"A total of 1,100-1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the 22-day war. After 22 days of fighting, Israel declared a ceasefire. Hamas vowed to continue the battle if Israeli forces did not leave the Strip. The conflict damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes, 15 of Gaza’s 27 hospitals and 43 of its 110 primary health care facilities, 800 water wells, 186 greenhouses, and nearly all of its 10,000 family farms; leaving 50,000 homeless, one million without electricity, and resulting in acute food shortages. 400,000-500,000 without running water,
However, by February 2009 food availability returned to pre-war levels."
U.N. reports also say that Gazans could be completely without water by 2015.
Approximately one third of the dead Gazans, over 400 children, were killed in the massacre. Here's a horrifying Al Jazeera report on the matter (warning: graphic).
So on December 27th, I wasted some precious time typing keywords into google related to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. I found Regina Spektor's thoughts on the subject; Regina Spektor is one of my favorite solo artists in music today, and also a Jew. Her response was, among many other things, idiotic, nationalistic and simply plain ignorant above all else. Therefore, I feel the need to respond to her stupid myspace blog entry point by point.
Oh dear. Sorry, but I'm already rendered unable to be civil with you Ms. Spektor.
"When hasn't it been our turn?" Are you fucking nuts? Anti-Semitism manifested itself in a very terrible way "roughly 60 years before," and it has showed no signs since of manifesting in a similar way since. Today is no different. You immediately create a problem when you are so paranoid about a second Holocaust that you ignore the suffering of others, or the horrible abuses and crimes that the state of Israel has committed itself.
This paragraph reeks of pretentious bullshit. If any of those cities were hit with attacks, I'd start to wonder why they were hit with attacks. Why did Hamas attack Israel? Maybe it's because Israel is responsible for the collective terrible wellbeing of the Gazans, as well as the Palestinians in the other occupied territories. Maybe it's because Israel, not Hamas, broke the 2008 ceasefire. Maybe it's because Israel is a state formed by immigrants who believe they have a right to the land, and therefore meets little internal dissent in addition to limited dissent from its American sugar daddy, giving it near impunity to do whatever the hell it wants. Maybe it's because thousands of Palestinians have been imprisoned by Israel under god awful conditions.
Getting attacked is a sign that you should self-examine your own actions, because non-military entities don't attack foreign countries every day. U.N. law states that countries should always try to resolve things peacefully and understand the motives of the assailants before engaging in warfare.
You are such a fucking idiot. No evidence has shown Hamas using "human shields," and as a matter of fact, Amnesty International and the U.N. have condemned Israel for using Palestinian human shields to protect military targets. Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, and Hamas lives in the cities. They don't "use" schools and hospitals to install their rockets; only a fucking cynic could shift the blame from the Israeli government to the Palestinian government in wondering why and how so many Palestinians died during Operation Cast Lead.
Boo hoo. The pooooooooor poooooooooooooooooor Israelis have to see Palestinians die. We should, obviously, only sympathize with the Israelis who have to see the Palestinians die, and not sympathize with the Palestinians themselves. Congrats on being a bigoted bitch, Regina!
But let's not listen to the Palestinians who voted for Hamas and got their homes and family members bombed by Israel continually. Let's just assume that it's Hamas' fault for Palestinian suffering. Why should we take responsibility for our own actions, after all?
I imagine this is the scenario that the World has in its sleepy mind: The World has just left the office. The World is walking home and taking its usual short cut. The alley it cuts through always makes its heart pound a little faster, but time saved is time saved, so it takes the shortcut every night on the way home to dinner. Over the course of its many walks home through the alley, the World has seen all kinds of muggings...The World has seen Israel get mugged, too. Sometimes harder, sometimes less. When this happens the World chooses one of three options... Option 1. Cross the street, pick up the pace, don't make eye contact, and get out of range of danger... Option 2. Go over to Israel and help fight the mugger off. But no. Those options are not what the World is choosing.
More idiocy. Israel is more like the rapist who has a nice lawyer (the U.S.). Time and time again, the rapist does his thing and blames the victim for her skanky attire. Once in awhile his victim tries to destroy his home, in hopeless self-defense and rage, but kills his family in the process. "Look what a horrible rape victim she is," says the rapist. "She deserves every bit of what she gets." The lawyer agrees, the rapist continues doing his thing, and tries to appeal to the sad onlookers by negotiating fake "peace settlements."
