While Israel Kills Kids Playing Soccer, Hamas Offers Conditions of a Substantive Ceasefire

by lizard

The killing in Gaza continues. The latest atrocity committed by Israel is an airstrike that killed 4 kids playing soccer on the beach. They were reportedly misidentified as fleeing Hamas fighters.

But Israelis are an optimistic people who can see the positive in this tragedy, specifically how these kids will not breed since, you know, they are dead.

Dead Palestinian children do present a PR problem for the apartheid state of Israel. But don’t worry, they have a plan for that—Facebook warriors:

As the death toll from Israel’s savage bombardment of Gaza continues to climb, Israel has once again turned to students to sell the slaughter online.

“Although they haven’t been called up to the army yet, they’ve decided to enlist in a civilian mission that is no less important – Israeli propaganda [hasbara],” Ynet’s Hebrew edition reported about a massive initiative organized by the Israeli student union branch at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC Herzliya), a prestigious private university.

“Hasbara,” literally “explaining,” is the term used in Israel for government propaganda aimed at overseas audiences.

“The goal is to deliver a very clear message to people abroad – Israel has the right to defend itself,” Lidor Bar David told Ynet.

Bar David, a student, and one of the organizers of the “war room,” adds, “We want people abroad who don’t know our reality to understand exactly what is going on here.”

Speaking of propaganda, the alleged ceasefire proposal Hamas rejected was a clear scam that Hamas officials only found out about through media reports:

This morning there was some talk of a cease-fire allegedly after an agreement was negotiatated by the Egyptian dictator Sisi. Israel’s security cabinet immediately accepted it.

But this cease-fire agreement was actually written by the war-criminal and Zionist Tony Blair. No Palestinian had even seen it or was involved in its creation. They learned of the “agreement” through the media. It included nothing but a stop of fighting and some vague promise of further talks. For what then did so many people die?

A more sensible deal, offered as a counter-proposal from Hamas, has the following conditions:

Withdrawal of Israeli tanks from the Gaza border.

Freeing all the prisoners that were arrested after the killing of the three youths.

Lifting the siege and opening the border crossings to commerce and people.

Establishing an international seaport and airport which would be under U.N. supervision.

Increasing the permitted fishing zone to 10 kilometers.

Internationalizing the Rafah Crossing and placing it under the supervision of the U.N. and some Arab nations.

International forces on the borders.

Easing conditions for permits to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Prohibition on Israeli interference in the reconciliation agreement.

Reestablishing an industrial zone and improvements in further economic development in the Gaza Strip.

Does Israel want 10 years of peace, or would they prefer to create a Palestinian state at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea?

Or, more likely, does Israel have designs on the 1.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas valued at 4 billion dollars? From the link:

Since the discovery of oil and gas in the Occupied Territories, resource competition has increasingly been at the heart of the conflict, motivated largely by Israel’s increasing domestic energy woes.

Mark Turner, founder of the Research Journalism Initiative, reported that the siege of Gaza and ensuing military pressure was designed to “eliminate” Hamas as “a viable political entity in Gaza” to generate a “political climate” conducive to a gas deal. This involved rehabilitating the defeated Fatah as the dominant political player in the West Bank, and “leveraging political tensions between the two parties, arming forces loyal to Abbas and the selective resumption of financial aid.”

Ya’alon’s comments in 2007 illustrate that the Israeli cabinet is not just concerned about Hamas – but concerned that if Palestinians develop their own gas resources, the resulting economic transformation could in turn fundamentally increase Palestinian clout.

Regardless of intention, we are seeing the outcome of Israel’s racist incitement and cruel occupation. How long will this latest episode of Israel’s incremental genocide go on?

  1. Big Swede

    Best comment over at ZH.

    Israel isn’t going away. Given your level of outrage over these 3 deaths, I’m sure you’ll join me in condemning the murders of over 50 Chicago residents over the past 8 weeks.

    • Not getting the logic here. Is every act of evil somehow offset by some other act somewhere else? If so, and if one of your children were to die in some act of violence, (not that I wish any harm on you or them), would you then say it was OK, because some Palestinian kids bought it too, and since you were OK with that, you’re OK with your own kid getting it.

      Just trying to think in Swedish, an incomprehensible language. How’d I do?

      • Big Swede

        Let me enlighten you.

        Currently there’s 40 wars in this world today. I’m sure that in those 39 there’s far more atrocities committed than these three deaths here.

        In fact I thinking that in the deepest Africa there’s soccer players being raped before murdered. All over border disputes.

    • petetalbot

      Yeah, Larry, I saw that NYT article and graphics. Made me sick. I’m always amazed that the people who have the least contact with Jews, African-Americans, Hispanics and Muslims are the most hateful (and ignorant).

      • lizard19

        wasn’t it an attempt to appeal to these types of mentalities that compelled Tester to call the Dream Act amnesty and help kill it?

        • petetalbot

          Tester doesn’t let me in on his campaign strategy or his votes in the Senate but I’m guessing that these types wouldn’t support him no matter how he voted on the Dream Act. So I’d have to say, no, that probably wasn’t his motivation.

          • larry kurtz

            most telling in the graphic is that jews are being targeted by the same people supporting israel.

          • lizard19

            so are you implying that only conservatives are xenophobes in this state? and if that’s the case, and Tester didn’t vote to kill the Dream Act (calling it amnesty) for cynical political reasons, then that would mean Tester really did believe the Dream Act was amnesty, which might lead one to think Tester himself has a strain of Montanan xenophobia that kept him from acknowledging the benefit most of his Democrat colleagues saw in the legislation. so if Tester voted his xenophobia over his party, that would imply that more than just conservatives are xenophobic in the state of Montana.

            • Turner

              That argument made my brain hurt.

            • petetalbot

              Don’t get me wrong, I was deeply disappointed by Tester’s vote on the Dream Act. I don’t believe he was pandering to the far-right xenophobes. He was most likely responding to his constituency which, unfortunately, includes many xenophobic independents and some Democrats. Doesn’t make it right but that’s how I see it.

              Sorry to distract from the Israeli/Palestinian subject at hand. I’ve appreciated your posts on this tragedy. One has to remember, though, that this is Montana, a state that’s getting ready to elect a tea party reactionary millionaire swine to the Senate. Almost makes Tester look like a Socialist. Cue Tokarski …

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