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Palestine holds strong in the face of U.S.-backed Israeli terror campaign

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  • Romi Elnagar
    Palestine holds strong in the face of U.S.-backed Israeli terror campaignGaza ceasefire deal shows Palestinians will to resist November 21, 2012 An Egyptian
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 22, 2012
      Palestine holds strong in the face of U.S.-backed Israeli terror campaignGaza ceasefire deal shows Palestinians' will to resist
      November 21, 2012

      An Egyptian boy leads protesters in chanting slogans against the Israeli invasion of Gaza.
      Washington feared uprisings in Egypt, Jordan and other countries in the region.
      BY RICHARD BECKER
      A ceasefire agreement
      between the Hamas-led Palestinian government in Gaza and Israel was
      announced today, Nov. 21, in Cairo by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
      Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr.
      Clinton made an
      emergency trip to the Middle East with the aim of brokering a truce, a
      clear sign of the Obama administration's fears that the continuation of
      the brutal Israeli assault on Gaza was endangering U.S. imperialist
      interests in the region.

      Read Richard Becker's important book 'Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire.'

      Since Israel's latest intense bombing
      campaign began last week, Clinton, President Obama, and Republican and
      Democratic congressional leaders have repeatedly expressed all-out
      support for the Israeli side, while pointedly ignoring far higher
      Palestinian casualties.
      The House of
      Representatives "passed" a resolution expressing its "unwavering
      commitment" to Israel. House Resolution 813 was introduced at 12:04 p.m. on Nov. 16, and declared adopted at 12:05 p.m. the same day!
      Since Nov. 14, at least
      146 Palestinians have been killed, more than 1,000 wounded, and much of
      Gaza's infrastructure and public facilities destroyed by a coordinated
      air, sea and land-based bombardment. On the Israeli side, there have
      been five killed and more than 100 wounded.
      To hear U.S. officials
      talk, you would think it was the other way around. But despite their
      obscenely pro-Israel rhetoric, it was also clear that Washington was
      fearful that a new Israeli ground invasion of Gaza might provoke
      rebellions in Egypt, Jordan and other neighboring Arab countries, and
      possibly lead to a wider war.
      Despite the death and
      destruction inflicted by Israel, and despite the fact that they have no
      air force, navy, armored units or anti-aircraft defenses, the
      Palestinian forces have not been defeated. Virtually all news reports
      from inside Gaza reflect a strong determination to resist among the
      population.
      The terms of the
      temporary agreement reportedly call for a halt to the fighting, an end
      to Israeli targeted assassinations of Palestinian leaders, and undefined steps to lift the Israeli blockade that has inflicted massive suffering on the 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza.
      Lifting the blockade is a critical issue for the people of Gaza. Whether there will be any real
      movement toward ending the blockade remains in doubt, as does the
      durability of the truce as a whole.
      ISRAEL’S BLOCKADE: USING FOOD AS A WEAPON
      While Israel withdrew
      its settlers and bases from Gaza in 2005, it has kept the area
      surrounded and blockaded ever since. As result, half of all school
      children are malnourished and two-thirds of infants are anemic. Eighty
      percent of Gaza’s population are refugees -- those driven out of other
      parts of Palestine by the Zionist military forces in 1948 and their
      descendants.
      After the Hamas party
      won the January 2006 Palestinian parliamentary election, Israel imposed a complete blockade on Gaza, with the support of the United States,
      European Union and the client government of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. That the aim of the blockade was to make the people of Gaza suffer was
      highlighted by an article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz the following month. It reported on a meeting of top Israeli government officials
      where the top advisor to then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Dov Weisglass, said: "It's like an appointment with a dietician. The Palestinians will get a lot thinner but won’t die." According to the Haaretz report, the
      assembled officials "rolled with laughter," at Weislglass's grotesque
      "joke."
      THE MYTH OF ISRAEL AS VICTIM
      In the 1960s, the Black
      Panther Party had a saying about racist cops justifying their routine
      killing and brutalizing of Black people by "masquerading as the victim
      of an unprovoked attack." It is a description that perfectly fits
      Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his predecessors going
      back to the creation of the Israeli state in 1948.
      In the U.S. corporate
      media, Israel is invariably depicted as the "victim." Its brutal and
      cowardly military assaults are justified as "retaliation," inferring
      that Israel's actions are "self-defense." Over and over, since the early 1950s, successive Israeli governments have staged provocations to
      prompt responses that could then be used to justify massive attacks
      while presenting Israel as the "victim of an unprovoked attack." The aim has generally been to gain new territory and/or crush any state or
      movement perceived as a threat to Israeli military domination.
      This familiar pattern
      was repeated in November 2008. The murder of five Palestinian civilians
      on the day after the 2008 U.S. election broke a ceasefire and set in
      motion a train of events that led to an all-out assault on Gaza by the
      Israeli military. A vast array of weaponry, including white phosphorous
      and depleted uranium munitions, was unleashed on a trapped population.
      More than 1,400 Palestinians were killed, while Israeli forces had 13
      killed -– a ratio of more than 100 to 1.
      This time, the fatal
      shooting of a mentally disabled young man on Nov. 5 and a 12-year-old
      boy on Nov. 9, both killed by the Israeli army inside Gaza, set off the
      new round of fighting. Then, on Nov. 14, Israel assassinated a top Hamas leader, Ahmed Al-Jaabari, the very same day that he had been presented
      with a proposal for a long-term ceasefire by a joint Israeli-Egyptian
      commission.
      These provocations were
      no doubt approved at the highest level of the Israeli government. The
      extreme right-wing Netanyahu-Lieberman government desired a new conflict both to further devastate the Palestinian infrastructure in Gaza and to advance their political prospects in the January 2013 Israeli election. That hundreds of Palestinians and some Israelis as well would die in
      order to achieve these objectives was incidental to the Israeli leaders.
      Whether the present ceasefire holds and for how long can't be known at this point. The only real long-term solution to the crisis is an to end to colonial
      occupation and real self-determination for the Palestinian people,
      including the right to return to their homeland.
      Read also Protests take place throughout U.S./Israeli attack on Gaza
      Throughout the latest U.S.-backed Israeli assault on Gaza (Nov.
      14-21), protesters took to the streets throughout the United States and
      of course around the world. Below are reports and photographs covering
      just some of the protests that took place in the United States.
      Emergency Protests: Stop Israel's War Against Gaza
      The ANSWER Coalition is initiating and joining protests nationwide against the Israeli war against Gaza.
      What you can do Donate to support the struggle for Palestine
      The ANSWER Coalition has stood by the
      Palestinian people and their struggle, and has tirelessly fought to make it a central issue in the anti-war movement. Please make a generous
      donation to support our work.
      Learn the history of Palestine
      How old is the Palestinian-Israeli
      conflict? Could the most powerful state in the history of the world be a mere puppet of the Israeli lobby? Richard Becker's "Palestine, Israel
      and the U.S. Empire" sheds light on the colonial history of the state of Israel, its relationship with U.S. imperialism
      http://www.answercoalition.org/national/news/palestine-holds-strong.html


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