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Inside the Middle East
December 28, 2009
Posted: 942 GMT

From CNN's Paula Hancocks

The first thing that strikes me when I meet Samia Almanaya is how shy she is. A sixteen year old Gaza girl who doesn't want attention, who doesn't want to be different and stand out from the crowd. But she is different. Scarred from her feet up to her waist... the legacy of an Israeli airstrike on 3rd January during Israel's offensive to stop militant rocket attacks.

She was asleep with her mother in one room, her mother was also wounded. The family says they slept in different rooms so that even if some members died some would survive. A devastating practicality they tell me many families employed at the time. Samia is not a militant, she tells me she has no political aspirations, she just wants to finish school. She is one personal face of that most impersonal of phrases... collateral damage.

Her doctor tells me up to one centimetre of her skin was burned off by the chemical white phosphorous. Whether you believe Israel or you believe human rights groups as to the legality of its use in Gaza, the effects are devastating.

Two skin grafts later, Samia is still disfigured, she has to medicate daily and smooth cream onto the deep purple burn three times a day. Her mother tells me Samia worries she will never get married now – she asks who would want her. At its worst she can only stand for five minutes and she still refuses to go back into the room where she was injured.

Plastic surgery could help, her doctor says, but some scars will always be there. Samia tells me she is praying for someone to take her out of Gaza to treat her. Most of all she wishes she hadn't been asleep during the night-time attack thinking maybe she could have done something to prevent it.

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miriam   December 28th, 2009 2:04 pm ET

Paula,

There is no question as to the legality in the use of WP in war, including last year's war in Gaza. i.
Israel used WP exploding munitions in non-populated areas for marking and signaling in accordance with CCW Protocol III. There have been few criticisms of its use and the IDF ceased using it at the beginning of January.

Smoke projectiles were also used as smoke screens to protect the IDF from Hamas anti-tank capabilities and to hide other troop movements from Hamas fire. These consist of small felt wedges dipped in small amounts of WP and with a delay fuse to ensure that they explode 100m above ground and not at ground level.
They were used safe distance from civilians although occasional incendiary effects could occur if the wind carried a wedge. This does not turn the projectile into a weapon, and they are not considered lethal enough for targeting.
Law of Armed Conflict does not call for elimination of civilian casualties, but to minimize them. The fact that smoke projectiles were used when the IDF was under Hamas fire reduced the risk of civilian casualties in the cross-fire of Hamas-IDF exchanges.

IF Samia's burns were caused by WP, this was not the result of an IDF attack since WP was not used deliberately against the population.

I wish her a full recovery from her injuries.

earle,florida   December 28th, 2009 5:48 pm ET

This is truly a sad,...but ,an all too common story of a young child's will to live a normal life, now having to ward-off the physical, psychological and abandonment of self-esteem of unjustifiable inflicted lifelong adversity. So young,...so inhumane. How is one ever to forgive the transgression of a unseen enemy? Fortunately,her youth will carry her through this tragic ordeal,and medical restitution will come by divine intervention. I pray that Allah will hear her cries of forgiveness,and sooth her ill-gotten misery. This is a reality check that has to be addressed by the world's religious,and served up to the world's political leaders. My prayers go out for you ,...Samia. PS Thankyou Paula for this story:)

university rector   December 28th, 2009 7:44 pm ET

March 18, 2008

Five weeks have passed since Osher Twito and his big brother Rami were seriously hurt when a Qassam exploded next to them in Sderot.

Doctors were forced to amputate Osher's left leg and just barely saved his right leg following eight operations. The nine-year-old boy is still having trouble comprehending what that means.

Paula, as usual no report on Jewish victims of Paletinian terror, I wonder why

Clement   December 30th, 2009 5:02 pm ET

Please Paula,go to Israel and write a report on victims of qassam rocket attack and i want everybody to know that as in the words of Golda Meir 'there can only be peace when the arabs love their children more than they hate us'.

university rector   December 30th, 2009 8:16 pm ET

almost 600 rockets from Gaza in 2009

don't you know Paula?

Or don't you care?

Shame_on_anyone_who_supports_Israel   December 31st, 2009 12:59 pm ET

Dear Clement,
Few stories are written about Israeli’s who have been hurt in the conflict for the simple reason that very few Israeli’s have been hurt in the conflict!!

Do you expect CNN to repeat stories of Israeli casualties every day to create the impression Jews are hurt every day? This would be a lie!!

On the other hand each week Palestinian civilians (including many children) are being shot dead by Israel’s cowardly army. Each month Palestinian civilians are also imprisoned without the right to a lawyer and often without charge. Hundreds of Palestinians’ are left to rot in jail without any legal reason, as Israel likes to terrorise Palestinians’ and drive them out of the region. This has been going on since 1947.

