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I just want to quote the following lines from this article and this one with no comments; these testimonies are not an Arab propaganda but revelations from Israeli soldiers themselves who participated in the war in Gaza:

Israel’s military was rocked on Thursday by Gaza war veterans’ accounts of soldiers’ killings of civilians and allegations that deep contempt for Palestinians pervaded its ranks.

The revelations, compiled by the head of an Israel military academy who declared that he was “shocked” at the findings, come as international rights groups are calling for independent inquiries into the conduct of both sides in the three-week Israeli offensive against Palestinian Islamists.

That’s the beauty of Gaza. You see a man walking, he doesn’t have to have a weapon, and you can shoot him,” one soldier told Danny Zamir, the head of the Rabin pre-military academy, who asked him why a company commander ordered an elderly woman to be shot.

One of the soldiers, an infantry squad leader, recalled an incident in which he said an army sharpshooter killed a Palestinian mother and her two children who turned the wrong way after troops ordered them out of their house.

“The platoon commander let the family go and told them to go to their right. One mother and her two children didn’t understand and went to the left … The sharpshooter saw (them) approaching him, closer than the lines he was told no one should pass. He shot them.”

“I don’t know whether he first shot at their feet or not, but he killed them,” the soldier said.

The squad leader said most of the men under his command felt “the lives of Palestinians … is something very, very less important than the lives of our soldiers, so as far as they are concerned, they can justify it that way”.

The same unnamed NCO said that his commanding officer ordered soldiers on to a rooftop to shoot an old woman crossing a main street during the fighting, which a Palestinian rights groups said left 1,434 people dead, 960 of them civilians.

I don’t know whether she was suspicious, not suspicious, I don’t know her story,” the NCO said. “I do know that my officer sent people to the roof in order to take her out… It was cold-blooded murder.”

Describing vandalism carried out by soldiers, the squad leader said: “To write ‘death to the Arabs’ on the walls, to take family pictures and spit on them, just because you can — I think this is the main thing, to understand how much the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) has fallen in the realm of ethics.”

Another disturbing element reported by the soldiers was the role of military rabbis in distributing booklets that framed the fighting as a religious war. “All these articles had a clear message: we are the Jewish people, we have come to the land by miraculous means, and now we have to fight to remove the Gentiles who are getting in our way and preventing us from occupying the Holy Land… a great many soldiers had a feeling throughout this operation of a religious war,” said one soldier.


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After the war in Gaza ended last week, a very interesting report caught my attention. The leaders of France, Germany, England, Spain, Italy and the president of the European Union met with Israel’s prime minister only ONE day after the war in Gaza ended. They wined and dined with the butcher himself just few hours after he finished slaughtering young children. What is more interesting was the comment of Italy’s prime minister. He said,” I am very pleased to be here this evening to express my support, together with the other European leaders. As far as my country and I am concerned, we have always stood beside you. We feel for the hardships you must face.You certainly remember that Italy always stood beside you, even when Israel was the only democracy in the Middle East. This is because of our shared values, our aspiration for freedom, our cultures and our free market rules.

What shared values are these? Can you try to imagine how an ordinary Arab would think when he sees all of those European leaders honoring a murderer shortly after he finished killing more than 410 Arab children? For us it seems that the West will never treat us with the same dignity and respect as they treat their own citizens or the citizens of their apple of the eye, Israel!

Anyway, I also wanted to share another interesting article I read in the Guardian about some of the atrocities that happened in Gaza during the war. What took my attention the most were the following things:

“But most disturbing of all was the graffiti they daubed on the walls of the ground floor. Some was in Hebrew, but much was naively written in English: “Arabs need 2 die”, “Die you all”, “Make war not peace”, “1 is down, 999,999 to go”, and scrawled on an image of a gravestone the words: “Arabs 1948-2009”.

There were several sketches of the Star of David flag. “Gaza here we are,” it said in English next to one.”

Dear reader, I am sure you think,” So what? These are childish behaviors of young men and they do not express the general feelings of Israelis toward the Arabs!” I will now share what some of Israel’s most influential men have said about the Arabs and the Palestinians only as examples of how they real feel about us.

“One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” – Rabbi Yaacov Perrin, Feb. 27, 1994 in N.Y. Times, Feb. 28, 1994, p. 1.

