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Israel: Starving Gaza for Christmas
December 17th, 2008 by Syd Walker


A hungry child in Gaza

You know it’s getting bad in Gaza when Mr Murdoch’s London Times announces Gaza families eat grass as Israel locks border.

The Times is one of News Corps many media assets around the world whose constant pro-Israeli bias helped create the context for the tragedy now unfolding in Palestine.

Today we learn the cruelty is working well. There’s mass starvation on Europe’s edge, deliberately induced by the occupying power. Marie Colvin reports:

As a convoy of blue-and-white United Nations trucks loaded with food waited last night for Israeli permission to enter Gaza, Jindiya Abu Amra and her 12-year-old daughter went scrounging for the wild grass their family now lives on.

“We had one meal today – khobbeizeh,” said Abu Amra, 43, showing the leaves of a plant that grows along the streets of Gaza. “Every day, I wake up and start looking for wood and plastic to burn for fuel and I beg. When I find nothing, we eat this grass…”

Israel controls the borders and allows in humanitarian supplies only sporadically. Families had electricity for six hours a day last week. Cooking gas was available only through the illegal tunnels that run into Egypt, and by last week had jumped in price from 80 shekels per canister (£14) to 380 shekels (£66).

The UN, which has responsibility for 1m refugees in Gaza, is in despair. “The economy has been crushed and there are no imports or exports,” said John Ging, director of its relief and works agency. Two weeks ago, for the first time in 60 years, we ran out of food,” he said. “We used to get 70 to 80 trucks per day, now we are getting 15 trucks a day, and only when the border opens. We’re living hand to mouth.”

He has four days of food in stock for distribution to the most desperate – and no idea whether Israel will reopen the border. The Abu Amra family may have to eat wild grass for the foreseeable future.

Writing in TruthDig, Chris Hedges reports on Israel’s ‘Crime Against Humanity in Gaza.

Gaza now spends 12 hours a day without power, which can be a death sentence to the severely ill in hospitals. There are few drugs and little medicine, including no cancer or cystic fibrosis medication.

Hospitals have generators but often lack fuel. Medical equipment, including one of Gaza’s three CT scanners, has been destroyed by power surges and fluctuations. Medical staff cannot control the temperature of incubators for newborns. And Israel has revoked most exit visas, meaning some of those who need specialized care, including cancer patients and those in need of kidney dialysis, have died.

A Palestinian carries another

Palestinian Courage & Suffering

“It is macabre,” (UN special rapporteur Richard) Falk said. “I don’t know of anything that exactly fits this situation. People have been referring to the Warsaw ghetto as the nearest analog in modern times.

”“There is no structure of an occupation that endured for decades and involved this kind of oppressive circumstances,” the rapporteur added.

The magnitude, the deliberateness, the violations of international humanitarian law, the impact on the health, lives and survival and the overall conditions warrant the characterization of a crime against humanity. This occupation is the direct intention by the Israeli military and civilian authorities. They are responsible and should be held accountable.”

A Sad Christmas for Palestine

Another Sad Christmas for Palestine

The point of this Israeli siege, ostensibly, is to break Hamas, the radical Islamic group that was elected to power in 2007. But Hamas has repeatedly proposed long-term truces with Israel and offered to negotiate a permanent truce. During the last cease-fire, established through Egyptian intermediaries in July, Hamas upheld the truce although Israel refused to ease the blockade.

It was Israel that, on Nov. 4, initiated an armed attack that violated the truce and killed six Palestinians. It was only then that Hamas resumed firing rockets at Israel. Palestinians have launched more than 200 rockets on Israel since the latest round of violence began. There have been no Israeli casualties.

It appears these remarks – and others in similar vein – by the Jewish American Professor Falk were too much for the Israelis to bear.

Professor Richard Falk

Professor Richard Falk

To say such things about the Jewish Apartheid State in Palestine is most certainly ‘Hate Speech’ – whether or not one happens to be the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories representing humanity as a whole.

It’s the kind of speech they hate.

In a move that epitomizes just how low the Zionist State has sunk, it expelled Falk as he entered Israel in transit to occupied Ramallah, dispatching him on a plane back to the USA.

Have the rulers of apartheid Israel gone completely bonkers? It seems possible. Which planet do they think they’re on?

Of course, it’s one thing to complain about this from the relative immunity of another continent. It’s another to live in the same neighbourdood as this violent rogue State. The Palestinians deserve admiration and respect for their dogged resistance.