Golda Meir was a total ignoramus!!! How dare she speak about Arabs not loving their children when each Israeli government has butchered Palestinian children with bombs from the sky and tank shells on the ground.

Did Golda Meir think she could run around with hands soaked in Palestinian blood without any reprisal attacks? Zionists are murderers and the murder must stop now!!

Carlos   December 31st, 2009 3:24 pm ET

"Whether you believe Israel or you believe human rights groups as to the legality of its use in Gaza, the effects are devastating."

You should believe neither, as neither are the decison makers when it comes to the interpretaion of law. Although, many would like to believe that the HR groups are the judge and jury–they are not.

The fact is, there has not been a single authoritative judicial body in the entire world that thas declared the use of WP illegal. The "Goldstone Report" recommendations -– "The Mission recommends that the General Assembly should promote an urgent
discussion on the future legality of the use of certain munitions referred to in this report,
and in particular white phosphorous, flechettes and heavy metal such as tungsten".

So Paula, get off your soap box about the particular choice of weaponry used in the conflict. It's pointless!

But you might try giving equal press time to those who live in the fear and aftermath of mortar, rocketfire, roaside bombs and C4 vested suicide bombers-- but only do so if your goal is neutrality in your reporting.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 31st, 2009 8:43 pm ET

If a non-combatant is stupid enough not to immediately flee an area when an invading army is entering then Willie Pete is minor compared to the blasts from artillery and tank shells.

In the heavily congested slums known as the Gaza Strip, anyone that hangs around an advancing army is going to be targeted directly or indirectly. Ignorance for not running as fast as your feet can take you in the opposite direction is really not a excuse for being blasted by artillery, tanks or Willie Pete munitions.

miriam   December 31st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Shame,

There are attacks every day against Israelis including rocket attacks, yes, they continue, drive-by shootings, fire-bombings of buses, stoning of vehicles, stabbings....
Israeli casualties have been thankfully lower that they could have been because the the country protects her citizens from enemy attack, rather than using them as deliberate human shields.

Meanwhile, Palestinian civilians are not being shot dead by the IDF "each week".
Terrorists are not innocent civilians and unlawful combatants are detained in accordance with international law.
Palestinians are not being driven out of the region. It is only Jews who have been, and are still being, driven out.

Arabs have prefered to destroy Israel than accept any peace proposal that will see their future generations live in peace with the existence of a Jewish state in its historic, religious homeland.

amir khan   January 1st, 2010 12:07 pm ET

Israel constitutes an interesting case in the international law. It is the only state that has the right to kill masses of civilians for no obvious reason. It has the right to take any civilian to the prison with no reason.
It has the right to take people from their grandfathers houses because they dont have a "building permit".............................................

If anyone dares tackle one of these issues, he will massively attacked by people from all around the world as either an antisemit , an ally of muslims, or a terrorist.

When the British wanted to arrest Livni for her crimes of war, all zionists were mobilized to dicredit the British government and push Brown to ammend the law whereby the courts have the right tosue war criminals (evenif they are not British).

The comparison of the gaza holaucost with the few Alkassam rockets is really funny. Suppose Americans were colonized by the mexicans and the canadians and were forced to live in an open air prison, would the reaction of launching some small and inefficient rockets be enough for you. The world should know that launching these rockets are meant onlyto draw the attention of the world to the humanitarian situation of the poor palestinians there.

I need pages and pages to address this issue but let me just underscore the dynamic of history: Israel is trying to gain time by telling the world that it wants to negociate ; in fact it is trying on a daily basis to take more and more land. As it is a force of occupation thatwas put there byan international conspiracy based on pseudo-religious arguments, there will come a time , sooner or later, where rights will be given back to their owners. The "kings" of egypt and jordan are common mortals!!!!!!!

scholar   January 1st, 2010 12:19 pm ET

Paula

Samia represents a whole population of people who need physical and psychological treatment. The problem relates to the fact that are no human rights respect at the practical level ; these values become neutralized when it comes to palestine. Can anyone tell me why?

Since the actual suffering is not enough, even egyptians (who are the source of the 1967 defeat and thus the stealing of more palestinian land by zionists) are building another wall (in iron this time!) to prevent palestinians from getting food. Is this fair?

scholar   January 1st, 2010 12:23 pm ET

To demonstrate the power of Zionism on American politics (I am not going to address the firm control of the jewish lobby over the congress since this is known to everybody), see how Obama has changed his priorities in the middle east. At first he was talking about a two state solution, then he started talking about freezing colonies, now he doent even mention the problem. Funny!!!!

mido   January 1st, 2010 12:27 pm ET

Last year it was the terror of bombs, now it is the desolation of a future destroyed (Childhood in ruins, G2, 17 December). The physical injuries suffered by the people of Gaza are healing, to varying degrees, but, as the internationally respected Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) reports, the psychological damage remains as raw as ever. The siege of Gaza continues, denying the citizens not just daily necessities, but the means to rebuild their shattered infrastructure and, in particular, their houses.

