Gaza: Disgust and dismay

Published: November 16, 2012

It’s important to read about what's going on there, as written by Palestinians themselves, not a biased, corrupt media. PHOTO: REUTERS

I am dismayed and disgusted by the biased, one-sided reporting about the Israeli strike in Gaza; the mainstream media is making it out as if Gaza has instigated the violence when the truth is that Israel provoked the Gazans all through the month of October, killed a mentally disabled man, shot a young boy while he was playing soccer, and finally assassinated a Hamas leader who they had entrusted with the impossible task of maintaining the truce, all the while continuing its inhuman blockade of the occupied territories without remorse, continuing to build illegal settlements, continuing to force Palestinians to live under apartheid conditions, continuing to destroy Palestinian farmers’ lands and crops.

For an excellent analysis of how Israel shattered the truce in Gaza, go here. I recommend the web site Electronic Intifada for the ‘other’ side of the story, the one you won’t see in mainstream media. Even the BBC, whose Arab employee lost his infant son in a Gaza rocket strike, won’t tell you what you’ll find here.

For people who ask, “But what can we do?” about the conditions in Palestine, especially when you are far away and have no real connection to that country, I would say that you could donate money to the Red Cross or to other organisations dedicated to helping alleviate some of the terrible conditions in which Palestinians live. You can make du’aa, or pray for the people of Palestine, and hold them in your heart for a short while each day, while thinking about their lives.

Muharram, which has started today, is an excellent time for this, as we start the Muslim New Year (but let’s not forget our Christian Palestinian brothers and sisters either) and commemorate how Hussein (RA) , grandson of the Prophet (pbuh) led a doomed band of warriors to help the people of Kufa rise up against Yazid, and was subsequently martyred.

The people of Palestine are martyred every day by this modern-day Yazid.

And finally, you can witness what they go through. Witnessing is an important concept in Islam; we recite the Shahadat as testament of our faith and belief in God and his last Prophet (pbuh); we witness in our prayers every day that there is only one God; we are asked to witness signs of God’s existence all around us; we are asked to read the Quran and continuously witness the history and origins of our faith, our people, and our own beginnings. In Islam, we are asked to recognise God’s unity, seek divine guidance, and use our reason to do so.

Similarly, it is our responsibility to witness the evil that humans perpetrate on the earth, in order that we may know the difference between good and evil, justice and injustice. Only then can we prepare ourselves to overthrow an unjust government or make changes in our society for the improvement and benefit of all citizens. If all of us outside Palestine witness what goes on there every day, we are able to provide testimony against the unjust government of Israel, and to lend our global support to the Palestinians’ fight against occupation.

It’s important not to close your eyes against the terrible images of a burned baby, or a dead woman, or a mortally wounded child. It’s important to look at the faces of Palestinians whose olive trees have been chopped down, whose houses have been taken over by Israeli soldiers, whose children must face the barrel of a gun as they walk to school every day.

It’s important to read about what’s going on there, as written by Palestinians themselves, not a biased, corrupt media. In this way, we witness what happens when a society strays far from the principles of justice and peace and equality for all. It’s our duty, our responsibility to bear witness so that when we are asked what we did to help, we can at least open our mouths and say, I did not look away while they were suffering.

It’s the least we can do, but it counts for a great deal.

This post originally appeared here

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Bina Shah

Writer and columnist. Author of Slum Child. She tweets @BinaShah (twitter.com/BinaShah)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Qaisrani

    More people die in Karachi every week, yet we are concerned what’s happening in Gaza.Everywhere there is hue and cry for palestenians yet we term media as biased.Have any one read ever any article showing Israel’s perspective regading what’s going on there,in any Pakistanin newspaper???Can some one provide figures that how much Pakistani muslims have been killed by their fellows in last ten years only in Pakistan??and how many died in Israel-Arab conflict until now??Take care about our own country rather than a conflict where no one knows who we are and what is our connection to their problems.Now Label me a traitor and i will be happy for this honour.Recommend

  • Umar A.

    There should be more articles like this. Great piece. May God bless you for your effort.Recommend

  • https://twitter.com/Pugnate Noman Ansari

    I have a theory. I think Bina Shah can do no right. This is a fine piece, yet there are already a few negative comments.

    The comment by JTS especially seems distasteful.

    If you drive around Pakistan, you will see a lot of Suzuki Bolans with a little message on the back. Maybe some JTS should pay heed: DON’T BE JEALUSSS JAAAN

    I don’t agree with many Bina Shah blog myself, but this is quite good. Recommend

  • https://twitter.com/Pugnate Noman Ansari

    Could have really done without the religious preaching though! Recommend

  • http://phrontistery.wordpress.com Phrontiste

    http://tune.pk/video/1454/We-Will-Not-Go-Down-in-Gaza-tonight

    Well said – I hope and I am sure that Palestinians will inshallah Kick them (ISRAELI Soldiers) out and will come a time like Salah-uddin Ayubi where all humans in Palestine will live side by side and happily – Inshallah – Amen !!

