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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-27-09 10:03 AM
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Gazans suffer, and Israel is not the reason
Gazans suffer, and Israel is not the reason

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Published: Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009 - 5:09 am

WASHINGTON -- While Palestinian Christians in the West Bank celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, Palestinians in Gaza, no matter their religious affiliation or political bent, are suffering in squalor and growing ignorance. Thousands are trying to flee. Gaza has never been a prosperous enclave; the 140-square-mile territory has always been a poor, dependent state. But for Hamas, the radical Islamic terrorist group that seized control of Gaza in 2007, the long-term pursuit of a political impossibility trumps even the slightest concern for the welfare of the group's 1.5 million "constituents."

Residents of the Palestinian territories have been subjects of foreign states - Turkey, Great Britain, Jordan and then Israel - for half a millennium. But all the while, during both prosperous and desperate times, Palestinians have struggled to ensure that they educate their children. As a result, Palestinians have been among the best educated people in the world. Literacy rates, even for girls, have hovered around 99 percent. By comparison, in Iran, perhaps the Palestinians' biggest defenders now, and Israel's greatest enemy, UNICEF reports that only 77 percent of the population can read and write. Even Israel's literacy rate is lower: 97.1 percent. But now, for the first time in the modern era, Gazans as young as 9, 10, 11 are being put to work in ever larger numbers, forgoing school. "Learning achievement has declined along with primary school enrollment," UNICEF reports. Much of the world blames Israel. During its invasion of Gaza last January, Israeli troops damaged or destroyed nearly half of the territory's schools along with much of the remaining infrastructure. The condemnation of Israel, much of it justified for the assault's brutality, continues to this day in the United Nations and elsewhere. Still, most of the people behind the continuing reproval take little note of Hamas' own campaign of terror in the previous months, lobbing hundreds of missiles toward Israeli population centers. No matter. That's a debate for another day. The point is, a year has passed.

What political concessions has Hamas offered that might have enabled it to make repairs, improve the lot of its people? None. So, poverty and malnutrition are growing so fast that these pernicious blights are reaching epidemic status. The United Nations reported this fall that one in five Gazans now live in what it called "abject poverty." That is why many parents are no longer sending their children to school. They need the pennies their children can earn at menial jobs to buy food. Their chieftains don't seem to care. I have interviewed the leaders of Hamas many times over the years, and all of them offered one consistent refrain, time and time again: We are patient. Our resistance will continue as long as it takes - even centuries - until we reach our goal, full control of Palestine. Of course, that includes the state of Israel. One of them, Ismail Abu Shenab, now deceased, once told me: "There are plenty of open areas in the United States that could absorb the Jews." Even Shenaeb, zealot that he was, must have known that nothing like that was going to happen even in his grandchildren's lifetimes - if ever. But he and all his colleagues, then and now, pursued that ludicrous goal in exclusion of all else, and now it is leading to the social destruction of their own people.

Israel and Egypt have locked the gates to Gaza. Israel's closure is more understandable than Egypt's, given that Cairo pretends to be the Palestinian's greatest friend and protector. In any case, it's impossible to know just how many Gazans endorse Hamas' chimerical, single-minded, objective. The majority of Gazans I have met want to live peaceful lives and provide for their children. Sure, all of them would love to turn the clock back to 1967, before Israel won control of Gaza. That's why most of them still choose to live in decades-old refugee camps, to show that they refuse to accept the current state of affairs. But now a growing number - half the population, according to recent polls - is trying to get out of Gaza, escape from Hamas control and the deprivation that comes from its rule. In one famous case early this month, a healthy man joined the thousands who are fleeing to Egypt and Israel with bribes and fake medical reports, by pretending to be dying of cancer. He didn't get away with it. Now, a year after the Israeli invasion of Gaza, it's time to stop blaming Israel for the desperate plight of Gaza's people. Now, without question, it's Hamas' fault.


