Amira Hass and Gideon Levy join those in the human race that condemn the actions of those destroying it. To those of my readers that still might have a problem differentiating Jews from zionists, here are but two examples of the difference. Not all Jews are supporters of the evils of zionism…. please remember that in your comments.

It is not Palestine that is the enemy of Israel, it is zionism itself.


‘Gaza strike is not against Hamas, it’s against all Palestinians’

Amira Hass


At 3:19 P.M. Sunday, the sound of an incoming missile could be heard over the telephone. And then another, along with the children’s cries of fear. In Gaza City’s Tel al-Hawa neighborhood, high-rise apartment buildings are crowded close together, with dozens of children in every building, hundreds in every block.

Their father, B., informs me that smoke is rising from his neighbor’s house and ends the call. An hour later, he tells me that two apartments were hit. One was empty; he does not know who lives there. The other, which suffered casualties, belongs to a member of a rocket-launching cell, but no one senior or important.

At noon Sunday, the Israel Air Force bombed a compound belonging to Gaza’s National Security Service. It houses Gaza City’s main prison. Three prisoners were killed. Two were apparently Fatah members; the third was convicted of collaborating with Israel. Hamas had evacuated most of the Gaza Strip’s other prisons, but thought this jail would be safe.

At 12 A.M. on Sunday, a phone call roused S. “I wasn’t sleeping anyway,” he said. “I picked up the receiver and heard a recorded announcement in Arabic: ‘This is to warn you that we will bomb the house of anyone who has arms or ammunition at home.'”

Three members of one neighboring family were killed, all young men in their twenties. None of them owned arms or ammunition; they were simply walking down the street when the IAF bombed a passing car. Another neighbor lost a 16-year-old daughter, and her sister was seriously wounded. The IAF had bombed a building that formerly housed the Palestinian Authority’s Preventive Security Service, and their school was located next door.

S. saw the results of some of Saturday’s bombings when he visited a friend whose office is located near Gaza City’s police headquarters. One person killed in that attack was Hassan Abu Shnab, the eldest son of former senior Hamas official Ismail Abu Shnab.

The elder Abu Shnab, whom Israel assassinated five years ago, was one of the first Hamas politicians to speak in favor of a two-state solution. Hassan worked as a clerk at the local university and played in the police band for fun. He was performing at a police graduation ceremony on Saturday when the bomb struck.

“Seventy policemen were killed there, not all Hamas members,” said S., who opposes Hamas. “And even those who supported Hamas were young men looking for a job, a salary. They wanted to live. And therefore, they died. Seventy in one blow. This assault is not against Hamas. It’s against all of us, the entire nation. And no Palestinian will consent to having his people and his homeland destroyed in this way.”


The neighborhood bully strikes again

By Gideon Levy
Israel embarked yesterday on yet another unnecessary, ill-fated war. On July 16, 2006, four days after the start of the Second Lebanon War, I wrote: “Every neighborhood has one, a loud-mouthed bully who shouldn’t be provoked into anger… Not that the bully’s not right – someone did harm him. But the reaction, what a reaction!”

Two and a half years later, these words repeat themselves, to our horror, with chilling precision. Within the span of a few hours on a Saturday afternoon, the IDF sowed death and destruction on a scale that the Qassam rockets never approached in all their years, and Operation “Cast Lead” is only in its infancy.

Once again, Israel’s violent responses, even if there is justification for them, exceed all proportion and cross every red line of humaneness, morality, international law and wisdom.

What began yesterday in Gaza is a war crime and the foolishness of a country. History’s bitter irony: A government that went to a futile war two months after its establishment – today nearly everyone acknowledges as much – embarks on another doomed war two months before the end of its term.

In the interim, the loftiness of peace was on the tip of the tongue of Ehud Olmert, a man who uttered some of the most courageous words ever said by a prime minister. The loftiness of peace on the tip of his tongue, and two fruitless wars in his sheath. Joining him is his defense minister, Ehud Barak, the leader of the so-called left-wing party, who plays the role of senior accomplice to the crime.

Israel did not exhaust the diplomatic processes before embarking yesterday on another dreadful campaign of killing and ruin. The Qassams that rained down on the communities near Gaza turned intolerable, even though they did not sow death. But the response to them needs to be fundamentally different: diplomatic efforts to restore the cease-fire – the same one that was initially breached, one should remember, by Israel when it unnecessarily bombed a tunnel – and then, if those efforts fail, a measured, gradual military response.

But no. It’s all or nothing. The IDF launched a war yesterday whose end, as usual, is hoping someone watches over us.

Blood will now flow like water. Besieged and impoverished Gaza, the city of refugees, will pay the main price. But blood will also be unnecessarily spilled on our side. In its foolishness, Hamas brought this on itself and on its people, but this does not excuse Israel’s overreaction.

The history of the Middle East is repeating itself with despairing precision. Just the frequency is increasing. If we enjoyed nine years of quiet between the Yom Kippur War and the First Lebanon War, now we launch wars every two years. As such, Israel proves that there is no connection between its public relations talking points that speak of peace, and its belligerent conduct.

Israel also proves that it has not internalized the lessons of the previous war. Once again, this war was preceded by a frighteningly uniform public dialogue in which only one voice was heard – that which called for striking, destroying, starving and killing, that which incited and prodded for the commission of war crimes.

Once again the commentators sat in television studios yesterday and hailed the combat jets that bombed police stations, where officers responsible for maintaining order on the streets work. Once again, they urged against letting up and in favor of continuing the assault. Once again, the journalists described the pictures of the damaged house in Netivot as “a difficult scene.” Once again, we had the nerve to complain about how the world was transmitting images from Gaza. And once again we need to wait a few more days until an alternative voice finally rises from the darkness, the voice of wisdom and morality.

In another week or two, those same pundits who called for blows and more blows will compete among themselves in leveling criticism at this war. And once again this will be gravely late.

The pictures that flooded television screens around the world yesterday showed a parade of corpses and wounded being loaded into and unloaded from the trunks of private cars that transported them to the only hospital in Gaza worthy of being called a hospital. Perhaps we once again need to remember that we are dealing with a wretched, battered strip of land, most of whose population consists of the children of refugees who have endured inhumane tribulations.

For two and a half years, they have been caged and ostracized by the whole world. The line of thinking that states that through war we will gain new allies in the Strip; that abusing the population and killing its sons will sear this into their consciousness; and that a military operation would suffice in toppling an entrenched regime and thus replace it with another one friendlier to us is no more than lunacy.

Hezbollah was not weakened as a result of the Second Lebanon War; to the contrary. Hamas will not be weakened due to the Gaza war; to the contrary. In a short time, after the parade of corpses and wounded ends, we will arrive at a fresh cease-fire, as occurred after Lebanon, exactly like the one that could have been forged without this superfluous war.

In the meantime, let us now let the IDF win, as they say. A hero against the weak, it bombed dozens of targets from the air yesterday, and the pictures of blood and fire are designed to show Israelis, Arabs and the entire world that the neighborhood bully’s strength has yet to wane. When the bully is on a rampage, nobody can stop him.


  1. Sylvia said,

    December 29, 2008 at 15:26

    Are you aware of Ezekiel, 38?

  2. A. Magnus said,

    December 29, 2008 at 16:43

    Technically Ezekiel 38 has already happened; the Ashkenazim who rule the state of Israel are descendants of the Khazars, a turkic tribe that converted to Judaism in the 8th century AD. Their homeland is located right where the Biblical Gog and Magog lived by the Black Sea. They attacked Palestine in 1948 with arms from the Soviet Union and took it over easily, since it was a land without walls during the British mandate. It’s not the dominionist interpretation you’re familiar or comforted with, but it’s closer to the truth in my estimation than the ‘Left Behind’ crowd would think.

