There is “great rejoicing at the nation’s capital”. So says the morning’s paper.
The enemy’s fleet has been annihilated.
Mothers are delighted because other mothers have lost sons just like their own;
Wives and daughters smile at the thought of new-made widows and orphans;
Strong men are full of glee because other strong men are either slain or doomed to rot alive in torments;
Small boys are delirious with pride and joy as they fancy themselves thrusting swords into soft flesh, and burning and laying waste such homes as they themselves inhabit;
Another capital is cast down with mourning and humiliation just in proportion as ours is raised up, and that is the very spice of our triumph…
This is life–this is patriotism–this is rapture!
But we–what are we, men or devils? and our Christian capital–what is it but an outpost of Hell?
Gaza leader’s death a coup for Israel
Tim Butcher in Jerusalem
The Sydney Morning Herald
(Telegraph, London; Guardian News & Media; Los Angeles Times)
January 3, 2009
“ISRAEL killed a senior Hamas commander, Nizar Rayan, with two laser-guided bombs that destroyed his home. Witnesses described Mr Rayan’s body being thrown out of the house in Jabaliya by the force of the explosions. Other family members also died in the blast, but there were conflicting accounts, with one saying that he was killed with four wives and two daughters, while another said he died with two wives and seven children. Mr Rayan’s death represents a coup in the eyes of Israel as he was one of their most hardline opponents and had called for suicide bomb attacks to restart…”
Oddly, “Officials warned Hamas had acquired dozens of Iranian-made Fajr-3 missiles, raising fears the nuclear warheads at Dimona, 30km east of Beersheba, had fallen within the Islamic militants’ sights” (Nuclear fear drives Israel’s hard line, Abraham Rabinovich, Jerusalem, The Australian, January 3, 2009); odd, because the Israeli state maintains the fiction that it may not have such weapons; further, Israel refuses Dimona be inspected by the IAEA. Nor is the Israeli state a signatory to the Biological Weapons Convention, the Chemical Weapons Convention, or the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Weapons of Mass Destruction? What Weapons of Mass Destruction?
In the meantime, as Silverchair once sang, There’s people crying / There’s people dying / But someone’s taken it all, yeah.
Civilians suffer in densely populated Gaza, Taghreed El-Khodary, International Herald Tribune, January 1, 2009 | Harm to civilians during the fighting in Gaza and Southern Israel : Reports from Israeli human rights groups
Siege of Gaza
Cameron Stewart, Associate editor
January 3, 2009
“THE magnitude of the gamble by Israel in launching a bloody military assault against the Gaza Strip and its trapped Palestinians is becoming more obvious by the day, although the conflict began well for Israel, militarily and politically. The cabinet, led by caretaker Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and the Israeli Defence Force succeeded in taking the militant Hamas party by surprise. The IDF pulverised Hamas targets in more than 500 aerial bombing raids in the six days since hostilities began. On Thursday, Israeli bombs killed a top Hamas leader, Nizar Rayyan, whose extremism was such that he allowed his son to become a suicide bomber…”
The real goal of the slaughter in Gaza
The Electronic Intifada
January 1, 2009
Official Apathy: The Gaza Ghetto and Western Cant
December 30, 2008
Barack Obama on Siege, Killings in Gaza
The Palestine Chronicle
December 28, 2008
See also : The Guardian on Israel and the Palestinian territories
‘Anarchists’ block entrance to IAF base in protest of Gaza strikes
January 2, 2009
Twenty-one members of the “Anarchists Against the Wall” group were arrested Friday morning after they blocked the entrance to the Sde Dov Israel Air Force base in North Tel Aviv.
The protestors, wearing white masks and covered in fake blood, laid on the street and played dead.
They said they were arrested after they left the road and were on the sidewalk.
Ayala, one of the protestors, said that the protest was meant to “show IAF pilots the results of their actions in Gaza. From thousands of feet in the air, a pilot who aims and presses a button can ignore, forget, or be unable to fathom that at that moment he killed innocent people. We came here to remind them of this.”
Also on Friday, clashes broke out between police and Israeli Arabs rock-throwers protesting the IAF raids in Gaza. In Tiberias on Thursday, some 15 youths burned tires and a Palestinian flag, in support of the operation in Gaza.
Kill for peace : “Operation Cast Lead”, December 28, 2008 | For Reasons of (Israeli) State (Policy), July 25, 2008 | Israel, Jews, the state, anarchism…, May 22, 2008 | For reasons of state #6,322, March 7, 2008…