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Israel Under Attack: Does Anyone Care?

 
 
Reply Tue 6 Nov, 2012 11:09 am
My Country is Under Attack. Do You Care?
by Arsen Ostrovsky, The Huffington Post, October 24, 2012

You see, as most Americans were waking up this morning, and those in Europe and elsewhere around the world were going about their daily routines, here in Israel -- over one million people were running for cover from a hail of rockets being rained down by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. In the space of 24 hours, since Tuesday evening, 80 rockets have been fired on southern Israel. That's more than three rockets per hour. By the time I finish this article, odds are that count will have risen to 85 rockets.

Just to put things in context: one million Israelis is roughly 13 per cent of the population. Thirteen per cent of the U.S. population equates to about 40 million people.

A dozen Israelis have already been injured, with several of them seriously. The only reason more have not been hurt is because Israel has invested millions of dollars in bomb shelters and the Iron Dome defense system, while Hamas has invested millions of dollars in foreign aid in more rockets.

But here is why I'm angry.

I'm angry that in 2012, over 600 rockets have already been fired from Gaza with no end in sight. I'm angry that the world only notices when Israel undertakes its (sovereign) right to defend its citizens. Can you imagine if even one rocket was fired on Washington, London, Paris or Moscow? No nation on earth can, or should, tolerate such attacks on its people.

I'm angry that while the United Nations never hesitates to call a "special emergency session" on the "Question of Palestine" or pass the umpteenth resolution blindly condemning Israel, that I am still waiting for a session on the 'Question of Israel' and Palestinian terror. In fact, 24 hours after the rocket attacks started, I am still waiting for even one syllable of condemnation from the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly or Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

I'm angry that Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General, could not find a moment to condemn the Palestinian rockets, but did find time to laugh and dance with South Korean rapper Psy from the popular dance craze Gangnam Style.

I'm angry that while the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton slammed Israel last week over the building of several hundred apartments (in an area that will arguably remain part of Israel anyway), that I am still waiting for her to slam the Palestinians for firing 80 rockets in one day.

I'm angry that there are those who continue to call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the Jewish State, but are silent in the face of Palestinian terror.

I'm angry that ships and flotillas continue to set sail for Gaza to show "solidarity" with the Palestinians, but where is their solidarity with the people of southern Israel?

I'm angry that while human rights organizations like Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam and others do not waste a single opportunity to condemn Israel for human rights violations against the Palestinians, the human rights of Israelis are seemingly not important enough for them. Is Jewish blood really that cheap?

I'm angry that mainstream newspapers like the New York Times, lead their stories about the rocket attacks with such headlines as "Four Palestinian Militants Killed in Israeli Airstrikes," and not "Palestinian Terrorists Rain Down Over 80 Rockets against One Million Israelis."

I'm angry that so many people are blind to the fact that Iran, which has called for Israel to be wiped off the map and now seeks to obtain nuclear weapons, is the primary funder and supplier of arms to Hamas. I'm angry at the fact that all civilians in southern Israel today were instructed not to send their kids to school and stay in bomb shelters. What sort of inhumane way is that for children to live?

I'm angry when people continue to say that 'settlements' are the main impediment to peace, and not Hamas, a terrorist group which does not recognize Israel's right to exist and seeks its destruction. I'm angry when I see pictures like this, of a home in southern Israel hit by a rocket from Gaza today, yet have the audacity to say "ah, but they're just like toys; what damage can they do?"

I'm angry that there is someone out there who does not know me and has never met me, yet still wants to kill me -- for no other reason than being Israeli.

I'm angry when I hear residents in southern Israel say "we just lie on top of our children and try to protect them with our bodies" or that "we're living on borrowed time" -- yet the world seems oblivious to their desperate cries for help.

No, I am not angry. I am outraged.

Arsen Ostrovsky is an international human rights lawyer and freelance journalist living in Israel.

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maxdancona
 
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Reply Tue 6 Nov, 2012 11:30 am
I am sorry, but I have trouble having sympathy with people who support either side of this stupid war.

These rockets are part of the war that is a consequence of the hard-line idiots on both sides who won't do what it takes to find peace. I condemn the rocket attacks the same as I condemn the forced relocation and continued building of settlements.

They are all idiots.

If you want peace, then be on the side of peace. If you want to continue the violent struggle on either side, then stop whining about it.
Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 6 Nov, 2012 11:41 am
Well, that pretty well sums it up.
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Advocate
 
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Reply Tue 6 Nov, 2012 11:48 am
@maxdancona,
Israel has done everything to make peace with the Pals. However, the latter has always rejected peace by either just walking away from the table or making impossible demands. For instance, the Pals have always demanded a right of return to Israel for five million people, few of whom are the ones who left in 1948.

Israel took East Jerusalem as a prize of war in 1967, and has every right to build settlements there.

Prior to the '67 war, Israelis essentially never set foot in the WB or Gaza. Notwithstanding that, there were hundreds of attacks on Israel by the Pals. Does this tell you anything, or are you oblivious to anything that was visited on Israel?
maxdancona
 
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Reply Tue 6 Nov, 2012 11:59 am
@Advocate,
Quote:
Israel has done everything to make peace with the Pals


Bullshit Advocate.

