The « promised land »
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As if the attacks on Lebanon (2006) had never existed, and as if Gaza hadn't been sufficiently destroyed by illegal phosphorous bombs and high-explosive shells in 2009 (1,300 civilian deaths, 30% of them children) , the extremist Israeli government is at it again (November 2012), ‘defending their promised land ―Jehovah must be turning in his/her/its grave!―, bombarding a densely populated Arab area by air and from the sea, reducing homes and schools to rubble and killing countless civilians. Its David the Philestine versus Goliath the Israelite to the power of n. The Israeli forces seem hell bent on perpetuating terrorism, because, once again, they’re themselves using terror to encourage the most predictable response retaliation from their victims. You dont have to be a rocket scientist or a Hamas rocket launcher to work out that, without high-tech weaponry, the obvious response to the Israeli attacks will be more home-made rockets, more suicide bombings, more airline hijacking and similar low-tech acts of destruction. Add to all this the alienation Israeli actions are causing among its previous friends and allies and it seems quite possible that these events will turn out to be the beginning of the end of the nation state of Israel. Congratulations, if that's what you want!
to do something constructive right now?
Before you start accusing me of
anti-semitism please stop knee jerking, step back and remember that:
Gaza body count 15 January 2009: 1,105 killed, 5,100 wounded.
13 innocent people were killed in Israel by Hamas rockets in early 2009. Over 1,300 Gazans were killed by Israeli attacks between 27 December 2008 and the end of January 2009. That's 100 Palestinian deaths for every Israeli victim.
many Palestinian kids died as a result of the illegal blockade of Gaza before
27 December 2008?
Road blocks, concrete walls, systematic apartheid and illegal occupation on the West Bank, all against UN resolutions and international law, then 1½ million people living in a tiny prison of blockaded and often occupied territory... Why do you think Hamas won the Gaza elections? Are you surprised theyre firing their erratic rockets at Israel?
I am appalled by Hague and Obama and their knee-jerk apportioning of blame on to the Palestinians. Not only does it make no sense. In my view it's also hypocritical, immoral, ill-informed, stupid and destructive. I'm ashamed by what I see as the moral sloth, stupdity, historical ignorance and cowardice of the governments in nations where I have lived. How can they support the overthrow of repressive régimes in Libya and Egypt, denounce bombardments by Assad's well-armed forces in Syria against an ill-equipped opposition and then claim the present horrors in Gaza are the fault of Hamas and the Palestinians? That's a rhetorical question with a very shameful answer. It is scandalous.
Ten eyewitnesses saw Israeli forces execute 23-year-old Palestinian Mahmoud Salah (right, below) on an open street in early March, 2002.
He was arrested on the street and immediately handcuffed. Then the policemen raised his arms and through him against my car, said 56-year-old Yehiya Al Waari (see pictures, below)..
Why did the Israeli forces stand right by Salah for half an hour if if he was loaded with explosives? He obviously wasnt even carrying any weapon at all.
Madman George Bush II and his lapdog Blair used to rant on about the Axis of Evil and quote UN resolutions about the wrongdoings of Sadam Hussein. Now (November 2012) Hague and Obama apportion blame on to the Palestinians but seem to ignore 50 years of UN resolutions about the Palestinians right to their own homeland. That's not only hypocritical in my view. Until justice is done towards the Palestinians and until we take a stand to stop Israeli government thugs from committing the kind of brutality currently going on in Gaza we can expect to live in an insecure world.
Another story about the 3 pictures
In August 2002, my immediate line manager at the Université de Montréal, where I had just taken up a job, asked me, quite politely, to withdraw the pictures, shown next, from my website, in order to avoid offending certain individuals with Zionist sympathies..
The death of Mahmoud Salah
Since I was new in the job and the city, I felt obliged to comply, but with increasing knowledge of the real causes of the atrocities in New York on 11 September 2001, I decided to re-post he pictures. The reasons for this decision are:
 this is my personal website which can in no way be seen to represent the ideas, policies or opinions of anyone else, let alone those of my employers;
 given the amount of propaganda for the war in Iraq and for the Israeli régimes actions in the occupied territories, a different view, presented by one individual on a personal website, can hardly be regarded as a major threat by those denying Palestinians the right to their own homeland; just look at how land has been stolen from the Palestinians between 1948 and 2010;
 Zionism is incompatible with the basically humanistic character of Judaism; therefore, opposing the actions of the Israeli occupation forces and the ideology of Zionism ought to be seen as pro-Jewish. For a clear historical explanation of the cardinal differences between Judaism and Zionism, check out these ten simple points.
 to appease those who want to confirm their belief in the unjust world order we suffer under, I have included a barrage of anti-communist propaganda on this site;
 I still have the right to express my opinion publicly, as long as it is not racist or anti-human.
'Collateral damage' in Gaza, January 2009