    Please keep up the good work …. Pakistani People should donate to the Palestine cause !!

    Thank you for writing something which has been neglected by main-stream media for years ! About the people of palestine !Recommend

  • Mohammed Imran

    What about the inccocent Israeli children and civilians killed by Hamas rockets ? It is the Hamas and the Muslim world which has vowed not to allow Israel to exist, not the other way round. The Non Muslim world cares for Israel and they know clearly who are the real instigators of violence throughout the world.Recommend

  • Carl

    Another piece infused with a lot of religious pontificating. That’s the main problem in this world – too much religion and “faith”, not enough reason.Recommend

  • Pearl

    I notice that the comment I submitted has not been put up! What happened to freedom of speech? What is this blogger afraid of?!Recommend

  • Pessimist

    Aaah another article by Miss Bina Shah, built around emotions and what not. She’s my favourite author on these blogs! I never understood why Pakistanis care so much about Palestine. What’s happening to them is deplorable, but I don’t understand how Pakistan is expected to do anything?

    You can make du’aa, or pray for the people of Palestine, and hold them in your heart for a short while each day, while thinking about their lives.

    Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant. You should be nominated for a Nobel Prize for finding the solution to this conflict!

    It’s our duty, our responsibility to bear witness so that when we are asked what we did to help, we can at least open our mouths and say, I did not look away while they were suffering.

    Why does the author not say anything about the Arab League? They have a duty & responsibility to help the Palestinians, not us. They’re absolutely nowehere to be seen. Better yet let’s focus on how we treat minorities in our country. Typical Pakistani double standards.

    For someone claiming about biased media writing, you’ve completely excluded Hamas from your article. They should shoulder the blame for this. This party was elected by the people of Gaza and they’ve failed spectacularly to safeguard their citizens.

    Before the ‘self-rightious’ start slating me, believe me, this situation has upset me over the past few days and I feel for the innocent civillians killed, so I’m no Mossad agent. And it may surprise Miss Shah, but there are people in Israel who actually hate this situation. Nethanyu (sp) is another right wing loony who’s creating this drama as elections come nearer. The people of Israel want peace!

    Both Hamas & Nethanyu are pursuing their own agenda at the cost of innocent civillian lives. Recommend

  • BlackJack

    Similarly, it is our responsibility to witness the evil that humans perpetrate on the earth, in order that we may know the difference between good and evil, justice and injustice. Do you really need to look that far? Look within instead.Recommend

  • Jarrar

    Good article.
    But writer has made a mistake;

    ” to help the people of Karbala rise up against Yazid”

    Karbala was a desert at that time.Recommend

  • idiot bangali

    “The firing of Qassam rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel has been opposed by those living closest to the firing location due to Israeli military responses. On July 23, 2004 a family attempted to physically prevent the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades from setting up a Qassam rocket launcher outside their house. Members of the brigade shot one member of the family, an Arab boy, and wounded 5 others.[22][23][24][25] In October 2010 five children and three women were injured after a Qassam rocket training site exploded near a crowded residential area of Tel As-Sultan in Rafah. Palestinian Center for Human Rights has condemned Hamas for storing explosive material near civilians. In August a similar explosion wounded 58 and destroyed seven houses.”

    And you talk about yellow journalism?Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/britishmuslims Mohammed Abbasi

    Beautiful pieceRecommend

  • Susan

    I do not agree. The sources cited are biased and are not reality based but are propoganda for gaza. I only want to add that where is the author when Assad is plainly slaughtering his own people. Many Arab regimes routinely butcher people and deny civil rights to others. Again, where is the blogger? Women stoned for driving cars or appearing in public with a male relative – what nonsense is this? Thousands are dead in Syria and the author is obsessed with Isreal defending itself. I am tired of Isreal bashing.Recommend

  • Hassan Jawad

    ‘Oppression can only survive through silence’. Let us imagine for a moment that same happens to our homes or lands, like illegal occupation happened in Gaza/Palestine and we watch a silent world around us, doing nothing.
    I feel so pity for those who love to watch the tragic photos of residents of Gaza like an entertainment and just change the channel as if nothing happens. Recommend

  • Ali

    Too many haters on the Tribune comments. An excellent piece of writing Ms. Shah. Although I do not agree with your views on other topics, this one was absolutely spot on. Keep it up! Recommend

  • Eli

    The article seems to be inspired by the religious affinity the author shares with the Palestinians than any attempt to talk facts about the situation. Any rational person would ask the question “Why is Gaza being attacked by Israel and not the West Bank? If the Israelis hate the Palestinians so much, why don’t they bomb the West Bank too?”
    Rationality is the first loss for “religion inspired” people who look at everything through a religious prism.Recommend

  • Pakistanis for Gaza

    We are a non-profit organization working to unite all Pakistanis to help Gaza and to solve problems of Gaza. We request all Pakistanis to contribute liberally to the cause of Gaza. We may differ on other subjects but on Gaza our hearts are one. Please do whatever you can in this time of great testing of our faith by Allah.Recommend

  • Pakistanis for Gaza

    All those who are claiming that the author has used biased sources, do you not used biased sources? We must support the author.Recommend

  • unmet47

    Israel is a terrorist state, any one who supports her should be labelled as a terrorist.Recommend

  • unmet47

    Israel is a terrorist state. Any one who supports Israel should be labelled a terrorist.Recommend

  • Abdul Majeed Tilokar

    Writer has nothing left to further comment on the issue.Right on target but who cares here in this world for other lesser humansRecommend

  • Midhat

    @ Qassam:
    @ Susan:
    Noam Chomsky(American historian, political critic, and activist) writes: When Israelis in the Occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any miltary occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crsuhing..You can’t defend yourself when You are the Military Occupying someone else’s Land. That’s NOT defense. Call it what you like, it’s not Defense.” Noam ChomskyRecommend

  • Sabir Shah

    This writer is absolutely ignoring what is happening in Gaza. This year alone, Hamas has fired mortars and shells from Gaza into Israel at the rate of at least 25 per week. She should go and read some factual information before writing such ignorant pieces. Israel provoked? In fact it was a courageous Israeli leader Ariel Sharon who ordered his troops to vacate Gaza in 2005, and since then Hamas militants have been using Gaza’s soil to fire missiles into Israel every week.Recommend

  • Parvez

    You may be right. No, let us say that you are right but then why did you stop. You should have continued and said ‘ let us bear witness to the divisions that exist within us and our own weaknesses that allow us to be so easily exploited ‘.Recommend

  • Cautious

    Rubbish. The innocent Palestinian who was “charged with the impossible job of maintaining the truce” was actually in charge of the militant wing and directly responsible for importing the Iranian Fajr 3&5 rockets which are the real target behind the Israeli attacks. The author also blindly ignores that this issue is confined to Gaza and there are no Israeli settlements in Gaza. Further – Gaza share a border with Egypt so her comments implying Gaza lacks basics because of Israeli blockage is nonsense – take that issue up with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Lastly – the author totally ignores the fact that Hamas has fired over 1,000 rockets into Israel this year (200 in the last 24 hrs) – don’t know of any Muslim nation that would allow it’s neighbor to launch rockets without retaliating – doubt the author could find one either.Recommend

  • Hassan Murtaza

    Its puzzling how much we care about the Palestinians and their problems, especially since they consider us Pakistani’s as trash.

    Just visit the U.A.E and you will find out.Recommend

  • unmet46

    Israel is a terrorist state. Anyone supporting Israel is a supporter of the terrorists.Recommend

  • Nauman

    The thing is that Israel continues to build settlements which illegal. Hamas uses this as a pretext.

    Its so complicated.

    Muslim countries have been shameless in all respects. Recommend

  • san

    Although this blog is itself distasteful. Today we are in the mess just because of Arabs. Why should be care about them when their extremist Islam are slaughtering our innocent brothers and sisters daily.
    Between I found Hussein (RA) very distasteful. It should be Imam Hussain (AS) instead of Hussein (RA). Recommend

  • Absurdist

    Idiots of Hamas are responsible for this. They use innocent civilians to their political advantage and they have grown adept at this.They typically trigger Israeli response like this with their stupid rocket attacks.Recommend

  • Historian 1

    Big question is ” Why Allah is not helping Palestinians?? Recommend

  • Historian 1

    Big question is ” Why Allah is not helping Palestinians?? Is it because Pakistanis are not doing enough DUAA as per author or there is some other reason.Recommend

  • Vikas

    Hilarious indeed!
    A Pakistanis talking about apartheid. First ask this question to people of other religion living in your own country.
    Did you forget the atrocities committed by your “musalla” Army on fellow Bengali Muslims?
    Jerusalem is the promised land for the Jews. That’s what is written in their holy book. What’s the problem.
    Also Hamas and Hezbollah are terrorist organisation.
    Why did they kill innocent Israelis on the first hand.
    Israel, keep up the good job. Recommend

  • Critical

    Another typical response from a hypocrite…

    You are concerned about the people dying in Palestine,not Syria,because the killer is a Jew not a Muslim

    You still get angry when a mosque in Ayodhya was demolished by Hindu extremist 20 yrs ago,but are quiet when Saudi Arabia has demolished the mosques of Prophet’s son,wife

    You scream “death to those insult the Prophet” just because of a 3rd rate youtube video,but are still silent even though u know that Prophet’s grave is going to get bulldozed soon

    If a muslim “scholars” calls people of other religion animals,fit to be killed or raped etc,its all fine,but if anyone criticize u,you will go on a rampage mode

