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Friday, January 9, 2009

Israelis protest Gaza atrocities



Note to Obama: Silence on Gaza is a moral choice, but the wrong one. From Tom Hayden.

How not to make peace in the Middle East. From the always wise Hussein Agha and Robert Malley, in the Jan 15 New York Review of Books.

What you don't know about Gaza. By Rashid Khalidi, professor of Arab studies at Columbia University, in the International Herald Tribune. For example: Most of the people living in Gaza are not there by choice. The majority of the 1.5 million people crammed into the roughly 140 square miles of the Gaza Strip belong to families that came from towns and villages outside Gaza like Ashkelon and Beersheba. They were driven to Gaza by the Israeli Army in 1948.

4 comments:

terryt said...

A most encouraging youtube video. Thanks Michael.

Michael Balter said...

Protests are planned in 50 French cities on Saturday, I will be at the one in Paris with my camera. Hope to be able to post something soon afterwards.

Anne Gilbert said...

I am exceedingly glad (some) Israelis themselves are protesting this awful carnage in Gaza. It's apparently been so bad that even UN relief agencies are getting out, because the IDF keeps shooting at them. In any case, I think it's going to be the Israelis themselves who are going to have to rise up to put a stop to their government's utter insanity in this.

BTW, I noticed Uri Avnery was one of the protesters. I've know about Uri Avnery for years, and have a great deal of respect for his courage and basic integrity. He once hoped for a binational, secular state there. It would have been nice if that had ever been possible.

And finally, I wish some protests like the ones I've seen happening in Norway, and Israel itself, would happen in the US. But then, the only reason I know anything about what's really going on in Gaza is, that I have Internet access and can find "alternate" sources to US media. Most USanians don't get off their duffs long enough to really investigate.
Anne G

terryt said...

"But then, the only reason I know anything about what's really going on in Gaza is, that I have Internet access and can find "alternate" sources to US media".

And it's fascinating that, as a writer to the local newspaper said, the only reason we know about the protests in Israel is because of the video Michael linked us to. There's been no mention of it in any local TV or newspapers here. It's as though someone on high is trying to hush the fact up.