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Haunted faces in the ruins of Gaza, one year on

Guardian films on the one-year anniversary of the Gaza conflict, families whose lives have been shattered by US-made weapons.

Such images are sadly familiar. I saw similiar scenes in Gaza in July and nothing has changed.

11 comments ↪
  • Shaun

    I truly hope for their sake that they now finally realise that firing rockets into Israel is a bad idea.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

     

    Poor old  "Shaun"…what a monumental coward…..yet another armchair militarist.

     

    We supporters of GAZA are looking forward to the time when the Israeli IDF cowards realise that committing genocide against unarmed civilians, is a bad idea.

     

    When some crazy far right wing Zionist zealot or Iran bombs Tel Aviv you should give us your thoughts then.

     

     

  • ej

    This Shaun arsehole sniping has gone beyond a joke.

    Reads nothing, understands nothing.

    The Sderot rockets are symptoms not causes of the ethnic cleansing of Gaza. pathetic responses from a community trapped as animals by sadistic keepers.

    And this racist cretin? symptomatic of the tribalism and primitive ignorance that led to the Jewish Holocaust.

  • Shaun

    There is a heavy price to pay for killing Jews.  People on this board may not like it, you may stomp your feet, kick, scream and hurl abuse.  You may long for the days when Jews were weak and allowed themselves to be persecuted without fighting back.  Too bad.  You pick a fight, you better be ready to face the consequences of losing.

  • Shaun:

     

    You are a remarkable case of an Zionist antisemite.

     

    "You may long for the days when Jews were weak and allowed themselves to be persecuted without fighting back."

     

    … for instance is deeply antisemitic because it essentialises Jews as weak, defenseless creatures who 'didn't fight back'. This is of course ahistorical claptrap which you find peddled mostly in the worst, ultra far right Zionist circles.

     

    On the basis of this antisemitic canard, Shaun then comes up with another fallacy, namely that it's OK to attach greater value to Jewish life and extract higher retribution in return for loss of it. If a Black Supremacist comes up with equivalent tropes we know what to call him/her. Well, when a supremacist Zionist like Shaun comes up with them, we need to call that for what its is too: naked antisemitism.

  • Shaun

    … for instance is deeply antisemitic because it essentialises Jews as weak, defenseless creatures who ‘didn’t fight back’.

    No it doesn't, it simply recognises reality – something that is very lacking in this forum.  Of course some fought back against their tormentors during the Shoah and the centries of persecution that proceeded it.  However, the scale of that resistance has been greatly been exagerated for a variety of reasons including an attempt to soothe the discomfort felt at the realisation that so many did so little to stop what was happenening.  The sad fact is that for every Jew that physically resisted, there were thousands that did nothing either out of legitimate fear for what would happen to their loved ones, or in the futile hope that the Nazis wouldn't kill them if they cooperated.  The overwhelming reality of the Shoah is that millions lined up in front of pits or walked into gas chambers without raising a hand or saying a word.  

    Then you go on to accuse me of saying things that I never said ie "Shaun then comes up with another fallacy, namely that it’s OK to attach greater value to Jewish life and extract higher retribution in return for loss of it."  I never said such a thing and find that view offensive.  The 'Palestinians' simply need to know for their own sake and the sake of thier children that their will be terrible consequences for trying to kill any Israeli whether they be Druze, Samaratin,  Muslim and yes, Jewish.  I desperately hope that they don't make the same mistake again.

    You throw the word anti-Semite at me four times and yet the crowd on this forum endlessless whinge and whine about the overuse of that phrase by supporters of Israel.  Your slurs against me are a discrace Gert but typical of the level of discourse found here. 

  • Mallee

    Shaun,

    it is painfull for me to join this discusion as I feel that everyone should be at peace, but you seem to be missing a few bits of informationn, not that I claim to be a know all.