The first tiny step would be to stop building the ******* settlements in the West Bank. They haven't even done that.

And once you start talking about "prize of war" you put yourself clearly on the side of war. You are no different than a Hamas supporter. A pox on both your houses.
33export
 
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Reply Tue 6 Nov, 2012 01:32 pm
Image links to the Wikipedia webpage.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Mandate_for_Palestine_%28legal_instrument%29.svg/424px-Mandate_for_Palestine_%28legal_instrument%29.svg.png


There was a time when there was room for everyone there. The palestinians
have about the same status in their homeland as had the native Americans after the discovery and settlement of the New World.

Too bad the UN can't do anything about the matter.
Advocate
 
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Reply Wed 7 Nov, 2012 01:09 pm
@33export,
You obviously don't know anything about negotiating. You don't make concessions to the other side before they even come to the table.

In this case, Israel should not make any concession in advance considering that the Pals don't even recognize Israel's right to exist.
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 7 Nov, 2012 01:16 pm
Israel Under Attack: Does Anyone Care?

not really, to be brutally honest
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 7 Nov, 2012 01:25 pm
@Advocate,
Advocate wrote:

You obviously don't know anything about negotiating. You don't make concessions to the other side before they even come to the table.

In this case, Israel should not make any concession in advance considering that the Pals don't even recognize Israel's right to exist.


Yeah, how well is that negotiating working out? Maybe YOU are the one who doesn't know anything about it, considering the stunning failure of negotiations on Israel's part.

To answer the question of the thread: no, I don't care at all. They are only reaping what they have sown.

Cycloptichorn
33export
 
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Reply Thu 8 Nov, 2012 06:32 am
@Advocate,
Look: I wasn't joining in a pissing contest - just pointing out that Israel was once Palestine.
abouebn
 
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Reply Thu 8 Nov, 2012 10:14 am
@maxdancona,
Oh dear Advocate!
I really believe every single word you have said. The Palestinians have no right to frighten and terrify all of you. Shame on them. Because they came from the moon by UFO and invaded the land of what you call your country Israel. shame on them again
Sir:
1- I believe that every person on this earth, regardless of his religion, color or race, must have a piece of land to live on as long as he has not gotten it by war, killings or false claiming.
2- To have people to help someone to claim his right, he should always tell all the facts, including the ones that might convict him.
33export
 
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Reply Thu 8 Nov, 2012 01:21 pm
@abouebn,
lol

Tell'em, Abu!
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Advocate
 
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Reply Thu 8 Nov, 2012 02:12 pm
@33export,
There was never a "Palestine." There was an Israel -- please consult the bible.

Moreover, the nation of Israel was formally recognized by the UN. This never happened for a Palestine.

Moreover, there was an Ottoman Empire and a British Mandate.
djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 8 Nov, 2012 02:14 pm
@Advocate,
yeah, but who recognizes those fuckwads at the UN, they should move the UN general assembly to an island somewhere



and then nuke the island
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 8 Nov, 2012 02:42 pm
@Advocate,
You are so full of ****. You're just a mouthpiece for extreme zionist propaganda.

Educate yourself, dipshit
abouebn
 
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Reply Thu 8 Nov, 2012 02:53 pm
@Advocate,
it is not a matter of names. it is a matter of rights and reality. call it hot-dog or pizza. i am sure that you came from Russia or Ethiopia or Europe or USA. that poor Palestinian was there long before you. at least he should have the same rights as you.
(Moreover, there was an Ottoman Empire and a British Mandate.) both are colonists and they have no right to hand you other people's land.
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abouebn
 
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Reply Sat 10 Nov, 2012 02:16 pm
@Advocate,
i thought you Jews do not recognize Jesus and you are the ones that have thought that they have crucified him. and now i see you mentioning the bible.
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Advocate
 
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Reply Mon 12 Nov, 2012 11:26 am
@Setanta,
You have always been a Jew-hater. I see that you have not changed one iota.

You strike me as a very hateful, humorless, person. I wager you don't have a friend in the world.
Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 12 Nov, 2012 11:31 am
@Advocate,
You are completely delusional. I've consistently attacked antisemitic posts and members here. But you live in your own little world, don't you? All i did was provide a link which shows that Palestine has been known as Palestine for literally thousands of years, and you call me a Jew hater. That's because you cannot distinguish between anti-zionism and antisemitism. Have fun in your own little wonderland there, Bubba.
Advocate
 
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Reply Mon 12 Nov, 2012 01:42 pm
@Setanta,
Regardless of the discussion, you have never failed to take the anti-Israel position. This has happend probably a couple of hundred times. This despite that Israel has bent over backwards to reach accords with the Pals, who always respond with a slap in the face. You are probably the biggest shithead in this forum.

Palestine is merely an area of the world, which was composed of many different groups of people. The Pals now persecute Christians, other minorities, and women. They murder Jews on sight, and don't take prisoners in conflicts with Israel.
 

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