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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 02:51 AM
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Medea Benjamin: Once You See What Truly Happened In Gaza, It Will Change Forever
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Once You See What Truly Happened in Gaza, it Will Change You Forever

By Medea Benjamin, AlterNet. Posted February 19, 2009.

What I saw was like a form of collective punishment, leaving behind a trail of grieving mothers, angry fathers and traumatized children.

When I traveled to Gaza last week, everywhere I went, a photo haunted me. I saw it in a brochure called "Gaza will not die" that Hamas gives out to visitors at the border crossing. A poster-sized version was posted outside a makeshift memorial at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. And now that I am back home, the image comes to me when I look at children playing in the park, when I glance at the school across the street, when I go to sleep at night.

It is a photo of a young Palestinian girl who is literally buried alive in the rubble from a bomb blast, with just her head protruding from the ruins. Her eyes are closed, her mouth partially open, as if she were in a deep sleep. Dried blood covers her lips, her cheeks, her hair. Someone with a glove is reaching down to touch her forehead, showing one final gesture of kindness in the midst of such inhumanity.

What was this little girl's name, I wonder. How old was she? Was she sleeping when the bomb hit her home? Did she die a quick death or a slow, agonizing one? Where are her parents, her siblings? How are they faring?

Of the 1,330 Palestinians killed by the Israeli military during the 22-day invasion of Gaza, 437 were children. Let me repeat that: 437 children -- each as beautiful and precious as our own.

As a Jew, an American and a mother, I felt compelled to witness, firsthand, what my people and my taxdollars had done during this invasion. Visiting Gaza filled me with unbearable sadness. Unlike the primitive weapons of Hamas, the Israelis had so many sophisticated ways to murder, maim and destroy-unmanned drones, F-16s dropping "smart bombs" that miss, Apache helicopters launching missiles, tanks firing from the ground, ships shelling Gaza from the sea. So many horrific weapons stamped with Made in the USA. While Hamas' attacks on Israeli villages are deplorable, Israel's disproportionate response is unconscionable, with 1,330 Palestinians dead vs. 13 Israelis.

If the invasion was designed to destroy Hamas, it failed miserably. Not only is Hamas still in control, but it retains much popular support. If the invasion was designed as a form of collective punishment, it succeeded, leaving behind a trail of grieving mothers, angry fathers and traumatized children.

To get a sense of the devastation, check out a slide show circulating on the internet called Gaza: Massacre of Children (www.aztlan.net/gaza/gaza_massacre_of_children.php ). It should be required viewing for all who supported this invasion of Gaza. Babies charred like shish-kebabs. Limbs chopped off. Features melted from white phosphorus. Faces crying out in pain, gripped by fear, overcome by grief.

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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 02:53 AM
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1. sounds a lot like "shock and awe"
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 10:15 AM
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14. That's what it was - USA supplied the weapons AND the method - over 400 CHILDREN massacred
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Israel slides right in behind the USA as an over aggressive nation IMO

OH - I furgot, that's not a massacre

it's collateral damage . .

:eyes:

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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 03:12 AM
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2. Aztlan is an anti-Semitic hate site!
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zazen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 03:17 AM
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3. do you think the photos are doctored, then? I'm afraid to look n/t
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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 03:24 AM
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4. I have no idea. That isn't really the point.
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zazen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 03:37 AM
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5. but that's my point. Are the dead babies any less dead because of the site's provenance?
Edited on Thu Feb-19-09 03:37 AM by zazen
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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 03:49 AM
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6. Of course it is your point. Because using hate sites is OK as long as it against Israel.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 04:17 AM
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7. You are correct, BTA. My apologies.
I did not notice the link address when I posted.

Unfortunately the photos are all too authentic.

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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 04:20 AM
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8. No prob. Well, maybe this one...
...ever notice how some on the "left" have no problem using anti-Semitic sites/speakers/notions when it comes to Israel? Something to ponder. (Not directed at you personally.)
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ima_sinnic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 04:35 AM
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9. but those children were "sending rockets into Israel," don'tcha know?
:sarcasm:
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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 04:41 AM
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10. No, their 'benevolent' government was.
Perhaps you are OK with rockets being sent into Israel? :shrug:
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ima_sinnic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 05:24 AM
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11. kill the children, then!!!
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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 05:26 AM
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12. As long as they are Israeli, right?
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ima_sinnic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 06:12 AM
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13. it was Palestinian children who were killed, hundreds of them
or am I supposed to bite your bait and "prove" that I am "anti-Semitic"?
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