    When u’re a minority,u preach about secularism,human rights,peace,love..when u’re in majority,you advocate law of Land,jizya

    It’s our duty, our responsibility to bear witness so that when we are asked what we did to help,

    Yeah,send your ummah brothers wrapped with suicide vests to blast in every marketplace to show your support to these Palestines,or kill an Israeli diplomat like what u did in Benghazi.Teach preschool kids about jihad and killing infidel like how Palestinians indoctrinate to their kids…

    Still puzzled,how your responsibility disappears when it comes to Syria,Uiyghur muslims,Bihari muslims in Bangladesh…

    I strictly oppose the nation of Israel,because the very formation is against the human rights..But I will not be a hypocrite like others and am ready to call a spade a spade..Recommend

  • muhammad iqbal

    the article lacks the status OF israel and gaza (palestine) AS THE OCCUPIER AND THE OCCUPIED, so the people of occupied territory have all rights to act to get freedom IQBAL Recommend

  • Eli

    @idiot bangali: not “idiot bangali” but “smart bangali”.Recommend

  • Akshay, India

    Dear author, your article is heavily laced with references to Islamic mythology. This kind of thinking breeds religious hatred. If an educated person like yourself is so immersed in Islamic worldview then secularism can never come in Pakistan. You can speak the language of humanity without bringing religion.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com Anoop

    I will not believe the words of a Terrorist group – Hamas – over a free, Democratic Govt of Israel.

    I completely empathise with anyone who are bearing the brunt of Islamic Terror, as my country too has borne such a burden.

    With regards to Pakistan, not many people have spoken for Israelis right to respond to Terrorist strikes, just like many said Pakistan reserves the right to strike at Terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan, every time a Terrorist attack takes place from there.Recommend

  • Saad

    Why are the Palestinians using Qassam rockets? They’d have stuck with sticks and stones. Recommend

  • http://rtilive.pk Yousaf

    Pakistan condemns Israeli air strikes on Gaza

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday condemned Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, calling on the international community to stop the “Israeli aggression”.

    http://rtilive.pk/detail/6510

    Right to Information Pakistan Live, RTI Live, Information Pakistan, RTI online Research ORganization,
    Israel , Palestinian cause, Pakistan branded the Israeli assaults, Pakistan’s foreign ministry , international community, Israeli aggressionRecommend

  • Pakiwi

    Thanks for your article. I have got Yahoo as my homepage and this morning I started to read an article about the crisis. But what was really sad and disturbing was the comments. They were almost full of hatred and invective towards the Palestinians. No feelings of sadness or even acknowledgement of the lopsided death toll. No sympathy for the relatives of the dead Palestinian women and children, only unending insults directed at Palestinians in particular and Muslims in general.Recommend

  • Ali

    Hamas govt. should stop wasting money buying rockets from Iran and put that money instead for the people of Gaza.Recommend

  • sherrry

    @Qaisrani:
    pathetic Recommend

  • sherrry

    brilliant , very very well written ,
    you mentioned the month of muharam n concept of dua perfectly , liberals wont like itRecommend

  • sherrry

    @Eli:
    ryt, what logic,
    they should bomb the west bank as well ,Recommend

  • vivvek

    @Critical
    Hats off to you sir! You gave a fitting response to the hypocrisy of people. Let us imagine Israel becomes part of China or adopt a muslim government and indulge in same conflict with Palestine then all this cacophony would stop.I remember an excellent blog published in Dawn by NFP.In this blog he gave exact details of this hypocrisy imagining what if Mulla Umar captured in Pakistan by Saudi forces and not by US forces.He wrote this blog just after Bin Laden episode.Recommend

  • BRUISED INDIAN

    @Qaisrani: Not a praise this but truly amazed to see such a wise response emnating from Pakistan. + 100000 to you!! Recommend

  • unmet46

    Its amazing to see so many westerners daring to support a tyrant state like Israel. While they expect the Muslims to condemn the terrorists. Shame on those who support Israel. Shame.Recommend

  • Kilo

    @Phrontiste:
    The Fanatics who rule Gaza, Gangs of Thugs, who keep women in veils and beat them, are so ignorant that they fire rockets at an adversary with the best Army and Air Force around.

    How stupid. No wonder the Palastinians remain in Limbo. You will get your asses kicked and create more suffering and less sympathy. Gaza could be a nice place, but Hamas has chosen to create a Hell by firing rockets. Can’t support stupidity like that. sorry, but Hamas is ruled by Fools. Recommend

  • Kilo

    strong text*y*
    **it is worth noting that the Rockets of Hamas are primarily dangerous to the Idiots firing them. Yet the basic strategy guarantees massive retaliation and destruction of Gaza Infrastructure. All electricity for Gaza is being destroyed while Gaza Idiots fire rockets that rarely hit anything. Suggestion: stop firing rockets.. It is stupid.Recommend

  • Cycloneous

    This blog/editorial smells of yellow journalism and selective outrage, any one?

