Israel begins to scare me…

Posted: June 2, 2010 in Justice, World News
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I’ll like to introduce to a Guest Blogger.  The below is from Paul, the communications officer at EAPPI. This was in response to my original post on the Flotilla in the Gaza Strip:

The Israeli army claimed they were attacked with knives and live fire. I wasn’t there, but I do know that the Israeli army has been caught out spreading massive, humdinging lies in the past. It wouldn’t surprise me if that wasn’t true in this case.
Anyway, the flotilla was in international waters. Does one of the world’s most powerful armies need to attack unarmed civilians in international waters? And they were trying to get through a blockade that has devastated the people of Gaza. In response to your comment that “it doesn’t seem like enough” – you’re right. According to experts, Gaza needs about 4 times as much humanitarian supplies as are getting through. Meanwhile, the lack of building materials, which means sewage treatment plants cannot be built or adequately repaired after Israel’s last massacre in the strip, means the water aquifer is becoming so polluted that thousands of babies are being born in Gaza with deformities from ingesting nitrates during pregnancy. In short, 1.3 million people are suffering from a brutal collective punishment by the state that forced them and their parents and grandparents out of their homes at gunpoint in 1948. Anyone who speaks out against this is anti-semitic; anyone who does something about it is likely to be shot.

And Israel, for the past few months, has very clearly been stepping up the pressure on international activists. I know a girl from the states who lost her eye today when a soldier shot a tear gas canister at her face from close range during a demonstration against the murder of the civilians on the boats to Gaza. The pressure is rising against those who believe that peace and justice are preferable to occupation and apartheid. As it’s World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel ( please join people around the world to pray for a better future.


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