A Response to Ali A. Rizvi
At the risk of damning Ali Rizvi with faint praise I will say his 7 Things to Consider
Before Choosing Sides in the Middle East is a heroic effort to stay neutral, in an emotion-raising conflict. I, for one, am not accusing him of being either pro-Israel nor pro-Palestinian (is pro-Hamas the same thing?) although I can understand the charge. However I do feel he only sees part of the bigger picture; finds moral equivalence where there is little and spoils his argument towards the end by clichés which he previously challenged earlier. Continue reading
FREE GAZA – from Hamas graphics for Facebook. that is.
Israel charged with war crimes at International Criminal Court (ICC)
Will ICC will accept jurisdiction? I doubt it. It has refused in the past. Palestine is not a member state, neither is Israel, and only member states can raise charges. Apart from that the court will not take a case unless it is convinced the state where the individual accused resides is incapable or unwilling to deal properly with the charges domestically. Israel is fine – Gaza not so much. However, logic doesn’t always apply in a lynching.
Personally I don’t think they mean to go through with it. Rather this is, as with the UNHRC investigation, warfare by other means. Hamas clearly believes/hopes that sufficient public diplomacy pressure can successfully persuade Israel to withdraw.
Should the court accept, we should welcome it and counter sue both the plaintiff AND the Palestinian Authority. Use of the legal system cuts both ways and it is about time the Israeli case is heard. Continue reading
Urgently investigate serious violations of international humanitarian law by Hamas in Gaza
Here is an action item Five Minutes for Israel can wholeheartedly endorse. Please sign this petition to the United Nations Human Rights Council which has pointedly ignored multiple Hamas war crimes (See Criminals call for Court) while essentially demanding a guilty verdict on Israel without examination. The petition explanation lists 8 war crimes committed by Hamas.
There is a way to end the Gaza tragedy …
but playing the blame game is not it
Contributed by Ira Weiss
It is tempting for activists on both sides to cynically use the tragedy of this war to advance their political agendas. One example of that is an attempt by some anti-Israel activists to portray the civilian casualties as the result of some special Israeli malevolence. It is estimated that perhaps 70% of the deaths from Israeli attacks in Gaza are non-combatants. That is a tragic and lamentable reflection of how modern warfare is fought by all countries these days, not evidence of some especially egregious Israeli military practice. Continue reading
Anyone but the Jews
From Jack Cohen on ISBLOG
23 July 2014
There was a time when Jews generated a lot of sympathy amongst the liberal western elite, because of course they were defenceless and were being murdered at an alarming rate. But, it didn’t help, because the sympathy for those killed usually came too late, after they were dead. Now the sympathy is being expressed for the enemies of the Jews, the poor Palestinians because they are relatively defenceless, even though they seem to have an unlimited supply of missiles and plenty of guns. But, the Jews had enough of the sympathy of well-meaning people, and decided to take their destiny into their own hands. That is why we are now able to fight our enemies.
Let them have the sympathy, we’d rather have the Iron Dome and the IDF. Continue reading
Casualties without comparison
From Jack Cohen on ISBLOG
21 July 2014
I’m fed up with hearing the first item of the News being the casualty count in Gaza, but given without any analysis or comparisons. The civilian casualties in Gaza are actually quite small in number compared to other conflicts. The total number of deaths given according to Hamas sources is ca. 400 in 14 days of fighting. But, a large proportion of these must be combatants (note that Hamas combatants are usually without uniforms and often counted as civilians). Hamas estimate 50% and Israel estimates 70% are combatants, so if we choose 60%, an estimate of civilian deaths is 160. This is an incredibly small number given that there are ca. 1.6 million people densely crowded into Gaza and that the IAF has flown ca. 2000 sorties. Continue reading
‘Fat boy owns bully’ OK Israel isn’t fat but the comparison is very valid. See in Graphics>Videos, Going viral.
Jon Stewart wins Red Nose Award at 2nd attempt
Almost two years ago Jon Stewart came close to being awarded the clown’s red nose for a gormless and badly misinformed attempt to explain Gaza’s economic problems (see Economics of Intifada).
It takes an extraordinary amount of ignorance combined with an inflated sense of moral superiority to win the coveted award. Stewart persevered and convinced the judges (OK me). He is the (un)worthy winner of Five Minutes for Israel’s latest Red Nose Award. Continue reading