The British Shalom Salaam Trust provides regular help to GCMHP to carry out its therapeutic work. But we know that if a peace process is ever to get started, and to stand any chance of success, the people of Gaza will need medical and educational resources on a massive scale to rebuild lives and hopes.

mido   January 1st, 2010 12:33 pm ET

A recent report found that 91.4 percent of children in the Gaza Strip suffer moderate to severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)

More than 40 years of Israeli military occupation have had a devastating impact on Palestinians in Gaza. Air strikes, artillery shelling, ground invasions, jet flybys and other acts of violence have all led to an epidemic of suffering among Gaza's most vulnerable inhabitants. The most recent studies indicate that the vast majority of Gaza's children exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Soon after the Israeli winter assault, a group of scholars at the University of Washington discussed different aspects of the situation in Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). Dr. Evan Kanter, a UW School of Medicine professor and the current president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, delivered a somber talk describing the mental health situation among Gaza's population. The numbers he cited described a staggering level of psychological trauma.

Dr. Kanter described studies that revealed 62 percent of Gaza's inhabitants reported having a family member injured or killed, 67 percent saw injured or dead strangers and 83 percent had witnessed shootings.

According to Dr. Kanter, in a study of high school-aged children from southern refugee camps in Rafah and Khan Younis, 69 percent of the children showed symptoms of PTSD, 40 percent showed signs of moderate or severe depression, and a staggering 95 percent exhibited severe anxiety. Meanwhile, 75 percent showed limited or no ability to cope with their trauma. All of this was before the last Israeli invasion.

Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, head of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, and whom Dr. Kanter described as a "medical hero" working under seemingly impossible conditions, has produced "some of the best research in the world on the impact of war on civilian populations." In a 2002 interview he said that 54 percent of children in Gaza had symptoms of PTSD, along with 30 percent of adults. The hardest hit were young ones who had their homes bulldozed or who lost loved ones like their mothers, he said. Again, these figures were obtained well before conditions dramatically deteriorated.

Gaza's population is overwhelmingly young. About 45 percent of the population are 14 years old or younger and roughly 60 percent are 19 years and younger. The long-term effects of constant violence and PTSD on such a young population are incalculable.

A recent study by international researchers and the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme entitled "War on Gaza survey study" reveals more worrying figures. Of a representative sample of children in Gaza, more than 95 percent experienced artillery shelling in their area or sonic booms of low-flying jets. Moreover, 94 percent recalled seeing mutilated corpses on TV and 93 percent witnessed the effects of aerial bombardments on the ground. More than 70 percent of children in Gaza said they lacked water, food and electricity during the most recent attacks, and a similar percentage said they had to flee to safety during the recent attacks.

In addition, 98.7 percent of the traumatized children reported that they did not feel safe in their homes. More than 95 percent of the children felt that they were unable to protect themselves or their family members, causing a feeling of utter powerlessness that is compounded by a sense of loss over unfulfilled lives.

A whole generation is being lost to the horrors of large-scale military violence and a brutal occupation. In front of many distraught members in the audience, Dr. Kanter described a study that showed that witnessing severe military violence results in more aggression and antisocial behavior among children, along with the "enjoyment of aggression." There are similar studies among Israeli children who witness violent attacks.

PTSD, Dr. Kanter explained, is an "engine that perpetuates violent conflict." It leads to three characteristic symptoms. First, individuals re-experience the traumatic events in the form of the nightmares, debilitating flashbacks and terrifying memories that haunt individuals for years afterwards. Second, other individuals may develop avoidance symptoms in which they become isolated and emotionally numb, deadened to the world around them. Third, individuals have symptoms of hyper arousal, which may lead to excessive anger, insomnia, self-destructive behavior and a hyper-vigilant state of mind. Other maladies like poor social functioning, depression, suicidal thoughts, a lack of trust and family violence are all associated with PTSD.

The most recent study, "Trauma, grief and PTSD in Palestinian children victims for war on Gaza" by the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, revealed that in the aftermath of the winter assault on Gaza, an unbelievable 91.4 percent of children in Gaza displayed symptoms of moderate to very severe PTSD. Meanwhile, only about one percent of the children showed no signs of PTSD.

