Denverites Protest Israel's Bombardment and Invasion of Gaza

by Christian Wright
(origionally published on laughingfish.blogspot.com)

According to the Denver Post, which is not known for being a pro-Palestinian journal, the state of Israel had by January 3rd "killed more than 460 people and left 1,700 injured..." through air strikes alone. Deaths resulting from the ground invasion are as yet unclear, though it is obvious the above number is now outdated.

Less apparently newsworthy is the fact that by January 3rd, 2009, only FOUR Israelis had been killed by Palestinians' Quassam rockets. This is claimed by Israel to be sufficiently outrageous to justify unleashing one of the world's deadliest and best equipped militaries upon the people of Gaza, who reside in one of the most heavily populated areas on the globe.

Yet the proportion since the "cease fire" ended of 115 Palestinians killed by the Israeli military for every one Israeli killed by Hamas' generally ineffective, home made rockets does not even tell the whole story, as absurd and enraging as that statistic alone may be. Almost entirely missing from every American account of the conflict is the fact that residents of Gaza have been living under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade for years. There is no convenient way to tabulate the deaths, not the mention the far harder to measure emotional trauma, inflicted upon these people by Israel's methodical destruction of their economy and infrastructure. The Israel Navy's recent decision to ram and threaten to sink a private ship attempting to deliver medical supplies to the besieged gazans graphically illustrated the reality of this blockade. Were it not for that incident millions who heard about it on the news might very well not have known that a blockade even exists at all.

On January 3rd, for the second time in less than a week, Denverites of conscience added their voices and their solidarity to the wave of worldwide protest which erupted in response to Israel's recent escalation of aggression. Approximately 70 people assembled in front of the state capital from 2 to 4pm to make their voices heard. The crowd was about 60 percent persons of middle eastern and Palestinian descent, with the rest being made up by members of Denver's progressive and activist community. The political composition of the crowd was quite diverse. It seems every shade of ideological perspective, organization, and non organization was represented, from anarchist vegetarians, to liberals and pacifists holding UN flags, to toddlers barely young enough to walk unassisted and everything in between. Clearly the sign of a healthy and a broad movement, albeit of rather modest size.

The fact that snow flurried intermittently throughout the day, and the temperature was 25 degrees F at 2pm ("feels like: 18 degrees", according to weather.com), seemed only to harden their resolve, and emphasize the seriousness of the situation. As one clearly under dressed protester put it, "We're here to show solidarity with the people of Palestine. What's going on over there is really fucked up. Holding a sign isn't much but it does say something when you're out here in the cold."

The solemness of the occasion was broken by a series of chants projected from a megaphone obtained by Food Not Bombs. A young speaker in his teens led the crowd,

"Free Free Palestine/ End this Genocide"
"Shame Shame Israel / Shame on Arab Leaders"
"What do we want/ Peace - When do we want it / now"

Cars passed, several hoking their horns in support, to the welcome surprise of many protesters. While a video crew did show up to take pictures and conduct interviews, sadly neither of the city's major dailies felt compelled to cover the demonstration in their Sunday issues. This is of course not to say the crowd had nothing worthwhile to say, as I soon found out by taking the opportunity to speak with several of those demonstrating whom I did not recognize.

Adel, a Lybian by birth who has lived in Denver since 1983, took pains to express the fact that he was by no means an "activst", or even a generally "political" person. In his words, "This is the first time I come to something like this, in my whole life. I used to be a regular guy, keep to myself, and not get involved. But I saw on the news... Yesterday I went to the mosque to pray, and heard about [the protest]. Coming here to stand with the people is the least I can do."

Najah, a woman of Palestinian birth, who attended the rally with her husband, Hassan, and two children, was representative of much of the crowd. Not an "activist", she like many others heard about the demonstration by word of mouth, and was determined to add her voice to those assembled.

"I'm here to say end the war in Gaza... They kill people... and to demand protection for Palestinians in Gaza, especially for children and women, and to call for an intervention to stop [the war]."

