From Gaza, with Love

Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Morality of The Israeli Army

Gaza Strip 1st of August 2006

Today the Israeli Occupying Forces redeployed into the area south east of Rafah, targetting Alshoukas village. They launched a big military operation against the village in a desperate attempt to demolish alleged tunnels. At least 50 army tanks along with helicopters and drones took part in this operation. What concerned me is that 8 people were killed, amongst them 2 Palestinian fighters, and the rest were civilians including one boy age 11. 26 people were injured, ten are in serious conditions.

The health emergency teams were not allowed entry to rescue the injured for 12 hours, leaving the injured to face their destinies. I am sure, as are my colleagues at the Rafah hospital, that this inhuman act increased the number of the dead and seriously injured. During the operation, ambulances were also attacked by shelling at the hospital's gate. Tens of families in the village were forced to leave their homes; children, women and men left their homes because the shelling was too severe/

What of morality? Of the Fourth Geneva convention and its charters regarding civilians and the safety of health teams working during war times? This accord means nothing and is not respected by the Israeli army. For us here in Palestine, we know very well that Israel, with its colonial-Zionist ideology, aims to kill more and more Palestinian civilians. During its so called military operations to "defend its security", hundreds of civilians including entire families were unnecessarily killed.

Israel aims to break the Palestinian people's will and determination to achieve their inalienable nationals goals. I said before they will not succeed and I am saying it again and again. It is impossible to control an entire nation using collective punishment and continuous occupation. It is impossible to confiscate am entire nation's right of freedom and self-determination. Israel and the United States should read history lessons.

Here in Gaza City the artillery shelling continued in the east and north. We don’t have air raids shelters, we don't have electricity, we don’t have clean water. The war boats patrol the sea and the helicopters continue their shelling at all times of the day. Lately, Israel has also been distributiing of flyers against resistance movement.

I was in the Omar Elmukhtar high street and watched the sarcastic expression on the faces of a bunch of teenagers as they picked up these flyers and read them. I remembered myself as a teenager during 1967 war time. I read the same sort of flyers and laughed. Israel aims to make Palestinian people hungry, thirsty, to make us face humanitarian disaster after humanitarian disaster, and dependent on the world's sympathy.

We are a nation with a noble cause; we resist injustice and occupation. We are not alone and we know that very well. What we face is the most ugly version of the United States' imbalanced policies in the Middle East. The immorality and injustice of these policies will reflect itself on the future of USA, let us wait and see.

P.S. I was asked by some of you why I keep referring to the Israeli army as occupying army. This is the truth AND I AM SAYING THE TRUTH. The disengagement plan from Gaza last Septemper did not end the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. All it has meant for me is that I can visit my mother in the south (20 km drive) without passing through the Israeli checkpoints. But I am still under the threat of the jetfighters, sonic booms, and continuous shelling from the north and east. Israel still has control of the commercial borders and has closed them at will causing shortages of baby formula, bread, food, and medicine. Israel and the rest of the world have imposed economic sanctions on us as a collective punishment for our choice during the January election. How would you define the above but occupation?

In love and solidarity
Mona

20 Comments:

  • The Israeli occupying forces have made Gaza the world's largest prison.

    Because the warden moved his family out of the prison does not mean the inmates are free

    By Blogger Abu Shaar, at 8/03/2006 6:51 PM  

  • thank you good sister mona. i would say i enjoy reading your posts, but that seems a little twisted. here in the US, things are twisted. i'm sure you're aware that people here in the US already see this country's own reflection, and it's not good my friend. we are afraid to look at ourselves. i witness people here handle this reflection in many different ways, everyday it becomes more and more visible. i do, however, learn from reading your accounts of struggles of your people - i thank you for sharing, my heart is with you all, i ask the same of you for good people here. i only ask. i wish i could do more, perhaps in the future. this may sound a bit strange, but i would truly rather be there suffering with you all, side by side, with those who fight for survival, than to be here being digested in this ransid belly among those not willing to fight for change. it's very stagnant here. perhaps i'll start writing and posting on this subject on my own blog... my reluctancy to do this is perhaps reflective of why very good people here do nothing, maybe laying low? it's a strange thing. i wonder if this is what it was like in nazi germany during it's rise to fall. i wonder. i apologize for my rant on your post, i thank you for providing space, if you find my writing to be inappropriate i won't be offended if you moderate it.