Mel Frykberg points out the Gaza truce is set to expire. He  considers a few possible scenarios, all of them rather depressing. The occupiers are having some success in separating Gazans from West Bank Palestinians, not only by enforcing geographical isolation but by working to widen the political gulf.

There’s clearly a debate within Israel about just how much to torture the Palestinians.

Israeli PR boasts it’s the “only democracy in the middle east”.

The truth is, Israeli democracy is an oxymoron.

The world didn’t consider apartheid South Africa ‘democratic’ in any meansingful sense. Apartheid Israel is no different.

22 Responses  
  • Pancho Ramirez writes:
    December 18th, 200812:33 amat

    Golden Calves and Sacred Cows make the best hamburger meat!

    This offensive Jewish created ghetto in apartheid occupied Palestine is perhaps the protoype for other non conformist peoples to the Zionazi plan in the future. If we do not stand up to be counted now by these ghouls that feed off the rest of the planet then we can all look forward to a future where we too will be walled in and terrorised and exterminated by their drones and predators. According to the new world religion of philo-semitism, if you’re not a believer in Jewish supremacy and the right of the so called chosen race to practise genocide then you’re anti-semitic. How absurd!

    The ruse of anti-semitism is a bad over-played joke as well as a misnomer considering that the real Semites in Palestine are the Palestinians whose land has been stolen and colonised by mostly immigrant trash that the rest of the planet wanted rid of.

    Onward thru the fog to our titanic destiny with Cap’n O Bama alias Al Jolson!

  • Mark writes:
    December 18th, 20089:57 amat

    I think the time has come for the rest of the world to consider getting rid of Israel, not militarily but by way of total isolation.

    The experiment of partitioning Palestine in 1948 now looks like the biggest mistake in the history of geopolitics.

    Israel will never change. Racism and cruelty seem to be part of their national identity.

    The rest of the world could refuse to trade or have any dealings with them. Their only friend in the world, the US, is now on its knees. One would hope the billions in US aid they currently receive will now dry up.

    Israel is a dark stain on humanity. Their main export revenue comes from weapons technology. They actively destabilise nations within the region and beyond with weaponry and intelligence. They are well known for being the global experts in assassination.

    They represent an era in human history which we can hopefully leave behind. So the world should leave Israel behind, too.

  • Zionist in London, Tel Evil and Washington and NYC Happy, Palestinians Get Grass for Christmas « Zionistgoldreport’s Weblog writes:
    December 18th, 20083:00 pmat
  • Stephen A. Verchinski writes:
    December 18th, 20084:02 pmat

    The Israeli people, those with a conscience. need to use passive resistance to stop the continued military blockade. I remember the movies and presentations of the starved Poles, Jews, working in the American and Nazi firms….why don’t you Israelis? A shame of the ages upon your people.

  • Muhamad Hidayat writes:
    December 18th, 20085:11 pmat

    The suffering of Gazan People are beyond the reach. It’s highly surprising that we, this very generation, witness the humanitarian crises and ethnic cleansing in Palestine by Israel before our eyes. Our kids and grandchildren will wonder why we did not do anything to stop that cruel and illegal military occupation. They will learn in history that their grandpas are stupid enough to be deluded by little tiny minority that ruled the world.

  • Lee writes:
    December 18th, 20088:55 pmat

    I like the idea of everyone turning their backs on Israel. However being that the Rothschilds helped by the British and other ultra rich Zionist helped build this state. With their wealth and influence in the world, I see that it will be extremely difficult unless somehow they can be exposed in detail in a way that will reach the whole planet.

  • joe hill writes:
    December 19th, 20081:58 amat

    the remark about Obama being Al Jolson makes me shudder at the hatemongering this dolt is capable of \even while he identifies with the Palestinians. Perhaps Pancho is like Desi Arnez–posturing fool? see. Hurts, no?

  • nzuckerman writes:
    December 19th, 20082:01 amat

    Israel is occupying land taken in war and that land is never given back till a settlement has been reached. Hamas does not want a settlement. If folks are starving, how can the terror types get hold of so many bombs and weapons? Buy them with credit cards?

    I dislike settlers occupying the land that is part of an agreement to be reached–sometime. But how many times have arabs tried to eliminate Israel..count the times!

  • nzuckerman writes:
    December 19th, 20082:02 amat

    Israel is occupying land taken in war and that land is never given back till a settlement has been reached. Hamas does not want a settlement. If folks are starving, how can the terror types get hold of so many bombs and weapons? Buy them with credit cards?