After translating for me, her husband added, with approximately one hundred times the degree of intelligence evidenced by any of the commentators allowed on major new networks:

"I believe the US has the power to stop this. Unfortunately the American actions so far have been to support Israel, and to justify war crimes... It's a one sided, immoral, inhuman war. Even if we accept retaliation it should be in equitable amounts. So far Palestinian rockets have killed four Israelis. Israel retaliates by dropping "bunker buster", 2,000 lb bombs on a mosque and an orphanage. If this is the land of the free- all Palestinians have been supporting for years is their freedom. I wonder if Americans are truthful to their own principles, to their own moral imperatives. "

For further reading:

Israel's War of Terror
(Haidar Eid, Palestinian activist and Gaza City resident, discusses the airstrikes with Eric Ruder)

Molten Lead in Gaza
(Uri Avnery, Israeli peace activist, discusses the road of the continued blockade in the collapse of the "ceasefire")

America Must Stop Shirking its Responsibility on Gaza
(Ralph Nader calls out the American Political Establishment)

CounterPunch.org
(has several good articles over the past few days)

Great article, thanks for the

Great article, thanks for the original reporting!

Gaza never gets a Fair shake

It's nice to see coverage that at least tries to tell the other side. I get so fatigued by the one sided coverage I see elsewhere. The embargo of the Gaza Strip has been part of the reason why many Palestinians feel betrayed by the West. The fact is we in the West have done to little to demand that our policies in that part of the world be fair and even handed.

Saturday Jan 10th Is International day of solidarity with Gaza

Anyone know what is planned in Denver this Sat.? Cant get to DC.
Thanks

International Solidarity with Gaza

What a great idea. I'm going to express my solidarity in the following way. I hope you will join me.
1. Drag my neighbor from him home and shoot him in the knees because he called code enforcement about my barking dog.
2. Teach my children to hate anyone who isn't like me (especially the evil joooos) and encourage them to take on a life a sacrifice that includes blowing themselves up among a crowd on infidels in a shopping mall.
3. Wrap my wife in a sheet from head to toe because I don't trust her around the neighborhood and kick her down the stairs if she doesn't do exactly what I say when I tell her to do it.

Please don't wait until Saturday. You can start these easy steps immediately and show solidarity with our Hamas brothers in Gaza

Wow.. some people are so

Wow.. some people are so uneducated. Normally I would delete a racist post like this, but I'm just going to go ahead and leave it up so people can see how closed-minded and ignorant the poster is.

It isn't as much solidarity as....

It isn't as much solidarity as it is, well, to just plain stop the us involvment in Isrial/Palistien conflict (or at least just let the world know that not all "Americans" are (for lack of better words) pieces of shit. Kind of like "WALKERIE" (VALKERIE) in World War 2. Stofenburg wanted to let the world know that just because you were a German in Hittlers rein weren't all Nazi's. they were just mierly doing thier job that they were most likely forced into. "long live sacred Germant"-Stofenburg, 1943. Well we are not in Germany but we do live in the 4th Riech, and like Stofeburg was trying to say (but most Mtv babies that the only thing they care about is"entertainment" (which might i add doesn't naturaly exist) don't really care about what he had to say they only care that "it could have been sumed up in 20 minutes"). So in sayingv that i say "long live sacred self".

Tadamon

while i agree with others that you're post is totally racist, i think your general rhetorical point, whether i agree with your overall positionality on the matter or not, is that we must be clear what we are supporting, and must not wash over the authoritarian, patriarchal, and misogynist tendencies of others. to make a blanket statement regarding Palestinian or Arabic people would be inaccurate and inappropriate, but it would be equally inappropriate to pretend that politicized Islamic extremism is any less fucked up than, say, the authoritarian, patriarchal, and misogynist tendencies of politicized Christian or Zionist extremism (or Hindu or Buddhist extremism, for that matter [yes, that's right, there are Buddhist extremists]).

it is important to be clear on what we support, and what we oppose. standing in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are being brutalized at the hands of Israel does not mean supporting extremist Palestinian militants who opportunisticly seize upon crisis to gain political power (many of whom are also directly involved with Mossad and Israel in black ops). it is also important to remember that not all Palestinian militants are extremists and this stereotype is used to delegitimize and marginalize non-extremist and even secular resistance. the same goes for Israel. there are many dissenting Israeli citizens who oppose the actions of their state.

i am reminded of something that came out last year called "Neither One State Nor Two States But No States":

Statement from the Manchester branch of the Anarchist Federation on the Gaza war

One thing is absolutely clear about the current situation in Gaza: the Israeli state is committing atrocities which must end immediately. With hundreds dead and thousands wounded, it has become increasingly clear that the aim of the military operation, which has been in the planning stages since the signing of the original ceasefire in June, is to break Hamas completely. The attack follows the crippling blockade throughout the supposed ‘ceasefire’, which has destroyed the livelihoods of Gazans, ruined the civilian infrastructure and created a humanitarian disaster which anyone with an ounce of humanity would seek an end to.