    -- PeaceOut

    By Blogger markis, at 8/03/2006 7:34 PM  

  • Hi, I would like to offer you my solidarity. I spent last summer in the West Bank researching for my Masters thesis. It was at the time of the gaza withdrawal.

    In my time there I witnessed communities having their land stolen from them in the name of Israel's security for the security barrier/apartheid wall. When the local communities organised peaceful demonstrations against the wall they were met with military agression and administrative detention.

    For those of you who don't know that means arresting people at demonstrations or who are suspected of involvement in militias without trial and without knowing what their crime is. Many of these are children.

    Everyday I saw the local population harassed, old women having to wait hours at check points by surly youths. young men with nothing to do and nothing to look forward to who could have gained a PHD in stone throwing. Valuable water diverted to settlements, roads that only travellers could travel on forcing the locals to make journeys of up to hours out of their way to go 15 minutes. Houses demolished because they were built without permits which the Israelis refuse to grant to Palestinians. Families who can never reunify because their relatives live in Gaza.

    The 8000 settlers pulled out of Gaza was a tiny fraction of the 400 000 ilegal settlers in the west bank. The majority of those have settled post-oslo disregarding international law to create "facts on the ground". In other words a land grab.

    The West Bank was bad but everyone told me that conditions in Gaza were so much worse. And now the war in Lebannon is conveniently diverting peoples' attention from the Palestinains who are dying everyday. 8 today including an 8 year old boy.


    The old mantra of without a just peace for Palestinisn based not soley on Israels security needs ,but on the realisation of Palestinian aspirations there will be no peace in the region, is so true.

    I applaud a stoical and opressed people but also those in the Israeli peace camp that realise you can't bomb your way to peace.

    By Blogger fififixit, at 8/03/2006 8:11 PM  

  • You're absolutely right Mona .. the occupation of Gaza did NOT stop!
    The Palestinian people are GREAT .. full of resiliance, perseverance and dignity - I HIGHLY respect tham for that! Why don't you send these letters to US-Senators? Kofi Annan? Bush (who will certainly NOT get to see it)? Olmert? The Read Cross? Amnesty? the internet is a GREAT tool ...

    It is DEAD-against the Fourth Geneva Concention not to allow aid to the injured ... it is an absolute CRIME!! They do NOT stand above the law ... and they did NOT make the law!
    How is Sondos holding up?
    BIG hug for BOTH od you!!

    STAY STONG GUYS ... WE'RE WITH YOU ALL THE TIME!!

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 8/03/2006 9:55 PM  

  • Hi Mona
    Keep the faith you are not alone

    By Blogger irish.dave, at 8/03/2006 11:12 PM  

  • 'The immorality and injustice of these policies will reflect itself on the future of USA, let us wait and see.'

    I think that process began some time ago but only among those who looked underneath the news. The possible effects of such longterm immorality and injustice are now being realised across the board and some prominent Americans, even Republicans, have realised that the US, if it wants any credibility in the region in future, needs to unhitch itself from Israeli war crimes. Without credibility in the Middle East, the future of the USA does look cloudy.

    But all that is a long way down the track and while American ignorance continues, people like you and your community suffer.

    By Blogger Glenn Condell, at 8/04/2006 4:07 AM  

  • yeah right, Hamas are "fighters," not terrorists

    the real question is why are YOU illegally occupying land given by the Creator to the Jewish people, as testified in the Hebrew Scripture/Torah in numerous places??


    The Torah (Hebrew Scripture) declares explicitly countless times that the Holy Land of Israel is G-d's Eternal Gift to the Jewish people:

    Throughout the Bible we find G-d's promises to give the Land of Israel to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants for all future generations.

    The following is a brief selection of Biblical sources that demonstrate the Jewish ownership of the Holy Land of Israel, because of divine promise:

    G-d appeared to Abram and said, "To your offspring I will give this land." Genesis 12:7.

    G-d said to Abram … "Raise now your eyes and look out from where you are: northward, southward, eastward, and westward. For all the land that you see, to you will I give it, and to your descendants forever." Genesis 13:14-15.

    G-d said to Abram…"Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth! For to you will I give it." Genesis 13:17.

    Abraham purchases Cave of Machpela in Hebron. Genesis 15:7. 15:18-21. 17:8. 23:16-18.

    G-d promises that Isaac shall inherit Abraham. Genesis 17:19. 21:12.

    Abraham gives all his possessions to Isaac. Genesis 25:5.

    Abraham was buried in the Cave of Machpela. Genesis 25:10.