  3. embarrassed in usa said,

    December 29, 2008 at 17:44

    Offense, defense, special teams.
    The zionists have the power right now.
    They are in power and have control in all three areas.
    The forces of good need to develop and exercise good offense, good defense, and good special teams to defeat the evil that is zionism.
    Marching the streets and quoting books will not stop zionist freedom of action in the real world.

  4. December 29, 2008 at 18:03


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  6. neil said,

    December 30, 2008 at 01:21

    elitism provoking hell to see what more chaos it can transmit across the globe

  7. Mirah Riben said,

    December 30, 2008 at 04:10

    As an American Jew, I have experienced difficulty from both sides: Explaining to those who who believe that all Jews are Zionists, and explaining to my Jewish acquaintances and FAMILY why I am not a Zionist without being considered a traitor and being asked if that means I would have supported Hitler!!

    As always thank you for elucidating important issues!! Stay sane my friend…

  8. javedahmad said,

    December 30, 2008 at 05:42

    44. Zionism: The Root of All Evil
    Preface: “Zionism is the cause of bloodshed in the Middle East and hatred of Jews throughout the world”. When a group of people or a nation cannot defend themselves intellectually, they resort to hate, violence and war. (June, 2003).

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  10. Adnan Saleh said,

    December 31, 2008 at 21:29

    Arabs are not the enemies of Jews; nor Jews are the enemies of Arabs, they both however have two commom enemies, Zionism and fundamentalism

  11. nik3ndah said,

    January 14, 2009 at 06:22

    we find these verses rebuking the transgressions of the Children of Israel in the Book of Jeremiah (3: 8 – 10):

    “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery, I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
    And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.
    And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the Lord.”

    And again, Jeremiah (5: 7 – 8):

    “How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses
    They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbor’s wife”

    And now listen to Jesus rebuking the Israelites of his day in Matthew (23: 25– 33):

    “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
    Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
    Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
    Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
    Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous and say: “If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.”
    Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
    Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
    Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”

    Can any sensible reader find anti-Semitism here? If not, how can we accuse God of anti-Semitism in the Qur’an where also He rebukes the transgressors among the Children of Israel?

    The approach of the Qur’an is clear: God admonishes the People of the Book, those people who were given scriptures, to return to their Books. We find that on many occasions, the doctors of the old religions have distorted the scripture for their own selfish purposes. So God admonishes them and warns them of the impending punishments awaiting them. We read in Jeremiah, chapter 8: 8 –-

    “How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.”

    Here the Prophet Jeremiah scolds those of the Children of Israel who made the Book of God false even by the use of a pen that distorts.

    We see the same idea in the Qur’an too, where God scolds those people of the Book, who wrote their own verses in the Book of God and called them God’s. Can we say that God is being deliberately anti-Semitic here?

    Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, a renowned American Muslim scholar, writes on this topic:
    “Taking a few passages from the Qur’an out of proper historical and textual context will not give a proper understanding of the religious scripture. This is not only true of the Qur’an but also of the Bible. Many passages from the Bible also criticize the Jews.
    Read the Hebrew Bible, particularly Micah (chapter 3:1-12) and Hosea (chapter 8:1-14), in which these prophets condemned the Jews ‘who abhor justice and pervert all equity’ and who ‘build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with wrong.’

    These prophets cursed Israel as a ‘useless vessel among nations’ and called for the curse of God to ‘send a fire upon [Judah’s] cities’ and to make Jerusalem ‘a heap of ruins.’ Prophet Ezekiel called Israel, ‘the house of rebels and a rebellious nation,’ (Ezek, chapter 2).

    Similarly, in the Book of Deuteronomy (28:16-68), Moses warns the Jews that God ‘will send upon you curses, confusion, and frustration, in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly, on account of the evil of your doings, because you have forsaken me’ (28:20).”

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