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A Thousand Eyes for an Eye, a Thousand Teeth for a Tooth

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In their ongoing assault upon Gaza, Israelis seem to be trying to make a statement, to send a very loud and clear message to the world: that Jewish lives are of infinitely greater value than non-Jewish lives.

What other interpretation can you apply to the bombings of residential homes and hospitals? What we seem to be witnessing is an effort on the part of the Jewish state at intentionally running up the Gaza death toll–and I’m not the only one saying this. Consider the following:

Euro-Mid confirms that the Israeli forces continued their attack with increased bombing on civilian facilities and stepped up the targeting of civilians, women and children in particular, and the bombing of houses continues exponentially.

Those words (emphasis added) are in a report published Friday by the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights, a human rights group based in Geneva.

If we think of the current attack on Gaza as revenge over the killing of three Israeli teens (regardless of who actually carried out the abduction and murder of the teens, the official position of the Israeli government is that it was Hamas), then it is imperative that the number of Palestinians who must die in return be exorbitantly higher: this is the mindset. This is the sort of thinking we have observed, year after year, through one Israeli attack after another–upon both Gaza and the West Bank as well as in attacks upon neighboring countries. It has become in fact the official government policy, adopted at least as far back as 1982, when Israel invaded Lebanon, killing nearly 20,000 people, following the assassination of an Israeli diplomat in Paris. The policy has even been given a name, “disproportionate response,” and now we see it being executed in Gaza.

The Old Testament injunction of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” comes to mind here, although the Israelis seem to have made a decision to adjust the ratio. What we see now transpiring in Gaza much more closely resembles “a thousand eyes for an eye and a thousand teeth for a tooth.”  Here’s a bit more from the Euro-Mid report:

The Israeli forces have targeted an entire family at dawn on Friday 11 July 2014 by bombing their home without previous warning. Five members of the Ghannam family in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, have been killed in the attack, including a 7 years old child. The charred bodies and body parts of the victims arrived at the hospital, including 15 injured family members and neighbors, some of them in critical condition, including children. Palestinian rescue teams have searched for hours for survivors or casualties under the rubble of the destroyed house.

Again, why bomb civilian neighborhoods and homes? The government of Israel, and Israelis in general, seem to be in a perpetual thirst for vengeance. Is it caused by lingering rage over the holocaust? I don’t know, but countless Facebook postings calling for “death to Arabs,” the burning alive of a Palestinian teen, a Knesset member’s championing of genocide–all of these and more point to a “heart of darkness,” as it were, one descended over Palestine like a night fog over a city lost to the oblations of human warmth. And the implications are not just to Palestinians alone. Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich is right when she says, in the article below, that it isn’t just Gaza, and that what we are seeing in essence is a war upon humanity.

One final word–about the photo above. The scene is from a Gaza hospital. A video of what took place there can be viewed here. Go there and watch it. The young boy with the partially blown away skull is 4-year-old Saher Abu Namous. This is him in better times, sitting by the sea in Gaza:

 photo namous_zpsc5b114f5.jpgTake a good look at him, because you won’t see his picture or hear about his grisly death in the mainstream media.

“He was playing and smiling next to his mother when missile shrapnel divided his head,” a family member is quoted here as saying. “His father took him to the hospital screaming ‘Wake up, my son! I bought toys for you, please wake up!’”


Save Gaza Today; Tomorrow’s Too Late!

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich | Press TV

Emma Bull was right when she said, “Coincidence is the word we use when we can’t see the levers and pulleys.” The timing of Israel’s recent assault on Gaza is not coincidental. It is the culmination of several factors: The Hamas-Fatah unity; Israel’s escalation of illegal construction in occupied territory; the collapse of the peace talks; the success of the BDS movement; and the growing number of Europeans warning against investment in occupied territories.

Israel’s expansionist agenda was at odds with the growing lack of sympathy around the world.  So it pulled out its best card – the victim card. On June 12, three Israeli teens were kidnapped, thought by many to be another Israeli false flag operation. According to Israeli police records, “the voice of MK Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) could be heard who was being interviewed by Israel Radio as the kidnapping took place” (Jerusalem Post).

During the phone conversation, shots were heard while Hebrew language was blaring in the background. A gag order was put on this call. Immediately, Netanyahu launched on a campaign to solicit sympathy for this ‘victimization’ and to invoke outrage from world leaders blaming the kidnapping on Hamas (who denied responsibility), all the while giving the impression that the teens were alive.

Without provocation, on June 17, Reuters reported that Israel cracks down on Hamas “in a mobilisation on a scale not seen in years” to find the abducted shot teens. As sentiments of solidarity toward Israel and disgust toward Hamas increased, victim card in hand, IDF boots marched into Palestinian houses turning them into military observation posts, making arbitrary arrests and putting up road blocks to increase pressure on Hamas.

