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News :: Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
The International Call to Stop The Gaza Siege Now
20 Nov 2007
Modified: 10:38:49 PM
Please take one minute to SIGN the petition: "The International Call to Stop The Gaza Siege Now" http://www.petitiononline.com/etgs1/petition.html
But first, read the following "Open Letter to Sir John Holmes" about the genocidal siege on the 1.4 million people in Gaza, Occupied Palestine.
(Please take one minute to SIGN the petition: "The International Call to Stop The Gaza Siege Now" http://www.petitiononline.com/etgs1/petition.html
But first, read the following "Open Letter to Sir John Holmes" about the genocidal siege on the 1.4 million people in Gaza, Occupied Palestine. Please take one more minute to send this open letter to the list of email following, in order to stop this crime against humanity. Thank you.)




Dear Sir,

Have you heard about this Open Letter to Sir John Holmes requesting him to take action against the humanitarian crisis in Gaza? Well I am hereby begging you to give him a ring and request him to not ignore it and ask him to act upon it as a matter of URGENCY.

Thank You

Open Letter to Sir John Holmes, UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Khalid Amayreh
November 19, 2007

Dear Sir: Greeting

You must be aware of the nightmare now unfolding in the Gaza Strip. Gaza is simply dying a slow and painful death at the hands of the children and grandchildren of the Holocaust. This is not an overstatement or exaggerated description of a people long tormented by a sinister occupying power that is hell- bent on decimating them, using the basest and most inhumane of means, such as preventing food and other basic needs from reaching them.
I could go on and one and on describing and explaining the catastrophic situation in Gaza where on any given day, children and other civilians succumb to their illnesses because Israel and other neighbouring countries wouldn’t allow them to leave the blockaded territory for adequate medical care.

I don’t know if your office is receiving daily and accurate reports from the Gaza Strip. But in case it doesn’t, a quick glance at news reports from that tormented land would suffice to give you a fair idea of what is happening there.

True, some foodstuff and a few other commodities are being allowed to reach Gaza. However, these are utterly inadequate to meet the minimal needs of more than 1.4 million beleaguered human beings, the vast bulk of whom are unemployed, thoroughly impoverished and desperately hopeless.

Besides, Gazans, like the rest of humanity, need more than bread and tea. They need to live a dignified life. This is their God-given right as humans. This right must not be compromised by political cannibalism that is brazenly practiced by a world claming to be civilized and enlightened when in reality its actions and behaviour are millions of light years apart from civility and enlightenment.

I am not going to blame Israel and the United States and their allies and friends for this unfolding tragedy. The Quran states "wala Yas’alu 'an thunoobihemol Mujrimun" meaning that "criminals are not much concerned about their sins."

This Quranic verse, which I am sure has Biblical equivalents, obviously applies fairly and squarely to child-killing and child-starving states and armies that kill children and innocent people knowingly and deliberately for political reasons.

However, as a UN official whose responsibility includes overseeing the situation in Gaza and preventing a Nazi-like catastrophe from taking place in any part of the world, you are called upon in the strongest terms to immediately take pro-active and tangible measures to save Gaza’s helpless inhabitants from what looks a certain looming disaster, especially if the current draconian blockade continues.

There is no doubt that the firing by Palestinian guerrillas of homemade Qassam projectiles onto Israeli settlements in the area is a problem. But it is a problem made in Israel since the Jewish state stubbornly refuses to stop killing innocent Palestinians and destroying their homes and bulldozing their farms. Israel wants to keep up the killing of Palestinian children regardless of whether the Palestinian guerrillas observe a ceasefire or not.

This sufficiently explains Israel’s adamant rejection of Palestinian ceasefire proposals made on several occasions by Prime Minister Haniya and other Gaza officials.
The reason for this may not be sufficiently clear for all, especially in the West where pro-Israeli media often turn the black into white and the big lie into a "virtually reality" glorified by millions.

Well, Israel simply doesn’t view herself as humanly equal to Palestinians and non-Jews in general. That is really the crux of the matter and the mother of all sins in the Middle East.
Today, the people of Gaza nearly completely rely on the good will of the international community for their physical survival, which they have come to no longer take for granted, given the indifferent silence and brutal callousness of the international community towards their enduring plight.