    So let me get this straight, when a muslim blows himself up at a mosque, no one in the muslim world is outraged. When a muslim detonates a bomb or throws a grenade into a church full of worshipers, no one in the muslim world is outraged. When muslim men and women kidnap and forcibly rape Christian women in Egypt the muslim world is suddenly staring down at the floor saying absolutely nothing. When Hamas knowingly launches missiles near schools and homes, no one is outraged. Any one see something wrong with this picture?Recommend

  • BABAR ZAIDI

    Shame eor the whole world specially for the countries those are the mambers of united nations.
    And all the So-called NGO’s where are they now . where is their voice ? this silence proves that thay work for special agendas andm They do not work for humanity ??????????Recommend

  • Sarah

    When you write, keep the target audience in mind. If the target is the hoi polloi, then you can use religion to stir people. If the target audience is secularist, then come up with a humanist appoach. That is how you can get your message across! Recommend

  • Sumaiya

    Another thing we can do is that we can also boycott the Israeli products. Their economy gets affected this way. I know that if only a couple of people boycott, it won’t affect their economy, but this way we can at least play our part, which matters the most. Du’aa, as the writer mentioned is and excellent weapon and we should never abandon it. So whatever you are doing, stop for one minute and make a heart felt du’aa for Gaza.
    May Allah soon grant freedom to the people of Palestine. Ameen.Recommend

  • Sumaiya

    “If you’re not careful the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving who are doing the oppressing.” -Malcom X.
    May Allah help our brothers and sisters of Gaza.Recommend

  • http://gujrat Zalim singh

    @ Bina Shah

    how can we be sure that your story is correct? I very much doubt it.

    Israel is a progressive nation. It is the only nation in middle east which is an Oasis of development and peace. I have been there a couple of times. I saw Muslims who are as happy as Jews. They have equal rights.

    let us not romanticize Palestinians. If the shoe was on the other leg, I shudder to think of the consequences. there would be large scale mass murders of Jews. This is not acceptable at all. There is a lot of space in Muslim lands in which these unfortunate people can settle and not get into trouble wit Israelis.Recommend

  • Turbo Lover

    People die everyday in Karachi and the rest of Pakistan, yet we care so much about this land that is’nt even ours. We are not a bunch of superheros, it is utterly stupid to march on in a war to help Palestine when we do not even dare to look into our own collar and solve our own problems first. These people do not even know that we exist, why compare the detonation of every small firecracker or a slight ding to Yazid’s army? Recommend

  • unmet46

    Its amazing to see so many westerners supporting Israel’s terrorism but they on the other hand always shout about Muslims not condemning terrorism. Shame on them. Shame.Recommend

  • unmet46

    @Anoop

    I will not believe the words of a
    Terrorist group – Hamas – over a free,
    Democratic Govt of Israel.

    Hamas is not just a private terrorist organization anymore. It is the Democraticratically Elected Government of Palestine. And shame on you for not considering Israel as a terrorist.

    And talking of Israel’s “right” to attack Palestine and kill so many civillians, what about Ossama Bin Laden’s “right” to kill Americans because his brethren were being killed by them?? You are just trying to justify Israel’s terrorism. In a single operation in 2009 Israel killed 1409 Palestinians! Destroyed hospitals, drug shops. They destroyed Lebananon in 2006, specifically targeted civillians, destroyed the Lebanese infrastructure and why?? Just because a Lebanese private organization kidnapped their soldiers!

    Israel is acting as a terrorist. Its not acting as a responsible, peace-loving state would. Starting with the sequence of events it was Israel who has instigated the war. It attacked Hamas’ chief commander Al-jabari and killed him. What if some one killed America’s top CIA commander?? And talking of the jeep that was attacked prior to this event or of a few small rockets fired into Israel; Hamas has not claimed responsibility for any of these events (which also took place as a retaliation to a prior offence by Israel’s regime). You cannot go and attack an entire state, and attack the democratically elected govt just because some private gp is firing “mud-rockets” into your territory! How about involving the the govt to tackle them, what about negotiations? After all the poor Palestinian civillians do not support the “private rocket launch” into Israel, for this gives Israel the chance (that it craves for) to kill more Palestinians.Recommend

  • Cycloneous

    @unmet47

    Can you explain the hundreds of rockets Hamas has been firing at Israel for the past year? Can’t blame the blockade because food and raw materials are being sent courtesy of Egypt. Palestinians are being allowed to go into Israel proper for medical treatment, so you can’t say it is a “blockade.”

