“We are being suffocated”- A real howler from Gaza City!


‘The outside world has to grasp that Palestinian infighting is the product of an intolerable blockade’

Sami Abdel-Shafi in Gaza City
Saturday February 10, 2007
The Guardian

It was a surreal but telling reflection of how lonely Palestinians have become as their leadership has seemingly been pushed into breakdown and failure, while Israel watched from the sidelines. Late one night, I was suddenly yelled at to stop my car, turn the lights off and roll down the windows. Two masked men, without any identifying insignias, closed in from the sides; one pointed his machine gun at me while the other, two steps behind, shouldered a loaded rocket-propelled grenade launcher. That was a week last Thursday, hours after fierce clashes erupted between Hamas and Fatah, ending the seventh ceasefire between the factions, and ushering in the deadliest power struggle yet.

To Palestinians it seemed sadly clear that the moral credit of their cause was being eroded: how must it look to the outside world that they had flip-flopped in one year between democratic elections and internecine violence?

*The “Palestinians” gave the majority of their votes to a party that is bent on genocide, and you wonder about their “Moral Credit”. You have the same amount of “Moral Credit” as a man who murders his daughter, to protect his “Honour”.

A day before this incident, a House of Commons development committee report warned of drastically deteriorating conditions in the occupied territories as a result of the US-led economic embargo in the wake of last year’s elections. The report questioned the proportionality of Israel’s own blockade and its implications for the prospects of a lasting peace. The Palestinian infighting only underlined the sense of those warnings.

The militiamen I had run into had no clear lines of authority. One turned out to be a recent accountancy graduate who had never been able to find a job and had been given no weapons training. Many such armed men simply need an income. Without any means to provide for their families, they join one of the many security outfits to secure a salary. The international community needs to grasp the dire consequences of maintaining what is the largest regional prison in the world: Camp Gaza Strip.

*Normally prisoners do not wander around with machine-guns and RPG’s. How about a dysfunctional proto-state run along fascists lines?

* A classic howler: ‘Pay us the Jiziyah, you owe us a living!’- Its not enough that the ‘International Community’ has already paid for 3 generations of murderous, fanatical Pali-Arabs who live for nothing other than to blow up Jooozzz, who learn nothing useful in this world but hatred and to rely on welfare from the West.

*The rest is equally pathetic and shows the home cooked reality of the Arabs:

Thursday’s agreement between the leaders of Fatah and Hamas in Mecca has contained the conflict and Gaza is now calm. But as Palestinians resumed constructive dialogue, Israel employed its classic approach of shifting the pressure between Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem. For Israel to have begun an inflammatory dig at one of the entrances to the holy city of old Jerusalem – on the first day of the talks in Mecca – was clearly not without calculation. Yesterday, the morning after the Palestinian agreement had been reached, Israeli forces attacked Jerusalemites protesting at the project and barred Muslims from the al-Aqsa mosque.

Despite all this, the Quartet (the group, consisting of the US, EU, UN and Russia, entrusted with advancing Palestinian-Israeli peace) still appears unable to accept that no positive developments can be hoped for as long as the Gaza Strip remains sealed off, or the West Bank wall continues to be built. The current stance of the US and the EU is in practice an endorsement of Israel’s policy of blockading the Gaza Strip by land, air and sea, and gobbling up West Bank and east Jerusalem territory. This can only guarantee the flight of the very people the international community says it counts on to forge peace: Palestinian “moderates”.

It is one thing for the Quartet to demand a Palestinian rejection of violence, but unless pressure is brought to bear on Israel to release its military grip from the Palestinian territories – which long predates the election of Hamas – it will suffocate Palestinian hope and show that the world is only chasing a phantom of peace. No political initiative can compensate the suppression of an entire people’s potential to develop in freedom.

· Sami Abdel-Shafi is the co-founder of Emerge Consulting Group, a management consultancy in Gaza City

13 thoughts on ““We are being suffocated”- A real howler from Gaza City!”

  1. just a follow up on our Einstein debate the other day:

    got this from Bolt’s blog – another great quote from Einstein:

    “Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools”

    Christian West and Gramfan take note……..

  2. “Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools”

    And therefore ….what..?

    Atheist , hurry back to your spring of wisdom (“Bolt’s Blog”) and find out the relation of that quote to Einstein’s “atheism”,” leftism”, or Christian’s intention of deporting him from America.

    I am aware I am going back on my decision to ignore the pathetic bozo , but this is simply too tempting. So, one more, absolutely last time;

    Although never coming to belief in a personal God, HE RECOGNIZED THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF A NON-CREATED UNIVERSE.
    This actually motivated his interest in science, as he once remarked to a young physicist: “I WANT TO KNOW HOW GOD CREATED THIS WORLD, I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I WANT TO KNOW HIS THOUGHTS, THE REST ARE DETAILS.”