The outlook for children in Gaza suffering from these symptoms is not optimistic. Whereas soldiers who experience traumatic events in a war zone can return home to relative calm and seek treatment, the people of Gaza continue to be held in what one Israeli human rights group labeled the "largest prison on Earth"– a methodically "de-developed" island isolated from the rest of the world.

One of the most distressing prospects for peace are studies of similar war-torn populations like Kosovo and Afghanistan that showed that military violence often leads to widespread feelings of hatred and the simmering urge for revenge. One can easily predict the future consequences of a large number of young people exposed to this level of trauma.

In an op-ed published during Israel's winter invasion Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj warned that "Palestinian children in the first intifada 20 years ago threw stones at Israeli tanks trying to wrest freedom from Israeli military occupation. Some of those children grew up to become suicide bombers in the second intifada 10 years later. It does not take much to imagine the serious changes that will befall today's children."

"The breakdown of an entire society is happening in front of us," Harvard political economist Sara Roy warned in July. Many share Roy's feeling that "what looms is no less than the loss of entire generation of Palestinians," which she fears may have occurred already.

This will be the enduring legacy of the Israeli occupation.

Aditya Ganapathiraju is a student, independent writer and local organizer. He lives in the Seattle area and works on Palestine and other social justice issues.

mido   January 1st, 2010 12:35 pm ET

Zionists like miriam wonder why palestinians used to "attack" sderot by these small gadgets. The answer is clear: sderot is an illegal colony; all its population has come from differet countries. Since there is raping, there is resistance.

Clement   January 1st, 2010 2:59 pm ET

#6,
Fortunately,i am not ashamed of supporting The State of Israel.But there are some things i want you to know.
1.You dont call the 4th strongest army in the world 'coward'.
2.They dont arrest 'palestinian civilians',they arrest 'potential palestinian terrorists'.
3.If you call Golda Meir a 'total ignoramus',then you are calling the Iranian Dictator the CHIEF of 'total ignoramus',if there is anything like that.
4.When the IDF defended their country in gaza,ecological/geographical damage was reported but when over 3000 rockets rained on Israel before Operation Cast Lead,how many reports did you hear or read about?.
5.You made mention of 'few casualty'.Can you count the number of innocent jews killed by suicide bombers and genocide attacks? and how many was reported?
6.You made mention of 'bombs from sky and tank shell on the ground',i want you to know that it was done for self defence or do you expect them to fold their hands and stomach all the suicide and genocide attack on Israeli soil and do you know the number of bombs that fell on Israel in 2009 alone?Why was that not being reported?
7.Maybe you should go and ask the palestinian terrorists why they cowardly hid behind civilians during operation cast lead.
As far as i am concerned,Golda Meir said nothing but the TRUTH.

rida   January 1st, 2010 5:13 pm ET

the zionistsspostings try to intimidate any anchor who dares speak about the palestinian cause . read an example from university rector

university rector   January 1st, 2010 5:15 pm ET

shame

after you study history and after you take a lie dedector test, only then may you voice your nonsense

a grad rocket was fired from gaza yesterday, a mortar today

the Palestinians will never learn

university rector   January 2nd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

shame

the Palestinians arte terrorists who have their hands soaked in Jewish blood.

The same Palestinians who danced in the streets when they heard about 9/11

the same Palestinians who lynched two innocent people in Ramalla

the same Palestinians who threw their own from the roof of a 15 story building

the same Palestinians who claim that theer was no temple in jerusalem

the same palestinians, whose spirituel leader, the mufti, worked together with hitler

your friends, s h a m e

Angel   January 3rd, 2010 12:26 pm ET

A total of 15 Israelis were killed in 2009 compared to 36 the previous year. From the 15 killed in 2009, 11 were killed during operation cast lead which Israel started. This leaves four Israelis killed through revenge attacks after operation cast lead. Because Israeli casualties are so low, the Israeli propaganda machine likes to throw out numbers like 600 rockets fired into Israel. They do not verify the count, they do not make it clear that these rockets are mostly with the power of a basic firework, they do not make it clear that these attacks have come after thousands of Palestinians have been slaughtered and assisinated by the Israeli army.

I saw the film Inglorious Bastards the other day. It was a Hollywood make believe story of Jewish resistance in WII. The shameful thing is there was NO Jewish resistance groups who fought the Nazis with suicide bombs etc. Not a single case of Jews sacrificing themselves in a suicide mission to make a statement of resistance to the nazis'. University Rector Why didn't the Jews fight with resistance against Nazi's with as much courage as the Palestinians fight Israeli fascists?