    Hamas is responsible for this, not the people of Gaza or Israel, they’re being used as pawns. Ignorance is bliss when you only get one side of the story, I guess. . . .Recommend

  • unmet46

    @Cautious > Rubbish. The innocent Palestinian who

    was “charged with the impossible job
    of maintaining the truce” was actually
    in charge of the militant wing and
    directly responsible for importing the
    Iranian Fajr 3&5 rockets which are the
    real target behind the Israeli
    attacks. The author also blindly
    ignores that this issue is confined to
    Gaza and there are no Israeli
    settlements in Gaza. Further – Gaza
    share a border with Egypt so her
    comments implying Gaza lacks basics
    because of Israeli blockage is
    nonsense – take that issue up with the
    Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Lastly –
    the author totally ignores the fact
    that Hamas has fired over 1,000
    rockets into Israel this year (200 in
    the last 24 hrs) – don’t know of any
    Muslim nation that would allow it’s
    neighbor to launch rockets without
    retaliating – doubt the author could
    find one either.

    That head of the “militTANT wing” as you falsely claim, was a political activist and second in command of the Palestinian government ‘MiliTARY” itself. And so what if he imported Iranian rockets? Every military commander has a right to add to its country’s military capacity. The fact of the matter is that Palestinian Govt has not started the war, they didnot start firing those iranian rockets or killing civillians like Israel is. Israel attacked Hamas’ chief commander Al-jabari and killed him. What if some one killed America’s top CIA commander?? And talking of the army jeep that was attacked prior to this event or of a few small rockets fired into Israel; Hamas has not claimed responsibility for any of these events (which also took place as a retaliation to a prior offences by Israel’s regime). You cannot go and attack an entire state, and attack the democratically elected govt just because some private gp is firing “mud-rockets” into your territory! How about involving the the govt to tackle them, what about negotiations? After all the poor Palestinian civillians do not support the “private rocket launch” into Israel, for this gives Israel the chance (that it craves for) to kill more Palestinian civillians.

    Who are you trying to fool with the 800+ “rockets/mortars” you are talking about, that were fired in 2012 in Israel? Throughout the whole year (excluding the start of violence in November) only a total of 15 people have suffered minor injuries and 1 person received major injury with them and 2 goats and 1 horse got killed. There is only 1 report about 2 human beings getting killed throughout the whole year (that report by the Israeli military). Now according to Amnesty International 55 Palestinian Civillians (excluding the “suspected” militants) have been killed by the Israel military in 2012 including 11 children (http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/israel-occupied-palestinian-territories/report-2012.) They continue to use violence against the un-armed protesters, they demolish their homes. They abuse the civillians and no body is there to inquire from them.

    Talking of “The Israeli blockade and Gaza not getting the basics because of that” being a “NON-SENSE THOUGHT,” the Human Rights Watch reports: “Israel continued to block exports from, and many imports to, the Gaza Strip, hindering the rebuilding of Gaza’s devastated economy. In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Israel demolished a record number of Palestinian homes under discriminatory practices, imposed severe restrictions on Palestinian freedom of movement, continued to build unlawful settlements, and arbitrarily detained peaceful protesters, including children.” (http://www.hrw.org/world-report-2012/world-report-2012-israeloccupied-palestinian-territories)Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    Hey secular fellows,

    Do not forget the jews have a permanent status of a Victim; They suffered at the hands of the Pharaoh and later from the Romans which culminated into Massad suicide, and then at the hands of the Europeans including spaniards and in modern times from all Europeans which ended into a holocaust. They are now living in an Iron Dome, and are under attack from Palistinian christians and muslims.

    Short of Moses reappearing with some miracles, they have run out of space for refuge on this planet.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • unmet46

    @Cycloneus

    Firstly i would like to strongly protest against your comment about Muslims not being bothered about terrorists killing people in the name of Islam, when they do speak against them and now more often than before. If the west wishes to suppose they do not then no body can help them with it. On the other hand it amazes me to see people actually supporting Israel to kill too many Palestinian civllian; men women and children. Why this double standards?

    Secondly coming to the rockets. Ideally and rightfully there should be no rockets coming from Palestine. But the rockets are launched by many private organizations in Palestine. The Hamas does hold to a truce (if there is one). This time too, it is not they who have broken it. Israel killed their commander (plus 7 civillians) so there was a back-fire of rockets from the Hamas. Prior to this, the Hamas govt itself has not claimed responsibility for any attack (and not even that Jeep attack.)