Joel Brinkley is a former Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for The New York Times and now a professor of journalism at Stanford University. Readers may send him e-mail at:
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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-27-09 10:14 AM
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1. Plenty of Blame to Go Around
Edited on Sun Dec-27-09 10:15 AM by iamjoy
it seems like there's sufficient fault to share, eh?

It also seems to me that regardless of how much "blame" one wants to pin on Israel, the surrounding Arab and Muslim nations (or their leaders) really don't want to help the Palestinians - to relieve their suffering. It is more expeditious to use them (Palestinians) as political tools to control the native populace. Give your citizens a common, outside enemy and it will distract them from your own failures.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-29-09 10:22 AM
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7. Agreed
Israel, the nearby Arab governments, and the Palestinian leadership all share blame.
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JonQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-27-09 11:14 AM
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2. Nonsense
whoever is to blame it's always the jews' fault.
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-28-09 03:07 AM
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3. K/R.
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-28-09 07:40 AM
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4. The slaughter in Gaza - by political editor
The slaughter in Gaza ... By: political editor
2009-12-28 12:56:19 number of readings (372)
Gaza - Palestine Press: / political editor wrote:
A year ago, the Israeli brutal aggression on Gaza Strip, the wounds are still bleeding, a year ago and still weeping martyrs and Gaza suffer fate of her sons still live in the open beside the rubble of their homes, a year ago and still clique Hamas reopening the wounds healed Strip whenever the bloodletting goes on flowing from Gaza and continue to dance on wounds because Hamas appeared to have become addicted to dancing on the blood and body parts.

A year ago, full of pain and agony and the blockade is still the order of God rulers in Gaza, rode on her chest and drinking blood from the point of intoxication insensitive hungrily hungry and ill patients in the siege of the poor and the poverty of ordinary people "as the siege of Aital but simple" Valomra Aihasron to be caught and can not be Fajmshm Rgda come to them from above the heavens or under the ground to no difference is important to keep the Princes in the life of plenty.

A year ago and is still singing the Hamas victory and draw him to surreal paintings violate all logic and every mind and every fact, Hamas still celebrating the victory!!! What victory is this?? 'd Be the happiest people Lucane there is a real victory against Israel, but when you follow the facts of what happened and we find that Hamas was planning to the disaster from the beginning, when it scrapped the truce and threw a barrage of rockets tort and ignored all the warnings because they were incurring on this hell and destruction and the huge number of martyrs and wounded of our people, who were left alone to face Hamas and the Israeli military machine hell, and then Hamas emerged from the shadows to celebrate what it called the victory and danced on the remains of the martyrs and the blood of the wounded and the ruins of houses.

Any madness is this? And any victory are you talking about?! This victory has cost us 1500 and 5600 wounded martyr whom 700 were permanently disabled and the destruction of 20 thousand houses still until destroyed and their owners live in tents in addition to dozens of mosques, schools and government buildings, Please answer me Iaaoli kernels.

A year ago to all this to come up with Hamas leaders since the days of celebrating the anniversary of that victory all the alleged impudent and insolent and speaks Haniyeh and other Boodaj swollen and his memory of victory and completed sea cartoon scene by reviewing an honor guard on the red carpet ", psychologically speaking What does a guard of honor to victory" and a capacity to talk about the battle Criterion, which took the Soldiers of God from heaven to support the survivor group and the defeat of a Greater Israel that occur by non-Arabs, Bedouin, and not how this battle has miraculously joined her sisters to the trench and Badr, the conquest of Makkah and dozens of battles of Islam Eternal

One year after the tragedy caused to Gaza and its implications are still being felt by friends before enemies say if Hamas victory in the eyes of people to die to keep the warlords Evil Hamas victory and felicity when Jelbtamoha and war have destroyed the country and you have killed the subjects and then come away from Mkhabikm to talk about the imaginary victory and Nothingness him only in your mind abuse.