Israel is a Fascist cancer in the middle east. The right to carry arms and resist tyranny is written into the US constitution. I say if we are going to bring democracy to the middle east then we should recognize the Arabs right to carry arms and resist tyranny. Palestinians are not terrorists, they are brave freedom fighters trying to throw of decades of Israeli oppression and resist Israeli murderers.

miriam   January 3rd, 2010 2:10 pm ET

amir khan and mido,

Your misunderstanding of international law is obviously vast.
Politically motivated rhetoric and disinformation has seemingly been the source of your indoctrination.

Delegitimizing Israel, which is defined as anti-semitism by the US and the EU, in the form of an electronic intifada is as repugnant as the terrorism on the ground.

There is nothing legal about firing rockets from behind innocent civilians and nothing legal about deliberately firing them at civilians.

Try reading some articles about the PTSD suffered by Israelis in southern Israel, northern Israel, every major Israeli city, every community over the past 62 years and then read about the terror Jews were subjected to during the British Mandate and the Ottoman Empire and then the massacres and expulsions they had to endure for hundreds of years before that, well before any Arab migrated to the region.

earle,florida   January 3rd, 2010 11:48 pm ET

I have but one question regarding the moral authorities attributed to this sad,sad story? Why is it that the Ultra-Orthodox Jews come out in full force to denounce some,or most of the injustices brought on by this unnecessary never-ending carnage. Why? They are a wonderful group of religious (truly practicing the living Talmud,and Torah) human beings that put aside their prejudices ,and to become problem solvers,but in turn ... given too a deaf ear from both sides of the isle's echo chamber of ignorant hubris (pride,the ultimate downfall of man),...Why?

university rector   January 4th, 2010 7:25 pm ET

Angel

ever heard of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising?

No?

I am not surprised, it fits your character

John A   January 5th, 2010 5:00 am ET

Happy New Year University Rector

You mention The Warsaw Ghetto uprising. A brave fight against the ruling authority of the time. Today this would be defined as terrorism.

Never let the Nazis win. Free Palestine in 2010

Hope   January 5th, 2010 5:13 am ET

People..Is anyone paying attention when someone from inside Gaza says; "give me one million dollars, what shall I do with one million dollars if I can not buy anything. I am in a prison". A prison guarded and controlled by Israel, is what Gazans have to endure.

$4.5 Billion was pledged to Gaza, yet ONLY 41 trucks of construction material was allowed..two and half years later!! Forget Obama, Israel SHOULD have received the noble award of the year!

Hopefully this young girl will be allowed to get out for help, her eyes look lifeless, and she is only sixteen!

benjaminbirchwood   January 5th, 2010 9:55 am ET

In its annual survey of terrorist threats to Israel during 2009, the Israel Security Agency noted the spread and buildup of "global jihadi" organizations in Gaza. In recent years a number of these groups have emerged that openly identify with al-Qaeda, such as Jaish al-Islam (the Army of Islam), Jaish al-Umma (the Army of the Nation), and Fatah al-Islam.

http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DRIT=1&DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=442&PID=0&IID=3257&TTL=The_Expansion_of_Al-Qaeda-Affiliated_Jihadi_Groups_in_Gaza:_Diplomatic_Implications

miriam   January 5th, 2010 11:03 am ET

earle,

The Neturei Karta are far from what any Jew would call religious, wonderful of living according to Jewish or any other laws.

miriam   January 5th, 2010 11:29 am ET

Angel,

You question the Jews' efforts to resist during WW2.

There's no doubt that they did what they could but the attempts to compare the outcome and effectiveness is as distasteful as the attempts to compare the Holocaust to the plight of the Palestinians.

There is no comparisen.

The rocket attacks are an expression of Palestinian terrorist determination to wipe out Israel.
Casualty figures are irrelevent when the issue is the intent behind the attacks.

The "facists" of the ME are those who do not accept the right of Jews to live in the region, especially in their historic, religious homeland. The "facists " are those who have ethnically cleansed their territories of Jews and intend on creating another Jew-free Arab state.

Terrorism with the objective of anihilation in the disguise of freedom fighting has to be fought. Israel has been facing that challenge ever since the Arabs rejected the creation of a second Arab state on over half of the remaining 20% of the former British Mandate proposed as the Jewish homeland..

University rector   January 5th, 2010 1:51 pm ET

Hope, hopefully the boy reported on below will get help, his eyes are so sad, and he is only 10 now

March 18, 2008

Five weeks have passed since Osher Twito and his big brother Rami were seriously hurt when a Qassam exploded next to them in Sderot.

Doctors were forced to amputate Osher's left leg and just barely saved his right leg following eight operations. The nine-year-old boy is still having trouble comprehending what that means.

