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Israel’s new foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, announced VERY clearly that he refuses  any kind of “concessions” to Palestinians and said,”  Those who want peace should prepare for war and be strong.” And his new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has always strongly opposed the idea of a sovereign Palestinian state. His most generous offer for the Palestinians is a promise of a better economic situation under the Israeli occupation and after a while he may think of giving them “self-governing”. Clearly this new radical government is a government of war and refuses to admit the legitimacy of any Palestinian state and NO ONE in the Western world is even threatening them of isolation unless they change their radical views like they have always demanded from the Palestinians.

On the contrary, shortly after this radical government took office in Israel, the U.S. State Department announced,” The United States is committed to working with the Israeli government to work for peace and stability in the region and will remain unalterably committed to Israel’s security.” What kind of hypocrisy is this? Why the double standards? Why are the Palestinians asked to admit the legitimacy of their enemies’ state when their enemies refuse to acknowledge any solution based on establishing a Palestinian state?

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http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Israeli-Army-T-Shirts-Mock-Killing-Palestinian-Women-And-Children-During-Gaza-Offensive/Article/200903315245946?f=rss

The Israeli army is at the centre of a second controversy over the moral conduct of its soldiers in as many days.

The t-shirts were printed for Israeli soldiers at the end of periods of deployment or training courses and were discovered by Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

One, printed for a platoon of Israeli snipers depicts an armed Palestinian pregnant women caught in the crosshairs of a rifle, with the disturbing caption in English: “1 shot 2 kills”.

Another depicts a child carrying a gun also in the centre of a target.

“The smaller, the harder,” read the words on the t-shirt.

According to a soldier interviewed by the newspaper, the message has a double meaning: “It’s a kid, so you’ve got a little more of a problem, morally and also the target is smaller.”

Another shows an Israeli soldier blowing up a mosque and reads “Only God forgives”.

Above a ninja figure, yet another shirt bears the slogan “Won’t chill until I confirm a kill”.

The revelations, coming so soon after Israel’s offensive in Gaza in which hundreds of civilians were killed – many of them women and children – are causing outrage.

Perhaps the most shocking design shows a Palestinian mother weeping next to her dead baby’s grave, also in the crosshairs of a rifle.

It suggests it would have been better if the child had never been born, with the slogan “Better use Durex”.

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.

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.

These are the photos of the 5 little sisters who were murdered earlier today by the Zionist terrorists!

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The mother saying goodbye to one of her 5 daughters who were murdered!

 

How can this world let this crime happen? Why is our blood that cheap? How many more innocents have to be murdered before the world stops the Israeli terrorism? Why doesn’t Egypt open its borders with Gaza? Why are Arab governments participating in the crime against other Arabs? When are the Arabs and Muslims going to wake up and help the Palestinians?

It seems those questions won’t be answered anytime soon! 😦

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.

After growing up in a conservative Christian household in the southern United States, I believe I understand why so many people like me favor Israel. Why not when the Bible speaks of Jews and Israel, the kings, the prophets and, of course, our precious Jesus who came from them? What’s not to love about Israel? Those poor people not only had to undergo persecution from the Nazis, but even now they are being terrorized by their hateful neighbors who want to wipe them off the map or drive them into the sea! Also you know how many folks cheer for the underdog!

Well, that was Susanne for most of her life. Not that I had a hatred for the Arabs or Persians. I did not. I just didn’t love them. Maybe apathetic best describes how I felt towards those people groups. Not really concerned with their perspectives because, goodness’ sake, these were THE JEWS — God’s Chosen People — that they were messin’ with! *sigh* Same old struggle since the days of Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau. Quite frankly, I just chalked the Middle East up to a Hatfield-and-McCoy type of dispute and figured those folks “enjoyed” conflict for centuries so what hope did anyone have to make them change now? It would always be that way so why concern myself much about them?

Thankfully, the One who knows my interests, how I think and what I enjoy decided it was time for me to get a broader perspective, to hear another point of view, to better understand. It was time for me to care about “those people” for whom I had little concern.

I can identify quite a bit with this, especially the last line. From The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan:

Dalia’s reflections of the house she lived in with her parents was very interesting. She wrote an open letter to Bashir that was published in the paper so Israelis could read it as well. She included how “it was very painful for me, as a young woman 20 years ago, to wake up to a few then well hidden facts. For example, we were all led to believe that the Arab population of Ramla and Lod had run away before the advancing Israeli army in 1948, leaving everything behind in a rushed and cowardly escape. This belief reassured us. It was meant to prevent guilt and remorse. But after 1967, I met not only you, but also an Israeli Jew who had personally participated in the expulsion from Ramla and Lod. He told me the story as he had experienced it, and as Yitzhak Rabin later confirmed in his memoirs.” Dalia mused, “My love for my country … was losing its innocence .. some change in perspective was beginning to take place in me. (pg. 200-1)

More later.

A friend who is now working with people in the West Bank and Jerusalem recently recommended The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan so I went to the library and checked it out. The author portrayed this region’s recent history in such a way — and with human faces — that, at times, I found myself imagining that I lived there and experienced those events for myself. Many times I was struck with how sad the situation was and how little I knew about it previously. The author gave me a much better understanding of both sides as he presented Dalia Eshkenazi’s story of how she came from Bulgaria with her Jewish family and ended up living in the Khairi house and Bashir Khairi’s story of how he came to be part of the resistance, fighting for the Palestinians’ right of return after his family was expelled from al-Ramla.

The two met when Bashir went to visit the house his family had left when he was six, and Dalia, a young woman at that time, allowed Bashir and his cousins to tour it. A friendship formed and the two kept in touch somewhat despite nearly a quarter of Bashir’s life being spent in Israeli prisons. It was interesting to hear Dalia and Bashir discuss their points of view. Two things that stand out from those talks — one from Bashir when he politely asked Dalia why she and the other Jews could not simply go back where they came from (meaning Europe). The other from Dalia when she pointed out that the longing for the land that the Palestinians taught their children was similar to what the Jews felt towards their ancient land for the centuries that they were in exile.

From this book I saw how Arab nations turned on Arabs. I was amazed when I read how King Hussein from Jordan asked for Israeli air support in its fight against the Palestinians (aided by the Syrians) when the Palestinian guerrillas fought the Jordanians on “Black September” (Palestinian word for that event.) I learned about the formation of several Palestinian resistance groups including the PLO and Hamas which is often in the news when we hear about terrorist organizations on this side of the world. Shocking was when I read how Ariel Sharon allowed Lebanese Christian Phalangist militiamen into two Palestinian refugee camps where men, women and children were killed during a quest for revenge. The book said Israel even “launched night flares to illuminate the militias’ search” (pg. 204)! Just from this one incident, I better understand why my Arab friends sat in disbelief and anger when United States President George W. Bush referred to Sharon earlier this year by saying: “My only regret is that one of Israel’s greatest leaders is not here to share this moment. He’s a warrior for the ages, a man of peace, a friend. The prayers of the American people are with Ariel Sharon.” Bush got the “warrior” part right, but “man of peace” for the person critics dubbed “the Butcher of Beirut”? Hmmmm.

I have several notable quotes from the book that I want to share eventually, but this is long enough for one post. This was a great book and shared a lot of the recent history of the region in an interesting way.