It took more than two weeks for the very competent IDF to find the dead bodies of the teens in a tiny area – and identifying all the ins and outs of Palestinians households. More sympathy and condemnation poured in as the teens’ bodies were found on June 30. Standing center stage amidst Western media, Netanyahu said, “May God avenge their blood.” Thinking of himself as God, on July 1, arrest raids were ordered, hundreds were arrested and a ‘Hamas member was killed.’ All hell broke loose.

The sympathies and framing of events on the ground by the Western media and sympathies of Western leaders gave justification to the bombing of Gaza. The burning alive of a teenage Palestinian boy got a passing mention in the press. As the death toll in Gaza keeps rising, always, not only must Palestinians defend their lives and livelihoods, but they must also contend with fighting the pro-Israel media narrative.

Meanwhile, the UN utters a pathetic whim but remains idle as bombs are dropped on toddlers.    After all, they take their cue from their paymasters with US contributing 25% to the United Nations (the next largest contributors being Japan (12.53%), Germany (8.018%), the United Kingdom (6.604%), and France (6.112%). Lending their support in fratricide are the Arab leaders as their continued silence echoes the call to genocide by Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked.

As Israel is set for a ground invasion of Gaza, the alarming call of a “holy war” is heard from an Israeli commander who tells his soldiers that they are engaged in a war to “wipe out” an “enemy who defames” God. Jewish extremism has always been concealed, and with it, the dangers. But the threat is very real – and very well understood even by those supporting this growing danger.

A 1997 article reviewing the Israeli Defense Force repeatedly stressed the possibilities of and the need to guard against a religious, right-wing military coup, especially as the proportion of the religious in the military increases. They have been on the increase. In 2009, it was reported, “Israel’s army is changing. Once proudly secular, its combat units are now filling with those who believe Israel’s wars are ‘God’s wars.’” If Israel determines “God’s wars,” none are safe.

World leaders have warned that the conflict could engulf the entire region, but Israel is not heeding their warnings. Perhaps Netanyahu is smug in the knowledge that even if all in the region (and beyond) perish, Israeli Jews, or at least some, will be safe in its Site 911. Site 911, funded by America, due for completion soon, “will have five levels buried underground and six additional outbuildings on the above grounds, within the perimeter. At about 127,000 square feet, the first three floors will house classrooms, an auditorium, and a laboratory — all wedged behind shock resistant doors — with radiation protection and massive security. Each door of the facility will have a detailed description of the mezuzahs written in “in-erasable ink.”

With the growing extremism in Israeli military, their “holy wars” and nukes, it is not just Gaza that is burning – this is a war on humanity and perhaps even human race.  If we do not stop it today, tomorrow may be too late.

27 thoughts on “A Thousand Eyes for an Eye, a Thousand Teeth for a Tooth

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  2. Sickening does not even begin to describe this travesty and abuse of Palestinians by this morally corrupt regime. Time and time again we are confronted by images such as these, while the world remains silent. No more. No more will i stand by and remain silent, while this stain on humanity is allowed to go unchallenged. I will protest, on the streets, and on the web to expose this abuse and genocide. Expect images such as these to be posted on the internet so they are right in the cowards face.

  3. The israelis seem to applying what can only be called total war,with the blitzkrieg killing innocence,’the palistinian hearts will harden,’who knows,’a possible alliance with the more formidable Isil,’who better armed and fanatical,’this slaughter will be a clarion call for every hardcore jihadis..

  4. As a athiest,all the bible stuff,goes over my head but i am pro human,’one could make strong arguments about religion and some hardcore zionist peoples belief devine right to land of Israel which instructs their violence but i wont because this not a freethinkers forum but enjoy the read,though things look grim out middle east…

  5. People are going to work it out that our media has completely lost the plot. Its monster has spoken and the pimps and prostitutes have made there way to the dark side.

  6. “…this not a freethinkers forum…”

    Well it’s also not an irrelevancy forum either Pete. How does your being an atheist (a disclosure I think you’ve shared with us on more than one occasion in the past) even remotely pertain to what’s going on in Gaza right now?

  7. Thanks for posting this, Genie. I should have guessed it would probably be on YouTube as well. In my hurry yesterday I didn’t think to go there and do a search for it.

  8. Israel,is a protected vassal state of the American Empire,’its out post in the badlands,it wont be condemned for its war crimes..