    G-d promises Isaac that He will fulfill His promise of the land to Abraham. Genesis 26:3-4.

    Isaac hands down the promise of the land to Jacob. Genesis 28:4.

    G-d promises the Land of Israel to Jacob. Genesis 28:13.

    Jacob purchases land in Shechem. Genesis 33:19.

    G-d promises to give Jacob and his offspring the Land of Israel. Genesis 35:12.

    Jacob gives Shechem to Joseph. Genesis 48:21-22.

    Joseph tells his brothers G-d will remember His promise to Abraham Isaac and Jacob. Genesis 49:30. 50:13. 50:24.

    G-d tells Moses to tell the Jews that He will bring them to the land promised to Abraham Isaac and Jacob. Exodus 6:8

    Moses promises redemption and the Jewish inheritance of Israel. Deuteronomy 30:3-5.

    By Blogger chenyok, at 8/04/2006 9:45 AM  

  • This was in... 1500 BC? The world evolved since then. If someone knocked on my door pretending I am occupying his house because of a that old property deed, I would just laugh. Not of course, if he got modern machine guns, jet-fighters, drones, a super-powerful friend and a beautiful atom bomb. G-d has been generous to them to provide them all these g--ds.

    By Blogger E.M, at 8/04/2006 9:37 PM  

  • The old mantra of without a just peace for Palestinisn based not soley on Israels security needs ,but on the realisation of Palestinian aspirations there will be no peace in the region, is so true.


    There will be no peace.
    Peace only comes when people renounce violence and realize that peace is better than war.

    But people in the middle east still have a long way to go before they realize that.

    They are still ready to sacrifice peace in the altar of their full rights.


    As long as people love more the land than peace , peace wont come.

    By Blogger solitarioh2005, at 8/05/2006 12:32 AM  

  • Having said that people should love more peace than land or al aqsa mosque...., I must say that israeli response to the kidnaping of the soldier in Gaza has been disproportionate.
    About 150 palestinians died in Gaza.

    The solution should be peace.

    Not peace in 3 years time.., or 10 years time..; Not peace after palestinian rights gor attained.

    (When that will happen ? ).

    What was nedeed was peace now , with no conditions.

    After the shooting stopped things would immediately start to get better.

    Why the palestinians do not see it ? They dont see it because hate ( like love ) makes people blind.

    Palestinians needed a Gandhi but they have always dreamed about a Saladin , a warrior that conquer Al Aqsa a second time..

    By Blogger solitarioh2005, at 8/05/2006 12:39 AM  

  • I am confused as to what you think war is. It makes no sense to bomb people and then let emergency personnel in to help them. If that is what you think war is, then I am not surprised that the Arabs have lost every war they have ever fought with Israel. Letting help in is defeating the purpose of war. Do you think Hizballah would let ambulances in to save Israelis? They would not, because the Arabs would tear the woulded Jews apart with their bare hands before the help got there. I think that we in the US and the UN should stay out of this conflict and let you all just fight to the death. Lets just finish this and get it over with. If you get your wish and anihilate Israel will you then stop your violence? Doubtful, as you seem to turn against each other when a jew is not available.

    By Blogger Miss Carnivorous, at 8/05/2006 2:06 AM  

  • As I like to say I am pro israeli pro palestinian.

    Palestinians have a great case.
    Palestinians have a great case.
    Palestinian babies are killed in Gaza .


    " Three Palestinians were killed and five wounded early Saturday in an Israel Air Force air strike in the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, military sources and hospital officials said.

    The dead included a 16-year-old girl, Kifah Natour, her brother, Amar, 15. Their mother Huda, 50, later died of her wounds, according to Dr. Ali Musa, the director of the local hospital. ".
    /..../

    Early the previous day, IDF troops conducted house-to-house searches in the southern Gaza Strip and killed four Palestinians, three militants and an infant girl, with tanks and air strikes.

    /.........../


    Shahed al-Eid, born a few days ago, was critically wounded Thursday night by shrapnel of an IDF shell. She died of her wounds on Friday. A gunman was also killed by an IDF shell. ".

    This does not make sense.

    That small babie barely breath life.

    Then she was killed.


    Israelis have a case either.

    The president of Iran does want to destroy israel and one should not forget that only decades ago , millions of jews got killed by the germans.

    Today jews dont want to have the same fate.

    Both palestinians and jews have a case.
    The way forward should be a kind of covenant so that people would not shoot one another and try to settle their diferences through dialogue.