    Einstein’s famous epithet on the “uncertainty principle” was “GOD DOES NOT PLAY DICE” – and to him this was a real statement about a God in whom he believed. A famous saying of his was “SCIENCE WITHOUT RELIGION IS LAME, RELIGION WITHOUT SCIENCE IS BLIND.”

    And on top of that Einstein was a dedicated Zionist all his life. He was even offered Presidency of Israel, but declined saying that he was “probably politically too naive” to accept the offer.

    If you, Atheist, had but a tiny fraction of Einstein’s humility you would have never attempted to categorize his genius and, consequently, wouldn’t have made a pathetic fool of yourself over and over again.

    Now, rush back to Bolt’s blog – perhaps it can guide you to how to wipe off the eggs from your face.

  3. this is just too beautiful not to quote:

    “I’m not an atheist and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages.…The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.”

    A. Einstein

  4. C W

    Einstein got a bit worried after people like you were trying to deport him so he did make some ambiguous statements like these ones to appease them. Honestly, don’t read too much into it.
    But seriously, are you claiming Einstsein as a theist whose politics leaned to the right ? you must be kidding…..

  5. and another thing,
    got this from wikipedia:

    ” Einstein also signed an open letter published in the New York Times condemning Menachem Begin and his nationalistic Herut party, especially for the treatment of the indigenous Arabs at Deir Yassin by Herut’s predecessor Irgun.”

    so according to you and your ilk, would that not make Einstein a left wing moonbat , would it not ?

  6. I just wish Atheist would stop trying to categorize everyone!!

    “people like you ..” is one of his (whatever) favourite lines – as if he knows us.

    He/she/it uses overly simplistic arguments. Left = Smart: Right =Dumb.

    Christian West: you come up with some really good stuff, but as you can see it is wasted on Atheist.

    And FYI, Atheist, Andrew Bolt is not an atheist.

    Just one question. I’ll make it simple and I would like a simple answer:
    Why do you bother posting on this ‘blog, and read AB?

    Many of us come from all backgrounds to this and other ‘blogs and have one and only one thing that we need to unite us, namely the survival of the West, or so it seems to me.

    We are so much more evolved than you hence religion, nationality,politics etc are transcended to affect our unity.That is MHO, bottom line, speaking for myself. If others disagree,no worries!

    So far all I can see is you come here to make an idiot of yourself as it seems you are not here for the same reason.

    If you want islamification of the west keeping doing what you are doing because people like you are among their greatest allies.

  7. like I said before Gramfan, Osama bin Laden wanted a war between Islam and the West and people like you are handing it to him on a platter. You have fallen right into his trap, so to speak. Before 9/11 had you even heard of Islam ? or Jihad ? or Hijab or whatever ? doubt it. you obviously have done some research on the “enemy”. Why not put it to some good use and build a bridge. You’ll feel so much better for it.

  8. “So far all I can see is you come here to make an idiot of yourself…”

    Yes, Gramfan, but you have to admit he is very good at it. A natural, one can say.

  9. The re-establishment of Israel in fulfillment of the words of Jewish prophets negates the final authority of their prophet. That is why they are terrified of Israel. That is one of the reasons why they feel compelled to destroy it.

  10. “atheist Says:
    “people like you ” here we go again!! Maybe you think I am the foreign affairs minister??

    February 11th, 2007 at 11:51 am
    like I said before Gramfan, Osama bin Laden wanted a war between Islam and the West and people like you are handing it to him on a platter.”

    No, all of Islam has been at war with “infidels” since they came upon the face of the earth. Your ignorance is showing again. They are now ramping it up because they believe their 12th Imam or Madhi will reappear during some apocaplyptic event.(this explains a lot, especially the ambitions of Iran.)
    This war on infidels all centuries before OBL, one of their greatest hippocrites.

    They have been coming to the west in large numbers since the 70’s to create a 5th column. Ever wondered why they want to live in the west and establish sharia law when it would be so much easier for them to stay in their islamic cesspool homes?

    I have known about islam for a very long time. I will concede I know a lot more about it now, however. Nothing there to like, frankly.

    “Christian West Yes, Gramfan, but you have to admit he is very good at it. A natural, one can say. ”

    Spot on, Christian West.

    Again I ask Atheist: why do you post here?

  11. Atheist says
    “Why not put it to some good use and build a bridge. You’ll feel so much better for it. ”

    They do not want to build any bridges! Their lies and deceit are enshrined and sanctified in the koran. Everything they say must be taken with a grain of salt. (taqquiya)

    Your turn to do some research.

  12. Here is some help for you, Atheist:

    Is this woman, Wafa Sultan, a lefty or right winger, or neither?

    I think she is a wise and sensible woman.

    “people like you” have probably never heard of her.

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