The Empire of the Yoo Ess of Ey adores democracy. This nation's mission, given from god, is to make all the countries around the world in its mirror image - with elections, with a "free" market, with an elite beholden to the elite in this country.
So, when elections took place in Palestine, and Hamas was elected... well, suddenly democracy was out of style. Not in vogue. Passe.
Israel, our "ally" and "only democracy in the Middle East" (which is such a dumb statement that you would have to be an uninformed American to believe it) also did not like the democratic elections in Palestine.
And so, to show its displeasure, it imposed an economic blockade on Gaza, the place where Hamas is in power.
Economic blockade - it can mean anything, really. Lets investigate...
How can I explain it to you, my American reader (as the rest of the world - Europe, Asia, Russia, Latin America, Africa - they ALL know what is going on in that part of the world, because their news is not censored as it is in the United States)?
Are you familiar with the Holocaust? World War II - the nazi's insane plan to exterminate all Jews?
The first step was to lock all the Jews in a ghetto, to separate them from the general population. Trade was restricted between the all-Jewish ghetto and the rest of the country, with German Army soldiers (Germans, Ukrainians, Estonians, etc) patrolling the perimeter to discourage any smuggling into the ghetto.
Discouraging by using their machine guns on anyone brave or foolish trying it.
The second step was to herd the Jews from the ghetto into so called "concentration camps", which really should be called death camps.
Indeed, the ghetto was the concentration part of the plan - that is where the Jewish victims of the German atrocity were herded. Places like Auschwitz were, plain and simple, industrial murder factories, which processed (killed) men, women and children, majority of them Jews. Hence calling, say, Auschwitz, a concentration camp is a misnomer in my view.
Now, about modern day history - happening now.
Israel is now re-doing the nazi part one of the Holocaust plan - the concentration part.
Strong words - I need to back them up for my American audience, as, again, the news in this country is censored and so they are uninformed (hence the rest of the world gets the impression that us Americans are dumb - our news media is perhaps the main culprit for this).
Go to google, learn about the situation of Palestinians in Israel.
They live in ghettos, plain and simple.
The Independent article seems to bear me out.
The Israeli blockade of Gaza has led to a steady rise in chronic malnutrition among the 1.5 million people living in the strip, according to a leaked report from the Red Cross.
It chronicles the "devastating" effect of the siege that Israel imposed after Hamas seized control in June 2007 and notes that the dramatic fall in living standards has triggered a shift in diet that will damage the long-term health of those living in Gaza and has led to alarming deficiencies in iron, vitamin A and vitamin D.
The Israeli blockade of Gaza is in force since June 2007.
It is now November 2008.
The report says the heavy restrictions on all major sectors of Gaza's economy, compounded by a cost of living increase of at least 40 per cent, is causing "progressive deterioration in food security for up to 70 per cent of Gaza's population". That in turn is forcing people to cut household expenditures down to "survival levels".
The cost of living in Gaza, due to the Israeli blockade, has increased 40%.
So what does Israel say to all this?
Mark Regev, the spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said that, contrary to hopes when Israel pulled out of Gaza, the Gazan people were being "held hostage" to Hamas's "extremist and nihilist" ideology which was causing undoubted suffering. If Hamas focused resources on the "diet of the people" instead of on "Qassam rockets and violent jihadism" then "this sort of problem would not exist", he said.
It is the Gazans' fault for electing Hamas.
Serves them right.
Let the brown niggers starve.
And just in case you think that this is a non-story, that this blockade is not serious and only applies to weapons and ammunition and not food, let me dissuade you - this is a war crime.
A war crime.
Sunday Herald, UK newspaper:
A SCOTTISH human rights activist has filmed the Israeli navy firing machine guns at unarmed Palestinian fishing boats in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of the Gaza Strip.
The footage, taken on September 6 by Andrew Muncie, who is from the Highlands, shows an Israeli gunboat engaging fishing boats while international observers hold their arms in the air and scream for them to stop firing.
This will never be shown nor discussed on American TV, American newspapers, American talk radio.
Gosh, why do the Arabs hate us so - it must be for our freedoms and has nothing to do with our slavish, unquestioning support of Apartheid Israel?
But, you say, this incident never took place - I mean, our "democratic" "ally" would never shoot at unarmed fishing boats?
I mean, that would be a war crime, preventing people from eating fish (which are very healthy and nutritious for humans).
This is similar to the scene in Schindler's List in which the psychotic death camp commendant shoots at the ground as a Jewish inmate walks away, to show him who is in power.
So, yes, indeed - Israeli Navy harasses Palestinian fishermen to prevent them from feeding their children - it is as simple as that.
This blockade is not designed to prevent weapons smuggling into Gaza.
This blockade is designed to punish the Gazans for daring to have a democracy and choosing a political (and religious) party that Israel does not like (which I do not like either, by the way - Hamas to me IS a terrorist organization... but so is the state of Israel in my view).
This blockade punishes Gazans by starving them.
Good luck seeing this story on ANY American news source.
This all becomes clearer once we learn the history of Israel.
After World War II, the Jewish/Zionist leadership, wished to have a country that would be a safe haven for Jews, in case something like the Holocaust happens again.
The place they picked was Palestine.
The made up motto, made up after the fact, is "the land without people, for a people without a land"...
...Which is absolute bullshit, as Palestine had a lot of people in it.
Lets look at Wikipedia, specifically the Census taken by the British in 1945.
In 1945, Jews made up 31% of the total population of Palestine (now Israel).
So, there were people there already, living in their land, with families whose land it was for centuries.
So what happened to these Muslims and Christian and Other, the people who made 69% of the Palestinian population?
The simplest explanation was that they were ethnically cleansed.
What the Serbs tried to do in Bosnia, the Croats in Croatia, the Israelis successfully did in Israel. The Haganah, Israeli Army, went to Arab houses, villages, towns and ejected whole families into the wild, giving them a few minutes to pack up and leave.
The Israeli irregulars - the terrorists - such as Irgun, to which Rahm Emanuel's father belonged... They murdered men, women and children in their homes.
"The land without people...".
Indeed, it became that - it is called ethnic cleansing.
Think I am exaggerating?
Google "Deir Yasin" and start from there.
Some quotes for you:
We must expel Arabs and take their places.
-- David Ben Gurion, 1937, Ben Gurion and the Palestine Arabs, Oxford University Press, 1985.
There has been Anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?
-- Quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp. 121-122.
Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.
-- David Ben Gurion, quoted in The Jewish Paradox, by Nahum Goldmann, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978, p. 99.
Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves ... politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves... The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country.
-- David Ben Gurion, quoted on pp 91-2 of Chomsky's Fateful Triangle, which appears in Simha Flapan's "Zionism and the Palestinians pp 141-2 citing a 1938 speech.
We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?' Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out!
-- Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.
Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories.
-- Benyamin Netanyahu, then Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, former Prime Minister of Israel, speaking to students at Bar Ilan University, from the Israeli journal Hotam, November 24, 1989.
I would have joined a terrorist organization.
-- Ehud Barak's response to Gideon Levy, a columnist for the Ha'aretz newspaper, when Barak was asked what he would have done if he had been born a Palestinian
Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial.
-- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 25 March, 2001 quoted in BBC News Online
Hopefully, in Nuremberg.
Yes, I am an optimist.