    Palestine is a small place and so people should try their best to live side by side without shooting each other

    By Blogger solitarioh2005, at 8/05/2006 4:37 AM  

  • Ha-ha ... now THAT'S a new one! Mona - I hope you know it is YOU who is an occupier!!
    Thanks Chenyok for enlightening us with this wisdom ... you got stuck sometime between Ramses II and Nebukadnezzar, didn't even see the Greek and Roman Empire, in other words, you're a wee-bit behind your time!

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 8/05/2006 6:28 PM  

  • Hey Munich,
    While I don't agree with Chenyok that Jews have a right because the Torah said so, I do want to point out that Jews have been living in the land that is Israel for thousands of years, long before "Palestenians" decided it was there land. So don't laugh and learn your history.

    By Blogger PetiteDov, at 8/07/2006 5:39 PM  

  • Petitedov: There were a few thousand Jews in Palestine prior to the British Mandate, Jews who were truly native. Compared to half a million Arabs.

    You may have a point about historical claims to the land, but you've just got it backwards. The Palestinians are the ones who have been there for "thousands of years", and who's land was taken from them almost one hundred years ago.

    I for one don't put a lot of weight on arguments of historical right. The fact is that Israel is there, and isn't leaving. This doesn't mean there cannot be peace. Israel must withdraw (not just settlers, but the military too) to the 1967 lines, out of the West Bank and Gaza. The Palestinians must be permitted to participate in international trade, to live normal lives, and to rebuild their civilian infrastructure. The current occupation really is inexcusable.

    By Blogger Phil, at 8/21/2006 1:22 AM  

  • The Israeli Zionist dream for Palestine is coming true. Deprived of food, water electricity, money, medical care, safety, leadership, and official outside help, the Palestinians are turning on each other as they struggle to survive.

    But Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has made it clear that this is only the beginning.

    “Nobody dies from not having electricity”, Olmert is said to have told his cabinet, and “no one in Gaza should sleep.” Emphasizing that last point, low-flying IDF jets break the sound barrier over Gaza virtually every night.

    Can you see it? Children huddled with parents unable to sleep at all.

    The Palestinian government disaster was deliberately contrived by:

    Israel
    United States
    European Union
    United Nations

    To add more to the Palestinian misery, the Israel Defense Force is conducting daily raids, bombings, attacks, kidnappings, and interference with human movements.

    The goal is to contrive the utter collapse of Palestinian society, while goading as many as possible into leaving, dying, or killing each other.

    The Olmert government or its Zionist backers hardly care which.

    THE USUAL SCENARIO WHEN THE WORLD IS LOOKING AWAY:

    While the outside world has been more or less fixated on Lebanon, the IDF and the Mossad have been conducting intensive warfare and political harassment in Gaza and the West Bank. This is nothing new.

    The Israelis have taken much of the parliament, many cabinet members, and the Deputy Prime Minister hostage; they use the euphemism “arrest” for what they do.

    In pure Zionist fashion, they have threatened to assassinate the Prime Minister and have bombed his and other government offices.

    Israel has progressively disassembled the democratically elected Palestinian Government by kidnappings, and it is doubtful that without an international outcry that so far h as not been forthcoming, I hardly doubt these prisoners will ever be released.

    Instead they may join the ranks of the estimated 10,000 Palestinian hostages the Israelis have held without charge for over 25 years.

    By Blogger Rhiannon, at 9/16/2006 5:11 AM  

  • The Jews were given Israel on CONDITIONS. They were to obey God's laws. They didn't. They sinned. They were to live in exile from then on.

    This is stated in the Torah, the Old Testament, and the Quran.

    The ancestry of most of the Jews in America and in Israel actually go back centuries ago from EASTERN EUROPE.

    However, the Palestinians have complete TOTAL RIGHTS as they have stayed in Palestine for centuries and currently.

    The Zionists (of EASTERN EUROPE ANCESTRY) were not succesful in rooting the Palestinians out of their homeland completely.

    The Zionists tried with their well-planned massacres, and it's true, the Deir Yassin massacre was planned extensively for several years.

    In 1948 the Israel army massacred several Palestinian towns early on to terrorize the population so they would flee. It worked partly.

    And let us not forget the first bombers were JEWS who were blowing up British bases in Palestine because they were trying to stop the flow of ZIONISTS flocking to Palestine. The first plane ever hijacked was by a Jew.

