder and oppression.

  • December 31, 2008 at 1:38 pm
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    “How is it that we can be so utterly blind and callous to not understand what it is we do?” I have to plead guilty. I may even be worse than that because I read these stories to develop my own survival strategies. For example I had always thought you could not dig a tunnel in sand. Thier tunnels are dug straight down 90 feet to a level the sand is compacted firm. This would not have occured to me. The Isreali’s instantly bomb places missiles are launched from. This tells me if someone is setting up a missile for launch to get out of the area. Seeing Mosques bombed indicates that may not be a place I want to hide. I think knowing how to handle myself in these situations will serve me better than moral outrage. The world has hardened my heart but not dulled my mind. I hope to be making smart moves learned from thier hardships and then applied to my survival tactics. Yeah, I may be a Son-of-Bitch, but I’m honest about it.

  • December 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm
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    Thanks for the compliments, Admin. I guess everyone has an opinion about everything. Those opinions are formed from our experiences and orientations. There are also at least two sides to every story. Maybe if you could open your narrow, anti-semitic mind, in your new awareness you might just realize you really are not omniscient. Happy New Year!

  • December 31, 2008 at 4:47 pm
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    You don’t even deserve an answer to this, because you’re obtuse and as dense as ever.

    Before I kick your sorry ass out of here, point out one single example of “anti-semitic” that I have written and back it up with proof as I have done on what is really going on in Gaza.

    You have one day, no, two hours, and then you’re gone (anyway) because I do not tolerate unjust criticism, because it is unproductive and unfair and only drags this blog down.

    You fucking fool, my wife is of Jewish stock (grandmother 100%), not that this matters one bit, because I do not give a shit about such things. Throwing around such misguided comments (straw arguments) and ad hominen attacks (attack the messenger) just shows me and everyone else what an idiot you are.

    She’ll come on here and tell you to shove your anti-semitism commentary up your narrow-minded ignorant ass.

  • December 31, 2008 at 5:20 pm
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    Israel was started because Europe really really LIKED the idea of concentration camps for the Jews. They loved the idea of getting the Jews out of Europe. It’s the Jewish Ghetto writ large.

    The situation has a lot of roots in Europe’s view of the middle east (and all other colonial ‘properties’). Play one tribe/group off against another. Ignore all existing property rights. Install in power the group you think you can control.

    Did European Jews buy into this vision? Yes.

    Have the Palestinians been used as pawns by their Arab/Moslem supporters? Yes there, too.

    How to disengage now? Hell if I know. Real justice for both sides, real safety for both sides, would be where to start. But I can’t see that starting anywhere.

    Fern

  • December 31, 2008 at 5:24 pm
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    Figures. Too ignorant and lazy to back up your claims. Okay, gone.

    I anticipated that your inane comments last night at such a late hour had to do with drinking or drugs, but who knows? I don’t think you have an excuse except fear of the truth.

    Plenty of people will retreat to ad hominem attacks when their views are disturbed, it even happens to me. But you haven’t backed up a single thing you said, not even once. In fact, not ever.

    The two-sides of every story that you are terrified to hear is the suffering of Gaza and what is really happening there. Why this makes you afraid, I do not know. But it is irrelevant to me, your fear is not my problem, it’s yours and you will either learn to deal with it or not.

  • January 15, 2009 at 8:03 am
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    Best wishes to you and your family John.

    I hope you are all well.

  • January 20, 2009 at 11:00 am
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    On a related note, I see James Kunstler has recently come out as a hollow and bigoted apologist for Zionism and putative warfare, and lost most of his readership in the process.

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