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15 More Palestinians Murdered by the Israeli
Killing Machine: We Are All Gaza
By Vera Macht
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, August 29, 2011
Fifteen people were killed so far, and no end in sight.
Tomorrow the foreigners will be evacuated, Israel threatens with a
"massive military attack", a "ground invasion" is not ruled out. Fifteen
killed people, including two children. I can give their names, Malek, two
years old, and Mahmoud, thirteen years. I can tell how Mahmoud's teacher
has described him as an intelligent, bright student, or I can show photos
of the two.
As if that would create an outcry , as if the Western
media would care enough for the lives of Palestinian children. No, Israel
was attacked. Israel must defend itself.
circumstances, let alone the actual perpetrators of the attack on Israel
have been identified so far, every Palestinian military faction has denied
any involvement in it. But Gaza is blamed, as Gaza is always to be blamed
for, Gaza must be punished, Gazan blood must flow so that the murder on
Israelis will be avenged.
How much blood must still flow, you
Israeli generals? How many Mahmouds and Maleks will have to die, how many
women and children will have to be injured and killed? The signs suggest
that it will still be many. And the signs suggest that the world is going
to accept it. That it will accept that innocent people are being killed
who had nothing but nothing to do with the attack on Isarel.
of course Palestinians must be "punished", simply because they are
Palestinians. I was at the protests against the Israeli embassy in Cairo.
There were also Egyptian soldiers being killed. "Regrettable", called Ehud
Barak, the Israeli defense minister, the incident. Since when is it just a
pity when you kill the soldiers of your neighboring country. The people
outside the embassy were angry, they demanded the expulsion of the
ambassador, removed the Israeli flag and replaced it with an Egyptian one.
Yet the Egyptian activists with whom I spoke were skeptical. Egypt
is weak, they said. We have no president, no real political leadership, we
must first rebuild our country, our economy needs to grow. Economy? I
asked. Don't get me wrong. Of course I know that Egypt is in a difficult
position. But it's not about economical support for a war torn country.
As we speak, Gaza is being bombed. As we speak, innocent people
are dying. If Israel doesn't experience any resistance, any outcry, any
appeal from the world public to act carefully, then a new massacre will
happen. A 'Cast Lead' two. In which 1382 people were murdered in three
weeks, including 320 children.
I told them, I urge you not to watch
your brothers and sisters being murdered. I appealed to the Muslim
community spirit, but actually I want to appeal to the humanity of each of
My friends in Gaza have changed their Facebook profile pictures
to red letters saying: "Kulna Gaza." We are all Gaza.
desperate attempt to show the world that the people who are bombed there
in that moment are not bloodthirsty terrorists, but people like you and
me. Who feel, think, laugh and suffer like we all do. Who are sitting at
home in front of their computers, locked up in a tiny coastal strip from
where there is no escape, no place to be safe. They are sitting there
hoping and praying that the bombs falling around them won't hit their own
house, that they will live until the next day. With the Internet as the
only possibility to show their existence, their suffering, to draw
attention to their humanity.
On their behalf I
appeal on our humanity. Because a piece of land having nothing to exploit
anymore, neither industry nor resources, which is already completely
devastated by bombs, can hardly hope for political support. This land can
only be helped by humanity. I appeal to your humanity not to allow any new
massacre in Gaza. To show opposition. Through demonstrations, through
In a country like Egypt, with really plenty of own
problems, thousands of people were on the streets yesterday to demonstrate
support for Gaza and to show the people there that they are not alone. Let
us take it as example.
I call on you - on us - to protest. As
loudly and forcefully as possible. A new massacre in Gaza can't and
shouldn't happen, and it's in our hands to prevent it. Not in the hands of
politicians who decide on economic terms, but in ours. It is up to us,
that we prevent a new war in Gaza.
Ghazza - we are all Gaza.
Vera Macht is a
journalist and peace activist who has lived in Gaza for one year. She is
now in Cairo where she tries to obtain a permission to cross Rafah border
to get back to Gaza again.