But that’s not all there is to say about the situation. On both sides of the conflict, the idea that opposing Israel has to mean supporting Hamas and its ‘resistance’ movement is worryingly common. We totally reject this argument.

Just like any other set of rulers, Hamas, like all the other major Palestinian factions, are happy and willing to sacrifice ordinary Palestinians to increase their power. This isn’t some vague theoretical point — until recently most deaths in Gaza were a result of fighting between Hamas and Fatah. The ‘choices’ offered to ordinary Palestinian people are between Islamist gangsters (Hamas, Islamic Jihad) or nationalist gangsters (Fatah, Al-Aqsa Martyrs brigades). These groups have shown their willingness to attack working class attempts to improve their living conditions, seizing union offices, kidnapping prominent trade unionists, and breaking strikes. One spectacular example is the destruction of Palestine Workers Radio by Al-Aqsa Martyrs brigades, for “stoking internal conflicts”. Clearly, a “free Palestine” under the control of any of these groups would be nothing of the sort.

As anarchists, we are internationalists, opposing the idea that the rulers and ruled within a nation have any interests in common. Therefore, anarchists reject Palestinian nationalism just as we reject Israeli nationalism (Zionism). Ethnicity does not grant “rights” to lands, which require the state to enforce them. People, on the other hand, have a right to having their human needs met, and should be able to live where they choose, freely.

Therefore, against the divisions and false choices set up by nationalism, we fully support the ordinary inhabitants of Gaza and Israel against state warfare — not because of their nationality, ethnicity, or religion, but simply because they’re real living, feeling, thinking, suffering, struggling human beings. And this support has to mean total hostility to all those who would oppress and exploit them — the Israeli state and the Western governments and corporations that supply it with weapons, but also any other capitalist factions who seek to use ordinary working-class Palestinians as pawns in their power struggles. The only real solution is one which is collective, based on the fact that as a class, globally, we ultimately have nothing but our ability to work for others, and everything to gain in ending this system — capitalism — and the states and wars it needs.

That this seems like a “difficult” solution does not stop it from being the right one. Any “solution” that means endless cycles of conflict, which is what nationalism represents, is no solution at all. And if that is the case, the fact that it is “easier” is irrelevant. There are sectors of Palestinian society which are not dominated by the would-be rulers — protests organised by village committees in the West Bank for instance. These deserve our support. As do those in Israel who refuse to fight, and who resist the war. But not the groups who call on Palestinians to be slaughtered on their behalf by one of the most advanced armies in the world, and who wilfully attack civilians on the other side of the border.

WHOEVER DIES, HAMAS AND THE ISRAELI STATE WIN

Liberalism as "anarchism," no suprise

A lot of this seems like liberalism: an inability to simply distinguish who has power, only to fall back on a bianary moralism. Obviously, the main contention in the world isn't between various kinds of religious fundamentalism.

I plainly state I support Hamas. Afterall, they are the ones who are resisting. It's seems like a place of privilege to play lip service to supporting a given struggle, only to denounce the main groups leading it. I even question how much you support Palestinians, given that your strategic line on the issue ("Neither One State Nor Two States But No States" and your explicit stance against Palestinian nationalism) is completely Western, alien to Palestinians and even contradictory to the gist of their struggles. Your position seems completely opportunistic and chauvinistic.

I find your condemnations of Hamas as hilarious. On one hand you parrot Fox News, the Israeli State and Alex Jones (saying that Hamas uses human shields, making bad jacketting implication about connections to Mossad). On the other, you supplant a 'anarchist' dogma onto the situation in a way that suits your own world view (moralistic abstractions about the 'rulers and ruled.') On the real, I tell people that a person's support for Hamas, support for those actually resisting the imperialist-backed settler state, is a measure of if that person actually supports the Palestinian cause.

You say that Hamas 'opportunistically seized power.' I have to ask, is power just dangling on a string, waiting of one authoritarian ['oh my!'] or another to "seize" it? I suppose if Hamas had not of seized power, and the comprador PA retained power (the only other serious contender), this would have suited you.

