Thursday, September 03, 2015

Gaza Goes from Prison Camp to Death Camp

Gaza's imprisoned Palestinians have a problem - getting out. If they don't, they could die. Sorry, Tommy Angry Beard, that's the truth. From ViceNews:

Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020 due to war, its economic blockade, debilitated infrastructure, and environmental concerns, according to a new UN report on Palestine released this week.

The findings of the UN's Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) echoed an earlier assessment made by the UN in 2011, which determined that Gaza would not be livable by the start of next decade "without herculean efforts" to improve health, education, energy, water, and sanitation.

Remember when Israel attacked Gaza last summer?  Who and what did they attack first? Hamas or Islamist radicals and their headquarters and installations? No. The Israeli air force targeted the civilian population and first went after their water and sewage systems.  For days they pounded that essential infrastructure and brought it down.

That Tom, and all you little Dipper Tomasitas, is a war crime. That's not even debatable. Attacking civilians and attacking the civilian population's essential infrastructure are specifically, expressly prohibited. Doing it deliberately takes that war crime to a higher level yet.

Look, it's only got three syllables. It's not that hard to learn. It's "Dahiyeh."  Da-hi-yeh, da-hi-yeh, da-hi-yeh, da-hi-yeh.  See, you got it!  Okay, but what does it mean?

It's a word that describes Israel's new tactic of specifically targeting civilians and their infrastructure - their water systems, their sewage systems, their hospitals, their schools and then their homes with both high explosives and Willie Pete or white phosphorous weapons. It's a technique they perfected in a Beiruit neighbourhood, Dahiyeh. What a coincidence. This is what Dahiyeh looked like when the Israelis ran out of targets:

It looks like Berlin when the Russians were finished, only a lot dustier.  And it began with Israeli air strikes targeting Beiruit's water and sewage infrastructure before bombing down the target list. 

Israel has committed Dahiyeh twice on Gaza so far but, according to the UN report, they may never have to do it again. Their work may be finished.

"The most recent military operation, in 2014, impacted an already paralyzed economy at a time when socioeconomic conditions were at their lowest since 1967," wrote UNCTAD. The Israeli assault, called Protective Edge, coupled with others in 2008 and 2012, "shattered its productive base, left no time for meaningful reconstruction or economic recovery and impoverished the Palestinian population in Gaza, rendering their economic well-being worse than the level of two decades previous."

In July, the chief of the UN's Relief and Works Agency said none of the more than 12,000 houses totally destroyed during Protective Edge had been rebuilt.

There's more, so much more, but why go into that?

In today's thoroughly Blairified NDP just having in the past criticized Israel for these atrocities means you're not allowed to seek your party's nomination. That's why Nanaimo New Dem, Paul Manly, son of a highly respected NDP MP from before the party was laundered, is now running for the Green Party.

Besides, when votes are at stake, what's a little ethnic cleansing thousands of miles away?

Dippers typically respond to this by saying that their party is only trying to be "even handed." The NDP doesn't want to take sides. That's like saying you don't want to take sides between a rapist and the girl laying in the alley.


Toby said...

Unfortunately, this is another of those topics which many, if not most, Canadians refuse to acknowledge. When I bring it up I am always hit with the Jews are the victims.

The Mound of Sound said...

My, my, my - would you look at that? This post has been up all day and not one Dipper troll rallying to their party's or Mulcair's defence. There are some things that can't be buried no matter how much bullshit you throw at it.

The Mound of Sound said...

Before someone claims I'm just using this as an excuse to beat up on Mulcair, save your breath. Anyone who has read this blog over the past few years will know that the Gaza atrocities were instrumental in my rejection of the Ignatieff Liberals after 40+ years of supporting the LPC. I found the Libs' position morally repugnant just as I find Mulcair's blatantly opportunistic position utterly repulsive. For the NDP of all parties to walk away from its principles on this sort of outrage is deserving of nothing but our contempt.

LeDaro said...

Mound, I did read your post and liked the facts you pointed out. I am so pre-occupied that my mind does not co-operate and I make too many mistakes. I recommended your post to Lorne also. I am surprised that you have not been labelled as anti-Anti-Semitic so far.

I understand Mulcair initially wanted to join Cons' party but did not receive the welcome and then he joined NDP. Mulcair is for Mulcair, he has no ideology other than egotism. What is happening to Palestinians by Israel's actions is incredible and yet west is totally silent on it. No one dares to criticize Israel because it is quickly labelled as anti-Semitic. All we hear is that Israel has rights to defend itself. Sad!

The Mound of Sound said...

Hi, LD. Even the Dipper trolls who have been like a fruit fly infestation on other posts on this blog have steered clear of this post. They know there's a dark stain on their party under Mulcair and their "new way."

I know that speaking out this way, no matter how truthfully, is being suppressed these days but no one has tried to smear me as an anti-Semite, at least not to my face.

Anonymous said...

Anyong said......I support you in your observations and comments MOD. I have mentioned once or twice to people I thought would understand, but got the same response. "The Jews don't have any other choice". ... I do not understand that....well,.. that isn't quiet correct. It is hoped by many, perhaps one day, the Jews just might pick up the New Testament.