    I dislike settlers occupying the land that is part of an agreement to be reached–sometime. But how many times have arabs tried to eliminate Israel..count the times!

    apartheid? use dictionary to see that the word does not app[ly and if there is a wall, it is to keep suicide bombers out–and it works!

  • Israel: Starving Gaza for Christmas « DC: Freedom & Linux writes:
    December 19th, 20084:15 amat
  • Arthur writes:
    December 19th, 20087:38 amat

    For over Sixty years the World has been “guilt tripped” and milked of “reparations” by the SAME people who invented the very crimes of which they complain. Now they piously proclaim their desire for “peace, peace”, as they parade these rules around their places of worship, and KISS the scrolls on which these odious “rules” are codified.

    It was the Israelites that introduced to the world, and codified in their religion, Bigotry, Genocide, everything CRIMINAL that they now condemn in the Nazis
    The Nazis called themselves “superior” people. The CHOSEN People of GOD do not like the competition.
    The Nazis stole property from their victims.
    Aside from stealing ALL of Palestine, as well documented in the Torah(the 1st 5 books of the Bible) “for a place to live”,
    which they are repeating today, and the Nazis copied and called “growth room” how about ……..
    Exodus c.3 v.22
    Exodus c.11 v.2
    Exodus c.12 v.35-36 (obviously “Thou SHALT NOT STEAL” does not apply to NON-Jews.)

    The Nazis killed their own crippled and crazy.
    Numbers c.5 v.2-4 “putting them out of camp” means go die in the desert

    The Nazis killed homosexuals and sexual “deviants” …………..
    Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter

    The Nazis killed those who dissented from the “party line” ……………..
    Exodus c.32 v.27
    Numbers c.11 v.1-2
    Numbers c.16 all
    Numbers c.21 v.5-6
    Numbers v.26 v.10

    The Nazis held themselves apart from other people……………….
    NO “diversity”, NO “integration”:
    Numbers v25 v.4-8
    Deuteronomy c.14 v.2

    The jews complain that Nazis demonized those they did not like, calling them perverts, parasites, unclean …..
    The Jews today call YOU “Gentile, GOYIM, Shiska” pejorative names equal to “the ‘N'” word.
    Demonizing, DEHUMANIZATION, is commonly used in order to justify killing people.
    The entire Torah/Books of Moses is a dehumanization of all NON-israelites.
    Accusing others of deviant sexuality, unclean practices, worshiping the “wrong” god, eating the “wrong” food.
    HATE codified in the Bible.

    FINALLY, the BIG evil ………..
    The Nazis engaged in GENOCIDE, deliberately killing men, women and children… because of their difference:
    After DEhumanizing the Native People of Palestine, the Israelites introduced GENOCIDE to the World:
    Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
    Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
    Numbers c.21 v.33 Bashan
    Numbers c.31 all Midianites
    Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
    Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
    Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
    Where are THEIR “holocaust” Memorials!

    Genocide codified in their religion:
    Numbers c.33 v.31-34
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
    Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16

    Terrorism codified in their religion:
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.16

    BURNING FLESH is “A sweet savor unto the Lord” – JUST A FEW of MANY MANY examples
    Exodus c.29 v.18, 25, 41&42
    Leviticus c.1 v.17
    Leviticus c.2 v.2&&9&12
    Leviticus c.3 v.5

    Now some will say “Oh, the Bible is not FACT, it is allegory or whatever.”
    To which I answer, FINE, then so is the portion where God supposedly “gave” Israel the land of Palestine.
    You cannot deny one verse, then use the next verse as justification to murder and steal land from People.

    For millenia the Jews have WAILED about their abject slavery under “Torturous, Inhumane”
    conditions in Egypt. As a matter of fact, their wailing is the same as their wailing
    about the “Torturous, Inhumane” treatment by the Nazis.
    How is it that “impoverished, abject slaves” have lambs to slaughter, flocks and herds?
    Exodus c.12 v.21
    Exodus c.12 v.32&38
    Exodus c.35 v.22-23
    How is it that “abject impoverished slaves” have neighbors with GOLD and SILVER and JEWELS to LOAN to these “slaves”
    Exodus c.3 v.22
    Exodus c.11 v.2
    Exodus c.12 v.35-36

  • Mark writes:
    December 19th, 200811:13 amat

    Hey nzuckerman,

    Israel has been using the terrorism excuse for decades to justify the brutal occupation of Palestine. Of course, you forget to mention that it was Israel who introduced terrorism to the region via the Stern Gang, Hagannah et al. Slipped your mind I guess.

    And how about the nuclear weapons? What about Israel’s duplicity there?