The sick, self-serving lawyer and his friends tend to agree with the rapist's point of view, but nobody else does. Sadly, at the moment, the rapist's friends, allies and sad onlookers are powerless to protect her. That's the world. If anything, the world hasn't given Israel (the state, not the civilians) enough of the mugging it needs.
"But I'm a mugger." the mugger says."And I mug." the mugger says. "And you are next." the mugger says. And the mugger waits for someone else to take a short cut, to help out with the mugging in the hopes that they will be spared, and then they will be next... and so on, and so forth, and that's how it works.
Excuse me while I go puke. This isn't worthy of a response.
But everyone is afraid. They are afraid of extremists in their midst. And i am too. We all should be. There is something terrifying about people who hate you more than they love themselves. People who would cover themselves with children, in order to kill and not be killed. And just because we have become allergic to "The War on Terror" and all those other co-opted expressions that were used to drag us, against our will, against our millions of people around the world peace protests, into a horrible war in Iraq, in the name of oil; doesn't mean there aren't terrorists in the world.
There sure are. They're called, "People who disagree with you." I like to call the United States government a terrorist organization, because it kills more people than any other government or grouping in the world.
Nobody likes liberals, but continue, liberal.
Southern Lebanon was a kitten thrown down a well, Regina. Israel invaded Southern Lebanon for absolutely no reason in the early 80s, killed more than 20,000 civilians, and occupied the territory for nearly 20 years. Hezbollah formed as a resistance organization to drive Israel out of Southern Lebanon, and it succeeded in doing so.
Terrorism begets terrorism. Since I don't know about the BBC report in question, I can't really say any more than that.
LET ME STOP YOU RIGHT THERE. CALM THE FUCK DOWN. DON'T LET RELIGIOUS FANATICISM GET THE BEST OF YOU. ISRAEL. IS NOT. JEWS. I REPEAT. ISRAEL. IS NOT. JEWS.
all of this would stop. Even some Jews feel that way. Many of us try to un-Jew ourselves all the time. It comes from a mixture of fear, guilt of surviving while others didn't, and embarrassment. We are the root of our and the World's problems, it seems. It is the Jews themselves that you will hear speak out most strongly against Israel. The instinct that drives them is the same instinct that drove them to blend in, and then be very surprised when they were put in the ghetto, too. The were surprised when they were put on the train, too. They were surprised when they were put in the gas chamber, too. They were surprised all the way till Death. Because "they weren't like those OTHER Jews"... Well. A Jew is a Jew is a Jew is a Jew.
Wow. Shut the fuck up.
It isn't. Fuck you.
Kill yourself, please. You would do Jews a great favor.
Ooh look at me I'm so deep and and and SHUT THE FUCK UP. You don't know what you're talking about, you have no fucking understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict whatsoever, and you're just a plain out horrible person in general. Congrats!
We keep destroying each other, except in the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where it's only the fault of Arabs and Muslims. WOW.
I wish for peace in Israel. I wish for as many people on all sides of the conflict to survive in a healthy and safe way. I wish for us all to find our inner and outer and every type of peace we can muster... I wish for peace in the world. And my thoughts are with Israel... and with all of you.
I wish for peace in Israel and Palestine alike. You clearly do not, as you seem to want Israel's military power to remain an untouched dominating force over the rest of the region. Far more Palestinians have died in Israel's occupation of Palestine than Palestinians, and so it remains.
Well, here's your response: Fuck you and your fake, pretentious bullshit and self-declared love/open-mindedness. You see things from a completely one-sided point of view because you're unable to see the horrible way in which Israel was founded for what it is, and you're unable to understand what the Palestinians in the legal Palestinian territories go through on a day by day basis. You are a new kind of bigot, in that you are affected by the planned obsolescence of Palestinian suffering. How dare you "blog" about such a serious matter in your "cute" little folksy language, worthy of Sarah Palin, while Palestinians starve and die at the hands of the IDF and the Israeli state?
Reaaaaaally tempted to delete your music off of my hard drive right now.