In commemoration of the slaughter in Gaza say to you, the leaders of Hamas, a little bit of modesty our minds a little bit of respect, mercy and to spare the Bchdaina Bjrhana and taking into account the feelings of people who still sleep on the ground and sky with the sea Ilthvon Mtbchtera strutted the red carpet
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-28-09 07:42 AM
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5. Hamas in Gaza close CHF institution in operation since 2003 in construction projects and reconstruct
Edited on Mon Dec-28-09 07:42 AM by shira
Jerusalem - Palestine Press - organs shut down by Hamas in the Gaza Strip today, the Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF) working in the Gaza Strip.

The foundation works in the Palestinian territories since 2003 in construction and reconstruction, since the siege of Gaza Strip, which provided food supplies and relief to the people there, and provide assistance to approximately 150 thousand poor families in the sector.

The firm said, it will be closed after the arrest of all the projects in which they operate a micro-credit project, and the draft emergency assistance and reconstruction project, and municipal projects.

She added that 200 people from his Gaza Strip will lose their source of livelihood after the closure of the Hamas organization.

For his part, spokesman for the Palestinian National Liberation Movement 'open' Ahmed Assaf, said that Hamas will close the Cooperative Housing Foundation International (CHF) operating in the Gaza Strip, serves only to intensify the suffering of our people.

, Assaf, said that the Hamas and since the "bloody coup" on 14/6/2007 to close hundreds of national or international institutions means they do not care about the suffering of our people in the sector, and do not even pay attention to the losses that will befall the citizens due to the cessation of services provided by the international organization.

He wondered Assaf, who is the beneficiary of the closure of institutions providing relief supplies and relief to nearly 150 thousand families in the Gaza Strip, and benefit from the loss of 200 employees from the private work as a result of this decision.

He added, We On the first anniversary of the Israeli war of aggression on the Gaza Strip and one day after the death of six activists, we are in greatest need of unity and an end to the coup, and cure of our energies against the Israeli aggression and to repulse all schemes aimed at the liquidation of our national cause, instead of continuing Hamas to consecrate the division to strengthen its putative obscurantism in the Gaza Strip.
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-28-09 07:43 AM
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6. Scenes from the heroic operation that killed Zionist settlers near Tulkarm
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 12:47 PM
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11. Abbas turns 3 latest terrorists into Palestinian heroes
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Vegasaurus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-29-09 07:33 PM
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8. Building a state has to be more important than killing Jews
Unfortunately, this isn't true at the moment.
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 07:43 AM
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9. shhh...Hamas says they fight for "freedom"
Hamas wants to be as free to do what they want (or impose) as Hezbollah or the Taliban.

Who wouldn't support such "freedom" fighters?
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 12:43 PM
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10. PA celebrates and glorifies suicide bomber
Edited on Sat Jan-02-10 12:44 PM by shira

I'm looking for this story in the western press but I'm having trouble finding it for some reason.

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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 01:11 PM
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12. PA leadership and Hamas presents Protocols of Elders of Zion as authentic
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 01:26 PM
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13. and this excuses Israel's racist policies towards Palestinians?
Israel's pogroms against Palestinians should strike a chord in people having a shred of humanity in them.
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 01:40 PM
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14. hyperbole much?
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 01:42 PM
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15. What is hyperbole to your ilk, is brutal reality to millions of Palestinians
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 01:49 PM
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16. when you're able to distinguish between reality and fantasy, you let me know dear.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 01:53 PM
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17. I see your ilk is resorting to the same reality v fantasy bullshit meme that is used upstairs
against progressives.
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 02:08 PM
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18. real progressives always deal with reality and don't need to demonize, use hyperbole, fiction...
Edited on Sat Jan-02-10 02:30 PM by shira
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Bodhi BloodWave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 11:53 PM
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19. going by those qualification i'm going to put you down as a false progressive
Thanks :)
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Taitertots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-05-10 07:44 AM
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20. Do you really have the audacity to call that pogroms?
Hyperbole much?

The rock of Gibraltar is a pebble. The grand canyon is a divot. The pyramids at Giza are religious trinkets.
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