  9. Im just a lover of humanity and i see what Israelis is doing wrong in Gaza,’i dont look to bible but i love Jesus,Krishna,Buddah,’all teachers of humanity,’without superstition…

  10. Personally I’m waiting for someone, preferably an Ashkenazim Jew to call me an anti-Semite. I too, from this day on intend to expose them

  11. hitler found.
    not the adolph sort, he was just a human trying to save his country and people.
    the jewish defined hitler, the real hitler is israel/jewry.

  12. There you go again, trying to make the Jews look bad and denying them their rights;
    there have been quite a few genocides in history, why can’t Jews enjoy one of their own making? Haven’t they suffered enough?

  13. sorry Pete…..but I think you’ve got that backwards…..America is a vassal state of Israel
    … observe, ANY time Israel is mentioned in Washington DC, 98% of the politicians in (Occupied) US Congress stand and salute….and begin forking over tax payer dollars to that zionist fascist theocracy called Israel.
    It turns the feudal definition of ‘vassal’ on its head.

  14. You are wrong, madams12. It is obvious to me that you have not read Chomsky. It is like this–
    Israel has been subjugated by the American imperialists, with the help of a few baddies like Netanyahu and others before him. Against the wishes of millions of peaceful and humanitarian Israelis and good Jews worldwide, Israel was made into a tool, used by the US as a bulwark against the badlands –the other baddies, the islamofascists. It is an understatement to call Israel a vassal of the US–it is its slave. All the money we pour there and the Jewish lobby at home are just window dressing to fool the Jews into thinking there is such a thing as Jewish power and continue to submit. But they are not fooled. They can see through the ruse as astutely as Pete can.

    Based on his language skills, I don’t believe Pete has read Chomsky, but he must have got a hold of a pretty good summary of it in basic vocabulary.

  15. Ariadna……(not that I don’t appreciate your trying to set me straight on this feudal/vassal thing)….but i’ve received good medical attention.
    …I went thru a “chomp-ectomy” …. therefore no longer experience sudden inexplicable comas I used to slip into while listening to Prof Noam Strangelove Chomsky….
    Did you know his monotone is what inspired NASA engineers to develop UAVs??.
    ….the magic was in his ‘D R O N E”.
    Today, i’m proud to say I’m truly free of my noam-activated narcolepsy, and appreciative to those who deconstructed my chomsky-itis. over the years.
    But none have distilled his bullshit as brilliantly as you in one sweet short paragraph. AMEN!

  16. Just like to say,its not eye for a eye,its decimation,’its killing several for one,’during the occupation of Italy by the nazis,they killed three or several,for every soldier lost to partisans,it was some strange reintroduction of the old Roman idea of killing every tenth man for failure in battle,’not exactly the same idea but the nazis didnt care for formailities,they just applied it to their enemies and could not care less,much like the Israelis..

  17. you maybe right,’especially since the wolfawitz doctrine took hold of republican party,’the republican party is naturally isolationist,’this has all changed…

  18. i dont think its irrelelevant but if your applying your professional critique,by staying purely on topic,i can take positive critisicism

  19. Well Pete, it is a litlle bit more than a year ago, but I hope, you will read this; what you said about Israel and the U.S., that is completely wrong; the real truth is, Israel is not a protected vassal state of the American empire, Israel is the head and the U.S. is the tail; when Jews talking about Israel, the mean not only their little state in the Middle East; they mean also AIPAC, the ADL, the Jewish World Congress, the American Jewish Congress among others; and it are these organisations who are the real power behind Barack Obama and who were the real power behind all previous American Presidents. On the first glance, it looks as if Israel is just a protected vassal state of America, but this is just a ruse…

    “Every time we do someting you tell me Americans will do this and will do that. I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.” (Ariel Sharon to Shimon Peres, early October, 2001)

    Ariel Sharon told at that time what was (and stil is) the reality about Israel and the U.S. He is gone now. He was a butcher, just as the current Premier, Netanyahu is now. You as an atheist, don’t believe in heaven and hell, I may assume? Well, I do. What do you think, were is Sharon now? I think, he has not a good time now! Just as the late Menachem Begin, Golda Meir, David Ben-Gurion, and all those Israeli Premiers, Sharon has too, his residence now in hell…forever! And believe me, they don’t enjoy it! And Netanyahu is well on his way, to become also a citizen of this “burning empire.” Unless he repents….

  20. After reading this, I cry, no one or anything should have to suffer. Everyone is thinking this generation is the best one, however, this generation is cruel, I feel sorry for everyone that has to suffer things like this every single day, no one wants this to happen to anyone anymore, no one wants this to continue for years. No one wants to live into this generation into a generation like this, however, we can try to make this generation the best, to make it happy, to make it into a dream, something that everyone always wanted, something…. That we all want.

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