    Israel doesn’t want any kind of settlement and you know that. You’re right about apartheid, it doesn’t apply to Israel. Israel is much worse than the old South African regime ever was.

  • Doug writes:
    December 28th, 20084:49 amat

    I think I can be described as an intelligent person, caring and conscientious. I donate to various causes and follow the news of issues around the world.

    I do object to stories about the “starving children of Gaza” and how families are eating grass when I read that the Palestinians have received billions of dollars in aid this year and spend their money on rockets. Then I see photos of Lauren Booth, Tony Blair’s sister-in-law, buying groceries at a well stocked grocery store in Gaza.

    As a Canadian, I would want my government do the same as what the Israeli government is doing, if we received a rain of rocket attacks.

    • Syd Walker writes:
      December 28th, 20088:48 amat

      As “as an intelligent person, caring and conscientious” how would you react if Canada was starved by external blockades, targeted at will by F16s and generally treated as a territory of subhumans by your oppressor? Or is it too hard for you to imagine yourself in the position of the Palestinians?

  • Phred1234 writes:
    December 28th, 20083:30 pmat

    If I were to shoot rockets at Canada for years and years, what would I expect to happen to me? I would expect Canada to come and try to destroy me and my family and my dog and my neighbors and especially on my ability to buy and shoot rockets at them. I would expect to be destroyed and mistreated and mistrusted, fenced, impoverished, confined, dejected, rejected, attacked and mutilated. I would expect Canada to try to defend itself with aggression.
    The only kind of person who keeps sending rockets into a foreign country with the intent of doing great bodily harm to anyone close to where it lands, is the type of person who believes strongly in REVENGE! and violence. These beliefs do not have any place in society inhabited by good Christians. If a people believes in these things that people needs to be separated from the rest of the “peaceful” world, walled off and eliminated as cleanly as possible. Eliminated like a canserious growth on your body is eliminated.
    What has most people learned about revenge?
    What religions believe in REVENGE?
    I keep hearing about Palestinians and their “problems” If I shot rockets at my neighbors I would have great “problems” too,
    You bunch of idiots!
    Why do the Palestinians not get it? their approach to their problem is to get revenge. If this approach isn’t working, it is insanity to keep trying the same way. It didn’t work last time, and it won’t work this time.
    I would not protest if Isriel pushed all of the Gaza residents into the sea. As long as the conflict ends, I really don’t care how it ends or who wins. I just want to see peace (real peace) settle onto the land. This conflict should have ended in 1967.
    As long as there are Palestinians living in this world there will be a problem.

    • Syd Walker writes:
      December 28th, 20084:20 pmat

      Spoken like a true bigot.

  • Bill Johnston writes:
    December 28th, 200811:29 pmat


    For God’s sake(if there is any God left), give back that friggin land and I really believe that peace will follow. As an American I’m sick of sending money to countries (Israel and Iraq in particular) that won’t consider all avenues of peace.
    Thank you and peace on earth.

  • DAT writes:
    December 29th, 20082:56 amat

    Our Politicians in America, too afraid of the powerful Israel US Lobby=AIPAC,
    to stand up to Israel, have given Israel the cash to continue its war of
    genocide towards the Palestinian people.

    From the start, from day one, Israel has never been right, when it comes
    to their brutal treatment of the Palestinian people.

    The Palestinian people, were not to blame, for the Nazi Holocaust,
    but they have been made to pay the price for that horror.

    Israel cuts the Palestinian people off from food, electricity, medical supplies,
    kills them, destroys their homes, and the USA just keeps on backing Israel.

  • Claire Michelle writes:
    March 9th, 20097:41 amat

    Sadness in that country…it breaks my heart. One day there will be peace.

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    December 24th, 20098:31 pmat

    […] Navidad en Gaza   En el 2009 Un grupo de ONG critica el olvido internacional de Gaza Gara La comunidad internacional ha sido acusada por un grupo de organizaciones no gubernamentales de haber traicionado a la población de la Franja de Gaza por no presionar a Israel para que levante el bloqueo al que la tiene sometida. En un informe elaborado con motivo del primer aniversario de la última ofensiva militar israelí en la Franja, dieciséis ONG han aunado esfuerzos y alzado su voz para denunciar la trágica situación que afecta a un millón y medio de palestinos. […]

  • John writes:
    March 25th, 20117:12 amat

    The photo above says that the boy is a starving Gaza boy. NO IT IS NOT! It is a starving North Korean boy. I am really damn curious if the person who took that picture did anything about it.

    The children of Gaza are a little plump. The markets in Gaza are full of food.

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