Generally, "solutions" are something realistic, something that, through great struggle, can be attained. What you offer isn't solutions. You offer a moralistic fantasy that is "right." In the end, you don't support the Palestinian cause because you nit-pick it to death and base it upon conditionalities. It's not like your position is unique to the Amerikan psuedo-left either. United for Peace and Justice, 'Communist' Party USA, various Trotskyists and virtually all of the old 'New Left' basically carry the same position: supporting an abstract resistance on the part of Palestinians but not actually support their resistance. Congrats. You're a liberal in the waiting.

To the Author of the racist

To the Author of the racist comment posted above.

Get educated, jackass. While your at it, seek treatment for you xeno and Islamophobia. I pity your fearful ass. You are too stupid to realize that while you attempt sick humor mocking what you believe Palestinians and most likely any Muslim, Arab, or brown skinned middle-easterner (I'm sure you have and use plenty of more derogatory terms) you have actually described yourself and the very thing this country, along with Israel feed their populations every day. Hence your idiocy. I'm sure you would deny the holocaust as well - if that were the line of bullshit the US propaganda machine was selling. Anyone denying the genocide taking place in Gaza right now, a result of US and Israeli policies and aggression, is on the same level of those who denied the Genocide in Europe Russia and China during World War 2. Fucking diseased bigot. Your mentality - "A-rab = terrorist." The mentality of normal humans, as opposed to soulless fuckwits like yourself - Genocide = WRONG, period.

Red Cross finds starving children with 12 corpses in Gaza ’house of horrors’
google it.

Racism is Ugly

The racist comments of the author of "International Solidarity with Gaza" should serve as a stark reminder that hate is a powerful force. It is true that for those of us who operate from a place of reason and compassion that this mans comments are seen for what they are. It is also sadly true that for many of our fellows who do not question their world and are ruled by fear, hate and xenophobic tendencies these comments resonate.

Let us all hope that one day people like the author above will come to see how shameful comments like the one above are. No one that holds views like the ones expressed above comes to a site like COIMC to validate their world outlook. To me, it is obvious that this author came here to COIMC to spread hate and incite those who do not think like him, or her.

Why call "me" a racist?

Hey you peace-loving radicals,

Why are you calling me a racist? If you'll read my post, you'll notice I didn't refer to race, religion. or color. Just the need to show solidarity with the poor misunderstood people of Gaza in a rather tounge in cheek manner. I find it odd, however, that you all decided I was talking about Arab Muslims. Is that because the traits I described are known to be associated with these people?

Oh and thanks to your moderator <>

Why would you normally delete a post like mine. Does your community have a problem with dissenting opinion? I find many of the opinions on this site loathsome in the extreme, but I don't seek to censor them. I posted here because I support the free and open exchange of ideas. How about you?

You are a Racist

You are a racist! COIMC does support dissenting opinions, having said that, COIMC does not support hate speech and or hurtful opinions that are hateful. I would point out that your post was left up for all to see. If you can't see that your comments are racist then that says a lot about you. If you can't understand that, as you say, "the free and open exchange of ideas" requires that there is respect given to the people on both sides of the exchange then that to says a lot about you.

I believe that you want to inflame peoples passions rather then there thoughts. Perhaps you find so much of what you read here loathsome because it challenges your own short sited view of the world.

Why do you post here if so much of what you read is loathsome to you? What bothers you so much about the opinions of other with whom you disagree? Why would you choose to post comments that, are on the face, seemed designed to insult rather then persuade?

re: moderation

This is the moderator you're talking about. I would normally delete your post because it's promoting racial stereotypes and islamophobia, contains what would be classified by the average person as "hate speech", etc. The reason I left it up is because I think that nobody's going to come to a reasonable conclusion if we don't push our boundaries a little. In general, it's true that the person who gets the most upset during an argument/debate is usually also the person who learns the most from it. In this case, that includes quite a few people on both sides of the little flame war we've got going on here, including yourself.

Denver schedule?

Anyone have any info on The International day of solidarity with Gaza in Denver? Times or Place? Thank You!

Protest Israel support demo

Are we organizing to counter the Israel demo Sun Jan 11 2 pm State Capitol?

5 out of 4 Progressives Say I'm A Racist

Hey, what can I say. I am what I eat? After all, I've lived on a steady diet of hateful talk from the Religion of Peace (I don't want to say anything that might be hurtful to any minorities) who have been telling the world that if they don't convert they'll be killed. The talk's not new, it's been going on since the seventh century. You know what, if I'm a racist for not wanting to join a medievil religion that thinks butchering innocent women and children is OK, that thinks throwing acid in the face of girls just because they want to go to school is religiously sanctioned, that glorifies the torture and defilement of people who believe differently...well OK you got me. I admit it, I hate the haters.