Unfortunately and regrettably, the UN, too, is watching the tragedy in Gaza with passivity and a great modicum of indifference. This passivity, unethical and incompatible with UN Charter and ideals, serves only to embolden Israel to tighten its barbaric grip on that tormented region further and exacerbate the suffering of its people.

I am saying that because I am convinced that Israel, under whose harsh occupation we have been languishing for over 40 years, would refrain from taking more pornographic acts of genocide against our people only if the international community made it clear that such behaviour would be unacceptable. Otherwise, Israel would continue to test the will of the world so that if the world’s conscience slumbered or looked the other way, Israel would commit the unthinkable.

This is not far-fetched at all. A state that only last year dropped 2-3 million bomblets on Lebanon, could commit a similarly monstrous crime against the more vulnerable and utterly unprotected Palestinians.

This week, many members of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, vociferously protested their army’s failure to "completely paralyse Gaza," with some lawmakers asking their government "why there is still life in Gaza, why there is still electricity in Gaza. We must make sure to them who are the masters!"

This shows that were it not for the international public opinion, Israel would emulate the Third Reich. We are talking after all about a state without conscience, without morality.
So, Israel won’t relent as long as the international community plays blind, deaf and dumb and looks the other way, while Gazans and other Palestinians are being killed, starved and brutalized.

Sir: Don’t you ever count on regional states. These failed regimes prefer the legitimacy that comes from pleasing and appeasing the United States more than that which comes from doing the right thing.

Now what are you going to do to put an end to this nightmare? As a fellow human being, I urge you again in the name of the voiceless and the helpless in Gaza, ordinary people, un-politicised and nearly totally preoccupied with making ends meet, to take a meaningful action now to end this obscenity, the criminal blockade of the Gaza Strip.

I hope and pray you will deal with this matter with the urgency it deserves. Gaza is really facing a grave danger of collapse and demise, and we must never allow this to happen.
Gaza is already a replica of Ghetto Warsaw. For God’s sake, we must not allow Israeli criminality, American acquiescence and international impotence to turn it into another Auschwitz.


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Source : The Peoples Voice and ISM Switzerland
http://www.ism-suisse.org/news/article.php?id=7852&type=analyse&lesujet=

Please SIGN also the petition: "The International Call to Stop The Gaza Siege Now"
http://www.petitiononline.com/etgs1/petition.html

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Hamas is causing a slow and painful for Gaza
20 Nov 2007
Gaza is simply dying a slow and painful death at the hands of Hamas

According to Islamonline- fruit is rotting on the vine in Gaza- but rather than feed the children of gaza, Hams is putting profits before people- they are letting the children go hungry because of their own greed

If children are starving in Gaza, why can't they eat this fruit? Why is Hamas allowing children to suffer and die in the name of politics and profit?

from Islamonline: The luscious, perfectly ripened strawberry crop is the latest victim of the crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip, being left to rot rather than being shipped to European markets as usual.


"We want the entire world to know how miserable our lives are," one farmer told IslamOnline.net with a tinge of bitterness in his voice.

"We are teetering on the verge of collapse."

Strawberry farmers have announced a symbolic mourning period, accepting condolences in their dying crop.

"The mourning period would last until crossings are reopened," said Eid Siam, the head of the Farmers Society in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip.
See also:
https://israel.indymedia.org/newswire/display/7929/index.php
stop zionist crimes
21 Nov 2007
Warning !
The previous comment, is a racist, supremacist, zionist propoganda shameful lie.

Beware of their negationnist and genocidal agenda.
while children starve?
21 Nov 2007
In addition to that, Hamas is building a $200 million dollar amusement park (where couples won't be allowed to kiss) like an Islamic Disneyland, while children starve? Pundits anticpate that the amusement park will be used to fire missiles so as to draw return fire on civilians for which they can blame Israel.
Its from islam on-line- are they a racist hate site?
21 Nov 2007
"Warning !
The previous comment, is a racist, supremacist, zionist propoganda shameful lie."

Its from islamonline.
Are they a racist, supremacist, zionist propoganda shameful hate site? Maybe.

Check it yourself.

Gaza's children are suffering and dying because Hamas won't let them eat fruit grown for export.
Once again the children suffer beacause of the adults greed and profit motive.