University rector   January 5th, 2010 1:53 pm ET

"Why is it that the Ultra-Orthodox Jews come out in full force to denounce some,or most of the injustices brought on by this unnecessary never-ending carnage. Why? "

EARL

as usual u have no clue what u r talking about

hahahahahaha

University rector   January 5th, 2010 1:54 pm ET

John A

happy new year

had you bothered reading to what I replied, you would not have written what you did

To compare the intefadah to the Warsaw uprising is blasphemy

miriam   January 5th, 2010 4:16 pm ET

Hope,

There is plenty to buy in Gaza.
Israel allows trucks loaded with produce into the territory despite the fact that she has no obligation to do so under international humanitarian law. The markets are full of fresh food and other products. The hospitals are supplied with medicines and energy supplies are not lacking.
Apart from which there's a roaring trade across the Gaza-Egyptian border, cigarettes, motorbikes, livestock, money, humans, weapons....
The Gazans can only blame their leaders for any shortages.

And the rockets keep being fired.

Filipe   January 5th, 2010 11:20 pm ET

Angel,

"The shameful thing is there was NO Jewish resistance groups who fought the Nazis with suicide bombs etc. Not a single case of Jews sacrificing themselves in a suicide mission to make a statement of resistance to the nazis'.

So you call those who refuse to use "suicide" tactics as "shameful" ???

What is wrong with you ??? It's you and people who think like you do that has created the world of "terrorism" as we know it today!

You need to get a grip on reality.

I see you also fail to understand the just how lethal the Qassam rockets are-– the only reason they cause more casualties is the fact that there are a group of incompetent morons firing them.

Robert   January 5th, 2010 11:56 pm ET

Miriam you are a fascist and you should stop supporting the murder of Palestinians immediately!

Israel was established by western super powers and has never been under threat by poorly armed Arabic organisations. To believe Palestinians armed with bottle rockets are a threat to Israel is as stupid as believing Iraq is a nicer place to live since western military occupation.

Grow up Miriam, your support for poisonous politics costs many innocent lives.

Robert   January 6th, 2010 12:06 am ET

benjaminbirchwood thanks for your funny post, I assume it was a joke?

But back to serious stuff. Having viewed Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory documentary episode dealing with the Sept. 11 attacks, I would like to call your attention to a detail that the research team may have overlooked, namely the proprietorship of Hangar 17, where the only known 9/11 evidence still in existence is locked away from public scrutiny.

When viewed from a certain angle, Hangar 17 in JFK airport has a prominent, unfaded billboard that says “ Tower Air ”. Tower Airlines was an * Israeli * airline that went bankrupt in 2000 . None other than Hangar 17 housed Tower Air’s then brand-new corporate headquarters.

Why does 9/11 evidentiary material that would provide clues such as the absence or presence of Super Thermite or other explosive material in the dust from the blasts sit for “safekeeping” in the former Executive Headquarters of a ten-year-defunct Israeli front organization that contracted heavily for the U.S. Defense Department and still has an unfaded sign hanging on the building?

Mike Ruppert reported that the Israeli container and freight-shipping corporation Zim , who occupied several floors in the Twin Towers and is widely known to do extensive operational support work for the Mossad, vacated all their offices days before the attacks – and they vacated in violation of their lease.

As excellent as Jesse Ventura’s exposé is, Wikipedia openly identifies Tower as an American airline, controlled, however, by Israelis – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Air . ): “Major artifacts from the World Trade Center are housed for safekeeping in the former Tower Air Hangar 17 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.”

As a matter of fact, while posing as a dinky, small-time Israeli airline that played second-fiddle to El-Al by catering mainly to Israel-New York Orthodox Jewish air traffic (dubbed affectionately by their clientèle ” ChassidicAir ” – Tower even printed and distributed booklets on the arcane Halachic aspects of how to face Jerusalem during the uninterruptible Standing Prayer on New York-bound flights should the “Fasten Seat Belts” sign start flashing during turbulence), Tower Air won several exclusive major contracts from the United States Department of Defense to transport U.S. armed forces personnel to overseas locations. Tower was the second largest troop carrier during the first Persian Gulf War, flying U.S. troops and cargo in 300 sorties.