    Coming to the reasons why some organizations are carrying out these attacks; it is because Israel keeps killing their civillians, demolishing their homes, abusing the Palestinian locals. According to the Amnest Int report 2012; Throughout the year 55 Civillians (excluding suspected militants) have been killed by them! including 11 children! (not talking about the recent attacks). The Human Rights Watch reports: “Israel continued to block exports from, and many imports to, the Gaza Strip, hindering the rebuilding of Gaza’s devastated economy. In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Israel demolished a record number of Palestinian homes under discriminatory practices, imposed severe restrictions on Palestinian freedom of movement, continued to build unlawful settlements, and arbitrarily detained peaceful protesters, including children.” (http://www.hrw.org/world-report-2012/world-report-2012-israeloccupied-palestinian-territories)

    On the other hand the Palestinian rockets injured 15 people only and 1 goat and 2 horses got killed this year (prior to the recent violence).Recommend

  • abhi

    In 2006 I read many reports in pakistani press that how Israel “Lost” the battle with Hejbullah and then later they also lost another battle with Hamas (again as per Pakistani Press). USA has lost one battle in Iraq and is loosing another battle in Afghanistan. I wonder after so many victories of muslim ummah why you are whining? Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com Anoop

    @unmet46:

    Nazis were also popular in Germany. That doesn’t make it a Democratic party.

    Islamists always have a reason for violence. You talk about Osama and his people. He is from Saudi Araia!! His people are America’s allies!

    So, stop justifying Terrorism, because Islamist violence is more dangerous to Pakistan than US or India.Recommend

  • tj

    for those of you who think that boycotting israeli products would bring israels economy down, you live in a fools paradise! and i agree we shouldnt be concerned about palestine as none of the countries in the Arab world ever cared for Kashmir , we should solve our own internal problems first, crying in Pakistan is not gonna make any difference, better do something which will make a difference .Recommend

  • Rizwan Liaqat

    God, so many haters. Trust the readers of Tribune to support the terrorist state Israel and pin the responsibility for this on Hamas. The same readers, I’d wager, who regularly bash Imran Khan and support America’s drone terrorism. Recommend

  • unmet46

    @Anoop

    @unmet46: Nazis were also popular in
    Germany. That doesn’t make it a
    Democratic party. Islamists always
    have a reason for violence. You talk
    about Osama and his people. He is from
    Saudi Araia!! His people are America’s
    allies! So, stop justifying Terrorism,
    because Islamist violence is more
    dangerous to Pakistan than US or India

    Lol. I do not justify or consider OBL as right. In fact i used him as an example to show how you were justifying Israel’s terrorism (similar to how OBL justified his terrorism). Also, who are you to decide who OBL should have considered his “brethren?” The fact of the matter is that he gave similar reasons to justify his terrorism like you are to justify Israel’s terrorism against Palestinian civillians.

    Secondly Hamas is the Democratically Elected Govt of palestine and was elected through a due process (of elections) by the people of Palestine, even if you have all the pains in your stomach accepting this FACT.

    And going back in history Israel itself was founded by violent terrorist groups like Irgun Zvai Lehi, Stern and Hagganah (read abt Jewish terrorist organizations here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zionistpoliticalviolence) which later merged to become Israel’s – oh, so democratic! – Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Those Zionist terror groups were led by Israeli founding fathers later to become prime ministers (and even a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate!) like Menahem Beguin and Isaac Shamir (leader of Lehi- the Jewish terrorist organization), Yigon Allen (leader of Palmach the Jewish terrorist organization) who in their “freedom-fighter” days blew up hotels with dozens of people inside them! Ariel Sharon was also member of the Hagnnah- the Jewish terrorist organization. Ehud Olmerts parents were terrorists too. Also pls read the list of Israeli Prime minister; most of them were members of Zionist Extremist Organizations and later came to power. So please do your research before saying something.

    Now I condemn OBL and all other terrorists who kill innocent civillians, are you ready to leave your double standards and condemn Israel (which keeps indiscriminately killing civillians each year. 55 civillians were killed by them throughout the year (prior to the current violence) acc to Amnest International)??Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    The scenario in the world shall instantly change when the Americans accept the jurisdiction of the UN criminal court in Hague! Those who committed genocide in Vietnam shall be the first to face the music. And until then the America as a super power supports the illegal occupation of the Palestinian land and their new Iron Dome.

    Both the arabs and the jews on the other hand are semites, the nomads restless people whose life style is different than those of Europeans. The arabs love their deserts and tents as well as their horses and camels and despite the golden age of their rule gave so much to the European civilisation in terms of knowledge in Philosophy, maths and science and from farming to architecture to medicine and then became the victims of the colonialists for a very long period in history. The jews on the other hand have no love for camels and during the third reich were not even allowed to have any dogs, sad as it is and they moved over centuries from one land to another until a certain group of them came up with a idea to have a jewish state in the lands whre their ancestors lived thousand of years ago.

    We the Europeans have brought down the walls in the interest of peace and peace, the borders among the 27 European countries have been made meaningless, for the sake of peace. The successive American Govts have supported this initiative in Europe while tacitly accepting the dividing walls created on the Palestinian land.