    You said that suggesting that Jews are weak simply recognises reality. I do not accept that Jews are weak. When we speak of jews, there are many groupings, jewish cultures and interpretations of Judaism. I say that generally as I do not claim to be an expert on the subject. But generally; there are the semites originating from the 'old' Israel area, (which include semitic wh are not jews if you check up the DNA studies) there are the Ashkenazis who originate from South Russia, being a Mongol mob that converted round about 500 AD (?).

    In distinguishing the original Jews from the interlopers and their descendants; which is regarded as weak, both or just one group?. Then there are other ultra-orthodox jews, who I suppose are the equivalent of fundamentalist Christians and/or Hindus and/or Muslims or some other biggoted belief system.

    I suppose my point is; what are Jews? Are athiests Jews? If they are, how can they believe that they are favoured by a 'god'.

    So "Jews are weak" really means nothing. Some are certainly not weak, if killing of innocents is regaraded as not being weak, e.g. opertaion Suzannah (Lavon affair) the killing of our allied soldiers in the King David Hotel, the false flag attack on the USS Liberty in 1967 and the murder of US sailors during the attack, not to mention the 'over killing ' in Gaza last year and the creeping confiscating of Palestinian land and freedoms.

    Of course many (most) Jews are strong, they are usually the beings that have equal regard for all humanity without the failures of regarding themselves as superior  in intellect, culture or in the eyes of God. I know many such persons, now that is what strength is all about, it is not a weakness.

  • Shaun

    Mallee,

    Thanks for your interesting perspective.  I think I am safe in saying that most people on here will recognise my statement "You may long for the days when Jews were weak and allowed themselves to be persecuted without fighting back" was refererring to the pre-Israel diaspora, particularly in Europe and the wider Middle-East where Jews were treated with contempt and regularly suffered through outbreaks of violent persecution culminating in the Holocaust.  This persecution was levelled at all Jews with no distinction between the orthodox, reform ,conservative, secular or even aethist versions of Jewry that you refer to.  Your distinctions between the "types" of Jews is interesting but made no difference to oppressors like the Cossaks, Nazi's (and today's Islamo-fascists) who targeted Jews as a race rather than as a religion.  

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Shaun is obviously a racist who like ' big guns & warplanes' to show he's a real man.

    You're facile reasoning re Gaza et al smacks of that old Zionist catch cry "never again"..which translated means "Israel will kill whomever, whenever it likes, and doesn't have to explain". Well old son, it's now being increasingly asked to explain by an ever growing global audience.

    Man, are you a basket case. Like AL says in his book, the further away from Israel a Zionist lives, the more hysterical is his reasoning.

    You're making a fool of yourself, schmutter…but if you feel the need to beat that puny chest, go ahead…HAMAS needs supporters such as you

  • Shaun,

     

    When in a hole, stop digging.

     

    Jewry's history is a very checkered one, not a simple and linear one, and your statement does indeed amount 'Jews are weak', weak as in inept, Shaun? Lazy, perhaps? Not courageous? Diseased?

     

    Your perspective is indeed a post-Holocaust fabrication that serves to legitimise quite a few Zionist crimes but let you remind you that the descendents of victims of past crimes are by no means absolved from the crimes they commit themselves today, even it these crimes are quasi-'justified' by the 'Never again' refrain.

     

    My accusation of your statements being antisemitic stands, Shaun, certainly in the light of your repetitive defense. Zionism quite often takes antisemuitc viewpoints and allies itself with great glee with antisemitic elements, a la John Hagee and his 'CUFIs'. More examples on request.

     

    As reagrds the level of discourse here, it's clear it's way over your head.

  • JIll

    Wow, gert, I've visited your anti Semitic blog, and your comments to Shaun are both pompous and ill-informed. And rather nutty.

    Shaun anti Semitic? Puh-LEEZE!!!!!!

    Shaun, nice try commenting here, but one thing most people who believe in reality as reflected in current politics should learn is that many of these antiIsrael blogs are about being anti Israel. Full stop.