In 1993, Tower kept busy flying U.S. military personnel and cargo to support operations in Somalia. It was the first airline to fly troops into Mogadishu and also transported refugees for the United Nations during the conflict. The pattern in my mind that caused the Tower Air sign in Conspiracy Theory to jump out at me like a red flag upon seeing it was established in the late ’80’s and early ’90’s, when, in my capacity as the Diplomatic Project Director for the Federation for American Afghan Action, I identified one of the many facets of Israeli involvement in the Iran-Contra Affair, and exposed a U.S./Israeli front organization that was operationally similar to Tower Air in many respects. It was (and is, as far as I’m aware) called the Intergraph Corporation , which served as the diversion pipeline mechanism to Iran for SuperHawk spare parts from allied military installations in Western Europe through Israel to Iran, rendering entire U.S.and NATO ground-to-air missile defense umbrellas inoperative and vulnerable. I personally saw Intergraph shipments in Ben Gurion Airport’s Mamman Hangar building while investigating the matter in collaboration with a former Westinghouse employee who was fired and subsequently victimized in a campaign to destroy his livelihood and several murder attempts, similar to the campaigns that have been and are currently being waged against me.

Eleven years ago, during Netanyahu’s first tenure as Israel’s Prime Minister, my Report on the Acquiescence of the Israeli Government in Palestinian Authority First Strike in Judea and Samaria (published as Policy Paper #107 by the Ariel Center for Policy Research) made it to the desk of the Israeli Minister of Defense (one may Google the report), whose office contacted me for an “interview”, and since then I have learned a double lesson: how brittle are the evil policies of betrayal and abandonment when smashed by the light of public exposure and indignation, and how no brutality will be considered too low to commit for a government functionary who has been faced with a choice between loyalty to a principle of human values, ethics, or morals on the one hand, and loyalty to a source of power on the other – and has chosen the latter. Every action he will subsequently make will be dedicated to suppression and cover-up of his convoluted covert agendas, even if it means condemning inconvenient innocents to suffering or death. I was targeted in a murder attempt by the Israeli government (a police car rammed me as I was waiting at a red light; no less than six ambulances were pre-positioned at the scene and evacuated bystanders who suffered minor injuries while leaving me in my totaled car at the scene); while thank God the attempt at my life was unsuccessful, I did sustain among other things spinal damage and a fractured pelvis that has rendered me crippled until this day, and for the past six years witnessed a craftily orchestrated campaign to destroy my twenty-year-marriage and once beautiful family with six children whom I am currently in the midst of battling for with Israel’s own version of Child Protective Services. And woe to the man who does not have the money to either heal or defend himself against the vengeance of the wicked ones of this world.
There are several more parallels and similarities to Hangar 17 that demonstrate just how far, and with what determined desperation the power-hungry Hollow People In Power are willing to go to topple the walls of civilization. In a global society that has become careless of justice, a materialist civilization that daily grows more and more insecure and panicky as awareness begins to seep through that they are standing over an abyss, the bourgeois barbarians and morally castrated scumbags will never acknowledge defeat or concede the only imperative that holds for them any relevance: their appetite to concentrate and maintain power. Our obligation – those of us who have fought to retain enough of our souls to sense the impending tragedy – is to continue our struggle against the extinction of the idea of mission. Our mission – recalling that simplest of truths for which the Founding Fathers battled tyranny to establish our nation, that there are things more precious than life, and more horrible than death – is to establish a formal political mechanism to achieve and express a consensus based upon that “simple truth” of life and death so that those who seek to trample that line may no longer be remotely comfortable in the ease with which they swindle us into accepting their tyrannical objectives.

University rector   January 6th, 2010 10:55 am ET

Hope

"A prison guarded and controlled by Israel, is what Gazans have to endure."

Right, and Egypt is blocking its border with Gaza to make Hope happy

you little ignoramus

miriam   January 6th, 2010 12:43 pm ET

Robert,

Your claims are so rediculous that you discredit the cut and paste articles you post before anyone bothers to read such incredible rubbish.

It's amazing how far you'll go to dig up some far-fetched story. Perhaps this time you'll even question it yourself since it is authored by an extreme right-wing Israeli who has a bone to pick with the not-right-enough Israeli government. It's unlikely you'll jump so quickly at the opportunity of spreading any of his other stories around the internet!

John A   January 6th, 2010 3:36 pm ET

Miriam you normally attack the messenger, but fail to answer any message. Was the New Year a frustrating time for you or do you always attack people without being able to answer the content of their message? Typical of a hate driven radical who likes to see Muslims below Jews.

Carlos   January 6th, 2010 4:46 pm ET

Hope,

It appears you have no concept of time !!! "2 1/2 years later than what" ??

Check the southern border and then new Iron Curtain being provided by Egypt to keep the rubbish from infiltrating Egypt.

Could it be that no one wants to deal with what lies on the other side of the border??

university rector   January 6th, 2010 7:58 pm ET

Robert

by saying to ther people "you are a fascist " you prove one thing:

IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE!!!