On the other hand, your bloggers have little credibility and I can't help but wonder if there is a wide straek of Jew hatered running in this community. I haven't seen much in the way of criticism of Hamas here. Why not? Their stated goal is the destruction of Israel. Is that OK with you? Is it OK they build hundreds of miles of tunnels for their guns and bombs and leaders but not a single bomb shelter for their people? Is it OK to shoot hundreds of their fellow Arabs simply because they belong to another political party? Is it OK they use schools and highly populated civilann areas to shoot their guns and missiles knowing any respose from Israel will result in civilian casualties?

I feel bad about the women and children in the crossfire (except the ones who've been on the news talking about how they want to become martyrs) I really do. But elections have consequences and in war things get broken. The people of Gaza elected Hamas who started a war with Israel (because they want to destroy Israel right?) What we see today should come as no surprise but I am baffled by your community's decision to come down squarely on the side of the Barbarians.

See you tomorrow. I'll be the guy up front wearing a yarmulka. Say hi will ya?

Re: Bin Laden's Logic

Normally I try to not get involved in shouting matches but my curiosity has gotten the best of me this time around. It looks to me like we've got two parties here: pro-palistinians and pro-israelis. Sounds pretty simple. People from both parties are upset because people in the other party don't hold the same view as them. Fair enough. When people get upset, the part of their brain that interprets emotions becomes much louder than the part that uses logic. It's a varation on fight or flight.

"Hey, what can I say. I am what I eat? After all, I've lived on a steady diet of hateful talk from the Religion of Peace (I don't want to say anything that might be hurtful to any minorities) who have been telling the world that if they don't convert they'll be killed. The talk's not new, it's been going on since the seventh century. "

It's been going on for longer than that, and I don't think anybody here in particular is denying that. The 'convert or kill' modality has been characteristic of most religions on the world, particularly of monotheistic ones (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc.) In every movement, there are those who are more radical than others. We've seen people killed because they're not christian, because they're not jewish, and because their not islamic. I don't think that anybody here is advocating that either of the above three things occur.

"You know what, if I'm a racist for not wanting to join a medievil religion that thinks butchering innocent women and children is OK, that thinks throwing acid in the face of girls just because they want to go to school is religiously sanctioned, that glorifies the torture and defilement of people who believe differently...well OK you got me. I admit it, I hate the haters."

Again, you're basing the views of an entire population (the fastest growing religion in the world) off of a few individuals who have been more or less ostracised from their own religious group. I grew up in the UAE, a country that's right next to Saudi Arabia. I knew lots of believers of Islam and even now in the states I still do. Of all of the people I've met, none of them even got close to having sympathy towards or believing in the actions of Bin Laden and the various other people you've mentioned. For the most part, followers of Islam are a peace-loving group, many of them approaching Pacifism as Pathology. I encourage you to look at the five pillars of Islam, the five founding statements that define most the basis for Islamic ethics.

"On the other hand, your bloggers have little credibility and I can't help but wonder if there is a wide straek of Jew hatered running in this community. I haven't seen much in the way of criticism of Hamas here. Why not? Their stated goal is the destruction of Israel. Is that OK with you? Is it OK they build hundreds of miles of tunnels for their guns and bombs and leaders but not a single bomb shelter for their people? Is it OK to shoot hundreds of their fellow Arabs simply because they belong to another political party? Is it OK they use schools and highly populated civilann areas to shoot their guns and missiles knowing any respose from Israel will result in civilian casualties?"

I don't think anybody here has said that they hate Jewish people or that they would like to see them all killed or anything of that order. Denouncing Israeli attacks on Gaza do not automatically mean support for Hamas, but that's your logic. It's easy to denounce an entire population of people (Islam) based on the actions of a few (Bin Laden). What's much more difficult, mature, and reasonable is to look at the motivations of said select individuals and find some way to relate to them. Imagine that you, your family, and your entire ethnicity had been living somewhere for thousands of years. One day, something happened that killed off most of your family and relatives. Sounds like the Holocaust doesn't it? Also sounds like life for those living in Palestine. The Jewish people, after the Holocaust, rightfully noted that they should have their own safe-haven to prevent something like that from happening again. I don't have any problem with that. They picked Israel because it was given to them by somebody else and for its religious significance. Instead of integrating with the community they moved into, they bombed the hell out of it until everybody left. And they're still doing it.

Granted, suicide bombings are fucked up. Killing civillians is fucked up. People don't just do that kind of stuff, they have to be really pushed to the edge to be so desperate that they believe it's the right thing to do. There has to be no other option. This is the situation in Gaza.

"I feel bad about the women and children in the crossfire (except the ones who've been on the news talking about how they want to become martyrs) I really do. But elections have consequences and in war things get broken. The people of Gaza elected Hamas who started a war with Israel (because they want to destroy Israel right?) What we see today should come as no surprise but I am baffled by your community's decision to come down squarely on the side of the Barbarians."

That's Bin Laden's logic right there. A government is doing bad things to my homeland, it was elected, and therefore everybody who elected it deserved to die. That's 9/11 for you. The residents of Palestine elected Hamas. Hamas did some fucked up shit. Everybody who elected Hamas deserves to die. That's what you're saying. I agree, there's a lot of people getting hurt in the cross-fire. In terms of lives taken, Israel has absolutely nothing to complain about. We're talking 90% or more lives being taken from Palestinian residents, and 10% or less from Israeli residents. In my perfect world, no lives would be taken. I'm sure you would say the same for yours. What makes us different is how we want that vision to come about. You want to (forcibly if needed) take over the Gaza strip and I want Israel to let the Palestinian people live in peace. I don't care who runs the government or where it's run from, just that the agression stops. And if we're talking aggression, we're talking about 90% of it coming from Israel.

See you tomorrow. I'll be the guy up front wearing a yarmulka. Say hi will ya?

I have read your letter on

I have read your letter on why you voted for H.Res. 867, and I find it both troubling and evasive. I have been an admirer of yours in the past, but that admiration has dissipated. I absolutely cannot understand why challenging and investigating war crimes should "drive people away from resuming negotiations toward a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." What people? And what will be the basis of those negotiations wireless internet providers? You say the death of innocent civilians must end. How can that happen if those deaths--many of them paid for by our tax dollars--are papered over and ignored by our representatives in Congress? You say you deplore inflammatory rhetoric. Have you read the Goldstone Report? It is a long, sober, and meticulously-researched document by one of the world's most eminent jurists. It contains no rhetoric of any sort. Truthfully, it seems to me that you know very little about this issue. That being the case you should not, in good conscience, have voted at all. I live in Boulder and I understand that my opinion need not concern you. (Jared Polis's response to my questions was to e-mail me the Abraham Foxman ADL handout that apparently served as the only research he bothered to do). Still,you must be aware that after the bloody and terrible events of the previous century, the world's most honorable thinkers--with the United States in the forefront--concluded that humanity's last, best hope was international law. To deliberately weaken that law as you all have done is to invite further bloodshed and chaos.

Hey, what can I say. I am

Hey, what can I say. I am what I eat? After all, I've lived on a steady diet of hateful talk from the Religion of Peace (I don't want to say anything that might be hurtful to any minorities) who have been telling the world that if they don't convert they'll be killed. The talk's not new, it's been going on since the seventh century. You know what, if I'm a racist for not wanting to join a medievil religion that thinks butchering innocent women and children is OK, that thinks throwing acid in the face of girls just because they want to go to school is religiously sanctioned, that glorifies the torture and defilement of people who believe differently...well OK you got me. I admit it, I hate the haters.

On the other hand, your bloggers have little credibility and I can't help but wonder if there is a wide straek of Jew hatered running in this community. I haven't seen much in the way of criticism of Hamas here. Why not? Their stated goal is the destruction of Israel. Is that OK with you? Is it OK they build hundreds of miles of tunnels for their guns and bombs and leaders but not a single bomb shelter for their people? Is it OK to shoot hundreds of their fellow Arabs simply because they belong to another political party? Is it OK they use schools and highly populated civilann areas to shoot their guns and missiles knowing any respose from Israel will result in civilian casualties?

I feel bad about the women and children in the crossfire (except the ones who've been on the news talking about how they want to become martyrs) I really do. But elections have test inside consequences and in war things get broken. The people of Gaza elected Hamas who started a war with Israel (because they want to destroy Israel right?) What we see today should come as no surprise but I am baffled by your community's decision to come down squarely on the side of the Barbarians.