Free Gaza from Hamas! Feed the Children! People before Profits!
History will Judge
21 Nov 2007
Modified: 04:39:59 PM
This is truly zany commentary. Such that could apppear in the ghastly zionist periodical by the same name. Hamas just happens to be the DEMOCRAICALLY ELECTED government of the Palestininian people, a government and a people without a formal country sadly, for reasons only all to well known, and altogether avoidable. The Palestinian people elected Hamas, they did not elect Israel or the U.S. to rule Gaza (or the West Bank). The current seige of Gaza, which includes withholding of tax receipts by Israel owed to Palestinians, blockage of various forms of international aid, clandestine coup plots, and sundry public smear campaigns and other draconic forms of collective punishment is a concerted attack by the West on the Palestinian people as a whole and on democracy in principle. Further, the U.S. and it's lackies have refused to even engage in dialogue with the democratically elected government of Palestine and have wholly excluded Hamas from the upcoming sham peace conference of the so-called Quartet. The special UN liason to Palestinians for human rights , John Dugard, said last month, the situation in Gaza is the worst he's ever seen it adding , "I will suggest that the secretary general withdraw the UN from the Quartet, if the Quartet fails to have regard to the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories". He also noted, the UN "should be playing the role of the mediator.""Instead the international community has given its support almost completely to one faction - to Fatah"."That's not the role the UN should be taking". And Dugard also pointed out, "Inevitably in a military occupation, there are likely to be those engaged in resistance." And he observed while they are often labelled as "terrorists" and cited examples in Europe in WWII and Namibia in the 80s. But he reminded "Now they are in government and treated as heroes." Amen.
Hamas Plays while Children Starve
21 Nov 2007
Hamas plays while Children starve.

It is obvious that Hamas is creating a two-tiered society- where the well heeled, and well connected get rights, priviledges and all the toys, and every one else is left to suffer and die.

The Internatioanl Solidarity Movement is in the middle of a massive fund raising drive- rather than feeding the starving children of Gaza- they want to start a ferry service! They are seeking to raise over $300,000 with the purpose of giving the wealthy Palestinians access to the playgrounds of Europe, while allowing the underclasses to suffer and starve.

It all comes down to class, doesn't it? It all comes down to money.
Logical falacy
21 Nov 2007
Hamas just happens to be the DEMOCRAICALLY ELECTED government of the Palestininian people

1. George Bush happens to be the democratically elected representative of the US. Does that mean he is acting with America's interests in mind?

2. Clearly Hamas is willing to have SOME people suffer to accomplish their goal. unfortunately, "some" people include the poor, the minorities and teh children.
No to imperial revisionism
21 Nov 2007
The previous "comment" is an arrogant, racist, revisionist lie. It's goal is to cover the genocidal and criminal policy of the zionist entity and its american accomplice, all that with a "class war" disguise for the indy reader.
The insane zionist and neocon war and propaganda machine has no limits in its magnitude of moral bankrupcy, outrageous lies and hate for humanity.

Sign the petition, send it to all your email list, organize in your community, act now to disrupt by all means this imperial and zionist death machine!
Power to the people! Hamas out of Gaza now!
26 Nov 2007
What we are seeing now is the effendi (wealthy landowner) class in Gaza take over via Hamas. We are seeing the begining of a two-tier system- the poor suffer, and starve while the wealthy get expensive homes, expensive apartments and amusement parks and access to the shopping and playgrounds of Europe! Don't let anyone tell you that this isn't a class issue! That is precisely what this is.

Clearly Hamas is willing to have SOME people suffer to accomplish their goal. Unfortunately, "some" people include the poor, the minorities and the children.

No to imperial revisionism ! Hamas out of Gaza! People before profit!
there they go again
27 Nov 2007
>George Bush happens to be the democratically elected representative of the US.

If you believe that, I can get you a great deal on a bridge.
Right wing movement
27 Nov 2007
The Palestinian movement has always been a right wingmovement rather than a left national liberation movement in that it seeks to restore control to the old power elite, the "Effendi" clas in Arabic. For example, four Effendi familes owned 16% of the British Mandate of Palestine. These family names are familar from the leadership roles of todays Palestinian movement as well i.e. Husseini, Nashibi etc.