“All of the Palestinians must be killed: men, women, infants and even their beasts” – Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, director Tsomet Institute, Israeli ‘Haaretz

“We must use terror, assassination, land confiscation and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population” Israel Koenig, ‘The Koenig Memorandum

“Let’s hope for a new war with the Arab countries so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space” Moshe Dayan, ‘Israel’s Sacred Terrorism’

“It is important that the Palestinians are made to understand, in the deepest recesses of their consciousness, that they are a defeated people.” – Moshe Yaalon, Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces in 2002

Finally, I’d like to quote some comments made by Israel’s former chief rabbi, Ovadia Yosef. He is the spiritual leader of Shas party which is the 3rd largest party in the Israeli parliament and is participating in the current Israeli government. According to Wikipedia he is “generally considered one of the most important halakhic authorities. In particular, he is widely considered as the ultimate halakhic authority for Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews.”

Now let us see what that great leader and religious scholar said:

 “It is forbidden to be merciful to Arabs. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable,” and, “The Lord shall return the Arabs’ deeds on their own heads, waste their seed and exterminate them, devastate them and vanish them from this world.” 

“In the old city of Jerusalem they [Arabs] are swarming like ants. They should go to hell — and the Messiah will speed them on their way.”

Rabbi Yosef also generated controversy in 2000 when he declared that Prime Minister Ehud Barak has “no sense” because he is trying to make peace with the Palestinians, which he likened to another senseless act, attempting to make peace between a human and an animal such as a “snake”, which is motivated by instincts that cannot be overridden, asking, “Will we make peace with a snake?”

I know in the Western media they tell you that Palestinians are teaching hatred to their children. But really who are the ones who are teaching hatred to their children? Do they tell you about these kind of comments made by Israelis? Do you still think that what the Israeli soldiers did does not represent what they are taught in their society?


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Unfortunately a lot of people just don’t know how this war on Gaza is affecting the minds of people in my region! Check out this article:

“I have just returned from the Middle East and witnessed how Israel’s assault on Gaza is radicalizing mainstream Muslim opinion. Shown endlessly on Arab and Muslim television stations, the massive killing of civilians is fueling rage against Israel and its superpower patron, the United States, among mainstream and moderate voices who previously believed in co-existence with the Jewish state. Now, they are questioning their basic assumptions and raising doubts about Israel’s future integration into the region

Many professionals, both Christian and Muslim Arabs, previously critical of Hamas, are bitter about what they call Israel’s “barbaric conduct” against Palestinian noncombatants, particularly women and children. No one I have encountered believes Israel’s narrative that this is a war against Hamas, not the Palestinian people. A near consensus exists among Arabs and Muslims that Israel is battering the Palestinian population in an effort to force it to revolt against Hamas, just as it tried to force the Lebanese people to revolt against Hezbollah in the summer of 2006. But Hezbollah weathered that Israeli storm, acquired a sturdier immune system and became the most powerful institution in Lebanon. In so doing it shattered Israeli deterrence, delivered a blow to US Mideast policy and expanded the influence of Iran, Hezbollah’s main supporter in the region.

In my recent travels I was struck by the widespread popular support for Hamas–from college students and street vendors to workers and intellectuals. Very few ventured criticism of Hamas, and many said they felt awed by the fierce resistance put forward by its fighters. Israel’s onslaught on Gaza has effectively silenced critics of Hamas and politically legitimized the militant resistance movement in the eyes of many previously skeptical Palestinians and Muslims. Regardless of how this war ends, Hamas will likely emerge as a more powerful political force than before and will likely top Fatah, the ruling apparatus of President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority.

“No one dares any longer to question Hamas’s right to represent the Palestinian people,” said a 30-year-old leftist Palestinian, a graduate of the American University in Beirut. Why so, I asked. “The Islamist resistance has earned a place at the table with blood,” he told me.

What Israeli officials and their American allies do not appreciate is that Hamas is not merely an armed militia but a social movement with a large popular base that is deeply entrenched in society. It cannot be wiped out without massacring half a million Palestinians. If Israel succeeds in killing Hamas’s senior leaders, a new generation, more radical than the present, will swiftly replace them. Hamas is a fact of life. It is not going away, and it will not raise the white flag regardless of how many casualties it suffers.

Suffice it to say that the so-called moderate Arab states are on the defensive, and that the resistance front led by Iran and Syria is the main beneficiary. Once again, Israel and the Bush administration have handed the Iranian leadership a sweet victory.”

Recently I heard a very interesting interview with a famous Arab journalist. That journalist is known to be a supporter for the Arab peace initiative toward Israel. He said,”The Israeli war on Gaza has killed my old personality. It has burned any kind of seed of acceptance I had in my heart for the state of Israel. When I heard the Iranian president’s comments about Israel, I thought his comments were foolish but now I want to apologize to him. I came to realize that we all turned out to be fools and he is the only wise one among us!” What do you think about that?