Filipe   January 6th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

John A,

Since when does a Cut N Paste messenger warrant any kind of answer ??? An unknown source of Cut N Paste gibberish is nothing more than a worthless wasted space and needs no response!

However-there has been too many questions to count that have been asked of you about your postings--NONE of which you have ever posted a single response to !!!

eddie   January 7th, 2010 12:41 am ET

Hope you must agree Carlos makes a good point. Nobody should deal with Israel. Boycott Israeli products and bring peace back to the middle east

miriam   January 7th, 2010 4:44 pm ET

eddie,

"bring peace back to the middle east"!!!!!

Filipe   January 7th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

eddie,

Are you truly clueless or just a flaming idiot ???

Show us all where Carlos said "Nobody should deal with Israel".

Do you have any clue at all as to where the Iron Wall is being constructed and on the southern border of what territory???

Any idea as to exactly what rubbish Carlos is referring to-– that lives on the other side of the Iron Wall??

It appears you went to the same school of English Comprehension as John A. You appear to misinterpret the most basic of statements!

eddie   January 8th, 2010 6:40 pm ET

I agree with miriam, "bring peace back to the middle east"!!! and hold Israel accountable for war crimes!!

Filipe are you still angry with me for leaving you?? I still love you but we are not good at living together, please dont be bitter. And you should not call the Israeli people rubbish, in fact you should never call any people rubbish, this shows bad character and I know from our time together that deep inside you are a beautiful man ;-) When you get angry with Israels war crimes don't become bitter or you will become as bad as the worst racist Zionist.

Keep well Filipe and I know you will find happiness in the future. Hope to see you at the next love parade.

miriam   January 10th, 2010 8:41 am ET

eddie,

Where will you parading, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Gaza or Ramallah?

university rector   January 10th, 2010 8:48 pm ET

eddie

keep your homosexual ramblings in the gay blog

on this blog nobody appreciates your feeble attempt of satire, you are much better with your Jew bashing

John A   January 11th, 2010 7:54 pm ET

CNN Writes," Scarred from her feet up to her waist... the legacy of an Israeli airstrike on 3rd January during Israel's offensive to stop militant rocket attacks".

And in response to this blog the Zionists post claims of which one of them is the most gay and ask where they will parade themselves. What a sad mind set and how disrespectful to those innocent people whose lifes have been ruined in Gaza. Shame on you!

University rector   January 12th, 2010 11:01 am ET

John A

show compassion, comment oin the below:

March 18, 2008

Five weeks have passed since Osher Twito and his big brother Rami were seriously hurt when a Qassam exploded next to them in Sderot.

Doctors were forced to amputate Osher's left leg and just barely saved his right leg following eight operations. The nine-year-old boy is still having trouble comprehending what that means.

miriam   January 12th, 2010 11:44 am ET

John A,

eddie is a zionist?

John A   January 14th, 2010 3:10 pm ET

University Rector,

It is terrible what has happened to this little boy.

The boys parents should be imprisoned for moving a young family into an illegal military occupation. Many Jewish families happily endanger their childrens lives just to gain some subsides from their government who provide cash incentives to move into occupied territory. Who in their right mind would move their family into a war zone just for a few dollars. These radicle Zionists are truly sick!

The boy also deserves much compassion for living under an extreme Israeli government, which has thrown Palestinians out of their homes at gun point. Obviously the Palestinians will fight back, but it seems the Israeli government use their own civilians as occupation tools. Then they cry when one Jew gets hurt. Moving Jewsih families into a war zone could be described as a form of human shield used to prevent the Palestinians from rightfully fighting for what is theirs.

But we all know if one Jew gets hurt, the completely immoral Israeli government retaliates by killing dozens of Palestinians in air raids. The Israelis don't even target the Palestinian liberation fighters, as was the case in December 08 when Israel killed 1400 civilians.

But University Rector, your point shows that young Jews are also victims of Israels bloody politics. But the greedy politicians in Jerusalem don't care if some young Jews are injured or killed, as long as Israel can grab land and resources from Palestinians. Shameful!

Sharon Gurney   January 15th, 2010 2:17 pm ET

Why can't they use horses and donkeys than pack them with supplies.
Also use pigeons homing pigeons with medical supplies. What did we use in the 15th century when people had nothing but horses and ppigeons to communt .

Filipe   January 16th, 2010 3:59 pm ET

John A,

SO instead of addressing the fact that it was terrorist rockets from the Palestinians-- you're going to blame the child's family for living where they do !!!!

What an idiot !!!!!!

But-- I guess you could use the same argument about all of those people hurt or killed in Gaza-- Why did their families put them in danger ???? Are they just idiots ????


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