    The fact is that the Jews had their philosophical golden age under the Islamic Empire. The Muslims and Jews have always been on good terms and still are to this day.

    The present problems started in 1948 when zionists from the USA and Europe went campaigning for a state of Israel and claiming “A land without a people for a people without a land” ignoring the millions of Palestinians living in Palestine.

    By Blogger Rhiannon, at 9/16/2006 5:57 AM  

  • Dearest Mona,

    I knew as I saw the so-called jewish settlers being carried out from the homes they lived in the Gaza Strip, I knew that it would not mean the end of the occupation. Instead, this was just another way for Israel to say to the world: See? Look what we are doing in the name of peace.

    But if the world could see what Israel is doing to the Palestinian and Lebanese children, and to the Iraqi children now as well, the world would have a different view of Israel.

    Where I live, several years ago, some Palestinian people had gotten permission from the city public library to set up a booth and show pictures of the devastation of the Territories done by Israel.

    In a few days the Library told them to close their booth down. You can just imagine why, Mona, but I'll tell you anyway. The Jewish organization shrieked anti-semitism once again (Palestinians are also semites, for crying out loud!) and they demanded the booth taken down or they wouldn't donate funds to the library.

    This is the usual way in North America when it comes to the so-called Jewish lobbies.

    At a University, just a few weeks ago, a big exhibition was set up in a recreation center showing the terrible things happening to Iraq. That was successful and I heard nothing of any threats or complaints against this exhibition. But the difference is that Israel and Zionism was never mentioned.

    They don't want people to figure the connection between Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine.

    By Blogger Rhiannon, at 9/21/2006 12:19 AM  

  • Est ce que les citoyens d'un pays démocratique ne sont pas responsable du choix qu'ils on fais ? La décision de voter pour un quelconque dirigeant est naturellement faite compte tenu de ses idées, ses buts, sa politique.
    Ce qui fait de chacun d'entre nous responsable des faits de ce dit gouvernement, qui agit en notre nom.
    Je crains que de diversifier les citoyens d'un pays de leur gouvernement soit une pensée purement antidémocratique, et nous place en position d'irresponsables voir même d'idiots. Ceci même est en flagrante contradiction avec l'essence même de la démocratie, élu par le peuple et pour le peuple
    Loin de surtaxer des populations entières d'irresponsables ou d'idiots il est permit de penser, que tous les peuples vivants dans une démocratie ont le droit de s'approprier les mérites de leurs gouvernant tant bien que leurs erreurs.
    Ceci dit, il est évident que le clan des innocents est considérablement restreint vue qu'ils sont directement responsables.
    Lorsqu'un postulant quelconque présente comme programme la destruction d'un voisin, son anéantissement physique et appuie son programme par des faits quoi de plus claire comme propagande électorale.
    Sur ce, ce même postulant démocratiquement élu agira au nom du peuple qui l'a porté au pouvoir et en toute légitimité.
    Les conséquences bonnes ou mauvaises sont alors a partager.

    By Blogger agenda, at 1/25/2009 10:42 AM  

  • Est ce que les citoyens d'un pays démocratique ne sont pas responsable du choix qu'ils on fais ? La décision de voter pour un quelconque dirigeant est naturellement faite compte tenu de ses idées, ses buts, sa politique.
    Ce qui fait de chacun d'entre nous responsable des faits de ce dit gouvernement, qui agit en notre nom.
    Je crains que de diversifier les citoyens d'un pays de leur gouvernement soit une pensée purement antidémocratique, et nous place en position d'irresponsables voir même d'idiots. Ceci même est en flagrante contradiction avec l'essence même de la démocratie, élu par le peuple et pour le peuple
    Loin de surtaxer des populations entières d'irresponsables ou d'idiots il est permit de penser, que tous les peuples vivants dans une démocratie ont le droit de s'approprier les mérites de leurs gouvernant tant bien que leurs erreurs.
    Ceci dit, il est évident que le clan des innocents est considérablement restreint vue qu'ils sont directement responsables.
    Lorsqu'un postulant quelconque présente comme programme la destruction d'un voisin, son anéantissement physique et appuie son programme par des faits quoi de plus claire comme propagande électorale.
    Sur ce, ce même postulant démocratiquement élu agira au nom du peuple qui l'a porté au pouvoir et en toute légitimité.
    Les conséquences bonnes ou mauvaises sont alors a partager.

    By Blogger agenda, at 1/25/2009 10:43 AM  

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