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Please read Parsin’s post about the Israeli/Gaza conflict.  He really puts things into perspective in an easy-to-understand way.  Check out where he puts the deaths and injuries into American proportions!  8-(

And — *~*~whoo hoo!~*~* — finally we can celebrate a major American newspaper having the fortitude to publish an article calling it like it is in Gaza!  From the opinion page … thank you, George E. Bisharat and The Wall Street Journal!  It’s about time!!

Maybe we should all write WSJ with our thanks!

Israel Is Committing War Crimes

Hamas’s violations are no justification for Israel’s actions.

I’d really like to think we aren’t as barbaric as people in ancient civilizations who found it entertaining to gather in coliseums to watch humans fight one another or wild animals ’til only one of them were left standing.  What gruesome entertainment!

Thankfully, I’ve not heard anyone dare admit he finds this slaughter entertaining, but I can’t help but make some comparison to the old days of sitting back . . . watching people die.

I spend much of my time thinking that this could be the last hour of my existence.

As I try to fall asleep, I hear on the radio the numbers of people who have died rising by the hour. I wonder if tomorrow morning, I will be part of that body count, part of the next breaking news.

I will be just another number to all those watching the death and destruction in Gaza or maybe the fact that I work for Oxfam will mean that I will be a name and not just a number. I might be talked about for a minute and moments later forgotten, like all those other people who have had their lives taken away from them.

I am not afraid of dying – I know that one day we all must die. But not like this, not sitting idly in my home with my children in my arms waiting for our lives to be taken away. I am disgusted by this injustice.

What is the international community waiting for – to see even more dismembered people and families erased before they act? Time is ticking by and the numbers of dead and injured are increasing. What are they waiting for?

What is happening is against humanity, are we not human?

Read full article here.

These are the photos of 3 Hamas fighters who were successfully assassinated by Israel!!

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The father not believing what happened to his precious children!

In America animals are treated better than this. We protest when dogs or roosters are used for entertaining fights.

Why aren’t we protesting this more? SAVE THE CHILDREN!

I hear the voices of my friends in Gaza as clearly as if we were still on the phone; their agony echoes inside me. They weep and moan over the death of their children, some, little girls like mine, taken, their bodies burned and destroyed so senselessly. …

As Jews celebrated the last night of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights commemorating our resurgence as a people, I asked myself: How am I to celebrate my Jewishness while Palestinians are being killed? …

The lucky ones in Gaza are locked in their homes living lives that have long been suspended – hungry, thirsty, and without light but their children are alive.

Since Nov. 4, when Israel effectively broke the truce with Hamas by attacking Gaza on a scale then unprecedented – a fact now buried with Gaza’s dead – the violence has escalated as Hamas responded by sending hundreds of rockets into Israel to kill Israeli civilians. It is reported that Israel’s strategy is to hit Hamas military targets, but explain that difference to my Palestinian friends who must bury their children.

By: Sara Roy in The Christian Science Monitor

Read full article here.

Yesterday Israel gave presents to Gaza’s children on the first day of the new year. All of the news agencies talked about Israel assassinating a top Hamas leader! What they did not show you is the photos of that leader’s young children who were burned alive just because of their father’s position in Hamas! 

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The Israelis are wishing Gaza’s children a BLOODY New Year!

Take a quick look at the pictures Shahrzad posted on her blog recently …

While looking, remember …

these (Hamas-controlled Gaza) are “our enemies,” right?

We should treat them as such! For those who follow Jesus Christ, here are instructions from our Lord:

Matthew 5
43″You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


Even if you believe this current Israel has the right to the land based on God’s covenant with Abraham, you should know this (verses below) is from the Lord. It’s amazing how many Christian Zionists treat this current Zionist Israel like they do no wrong, but conveniently forget how God wanted the Jews to treat others in the land. See Shahrzad’s blog. See this Palestinian rap group on YouTube. Their message is worth a few minutes of your time.

Definitely the Zionists have not treated the Gazans like the Lord commanded the Jews. I know they claim to be fighting terrorists, but really, who is terrorizing whom? If your land were taken from you and you were forced to live in a refugee camp, would you not fight to liberate your land from invaders? Just consider the other side before you support Israel 100%. Let’s bless the Jews by turning them back to God’s commandments instead of supporting their war effort and corruption. Afterall you don’t bless a drug-addicted brother by supplying him drugs or drug money. You bless him by helping him choose a better way – God’s way.

Leviticus 19

33 ” ‘When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. 34 The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”

Deuteronomy 10

17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. 18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. 19 And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt.