27985On Both Sides of the Golan
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On Both Sides of the Golan
November 18, 2012 � Leave a
picture on the left is doing the rounds on the internet labelled as a
Palestinian child victim of US-backed Zionist bombing in Gaza. In fact, it
a Syrian child injured by Russian and Iranian-backed Asadist barbarism. No
matter � the two are interchangeable today. Both are fighting hyper-violent
tyrannies rooted in the Sykes-Picot carve-up of bilad ash-Shaam. And while
Zionism bombs Palestinian refugees in Gaza, Asad�s forces continue to bomb
Palestinian refugees in the Yarmouk camp, Damascus. The film below shows
some of the aftermath of this bombing. Below that we reprint an
novelist Ahdaf Soueif, in which she describes the changed Arab environment
meeting the latest aggression on Gaza, and points out that Israel�s action
is in part aimed to take �the heat off Bashar al-Assad�s murderous
activities in Syria.�*
If you click here <http://audioboo.fm/users/578060/boos>, you can listen to
the Israeli attacks on Gaza. You can hear explosions, drones and
ambulances. This is the soundtrack of the lives of Palestinians there now.
They�re recording it and transmitting it, and their friends all over the
world � particularly the Arab world � are listening to it live.
We are also reading the tweets and blogs the young Gazans are putting out,
and taking a good look at the images they�re posting � like the one of
Ranan Arafat, before and after. Before, she�s a pretty little girl with
green eyes, a green halter-neck top and green ribbons in her hair. After
the Israeli bomb, she�s a charred and shrunken figure. Her mouth is open. A
medic lifts � for just a moment � her blue hospital shroud.
In that hospital, Shifa in Gaza
we watched the Egyptian prime minister, Hisham Kandil, this morning. For
the first time in 42 years an Egyptian prime minister was where we
Egyptians wanted him to be. For the first time a government official was
telling the truth when he said he spoke for the Egyptian people. And he was
spot on when he referred to the Egyptian people first, before the Egyptian
Since he won the presidency, Mohamed
tried to be a pragmatic politician. He pressed on with �security
co-ordination� with Israel in Sinai; he started sealing up the tunnels that
provide a lifeline to the besieged Gazans; he rejected the proposal of a
free trade area on the borders between Egypt and Gaza; and he sent an
ambassador to Tel Aviv with a fulsome letter to Shimon
And so he found himself uncomfortably cosied up with remnants of the
Mubarak regime and aficionados of the military government.
The rank and file of the Muslim Brotherhood and their Freedom and Justice
party had a hard time justifying the actions of their man in the
presidential palace to the rest of the country. Progressives and liberals
mocked them for their big talk on Palestine all the years they were in
opposition, and their resounding silence now they were in power. Skits
about Morsi�s �love letter� to Peres appeared online and parodies on Cairo
Now, the Israelis have pushed him � pushed him perhaps into a position
where he�ll find himself more at ease in his presidency, and more in tune
with the people. Large groups of young Egyptians have been heading for
Gaza; my youngest niece is one of them. Like the efforts of the world�s
civil society to send ships to Gaza, young Egyptian civilians with a
passion for freedom are going to support their friends. And on a more
�official� level, medics and pharmacists have already arrived there. Abdel
Moneim Aboul-Fotouh <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/10132171>,
a presidential candidate and doctor, has gone � as he did in 2008 during
Israel�s �Operation Cast
long before he had political intentions. The Arab Doctors� Union has called
for donations and volunteers.
Israel has always sold itself to the west as a democracy in a sea of
fanaticism. The Arab spring has undermined that narrative, possibly
fatally. So Israeli politicians have been pushing hard for a war against
Iran and, in the interim, they�ve gone on a killing spree in
If they had wanted to instigate violence against themselves they could not
have done better than to assassinate Ahmed
the Hamas commander who�s prevented attacks on Israelis for the past five
years. With his killing they�ve raised the probability of these attacks
resuming, as is happening now. They can then try to hijack the narrative of
the Arab spring and wind the clock back to �Islamist terrorists v civilised
Israelis�. Meanwhile, they take the heat off Bashar al-Assad�s murderous
activities in Syria � and, of course, score hawkish points for Binyamin
Netanyahu and Ehud Barak before the coming elections.
But they have served to remind the world that Israel is a democracy where
politicians may order the murder of children to score electoral points.
Palestinian children, true. But the citizens of the world don�t make racist
distinctions. On Thursday there were protests for Gaza across the world.
They continued today. And there will be many more.
In every Arab country where the people rise up to demand their rights, they
demand action on Palestinian rights as well. Tunis has just announced that
its foreign minister is heading for Gaza. In Jordan today, hundreds of
thousands were on the streets and, as well as demanding the fall of their
own regime, they�re also calling for justice for Palestine. Protesters are
out in Libya. In Egypt, people are heading for Rafah. We are heading for
true representation of the people�s will in the region and, in the coming
years, governments will need to follow the road shown to them by their
One of the rescue team pulling one of the murdered children from under the
rubble :( Al Dalw children RIP #*GAZA* <https://twitter.com/search/%23GAZA>
22 killed in Sunday raids on Gaza
Published today (updated) 18/11/2012 18:01
Palestinians carry the dead body of a child from under the rubble of a
house after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Nov. 18.
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli air raids across the Gaza Strip killed 22
people on Sunday, including five women and nine children, as Israel pounded
the Gaza Strip for the fifth day.
Since Wednesday, 70 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes,
tank fire and naval shelling.
An Israeli airstrike hit a vehicle in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip
on Sunday afternoon killing Suheil Hammad, 45, and his 15-year-old son
Muamin. They were driving a water tanker to sell water to residents, a
Ma'an reporter says.
Four women and four children were among 10 killed in an Israeli missile
attacked that leveled the al-Dalou family home in the Sheikh Radwan
neighborhood of Gaza City.
Israeli airstrikes killed two men in separate airstrikes on Gaza City's
Shujaiyya neighborhood, killing Saadiyya al-Theib and 24-year-old Sami
al-Faqir, medics said.
Muhammad Abu Naqira died after Israeli jets bombed his home in the Shaboura
neighborhood of Rafah in southern Gaza, witnesses said.
In northern Gaza, medics recovered the body of 52-year-old woman,
identified as Nawal Abed al-Ali, from the rubble of an airstrike on a
police station in the al-Tufah neighborhood.
Medics said 27-year-old Ahmad Nahhal and 9-year-old Tasneem Nahhal died and
eight others suffered injuries in a strike on al-Shati refugee camp, on the
coastline of Gaza City.
A strike on al-Bureij refugee camp killed 18-month-old Eyad Abu Khousa and
wounded his brother, a Ma'an correspondent said.
Earlier, two children died and more than 12 people sustained injuries as
two houses came under fire in northern Gaza early Sunday, medical official
Ashraf al-Qidra said. Medics identified the two children as Tamer Abu
Asaifan and one-year-old Jumana Abu Asaifan.
Witnesses said Israel's aerial bombardment of Gaza continued with intensity
Earlier airstrikes hit two media headquarters in Gaza City, including
Ma'an's office, injuring at least six journalists.
Israeli shelling pummeled Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, while fighter jets
struck southern Gaza. Meanwhile, Israeli gunboats shelled the coastline of
Gaza City and central Gaza, eyewitnesses said.
Israel's army said fighter jets fired on approximately 70 sites in the Gaza
Strip overnight, and 50 sites during the day.
No rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel after midnight Saturday, the
army said, until several projectiles hit the south after 8 a.m. One rocket
salvo unleashed Sunday wounded two people when it hit a house in the
coastal city of Ashkelon, police said.
Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades says it has carried out 900 rocket attacks on
Israeli military bases and across the border since Wednesday, reaching Tel
Aviv and an Israeli settlement south of Jerusalem for the first time.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is ready to widen its
"We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and the terrorist organizations
and the Israel Defense Forces are prepared for a significant expansion of
the operation," he said at a cabinet meeting, giving no further details.
On Sunday, Israel's military chief Benny Gantz instructed forces to
intensify attacks on "terror targets" in Gaza, Israeli news site Ynet
Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi had said there were "some indications" a
ceasefire could be reached soon between Israel and Gaza Palestinians but he
had no firm guarantees.
The head of the Arab League and a group of Arab foreign ministers will
visit Gaza on Tuesday to show solidarity with Palestinians under Israeli
attack, officials said Sunday.
Arab league ministers had called at an earlier meeting for a mission to go
to Gaza. Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi told reporters in Cairo the visit
would take place on Tuesday. A League source said al-Arabi would lead the
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