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From Gaza with Pain and Dignity

By Mazin Qumsiyeh

Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 20, 2016


It is hard not to cry watching the unfolding horror show in Gaza, children with heads blown off, pregnant woman with body torn by a shell, babies with missing limbs, targeting of playing children, targeting hospitals, targeting ambulances, and even a handicap center killing two handicap children.

Invading Israeli occupation forces then ratcheted up their attacks committing large scale massacres in places like Shuja'iYa and Beit Hanoon. 80% of the victims are elderly, women and Children (over 110 children so far).

Though mainstream western media self-sensors to comply with the Zionist lobby, the truth is coming out and the videos and pictures are horrific. Our friends in Gaza issue desperate calls to us. Israel cannot absolve itself by saying we asked people to evacuate (100,000 are homeless already).

Forcing people out of their homes is a crime against humanity let alone bombing those who remain. Read more here including a message from a Norwegian doctor in Gaza... 

The situation in Gaza is horrific. A handicap center was bombed killing two special girls. A doctors house is bombed. A family is bombed as they come out of a mosque killing 18 members. Resistance factions in Gaza responded with rockets that fell on cities deep inside "Israel" (1948 Palestine).

The capabilities of a besieged Gaza strip astonished many Israelis (projectiles reaching as far as Haifa, frogmen penetrating an Israeli base successfully from the sea, a drone that flew for hours in Israeli airspace before it was finally shot down etc). We have to remember that Israel started the genocide in Gaza.

Even if we take the most recent issue, it was Israeli airplanes that first attacked Gaza after 2 years of signing an agreement not to do so. So Israel attacked Gaza and the resistance responded by firing a few rockets and Israel then decided to target hundreds of homes and over 20 mosques in Gaza.

Western media and politicians seem oblivious to facts. In so doing they encourage aggression which will only bring more radicalism. The notion of might makes right will get further entrenched here and I am afraid the future will be bleak for all of us (Israelis, Palestinians, Americans etc).

I always explained to visitors and the media that there is no win-lose scenario, there is either a lose-lose scenario (the might makes right path of Zionism) or a win-win scenario (justice and human rights including the rights of refugees to return to their homes and lands).

We all need to take responsibility and do something positive not something negative. We either live together as equal human beings or we perish together as fools." Education is a key component of this. Knowledge is power and I urge all to share with us as we educate young Palestinians and others about the value of knowledge and of respect. 

Gaza needs more than condemnation

"The best way to honor those killed, injured and made homeless in Gaza is to raise your voices even louder and demand that governments impose sanctions against Israel. Now is the time to increase the number of universities and businesses that boycott Israel. Now is the time to demand divestment from more pension funds. Now is the time for more countries to cut all ties with Israel." says Haidar Eid See more at: 


In just 24 hours more than 500 international academics signed on, with hundreds being added by the hour. By morning the number will probably reach 1,000. Some two dozen Israeli academics responded to the call and signed on to a statement. Below is the original call and the list of Israeli academics who signed their own statement. You can see the list of the initial 500 signers of the Call at:

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Let us all go out to the streets in front of all the remaining symbols of Zionist power (embassies, consulates, media, corporations, western politicians etc) 

Mazin Qumsiyeh

In Bethlehem. occupied Palestine





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