    The European industry will come to standstil, in a matter no time if two or three Arab contries stop the oil flow to Europe, the comments of the former chancellor of Germany.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Syed Ahmad Raza

    For all avid supporters of Israel who think that Palestinians should not be supported, I request you to pause for a second and review your stance. Consider that you may be wrong, for once. Consider that the your beloved news outlets may not have portrayed to you the whole picture. Consider that not all of Palestine and every soul living there may not deserve this. Then recall the WWII and recap the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, along with the fact that Japanese government committed several atrocities against multiple nations during that war. Did the criminal behaviour of a few in the ruling elite justify the dropping of atomic bombs on entire cities? Now remind yourself that Hamas has done nothing remotely similar to the Japanese of WWII. They have only been driven to desperate measures due to the continuing blockade and atrocities of Israel. And the Israel you support is bent upon delivering a similar fate to Palestinians as that of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Don’t believe me… read the following for proof:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/18/gilad-sharon-israel-gaza-op-edn2155932.html

    Regardless of how much Pakistanis should be concerned about the situation in Pakistan right now, there is no harm in pausing and reflecting on international issues, forming a correct opinion and supporting a just cause such as that of the oppressed people of Palestine.Recommend

  • http://solomon2.blogspot.com Solomon2

    @Rizwan Liaqat:

    Yep. Most Pakistanis refuse to recognize publicly that Israel is the “good guy”, even if they privately know better. Probably they are scared. Pakistan is not like Israel where minority sects, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, or other, can advocate dismantling their own country and continue to exist in safety.Recommend

  • Syed Hasan Rizvi

    We have Ghaza like situation in Pakistan, care to offer dua for them…! Double standards/ hypocrisy at its best.Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    Mr Raza,
    Well laid out the situation. The reality in the world, however, has been that from the korean Mr Moon to Imperial America to former colonialists in the 19th and 20th centuries, have been following the policy of protecting the occupying power namely Israel, and pacifyig the Palistinians folks who are the victims of occupation.
    This is no longer acceptable in the 21st century, and any individual or a country who continues on the old line of protecting the civilians Israelis with the blood of palestinian children are simply on the wrongside of History and shall be washed away by the arabian uprising.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Rex Minor

    Two little people namely Obama and Nathan, today stand together as loosers in the Arabian world which is taking its momentum from the spring revolution of the youth, who want freedom, justice and dignity. Was it worth the experience by denyig life to more than fourty children of the holy land?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • zehra

    ok let me get this straight

    we care more for a ” war of independence ” of two groups , and we give it a ” religious flavor” for the inclusion of the ever favorite enemy” jew” than the dismal conditions of our own country men e being killed merely coz they are killed by ” so called Muslims”???

    rubbish!!!!!!!!!!!!

    what about how Assad killed Muslims? Libya? Saddam? we were all quiet coz it was done by a muslim brother?? we raise hue and cry for ” burma Muslims” but stay silent on ” hazara GB parachinar, balochistan karachi killngs” why coz it is doen by muslims?

    so if i go by this Muslims only protest if the attacker is a non Muslim—— ah that’s makes it clear why we are so concerned for Kashmir ( another case of a nation fighting for independence nothing to do with religion) Palestine ( same as Kashmir) Burma Muslims, but we shut eyes to Saudi mistreatment , we turn away form iraq iran violence not to mention the most essential OUR OWN COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this is just insane, yes it is sad people are dying , very true, it is against sense that someone just enters a country and takes it over yes it is against the universal code of conduct but is thsi a jihad? is this a war for religion NO NO , it is a fight for self determination so how and why do we attach it a religious flavor?? had the occupiers not been Jews rather Muslims and vice versa would we still harp the same tune??? so it is not that we choose the right side we just choose the side which makes us look like victims rather than perpetrators !!!!

    yes do lodge an official statement but why are we the only ones always to out others before our own country??
    it is like you house is burning but you leave it and go across the roads to save a house of another area??
    get some sense people, clean our act , ensure safety of own citizens than cry foul for othersRecommend

  • Sexton Blake

    It is good to see that some readers are enlightened and know that what the US/Israel combo are doing in Palestine, and other places, is unjust and evil. However, what people have to realize is that a certain small group of people (Zionists) came up with a plan in the late 19th century as to how they could control the world. They carried out the plan brilliantly and now totally dominate the US and all Western countries. They have done this by relentlessly taking control of the media and banking systems, and of course the US Senate and Congress. As a result most of the Western countries meekly fall into line, and unfortunately many of the Muslim countries as well. From readers comments it is quite apparent that many are totally conditioned, and they also meekly fall into line. For the enlightened ones the only advise I can give is that they should get used to being dominated and controlled by brutal people we do not even know. It is a fact of life. For the conditioned ones their only unthinking retort would be that this is a conspiracy theory. Recommend

  • Sexton Blake

    @Susan:
    Dear Susan,
    Get used to Israel bashing. There is going to be a lot of it.Recommend

  • mrdorothy

    It’s important to read about what’s going on there, as written by Palestinians themselves, not a biased, corrupt media.
    So people like you are not biased in favor of Palestinians!? You’re as biased as the other medias if not more.Recommend