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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:18 PM
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"Gaza and the Orange Shirt Protests"
Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Even in ordinary circumstances, Gaza is a mess-- a crowded slum with nearly a million and a half people crammed into a tiny portion of the strip, living in grinding poverty. Children's health statistics have been plummeting. Gaza used to be much nicer, but the Arab-Israeli conflict cut it off from its natural markets and recreated it as a vast bidonville. In recent years the Israelis have turned it into a sort of jail and have razed Palestinian dwellings at a time when there is not enough housing for them. A lot of Gaza residents are refugees from the 1948 war when Zionist forces kicked them out of their homes and exiled them from Palestine.<>

The problem for the Israeli government is that the 8,000 rightwing Zionist colonists in Gaza were very hard to protect from enraged Palestinians protesting the creeping theft of their land and resources. Moreover, the steady colonization of Palestinian territories captured in 1967 was increasingly unacceptable to Europe and might bring economic sanctions that would be very bad for the Israeli economy. Gaza is not exactly prime real estate anyway. What Sharon really wanted was Jerusalem and as much of the West Bank as he could get (the Israeli government has put 400,000 Israeli colonists into the West Bank and around Jerusalem). And he wanted to forestall the emergence of a Palestinian state for decades or forever if possible. So he came up with the idea of making a very minor sacrifice of 8,000 Israeli colonists in Gaza so as to get all the other things he wanted.<>

Thousands of Orange Shirts are attempting to march on Gaza but have been blocked by Sharon's security forces and denounced by a majority in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.

One big problem with Sharon's feint is that the Israeli military has brutalized Gazans since 1967 and left the place without much governmental or police capacity. The Israeli decision to support the fundamentalist Hamas back in the 1970s and 1980s against the secular nationalist PLO has backfired big time, as Hamas has become the major political force in Gaza, and is much less willing to compromise with the Israelis than the PLO. Some will point out that some Gazans engaged in terrorism against Israel. This is true. Some will argue that the terrorism has nothing to do with the Israeli occupation, colonization and brutalization of the Palestinians. This is not true. Would the Palestinians have been better off with Gandhian tactics? In my view, yes. In recent years, Sharon has pursued a policy of just murdering Hamas leaders in an effort to destroy the organization. That is, he had them killed with no due process even when they could as easily have been arrested. Some idiot game theorist political scientist told Sharon if he could kill 1/4 of the leadership he could make the organization collapse. Of course it was not true. Some leaders of Hamas who had spoken of a "hundred-year truce" with Israel were rubbed out.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:29 PM
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1. Now tell me.... when it comes down to brass tacks.... are they
"going to kill their own people"? Just wondering.
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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:37 PM
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2. I am sure they will...
...much to the delight of anti-Israeli people the world over. The PLO? Hello! It's the PA...
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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:52 PM
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3. One thing about the essay...
is how he mentioned a couple times about Europe being happy about this.

I wonder how much this is even on the radar of people in the US.

"The withdrawal of colonists from Gaza helps mollify the Europeans and maybe even has a good effect in the Muslim world."


Just googling news of Gaza results in mostly foreign articles. One New York Times in the top sections...

Opponents of Gaza pullout admit defeat
China Daily,China- 1 hour ago

Opponents of Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip abandoned their efforts to stage a thousands-strong protest march in support of Jewish settlers late Wednesday ...
Double blow for settlers in Gaza protest - Guardian Unlimited

Protest march on Gaza called off - BBC News

Gaza pull-out could be delayed for months -

Guardian Unlimited- all 1,055 related

Israel moves ahead on Gaza withdrawal
- International Herald Tribune,France- 4 hours ago

JERUSALEM The Israeli Parliament easily voted down three bills on Wednesday aimed at delaying the withdrawal of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip, while in ...
Efforts to Delay Gaza Withdrawal Are Easily Defeated - New York Times

Gaza clashes renew after deal on ending crisis - Xinhua

For Bush, It Matters Gravely What Happens in Gaza - Jewish Exponent Brisbane Courier Mail- all 589 related

FEATURE-Disorder tempers dreams of new Gaza after Israelis go
- Reuters AlertNet,UK- 1 hour ago

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip, July 21 (Reuters) - Construction magnate Mahmoud al-Fara has a dream -- modern apartment blocks for Palestinian refugees rising in the...
Two children killed, five residents injured in the Gaza Strip - International Middle East Media Center

Foreign worker wounded by homemade rocket in southern Gaza - Xinhua

Israeli army dismantles military outpost in Khan Younis - Xinhua

International Middle East Media Center- all 23 related
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